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Yanomami: The Fierce Controversy And What We Can Learn From It - Rob Borofsky

Yanomami raises questions central to the field of anthropology-questions concerning the practice of fieldwork, the production of knowledge, and anthropology's intellectual and ethical vision of itself. Using the Yanomami controversy-one of anthrop......

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The Great Wall Of Confinement: The Chinese Prison Camp Through Contemporary Fiction And Reportage - , Yenna Wu

China is the only major world power to have entered the twenty-first century with a thriving prison camp network-a frightening, mostly hidden realm known since 1951 as the laogai system. This book, the most comprehensive study of China's prison ca......

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Stories In The Time Of Cholera: Racial Profiling During A Medical Nightmare - Charles L. Briggs

Cholera, although it can kill an adult through dehydration in half a day, is easily treated. Yet in 1992-93, some five hundred people died from cholera in the Orinoco Delta of eastern Venezuela. In some communities, a third of the adults died in a......

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When Women Come First: Gender And Class In Transnational Migration - Sheba George

With a subtle yet penetrating understanding of the intricate interplay of gender, race, and class, Sheba George examines an unusual immigration pattern to analyze what happens when women who migrate before men become the breadwinners in the family......

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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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