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  • Body Piercing and Identity Constructionby Lisiunia A. Romanienko

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 105.00

    Based on a fifteen-year, longitudinal cross-cultural analysis on the role of the body in identity construction process around the world, this analysis provides readers with a comparative theoretical exploration of piercing and other forms of body modification that international communities of defiance use to express their identity. Romanienko describes... more...

  • Ethnobiologyby E. N. Anderson; Deborah Pearsall; Eugene Hunn; Nancy Turner

    Wiley 2012; US$ 100.95

    The single comprehensive treatment of the field, from the leading members of the Society of Ethnobiology The field of ethnobiology—the study of relationships between particular ethnic groups and their native plants and animals—has grown very rapidly in recent years, spawning numerous subfields. Ethnobiological research has produced... more...

  • Ethnobotany in the New Europeby Manuel Pardo-de-Santayana; Andrea Pieroni; Rajindra K. Puri

    Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 34.95

    The study of European wild food plants and herbal medicines is an old discipline that has been invigorated by a new generation of researchers pursuing ethnobotanical studies in fresh contexts. Modern botanical and medical science itself was built on studies of Medieval Europeans' use of food plants and medicinal herbs. In spite of monumental changes... more...

  • An Intellectual History of Cannibalismby Catalin Avramescu; Alistair Ian Blyth

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 32.95

    The cannibal has played a surprisingly important role in the history of thought--perhaps the ultimate symbol of savagery and degradation-- haunting the Western imagination since before the Age of Discovery, when Europeans first encountered genuine cannibals and related horrible stories of shipwrecked travelers eating each other. An Intellectual History... more...

  • The Writing Revolutionby Amalia E. Gnanadesikan

    Wiley 2011; US$ 45.95

    Writing is the most consequential technology ever invented. In this important book Amalia Gnanadesikan combines a fascinating narrative of human ingenuity with an up-to-date analysis of the world’s most important writing systems. – Florian Coulmas , author of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems Gnanadesikan has written an... more...

  • Serendipity in Anthropological Researchby Dr Esther Hertzog; Professor Haim Hazan

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2013; US$ 149.95

    Challenging the idea that fieldwork is the only way to gather data, and that standard methods are the sole route to fruitful analysis, Serendipity in Anthropological Research explores the role of fortune and happenstance in anthropology. It conceives of anthropological research as a lifelong nomadic journey of discovery in which the world yields an... more...

  • Grounded Visionby William H. Major

    University of Alabama Press 2011; US$ 39.95

    Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Issues of ecology?both as they appear in the works of nature writers and in the works of literary writers for whom place and the land are central issues?have long been of interest to literary critics and have given rise over the last two decades to the now-firmly established field of ecocriticism.... more...

  • Visuality/Materialityby Dr Divya P Tolia-Kelly; Professor Gillian Rose

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 149.95

    Two of the key theoretical shifts over the past two decades of critical work have been the 'visual turn' and the 'material turn'. This book argues that these hitherto distinct fields should be understood as in continual dialogue and co-constitution and focuses on reconceptualising the visual as an embodied, material, and often politically-charged... more...

  • Collaborators Collaboratingby Monica Konrad

    Berghahn Books 2012; US$ 120.00

    As bio-capital in the form of medical knowledge, skills and investments moves with greater frequency from its origin in First World industrialized settings to resource-poor communities with weak or little infrastructure, countries with emerging economies are starting to expand new indigenous science bases of their own. The case studies here, from... more...

  • Prehistoric Materialitiesby Andrew Meirion Jones

    Oxford University Press 2012; US$ 114.99

    Humans occupy a material environment that is constantly changing. Yet in the twentieth century archaeologists studying British prehistory have overlooked this fact in their search for past systems of order and pattern. Artefacts and monuments were treated as inert materials which were the outcomes of social ideas and processes. As a result materials... more...