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Embattled Paradise: The American Family in an Age of Uncertainty
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Embattled Paradise: The American Family in an Age of Uncertainty

Arlene S. Skolnick

Was there really a golden age of the family in the 1950sor ever? This penetrating history of the American family mounts a withering criticism of the culture of nostalgia that clouds current debate and offers a plan for...

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Exploring Collaborative Research in Primary Care: Conference on Multimethod Research : Papers
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Exploring Collaborative Research in Primary Care: Conference on Multimethod Research : Papers

Benjamin F. Crabtree, William L. Miller, Richard B. Addison, Valerie Gilchrist, Anton J. Kuzel

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Uncertain Motherhood: Negotiating the Risks of the Childbearing Years
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Uncertain Motherhood: Negotiating the Risks of the Childbearing Years

Peggy-Anne Field, Patricia Marck

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OLU: Research Design and Statistics
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OLU: Research Design and Statistics

Sandy MacRae

The second in a series of three open learning units on research methods for the behavioural sciences. They are suitable either for classroom use or as distance learning material for students working alone. They make extensive use...

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The Subversive Family: An Alternative History of Love and Marriage
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The Subversive Family: An Alternative History of Love and Marriage

Ferdinand Mount

A brilliantly written and convincingly researched argument that marriage and the family, far from being the handmaidens of oppression by a ruling class, are in fact the chief obstacles to the exercise of any authority, whether...

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Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line
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Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line

Professor of Communication Studies Michael Eric Dyson (University of Pennsylvania University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Dyson reveals the pernicious influence of racial thinking across the broad canvas of American social and cultural life, from the disjunction between how whites and blacks view the world, to the way perceptions of black masculinity...

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Inka Storage Systems
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Inka Storage Systems

Terry V Levine, Terry Y Levine, Craig Morris, Coreen E Chiswell, Terence N D'Altroy (Columbia University, New York)

Inka storage systems financed the largest prehistoric New World empire, the Inka state, which extended almost three thousand miles along the west coast of South America and into the Andean highlands. In this volume, prominent...

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Method and Theory for Investigating the Peopling of the Americas
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Method and Theory for Investigating the Peopling of the Americas

Robson Bonnichsen, D Gentry Steele

The first of four volumes to come out of the first World Summit Conference on the peopling of the Americas, this includes sections on methods, geoarchaeology, biological approaches, linguistic approaches, and material culture.

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The Public Arts
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The Public Arts

Gilbert Seldes, Arthur Asa Berger

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Qualitative Research in Social Work
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Qualitative Research in Social Work

Edmund Sherman, William J. Reid

Assembles papers from leading academics and professionals on the subject of the recent trend toward qualitative study, which relies on small sample groups and interview data to best capture the context and complexity of social...

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Moral Knowing in a Hindu Sacred City: An Exploration of Mind, Emotion and Self
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Moral Knowing in a Hindu Sacred City: An Exploration of Mind, Emotion and Self

Steven M. Parish

Explores the interrelationship of mind, self, emotion and the development of moral consciousness in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur. The author investigates how the citizens have developed moral awareness in the context of cultural...

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Himalayan Households: Tamang Demography and Domestic Processes
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Himalayan Households: Tamang Demography and Domestic Processes

Thomas E. Fricke

A comprehensive study of the cultural ecology, demography, and domestic organization of one village undergoing socioeconomic changes, the Tamang community of Timling.

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A Postmodern Reader
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A Postmodern Reader

Joseph Natoli, Linda Hutcheon

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Prescription for Failure: Race Relations in the Age of Social Science
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Prescription for Failure: Race Relations in the Age of Social Science

Byron M. Roth

As racial tensions ravage America's inner cities, Byron M. Roth argues that the time has come to reassess our public policies on race and rethink the flawed theories that underlie them. In this pathbreaking book, Roth examines...

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Immigrant Life in New York City, 1825-1863
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Immigrant Life in New York City, 1825-1863

Robert Ernst

This is a historical study of acculturation in New York City. It documents the Americanisation of foreign enclaves within the city, showing the effects produced by church, school, foreign-language press and libraries - the...

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Breaking the Thread of Life: On Rational Suicide
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Breaking the Thread of Life: On Rational Suicide

Robert Laurence Barry

Suicide, and how civilized people should respond to it, is an increasingly controversial topic in modern society. In Holland, suicide is the third leading cause of death of people between the ages of fifteen and forty. In the...

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The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap
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The Connected Family: Bridging the Digital Generation Gap

Seymour Papert

At a time when parents wonder how computers are changing their children's lives, the world's foremost expert on how children learn to work with computers speaks out.

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I am Not for Myself
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I am Not for Myself

Ruth R. Wisse

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Social Organization: A Study of the Larger Mind
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Social Organization: A Study of the Larger Mind

Charles Horton Cooley, Philip Rieff

This classic text has set a standard for American sociology. The author provides analysis without empiricism, applying psychological insight to his study of the individual and collective self. First published in 1909, this work...

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Musical Life in a Changing Society: Aspects of Musical Sociology
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Musical Life in a Changing Society: Aspects of Musical Sociology

Kurt Blaukopf, David N. Marinelli

The sociology of music is a young discipline, and this book addresses the issues, demonstrating that there are a number of different musics -differing not only in how tonal material is used and how the music is structured but...

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The Culture of Complaint: The Fraying of America
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The Culture of Complaint: The Fraying of America

Robert Hughes

In this radical account of the decline of 20th-century American culture, the art critic of Time magazine insists that the politicization of almost every area of American culture has resulted in a fall in the standards required...

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Sociologia Politica
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Sociologia Politica

Jacques Lagroye

La ceremonia tradicional en la que el presidente de la Republica recibe el saludo de las instituciones, el programa de television luego de una eleccion parlamentaria con sus polemicas, analisis y reportajes, son hechos...

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Competence, Courage, and Change: an Approach to Family Therapy
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Competence, Courage, and Change: an Approach to Family Therapy

David B. Waters, Edith C. Lawrence

If we are not to define people by their deficits, how can we organize our understanding of them? This book argues that a concept of competence provides the needed framework.

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Falling Dawadawa Tree - the: Female Circumcision in Developing Ghana
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Falling Dawadawa Tree - the: Female Circumcision in Developing Ghana

Christiana Oware Knudsen

The book provides a solid ethnographic background to understanding circumcision practices in their ethnic, cultural and medical context.

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The Extraordinary Story of Human Origins
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The Extraordinary Story of Human Origins

Piero Angela, Alberto Angela

How can we know about the lives of our ancestors who lived 30,000, or 300,000, or 3 million years ago? This title addresses the many difficulties and challenges that scientists face in assembling the record of human evolution. It...

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Matsuri: Festivals of a Japanese Town
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Matsuri: Festivals of a Japanese Town

Michael Ashkenazi

A study of the importance of festivals in Japanese society which also contains a bilingual glossary.

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From Karl Mannheim
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From Karl Mannheim

Karl Mannheim, Kurt Wolff

Karl Mannheim's thought cuts across much of twentieth-century sociology, politics, history, philosophy, and psychology. This enlarged anthology con-vincingly demonstrates his centrality to present-day interpetive social and...

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Troublesome Presence: Democracy and Black Americans
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Troublesome Presence: Democracy and Black Americans

Eli Ginzberg, Alfred S. Eichner

Ginzberg and Eichner, in an innovative interpretation of basic political conflict in the American experience, reveal how democracy evolved without making a place for African Americans. The volume emphasizes the national, rather...

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Lacanian Theory of Discourse: Subject, Structure, and Society (POD)
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Lacanian Theory of Discourse: Subject, Structure, and Society (POD)

Bracher, Marshall W. Alcorn, Ronald J. Corthell, Francoise Massardier-Kenney

A collection that introduces and develops Lacanian thought concerning the relations among language, subjectivity, and society. It offers an account of how language both interacts with and constitutes structures of subjectivity,...

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The History and Geography of Human Genes
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The History and Geography of Human Genes

L.L. Cavalli-Sforza, Paolo Menozzi, Alberto Piazza

Offers a full-scale account of human evolution as it occurred across various continents. This book reconstructs the history of evolution by focusing on genetic divergence among human groups. It examines over 110 different...

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The Peoples of Borneo
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The Peoples of Borneo

Victor T. King

Examines the ethnic diversity of Borneo and shows that, beneath these variations, there are common social and cultural features. The book provides a view of traditional Bornean societies and cultures, documenting the challenge to...

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Teachings from the American Earth: Indian Religion and Philosophy
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Teachings from the American Earth: Indian Religion and Philosophy

Dennis Tedlock, Barbara Tedlock

A much needed book. It not only provides the proper orientation to its material, but its humanistic approach is more perceptive and illuminating than technical scholarship. -Theodore H. Gaster, Columbia University

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Advance Directives and the Pursuit of Death with Dignity
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Advance Directives and the Pursuit of Death with Dignity

Norman L. Cantor

An advance medical directive (living will) is a device aimed at controlling medical intervention during the dying process after a patient is no longer competent. This book outlines the legal foundation and framework governing...

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Fruit of the Motherland: Gender in an Egalitarian Society
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Fruit of the Motherland: Gender in an Egalitarian Society

Maria Lepowsky

An ethnographic study of how gender is negotiated in Vanatinai, a small matrilineal island near New Guinea.

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Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas
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Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas

Robert R. Desjarlais

Presents a study of the relationship between culture and emotional distress, an examination of the cultural forces that influence, make sense of, and heal severe pain and malaise.

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Cemeteries Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture
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Cemeteries Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture

Richard Meyer

Cemeteries house the dead, but grave-markers are fashioned by the living, who record on them not only their pleasures, sorrows, and hopes for an afterlife, but also more than they realize of their history, ethnicity, and culture....

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Working and Caring
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Working and Caring

T. Berry Brazelton

0-8133-1027-X the Soviet Nationality Reader: the Disintegration in Context

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Agenda for a New Left: Answering the Free-market Right
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Agenda for a New Left: Answering the Free-market Right

Hilary Wainwright

As disillusion sets in with the free market right-- the legacy of Thatcher, Reagan and Geoffrey Sachs--Hiliary Wainwright retrieves and develops what was best in the thinking and practice of the new left.

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Peoples in Contact: Remembering the Past, Sharing the Future - Conference Papers, Greifswald, June 19-21, 1992
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Peoples in Contact: Remembering the Past, Sharing the Future - Conference Papers, Greifswald, June 19-21, 1992

Anette Brauer, etc.

1992 - the quincentenary of the discovery of America by Columbus - for the participants of the Greifswald conference this did not mean to celebrate but to reflect on the effects and consequences of this clash of cultures. The...

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North African Jewry in the Twentieth Century: Jews of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria
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North African Jewry in the Twentieth Century: Jews of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria

Michael M. Laskier

Before widescale emigration in the early 1960s, North Africa's Jewish communities were among the largest in the world. This title presents the picture of three Third World Jewish communities, tracing their exposure to...

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Betty Neuman: The Neuman Systems Model
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Betty Neuman: The Neuman Systems Model

Karen S. Reed

Neuman's Systems Model is a comprehensive conceptual framework, used extensively in nursing education; it reflects nursing's interest in holism and the influence of the environment on health. This volume provides a clear and...

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Social Development: History, Theory, and Research
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Social Development: History, Theory, and Research

Joan E. Grusec, Hugh Lytton

For many years students who took courses in social development had no text available for their use. Those of us who instructed them had to rely on assigning journal articles to be read and providing an overview and syn- thesis of...

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Children of Divorce: Helping Kids When Their Parents are Apart
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Children of Divorce: Helping Kids When Their Parents are Apart

Debbie Barr-Stewart

This realistic yet compassionate book tells the truth about divorce -- how it forever changes the lives of those it touches. It speaks candidly about how children respond to divorce and the changes it imposes on their lives. But...

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Innerworldly Individualism: Charismatic Community and Its Institutionalization
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Innerworldly Individualism: Charismatic Community and Its Institutionalization

A. Seligman

This book looks to colonial history, in particular seventeenth-century New England, to understand the sources of modern nation-building. Seligman analyzes how cultural assumptions of collective identity and social authority...

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The Nature of Nurture
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The Nature of Nurture

Theodore D. Wachs

Synthesizes knowledge about the nature of environmental influences upon children's development. This title explores such issues as individual differences in response to stress, medical treatment, parenting styles and teaching...

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The Indigenous Voice in World Politics: Since Time Immemorial
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The Indigenous Voice in World Politics: Since Time Immemorial

Franke Wilmer

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To Die for Germany: Heroes in the Nazi Pantheon
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To Die for Germany: Heroes in the Nazi Pantheon

Jay W. Baird

A study of Nazi heroic mythology that focuses on the dark, death-enthralled underpinnings of the German political and cultural psyche during the years 1918-45.

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The Eagle's Quest: A Physicist's Search for Truth in the Heart of the Shamanic World
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The Eagle’s Quest: A Physicist’s Search for Truth in the Heart of the Shamanic World

Fred Alan Wolf

An exploration of shamanism and its interaction with quantam physics examines natural healing, shape shifting, fire walking, near-death and out-of body experiences, lucid dreaming, and time traveling.

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