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  • 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 His

    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...

  • Watching the English, Second Editionby Kate Fox

    Nicholas Brealey Publishing 2014;

    The international hit returns with even more wit and insight into the hidden rules that make England English. more...

  • Caring Across Generationsby Grace J. Yoo; Barbara W. Kim

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 112.50

    More than 1.3 million Korean Americans live in the United States, the majority of them foreign-born immigrants and their children, the so-called 1.5 and second generations. While many sons and daughters of Korean immigrants outwardly conform to the stereotyped image of the upwardly mobile, highly educated super-achiever, the realities and challenges... more...

  • Remaking the Worldby Pamela J. Stewart; Andrew Strathern

    Smithsonian 2014; US$ 44.95

    Drawing on both their own fieldwork from 1991 to 1999 and older written sources, Stewart and Strathern explore how the Duna have remade their rituals and associated myths in response to the outside influences of government, Christianity, and large-scale economic development, specifically mining and oil prospecting. The authors provide in-depth ethnographic... more...

  • Sport, Bodily Culture and Classical Antiquity in Modern Greeceby Eleni Fournaraki; Zinon Papakonstantinou

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 140.00

    Ancient Greece was the model that guided the emergence of many facets of the modern sports movement, including most notably the Olympics. Yet the process whereby aspects of the ancient world were appropriated and manipulated by sport authorities of nation-states, athletic organizations and their leaders as well as by sports enthusiasts is only very... more...

  • Gift Giving and the ?Embedded? Economy in the Ancient Worldby Filippo Carlā; Maja Gori

    Universitätsverlag Winter 2014; US$ 54.10

    The idea of a ?gift economy? has a long tradition in social, economic and cultural studies, since Marcel Mauss? seminal work. But in the latest years, anthropological, philosophical and economic research have underlined that nothing such as a ?gift economy? exists ? at least if conceived as a phase preceding modern exchange ? and that the ?phenomenon... more...

  • Virtual Afterlivesby Candi K. Cann

    The University Press of Kentucky 2014; US$ 45.00

    For millennia, the rituals of death and remembrance have been fixed by time and location, but in the twenty-first century, grieving has become a virtual phenomenon. Today, the dead live on through social media profiles, memorial websites, and saved voicemails that can be accessed at any time. This dramatic cultural shift has made the physical presence... more...