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Symbols, Conflict, and Identity
Symbols, Conflict, and Identity (July 1993)
Essays in Political Anthropology
Zdzislaw Mach - Author

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 groups and the protection and development of their identities, especially ethnic identity. He places his study within the context of social order and the structure of power, using case studies which deal especially with the significance of politics...(Read More)
The Politics of Public Memory
The Politics of Public Memory (July 1993)
Tourism, History, and Ethnicity in Monterey, California
Martha K. Norkunas - Author

This book examines American public culture and the means by which communities in the U.S. reconstruct the past and reinterpret the present in the development of tourism. Norkunas shows how public culture is not confined to just museums or monuments, but can be constructed on many different levels and in different settings, such as community ethnicity, natural setting (environment), literary landscape, and history. In her case study of Monterey, th...(Read More)
The Nature of Shamanism
The Nature of Shamanism (May 1993)
Substance and Function of a Religious Metaphor
Michael Ripinsky-Naxon - Author

"This book is provocative! It is a 'thinking book;' the reader cannot remain passive. It makes one realize that truths are constantly being rediscovered in all cultures throughout all time--how we create culture and how culture in turn creates us--the circle of truths, ancient and modern. I was sometimes awestruck by the comprehension of the author. A profound and powerful work, I enjoyed it to the last sentence." -- Lana Clark
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Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation, and Adornment
Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation, and Adornment (September 1992)
The Denaturalization of the Body in Culture and Text
Frances E. Mascia-Lees - Editor
Patricia Sharpe - Editor

Analyzes the power of culture to encode its messages on the human form.

This exciting book engages the most current debates about the representation of the human body, particularly the female body, in various media such as literature, film, and popular magazines. Thoroughly conversant with the latest in feminist criticism, gender theory, and the predicaments of postmodern culture, the authors explore various narrative...(Read More)
The Eternal Food
The Eternal Food (September 1992)
Gastronomic Ideas and Experiences of Hindus and Buddhists
R. S. Khare - Editor

The interdisciplinary approaches presented here investigate food in India and Sri Lanka for its wide ranging cultural meaning and uses. The authors examine food in religious and literary contexts, where saints, ritualists, poets, and the divine often provide grounds for a practically inexhaustible hermeneutics.

The Eternal Food focuses on reflexive cultural expressions and personal experiences that food elicits in the region. Conce...(Read More)
Anthropological Research
Anthropological Research (July 1992)
Process and Application
John J. Poggie Jr. - Editor
Billie R. DeWalt - Editor
William W. Dressler - Editor

The authors of this book share a common assumption about anthropology--that replicable and systematic procedures of data collection and analysis are essential requirements for building useful cultural theory. They view cultural theory as both an aid to understanding sociocultural phenomena, and as an aid in changing existing social conditions.

This book focuses on five specific themes representing a set of principles for conducting research:...(Read More)
Perspectives in Cultural Anthropology
Perspectives in Cultural Anthropology (July 1987)
Herbert Applebaum - Editor

Designed as a reader for courses, this anthology presents an array of theories and interpretations in the field of modern cultural anthropology. It provides a deeper understanding of the major theoretical orientations which have historically guided and currently guide anthropological research.

"I like the scope of the selections chosen, and the fact that they represent a wide range of contemporary points of view. The collection of rea...(Read More)
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