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The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature and Art
The Predicament of Culture
Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature and Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0674698436
The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford shows authoritative accounts of other ways of life to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial contexts. His critique raises questions of global significance: Who has the authority to speak for any group's identity and authenticity? What are the essential elements and boundaries of a culture? How do self and "the other" clash in the encounters of ethnography, travel, and modern interethnic relations? In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late-twentieth century predicament of living simultaneously within, between, and after culture.
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Homo Ludens
A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0807046817
Presents an historical approach to the concept of play as a cultural phenomenon.
English Society in the Eighteenth Century
English Society in the Eighteenth Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0140138196
A portrait of 18th century England, from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered include - diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.
The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race in America
The Content of Our Character
A New Vision of Race in America
Paperback      ISBN: 006097415x
Essays argue that Blacks are more oppressed by doubt than racism, looks at the origins of racial conflict in America, and assess the failures of social policies designed to lessen racial differences
Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States
Crabgrass Frontier
The Suburbanization of the United States
Paperback      ISBN: 0195049837
Traces the development of American suburbs, suggests reasons for their growth, compares American residential patterns with those of Europe and Japan, and looks at future trends
The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community, and the American Dream
The Next American Metropolis
Ecology, Community, and the American Dream
Paperback      ISBN: 1878271687
Regarding issues of urban sprawl Visit Sprawl Net, at Rice University. It's under construction, but it should be an interesting resource. Check out the traffic in the land of commuting. And, finally, enjoy Los Angeles: Revisiting the Four Ecologies.
The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings
The Vanishing Hitchhiker
American Urban Legends and Their Meanings
Paperback      ISBN: 0393951693
Presents a collection of examples of major American urban legends, one of the most common forms of contemporary American folklore, and explains their popular appeal
The Secret Language of Symbols: A Visual Key to Symbols and Their Meanings
The Secret Language of Symbols
A Visual Key to Symbols and Their Meanings
Paperback      ISBN: 0811804623
Explores the culture, history, and psychology that lies behind a wide range of symbols
Wild Women: Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era
Wild Women
Crusaders, Curmudgeons, and Completely Corsetless Ladies in the Otherwise Virtuous Victorian Era
Paperback      ISBN: 0943233364
A fascinating and sometimes humorous glimpse into the lives of 150 19th-century American women who refused to whittle themselves down to the Victorian model of proper womanhood. 50-black-and-white photos.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Paperback      ISBN: 0374520089
Eight essays discuss wild bears, a Maine game warden, family practice physicians, energy conservation, and political campaigning