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Ethnography Video Offerings Grow at Alexander Street Press

November 20, 2012



November 20, 2012 (ALEXANDRIA, VA) – Alexander Street Press’s ethnography resources continue to expand and diversify with the addition of the new video collection Ethnographic Video Online: Volume II.

This second volume of the Ethnographic Video Online collection focuses closely on current issues such as environmental crises, refugee migration, and endangered languages.  It will also include the high-value archival material Alexander Street anthropology collections have come to be known for.

Global in scope, the collection features works from a roster of diverse international filmmakers and includes footage from every continent. It will grow to include 500 hours of classic and contemporary documentaries, field recordings, and previously unpublished footage from targeted anthropological archives such as the Grenada Centre of Anthropology at the University of Manchester.

Among the collection’s key content is RAI’s six-part series from Central Television, Strangers Abroad, which documents the link between the “armchair anthropologist” and the modern field worker/scholar by presenting footage of the pioneering ethnographers who lived among the people they studied. Titles in this series include Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age, Franz Boas’s The Shackles of Tradition, and Bronislaw Malinowski’s Off the Verandah.

Also featured are:

  • The Asia Pacific Films collection, which provides strong representation of Oceania with films by Caroline Yacoe, Garin Nugroho, Uruphong Raksasad, Stephanie Castillo, and Vilsoni Hereniko.
  • Additional RAI series developed for the UK’s National Geographic, Channel 4.
  • Forbidden Rites, a series produced for National Geographic that includes films on cannibalism, head hunting, and human sacrifice.
  • Internationally recognized films from ZED, including Becoming a Man, Master of the Spirits, and Lands of Legends.
  • Celebrated archival content, including 1963 film Were Ni! He Is a Madman, focused on the Yoruba of Nigeria and their treatment of psychiatric disorders.

“Far from a historical subject, ethnography is a field that continues to evolve,” said Will Whalen, Vice President of Licensing at Alexander Street Press. “Our collection illustrates the impacts of our changing world that are vital to studying and understanding this discipline today.”

Ethnographic Video Online: Volume II is available to academic, public, and school libraries worldwide via subscription or one-time purchase of perpetual rights. It can be used as a standalone resource or seamlessly integrated with other Alexander Street anthropology collections—including the first volume of Ethnographic Video Online and Anthropology Online, a full-text companion collection, which is being demoed at the American Anthropology Association annual meeting in San Francisco.

No special setup or software is required—all you need is an Internet browser. Prices are scaled to institutional size and budget. To request a free trial or price quote, please email sales [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com.



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