Daniel Bates is Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College, City University of New York. He has carried out field research in the Middle East on ethnicity, pastoralism, and rural land use. He is author of Nomads and Farmers: The Yörük of Southeastern Turkey ( University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology), Human Adaptive Strategies ( McGraw Hill), co-author of Cultural Anthropology ( McGraw Hill) and Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East ( Prentice-Hall), and co-editor of the journal Human Ecology. His current research concerns local politics and Moslem ethnics in Bulgaria.
Gerald W. Creed is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in rural Bulgaria, including nearly two years in the socialist era. Since 1992 he has been involved in an on-going project examining decollectivization and rural-urban interactions.
Hermine G. De Soto is research fellow in the Women's Studies Program and Women's Studies Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She edited Culture and Contradiction: Dialectics of Wealth, Power and Symbol ( Mellen Research University Press) and co-edited The Curtain Rises: Rethinking Culture, Ideology and the State in Eastern Europe ( Humanities Press International). Forthcoming is The Delayed Transformation: Experiences of Everyday Life in a Village in the Black Forest. Her current research focuses on the transition from socialism to capitalism; gender issues and urban and rural change in Europe; and ethnic groups in Kazakhstan.
Andzrej Halasiewicz is a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. He edited The Peasant Issue or Peasant Problem ( Torun, NCU Press) and is co-author of Agri-Business ( Tempus-Ellpid). His current research concerns variations in the response of rural farm and non-farm households to changing social and economic conditions and also with the revitalization and multifunctional development of the European countryside.