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  • Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologiesby Lesley A. Sharp

    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...

  • Days of Death, Days of Lifeby Kristin Norget

    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...

  • Beauty and the Beastby Michael Taussig

    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...

  • An Ethnographic Study of Papadjab, an Afro-Caribbean Devil Dancerby Benjamin Wintersteen

    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...

  • The Search for the Beautiful Womanby Cho Kyo; Kyoko Iriye Selden

    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...

  • Christmas on the Home Frontby Mike Brown; Carol Harris

    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...

  • The Christmas Encyclopediaby William D. Crump

    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...

  • Body Studies: An Introductionby Margo DeMello

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 51.95

    In recent years, body studies has expanded rapidly, becoming an increasingly popular field of study within anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies. This groundbreaking textbook takes the topics and theories from these disciplines, and combines them into one single, easily accessible text for students. Body Studies is a comprehensive textbook... more...

  • Encyclopedia of Body Adornmentby Margo DeMello

    ABC-CLIO 2007; US$ 88.00

    People everywhere have attempted to change their bodies in an effort to meet their cultural standards of beauty, as well as their religious and/or social obligations. Often times, this modification or adornment of their bodies is part of the complex process of creating and re-creating personal and social identities. Body painting has probably been... more...

  • Thanksgivingby James W. Baker; Peter J. Gomes

    University of New Hampshire Press 2010; US$ 25.99

    The origins and ever-changing story of America?s favorite holiday more...