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  • What Is This Thing Called Jazz?by Eric Porter

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 15.95 US$ 12.76

    Despite the plethora of writing about jazz, little attention has been paid to what musicians themselves wrote and said about their practice. An implicit division of labor has emerged where, for the most part, black artists invent and play music while white writers provide the commentary. Eric Porter overturns this tendency in his creative intellectual... more...

  • Galileo on the World Systemsby Galileo Galilei; Maurice A. Finocchiaro

    University of California Press 1997; US$ 12.95 US$ 10.36

    Galileo's 1632 book, Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican , comes alive for twentieth-century readers thanks to Maurice Finocchiaro's brilliant new translation and presentation. Condemned by the Inquisition for its heretical proposition that the earth revolves around the sun, Galileo's masterpiece takes the form of a debate,... more...

  • The Inner Quartersby Patricia Buckley Ebrey

    University of California Press 1993; US$ 31.95 US$ 25.56

    The Sung Dynasty (960-1279) was a paradoxical era for Chinese women. This was a time when footbinding spread, and Confucian scholars began to insist that it was better for a widow to starve than to remarry. Yet there were also improvements in women's status in marriage and property rights. In this thoroughly original work, one of the most respected... more...

  • Rule of Expertsby Timothy Mitchell

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    Can one explain the power of global capitalism without attributing to capital a logic and coherence it does not have? Can one account for the powers of techno-science in terms that do not merely reproduce its own understanding of the world? Rule of Experts examines these questions through a series of interrelated essays focused on Egypt in the twentieth... more...

  • Areteby Stephen G. Miller

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 15.95 US$ 12.76

    From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organized contests of the Roman world, Miller has compileda trove of ancient sources: Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle on the pentathlon, Philostratos on the buying and selling of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, and Xenophon on female body building. more...

  • Soul Huntersby Rane Willerslev

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 19.96 US$ 15.97

    This is an insightful, highly original ethnographic interpretation of the hunting life of the Yukaghirs, a little-known group of indigenous people in the Upper Kolyma region of northeastern Siberia. Basing his study on firsthand experience with Yukaghir hunters, Rane Willerslev focuses on the practical implications of living in a "hall-of-mirrors"... more...

  • Pathologies of Powerby Paul Farmer

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 15.16 US$ 12.13

    Pathologies of Power uses harrowing stories of life?and death?in extreme situations to interrogate our understanding of human rights. Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with twenty years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world?s poor is the most important human rights... more...

  • Weighing Inby Julie Guthman

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    Weighing In takes on the "obesity epidemic," challenging many widely held assumptions about its causes and consequences. Julie Guthman examines fatness and its relationship to health outcomes to ask if our efforts to prevent "obesity" are sensible, efficacious, or ethical. She also focuses the lens of obesity on the broader food system to understand... more...

  • Coming of Age in Americaby Mary C. Waters; Patrick Joseph Carr; Maria Kefalas; Jennifer Ann Holdaway

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 29.95 US$ 23.96

    What is it like to become an adult in twenty-first-century America? This book takes us to four very different places?New York City, San Diego, rural Iowa, and Saint Paul, Minnesota?to explore the dramatic shifts in coming-of-age experiences across the country. Drawing from in-depth interviews with people in their twenties and early thirties, it probes... more...

  • Europe and the People Without Historyby Eric R. Wolf

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    Offering insight and equal consideration into the societies of the "civilized" and "uncivilized" world, Europe and the People Without History deftly explores the historical trajectory of so-called modern globalization. In this foundational text about the development of the global political economy, Eric R. Wolf challenges the long-held anthropological... more...