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Victorian Fetishism
Victorian Fetishism (January 2009)
Intellectuals and Primitives
Peter Melville Logan - Author

Examines the importance of fetishism in nineteenth-century cultural theory.

Victorian Fetishism argues that fetishism was central to the development of cultural theory in the nineteenth century. From 1850 to 1900, when theories of social evolution reached their peak, European intellectuals identified all “primitive” cultures with “Primitive Fetishism,” a psychological form of sel...(Read More)
 
 
Miracle as Modern Conundrum in South Asian Religious Traditions
Miracle as Modern Conundrum in South Asian Religious Traditions (October 2008)
Selva J. Raj - Editor
Corinne G. Dempsey - Editor

Looks at perceptions of the miraculous in a variety of contemporary South Asian religious traditions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.

Claims of the miraculous are foundational to faith and skepticism, making and breaking religious careers and movements in their wake. Drawing on a variety of South Asian religious traditions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity—this book revolves around the...(Read More)
 
 
Tamil Geographies
Tamil Geographies (May 2008)
Cultural Constructions of Space and Place in South India
Martha Ann Selby - Editor
Indira Viswanathan Peterson - Editor

How perceptions of land and space influence social and aesthetic conditions in the Tamil region of India.

This interdisciplinary work explores how people in the Tamil region of India think about space and land, and how this, in turn, influences the creation of the social and aesthetic world they live in. Contributors focus on the notion of geography in its strictest sense, on verbal descriptions of land and space ...(Read More)
 
 
Recasting Culture and Space in Iberian Contexts
Recasting Culture and Space in Iberian Contexts (January 2008)
Sharon R. Roseman - Editor
Shawn S. Parkhurst - Editor

Anthropological case studies of the interplay of space, culture, and power in Iberia since 1850.

Focusing on the interplay of space, culture, and power in Iberia since 1850, this collection of case studies demonstrates how questions about social identities and power are also questions about mapping, texts, and concrete spaces. The late nineteenth and twentieth centuries are marked by a drive toward grandiose ideolo...(Read More)
 
 
The Internet in the Middle East
The Internet in the Middle East (October 2005)
Global Expectations and Local Imaginations in Kuwait
Deborah L. Wheeler - Author

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.

Providing one of the first ethnographies of the Internet revolution in the Arab world, The Internet in the Middle East analyzes the ways in which the Internet affects public discourse and social practice in Islamic society. With a special focus on Kuwait, Deb...(Read More)
 
 
Women on the Verge of Home
Women on the Verge of Home (March 2005)
Bilinda Straight - Editor
Ruth Behar - Foreword by

Interrogates the comfortable and stable contours of "home," asking what it means to women in different social, class, sexual, ethnic, and racial contexts in different times and places.

This book explores the idea of "home." Using feminist scholarship and ethnographically grounded readings of historical, literary, and cultural texts, contributors interrogate the comfortable and stable contours of ho...(Read More)
 
 
Culture, Economy, Power
Culture, Economy, Power (April 2002)
Anthropology as Critique, Anthropology as Praxis
Winnie Lem - Editor
Belinda Leach - Editor

Confronts major questions facing anthropology, Marxist theory, cultural studies, feminism, and history.

Grounded in a conviction that anthropological knowledge implies critique and that engaging in anthropology is also ultimately an act of praxis, various contributors explore the ways in which the precepts of Marxism continue to illuminate and enhance our understanding of culture, economy, and politics. They focus on the...(Read More)
 
 
Social Constructions of Nationalism in the Middle East
Social Constructions of Nationalism in the Middle East (January 2002)
Fatma Müge Göçek - Editor

A comparative analysis of the social and cultural dimensions of nationalism in the Middle East.

While Middle Eastern nationalism is most often examined from the political viewpoint, this book adds a fresh perspective by exploring the social and cultural dimensions. Although most scholars agree that nationalism is the most significant social and political phenomenon of the twentieth century, shaping individuals, socie...(Read More)
 
 
Looking Beyond the Mask
Looking Beyond the Mask (August 2001)
When American Women Marry Japanese Men
Nancy Brown Diggs - Author

Interviews with women in cross-cultural marriages, offering a unique insightinto Japanese life.

Looking Beyond the Mask focuses on the personal stories of the growing number of American women who--despite vast cultural differences, and sometimes because of them--are married to Japanese men. Although the problems encountered in such marriages are similar to those found in any union, there are cultural implications that can...(Read More)
 
 
Woodcutters and Witchcraft
Woodcutters and Witchcraft (March 2000)
Rationality and Interpretive Change in the Social Sciences
Mark W. Risjord - Author

Uncovers the methodological principles that govern interpretive change.

Well written and richly illustrated with vivid examples from Wittgenstein's woodcutters to witchcraft in Mexico and elsewhere, this book argues that the underlying methodological principle governing interpretive change is explanatory coherence.

"Mark Risjord's book is an important and original contribution to the philosophy of the social sciences. Wit...(Read More)
 
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