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  • We Are What We Celebrateby Amitai Etzioni; Jared Bloom

    NYU Press 2004; US$ 22.95

    How did Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday become a national holiday? Why do we exchange presents on Christmas and Chanukah? What do bunnies have to do with Easter? How did Earth Day become a global holiday? These questions and more are answered in this fascinating exploration into the history and meaning of holidays and rituals. Edited by Amitai Etzioni,... more...

  • In Praise of Nepotismby Adam Bellow

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2004; US$ 16.95

    Nepotism is one of those social habits we all claim to deplore in America; it offends our sense of fair play and our pride in living in a meritocracy. But somehow nepotism prevails; we all want to help our own and a quick glance around reveals any number of successful families whose sons and daughters have gone on to accomplish objectively great things,... more...

  • Master of the Ceremoniesby Ric Birch

    Allen & Unwin 2004; US$ 31.81

    A fascinating insider's tale of the highs and lows of creating truly unforgettable public spectaculars - a gossipy and fascinatingly entertaining memoir from an author consistently in the public eye. more...

  • Eating Right in the Renaissanceby Ken Albala

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 47.95

    Eating right has been an obsession for longer than we think. Renaissance Europe had its own flourishing tradition of dietary advice. Then, as now, an industry of experts churned out diet books for an eager and concerned public. Providing a cornucopia of information on food and an intriguing account of the differences between the nutritional logic of... more...

  • Bodies Out of Boundsby Jana Evans Braziel; Kathleen LeBesco

    University of California Press 2001; US$ 15.95

    Since World War II, when the diet and fitness industries promoted mass obsession with weight and body shape, fat has been a dirty word. In the United States, fat is seen as repulsive, funny, ugly, unclean, obscene, and above all as something to lose. Bodies Out of Bounds challenges these dominant perceptions by examining social representations of... more...

  • Marriage Customs of the Worldby George P. Monger

    ABC-CLIO 2004; US$ 85.00

    An encyclopedia of marriage rites, traditions, and beliefs from around the world, ranging from ancient practices to contemporary ceremonies. Weddings are filled with traditions that everyone accepts as meaningful and necessary. But when and how did all those necessary things originate? more...

  • Real Bodiesby Mary Evans; Ellie Lee

    Palgrave Macmillan Ltd. 2002; US$ 75.00

    This introductory text sets out to make the links between sociological theories of the body and actual human behaviour and experience. It also debates how the body is regulated, both through the life course and in reproduction. more...

  • Eventmanagementby Ulrich Holzbaur; Edwin Jettinger; Bernhard Knauß; Ralf Moser; Markus Zeller

    Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2005; US$ 49.95

    Events sind Veranstaltungen mit Erlebnischarakter. Zum Eventmanagement gehört die Frage, was ein Event auszeichnet, wie man eine Veranstaltung in den Augen der Besucher einzigartig macht und wie man ein solches Event in der Praxis umsetzt. Das Buch führt in die Grundlagen des Eventmanagements mit seinen Aufgabengebieten von der strategischen Planung... more...

  • Castles & Dungeonsby Jason Page

    Saddleback Publishing 2008; US$ 11.95

    Did you know that an English castle was successfully defended by just 13 brave warriors? Or that a record-breaking 72 castles were built in one tiny Italian town? Journey into the incredible world of splendid csatles, bloodthirsty battles, and painful punishments. Colorful photographs, astounding statistics, and challenging quizzes highlight these... more...

  • Organising a Conferenceby Pauline Appleby

    How To Books 2005; US$ 17.00

    Manual for organising conferences or events for a large or small company. This book explains just how you go about it. It has all that is needed to know about: venue selection; speaker sourcing; brochure design; registration; budgeting; sponsorship; audio-visuals; press coverage; and evaluation. It shows how to plan and run an effective event. more...