By Elise M. Prébin
By Lawrence R. Samuel
The supernatural—psychic phenomena (telepathy, clairvoyance, or ESP), speaking with the useless, and the sighting and monitoring of ghosts—has performed an essential function in American tradition around the final century. actually, consciousness and curiosity within the supernatural has elevated, regardless of our society's reliance upon and exuberance for technology and know-how. Even a few most sensible students, officers from the army and police, and public figures in areas as excessive because the Oval place of work have believed in at the least a few points of the supernatural.Supernatural the US: A Cultural historical past is the 1st ebook to ascertain the cultural background of the supernatural within the usa, documenting how the growth of technological know-how and expertise coincided with an increase in supernatural/paranormal ideals. From the flourishing of "spiritism" within the Nineteen Twenties to the early twenty first century, whilst the mystical is greater than ever, this enjoyable and academic ebook explains the impossible to resist attract of the supernatural in the USA.
By H. D. R. Baker
This can be the tale of ways one courageous scientist unlocked the secret on the center of this such a lot feared of illnesses. This discovery used to be made in Hong Kong before everything of the twentieth century, in the course of an endemic that threatened to decimate the island and, from there, the area. A stressful and scary race used to be run in appalling stipulations via rival scientists: Alexandre Yersin - rigorous, solitary, cerebral - and the clever Kitasaka, unscrupulous, enigmatic, careless. Spiced with anecdotes, evidence and chilling reconstructions, this research of the plague within the glossy global brings a few tense proof to mild.
By Elizabeth Finnis
With globalization has come an elevated specialize in food—where it comes from, the way it is transported, who eats it, and what cultural value it has. This quantity brings jointly ethnographically dependent anthropological analyses of transferring meanings and representations linked to the meals, parts, and cooking practices of marginalized and/or indigenous cultures. participants are relatively attracted to how those meals intersect with politics, nationhood and governance, identification, authenticity, and conservation.
The chapters disguise different locales, concerns, and meals: the cultural meanings of sinonggi, a thick sago porridge from Sulawesi, Indonesia; the importance of pom, a Surinam dish renowned within the Netherlands; the transformation of alpaca meat in Peru; the influence of culinary tourism on indigenous delicacies in Mexico; the re-presenting of teenybopper millets in South India; and the advance of cheeses within the Italian Alps. A conceptual essay on nutrients and social obstacles rounds out the collection.
all through, the members tackle vital questions, together with: How are conventional meals "repackaged" within the means of mainstreaming entry? What does this repackaging suggest for the methods neighborhood or indigenous peoples view their conventional nutrition practices? How are neighborhood cuisines mobilized in routine to create nationwide photographs and identities? What tensions emerge among new representations of meals and native cultural meanings?
jointly the individuals offer a considerate inquiry into what occurs whilst meals and culinary practices are moved from the cultural or actual margins, and the way such events could be formed by—and hired within the pursuit of—political, social, and cultural goals.
By Joseph Shaules
A Beginner's advisor to the Deep tradition event is an easy-to-read consultant to deep culture-the subconscious cultural programming that we frequently do not observe till we pass in another country. it's written for those that commute, for either company and delight, who are looking to transcend the superficial internationalism caused via globalization. It exhibits readers the best way to get extra out in their travels and stocks anthropologist Edward Hall's conviction that changing into conscious of our subconscious cultural programming is a transcendental problem dealing with we all.
By Lucy Norris
In cutting-edge globally attached industry, a marriage sari in rural north India may perhaps develop into a woman's shirt or cushion disguise in a Western boutique. Lucy Norris’s anthropological learn of the recycling of garments in Delhi follows clothing as they're talented, worn, passed on, discarded, recycled, and offered once again. presents of garments are used to make and holiday relationships inside middle-class families, yet a transforming into surplus of undesirable garments now contributes to a world glut of cloth waste. whilst outdated garments is, for example, bartered for brand spanking new kitchen utensils, it enters an enormous waste commodity procedure during which it can be resold to the terrible or remade into new textiles and exported. Norris strains those neighborhood and transnational flows via houses and markets as she tells the tales of the folks who paintings within the mostly hidden international of material recycling.
By Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
By Marcel Danesi (auth.)
How and while did the kiss develop into an essential signal of romance and love? during this wide-ranging ebook, popular culture professional Marcel Danesi takes the reader on a desirable trip during the heritage of the kiss, from poetry and portray to videos and well known songs, and argues that its romantic incarnation signaled the beginning of well known culture.
By Peter North, Harvey Tripp
CultureShock! Saudi Arabia offers an perception into dwelling and dealing in a state the place Islam governs nearly each point of lifestyles. discover the genuine psyche of the Saudi people—the males clad of their thobes and gutra and ladies of their abayas—and their exact lifestyle, a way of life which foreigners could locate alien and a problem to deal with. Containing beneficial details not just at the useful points of settling in, this ebook will supply pointers on how top to combine into Saudi society. know about Saudi legislation and concentrate on what may well get you thrown in penal complex or less than the executioner's awl. CultureShock! Saudi Arabia is key for somebody who desires to totally comprehend this Islamic state and get the main out of his or her remain within the nation.