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Human body and its parts. Personal beauty

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

    Wiley 2009; US$ 121.95

    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...

  • In the Fleshby Victoria Pitts

    Palgrave Macmillan 2003; US$ 38.00

    Through an interview-based study, Victoria Pitts has researched the subcultural milieu of contemporary body modification, focusing on the ways sexuality, gender and ethnicity are being reconfigured through new body technologies - not only tattooing, but piercing, cyberpunk and such 'neotribal' practices as scarification. She interprets the stories... 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...

  • 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...

  • Five Bodiesby John O'Neill

    SAGE Publications 2004; US$ 45.00

    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...

  • Cultural Bodiesby Helen Thomas; Jamilah Ahmed

    Wiley 2008; US$ 152.95

    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$ 105.00

    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...

  • Culture, Body, and Languageby Farzad Sharifian; René Dirven; Ning Yu; Susanne Niemeier

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 210.00

    The volume makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the intricate relationship between culture, body and language by focusing on conceptualizations of internal body organs in several languages. The studies explore how across various cultures internal body organs such as the heart have been used as the locus of conceptualizing... more...

  • Customizing the Bodyby Clinton Sanders; D Angus Vail

    Temple University Press 2009; US$ 28.95

    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...