Cows Pigs Wars and Witches

Author: Marvin Harris
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307801227
Release Date: 2011-07-13
Genre: Social Science

One of America's leading anthropolgists offers solutions to the perplexing question of why people behave the way they do. Why do Hindus worship cows? Why do Jews and Moslems refuse to eat pork? Why did so many people in post-medieval Europe believe in witches? Marvin Harris answers these and other perplexing questions about human behavior, showing that no matter how bizarre a people's behavior may seem, it always stems from identifiable and intelligble sources.

Cows Pigs Wars Witches

Author: Marvin Harris
Publisher: Singapore Books
ISBN:
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Social Science

An anthropologist speculates on the origins of bizarre and mysterious human lifestyles, customs, and institutions throughout history

Eine kurze Geschichte des Fortschritts

Author: Ronald Wright
Publisher:
ISBN: 3498073567
Release Date: 2006-01
Genre:

Selbst im Verhältnis zur Geschichte seiner eigenen Existenz auf Erden ist die Geschichte des menschlichen Fortschritts kurz. Und sie könnte schon bald zu Ende sein. Wie gingen Aufstieg und Fall bedeutender Zivilisationen vorsich, was können, ja müssen wir

bergangsriten

Author: Arnold Van Gennep
Publisher: Campus Verlag
ISBN: 3593378361
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Rites and ceremonies


Everyone Eats

Author: E. N. Anderson
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814704950
Release Date: 2005-03-01
Genre: Social Science

Florence Nightingale (1820-1920) is famous as the heroine of the Crimean War and later as a campaigner for health care founded on a clean environment and good nursing. Though best known for her pioneering demonstration that disease rather than wounds killed most soldiers, she was also heavily allied to social reform movements and to feminist protest against the enforced idleness of middle-class women. This original edition provides bold new insights into Nightingale's beliefs and a new picture of the relationship between feminism and religion. Suggestions for Thought to the Searchers after Truth Among the Artisans of England (1860), which contains the novel Cassandra, is a central text in 19th-century history of feminist thought and is published here for the first time. Nightingale argues that work was the means by which every individual sought self-fulfillment and served God. She wrote influentially about the group most Victorians declared to be above work: unmarried, middle-class women.

Die Hexe

Author: Jules Michelet
Publisher:
ISBN: BSB:BSB10101278
Release Date: 1863
Genre: Civilization, Medieval


Witchcraft Continued

Author: Willem De Blécourt
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0719066581
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

An important collection of essays that use a variety of different approaches and sources to uncover the continued relevance of witchcraft and magic in nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe.

The Culture Bound Syndromes

Author: Ronald C. Simons
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400952515
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Social Science

In the last few years there has been a great revival of interest in culture-bound psychiatric syndromes. A spate of new papers has been published on well known and less familiar syndromes, and there have been a number of attempts to put some order into the field of inquiry. In a review of the literature on culture-bound syndromes up to 1969 Yap made certain suggestions for organizing thinking about them which for the most part have not received general acceptance (see Carr, this volume, p. 199). Through the seventies new descriptive and conceptual work was scarce, but in the last few years books and papers discussing the field were authored or edited by Tseng and McDermott (1981), AI-Issa (1982), Friedman and Faguet (1982) and Murphy (1982). In 1983 Favazza summarized his understanding of the state of current thinking for the fourth edition of the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, and a symposium on culture-bound syndromes was organized by Kenny for the Eighth International Congress of Anthropology and Ethnology. The strong est impression to emerge from all this recent work is that there is no substantive consensus, and that the very concept, "culture-bound syndrome" could well use some serious reconsideration. As the role of culture-specific beliefs and prac tices in all affliction has come to be increasingly recognized it has become less and less clear what sets the culture-bound syndromes apart.

Down to Earth Sociology 14th Edition

Author: James M. Henslin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439108956
Release Date: 1981-02-01
Genre: Social Science

For thirty-five years and through thirteen editions, Jim Henslin's Down to Earth Sociology has opened new windows onto the social realities that shape our world. Now in its fourteenth edition, the most popular anthology in sociology includes new articles on our changing world while also retaining its classic must-read essays. Focusing on social interaction in everyday life, the forty-six selections bring students face-to-face with the twin projects of contemporary sociology: understanding the individual's experience of society and analyzing social structure. The fourteenth edition's exceptional new readings include selections on the role of sympathy in everyday life, mistaken perceptions of the American family, the effects of a criminal record on getting a job, and the major social trends affecting our future. Together with these essential new articles, the selections by Peter Berger, Herbert Gans, Erving Goffman, Donna Eder, Zella Luria, C. Wright Mills, Deborah Tannen, Barrie Thorne, Sidney Katz, Philip Zimbardo, and many others provide firsthand reporting that gives students a sense of "being there." Henslin also explains basic methods of social research, providing insight into how sociologists explore the social world. The selections in Down to Earth Sociology highlight the most significant themes of contemporary sociology, ranging from the sociology of gender, power, politics, and religion to the contemporary crises of racial tension, crime, rape, poverty, and homelessness.

Food and Faith in Christian Culture

Author: Ken Albala
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231520799
Release Date: 2011-12-27
Genre: Cooking

Without a uniform dietary code, Christians around the world used food in strikingly different ways, developing widely divergent practices that spread, nurtured, and strengthened their religious beliefs and communities. Featuring never-before published essays, this anthology follows the intersection of food and faith from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, charting the complex relationship among religious eating habits and politics, culture, and social structure. Theoretically rich and full of engaging portraits, essays consider the rise of food buying and consumerism in the fourteenth century, the Reformation ideology of fasting and its resulting sanctions against sumptuous eating, the gender and racial politics of sacramental food production in colonial America, and the struggle to define "enlightened" Lenten dietary restrictions in early modern France. Essays on the nineteenth century explore the religious implications of wheat growing and breadmaking among New Zealand's Maori population and the revival of the Agape meal, or love feast, among American brethren in Christ Church. Twentieth-century topics include the metaphysical significance of vegetarianism, the function of diet in Greek Orthodoxy, American Christian weight loss programs, and the practice of silent eating rituals among English Benedictine monks. Two introductory essays detail the key themes tying these essays together and survey food's role in developing and disseminating the teachings of Christianity, not to mention providing a tangible experience of faith.

Himmelsg ttin

Author: Christopher Moore
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641084547
Release Date: 2012-04-17
Genre: Fiction

Eine Insel in der Südsee, Palmen, Strand, eine atemberaubende Blondine und ein paar Wilde: das Paradies auf Erden. Allerdings nicht für Pilot Tuck, den geborenen Verlierer. Die Eingeborenen entpuppen sich als Kannibalen, und die Sexbombe als pures Gift. Doch das ist noch nicht alles - ein skrupelloser Arzt mißbraucht die Insulaner für seine Geschäfte. Zusammen mit einem verrückten Transvestiten und der Fledermaus Roberto plant Tuck die Rettung der Inselbewohner...

Illegal Drugs

Author: Paul Gahlinger
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440650241
Release Date: 2003-12-30
Genre: Health & Fitness

Does Ecstasy cause brain damage? Why is crack more addictive than cocaine? What questions regarding drugs are legal to ask in a job interview? When does marijuana possession carry a greater prison sentence than murder? Illegal Drugs is the first comprehensive reference to offer timely, pertinent information on every drug currently prohibited by law in the United States. It includes their histories, chemical properties and effects, medical uses and recreational abuses, and associated health problems, as well as addiction and treatment information. Additional survey chapters discuss general and historical information on illegal drug use, the effect of drugs on the brain, the war on drugs, drugs in the workplace, the economy and culture of illegal drugs, and information on thirty-three psychoactive drugs that are legal in the United States, from caffeine, alcohol and tobacco to betel nuts and kava kava.