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Sociology: customs & traditions

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The Hogmanay Companion Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About New Year's Eve

The Hogmanay Companion Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About New Year's Eve

Author: Hugh Douglas Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2000

This volume reveals the origins of New Year's Eve, or Hogmanay as the Scots term has it. Hugh Douglas takes the reader from the remotest beginnings of the festival through 18th- and 19th-century developments and up to the millennium. The book explores many of the puzzling aspects of the New Year's celebrations, including: why a tall, dark stranger at midnight?; why carrying a lump of coal; and why can the first-foot never be a fair person no matter how firm a friend? The author also explores how the name Hogmanay was derived and what it means, and offers songs and food and drink recipes. A Hangover Helpline is also provided for those who have over-indulged!

Parsi Food And Customs

Parsi Food And Customs

Author: B. J. Manekshaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2000

The Absence of Grace Sprezzatura and Suspicion in Two Renaissance Courtesy Books

The Absence of Grace Sprezzatura and Suspicion in Two Renaissance Courtesy Books

Author: Harry Berger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2000

The Absence of Grace is a study of male fantasy, representation anxiety, and narratorial authority in two sixteenth-century books, Baldassare Castiglione's Il libro del Cortegiano (1528) and Giovanni Della Casa's Galateo (1558). The interpretive method is a form of close reading the author describes as reconstructed old New Criticism, that is, close reading conditioned by an interest in and analysis of the historical changes reflected in the text. The book focuses on the way the Courtier and Galateo cope with and represent the interaction between changes of elite culture and the changing construction of masculine identity in early modern Europe. More specifically, it connects questions of male fantasy and masculine identity to questions about the authority and reliability of narrators, and shows how these questions surface in narratorial attitudes toward socioeconomic rank or class, political power, and gender. The book is in three parts. Part One examines a distinction and correlation the Courtier establishes between two key terms, (1) sprezzatura, defined as a behavioral skill intended to simulate the attributes of (2) grazia, understood as the grace and privileges of noble birth. Because sprezzatura is negatively conceptualized as the absence of grace it generates anxiety and suspicion in performers and observers alike. In order to suggest how the binary opposition between these terms affected the discourse of manners, the author singles out the titular episode of Galateo, an anecdote about table manners, which he reads closely and then sets in its historical perspective. Part Two takes up the question of sprezzatura in the gender debate that develops in Book 3 of the Courtier, and Part Three explores in detail the characterization of the two narrators in the Courtier and Galateo, who are represented as unreliable and an object of parody or critique.

The Absence of Grace Sprezzatura and Suspicion in Two Renaissance Courtesy Books

The Absence of Grace Sprezzatura and Suspicion in Two Renaissance Courtesy Books

Author: Harry Berger Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2000

The Absence of Grace is a study of male fantasy, representation anxiety, and narratorial authority in two sixteenth-century books, Baldassare Castiglione's Il libro del Cortegiano (1528) and Giovanni Della Casa's Galateo (1558). The interpretive method is a form of close reading the author describes as reconstructed old New Criticism, that is, close reading conditioned by an interest in and analysis of the historical changes reflected in the text. The book focuses on the way the Courtier and Galateo cope with and represent the interaction between changes of elite culture and the changing construction of masculine identity in early modern Europe. More specifically, it connects questions of male fantasy and masculine identity to questions about the authority and reliability of narrators, and shows how these questions surface in narratorial attitudes toward socioeconomic rank or class, political power, and gender. The book is in three parts. Part One examines a distinction and correlation the Courtier establishes between two key terms, (1) sprezzatura, defined as a behavioral skill intended to simulate the attributes of (2) grazia, understood as the grace and privileges of noble birth. Because sprezzatura is negatively conceptualized as the absence of grace it generates anxiety and suspicion in performers and observers alike. In order to suggest how the binary opposition between these terms affected the discourse of manners, the author singles out the titular episode of Galateo, an anecdote about table manners, which he reads closely and then sets in its historical perspective. Part Two takes up the question of sprezzatura in the gender debate that develops in Book 3 of the Courtier, and Part Three explores in detail the characterization of the two narrators in the Courtier and Galateo, who are represented as unreliable and an object of parody or critique.

Geisha

Geisha

Author: Liza Dalby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2000

Liza Dalby, author of The Tale of Murasaki, is the only non-Japanese woman ever to have become a geisha. This is her unique insight into the extraordinary, closed world of the geisha, a world of grace, beauty and tradition that has long fascinated and enthralled the West. Taking us to the heart of a way of life normally hidden from the public gaze, Liza Dalby shows us the detailed reality that lies behind the bestselling Memoirs of a Geisha and opens our eyes to an ancient profession that continues to survive in today's modern Japan.

Duels and the Roots of Violence in Missouri

Duels and the Roots of Violence in Missouri

Author: Dick Steward Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2000

Troping the Body Gender, Etiquette, and Performance

Troping the Body Gender, Etiquette, and Performance

Author: Gwendolyn Audrey Foster Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2000

Troping the Body: Gender, Etiquette, and Performance is an interdisciplinary study of etiquette texts, conduct literature, and advice books and films. Gwendolyn Audrey Foster analyzes the work of such women authors as Emily Post, Christine de Pizan, Hannah Webster Foster, Emily Bronte, Frances E. W. Harper, and Martha Stewart as well as such women filmmakers as Lois Weber and Kasi Lemmons. Specifically, Foster notes, I was interested in the possibility of locating power and agency in the voices of popular etiquette writers. Her investigation led her to analyze etiquette and conduct literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Within this wide scope, she redefines the boundaries of conduct literature through a theoretical examination of the gendered body as it is positioned in conduct books, etiquette texts, poetry, fiction, and film.Drawing on Bakhtin, Gates, Foucault, and the new school of performative feminism to develop an interdisciplinary approach to conduct literatureand literature as conductFoster brings a unique perspective to the analysis of ways in which the body has been gendered, raced, and constructed in terms of class and sexuality.Even though women writers have been actively writing conduct and etiquette texts since the medieval period, few critical examinations of such literature exist in the fields of cultural studies and literary criticism. Thus, Foster s study fills a gap and does so uniquely in the existing literature. In examining these voices of authority over the body, Foster identifies the dialogic in the texts of this discipline that both supports and disrupts the hegemonic discourse of a gendered social order.

Ordines Coronationis Franciae, Volume 2 Texts and Ordines for the Coronation of Frankish and French Kings and Queens in the Middle Ages

Ordines Coronationis Franciae, Volume 2 Texts and Ordines for the Coronation of Frankish and French Kings and Queens in the Middle Ages

Author: Richard A. Jackson Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2000

The ordines coronationis are essentially the scripts for the coronation of Frankish and French sovereigns. Combining detailed religious, ceremonial, and political material, they are an extraordinarily important source for the study of individual rulers or dynasties, as well as for the study of kingship, queenship, and the evolution of political institutions. Complete in two volumes, Richard A. Jackson's is the first full edition of these texts, including all the ordines from the early thirteenth century through the end of the fifteenth century, a period during which the texts shift from Latin to the vernacular, and the institutions of kingship become distinctively French.

Food Rules Hunting, Sharing and Tabooing Game in Papua New Guinea

Food Rules Hunting, Sharing and Tabooing Game in Papua New Guinea

Author: Harriet Whitehead Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2000

In the two tiny Seltaman villages, situated in a remote corner of Papua New Guinea's central mountains, food rules divide the social world into distinct categories--men of different initiation statuses, women, children, and the elderly of both sexes. Ostensibly dictated by the ancestors, these eating rules are marked both by a mysterious stability and by equally mysterious sudden variations. Over the course of repeated visits to the Seltaman, Harriet Whitehead was caught up by the need to understand the kinds of eating restrictions that appear in so many societies around the world. Working against the strictly symbolic interpretive approach that has dominated the discussion of food taboos in the anthropological literature, Whitehead argues instead that food rules are the outcropping of diverse, dynamically interacting causes. With remarkable lucidity Whitehead teases out the multiple and sometimes conflicting strands of causality in the Seltaman case, giving us both a profoundly insightful account of Papuan village life and a new way of understanding culture. A strikingly original scholar, Whitehead turns to dynamical systems theory and the modularity of mind school of psychology to launch a penetrating critique of anthropology-as-usual and to set us on a new path toward understanding human lifeways and human performances. Harriet Whitehead is a research associate at Duke University, pursuing a study in cross-cultural child development. She is the author of Renunciation and Reformulation: A Study of Conversion in an American Sect, and the coeditor/author with Sherry B. Ortner of Sexual Meanings: The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality.

Hardness of Heart/Hardness of Life The Stain of Human Infanticide

Hardness of Heart/Hardness of Life The Stain of Human Infanticide

Author: Larry S. Milner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2000

Infanticide is one of the most common, yet least understood of all human crimes. Although academic articles document isolated aspects of this problem, a single, unified analysis of infanticide has not been completed until now. In Hardness of Heart/Hardness of Life, Larry Milner provides the first exhaustive survey of infanticide, drawing on historical data from around the world. He then uses this survey as a basis for investigating why infanticide has been present in every form of human society throughout history. Both comprehensive and compelling, this important study will intrigue students of human psychology, social welfare, and child abuse, and will promote further research on this alarmingly overlooked atrocity.

Indian Ritual and Belief The Keys of Power

Indian Ritual and Belief The Keys of Power

Author: J. Abbott Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2000

Doing Business with Japan Successful Strategies for Intercultural Communication

Doing Business with Japan Successful Strategies for Intercultural Communication

Author: Kazuo Nishiyama Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/1999

In Japan, evidence of the country's Westernization abounds, yet despite appearances, it has remained uniquely Japanese. For this reason, the uninformed Westerner doing business there may find it difficult and even frustrating to work with Japanese unless he or she gains a good understanding of Japan and its people. The author draws on his bilingual and bicultural experience to provide readers with an insightful look at many key aspects of doing business with Japan, ranging from initiating and maintaining business contacts, effective interpersonal communication, decision-making styles, negotiating tactics, presentational speaking, working with Japanese multinational companies and living and working in Japan.