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No One Cries For The Dead: Tamil Dirges, Rowdy Songs, And Graveyard Petitions - Isabelle Clark-decès

At South Indian village funerals, women cry and lament, men drink and laugh, and untouchables sing and joke to the beat of their drums. No One Cries for the Dead offers an original interpretation of these behaviors, which seem almost unrelated to ......

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Women With Mustaches And Men Without Beards: Gender And Sexual Anxieties Of Iranian Modernity - Afsaneh Najmabadi

Drawing from a rich array of visual and literary material from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking book rereads and rewrites the history of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality. Peeling away notions of a rigid pre-mo......

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Modernizing China's Military: Progress, Problems, And Prospects - David Shambaugh

David Shambaugh, a leading international authority on Chinese strategic and military affairs, offers the most comprehensive and insightful assessment to date of the Chinese military. The result of a decade's research, Modernizing China's Military ......

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Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System In The West Bank And Gaza - Lisa Hajjar

Israel's military court system, a centerpiece of Israel's apparatus of control in the West Bank and Gaza since 1967, has prosecuted hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. This authoritative book provides a rare look at an institution that lies bot......

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Why Did They Kill?: Cambodia In The Shadow Of Genocide - Alexander Laban Hinton

Of all the horrors human beings perpetrate, genocide stands near the top of the list. Its toll is staggering: well over 100 million dead worldwide. Why Did They Kill? is one of the first anthropological attempts to analyze the origins of genocide.......

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Tibetan Diary: From Birth To Death And Beyond In A Himalayan Valley Of Nepal - Geoff Childs

In this rich and deeply personal account of life in the highlands of Nepal, Geoff Childs chronicles the daily existence of a range of people, from venerated lamas to humble householders. Offering insights into the complex dynamics of the ethnicall......

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Museum Movies: The Museum Of Modern Art And The Birth Of Art Cinema - Haidee Wasson

Haidee Wasson provides a rich cultural history of cinema's transformation from a passing amusement to an enduring art form by mapping the creation of the Film Library of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, established in 1935. The first Nor......

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Venice, The Tourist Maze: A Cultural Critique Of The World's Most Touristed City - , Garry R. Marvin

"The tourist Venice is Venice," Mary McCarthy once observed-a sentiment very much in line with what most of the fourteen million tourists who visit the city each year experience, but at the same time a painful reality for the 65,000 Venetians who ......

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Total Confinement: Madness And Reason In The Maximum Security Prison - Lorna A. Rhodes

In this rare firsthand account, Lorna Rhodes takes us into a hidden world that lies at the heart of the maximum security prison. Focusing on the "supermaximums"-and the mental health units that complement them-Rhodes conveys the internal contradic......

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The Family Of Woman: Lesbian Mothers, Their Children, And The Undoing Of Gender - Maureen Sullivan

Amidst the shrill and discordant notes struck in debates over the make-up-or breakdown-of the American family, the family keeps evolving. This book offers a close and clear-eyed look into a form this change has taken most recently, the lesbian cop......

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Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, And The Hidden History Of American Conservation - Karl Jacoby

Crimes against Nature reveals the hidden history behind three of the nation's first parklands: the Adirondacks, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. Focusing on conservation's impact on local inhabitants, Karl Jacoby traces the effect of criminalizi......

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Closely Watched Films: An Introduction To The Art Of Narrative Film Technique - Marilyn Fabe

How do films work? How do they tell a story? How do they move us and make us think? Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools and background in film history and theory to enable us to se......

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The Price Of Poverty: Money, Work, And Culture In The Mexican American Barrio - Dan Dohan

Drawing on two years of ethnographic fieldwork in two impoverished California communities-one made up of recent immigrants from Mexico, the other of U.S.-born Chicano citizens-this book provides an invaluable comparative perspective on Latino pove......

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Symptoms Of Modernity: Jews And Queers In Late-twentieth-century Vienna - Matti Bunzl

In the 1990s, Vienna's Jews and queers abandoned their clandestine existence and emerged into the city's public sphere in unprecedented numbers. Symptoms of Modernity traces this development in the context of Central European history. Jews and ho......

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Framing The Bride: Globalizing Beauty And Romance In Taiwan's Bridal Industry - Bonnie Adrian

With a wedding impending, the Taiwanese bride-to-be turns to bridal photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists to transform her image beyond recognition. They give her fairer skin, eyes like a Western baby doll, and gowns inspired by sources......

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Buddha Is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, The New America - Aihwa Ong

Fleeing the murderous Pol Pot regime, Cambodian refugees arrive in America as at once the victims and the heroes of America's misadventures in Southeast Asia; and their encounters with American citizenship are contradictory as well. Service provid......

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When Walking Fails: Mobility Problems Of Adults With Chronic Conditions - Lisa Iezzoni

Roughly one in ten adult Americans find their walking slowed by progressive chronic conditions like arthritis, back problems, heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. In this passionate and deeply informed book, Lisa I. Iezzoni describes the persona......

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