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Crafts and Technologies

Some Traditional Craftsmen of the Western Grasslands of Cameroon
Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780861591077
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1997
Series: British Museum Press Occasional Paper
Illustrations: 62 b/w plates
Description:
Since time immemorial, inhabitants of the Western Grasslands of Cameroon in west Africa have been evolving an educational system devoid of literacy. Teaching focused on traditional crafts, including weaving, stitching of traditional dress, carving, sculpture, pottery, smelting of materials and smithing. The skills the people learned served them well, as many of them followed trades, vocations and professions that helped in improving the social and economic life of the area.
The Good People Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 546
ISBN: 9780813109398
Pub Date: 06 Nov 1997
Illustrations: 33
Description:
Whether called "the good people," "the little people," or simply "them," fairies are familiar from their appearances in Shakespeare's plays, Disney's films, and points in between. In many cultures, however, fairies are not just the stuff of distant legend or literature: they are real creatures with supernatural powers. The Good People presents nineteen essays that focus on the actual fairies of folklore -- fairies of past and living traditions who affected, and still affect, people's lives in myriad ways.
The Irish Play on the New York Stage, 1874-1966 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780813120331
Pub Date: 06 Nov 1997
Series: Irish Literature, History, and Culture
Illustrations: illus
Description:
Over the years American -- especially New York -- audiences have evolved a consistent set of expectations for the "Irish play." Traditionally the term implied a specific subject matter, invariably rural and Catholic, and embodied a reductive notion of Irish drama and society. This view continues to influence the types of Irish drama produced in the United States today.
Blockbusting in Baltimore Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780813109350
Pub Date: 28 Aug 1997
Illustrations: 17 b&w photos, 4 maps, 4 figures
Description:
This innovative study of racial upheaval and urban transformation in Baltimore, Maryland investigates the impact of "blockbusting" -- a practice in which real estate agents would sell a house on an all-white block to an African American family with the aim of igniting a panic among the other residents. These homeowners would often sell at a loss to move away, and the real estate agents would promote the properties at a drastic markup to African American buyers.In this groundbreaking book, W.
From Red Hot to Monkey's Eyebrow Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9780813109312
Pub Date: 24 Jul 1997
Illustrations: illus
Description:
" Of course you'll find Paradise in Kentucky, but it's only one of the many unusual place names in the Commonwealth. Meeting these names for the first time, visitors and residents alike assume that some clever or funny stories lie behind them. So they ask, how did Elkhorn Creek get its name?
Appalachia's Path to Dependency Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780813108681
Pub Date: 31 Jan 1997
Illustrations: 4 tables, 1 figure, 1 map
Description:
In Appalachia's Path to Dependency, Paul Salstrom examines the evolution of economic life over time in southern Appalachia. Moving away from the colonial model to an analysis based on dependency, he exposes the complex web of factors -- regulation of credit, industrialization, population growth, cultural values, federal intervention -- that has worked against the region.Salstrom argues that economic adversity has resulted from three types of disadvantages: natural, market, and political.
Baltic Cities Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 253
ISBN: 9789189116030
Pub Date: 01 Jan 1997
Illustrations: illus
Description:
What are the processes that transfigures the Baltic area's urban landscape, one of the most dynamic macro-regions in contemporary Europe? This anthology is approaching the issues of the Baltic cities and the urban transformation from a number of perspectives. Reviews of the economy, infrastructure, and historical aspects of the area is presented.

The Aesthetics of the Elements

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9788772885438
Pub Date: 31 Dec 1996
Can Somebody Shout Amen! Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780813108865
Pub Date: 08 Aug 1996
Series: Religion in the South
Description:
" Award-winning journalist Patsy Sims journeyed through the back roads of the South, along the sawdust trail, to take part in the lives of seven American revivalists, their families, crew members, and followers. She attended services conducted by Pentecostal evangelists, with audiences ranging from almost fifty to five thousand. Before, after, and in between she conducted hundred of interviews.
Coal Miners' Wives Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 188
ISBN: 9780813108452
Pub Date: 02 Mar 1995
Illustrations: photos
Description:
Few people in America today live with the dangers and deprivations that Appalachian coal mining families experience. But to the eighteen West Virginia women Carol Giesen interviewed for this book, hard times are just everyday life.These coal miners' wives, ranging in age from late teens to eighty-five, tell of a way of life dominated by coal mining -- and shadowed by a constant fear of death or injury to a loved one.
Daughters Of Canaan Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780813108377
Pub Date: 02 Mar 1995
Series: New Perspectives on the South
Description:
From Gone with the Wind to Designing Women, images of southern females that emerge from fiction and film tend to obscure the diversity of American women from below the Mason-Dixon line. In a work that deftly lays bare a myriad of myths and stereotypes while presenting true stories of ambition, grit, and endurance, Margaret Ripley Wolfe offers the first professional historical synthesis of southern women's experiences across the centuries.In telling their story, she considers many ordinary lives -- those of Native-American, African-American, and white women from the Tidewater region and Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta to the Gulf Coastal Plain, women whose varied economic and social circumstances resist simple explanations.
Congressional Committee Chairmen Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813118161
Pub Date: 27 Aug 1993
Series: Comparative Legislative Studies
Description:
Congress does most of its work in committee, and no understanding of that body can be complete without an analysis of its committees and those who shape them. Andrée Reeves now offers a rare glimpse into the workings of committee chairmanship over a span of thirty-three years-how three chairmen operated and how they influenced their committee and its impact.As Reeves demonstrates, the chair is the most important player in a congressional committee-the one who holds more cards than his colleagues and can deal a winning hand or call a bluff.

How Does Social Science Work?

Reflections on Practice
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780822954750
Pub Date: 16 Mar 1992
Description:
The culmination of a lifetime spent in a variety of fields - sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, and philosophy of science - -How Does Social Science Work? takes an innovative, sometimes iconoclastic look at social scientists at work in many disciplines. It describes how they investigate and the kinds of truth they produce, illuminating the weaknesses and dangers inherent in their research.
Anthropological Approaches to Political Behavior Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780822960942
Pub Date: 15 Jul 1991
Description:
Power is immanent in human affairs; by definition, human beings are political animals. The only way to fully comprehend and analyze the complexities of power is to locate where material, psychological, and social dimensions of political power are ultimately and socially situated and reproduced. This collection of essays highlights the theoretical concerns of political anthropology.
Born a Child of Freedom, Yet a Slave Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9780819562463
Pub Date: 01 Feb 1991
Illustrations: 14 illus. Map
Description:
Born a Child of Freedom, Yet a Slave explores the diverse strategies employed by Southern slaveholders to keep their slaves under control-from threats of sale, shackles, screw box, or treadmill, to a peck of corn a week, a dram of whiskey, a pound of tobacco, the bribe of freedom, and the promise of heaven. It explores also the counterdefensive strategies employed by the slaves to resist control-among them, arson, theft, poison, subterfuge, murder, escape, and rebellion.Norrece Jones, himself a descendent of South Carolina slaves, has written a powerful book based on intensive research in the archives of antebellum South Carolina.
American Culture Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 314
ISBN: 9780822960928
Pub Date: 15 Nov 1990
Description:
American Culture comprises fifteen essays looking at the familiar and the less familiar in American society: urbanites in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, rural communities in the American West, Hispanics in Wisconsin, Samoans in California, the Amish, and the utopian religious communities of the Shakers and Oneida. The essays address a wide range of topics and a spectrum of occupations-miners, whalers, farmers, factory workers, physicians and nurses-to consider such questions as why some religious sects remain distinctive, separate, and viable; how groups use of such things as nicknames and family reunions to maintain ties within the community; how immigrant communities organize to sustain traditional cultural activities.