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Cultural Logics and Global Economies: Maya Identity in Thought and Practice

by Edward F. Fischer

As ideas, goods, and people move with increasing ease and speed across national boundaries and geographic distances, the economic changes and technological advances that enable this globalization are also paradoxically...


Blue-Ribbon Babies and Labors of Love: Race, Class, and Gender in U.S. Adoption Practice

by Christine Ward Gailey

Most Americans assume that shared genes or blood relationships provide the strongest basis for family. What can adoption tell us about this widespread belief and American kinship in general? Blue-Ribbon Babies...


Experiential Activities for Intercultural Learning

by Ned H. Seelye

Experiential Activities for Intercultural Learning is a collection of 32 activities designed to expand the repertoire of trainers and educators alike. Centering on the development of cultural awareness, this...


Cross-Cultural Dialogues: 74 Brief Encounters with Cultural Difference

by Craig Storti

Culture affects everything we do: the simplest phrase can be so steeped in cultural context that even seemingly innocent exchanges between people are loaded with cultural differences waiting to expand into misunderstanding...


Out in Africa: Same-Sex Desire in Sub-Saharan Literatures & Cultures

by Chantal Zabus

Homosexuality was and still is thought to be quintessentially 'un-African'. Yet in this book Chantal Zabus examines the anthropological, cultural and literary representations of male and female same-sex desire...


Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends

by Jan Harold Brunvand

An anthology of the most chilling urban legends of all time collected by the maestro himself. Urban legends are those strange, but seemingly credible tales that always happen to a friend of a friend. For the...


Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Paradigms, Principles, and Practices

by Milton J. Bennett

This long-awaited new edition is revised and expanded in response to the rapid evolution of multicultural societies and global organizations.


The Salish People: Volume III: The Mainland Halkomelem

by Charles Hill-Tout & Ralph Maud

Volume III of this four-volume ethnographic study focuses on the Mainland Halkomelem people of British Columbia, in the Pacific Northwest.


Here's Looking at Euclid: A Surprising Excursion Through the Astonishing World of Math

by Alex Bellos

Too often math gets a bad rap, characterized as dry and difficult. But, Alex Bellos says, "math can be inspiring and brilliantly creative. Mathematical thought is one of the great achievements of the human race,...


Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems

by Fatema Mernissi

Throughout my childhood, my grandmother Yasmina, who was illiterate and grew up in a harem, repeated that to travel is the best way to learn and to empower yourself. "When a woman decides to use her wings, she...


Arctic Twilight: Leornard Budgell and Canada's Changing North

by Claudia Coutu Radmore

In a series of beautifully crafted letters, former Hudson's Bay Company "servant" Leonard Budgell describes life in the Canadian North from the 1920s to the 1980s, as could only be done by someone who lived...


Spellbound: Inside West Africa's Witch Camps

by Karen Palmer

As I attempted to digest stories of spiritual cannibalism, of curses that could cost a student her eyesight or ignite the pages of the books she read, I knew I was not alone in my skepticism. And yet, when I...


Unwrapping Ancient Egypt

by Christina Riggs

In ancient Egypt, wrapping sacred objects, including mummified bodies, in layers of cloth was a ritual that lay at the core of Egyptian society. Yet in the modern world, attention has focused instead on unwrapping...


The Franz Boas Enigma

by Ludger Müller-Wille

How did Franz Boas become the central founder of anthropology and a driving force promoting science in public life in North America? To answer this question, linguistic and cultural barriers must be overcome...


Rocket Dreams: How the Space Age Shaped Our Vision of a World Beyond

by Marina Benjamin

In 1958, mankind's centuries-long flirtation with space flight became a torrid love affair. For a decade, tens of millions of people were enraptured -- first, by the U.S.-Soviet race to the moon, and finally,...


European National Identities: Elements, Transitions, Conflicts

by Roland Vogt, Wayne Cristaudo & Andreas Leutzsch

European National Identities explores the diversity of European states, nations, and peoples. In doing so, the editors focus on the origins and elements of different national identities in Europe and different...


Society of the Dead: Quita Manaquita and Palo Praise in Cuba

by Todd Ochoa

In a riveting first-person account, Todd Ramón Ochoa explores Palo, a Kongo-inspired "society of affliction" that is poorly understood at the margins of Cuban popular religion. Narrated as an encounter with...


Golden Dragon and Purple Phoenix: The Chinese and Their Multi-Ethnic Descendants in Southeast Asia

by KHOON CHOY LEE

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Many books have been written about the Chinese in Southeast Asia, but very few, if any, are written specifically about the...


Globalization and Localization: The Chinese Perspective

by ZHENGLAI DENG

The aim of this book is to provide the international readership a collection of articles authored by Chinese scholars on the subject of globalization and localization. In a world where no country is an island...


Modern Japan: Origins of the Mind: Japanese Traditions and Approaches to Contemporary Life

by ALEXANDER PRASOL

The book takes a fresh look at modern Japan, and does not treat the Japanese as enigmatic or mysterious people; their ways of thinking and their culture can be explained by an honest appraisal of their history...