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- Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2007; US$ 45.00
Offerings of various kinds ? food, incense, paper money and figures ? have been central to Chinese culture for millennia, and as a public, visual display of spiritual belief, they are still evident today in China and in Chinatowns around the world. Using Hong Kong as a case study, Janet Scott looks at paper offerings from every conceivable angle ?... more...
- Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 7.04
Crossing continents and centuries Stephen Arnott brings us invaluable information about all kinds of bizarre regional customs - from sexual practices to the received wisdom on cannibalism - that could save you from embarrassing local faux pas while travelling. Did you know that amongst the Tartars, relations of the bride and bridegroom would traditionally... more...
- ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 94.00
Gold has been an intrinsic part of human culture and society throughout the world, both in ancient times and in the modern era. This precious metal has also played a central role in economics and politics throughout history. In fact, the value of gold remains a topic of debate amid the current upheavals of economic conditions and attendant reevaluations... more...
- ABC-CLIO 2011; US$ 60.00
Rethinking Chivalry and Courtly Love shows that these two interlinked medieval era concepts are best understood in light of each other. It is the first book to explore the multicultural origins of chivalry and courtly love in tandem, tracing their sources back to the ancient world, then follow their development?separately and together?through medieval... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 54.95
Festivals and the Cultural Public Sphere provides the first major social scientific study of these festivals in the wake of their explosion in popularity over the past decade. It explores the cultural significance of contemporary arts festivals from their location within the cultural public sphere, examining them as sites for contestation and democratic... more...
- Reaktion Books 2010; US$ 15.95
In Tea food historian Helen Saberi explores this rich and fascinating history. Saberi looks at the economic and social uses of tea, such as its use as a currency during the Tang dynasty; its role in American independence at the Boston Tea Party; afternoon tea drunk by the British in India; and the 1913 creation of a tea dance or The Dansant that combined... more...
- Indiana University Press 2011; US$ 20.95
The universal act of dressing -- shared by both men and women, young and old, rich and poor, minority and majority -- has shaped human interactions, communicated hopes and fears about the future, and embodied what it means to be Somali. Heather Marie Akou mines politics and history in this rich and compelling ... more...
- Hunter Publishing 2009; US$ 7.99
This is a guide to all aspects of Palermo and its surroundings: where to stay and eat, what to see and do, how to get around. The island of Sicily is like another world compared to the rest of Italy - only three km away over the Messina Straits. And in fact the people proclaim themselves Sicilians first, with distinct differences in language, culture,... more...
- Hunter Publishing 2009; US$ 7.99
San Juan is the oldest city in US territory, and the second-oldest in the Americas, and stakes its claim as the cultural and economic hub of the Caribbean. With high-end designer and jewelry shops, more than 30 limousine services in the phone book and more banks than you would want to count, it displays all the trappings of the wealthiest large city... more...
- VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2010; US$ 13.39
Zu konstatieren ist ein Trend zur Eventisierung des Lebens in der Gegenwartsgesellschaft schlechthin. Der Begriff ?Eventisierung? bezeichnet zum einen die Verspaßung von immer mehr Bereichen unseres sozialen Lebens mit einer bestimmten Art kultureller Erlebnisangebote, zum anderen das Machen konkreter Events ? sowohl durch Anreicherung kultureller... more...