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Sociology: customs & traditions

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The Roman Community at Table during the Principate

The Roman Community at Table during the Principate

Author: John Donahue Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2020

On its initial publication, The Roman Community at Table during the Principate broke new ground with its approach to the integral place of feasting in ancient Roman culture and the unique power of food to unite and to separate its recipients along class lines throughout the Empire. John F. Donahue's comprehensive examination of areas such as festal terminology, the social roles of benefactors and beneficiaries, the kinds of foods offered at feasts, and the role of public venues in community banquets draws on over three hundred Latin honorary inscriptions to recreate the ancient Roman feast. Illustrations depicting these inscriptions, as well as the food supply trades and various festal venues, bring important evidence to the study of this vital and enduring social practice. A touchstone for scholars, the work remains fresh and relevant. This expanded edition of Donahue's work includes significant new material on current trends in food studies, including the archaeology and bioarchaeology of ancient food and drink; an additional collection of inscriptions on public banquets from the Roman West; and an extensive bibliography of scholarship produced in the last ten years. It will be of interest not only to classicists and historians of the ancient world, but also to anthropologists and sociologists interested in food and social group dynamics.

Halloween Other Festivals Death And Life

Halloween Other Festivals Death And Life

Author: Jack Santino Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2020

Why do we celebrate Halloween? No one gets the day off, and unlike all other major holidays it has no religious or governmental affiliation. A survivor of our pre-Christian, agrarian roots, it has become one of the most popular and widely celebrated festivals on the contemporary American calendar. Jack Santino has put together the first collection of essays to examine the evolution of Halloween from its Celtic origins through its adaptation into modern culture. Using a wide variety of perspectives and approaches, the thirteen essayists examine customs, communities, and material culture to reveal how Halloween has manifested itself throughout all aspects of our society to become not just a marginal survivor of a dying tradition but a thriving, contemporary, post-industrial festival. Its steadily increasing popularity, despite overcommercialization and criticism, is attributed to its powerful symbolism that employs both pre-Christian images and concepts from popular culture to appeal to groups of all ages, orientations, and backgrounds. However, the essays in this volume also suggest that there is something ironic and unsettling about the immense popularity of a holiday whose main images are of death, evil, and the grotesque. Halloween and other Festivals of Death and Life is a unique contribution that questions our concepts of religiosity and spirituality while contributing to our understanding of Halloween as a rich and diverse reflection of our society's past, present, and future identity. The Editor: Jack Santino is an associate professor in the department of popular culture at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, Spanning 50,000 Years

Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, Spanning 50,000 Years

Author: Phyllis Siefker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/01/2020

Much of the modern-day vision of Santa Claus is owed to the Clement Moore poem The Night Before Christmas. His description of Saint Nicholas personified the jolly old elf known to millions of children throughout the world. However, far from being the offshoot of Saint Nicholas of Turkey, Santa Claus is the last of a long line of what scholars call 'Wild Men who were worshipped in ancient European fertility rites and came to America through Pennsylvania's Germans. This pagan creature is described from prehistoric times through his various forms - Robin Hood, The Fool, Harlequin, Satan and Robin Goodfellow - into today's carnival and Christmas scenes. In this thoroughly researched work, the origins of Santa Claus are found to stretch back over 50,000 years, jolting the foundation of Christian myths about the jolly old elf.

Tribing and untribing the archive: Volume 2

Tribing and untribing the archive: Volume 2

Author: Carolyn Hamilton, Nessa Liebhammer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2020

The pernicious combination of tribe and tradition continues to tether modern South Africans to ideas about the region's remote past as primitive, timeless and unchanging. Any hunger for knowledge or understanding of the past before European colonialism thus remains to a significant degree unsated, even denied, in the face of a narrowly prescribed archive and repugnant, but insidiously resilient stereotypes. These volumes track how the domain of the tribal and traditional was marked out and came to be sharply distinguished from modernity, how it was denied a changing history and an archive and was endowed instead with a timeless culture. These volumes also offer strategies for engaging with the materials differently - from the interventions effected in contemporary artworks to the inserting of nameless, timeless objects of material culture into histories of individualised and politicised experience. The central proposition of these volumes is to make the marooned archive of material culture more visible and more available for consideration as an archival resource than it is currently. They also seek to spring the identity trap, releasing the material from pre-assigned identity positions as tribal into settings that enable them to be used as resources for thinking critically about identity in the long past and in the present.

The Halloween Encyclopedia, 2d ed.

The Halloween Encyclopedia, 2d ed.

Author: Lisa Morton Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2020

A first edition of The Halloween Encyclopedia was published by McFarland in 2003 (Booklist a worthy addition to public and school libraries as well as the reference shelves of journalists and leaders of community events ); it was the first encyclopedic reference book on the cultural phenomenon (which also deals with such related holidays as Britain's Guy Fawkes Day, Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, and the Celtic celebration Samhain). Now updated to 2010, this second edition includes more than 50 new entries, covering subjects ranging from Folk Art to African American legends. Many existing entries have been expanded and revised, with new entries ( Chronology of Halloween and Halloween in Literature and the Arts ) in both appendices. Also featured are more than a dozen new illustrations, and an expanded bibliography.

Tribing and untribing the archive: Volume 1

Tribing and untribing the archive: Volume 1

Author: Carolyn Hamilton, Nessa Liebhammer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2020

The pernicious combination of tribe and tradition continues to tether modern South Africans to ideas about the region's remote past as primitive, timeless and unchanging. Any hunger for knowledge or understanding of the past before European colonialism thus remains to a significant degree unsated, even denied, in the face of a narrowly prescribed archive and repugnant, but insidiously resilient stereotypes. These volumes track how the domain of the tribal and traditional was marked out and came to be sharply distinguished from modernity, how it was denied a changing history and an archive and was endowed instead with a timeless culture. These volumes also offer strategies for engaging with the materials differently - from the interventions effected in contemporary artworks to the inserting of nameless, timeless objects of material culture into histories of individualised and politicised experience. The central proposition of these volumes is to make the marooned archive of material culture more visible and more available for consideration as an archival resource than it is currently. They also seek to spring the identity trap, releasing the material from pre-assigned identity positions as tribal into settings that enable them to be used as resources for thinking critically about identity in the long past and in the present.

The Tea Ceremony

The Tea Ceremony

Author: Sen'o Tanaka, Sendo Tanaka Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2020

Consolatory Rhetoric Grief, Symbol, and Ritual in the Greco-Roman Era

Consolatory Rhetoric Grief, Symbol, and Ritual in the Greco-Roman Era

Author: Donovan J. Ochs Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/01/2020

Consolatory Rhetoric explores Greco-Roman funeral rites to reveal how opposing symbols functioned rhetorically to comfort ancient communities. While the bulk of rhetorical criticism interprets written texts, Donovan Ochs broadens the traditional focus to consider non-verbal symbols as well as action and object languages. Ochs demonstrates that non-discursive dimensions of Greco-Roman burial rites held a place of particular persuasive significance in consoling the populace, and he attributes funeral customs practiced in contemporary Western civilization to the legacy of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Commemoration in America Essays on Monuments, Memorialization and Memory

Commemoration in America Essays on Monuments, Memorialization and Memory

Author: David Gobel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2020

Commemoration lies at the poetic, historiographic, and social heart of human community. It is how societies define themselves and is central to the institution of the city. Addressing the complex ways that monuments in the United States have been imagined, created, and perceived from the colonial period to the present, Commemoration in America is a wide-ranging volume that focuses on the role of remembrance and memorialisation in American urban life. The volume's contributors are drawn from a spectrum of disciplines-social and urban history, urban planning, architecture, art history, preservation, and architectural history-and take a broad view of commemoration. In addition to the making of traditional monuments, the essays explore such commemorative acts as building preservation, biography, portraiture, ritual performance, street naming, and the planting of trees. Providing an overview of American memorialisation and the impulses behind it, Commemoration in America emphasises a universal tendency for individuals and groups to use monuments to define their contemporary social identity and to construct historical narratives. The volume shows that while commemorative acts and objects affect the community in fundamental ways, their meaning is always multivalent and conflicted, attesting to both triumphs and tragedies. Constituting a vital part of both individual and national identity, commemoration's contradictions strike at the core of American identity and speak to the importance of remembrance in the construction of our diverse national cultural landscape.

Tikanga M?ori Living by M?ori Values

Tikanga M?ori Living by M?ori Values

Author: Hirini Moko Mead Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2020

Here is an authoritative and accessible introduction to Tikanga M?ori.

Art of the Turkish Tale. v. 2

Art of the Turkish Tale. v. 2

Author: Barbara K. Walker, Helen Siegl, Talat Sait Halman Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/01/2020

'A most significant yet unsung contribution within the field of Turkish studies over the past quarter of a century has been the work of Barbara K. Walker in collecting, preserving, and sharing Turkish oral narratives with an English-speaking audience. The Art of the Turkish Tale , sets a new direction in Walker's work, one that will be received by folklore specialists and folktale fans alike' - Sarah Moment Atis, Chair, Middle East Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison President, Turkish Studies Association. 'This collection should be read, first and foremost, for its inherent pleasure. Like all literary arts, the art of the tale's primarily a genre of joy. Traditional stories, modern storytelling, and the Walker versions cohere in giving us the pleasure of real life and imaginary events. These stories are full of delight. Although many of them go back several centuries, some perhaps more than a millennium, they sound fresh, almost contemporary. They should be savored for their optimism, because virtually every tale resolves a dilemma or saves the good person from a terrible plight. No wonder most of the tales culminate in the celebratory couplet: They have had their wish fulfilled; Let's go up to their bedstead' - Talat Sait Halman, Turkey's former Minister of Culture, then Ambassador for Cultural Affairs; now Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, New York University.

Sketches of Korea An illustrated Guide to Korean Culture

Sketches of Korea An illustrated Guide to Korean Culture

Author: Benjamin Joinau Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2020