I do not know if I will ever have the benefit of formal post-undergraduate education in anthropology, but I do want to continue my anthropological learning. Having joined a neuro-economics lab at Virginia Tech as a research programmer, I now have, if not more time, at least the freedom and resources with which to improve my knowledge.
And so I am asking everyone here to suggest a reading list of no more than 10-30 books (or articles) for me to read (unfortunately the possibility that I might have already read them cannot be avoided without my exhaustively listing all of the books I have read). I ask that the selection be made with at least two considerations. First, that the selections be the sort of things that you would expect any well-educated Anthropology PhD to have read and secondly, to emphasize ethnography over theoretical tracts, except where warranted. I might also suggest that nothing too new be included, if only because its actual contribution to the field may not yet be ascertainable.
Here are a few others I forgot to list. The last three on the list that concern Uganda, I wish I could force the entire Invisible Children organization to read
Decency and Excess: Global Aspirations and Material Deprivation on a Caribbean Sugar Plantation- Samuel Martinez
Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi -Peter Uvin
Gender and Genocide in Burundi: The Search for Spaces of Peace in the Great Lakes Region -Patricia Daley
Formations of Violence: The Narrative of the Body and Political terror in Northern Ireland -Allen Feldman
Shattering Silence -Begona Aretxaga
Ghosts of Kanungu: Fertility, Secrecy, and Exchange in the Great Lakes of East Africa -Richard Vokes
Living with Bad Surroundings: War, History, and Everyday Moments in Northern Uganda -Sverker Finnstrom
Alice Lakwena & The Holy Spirits: War in Northern Uganda 1986-1997 -Heike Behrend