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Living Room Lectures: The Fifties Family In Film And Television - Nina C. Leibman

With a breadwinner dad, a homemaker mom, and squeaky-clean kids, the 1950s television family has achieved near mythological status as a model of what real families "ought" to be. Yet feature films of the period often portrayed families in trouble,......

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Restavec: From Haitian Slave Child To Middle-class American - Jean-robert Cadet

African slaves in Haiti emancipated themselves from French rule in 1804 and created the first independent black republic in the Western Hemisphere. But they reinstituted slavery for the most vulnerable members of Haitian society-the children of th......

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Greek Sport And Social Status - Mark Golden

From the ancient Olympic games to the World Series and the World Cup, athletic achievement has always conferred social status. In this collection of essays, a noted authority on ancient sport discusses how Greek sport has been used to claim and en......

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When The Center Is On Fire: Passionate Social Theory For Our Times - , Becky Thompson

In this lively and provocative book, two feminist public sociologists turn to classical social thinkers-W. E. B. Du Bois, Max Weber, Karl Marx, and Émile Durkheim-to understand a series of twenty-first century social traumas, including the massacr......

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Stunning Males And Powerful Females: Gender And Tradition In East Javanese Dance - Christina Sunardi

Blurring and redefining sex and gender boundaries through performance Author: Sunardi, Christina Publisher: University of Illinois Press Illustration: N Language: ENG Title: Stunning Males and Powerful Females: Gender and Tradition in East Javane......

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Spanish Vocabulary: An Etymological Approach - David Brodsky

Unlike other vocabulary guides that require the rote memorization of literally thousands of words, this book starts from the premise that using the etymological connections between Spanish and English words-their common derivations from Latin, Gre......

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The Master Showmen Of King Ranch: The Story Of Beto And Librado Maldonado - , Jane Clements Monday

Texas's King Ranch has become legendary for a long list of innovations, the most enduring of which is the development of the first official cattle breed in the Americas, the Santa Gertrudis. Among those who played a crucial role in the breed's suc......

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Consuming Grief: Compassionate Cannibalism In An Amazonian Society - Beth A. Conklin

Mourning the death of loved ones and recovering from their loss are universal human experiences, yet the grieving process is as different between cultures as it is among individuals. As late as the 1960s, the Wari' Indians of the western Amazonian......

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Defying Displacement: Grassroots Resistance And The Critique Of Development - Anthony Oliver-smith

The uprooting and displacement of people has long been among the hardships associated with development and modernity. Indeed, the circulation of commodities, currency, and labor in modern society necessitates both social and spatial mobility. Howe......

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Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways Are Not Lost - Jean Molesky-poz

Since the mid-1980s, when Guatemala returned to civilian rule and achieved relative peace and stability, the Maya have begun openly expressing their spiritual beliefs and practices. Jean Molesky-Poz draws on in-depth dialogues with Maya Ajq'ijab' ......

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Kiowa, Apache, And Comanche Military Societies: Enduring Veterans, 1800 To The Present - William C. Meadows

For many Plains Indians, being a warrior and veteran has long been the traditional pathway to male honor and status. Men and boys formed military societies to celebrate victories in war, to perform community service, and to prepare young men for t......

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Sacred Leaves Of Candomblé: African Magic, Medicine, And Religion In Brazil - Robert A. Voeks

Candomblé, an African religious and healing tradition that spread to Brazil during the slave trade, relies heavily on the use of plants in its spiritual and medicinal practices. When its African adherents were forcibly transplanted to the New Worl......

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Texas Monthly On . . .: Food

From reviews of the newest, hippest restaurants in cities across Texas to stories about the comfort foods we all love, Texans have long relied on Texas Monthly to dish up some of the best writing about food in the Lone Star state. This anthology b......

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Scripts Of Blackness: Race, Cultural Nationalism, And U.s. Colonialism In Puerto Rico - Isar P. Godreau

Ideas of blackness, whiteness, and racial mixture in a Puerto Rican barrio Author: Godreau, Isar P. Publisher: University of Illinois Press Illustration: n Language: ENG Title: Scripts of Blackness: Race, Cultural Nationalism, and U.S. Colonialis......

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A Gringa In Bogotá: Living Colombia's Invisible War - June Carolyn Erlick

To many foreigners, Colombia is a nightmare of drugs and violence. Yet normal life goes on there, and, in Bogotá, it's even possible to forget that war still ravages the countryside. This paradox of perceptions-outsiders' fears versus insiders' re......

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The Los Angeles Plaza: Sacred And Contested Space - William David Estrada

City plazas worldwide are centers of cultural expression and artistic display. They are settings for everyday urban life where daily interactions, economic exchanges, and informal conversations occur, thereby creating a socially meaningful place a......

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Chainsaws, Slackers, And Spy Kids: Thirty Years Of Filmmaking In Austin, Texas - Alison Macor

During the 1990s, Austin achieved "overnight" success and celebrity as a vital place for independent filmmaking. Directors Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez proved that locally made films with regional themes such as Slacker and El Mariachi c......

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