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  • Christmas and Hanukkahby Elizabeth A. Dice

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    In the modern era, Christmas and Hanukkah have become widely popular holidays worldwide. The Christian festival of Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, while Hanukkah celebrates a miracle that took place during biblical times. Although the events recalled in these holidays are unconnected, Christianity and Judaism spring from common traditions... more...

  • Halloween and Commemorations of the Deadby Roseanne Montillo

    Infobase Publishing 2009; US$ 48.00

    Almost all cultures around the world have days during which they honor those who have died, and pray for those souls that have not yet reached heaven. Although many of these holidays have assumed a secular attitude, the original, supernatural tone of these days still colors the celebrations. Halloween, or All Hallow's Eve as it was once known,... more...

  • Commodifying Bodiesby Nancy Scheper-Hughes; Loic Wacquant

    SAGE Publications 2002; US$ 69.00

    With rapid developments in reproductive medicine, transplant ethics and bioethics, a new `ethic of parts' has emerged in which the body is increasingly seen as a commodity which can be bartered, sold or stolen. This book combines perspectives from anthropology and sociology to offer compelling new readings of the body. more...

  • Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body [Two Volumes]by Victoria Pitts-Taylor

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2008; US$ 175.00

    An amazing collection of culturally informed essays on body parts provides context and weight to the pop culture and media focus on the body beautiful. more...

  • Scared of Santaby Denise Joyce; Nancy Watkins

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 7.99

    He's huge and hairy and hulking. He dresses in strange furry clothing. He sneaks into people's homes at night. Who wouldn't be afraid of . . . Santa Claus?!? Nothing says Christmas quite like innocent children shrieking with terror as a stranger dressed in red drags them kicking and screaming onto his lap. Now this time-honored rite of passage... more...

  • The Body In Asiaby Bryan S. Turner; Zheng Yangwen

    Berghahn Books 2009; US$ 27.00

    The past few decades have seen growing interest in the study of the body. However, the increasing number of exciting and influential publications has primarily, if not exclusively, focused on the body in Western cultures. The various works produced by Asian scholars remain largely unknown to Western academic debates even though Asia is home to a... more...

  • Survival of the Prettiestby Nancy Etcoff

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.00

    Beauty is not a myth.  According to scientist and psychologist Nancy Etcoff, the pursuit of beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of Madison Avenue, nor a backlash against feminism. Survival of the Prettiest , the first in-depth scientific inquiry into the nature of human beauty, posits that beauty is an essential and ineradicable... more...

  • The Fingerby Angus Trumble

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010; US$ 8.99

    FROM THE AUTHOR OF A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SMILE , A COMPLETE INDEX OF THE DIGIT In this collision between art and science, history and pop culture, the acclaimed art historian Angus Trumble examines the finger from every possible angle. His inquiries into its representation in art take us from Buddhist statues in Kyoto to the ceiling of the... more...

  • Christmas Traditionsby Helen Szymanski

    F+W Media 2009; US$ 10.95

    Grandma's heirloom ornaments. The family carol singalong. Aunt Millie's fruitcake. We all have our special holiday traditions we practice year in and year out. This book not only embraces these old standbys, but also explores unique rituals celebrated the world over. This heartwarming collection evokes the memories of Christmas past with such stories... more...

  • Classic Christmasby Helen Szymanski

    F+W Media 2006; US$ 12.95

    If you are trying to rediscover the traditional joys of yuletide celebrations, then look no further. Classic Christmas is a stirring collection of more than seventy true-life stories that chronicle the simpler delights of the season. These touching tales include: Mama's Gift, a story of a grieving young woman comforted by the arrival of a Christmas... more...