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Public Sociology: Fifteen Eminent Sociologists Debate Politics And The Profession In The Twenty-first Century

In 2004, Michael Burawoy, speaking as president of the American Sociological Association, generated far-reaching controversy when he issued an ambitious and impassioned call for a "public sociology." Burawoy argued that sociology should speak beyo......

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Playing To The World's Biggest Audience: The Globalization Of Chinese Film And Tv - Michael Curtin

In this provocative analysis of screen industries in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, Michael Curtin delineates the globalizing pressures and opportunities that since the 1980s have dramatically transformed the terrain of Chinese film and ......

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Uncanny Bodies: The Coming Of Sound Film And The Origins Of The Horror Genre - Robert Spadoni

In 1931 Universal Pictures released Dracula and Frankenstein, two films that inaugurated the horror genre in Hollywood cinema. These films appeared directly on the heels of Hollywood's transition to sound film. Uncanny Bodies argues that the comin......

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Blue-chip Black: Race, Class, And Status In The New Black Middle Class - Karyn Lacy

As Karyn R. Lacy's innovative work in the suburbs of Washington, DC, reveals, there is a continuum of middle-classness among blacks, ranging from lower-middle class to middle-middle class to upper-middle class. Focusing on the latter two, Lacy exp......

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The Crime Of My Very Existence: Nazism And The Myth Of Jewish Criminality - Prof. Berkowitz, Michael

The Crime of My Very Existence investigates a rarely considered yet critical dimension of anti-Semitism that was instrumental in the conception and perpetration of the Holocaust: the association of Jews with criminality. Drawing from a rich body o......

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Against The Law: Labor Protests In China's Rustbelt And Sunbelt - Ching Kwan Lee

This study opens a critical perspective on the slow death of socialism and the rebirth of capitalism in the world's most dynamic and populous country. Based on remarkable fieldwork and extensive interviews in Chinese textile, apparel, machinery, a......

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Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, And Power In The Contemporary World - Carolyn Nordstrom

Carolyn Nordstrom explores the pathways of global crime in this stunning work of anthropology that has the power to change the way we think about the world. To write this book, she spent three years traveling to hot spots in Africa, Europe, Asia, ......

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Canyon Cinema: The Life And Times Of An Independent Film Distributor - Scott Macdonald

Bringing alive a remarkable moment in American cultural history, Scott MacDonald tells the colorful story of how a small, backyard organization in the San Francisco Bay Area emerged in the 1960s and evolved to become a major force in the developme......

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Nbc: America's Network

Spanning eight decades from the beginnings of commercial radio to the current era of international consolidation and emerging digital platforms, this pioneering volume illuminates the entire course of American broadcasting by offering the first co......

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When Bodies Remember: Experiences And Politics Of Aids In South Africa - Didier Fassin

In this book, France's leading medical anthropologist takes on one of the most tragic stories of the global AIDS crisis-the failure of the ANC government to stem the tide of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. Didier Fassin traces the deep roots of......

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Goddesses And The Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History - Rosemary Ruether

This landmark work presents the most illuminating portrait we have to date of goddesses and sacred female imagery in Western culture-from prehistory to contemporary goddess movements. Beautifully written, lucidly conceived, and far-ranging in its ......

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Diaspora Conversions: Black Carib Religion And The Recovery Of Africa - Paul Christopher Johnson

By joining a diaspora, a society may begin to change its religious, ethnic, and even racial identifications by rethinking its "pasts." This pioneering multisite ethnography explores how this phenomenon is affecting the remarkable religion of the G......

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Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability, And Survival - Daniel Jaffee

Fair trade is a fast-growing alternative market intended to bring better prices and greater social justice to small farmers around the world. But is it working? This vivid study of coffee farmers in Mexico offers the first thorough investigation o......

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Visuality And Identity: Sinophone Articulations Across The Pacific - Shu-mei Shih

Shu-mei Shih inaugurates the field of Sinophone studies in this vanguard excursion into sophisticated cultural criticism situated at the intersections of Chinese studies, Asian American studies, diaspora studies, and transnational studies. Arguing......

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Islam After Communism: Religion And Politics In Central Asia - Adeeb Khalid

Adeeb Khalid combines insights from the study of both Islam and Soviet history in this sophisticated analysis of the ways that Muslim societies in Central Asia have been transformed by the Soviet presence in the region. Arguing that the utopian Bo......

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The Life Of Hinduism

The Life of Hinduism brings together a series of essays-many recognized as classics in the field-that present Hinduism as a vibrant, truly "lived" religion. Celebrating the diversity for which Hinduism is known, this volume begins its journey in t......

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A Problem Of Presence: Beyond Scripture In An African Church - Matthew Engelke

The Friday Masowe apostolics of Zimbabwe refer to themselves as "the Christians who don't read the Bible." They claim they do not need the Bible because they receive the Word of God "live and direct" from the Holy Spirit. In this insightful and se......

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