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- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...