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  • Fair Americaby Robert W. Rydell; John E. Findling; Kimberly Pelle

    Smithsonian 2013; US$ 15.95

    Since their inception with New York's Crystal Palace Exhibition in the mid-nineteenth century, world's fairs have introduced Americans to ?exotic? pleasures such as belly dancing and the Ferris Wheel; pathbreaking technologies such as telephones and X rays; and futuristic architectural, landscaping, and transportation schemes. Billed by their promoters... more...

  • Elephants and Kingsby Thomas R. Trautmann

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 30.00

    Because of their enormous size, elephants have long been irresistible for kings as symbols of their eminence. In early civilizations?such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus Civilization, and China?kings used elephants for royal sacrifice, spectacular hunts, public display of live captives, or the conspicuous consumption of ivory?all of them tending... more...

  • Unequal Childhoodsby Annette Lareau

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 15.95

    Class does make a difference in the lives and futures of American children. Drawing on in-depth observations of black and white middle-class, working-class, and poor families, Unequal Childhoods explores this fact, offering a picture of childhood today. more...

  • Language and Identityby Professor John E. Joseph

    Palgrave Macmillan 2004; US$ 44.00

    Offering a uniquely broad-based overview of the role of language choice in the construction of national, ethnic and religious identity, this textbook examines a wide range of specific cases from various parts of the world in order to arrive at some general principles concerning the links between language and identity. It will benefit students and researchers... more...

  • The Incasby Gordon F. McEwan

    ABC-CLIO 2006; US$ 75.00

    Lacking a written language, hard metals, the wheel, or draught animals, the Incas forged one of the greatest imperial states in history. This is a portrait of the ancient Andean empire from the earliest stages of its development to its final capitulation to Pizzarro in the mid-16th century. more...

  • Being Lakotaby Larissa Petrillo

    University of Nebraska Press 2007; US$ 35.00

    Being Lakota explores contemporary Lakota identity and tradition through the life-story narratives of Melda and Lupe Trejo. Melda Trejo, née Red Bear (1939?), is an Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge Reservation, while Lupe Trejo (1938?99) is Mexican and a long-time resident at Pine Ridge. more...

  • The Oxford History of World Cinemaby Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

    OUP Oxford 1996; US$ 26.99

    The Oxford History of World Cinema, is the most authoritative, up-to-date history of the cinema ever undertaken. It traces the history of the twentieth-century's most enduringly popular entertainment form, covering all aspects of its development, stars, studios, and cultural impact. An invaluable and entertaining guide and resource for the student... more...

  • The Fear of Barbariansby Tzvetan Todorov; Andrew Brown

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 18.00

    The relationship between Western democracies and Islam, rarely entirely comfortable, has in recent years become increasingly tense. A growing immigrant population and worries about cultural and political assimilation?exacerbated by terrorist attacks in the United States, Europe, and around the world?have provoked reams of commentary from all... more...

  • Holy Harlotsby Kelly E. Hayes

    University of California Press 2011; US$ 43.95

    Holy Harlots examines the intersections of social marginality, morality, and magic in contemporary Brazil by analyzing the beliefs and religious practices related to the Afro-Brazilian spirit entity Pomba Gira. Said to be the disembodied spirit of an unruly harlot, Pomba Gira is a controversial figure in Brazil. Devotees maintain that Pomba Gira... more...

  • Idolizedby Katherine L. Meizel

    Indiana University Press 2011; US$ 19.95

    The hit television program American Idol provides a stage where the politics of national, regional, ethnic, and religious identity are performed for millions of viewers. Diversity is carefully highlighted and coached into a viable commodity by judges, argues Katherine Meizel, with contestants packaged... more...