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  • Sex, Bombs, and Burgersby Peter Nowak

    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...

  • Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Changeby Malcolm F. Cairns

    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...

  • Stuffby Daniel Miller

    Wiley 2013; US$ 22.95

    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...

  • Stuff Mattersby Mark Miodownik

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 15.98

    * * * Winner of the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books * * * Stuff Matters by Mark Miodnownik is a unique and inspiring exploration of human creativity. 'Enthralling. A mission to re-acquaint us with the wonders of the fabric that sustains our lives' Guardian Everything is made of something... From the everyday objects... more...

  • Tattoos - Philosophy for Everyoneby Robert Arp

    Wiley 2012; US$ 21.95

    Covering philosophical issues ranging from tattooed religious symbols to a feminist aesthetics of tattoo, Tattoos and Philosophy offers an enthusiastic analysis of inking that will lead readers to consider the nature of the tattooing arts in a new and profound way. Contains chapters written by philosophers (most all with tattoos themselves),... more...

  • Vehiclesby David Lipset; Richard Handler

    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...

  • Voices from the Forestby Malcolm Cairns

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 62.95

    This handbook of locally based agricultural practices brings together the best of science and farmer experimentation, vividly illustrating the enormous diversity of shifting cultivation systems as well as the power of human ingenuity. Environmentalists have tended to disparage shifting cultivation (sometimes called 'swidden cultivation' or 'slash-and-burn... more...

  • Who Owns the Stock?by Anatoly M. Khazanov; Gunther Schlee

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 34.95

    The issue of collective and multiple property rights in animals, such as cattle, camels or reindeers, among pastoralists has never been a subject of special cross-cultural and comparative study. Focusing on pastoralist societies in East and West Africa, the Far North and Siberia, and the Eurasian steppes, this volume addresses the issue of property... more...

  • Women Redefining the Experience of Food Insecurityby Janet Page-Reeves

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 99.99

    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...

  • Ancient Glass Research Along the Silk Roadby Gan Fuxi

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2009; US$ 96.00

    This book, for the first time, traces the origin, evolution and spreading of ancient Chinese glass technology. It collects a wealth of data contributed by Chinese and foreign experts regarding the history and background, visual characteristics and chemical compositions of the unearthed ancient glasses from along the Northern (Oasis) Silk Road, especially... more...