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Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools
Death at an Early Age
The Destruction of the Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools
Paperback      ISBN: 0452262925
A young teacher offers a firsthand account of the destructive effects of segregated Boston schools and their teachers on the African American children who attend them
Notes from Underground: Rock Music Counterculture in Russia
Notes from Underground
Rock Music Counterculture in Russia
Paperback      ISBN: 0791425444
Describes the Russian rock music counterculture and how it is changing in response to Russia's transition from a socialist to a capitalist society. It explores the lived experiences, the thoughts and feelings of the rock musicians as they meet the challenges of change.
Chippewa Customs
Chippewa Customs
Paperback      ISBN: 0873511425
Chippewa Customs, first published in 1929, remains an authoritative source for the tribal history, customs, legends, traditions, art, music, economy, and leisure activities of the Chippewa (Ojibway) Indians of the United States and Canada. Praise for Chippewa Customs "Densmore . . . has done a valuable piece of work for posterity by collecting this material."—Minnesota History
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
The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future
The Chalice and the Blade
Our History, Our Future
Paperback      ISBN: 0062502891
Argues that there was a prehistoric shift in human society to patriarchy and at present society is beginning to shift away from patriarchy
The Society of the Spectacle
The Society of the Spectacle
Paperback      ISBN: 0942299795
Analyzes the relationship of power, bureaucracy, and change in modern society
The Power of Myth
The Power of Myth
Paperback      ISBN: 0385418868
The noted mythologist discusses the relationship of ancient myths to modern life, including discussions of recent heros, tales of love and marriage, the power of myth, and mythic themes
Clothing and Difference: Embodied Identities in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
Clothing and Difference
Embodied Identities in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
Paperback      ISBN: 0822317915
This volume examines the dynamic relationship between the body, clothing, and identity in sub-Saharan Africa and raises questions that have previously been directed almost exclusively to a Western and urban context. Unusual in its treatment of the body surface as a critical frontier in the production and authentification of identity, Clothing and Difference shows how the body and its adornment have been used to construct and contest social and individual identities in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, and other African societies during both colonial and post-colonial times. Grounded in the insights of anthropology and history and influenced by developments in cultural studies, these essays investigate the relations between the personal and the public, and between ideas about the self and those about the family, gender, and national groups. They explore the bodily and material creation of the changing identities of women, spirits, youths, ancestors, and entrepreneurs through a consideration of topics such as fashion, spirit possession, commodity exchange, hygiene, and mourning. By taking African societies as its focus, Clothing and Difference demonstrates that factors considered integral to Western social development—heterogeneity, migration, urbanization, transnational exchange, and media representation—have existed elsewhere in different configurations and with different outcomes. With significance for a wide range of fields, including gender studies, cultural studies, art history, performance studies, political science, semiotics, economics, folklore, and fashion and textile analysis/design, this work provides alternative views of the structures underpinning Western systems of commodification, postmodernism, and cultural differentiation. Contributors. Misty Bastian, Timothy Burke, Hildi Hendrickson, Deborah James, Adeline Masquelier, Elisha Renne, Johanna Schoss, Brad Weiss
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality
Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0226067114
A comprehensive study of homosexuality in medieval Europe examines the interaction of social reality and moral argument and traces changes in public attitudes
The Kama Sutra of Vatsayana: The Classic Hindu Treatise on Love and Social Conduct
The Kama Sutra of Vatsayana
The Classic Hindu Treatise on Love and Social Conduct
Paperback      ISBN: 014019360x
The 1964 publication of Sir Richard Burton's translation marked the first wide appearance in English of the Kama Sutra and was celebrated as a literary event of highest importance. As vital to an understanding of ancient Indian civilization as the works of Plato and Aristotle are to the West, the Kama Sutra has endured for 1,700 years as an indisputable classic of world literature. Written with frankness and unassuming candor, the Kama Sutra remains one of the most readable and enjoyable of all the classics of antiquity. A work of philosophy, psychology, sociology, Hindu dogma, scientific inquiry, and sexology, the Kama Sutra's importance is so great that it has at the same time both affected Indian civilization and remained an indispensable key to understanding it.