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- Berghahn Books 2014; US$ 95.00
Metaphor, as an act of human fancy, combines ideas in improbable ways to sharpen meanings of life and experience. Theoretically, this arises from an association between a sign-for example, a cattle car-and its referent, the Holocaust. These "sign-vehicles" serve as modes of semiotic transportation through conceptual space. Likewise, on-the-ground... more...
- Oxbow Books 2013; US$ 35.00
Things travel around the globe: they are shipped as mass consumer goods, or transported as souvenirs or gifts. There are infinite ways for things to be mobile, not only in the era of globalisation but since the beginning of time, as the earliest traces of long distance trading show. This book investigates the mobility of things from archaeological... more...
- Berghahn Books 1997; US$ 29.95
Food preferences and tastes are among the fundamentals affecting human existence; the sociocultural, physiological and neurological factors involved have therefore been widely researched and are well documented. However, information and debate on these factors are scattered across the academic literature of different disciplines. In this volume cross-disciplinary... more...
- Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 34.95
Despite the wide interest in material culture, art, and aesthetics, few studies have considered them in light of the importance of the social imagination - the complex ways in which we conceptualize our social surroundings. This collection engages the "material turn" in the arts, humanities, and social sciences through a range of original contributions... more...
- Lexington Books 2014; US$ 49.99
In Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurity: Life Off the Edge of the Table , contributors stress the relationship between food insecurity and women?s agency. By problematizing the mundane world of how women procure and prepare food in a context of scarcity, this book, edited by Janet Page-Reeves, reveals dynamics, relationships and... more...
- Lyons Press 2011; US$ 25.99
How War, Pornography, and Fast Food Have Shaped Modern Technology Guns, Germs, and Steel meets the age of technology in this rollicking history of how our pursuit of lust, gluttony, and rage has led to our greatest technological advancements. It is also a chronicle of popular culture, packed with surprising revelations. From the unexpected... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 67.95
Shifting cultivation is one of the oldest forms of subsistence agriculture and is still practised by millions of poor people in the tropics. Typically it involves clearing land (often forest) for the growing of crops for a few years, and then moving on to new sites, leaving the earlier ground fallow to regain its soil fertility. This book brings together... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95
Food is a contentious and emotive issue, subject to critiques from multiple perspectives. Alternative food movements ? including the different articulations of local, food miles, seasonality, food justice, food knowledge and food sovereignty ? consistently invoke themes around autonomy, sufficiency, cooperation, mutual aid, freedom, and responsibility.... more...
- NYU Press 2015; US$ 40.00
A comparative historyof cross-cultural encounters and the critical role of cannibalism in the early modernperiod. Cannibalism , for medieval and early modern Europeans, was synonymous with savagery . Humans who ate other humans, they believed, were little better than animals. The European colonizers who encountered Native Americans described... more...
- Wiley 2013; US$ 22.95 US$ 19.89
Things make us just as much as we make things. And yet, unlike the study of languages or places, there is no discipline devoted to the study of material things. This book shows why it is time to acknowledge and confront this neglect and how much we can learn from focusing our attention on stuff. The book opens with a critique of the concept of superficiality... more...