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University of California Press

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  • What It Means to Be 98% Chimpanzeeby Jonathan Marks

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 31.95

    The overwhelming similarity of human and ape genes is one of the best-known facts of modern genetic science. But what does this similarity mean? Does it, as many have suggested, have profound implications for understanding human nature? Well-known molecular anthropologist Jonathan Marks uses the human-versus-ape controversy as a jumping-off point for... more...

  • What I Learned in Medical Schoolby Kevin M. Takakuwa; Nick Rubashkin; Karen E. Herzig

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 22.95

    Like many an exclusive club, the medical profession subjects its prospective members to rigorous indoctrination: medical students are overloaded with work, deprived of sleep and normal human contact, drilled and tested and scheduled down to the last minute. Difficult as the regimen may be, for those who don't fit the traditional mold—white, male, middle-to-upper... more...

  • Women with Mustaches and Men without Beardsby Afsaneh Najmabadi

    University of California Press 2005; US$ 31.95

    Drawing from a rich array of visual and literary material from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking book rereads and rewrites the history of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality. Peeling away notions of a rigid pre-modern Islamic gender system, Afsaneh Najmabadi provides a compelling demonstration of the centrality of... more...

  • Europe and the People Without Historyby Eric R. Wolf

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 34.95

    Offering insight and equal consideration into the societies of the "civilized" and "uncivilized" world, Europe and the People Without History deftly explores the historical trajectory of so-called modern globalization. In this foundational text about the development of the global political economy, Eric R. Wolf challenges the long-held anthropological... more...

  • Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told Youby Agustín Fuentes

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    There are three major myths of human nature: humans are divided into biological races; humans are naturally aggressive; men and women are truly different in behavior, desires, and wiring. In an engaging and wide-ranging narrative Agustín Fuentes counters these pervasive and pernicious myths about human behavior. Tackling misconceptions about what race,... more...

  • Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodiesby Seth Holmes

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies provides an intimate examination of the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants in our contemporary food system. An anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, Holmes shows how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care. Holmes’s material is visceral... more...

  • The Scholar Deniedby Aldon Morris

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    In this groundbreaking book, Aldon D. Morris’s ambition is truly monumental: to help rewrite the history of sociology and to acknowledge the primacy of W. E. B. Du Bois’s work in the founding of the discipline. Calling into question the prevailing narrative of how sociology developed, Morris, a major scholar of social movements, probes the way in which... more...

  • Subtle Bodiesby Glenn Peers

    University of California Press 2001; US$ 63.00

    Throughout the course of Byzantine history, Christian doctrine taught that angels have a powerful place in cosmology. It also taught that angels were immaterial, bodiless, invisible beings. But if that were the case, how could they be visualized and depicted in icons and other works of art? This book describes the strategies used by Byzantine artists... more...

  • Orientalist Aestheticsby Roger Benjamin

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 78.95

    Lavishly illustrated with exotic images ranging from Renoir's forgotten Algerian oeuvre to the abstract vision of Matisse's Morocco and beyond, this book is the first history of Orientalist art during the period of high modernism. Roger Benjamin, drawing on a decade of research in untapped archives, introduces many unfamiliar paintings, posters, miniatures,... more...

  • In Other Los Angelesesby Meiling Cheng

    University of California Press 2002; US$ 28.95

    Performance art and Los Angeles, two subjects spectacularly resistant to definitions, illuminate each other in this searching study by Meiling Cheng. A marginal artistic pursuit by choice as well as necessity, performance art has flourished in and about "multicentric" Los Angeles for nearly four decades, finding its own centers of activity, moving... more...