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  • Coffee Life in Japanby Merry White

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    This fascinating book?part ethnography, part memoir?traces Japan?s vibrant café society over one hundred and thirty years. Merry White traces Japan?s coffee craze from the turn of the twentieth century, when Japan helped to launch the Brazilian coffee industry, to the present day, as uniquely Japanese ways with coffee surface in Europe and America.... more...

  • The Generation of Postmemoryby Marianne Hirsch

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 28.99

    Can we remember other people?s memories? The Generation of Postmemory argues we can: that memories of traumatic events live on to mark the lives of those who were not there to experience them. Children of survivors and their contemporaries inherit catastrophic histories not through direct recollection but through haunting postmemories?multiply mediated... more...

  • Making Tea, Making Japanby Kristin Surak

    Stanford University Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    The tea ceremony persists as one of the most evocative symbols of Japan. Originally a pastime of elite warriors in premodern society, it was later recast as an emblem of the modern Japanese state, only to be transformed again into its current incarnation, largely the hobby of middle-class housewives. How does the cultural practice of a few come to... more...

  • Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodiesby Seth Holmes

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies provides an intimate examination of the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants in our contemporary food system. An anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, Holmes shows how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care. Holmes?s material is visceral... more...

  • In Search of Respectby Philippe Bourgois

    Cambridge University Press 2002; US$ 24.00

    This new edition brings this study of inner-city life up to date. more...

  • Out of Mao's Shadowby Philip P. Pan

    Simon & Schuster 2008; US$ 17.00

    From an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and one of the leading China correspondents of his generation comes an eloquent and vivid chronicle of the world's most successful authoritarian state -- a nation undergoing a remarkable transformation. Philip P. Pan's groundbreaking book takes us inside the dramatic battle for China's... more...

  • The Life of the Longhouseby Peter Metcalf

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 44.00

    The remarkable longhouses of Borneo remain mysterious. This book describes life within them, and puts them in their historical and ethnographic context. more...

  • Biography Between Structure and Agencyby Volker Berghahn; Simone Lassig

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 120.00

    While bookstore shelves around the world have never ceased to display best-selling "life-and-letters" biographies in prominent positions, the genre became less popular among academic historians during the Cold War decades. Their main concern then was with political and socioeconomic structures, institutions, and organizations, or-more recently-with... more...

  • Buffalo Bill in Bolognaby Robert W. Rydell; Rob Kroes

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    When it comes to the production and distribution of mass culture, no country in modern times has come close to rivaling the success of America. From blue jeans in central Europe to Elvis Presley's face on a Republic of Chad postage stamp, the reach of American mass culture extends into every corner of the globe. Most believe this is a twentieth-century... more...

  • Diasporas and Diplomacyby Marie Gillespie; Alban Webb

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 54.95

    Diasporas and Diplomacy analyzes the exercise of British ?soft power? through the BBC?s foreign language services, and the diplomatic role played by their diasporic broadcasters . The book offers the first historical and comparative analysis of the ?corporate cosmopolitanism? that has characterized the work of the BBC?s international services since... more...