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  • The Work of the Deadby Thomas W. Laqueur

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 39.95

    The Greek philosopher Diogenes said that when he died his body should be tossed over the city walls for beasts to scavenge. Why should he or anyone else care what became of his corpse? In The Work of the Dead , acclaimed cultural historian Thomas Laqueur examines why humanity has universally rejected Diogenes?s argument. No culture has been indifferent... more...

  • Pastrami on Ryeby Ted Merwin

    NYU Press 2015; US$ 21.50

    For much of the twentieth century, the New York Jewish deli was an iconic institution in both Jewish and American life. As a social space it rivaled?and in some ways surpassed?the synagogue as the primary gathering place for the Jewish community. In popular culture it has been the setting for classics like When Harry Met Sally . And today, after... more...

  • English Festivalsby Laurence Whistler

    Dean Street Press 2015; US$ 7.28

    Shortly after the end of World War II, Laurence Whistler set out to write ???a guide to the festivals of England as they are and as they might be???: the result is a captivatingly readable and enchanting narrative, the ancient holidays revealed as a microcosm of the wheel of life in England. Christmas, New Year, Twelfth night, Easter, May Day, Whitsun,... more...

  • Contemporary Ethnic Geographies in Americaby Christopher A. Airriess

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 67.99

    This unique text examines a range of ethnic groups in both historical and contemporary context. Each rich case study offers a brief historical overview of the group?s immigration experience and settlement patterns and discusses how these communities have transformed?and been transformed by?the places in which they have settled. more...

  • A Taste of Powerby Katharina Vester

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Since the founding of the United States, culinary texts and practices have played a crucial role in the making of cultural identities and social hierarchies. A Taste of Power examines culinary writing and practices as forces for the production of social order and, at the same time, points of cultural resistance. Culinary writing has helped shape... more...

  • Dressing for the Culture Warsby Betty Luther Hillman

    UNP - Nebraska 2015; US$ 40.00

    Style of dress has always been a way for Americans to signify their politics, but perhaps never so overtly as in the 1960s and 1970s. Whether participating in presidential campaigns or Vietnam protests, hair and dress provided a powerful cultural tool for social activists to display their politics to the world and became both the cause and a symbol... more...

  • How We Metby Michele Bowers; Melissa Steinfeld

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    For everyone who loves a real-life happy ending, here are forty-five funny, romantic, and above all true tales of modern coupling. In their own words, men and women recount the surprising and serendipitous ways they came together, from jury duty encounters and sidewalk pickup lines to dramatic stories of dogged determination that paid off big in the... more...

  • Rethinking Misogynyby Dr Anna Arrowsmith; Dr Helen Hester

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 109.95

    In this path-breaking book Anna Arrowsmith analyses gendered dating behaviour and shows how men?s behaviour is both defined and illustrated by societal norms that require a particular masculine performance, including those desired by potential female performers. Using the case-study of pick-up artistry which is compared to interviews with other men... more...

  • Phenomenology in Anthropologyby Kalpana Ram; Christopher Houston; Michael Jackson

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    This volume explores what phenomenology adds to the enterprise of anthropology, drawing on and contributing to a burgeoning field of social science research inspired by the phenomenological tradition in philosophy. Essays by leading scholars ground their discussions of theory and method in richly detailed ethnographic case studies. The contributors... more...

  • The Weight of Obesityby Emily Yates-Doerr

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    A woman with hypertension refuses vegetables. A man with diabetes adds iron-fortified sugar to his coffee. As death rates from heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes in Latin America escalate, global health interventions increasingly emphasize nutrition, exercise, and weight loss?but much goes awry as ideas move from policy boardrooms and clinics into... more...