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Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life

by Nato Thompson

One of the country's leading activist curators explores how corporations and governments have used art and culture to mystify and manipulate us.

The production of culture was once the domain of artists, but beginning...


Stripped: More Stories from Exotic Dancers, Completely Revised and Updated Edition

by Bernadette Barton

What kind of woman dances naked for money? Bernadette Barton takes us inside countless strip bars and clubs, from upscale to back road as well as those that specialize in lap dancing, table dancing, topless...


The Soul of the Indian

by Charles A. Eastman

Eastman was a Native American physician, writer, national lecturer, and reformer. He was of Santee Sioux and Anglo-American ancestry. Active in politics and issues on American Indian rights, he worked to improve...


The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America

by Mark Sundeen

The radical search for the simple life in today’s America.

On a frigid April night, a classically trained opera singer, five months pregnant, and her husband, a former marine biologist, disembark an Amtrak...


Distributed Agency

The Radical Center: Middle Americans and the Politics of Alienation

by Donald I. Warren

This book is a mine of social research and an indispensible tool for anyone wishing to take the pulse of contemporary America.


Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States

by Su'ad Abdul Khabeer

This groundbreaking study of race, religion and popular culture in the 21st century United States focuses on a new concept, “Muslim Cool.” Muslim Cool is a way of being an American Muslim—displayed in...


Midwives and Mothers: The Medicalization of Childbirth on a Guatemalan Plantation

by Sheila Cosminsky

The World Health Organization is currently promoting a policy of replacing traditional or lay midwives in countries around the world. As part of an effort to record the knowledge of local midwives before it...


Pilgrims of Love: The Anthropology of a Global Sufi Cult

by Pnina Werbner

"... will be of interest not only to those concerned with Pakistan and the new Muslim presence in Europe, but also to those interested in an anthropological study of religion." -Barbara Metcalf, University of...


Sensitive Objects: Affect and Material Culture

by Jonas Frykman & Maja Frykman

Some objects seem especially personal and important to us - be it a quickly packed suitcase, an inherited vase, or a photograph. In Sensitive Objects the authors discuss when, how, and why particular objects...


John of God

Food Cults: How Fads, Dogma, and Doctrine Influence Diet

by Kima Cargill

Understanding how food fads and diets can develop a fervent following that rise to the level of a cult is a new area of study and often overlooked. Here, Kima Cargill and other experts shed fresh light on the...


Responses to Disasters and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Fostering Resilience

by Michèle Companion & Miriam S. Chaiken

As the global climate shifts, communities are faced with a myriad of mitigation and adaptation challenges. These highlight the political, cultural, economic, social, and physical vulnerability of social groups,...


An Archipelago of Care: Filipino Migrants and Global Networks

by Deirdre McKay

Focusing on the experience of Filipino caregivers in London, some of whom are living and working illegally in their host country, Deirdre McKay considers what migrant workers must do to navigate their way in...


Early Tantric Medicine

Tikanga Māori (Revised Edition)

by Hirini Mead

Tikanga Māori is the authoritative and accessible introduction to understanding the correct Māori ways of doing things as they were done in the past, as they are done in the present – and as they may yet...


The Sociology of Speed

Everyday Sectarianism in Urban Lebanon: Infrastructures, Public Services, and Power

by Joanne Randa Nucho

What causes violent conflicts around the Middle East? All too often, the answer is sectarianism—popularly viewed as a timeless and intractable force that leads religious groups to conflict. In Everyday Sectarianism...


Working the Phones

by Jamie Woodcock

Over a million people in the UK work in call centres, and the phrase has become synonymous with low-paid and high stress work, dictatorial supervisors and an enforced dearth of union organisation. However, rarely...


Anthropology of Los Angeles: Place and Agency in an Urban Setting

by Jenny Banh, Beth F. Baker & Maryann Aguirre

The Anthropology of Los Angeles: Place and Agency in an Urban Setting questions the production and representations of both the real and imagined L.A. by documenting hidden histories that portray a collision...