By Susan Lepselter
“We fairly don’t have whatever like this when it comes to a targeted, sympathetic, open-minded ethnographic learn of alien craft experiencers. . . . The author’s semiotic method of the mystical is immensely effective, confident, and, particularly, resonant with what truly occurs in history.”
—Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Professor of faith, Rice University
“Lepselter relates a weave of intimate alien sensibilities in out-off-the-way areas that are strangely, profoundly, on the subject of domestic. Readers can anticipate to proportion her adventure of touch with advanced logics of feeling, and to take action in a latest the USA they could have concept they understood.”
—Debbora Battaglia, Mount Holyoke College
“An unique and fantastically written examine of latest American cultural poetics. . . . The publication convincingly brings into reduction the anxieties of these on the margins of yankee fiscal and civic existence, their perceptions of kingdom strength, and the narrative continuities that bond them to histories of violence and enlargement within the American West.”
—Deirdre de l. a. Cruz, college of Michigan
By Michael Mann
By Lilith Mahmud
Offering a tantalizing glance in the back of inn doorways, The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters unveils a posh tradition of discretion during which Freemasons at the same time exhibit a few truths and conceal others. Women—one of Freemasonry’s best-kept secrets—are frequently top category and hugely expert yet mockingly antifeminist, and their self-cultivation during the Masonic course is an attempt to embody the deeply gendered beliefs of fraternity. Mahmud unravels this contradiction on the center of Freemasonry: the way it used to be right now chargeable for the various egalitarian ideas of the Enlightenment and but has continually been, and in Italy nonetheless continues to be, tremendous exclusive. the result's not just an exhilarating examine an unfamiliar—and strangely influential—world, yet a reevaluation altogether of the fashionable values and beliefs that we now take for granted.
By Ivan Karp
First released in 1978.
By Duncan, Mr Ivison
By Brooks Blevins
Covering a variety of Ozark social existence, Blevins examines the advance of agriculture, the increase and fall of extractive industries, the cost of the nation-state and the decline of rural groups, in- and out-migration, and the emergence of the vacationer within the sector. His richly textured account demonstrates that the Arkansas Ozark zone hasn't ever been as monolithic or homogenous as its chroniclers have urged. From the earliest days of white cost, Blevins says, designated subregions in the zone have their very own specified styles of old and socioeconomic improvement. Hill Folks sketches a portrait of a spot way more nuanced than the undying arcadia pictured on go back and forth brochures or the backward and intentionally unprogressive area depicted in stereotype.
By Zygmunt Bauman
The so much acute and obdurate concerns that hang-out this liquid lifestyles are the fears of being stuck dozing, of failing to meet up with fast paced occasions, of overlooking the ‘use through’ dates and being saddled with valueless possessions, of lacking the instant calling for a metamorphosis of tack and being left in the back of. Liquid lifestyles can also be shot via through a contradiction: it should be a (possibly endless) sequence of recent beginnings, but accurately as a result it really is packed with concerns approximately quick and painless endings, with no which new beginnings will be unthinkable. one of the arts of liquid-modern dwelling and the talents had to perform them, taking away issues takes priority over their acquisition.
This and different demanding situations of lifestyles in a liquid-modern society are traced and unravelled within the successive chapters of this new publication by way of essentially the most exceptional and unique social thinkers of our time.
By Yuko Kikuchi
By Rosalyn Howard
St. David’s Islanders do not forget their tales in interviews with the writer, a cultural anthropologist. They exhibit how a huge a part of their oral historical past that was once silenced for generations has develop into a vocal and passionate a part of their lifestyles during the last twenty years. that keenness is the hunt for information about their local American historical past, which they're looking to accomplish via reconnecting with their lengthy misplaced local American family members, and engaging in study within the data and different repositories for records that may make clear their ancestry.
The St. David’s Islanders and different Bermudians with local American ancestry shaped a firm to devise a "Reconnection" occasion that may have fun their local American ancestry and re-establish a bond with their family members from quite a few North American tribal countries together with: the Mashantucket Pequot, Narragansett, Mashpee Wampanoag, Cherokee, Nipmuc, and others. In 2002, the 1st Reconnection pageant and Powwow was once hung on St. David’s Island. in view that their Reconnection, they've got came upon amazing similarities in a few of their cultural practices, maritime abilities, and actual resemblances.
In "Recollection and Reconnection," you'll pay attention the voices of the St. David’s Islanders, their North American local kin, and Bermudian govt officers. as well as the interviews, there are various pictures of the interviewees and of individuals within the Bermuda and US Powwows.
By Joanna Mishtal
—Joanna Regulska, coeditor of Women and Gender in Postwar Europe: From chilly battle to eu Union
After the desire and exuberance that the cave in of Poland’s country socialism in 1989, political forces that had lain hid emerged and verified a brand new religious-nationalist orthodoxy. because the Catholic Church emerged as a political strength within the Polish govt, it brought on a fast erosion of reproductive rights, in particular the best to abortion, which were quite good established.
In The Politics of Morality, Joanna Mishtal explores this growth of energy by way of the non secular correct, in addition to the little-studied implications of the recent reproductive governance for girls. She examines the contradiction among an rising democracy on one hand, and a declining tolerance for reproductive rights, women’s rights, and political and spiritual pluralism at the different. even as, ladies face up to those strictures by means of pursuing abortion illegally, defying spiritual prohibitions on birth control, and forming advocacy teams. Surveillance, keep an eye on, and abuse of energy are power issues during this revealing ethnography, as a way to converse to students of women’s rights, political historical past, and japanese Europe.