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- Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 45.95
Breasts: The Women's Perspective on an American Obsession describes and explores our national breast fetish, which is defined as a culturally constructed obsession that is deeply interwoven with beauty standards, breastfeeding practices, and sexuality. By tracing the complex history of this erotic fascination and discovering how it affects men's and... more...
- KWS Publishers 2011; US$ 4.99
Christmas from A to Z is a volume for anyone interested in having a handy and attractive reference guide covering Christmas, New Year?s and related days of observance from around the world. The book includes more than 200 alphabetically arranged entries. It also includes discussions of folk and religious customs, and the history, legends, and... more...
- 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$ 18.00
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...