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  • Soul Huntersby Rane Willerslev

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 19.96

    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...

  • The Great American Makeoverby Dana Heller

    Palgrave Macmillan 2006; US$ 36.00

    The Great American Makeover is a collection of essays that explore the American makeover mythos that has been recently repackaged in the form of popular makeover television programs such as Extreme Makeover, The Swan, Supernanny, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. more...

  • Michel Foucaultby Clare O'Farrell

    SAGE Publications 2005; US$ 75.00

    Michel Foucault's work is one of the most influential sources of ideas in the humanities and social sciences today. Clare O'Farrell offers a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Foucault's enormous, diverse and challenging output. Her book provides a range of practical tools and a reference work for readers who wish to understand and apply... more...

  • Aghor Medicineby Ronald L. Barrett

    University of California Press 2008; US$ 15.95

    For centuries, the Aghori have been known as the most radical ascetics in India: living naked on the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, engaging in cannibalism and coprophagy, and consuming intoxicants out of human skulls. In recent years, however, they have shifted their practices from the embrace of ritually polluted substances to the healing... more...

  • The Musical Playgroundby Kathryn Marsh

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 22.99

    Section 1: Children's Musical Play and Creativity: Adult Views. 1. Conceptions of Children's Musical Play. 2. Children's Musical Creativity and Oral Transmission. Section 2: Into the Field. 3. Investigating Musical Play: Ethics and Pragmatics. 4. The Playing Fields. Section 3: Transmission Processes in the Playground. 5. The Influence of... more...

  • Cultural Mobilityby Stephen Greenblatt; Ines ?upanov; Reinhard Meyer-Kalkus; Heike Paul; Pál Nyíri; Frederike Pannewick

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 24.00

    This book offers a model for understanding the patterns of meaning that human societies create. more...

  • A Walk to the River in Amazoniaby Carla Stang

    Berghahn Books 2009; US$ 29.95

    Our lives are mostly composed of ordinary reality - the flow of moment-to-moment existence - and yet it has been largely overlooked as a subject in itself for anthropological study. In this work, the author achieves an understanding of this part of reality for the Mehinaku Indians, an Amazonian people, in two stages: first by observing various aspects... more...

  • The Power of Mythby Joseph Campbell; Bill Moyers

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    "The symbols of mythology and legend are all around  us, embedded in the fabric of our daily lives, and  the Moyers-Campbell dialogues are a welcom guide  to recognizing and understanding their meanings."  -- Cincinnati Post . From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • The Fair Societyby Peter Corning

    University of Chicago Press 2011; US$ 17.00

    We?ve been told, again and again, that life is unfair. But what if we?re wrong simply to resign ourselves to this situation? What if we have the power?and more, the duty?to change society for the better? We do. And our very nature inclines us to do so. That?s the provocative argument Peter Corning makes in The Fair Society . Drawing on the evidence... more...

  • After Christianityby Gianni Vattimo; Luca D'Isanto

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    What has been the fate of Christianity since Nietzsche's famous announcement of the "death of God"? What is the possibility of religion, specifically Christianity, thriving in our postmodern era? In this provocative new book, Gianni Vattimo, leading Italian philosopher, politician, and framer of the European constitution, addresses these critical... more...