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General
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
by Jared Diamond
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In this "artful, informative, and delightful" (William H. McNeill, New York Review of Books) book, Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food... (read more)

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Cultural Anthropology
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The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea
The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea
by Annette B. Weiner
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This re-examination of the Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea, the people described in Malinowski's classic ethnographic work of the early 20th century, provides a balanced view of the society from a male and female perspective, including coverage of new... (read more)

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Sub Saharan Africa
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Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman
Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman
by Marjorie Shostak
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This classic paperback is available once again — and exclusively — from Harvard University Press. This book is the story of the life of Nisa, a member of the !Kung tribe of hunter-gatherers from southern Africa's Kalahari desert. Told in... (read more)

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North America
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Number Our Days (Touchstone Books)
Number Our Days (Touchstone Books)
by Barbara G Myerhoff
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When noted anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff received a grant to explore the process of aging, she decided to study some elderly Jews from Venice, California, rather than to report on a more exotic people. The story of the rituals and lives of these... (read more)

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Linguistics
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Forms of Talk (University of Pennsylvania Publications in Conduct & Communication)
Forms of Talk (University of Pennsylvania Publications in Conduct & Communication)
by Erving Goffman
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Forms of Talk extends Erving Goffman's interactional analyses of face-to-face communication to ordinary conversations and vebal exchanges. In this, his most sociolinguistic work, Goffman relates to certain forms of talk some of the issues that concerned... (read more)

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Physical
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Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
by Chris Stringer
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A leading researcher on human evolution proposes a new and controversial theory of how our species came to be. In this groundbreaking and engaging work of science, world-renowned paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer sets out a new theory of humanity's... (read more)

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Australia
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Culture of Stone: Sacred and Profane Uses of Stone Among the Dani
Culture of Stone: Sacred and Profane Uses of Stone Among the Dani
by O W Hampton
About the Author
Bud Hampton, Adjoint Curator Anthropology, University of Colorado Museum, Boulder, holds five degrees with multiple honors, including a doctorate of anthropology from Texas A&M University and a master's in geology from the University of Colorado... (read more)

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General
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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
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In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things... (read more)

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Sale Books
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Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes--The Yanomamo and the Anthropologists
Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes--The Yanomamo and the Anthropologists
by Napoleon Chagnon
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andlt;Bandgt;ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC MEMOIRS OF OUR TIME andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Napoleon Chagnon arrived in Venezuelaand#8217;s Amazon region in 1964 to study the Yanomamand#246; Indians, one of the last large tribal... (read more)

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Used Books
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Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents)
Subculture: The Meaning of Style (New Accents)
by Dick Hebdige
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'Hebdige's Subculture: The Meaning of Style is so important: complex and remarkably lucid, it's the first book dealing with punk to offer intellectual content. Hebdige ...] is concerned with the UK's postwar, music-centred, white working-class... (read more)

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