Racism and Ethnic Studies
How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession
Hardcover ISBN: 1565840003
The author of Working and Hard Times examines the leading issue in American politics, presenting the feelings of nearly one hundred Americans on such issues as affirmative action, changing neighborhoods, secret prejudices, and more.
Adoring the Transnational Body
Paperback ISBN: 1859739695
Clothing the body is one of the most complicated acts of daily existence. When a nun ponders red shoes, an architect knots his bowtie, a lesbian laces her Doc Marten’s, or a nude model disrobes, each is engaging in a process of identity-making that is both intensely personal and deeply social. In an increasingly material world, negotiating dress codes is a nuanced art, informed by shifting patterns of power and authority, play and performance, as well as gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity and race. Drawing on ethnographic knowledge to connect theory and practice, authors reveal links between material culture, social and economic forces and personal performance -- from trade beads to Barbie, and from Taiwanese producer to Nike consumer -- to explain clothing choices through time and across cultures. Conventional understandings of the self, subject and society are shown to be inadequate when examining the interconnections of cultural and transnational economic systems of production and consumption that have a profound effect on human choice. Social climates in which dress accrues meaning are increasingly global climates, where women’s bodies are commodified, gender categories are rigidly bound, and sweatshop labourers are slaves to boundless consumer appetite. This interdisciplinary book represents an important contribution to a fascinating and contested realm of human experience, and will be indispensable for anyone interested in the sociology, anthropology and psychology of fashion, cultural studies or the fashion industry.
Ordinary People In An Extraordinary Land
Paperback ISBN: 0743270355
A look at Israeli contemporary culture notes its vibrant civic society in the face of war, its large percentage of professional workers, its Orthodox practices, its love of western music and technology, and its reverence for its military.
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
Shattering The Stereotypes
Muslim Women Speak Out
Paperback ISBN: 1566565693
Muslim women writers and scholars in the humanities and social sciences from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, most working in the US, offer their own representations of Muslim women in their essays, poems, journalism, religious discourses, fiction, and plays. There is no index. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Miao and the Feminine in China's Cultural Politics
Paperback ISBN: 082232444x
Minority Rules is an ethnography of a Chinese people known as the Miao, a group long consigned to the remote highlands and considered backward by other Chinese. Now the nation’s fifth largest minority, the Miao number nearly eight million people speaking various dialects and spread out over seven provinces. In a theoretically innovative work that combines methods from both anthropology and cultural studies, Louisa Schein examines the ways Miao ethnicity is constructed and reworked by the state, by non-state elites, and by the Miao themselves, all in the context of China’s postsocialist reforms and its increasing exchange and fascination with the West. She offers eloquently argued interventions into debates over nationalism, ethnic subjectivity, and the ethnography of the state. Posing questions about gender, cultural politics, and identity, Schein examines how non-Miao people help to create Miao ethnicity by depicting them as both feminized keepers of Chinese tradition and as exotic others against which dominant groups can assert their own modernity. In representing and consuming aspects of their own culture, Miao distance themselves from the idea that they are less than modern. Thus, Schein explains, everyday practices, village rituals, journalistic encounters, and tourism events are not just moments of cultural production but also performances of modernity through which others are made primitive. Schein finds that these moments frequently highlight internal differences among the Miao and demonstrates how not only minorities but more generally peasants and women offer a valuable key to understanding China as it renegotiates its place in the global order. Based on extensive, multisite fieldwork, this book will interest scholars of Asian studies, anthropology, gender studies, postcolonialism, ethnic studies, and cultural studies.
Masters Of The Living Energy
The Mystical World Of The Q'ero Of Peru
Paperback ISBN: 1594770123
An intimate glimpse into the world of ancient Peruvian spiritual practice and cosmology â€¢ Reveals the mysteries of the world of living energy (kawsay pacha) through intensive in-depth interviews with six Q'ero mystics â€¢ Explores the energetics, spirits, tools, and practices of Andean mysticism--the real story behind the fictionalized accounts in The Celestine Prophecy Known as the “keepers of the ancient knowledge,
One Palestine, Complete
Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate
Hardcover ISBN: 0805048480
A panoramic history of Palestine under the British mandate chronicles a turbulent thirty-year history, from 1917 to 1948, that set the stage for the conflict between Arabs and Jews that still haunts the region today, profiling the key figures and documenting the important events, that shaped Palestine. 25,000 first printing.
The Promise Fulfilled
A Portrait of Norwegian Americans Today
Hardcover ISBN: 0816628327
“Odd Lovoll provides fascinating and important insights about the distinctive presence in American life of Norwegian immigrants and their ancestors. Then again, I might be biased.