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- Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers 2011; Not Available
From the author of Speak and Fever, 1793, comes the never-before-told tale of Sarah Josepha Hale, the extraordinary "lady editor" who made Thanksgiving a national holiday! Thanksgiving might have started with a jubilant feast on Plymouth's shore. But by the 1800s America's observance was waning. None of the presidents nor Congress sought to revive... more...
- NYU Press 1992; US$ 89.00
In days of old, Christmas was defined by the custom of exchanging simple handmade gifts. Today, it has become a multi-billion industry, synonymous with commercialism and consumption. How did this transformation occur?. In this incisive and engaging examination of how Christmas has evolved since 1880, Waits chronicles the history of the holiday, from... more...
- Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 23.99
The human body defines a lucrative site of reusable parts, ranging from whole organs to minuscule and even microscopic tissues. Although the medical practices that enable the transfer of parts from one body to another most certainly relieve suffering and extend lives, they have also irrevocably altered perceptions of the cultural values assigned... more...
- Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 31.99
Kristin Norget explores the practice and meanings of death rituals in poor urban neighborhoods on the outskirts of the southern Mexican city of Oaxaca. Drawing on her extensive fieldwork in Oaxaca City, Norget provides vivid descriptions of the Day of the Dead and other popular religious practices. She analyzes how the rites and beliefs associated... more...
- University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 21.00
Beauty and the Beast begins with the question: Is beauty destined to end in tragedy? Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the anxious, audacious, and sometimes destructive attempts people make to transform their bodies through cosmetic surgery and liposuction. He balances an examination of surgeries meant... more...
- The Edwin Mellen Press 2010; US$ 149.95
This book examines the religious, mythological and performance elements of the traditional Afro-Caribbean street festival. Using the theories of performance, political economy and symbolic analysis, this work elucidates how elements of African, European and South American cultures interact to produce a unique understanding of the colonial and post-colonial... more...
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2012; US$ 48.99
For centuries, Japanese culture, including ideals of feminine beauty, was profoundly shaped by China. In this first full comparative history on the subject, Cho Kyo explores changing standards of beauty in China and Japan, ranging from plumpness to bound feet to blackened teeth. Drawing on a rich array of sources gathered over a decade of research,... more...
- The History Press 2013; US$ 14.57
The outbreak of war in 1939 saw the disappearance of many traditional British celebrations. Guy Fawkes night went immediately - gunpowder production was needed for the war effort and bonfires contravened the blackout. Summer holidays became a thing of the past and Easter all but disappeared as chocolate - and even real eggs - went 'on the ration'.... more...
- McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 75.00
First published in 2001, this considerably expanded third edition of The Christmas Encyclopedia adds 281 new entries, bringing the total number of Christmas topics to more than 760. Continuing in the format of the previous editions, a wide variety of subjects are included: individual carols and songs; historical events at Christmastime; popular Christmas... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2007; US$ 57.95
Why is there currently such strong academic and popular interest in ?the body? in contemporary societies? What factors shape our conceptions of the body, its naturalness, health and normality? What is the mind-body dualism and why should it matter? This book examines these and other body questions from a critical socio-cultural perspective. In... more...