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  • Customizing the Bodyby Clinton Sanders; D Angus Vail

    Temple University Press 2009; US$ 27.95

    Originally published in 1989, this ground-breaking ethnographic exploration of tattooing?and the art world surrounding it?covers the history, anthropology and sociology of body modification practices; the occupational experience of the tattooist; the process and social consequences of becoming a tattooed person; and the prospects of "serious" tattooing... 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...

  • Black Beautyby Shirley Anne Tate

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2009; US$ 124.95

    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...

  • Cinderella's Sistersby Dorothy Ko

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 30.95

    The history of footbinding is full of contradictions and unexpected turns. The practice originated in the dance culture of China's medieval court and spread to gentry families, brothels, maid's quarters, and peasant households. Conventional views of footbinding as patriarchal oppression often neglect its complex history and the incentives of the women... 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...

  • Fearful Symmetriesby Chantal Zabus

    Editions Rodopi 2008; US$ 88.40

    Often labelled ‘rituals’ or ‘customs’, male circumcision and female excision are also irreversible amputations of human genitalia, with disastrous and at times life-long consequences for both males and females. However, scholars and activists alike have b more...

  • Christmas in Germanyby Joe Perry

    The University of North Carolina Press 2010; US$ 29.99

    Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History more...

  • How to be Brilliant at Christmas Timeby Val Edgar

    Andrews UK 2010; US$ 17.99

    Blackline masters written by a working primary teacher who appreciates the need for Christmas activities which are great fun, easily administered and also worthwhile and relevant within the curriculum. Many of the sheets are language and maths based. Others deal with religious education, art and design, and other areas of the curriculum. more...

  • Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmasby Ace Collins

    Zondervan 2010; US$ 15.99

    The fascinating stories and origins behind Christmas traditions such as the colors of red and green, the Christmas tree, caroling, nativity scenes, the Yule log, gift-giving, stockings, advent wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. more...

  • Beauty Paysby Daniel S. Hamermesh

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 17.95

    Most of us know there is a payoff to looking good, and in the quest for beauty we spend countless hours and billions of dollars on personal grooming, cosmetics, and plastic surgery. But how much better off are the better looking? Based on the evidence, quite a lot. The first book to seriously measure the advantages of beauty, Beauty Pays demonstrates... more...