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  • Framing the Brideby Bonnie Adrian

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 15.95

    With a wedding impending, the Taiwanese bride-to-be turns to bridal photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists to transform her image beyond recognition. They give her fairer skin, eyes like a Western baby doll, and gowns inspired by sources from Victorian England to MTV. An absorbing consideration of contemporary bridal practices in Taiwan,... more...

  • Divination?s Graspby Richard Werbner

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Richard Werbner takes readers on a journey though contemporary charismatic wisdom divination in southern Africa. Beginning with the silent language of the divinatory lots, Werbner deciphers the everyday, metaphorical, and poetic language that is used to reveal their meaning. Through Werbner's skillful interpretations of the language of divination,... more...

  • Karaoke Idolsby Kevin Brown; Philip Auslander

    Intellect 2015; US$ 30.00

    Most ethnographers don’t achieve what Kevin Brown did while conducting their research: in his two years spent at a karaoke bar near Denver, Colorado, he wentfrom barely being able to carry a tune to someone whom other karaoke patrons requested to sing. Along the way, he learned everything you might ever want toknow about karaoke and the people... more...

  • Yucatecans in Dallas, Texasby Rachel H. Adler

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 47.95

    Through fascinating vignettes and case studies, this unique text illustrates how Yucatecan migrants actively maintain social ties across borders.  It also paints a vivid picture of the people and their lives.  It places them in the context of current U.S. immigration policy and  mesmerizes students by bringing them up to speed on one of the most crucial... more...

  • The Art of the Latheby B.H. Fairchild

    Alice James Books 2015; US$ 14.95

    "...a contemporary classica passionate example of the plain style, so finely crafted..." ? Los Angeles Times more...

  • The Forge and the Funeralby Walter E. A. van Beek

    Michigan State University Press 2015; US$ 31.95

    Throughout Africa one craft among many stands out: that of the blacksmith. In many African cultures, smiths occupy a significant position, not just as artisans engaging in a difficult craft but also as special people. Often they perform other crafts, as well, and make up a somewhat separate group inside society. The Forge and the Funeral describes... more...

  • The Para-Stateby Aldo Civico

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Since its independence in the nineteenth century, the South American state of Colombia has been shaped by decades of bloody political violence. In The Para-State,  Aldo Civico draws on interviews with paramilitary death squads and drug lords to provide a cultural interpretation of the country?s history of violence and state control. Between 2003 and... more...

  • Re-imagining Milkby Andrea S. Wiley

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 34.95

    Milk is a fascinating food: it is produced by mothers of each mammalian species for consumption by nursing infants of that species, yet many humans drink the milk of another species (mostly cows) and they drink it throughout life. Thus we might expect that this dietary practice has some effects on human biology that are different from other foods.... more...

  • Irony, Cynicism and the Chinese Stateby Hans Steinmüller; Susanne Brandtstädter

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    Unprecedented social change in China has intensified the contradictions faced by ordinary people. In everyday life, people find themselves caught between official and popular discourses, encounter radically different representations of China's past and its future, and draw on widely diverse moral frameworks. This volume explores irony and cynicism... more...

  • Digitizing Identitiesby Irma van der Ploeg; Jason Pridmore

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    This book explores contemporary transformations of identities in a digitizing society across a range of domains of modern life. As digital technology and ICTs have come to pervade virtually all aspects of modern societies, the routine registration of personal data has increased exponentially, thus allowing a proliferation of new ways of establishing... more...