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Human body and its parts. Personal beauty

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  • Dirt, Undress, and Differenceby Adeline Masquelier

    Indiana University Press 2005; US$ 19.95

    "A magnificent volume! It offers brand new perspectives on body politics and identity or subjectivity formation in the post-colonial world." -- Dorothy Ko, Barnard College While there is widespread interest in dress and hygiene as vehicles of cultural, moral, and political value, little ... more...

  • Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Deadby Stanley Brandes

    Wiley 2009; US$ 117.95

    Each October, as the Day of the Dead draws near, Mexican markets overflow with decorated breads, fanciful paper cutouts, and whimsical toy skulls and skeletons. To honor deceased relatives, Mexicans decorate graves and erect home altars. Drawing on a rich array of historical and ethnographic evidence, this volume reveals the origin and changing character... more...

  • Surgery Junkiesby Victoria Pitts-Taylor

    Rutgers University Press 2007; US$ 21.95

    The ease of accessibility, improvements in safety and technology, media attention, growing acceptance by the public, or an increasingly superficial culture: whatever the reason, cosmetic surgery is more popular today than ever. In 2005, in the United States alone, there were nearly two million aesthetic operations-more than quadruple the number... more...

  • Five Bodiesby John O'Neill

    SAGE Publications 2004; US$ 56.00

    Five Bodies offers an introduction to some of the most urgent contemporary concerns within the sociology of the body. This new edition has been substantially revised and updated to address today's issues of the body in modern life, community and politics. more...

  • Encyclopedia of Body Adornmentby Margo DeMello

    Greenwood Publishing Group 2007; US$ 80.00

    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...

  • Cultural Bodiesby Helen Thomas; Jamilah Ahmed

    Wiley 2008; US$ 147.95

    Cultural Bodies: Ethnography and Theory is a unique collection that integrates two increasingly key areas of social and cultural research: the body and ethnography. Breaks new ground in an area of study that continues to be a central theme of debate and research across the humanities and social sciences Draws on ethnography as a useful means... more...

  • Tattoo Machineby Jeff Johnson

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    As the proprietor of the legendary Sea Tramp Tattoo Company, in Portland, Oregon, Jeff Johnson has inked gangbangers, age-defying moms, and sociopaths; he?s defused brawls and tended delicate egos. In  Tattoo Machine,  Johnson illuminates a world where art, drama, and commerce come together in highly entertaining theater. A tattoo shop is no longer... more...

  • Tattoos in American Visual Cultureby Mindy Fenske

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 100.00

    In analyses of tattoo contests, advertising, and modern primitive photographs, the book tells the story of the history of the tattooed body on display in the Unites States while demonstrating how images of tattooed bodies communicate and disrupt notions of gender, class, and exoticism through their discursive performances. more...

  • Black Beautyby Shirley Anne Tate

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 119.95

    Combining rich ethnographic research amongst Black British women of Caribbean heritage, with a discussion of the broader 'Black Atlantic' context, Shirley Tate offers a unique exploration of beauty, race and identity politics, revealing how Black women themselves speak about, negotiate, inhabit, work on and perform Black beauty. more...

  • Christmasby Bruce David Forbes

    University of California Press 2007; US$ 20.95

    Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, Christmas: A Candid History provides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today. In a fascinating, concise tour through history, the book tells the story of Christmas?from its pre-Christian roots,... more...