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  • The Veil in Kuwaitby Thorsten Botz-Bornstein; Noreen Abdullah-Khan

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    The Veil in Kuwait explores the complex reasons behind why women veil and how they are perceived by those that do not veil. Religion, culture, family, tradition, and fashion are all explored to provide insight into this fascinating phenomenon that has received global interest. more...

  • White Weddingsby Chrys Ingraham

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 39.95

    This is a groundbreaking study of our culture's obsession with weddings. By examining popular films, commercials, magazines, advertising, television sitcoms and even children's toys, this book shows the pervasive influence of weddings in our culture and the important role they play in maintaining the romance of heterosexuality, the myth of white supremacy... more...

  • Little House in the Big Cityby Deanna Duke

    New Society Publishers 2014; US$ 24.95

    Pioneer skills in the heart of the city more...

  • Marriage and Land Law in Shakespeare and Middletonby Nancy Mohrlock Bunker

    Fairleigh Dickinson 2014; US$ 79.99

    In paired discussions of marriage plays by Shakespeare and Middleton, this book explores the maneuvers that marriageable characters deploy in order to control spousal choice and secure land. Investigation into the milieu of early modern inheritance laws enables a fresh reading of Shakespeare?s and Middleton?s marriage comedies. more...

  • Food Consumption in Global Perspectiveby Jakob A. Klein; Anne Murcott

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 105.00

    With studies of China, India, West Africa, South America and Europe, this book provides a global perspective on food consumption in the modern world. Combing ethnographic, historical and comparative analyses, the volume celebrates the contributions of Jack Goody to the anthropology of food. more...

  • Contemporary Adulthood and the Night-Time Economyby Oliver Smith

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 95.00

    This book examines the experiences of those dedicated drinkers at the forefront of the new night-time leisure industries that revolutionized the way we think about our city centres. Smith uses the night-time leisure economy as a lens through which to view the relationship between global consumer capital and the erosion of 'traditional' adulthood. more...

  • Beads, Bodies, and Trashby David Redmon

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 25.95

    Beads, Bodies, and Trash merges cultural sociology with a commodity chain analysis by following Mardi Gras beads to their origins. Beginning with Bourbon Street of New Orleans, this book moves to the grim factories in the tax-free economic zone of rural Fuzhou, China. Beads, Bodies, and Trash will increase students? capacity to think critically... more...

  • Chu Hsi's "Family Rituals"by Patricia Buckley Ebrey; Chu Hsi

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 33.00

    Compiled by the great Neo-Confucian philosopher Chu Hsi (1130-1200), the Family Rituals is a manual for the private performance of the standard Chinese family rituals: initiations, weddings, funerals, and sacrifices to ancestral spirits. This translation makes the work, which is the most important text of its kind in the last thousand years of Chinese... more...

  • Public Drinking and Popular Culture in Eighteenth-Century Parisby Thomas Edward Brennan

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 43.50

    Adding a new dimension to the history of mentalites and the study of popular culture, Thomas Brennan reinterprets the culture of the laboring classes in old-regime Paris through the rituals of public drinking in neighborhood taverns. He challenges the conventional depiction of lower-class debauchery and offers a reassessment of popular sociability.... more...

  • Interpreting Japanby Brian J. McVeigh

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    Written by an experienced teacher and scholar, this book offers university students a handy "how to" guide for interpreting Japanese society and conducting their own research. Stressing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach, Brian McVeigh lays out practical and understandable research approaches in a systematic fashion to demonstrate how,... more...