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Batos, Bolillos, Pochos, and Pelados: Class and Culture on the South Texas Border

by Chad Richardson

"The Valley of South Texas," a recent joke goes, "is a great place to live. It's so close to the United States." Culturally, this borderland region is both Mexican and Anglo-American, and its people span the...


Proportion and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art

by Gay Robins & Ann S. Fowler

The painted and relief-cut walls of ancient Egyptian tombs and temples record an amazing continuity of customs and beliefs over nearly 3,000 years. Even the artistic style of the scenes seems unchanging, but...


Ariel

by José Enrique Rodó & Margaret Sayers Peden

First published in 1900 Uruguay, Ariel is Latin America's most famous essay on esthetic and philosophical sensibility, as well as its most discussed treatise on hemispheric relations. Though Rodó protested...


Our Lady of Guadalupe: Faith and Empowerment among Mexican-American Women

by Jeanette Rodríguez & Fr. Virgilio Elizondo

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most important religious symbol of Mexico and one of the most powerful female icons of Mexican culture. In this study, based on research done among second-generation Mexican-American...


East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio

by Richardo Romo

This is the story of the largest Mexican-American community in the United States, the city within a city known as "East Los Angeles." How did this barrio of over one million men and women-occupying an area greater...


The Illusion of Inclusion: The Untold Political Story of San Antonio, Texas

by Rodolfo Rosales

To many observers, the 1981 election of Henry Cisneros as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, represented the culminating victory in the Chicano community's decades-long struggle for inclusion in the city's political...


Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality

by Luana Ross

Luana Ross writes, "Native Americans disappear into Euro-American institutions of confinement at alarming rates. People from my reservation appeared to simply vanish and magically return. [As a child] I did...


Perennial Gardens for Texas

by Julie Ryan

A perennial garden is an ever-changing source of delight. Each season brings new colors and textures in flowers and foliage. As the years go by, perennial plantings mature and interweave into forms more beautiful...


From Viracocha to the Virgin of Copacabana: Representation of the Sacred at Lake Titicaca

by Verónica Salles-Reese

Surrounded by the peaks of the Andean cordillera, the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca have long provided refreshment and nourishment to the people who live along its shores. From prehistoric times, the Andean...


The Huarochiri Manuscript: A Testament of Ancient and Colonial Andean Religion

by George L. Urioste & Frank Salomon

One of the great repositories of a people's world view and religious beliefs, the Huarochirí Manuscript may bear comparison with such civilization-defining works as Gilgamesh, the Popul Vuh, and the Sagas....


The Birth of the Penitentiary in Latin America: Essays on Criminology, Prison Reform, and Social Control, 1830-1940

by Ricardo D. Salvatore & Carlos Aguirre

Opening a new area in Latin American studies, The Birth of the Penitentiary in Latin America showcases the most recent historical outlooks on prison reform and criminology in the Latin American context. The...


Men and Popular Music in Algeria: The Social Significance of Ra

by Marc Schade-Poulsen

Raï music is often called the voice of the voiceless in Algeria, a society currently swept by tragic conflict. Raï is the voice of Algerian men, young men caught between generations and classes, in political...


Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica and the Andes: An Anthology

by Margot Blum Schevill, Janet Catherine Berlo & Edward B. Dwyer

In this volume, anthropologists, art historians, fiber artists, and technologists come together to explore the meanings, uses, and fabrication of textiles in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia from...


Endangered and Threatened Animals of Florida and Their Habitats

by Chris Scott

A biological crossroads where temperate gives way to tropical and east blends into west, Florida has over twenty-five primary habitat types, several of which are unique to the state. Within these richly varied...


Cinema, Colonialism, Postcolonialism: Perspectives from the French and Francophone Worlds

by Dina Sherzer

In this first major study of French colonial and postcolonial cinema, Dina Sherzer compiles essays by some of the foremost scholars on the subject who interrogate and analyze the realities behind the images...


Defending the Land of the Jaguar: A History of Conservation in Mexico

by Lane Simonian

Mexican conservationists have sometimes observed that it is difficult to find a country less interested in the conservation of its natural resources than is Mexico. Yet, despite a long history dedicated to the...


The Evolution of a State, or, Recollections of Old Texas Days

by Noah Smithwick & Charles Shawl

"I was but a boy in my nineteenth year, and in for adventure when I started out from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with all my worldly possessions, consisting of a few dollars in money, a change of clothes, and a...


The Devil and the Land of the Holy Cross: Witchcraft, Slavery, and Popular Religion in Colonial Brazil

by Laura de Mello e Souza & Diane Grosklaus Whitty

Originally published in Brazil as O Diabo e a Terra de Santa Cruz, this translation from the Portuguese analyzes the nature of popular religion and the ways it was transferred to the New World in the sixteenth...


Chapters on Marriage and Divorce: Responses of Ibn Hanbal and Ibn Rahwayh

by Susan A. Spectorsky

While western-derived legal codes have superseded Islamic law in many parts of the Muslim world, Islamic, Koran-based law still retains its force in the area of marriage and family relations, the area that is...


Parks for Texas: Enduring Landscapes of the New Deal

by James Wright Steely

State parks across Texas offer a world of opportunities for recreation and education. Yet few park visitors or park managers know the remarkable story of how this magnificent state park system came into being...