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The diary of Mircea Eliade, the seminal thinker on religion, during the period he served as a diplomat in Portugal.
Explores the question of student silence from students’ perspectives and challenges the conventional wisdom about silent students.
A look at the voluntary sector in Japan, which has emerged strongly only in recent years.
A demographic portrait of gay and lesbian couples who live together in committed relationships.
A comprehensive cultural and historical portrait of Italian American identities in Boston’s North End.
Looks at perceptions of the miraculous in a variety of contemporary South Asian religious traditions-Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
Uses new critical approaches to demonstrate deep affinities in these vastly different filmmakers’ philosophies on film, fantasy, and reality.
The story of a 17th century Mohawk woman's interaction with her land, the Jesuits, and the religion they brought.
An interdisciplinary look at the dramatic changes in the contemporary Japanese family, including both empirical data and analyses of popular culture.
How perceptions of land and space influence social and aesthetic conditions in the Tamil region of India.
Anthropological case studies of the interplay of space, culture, and power in Iberia since 1850.
Explores how Chinese medicine deals with emotional disorders.
Explores how tradition and modernity coexist in regional Japan, arguing that the rural/urban dichotomy is outmoded for understanding this contemporary society.
Tells the story of how two philanthropists promised each of the 112 graduating sixth graders at Belmont Elementary, a school in one of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods, a fully paid college education to the institution of their choice.
Examines the economic activities of self-employed brickmakers and the unpaid family members and others who assist them in Mexico.
Examines the backpacking trip usually taken by Israeli youth following military service.
This is the first general theory of time-consciousness and social experience ever developed.
Examines how small firms, like large ones, are mobilizing to compete in a global economy.
A surprising look at how the Internet does, and does not, affect public discourse and social practice in the Middle East and Kuwait in particular.
Looks at how foreigners were regarded in three ancient civilizations, finding that cultural, not biophysical, differences were key in distinguishing "us" from "them. "
Chronicles the growing impact of job uncertainty on workers in Europe.
A fascinating look at fans of a variety of popular culture phenomena in Japan.
Uses the world's fair of 1992 to spotlight changes in the political cultures of Spain and Europe.
Offers an analysis of the dynamics of Taiwan's export-oriented industrialization, particularly its impact on women and other workers.
Focuses on the lives of female Hindu ascetics and the significance of gender to the tradition of renunciation.
Considers the definitions and implications of style in Anglo-Saxon art and literature.
A different approach to contemporary ethnography, embracing the idea that alternative genres may be used to express cultural experience.
Addresses how shepherding communities in Israel and the Middle East might be preserved.
Explores Americans' increasing attraction to alternative medicine by looking at two alternative health networks, one "New Age," the other conservative Christian.
A first-hand description of the Durga Puja, the Hinda celebration of the Great Goddess.
A demographic and ethnographic exploration of how the aging Japanese society is affecting the family.
An introduction to the Ram bhakti tradition and a fascinating account of its practice among a group of Central Indian Untouchables.
Examines the privatization of agriculture in eastern Germany since 1989.
Confronts major questions facing anthropology, Marxist theory, cultural studies, feminism, and history.
A comparative analysis of the social and cultural dimensions of nationalism in the Middle East.
Synthesis of Mediterraneum’s first seminar.
Uses the concept of family, both literally and metaphorically to provide an introduction to Chinese culture.
Explores how Transylvania figures in the Hungarian imagination and how this border region functions in the creation of national identity.
A bold work of African philosophy and theology that brings together witchcraft and the philosophy of Levinas.
Parallels and contrasts values from world religions and those proposed by the environmental perspective of deep ecology.
Independent researchers interview urban middle school students to get their impressions of the teachers that help them to succeed in schools.
A fascinating exploration of the subculture of Japanese day laborers, whose lives depart radically from the traditions of stability Westerners associate with Japan.
An accessible, comprehensive source of information on the Korean language--its structure and history to its cultural and sociological setting.
Uses the history of Trieste and the Italo-Yugoslav border to examine how representations of difference have affected the politics of sovereignty during the twentieth century.
Uses textual and archaeological evidence to argue that emerging Egyptian and Greek architectural technologies were crucial to the origins and development of Greek philosophy.
Ranging across contemporary culture from the academy to shopping malls, this book offers engaged cultural criticism in a postfeminist context.
Drawing on textual and anthropological research, this book demonstrates how popular ritual texts and stories have shaped the religion and culture of the only surviving Mahayana Buddhist society, the Newars of Kathmandu.
Presents powerful lessons about the realities of school reform by portraying the experiences of five teachers involved in a restructuring initiative.
These nine short stories explore love and loss in contemporary Damascus, as well as the possibilities of writing ethnography as fiction.
Looks at how teenagers in one small town use spaces and give value and meaning to specific places.
Uncovers the methodological principles that govern interpretive change.
Presents an analysis of the "nomadic" consciousness of our ancestors, and the forces --religious and political --that overwhelmed it during the Neolithic era, and considers its revival in the twentieth century.
Examines the cultural construction of senility in Japan and the moral implications of dependent behavior for older Japanese.
A fascinating ethnographic study of a high school in Toronto, with surprising insights into how these adolescents identify themselves in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.
Examines the political views implicit in the mythological theories of three of the most widely read popularizers of myth in the twentieth century, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell.
Presents the first book-length examination of both the biological and cultural factors in human sexuality.
Explores rural resistance, class consciousness, and the politics of contemporary culture through the experience of family farmers in France's "red south."
A vivid ethnography of a group of students training to become schoolteachers in Bolivia and the challenges they face as they try to maintain their indigenous identity.
Through the sharing of one man's life and photographs, this ethnography of human existence covers religion, philosophy, literature, the environment, visual arts, music, drama, literary criticism, sociology, and the psychology of self.
Using the pork production industry as an example, this book illuminates the processes and consequences of agricultural industrialization for the social, economic, human, environmental, and political health of the rural United States.
Contrasting "native" and "outsider" points of view, this book explores the contemporary realities of work, development and redevelopment in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, a New England community undergoing rapid industrial restructuring.
An interdisciplinary exploration of the meanings of hair in Asia from classical times to contemporary contexts.
Examines the changing texture of power relations in non-traditional U. S. worksites.
Examines the impact of coca and the cocaine trade on the Latin American country most affected by it, Bolivia.
"A breadth of interdisciplinary voices" discuss how geographical insularity - specifically that of Britain and Ireland - has affected artistic tradition.
Essays and case studies by anthropologists provide insight into what measures might be necessary to mitigate the potentially harmful effects of tourism on host communities.
Discusses the impact of inner city redevelopment programs and policies on the homeless and shows the methods used (civil protests, squatting, and legal advocacy) by the homeless to organize a tactical resistance to restructuring efforts. Presents case studies of two different types of homeless organized resistance groups in Chicago and San Jose.
Exploring the Hindu concepts of good and bad deaths, this rich ethnography follows pilgrims who choose to travel to the holy city of Kashi to die.
Examines the discourses and experiences associated with space and place in contemporary Israel.
Describes the experiences of a group of adult Brazilian women in a literacy program with explicit emancipatory objectives.
Examines the theory and methods by which social scientists study the human lived experienced.
An account of the life of the Ashkenazi Jews in Mexico in this century highlights the intersection of cultural and political international problems, shedding light on the contemporary condition of minorities the world over.
This first scholarly work on Randolph includes the full text of his two most important manuscripts on sexual magic.
Delves into the lives and words of adolescents to examine how they assert their ethnic and racial identities within school settings.
Explores the history and nature of vrats (ritual fasts) in text and practice, and the roles these rites play in the lives of Hindu women in North India.
Explores, interprets, and critically analyzes various success ethics that have shaped American culture and education. It also formulates new forms of the success ethic in order to uncover overlooked models and to overcome the shortcomings of previous genres.
Examines American and Middle Eastern texts in studies of Orientalism and Occidentalism, and argues for a new approach to cultural studies that incorporates a wider variety of materials.
Guides students through the step-by-step procedure of qualitative social research using the dialogical hermeneutic method of analysis.
Examines the ways in which cultural practices and knowledges are produced in and out of schools around the world.
Provides a coherent and defensible interpretation of Eliade's thought which allows less familiar readers to approach Eliade with a greater clarity and precision. Foreword by Mac Linscott Ricketts, a leading translator of Eliade's writings.
Examines a series of theoretical and methodological issues faced by social scientists in interpretive and ethnographic studies of human group life.
Helps people working with youth think in new ways about the relationships between work, love, and identity and how these interact within the socio-political processes of class, race, gender, and sexuality.
This book addresses the cross-cultural variations in the conceptions of face and facework from a multidisciplinary communication perspective. Facework represents one of the most important theoretical ...
Brockway exposes Western mythic thought from Paleolithic times to the present. Myth and mythic thinking did not cease with the rise of science and philosophy during the Enlightenment, but continue to ...
Placing identity within its cultural context, Fitzgerald offers ethnographic case material to examine the meaning and changing metaphors of ethnicity, male and female identity, and aging and identity. ...
The growing exchange of traditional craft objects in world markets has had a profound impact on the lives of the women and men who produce them. These essays describe how the flow of goods from the industrial ...
One Blood offers a wealth of ethnographic material, skillfully using traditional Jamaican images and expressions to present a coherent and systematic depiction of the Jamaican body, of how it works and ...
This book investigates cultural and social identity in contemporary complex societies, focusing especially on Eastern Europe. Mach explains the role of symbols and symbolic forms in he relations between ...
Henderson examines the foundations of an analytic social science approach to develop a well-integrated account of the human sciences, focusing on the pivotal notions of interpretation and explanation. ...
This book provides the latest research and theory in the area of children's play with their parents. It includes discussions of the basic processes involved in parent-child play, parent-child play in ...
Ellora is one of the great cave temple sites of India, with thirty-four major Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monuments of the late sixth to tenth centuries A. D. This book describes the Buddhist caves at Ellora ...
Ripinsky-Naxon explores the core and essence of shamanism by looking at its ritual, mythology, symbolism, and the dynamics of its cultural process. In dealing with the basic elements of shamanism, the ...
This book examines conflict as a normal and recurrent feature of primate social life, emphasizing that the study of aggression and social conflict is important to understanding the basic processes that ...
This book addresses the ways employers in American industries use race, gender, ethnicity, and institutions of the state and the church to manipulate workers' networks and communities, and ultimately, ...
Many contemporary neuroscientists are skeptical about the belief that dreaming accomplishes anything in the context of human adaptation and this skepticism is widely accepted in the popular press. This ...
This book examines the figure of the virgin, a symbol central to many aspects of society and sexuality in nineteenth-century England, and its effects on the Victorian literary imagination. Studying the ...
The contributors to this book are labor activists reflecting on their direct experiences and their union's efforts to address the serious problems facing them in a rapidly changing political and economic ...
This book presents an analysis amd review of work, starting with the Homeric period, then dealing with classical Greece and classical Rome, the early Christians and Jews, the early Middle Ages, the era ...
Analyzes the power of culture to encode its messages on the human form.