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Strange Harvest: Organ Transplants, Denatured Bodies, And The Transformed Self - Lesley A. A. Sharp

Strange Harvest illuminates the wondrous yet disquieting medical realm of organ transplantation by drawing on the voices of those most deeply involved: transplant recipients, clinical specialists, and the surviving kin of deceased organ donors. In......

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Class Acts: Service And Inequality In Luxury Hotels - Rachel Sherman

In this lively study, Rachel Sherman goes behind the scenes in two urban luxury hotels to give a nuanced picture of the workers who care for and cater to wealthy guests by providing seemingly unlimited personal attention. Drawing on in-depth inter......

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The Frodo Franchise: the Lord Of The Rings And Modern Hollywood - Kristin Thompson

"Once in a lifetime." The phrase comes up over and over from the people who worked on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. The film's seventeen Oscars, record-setting earnings, huge fan base, and hundreds of ancillary products attest to its impo......

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Life And Words: Violence And The Descent Into The Ordinary - Veena Das

In this powerful, compassionate work, one of anthropology's most distinguished ethnographers weaves together rich fieldwork with a compelling critical analysis in a book that will surely make a signal contribution to contemporary thinking about vi......

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Americanizing The Movies And "movie-mad" Audiences, 1910-1914 - Richard Abel

This engaging, deeply researched study provides the richest and most nuanced picture we have to date of cinema-both movies and movie-going-in the early 1910s. At the same time, it makes clear the profound relationship between early cinema and the ......

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Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, And Social Inequality - Christine L. Williams

"I got my first job working in a toy store when I was 41 years old." So begins sociologist Christine Williams's description of her stint as a low-wage worker at two national toy store chains: one upscale shop and one big box outlet. In this provoc......

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Eating Spring Rice: The Cultural Politics Of Aids In Southwest China - Sandra Teresa Hyde

Eating Spring Rice is the first major ethnographic study of HIV/AIDS in China. Drawing on more than a decade of ethnographic research (1995-2005), primarily in Yunnan Province, Sandra Teresa Hyde chronicles the rise of the HIV epidemic from the ye......

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Biology Unmoored: Melanesian Reflections On Life And Biotechnology - Sandra Bamford

Biology Unmoored is an engaging examination of what it means to live in a world that is not structured in terms of biological thinking. Drawing upon three years of ethnographic research in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, Sandra Bamford describe......

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Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration To Mexico, The United States, And Canada - María Cristina García

The political upheaval in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala had a devastating human toll at the end of the twentieth century. A quarter of a million people died during the period 1974-1996. Many of those who survived the wars chose temporary r......

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Ghost Dances And Identity: Prophetic Religion And American Indian Ethnogenesis In The Nineteenth Century - Gregory Ellis Smoak

This innovative cultural history examines wide-ranging issues of religion, politics, and identity through an analysis of the American Indian Ghost Dance movement and its significance for two little-studied tribes: the Shoshones and Bannocks. The G......

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Christian Moderns: Freedom And Fetish In The Mission Encounter - Webb Keane

Across much of the postcolonial world, Christianity has often become inseparable from ideas and practices linking the concept of modernity to that of human emancipation. To explore these links, Webb Keane undertakes a rich ethnographic study of th......

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Fit To Be Citizens?: Public Health And Race In Los Angeles, 1879-1939 - Natalia Molina

Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Fit to Be Citizens? demonstrates how both science and public health shaped the meaning of race in the early twentieth century. Through a careful examination of the experiences of Mexican, Japanese, ......

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Flavor Of The Month: Why Smart People Fall For Fads - Joel Best

While fads such as hula hoops or streaking are usually dismissed as silly enthusiasms, trends in institutions such as education, business, medicine, science, and criminal justice are often taken seriously, even though their popularity and usefulne......

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Beyond Chutzpah: On The Misuse Of Anti-semitism And The Abuse Of History - Norman Finkelstein

In this long-awaited sequel to his international bestseller The Holocaust Industry, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an iconoclastic interrogation of the new anti-Semitism to a meticulously researched exposé of the corruption of scholarship on the......

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Born In The Usa: How A Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed To Put Women And Children First - Marsden Wagner

In this rare, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals across the country, a longtime medical insider and international authority on childbirth assesses the flawed American maternity care system, powerfully demonstrating how it fails to......

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