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  • Harmattanby Michael Jackson

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 25.99

    We all experience qualms and anxieties when we move from the known to the unknown. Though our fulfillment in life may depend on testing limits, our faintheartedness is a reminder of our need for security and our awareness of the risks of venturing into alien worlds. Evoking the hot, dust-filled Harmattan winds that blow from the Sahara to the Gulf... more...

  • Ethnographies of Grey Zones in Eastern Europeby Ida Harboe Knudsen; Martin Demant Frederiksen

    Anthem Press 2015; US$ 99.00

    Over the last two decades, Eastern European countries have experienced extensive changes in geo-political relocations and relations leading to everyday uncertainty. Based on ethnographic cases, this anthology explores how grey zones of governance, borders, relations and invisibilities affect everyday life in contemporary Eastern Europe. more...

  • A Geology of Mediaby Jussi Parikka

    University of Minnesota Press 2015; Not Available

    Media history is millions, even billions, of years old. That is the premise of this pioneering and provocative book, which argues that to adequately understand contemporary media culture we must set out from material realities that precede media themselves?Earth?s history, geological formations, minerals, and energy. And to do so, writes Jussi Parikka,... more...

  • Evilby Ph.D. Roy F. Baumeister

    Henry Holt and Co. 2015; US$ 22.99

    Roy F. Baumeister, Ph.D ., holds the E. B. Smith Professorship in Liberal Arts at Case Western Reserve University. Since receiving his doctorate in social psychology from Princeton University, he has received numerous fellowships and awards. He has published nearly 150 scientific works and is cited in numerous sources in the popular media. Baumeister... more...

  • Jizi and His Art in Contemporary Chinaby David Brubaker; Chunchen Wang

    Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2015; US$ 129.00

    This interdisciplinary study promotes the thesis that some contemporary Chinese ink artists succeed in using principles of traditional Chinese aesthetics to convey the union of self with nature, others and the universe. The investigation is a case study of the writings and paintings of Jizi, an ink-wash artist in Beijing, who combines images of icy... more...

  • Natural Born Heroesby Christopher Mcdougall

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 26.95

    The best-selling author of  Born to Run  now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere.  After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of... more...

  • Art Collections, Private and Public: A Comparative Legal Studyby Elina Moustaira

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 54.99

    This book is a comparative legal study of the private and public art collections in various states of the world, covering the most important issues that usually arise and focusing on the differences and the similarities of the national laws in the treatment of those issues. more...

  • Fractureby Philipp Blom

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 32.00

    When the Great War ended in 1918, the West was broken. Religious faith, patriotism, and the belief in human progress had all been called into question by the mass carnage experienced by both sides. Shell shocked and traumatized, the West faced a world it no longer recognized: the old order had collapsed, replaced by an age of machines. The world... more...

  • An Anthropological Economy of Debtby Bernard Hours; Pepita Ould Ahmed

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 140.00

    Debt is often thought of as a mere economic variable governed by a simplistic mechanical logic, ignoring its other facets. Whose debt, and debt of what exactly? This volume analyzes debt as a political and social construct, with a multiplicity of purposes and agents. All of these are vectors of meanings that are highly diverse, and of subtle distinctions;... more...

  • Race and Ethnicity in Secret and Exclusive Social Ordersby Matthew W. Hughey

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 145.00

    Secret and private organizations, in the form of Greek-letter organizations, mutual aid societies, and civic orders, together possess a storied and often-romanticized place in popular culture. While much has been made of these groups? glamorous origins and influence?such as the Freemasons? genesis in King Solomon?s temple or the belief in the Illuminati?s... more...