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Weaving Identities: Construction of Dress and Self in a Highland Guatemala Town

by Carol Hendrickson

Traje, the brightly colored traditional dress of the highland Maya, is the principal visual expression of indigenous identity in Guatemala today. Whether worn in beauty pageants, made for religious celebrations,...


The Mexican Urban Household: Organizing for Self-Defense

by Henry A. Selby, Arthur D. Murphy & Stephen A. Lorenzen

The sufferings of "ordinary" people under harsh economic conditions can eventually lead to the fall of governments. Given this fact, it becomes important to know how "ordinary" people live-what privations they...


Children in the Muslim Middle East

by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Today nearly half of all people in the Middle East are under the age of fifteen. Yet little is known about the new generation of boys and girls who are growing up in a world vastly different from that of their...


In Amazonia: A Natural History

by Hugh Raffles

The Amazon is not what it seems. As Hugh Raffles shows us in this captivating and innovative book, the world's last great wilderness has been transformed again and again by human activity. In Amazonia brings...


Fighters and Singers: The Lives of Some Australian Aboriginal Women

by Isobel White, Diane Barwick & Betty Meehan

The literature on Australian Aborigines is vast, but much of it is strangely silent about the experiences and activities of women. This collection of stories of the eventful lives and strong characters of a...


Roma in Europe: The Politics of Collective Identity Formation

by Ioana Bunescu

This path-breaking book explains the processes through which the heterogeneous population of Roma in Europe constitutes itself into a transnational collective identity through the practices and discourses of...


Cultural Renewal: Restoring the Liberal and Fine Arts

by Arthur Pontynen

The decline of interest in the liberal and fine arts is widely lamented. At issue is why this decline happened and how we might restore qualitative standards by which to live. Arthur Pontynen establishes that...


Obesity, Eating Disorders and the Media

by Karin Eli & Stanley Ulijaszek

How do the media represent obesity and eating disorders? How are these representations related to one another? And how do the news media select which scientific findings and policy decisions to report? Multi-disciplinary...


Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life

by Cheryl Mattingly

Moral Laboratories is an engaging ethnography and a groundbreaking foray into the anthropology of morality. It takes us on a journey into the lives of African American families caring for children with serious...


Unfinished Conversations: Mayas and Foreigners Between Two Wars

by Paul Sullivan

A century ago, European and North American archaeologists first came upon the extraordinary ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum—and started to converse with the Mayas who inhabited the forests of the Yucatan....


I Cover the Waterfront: Stories from the San Diego Shore

by Max Miller

“Distinctive, original, fresh in in tone and manner, with a quaint whimsicality of feeling and expression.”—The New York Times

Life on the Western waterfront has always fascinated Max Miller, a special reporter...


A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend

by Ralph Maud

The luminaries of field research in British Columbia – Boas, Teit, Hill-Tout, Barbeau, and others – are discussed, their work evaluated.


Learning and Calamities: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns

by Heike Egner & Marén|Voss, Martin Schorch

It is widely assumed that humanity should be able to learn from calamities (e.g., emergencies, disasters, catastrophes) and that the affected individuals, groups, and enterprises, as well as the concerned (disaster-)...


The Malay Archipelago

by Alfred Russell Wallace

Fans of geography and travel writing should definitely spend some time with Alfred Russell Wallace's fascinating volume The Malay Archipelago. Compiled through decades of research, this book provides an exhaustive...


Domestic Manners of the Americans

by Frances Trollope

In the early 1800s, an English writer named Frances Trollope spent some time touring the then-very-young country of America with her son Henry, dividing most of her time between Cincinnati and a utopian camp...


Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure: And Other Essays

by Edward Carpenter

British-born thinker and activist Edward Carpenter proposes a number of novel ideas in this engaging collection of essays. Chief among them is the notion that most of the civilized societies that have emerged...


The Last Cannibals: A South American Oral History

by Ellen B. Basso

An especially comprehensive study of Brazilian Amazonian Indian history, The Last Cannibals is the first attempt to understand, through indigenous discourse, the emergence of Upper Xingú society. Drawing on...


Tangweera: Life and Adventures Among Gentle Savages

by C. Napier Bell & Philip A. Dennis

In the 1980s, conflicts between the Miskito people of Nicaragua's eastern coast and the Sandinistas drew international attention. Indeed, the Miskitos' struggle to defend their cultural autonomy and land rights...


Ritual Humor in Highland Chiapas

by Victoria Reifler Bricker

Zinacantan, Chamula, and Chenalhó are neighboring Mayan communities situated in highland Chiapas, Mexico, near the city of San Cristóbal Las Casas. The inhabitants of the three communities speak dialects of...


Indians Into Mexicans: History and Identity in a Mexican Town

by David Frye

The people of Mexquitic, a town in the state of San Luis Potosí in rural northeastern Mexico, have redefined their sense of identity from "Indian" to "Mexican" over the last two centuries. In this ethnographic...