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  • Dancing with the Godsby Marion Kilson

    University Press of America 2012; US$ 59.99

    This book explores cosmological concepts and ritual actions of the Ga people of southeastern Ghana through case studies of calendrical agricultural rites, social status transition rites, and redressive rites. Based on fieldwork in the 1960s, the essays present descriptive analyses of verbal and non-verbal ritual action. more...

  • Amish Confidentialby "Lebanon" Levi Stoltzfus; Ellis Henican

    Gallery Books 2015; US$ 25.00

    ?Lebanon? Levi Stoltzfus, star of the #1 top-rated Discovery Channel reality show Amish Mafia , delivers a sizzling tell-all about Amish life today. From the forbidden joyrides to the senseless shunnings to the colorful family feuds, he shares his frank insider?s view of this fascinating and secretive society. You?ve seen the pretty postcards and... more...

  • Five Gentlemen of Japanby Frank Gibney

    Tuttle Publishing 1973; US$ 10.95

    A newspaperman, an ex-Navy vice-admiral, a steel worker, a farmer, and the 124th Emperor of Japan himself--these are the fascinating heroes of Gibney's brilliant book about modern Japan. Strongly individual, every one of them, the five yet share the common inheritance of Japan's precocious but unstable past. Through their lives and attitudes, Gibney... more...

  • The Almost Nearly Perfect Peopleby Michael Booth

    Picador 2015; US$ 26.99

    A WITTY, INFORMATIVE, "STRENUOUSLY HUMOROUS" (THE GUARDIAN, LONDON), AND POPULAR TRAVELOGUE ABOUT THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES AND HOW THEY MAY NOT BE AS HAPPY OR PERFECT AS WE ASSUME Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part... more...

  • The Beauty of Craftby Sandy Brown; Maya Kumar Mitchell

    UIT Cambridge Ltd. 2014; US$ 29.99

    Craftspeople usually leave their work to speak for itself, so it is a rare privilege to have the thoughts, stories, experiences, observations, and feelings of such skilled people in a book. Most have been featured in Resurgence , the longest running UK environmental magazine, which regularly features crafts and their connection with spirituality,... more...

  • Making Citizensby Bridget Byrne

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 95.00

    In an increasingly mobile world with mounting concerns about the states' control of borders and migration, passports and citizenship rights matter more than ever. This book asks what citizenship ceremonies can tell us about how citizenship is understood through empirical research in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Ireland. more...

  • Making Citizensby Bridget Byrne

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 95.00

    In an increasingly mobile world with mounting concerns about the states' control of borders and migration, passports and citizenship rights matter more than ever. This book asks what citizenship ceremonies can tell us about how citizenship is understood through empirical research in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands and Ireland. more...

  • Psychosocial Aspects of Niqab Wearingby Nina Bosankic

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    In Psychosocial aspects of niqab wearing Nina Bosankic explores the various motives which lead young women living in post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina to adopt the niqab (full face veil). She uses a grounded theory approach to examine this decision which is often viewed as controversial from both within and outside Islam. more...

  • The Gift of Thanksby Margaret Visser

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009; US$ 14.99

    An inquiry into what we mean when we say "thank you." Visser examines all aspects of gratitude ranging from cultural histories to modern customs including mythology, folklore and fiction. more...

  • Ritualby Barry Stephenson

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    Ritual is part of what it means to be human. Like sports, music, and drama, ritual defines and enriches culture, putting those who practice it in touch with sources of value and meaning larger than themselves. Ritual is unavoidable, yet it holds a place in modern life that is decidedly ambiguous. What is ritual? What does it do? Is it useful? What... more...