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The Ambiguous Allure of the West
Traces of the Colonial in Thailand
The Ambiguous Allure of the West examines the impact of Western imperialism on Thai cultural development from the 1850s to the present.



The Sympathetic Medium
Feminine Channeling, the Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1859–1919
Jill Galvan
Galvan offers a richly nuanced and culturally grounded analysis of the rise of the female medium in Great Britain and the United States during the Victorian era and through the turn of the century through the work of George Eliot, Bram Stoker, and others.



Sam Francis, Lesson of Darkness
Jean-François Lyotard
The second volume in the series Jean-François Lyotard—Writings on Contemporary Art and Artists introduces forty-two poetical reflections and comments on the work of the well-known Californian painter Sam Francis (1923–1994). This new edition reprints...



Idols in the East
European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100–1450
Suzanne Conklin Akbari
Representations of Muslims have never been more common in the Western imagination than they are today. Building on Orientalist stereotypes constructed over centuries, the figure of the wily Arab has given rise, at the dawn of the twenty-first century...



Making Virtual Worlds
Linden Lab and Second Life
Thomas Malaby
Malaby shows how the workers of a very young but quickly growing company were themselves caught up in ideas about technology, games, and organizations, and struggled to manage not only their virtual world but also themselves in a nonhierarchical fashion.



Fieldwork Is Not What It Used to Be
Learning Anthropology's Method in a Time of Transition
Over the past two decades anthropologists have been challenged to rethink the nature of ethnographic research, the meaning of fieldwork, and the role of ethnographers. Ethnographic fieldwork has cultural, social, and political ramifications that have...



Glamour in Six Dimensions
Modernism and the Radiance of Form
Judith Brown
Glamour is an alluring but elusive concept. We most readily associate it with fashion, industrial design, and Hollywood of the Golden Age, and yet it also shaped the language and interests of high modernism. In Glamour in Six Dimensions Judith Brown...



History and Its Limits
Human, Animal, Violence
Dominick LaCapra
Dominick LaCapra's History and Its Limits articulates the relations among intellectual history, cultural history, and critical theory, examining the recent rise of "Practice Theory" and probing the limitations of prevalent forms of humanism.



My Father and I
The Marais and the Queerness of Community
David Caron
Beginning with the history of the Marais and his personal connection to the district, David Caron proposes a rethinking of community and looks at how Jews, Chinese immigrants, and gays have made the Marais theirs.



A Genealogy of Literary Multiculturalism
Christopher Douglas
Uncovering the unacknowledged role of sociology and anthropology in nourishing the politics and forms of minority writers in America.



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