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  • Authors of the Stormby Gary Alan Fine

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 24.00

    Whether it is used as an icebreaker in conversation or as the subject of serious inquiry, ?the weather? is one of the few subjects that everyone talks about. And though we recognize the faces that bring us the weather on television, how government meteorologists and forecasters go about their jobs is rarely scrutinized. Given recent weather-related... more...

  • Everyday Geniusby Gary Alan Fine

    University of Chicago Press 2006; US$ 18.00

    From Henry Darger's elaborate paintings of young girls caught in a vicious war to the sacred art of the Reverend Howard Finster, the work of outsider artists has achieved unique status in the art world. Celebrated for their lack of traditional training and their position on the fringes of society, outsider artists nonetheless participate in a traditional... more...

  • Gifted Tonguesby Gary Alan Fine

    Princeton University Press 2010; US$ 52.50 US$ 42.00

    Learning to argue and persuade in a highly competitive environment is only one aspect of life on a high-school debate team. Teenage debaters also participate in a distinct cultural world--complete with its own jargon and status system--in which they must negotiate complicated relationships with teammates, competitors, coaches, and parents as well... more...

  • Kitchensby Gary Alan Fine

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    Kitchens takes us into the robust, overheated, backstage world of the contemporary restaurant. In this rich, often surprising portrait of the real lives of kitchen workers, Gary Alan Fine brings their experiences, challenges, and satisfactions to colorful life. A new preface updates this riveting exploration of how restaurants actually work, both... more...

  • Sticky Reputationsby Gary Alan Fine

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 45.95

    Sticky Reputations focuses on reputational entrepreneurs and support groups shaping how we think of important figures, within a crucial period in American history ? from the 1930s through the 1950s. Why are certain figures such as Adolf Hitler, Joe McCarthy, and Martin Luther King cemented into history unable to be challenged without reputational... more...

  • Difficult Reputationsby Gary Alan Fine

    University of Chicago Press 2014; US$ 33.00

    We take reputations for granted. Believing in the bad and the good natures of our notorious or illustrious forebears is part of our shared national heritage. Yet we are largely ignorant of how such reputations came to be, who was instrumental in creating them, and why. Even less have we considered how villains, just as much as heroes, have helped... more...

  • With the Boysby Gary Alan Fine

    University of Chicago Press 2014; US$ 32.00

    What are boys like? Who is the creature inhabiting the twilight zone between the perils of the Oedipus complex and the Strum und Drang of puberty? In With the Boys, Gary Alan Fine examines the American male preadolescent by studying the world of Little League baseball. Drawings on three years of firsthand observation of five Little Leagues, Fine describes... more...

  • The Global Grapevineby Gary Alan Fine; Bill Ellis

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 25.99 US$ 22.35

    In The Global Grapevine , two leading authorities on rumor, folklore, and urban legend--Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis--shed light on what contemporary rumors can tell us about the fears and pressures of globalization. Illuminating the most widely circulated rumors in America in recent years, this book offers an invaluable portrait of what these tales... more...

  • You Already Know How To Be Greatby Alan Fine; Rebecca R. Merrill

    Little, Brown Book Group 2011; US$ 15.99

    According to Alan Fine, every one of us has the capacity for greatness. So what is it that's stopping us from reaching our true potential? The answer: too much information. Most people who want to get better at hitting golf shots, negotiating with clients, delivering presentations, or any field of endeavour - seek out new information. They read a... more...

  • The Global Grapevineby Gary Alan Fine; Bill Ellis

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 26.95 US$ 23.18

    In The Global Grapevine , two leading authorities on rumor, folklore, and urban legend--Gary Alan Fine and Bill Ellis--shed light on what contemporary rumors can tell us about the fears and pressures of globalization. Illuminating the most widely circulated rumors in America in recent years, this book offers an invaluable portrait of what these tales... more...