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  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998; US$ 15.99

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced,... more...

  • Cultural Studiesby Jeff Lewis

    SAGE Publications 2008; US$ 70.00

    Second edition of this extremely popular and heavily adopted undergraduate Cultural Studies text. more...

  • The World of the First Australiansby Ronald Berndt; Catherine Berndt

    Aboriginal Studies Press 1991; US$ 45.00

    This book is a classic in the field of Australian Aboriginal Studies. As well as being a comprehensive reference book, covering a wide range of the many traditional societies and cultures that have existed on the Australian continent, it draws together the threads of Aboriginal belief and practice in general terms. more...

  • Money and the Morality of Exchangeby Jonathan Parry; Maurice Bloch

    Cambridge University Press 1989; US$ 32.00

    This volume deals with the way in which money is symbolically represented in a range of different cultures, from South and South-east Asia, Africa and South America. It is also concerned with the moral evaluation of monetary and commercial exchanges as against exchanges of other kinds. The essays cast radical doubt on many Western assumptions about... more...

  • Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South Americaby Michael Taussig

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 26.00

    In this classic book, Michael Taussig explores the social significance of the devil in the folklore of contemporary plantation workers and miners in South America. Grounding his analysis in Marxist theory, Taussig finds that the fetishization of evil, in the image of the devil, mediates the conflict between precapitalist and capitalist modes of objectifying... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Religions of the Silk Roadby Dr. Richard Foltz

    Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 32.00

    Drawing on the latest research and scholarship, this newly revised and updated edition of Religions of the Silk Road explores the majestically fabled cities and exotic peoples that make up the romantic notions of the colonial era while examining how cultural traditions also travelled to the people encounted on the Silk Road. more...

  • Ethnomusicologyby Timothy Rice

    Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 7.99

    Ethnomusicologists believe that all humans, not just those we call musicians, are musical, and that musicality is one of the essential touchstones of the human experience. This insight raises big questions about the nature of music and the nature of humankind, and ethnomusicologists argue that to properly address these questions, we must study music... more...

  • The Robot's Rebellionby Keith E. Stanovich

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    The idea that we might be robots is no longer the stuff of science fiction; decades of research in evolutionary biology and cognitive science have led many esteemed scientists to the conclusion that, according to the precepts of universal Darwinism, humans are merely the hosts for two replicators (genes and memes) that have no interest in us except... more...