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Nobody Lives on Arthur Godfrey Boulevard
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Nobody Lives on Arthur Godfrey Boulevard

Gerald Costanzo

This is truly poetry in the American grain. Costanzo looks unflinchingly at our totems, artifacts and folkways, and sets them down just as they are, with a deadly but affectionate irony. --Carolyn Kizer

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Introduccion a La Etnopsiquiatria
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Introduccion a La Etnopsiquiatria

Raymond Fourastie, Maria Teresa Miccio

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Cattle, Capitalism and Class: Ilparakuyo Maasai Transformations
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Cattle, Capitalism and Class: Ilparakuyo Maasai Transformations

Peter Rigby

Focusing on the Ilparakuyo Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania, this book discusses why third world development policies with regard to pastoral societies are inappropriate and likely to fail. It analyzes the language and customs of the...

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On the Road to Tribal Extinction: Depopulation, Deculturation, and Adaptive Well-Being Among the Batak of the Philippines
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On the Road to Tribal Extinction: Depopulation, Deculturation, and Adaptive Well-Being Among the Batak of the Philippines

James F. Eder

The cultural and even physical extinction of the world's remaining tribal people is a disturbing phenomenon of our time. This study explores the adaptive limits of small human populations facing the ecological changes, social...

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Architecture of Alienation: Political Economy of Professional Education
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Architecture of Alienation: Political Economy of Professional Education

David Clarke, David Watkin

Focusing on six professions, this book investigates the differences, as well as the similarities, between and within professional groupings. Examining areas like the problems faced by female professionals, it offers an insight...

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Masked Culture: Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
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Masked Culture: Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

Jack Kugelmass

A nocturnal pageant of outrageous costumes, giant puppets, and otherwordly creatures comes alive one night each year to unleash the magic and drama of Halloween into the streets of New York City. This is a look into the history,...

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

D Gentry Steele, Robson Bonnichsen

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 Encyclopedia of World Cultures
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The Encyclopedia of World Cultures

Yale University Press, Paul Friedrich, David Levinson

This text includes statistical data and observations of cultures in Russia and China. For each culture, it examines its history, settlements, economy, cultural relations, land tenure kinship, marriage and family, religion and...

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The Senses Still: Perception and Memory as Material Culture in Modernity
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The Senses Still: Perception and Memory as Material Culture in Modernity

C.Nadia Seremetakis

This volume brings together essays by five scholars concerned with the senses and the anthropology of everyday life. Covering a wide range of topics from film to food, the authors describe ways in which sensory memories have...

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Pride and Prejudice: School Desegregation and Urban Renewal in Norfolk, 1950-1959
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Pride and Prejudice: School Desegregation and Urban Renewal in Norfolk, 1950-1959

Forrest R. White

This book studies the history of Norfolk during the 1950s, characterized by the voracity of the city's attack on urban blight and the ferocity of its resistance to school desegregation.

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Women's Two Roles: A Contemporary Dilemma
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Women’s Two Roles: A Contemporary Dilemma

Phyllis Moen

Addresses the following central questions: what are the major implications - for society, families, husbands, children and women themselves - of the substantial and progressive movement of American women into the labor force?

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Killing and Letting Die
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Killing and Letting Die

Bonnie Steinbock, Alastair Norcross

This is the second edition of a collection of 21 essays which airs the controversies surrounding the moral and legal distinctions between euthanasia and letting die . The authors address a range of questions, including medical...

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Knowledge and Passion: Essays in Sociology and Social Theory in Honour of John Rex
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Knowledge and Passion: Essays in Sociology and Social Theory in Honour of John Rex

Herminio Martins

This is a collection of essays in honour of John Rex who is Professor of Sociology at Warwick University. The essays aim to reflect and honour the moral and social commitment manifested in Rex's work, especially in the field of...

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Whither Israel?
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Whither Israel?

Keith Kyle, Joel Peters, Philip Robins

As it enters the 1990s Israel faces crucial political, economic and social challenges. Its parliamentary system is proving increasingly ineffective and its economy is beset by stagflation, inflation and unemployment. This text...

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Sick Societies: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony
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Sick Societies: Challenging the Myth of Primitive Harmony

Robert B. Edgerton

Edgerton challenges the notion that primitive societies were happy and healthy before they were corrupted and oppressed by colonialism. He surveys a range of ethnographic writings, and shows that many of these so-called innocent...

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The Condition of the Working Class in England: From Personal Observation and Authentic Sources
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The Condition of the Working Class in England: From Personal Observation and Authentic Sources

Friedrich Engels, E. J Hobsbawm

One of the classic texts of Marxist thought, a vitally important political, social and historical document, written out of a deep humanity and with great analytic skill.

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Ngoma: Discourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa
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Ngoma: Discourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa

Janzen, John M

A widespread form of ritual healing in Central and Southern Africa, ngoma is investigated here and interpreted in a contemporary context. The study incorporates spirit possession into a broader, institutional profile that...

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Social Discourse and Moral Judgement
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Social Discourse and Moral Judgement

Daniel N. Robinson

This collection of essays (presented at a symposium on social constructivism and morality) explore morality's development within the individual, its evolution within society and its place within the law.

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Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials
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Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials

Sarah Underhill Wisseman, Wendell S. Williams

Presents solutions to questions of dating composition, provenence and technology through the application of instrumental techniques to archaeological materials. This study also examines the reconstruction of early environments in...

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Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge
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Error and the Growth of Experimental Knowledge

Deborah G. Mayo

This text provides a critique of the subjective Bayesian view of statistical inference, and proposes the author's own error-statistical approach as an alternative framework for the epistemology of experiment. It seeks to address...

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Home and Work: Negotiating Boundaries Through Everyday Life
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Home and Work: Negotiating Boundaries Through Everyday Life

Christena E. Nippert-Eng

This text explores the intricacies and implications of how people draw the line between home and work. Arguing that relationships between the two realms range from those that are highly integrating to those that are highly ...

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Tomorrow, God Willing: Self-made Destinies in Cairo
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Tomorrow, God Willing: Self-made Destinies in Cairo

Unni Wikan

Living in a poor neighbourhood of Cairo, Umm Ali has raised eight children with almost no help from her husband or the Egyptian government. This book draws on the author's firsthand experience of Umm Ali's life to create an...

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On Social Structure and Science
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On Social Structure and Science

Robert K. Merton, Piotr Sztompka, Piotr Sztompka (Professor of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)

This definitive compilation encompasses the breadth of Robert Merton's works, from the earliest to the most recent, including his foundational writings on social structure and process, on the sociology of science and knowledge,...

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Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict
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Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict

Stuart A. Wright

Analyzes the events in 1993 that led to the death of 74 men, women and children in the Waco religious community in Texas. Examining topics such as the media's role and the relation between religion and violence, the book discusses...

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Performances
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Performances

Greg Dening

Throughout this text the author shows his awareness that the actual past remains fundamentally irreplicable. He asserts all histories to be culturally crafted artifacts, commensurate with folk tales, stage plays, or films.

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The Dancing Prophets: Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing
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The Dancing Prophets: Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing

Steven M. Friedson

For the Tumbuka people of Malawi, traditional medical practices are filled with music. This ethnography explores a health care system populated by dancing prophets, singing patients and drummed spirits.

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Natural Histories of Discourse
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Natural Histories of Discourse

Michael Silverstein, Greg Urban

This collection of ethnographies demonstrates that the divide between fleeting discursive practice and formed text is a constructed one, and that the constructional process reveals culture . The cultural processes of ...

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The Politics of Difference: Ethnic Difference in a World of Power
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The Politics of Difference: Ethnic Difference in a World of Power

Edwin N. Wilmsen, P.A. McAllister

This volume examines cases ranging from the well-publicized ethnonationalism of Bosnia and post-Apartheid South Africa to ethnic conflicts in Belgium and Sri Lanka. It explains the inadequacies of current approaches to power and...

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History of the Hour: Clocks and Modern Temporal Orders
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History of the Hour: Clocks and Modern Temporal Orders

Gerhard Dohrn-Van Rossu, Thomas Dunlap

This study of the organization of time offers insight into the history of the mechanical clock and its influence on European society from the late-Middle Ages to the industrial revolution. Detailing the clock's effects on social...

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The Culture and Power of Knowledge: Inquiries into Contemporary Societies
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The Culture and Power of Knowledge: Inquiries into Contemporary Societies

Nico Stehr, Richard V. Ericson

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Betteln Und Spenden
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Betteln Und Spenden

Andreas Voss, PhD, Andreas Voa, Andreas Vo

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Ethnographic Presents: Pioneering Anthropologists in the Papua New Guinea Highlands
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Ethnographic Presents: Pioneering Anthropologists in the Papua New Guinea Highlands

Terence E. Hays

Life on the frontier suggests excitement, danger, and backbreaking labour. In this book the frontier is the Highlands region of what is now Papua New Guinea - a part of the world largely unexplored by Westerners as late as 1950....

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Altered Loves: Mothers and Daughters during Adolescence
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Altered Loves: Mothers and Daughters during Adolescence

T.E. Apter

Examines the mother-daughter relationship during adolescence, discusses how mothers influence their daughters' behavior, and looks at the role of adolescence in the development of personality.

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The Paths to Domination, Resistance and Terror
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The Paths to Domination, Resistance and Terror

Carolyn Nordstrom, JoAnn Martin

A text on socio-political violence that highlights the human experience of domination, resistance and terror as they are woven into the fabric of everyday life. It takes the reader from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East to...

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Sacred Land, Sacred View: Navajo Perceptions of the Four Corners Region
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Sacred Land, Sacred View: Navajo Perceptions of the Four Corners Region

Robert S. McPherson

The more one learns about the Dine, or Navajo, the more one inevitably admires their way of perceiving and interpreting what lies just beyond the focus of ordinary human vision. Their renowned respect for nature and way of living...

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Japanese Religion and Society: Paradigms of Structure and Change
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Japanese Religion and Society: Paradigms of Structure and Change

Winston Davis

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The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion
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The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion

John R. Zaller, James H. Kuklinski, Dennis Chong

This 1992 book explains how people acquire political information from elites and the mass media and convert it into political preferences.

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Apprenticeship in Thinking: Cognitive Development in Social Context
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Apprenticeship in Thinking: Cognitive Development in Social Context

Barbara Rogoff

A study of the mental development of children, which examines children's learning as an apprenticeship, a social activity mediated by parents and peers who support and challenge the child's understanding and skills.

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African American Soldiers in the National Guard: Recruitment and Deployment During Peacetime and War
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African American Soldiers in the National Guard: Recruitment and Deployment During Peacetime and War

Charles Johnson

This detailed account aims to fill an important gap in our knowledge about the establishment of African American militias in 1877 and their services in wartime and peacetime until the integration of the National Guard in 1950. It...

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Sociological Insights: Readings in Introductory Sociology
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Sociological Insights: Readings in Introductory Sociology

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Wissenschaft Als Beruf / Politik Als Beruf
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Wissenschaft Als Beruf / Politik Als Beruf

Max - Studienausgabe Weber

English summary: Weber's famous speeches which he delivered to students in Munich at the end of his life, are presented together in a historical critical edition for the first time. Included are also a newspaper report of Science...

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War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica
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War and Society in Ancient Mesoamerica

Ross Hassig

Offering new insight into 3000 years of Mesoamerican history, from roughly 1500 BC to the Spanish conquest, this study examines the methods, purposes and values of warfare as practiced by the major pre-Columbian societies and...

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Self Sabotage Syndrome: Adult Children in the Workplace
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Self Sabotage Syndrome: Adult Children in the Workplace

Janet Geringer Woititz

Describes the characteristics of adult workers who grew up as the children of alcoholics, instructs how to achieve balance and develop healthy relationships at work, and discusses employee assistance programs.

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The Overworked America: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure
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The Overworked America: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure

Juliet Schor

This study looks at the decline of leisure time and the reasons for this decline - mainly the historical preference of employers for longer hours. In the last 20 years, the average working American has seen his or her working...

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Cultural Identity and Social Liberation in Latin American Thought
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Cultural Identity and Social Liberation in Latin American Thought

Ofelia Schutte

El libro tiene dos grandes temas: la identidad cultural, sobre la que se expresan opiniones balanceadas entre los extremos posibles, y la 'liberaci on social', entendida en general como liberaci on con respecto a estructuras...

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Ethnicity and the State
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Ethnicity and the State

Judith D. Toland

Modern states have evolved as complex political structures in which unitary forms of government maintain an uncertain equilibrium with ethnically plural societies. Historically, ruling elites have tried with little success to...

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Centres of Learning: Britain, France, Germany, United States
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Centres of Learning: Britain, France, Germany, United States

Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, Joseph Ben- David

The universities of Britain, France, Germany, and the United States stem from a common European academic tradition and are today among the most influential and powerful in the world. Each has cultivated a high degree of scientific...

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Cattle, Capitalism and Class: Ilparakuyo Maasai Transformations
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Cattle, Capitalism and Class: Ilparakuyo Maasai Transformations

Peter Rigby

Focusing on the Ilparakuyo Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania, this book discusses why third world development policies with regard to pastoral societies are inappropriate and likely to fail. It looks at the culture and explores the...

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