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The Manly Art
Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America
Elliott J. Gorn
Updated edition of this "exciting narrative history of boxing" (The Nation).



The Diary of Hannah Callender Sansom
Sense and Sensibility in the Age of the American Revolution
Hannah Callender Sansom (1737–1801) witnessed the effects of the tumultuous eighteenth century: political struggles, war and peace, and economic development. She experienced the pull of traditional emphases on duty, subjection, and hierarchy and the...



From Servants to Workers
South African Domestic Workers and the Democratic State
Shireen Ally
In the past decade, hundreds of thousands of women from poorer countries have braved treacherous journeys to richer countries to work as poorly paid domestic workers. Scholars and activists denounce compromised forms of citizenship that expose these...



Bush Wives and Girl Soldiers
Women's Lives through War and Peace in Sierra Leone
Chris Coulter
During the war in Sierra Leone (1991–2002), members of various rebel movements kidnapped thousands of girls and women, some of whom came to take an active part in the armed conflict alongside the rebels. In a stunning look at the life of women in...



Counter Culture
The American Coffee Shop Waitress
Candacy A. Taylor
"Career waitresses do more than just serve food. They are part psychiatrist, part grandmother, part friend, and they serve every walk of American life: from the retired and the widowed, to the wounded and the lonely, and from the working class to the...



War and Shadows
The Haunting of Vietnam
Mai Lan Gustafsson
Gustafsson's rich ethnographic research explores the world of spirit possession in Vietnam, focusing on the source of the pain, the physical and mental anguish the spirits bring, and various attempts to ameliorate their anger through ritual offerings.



Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters
Dena Goodman
Over the course of the eighteenth century, increasing numbers of French women, from the wives and daughters of artisans and merchants to countesses and queens, became writers-not authors, and not mere signers of names, but writers of letters. Taking...



Citizen Bachelors
Manhood and the Creation of the United States
John Gilbert Mccurdy
In 1755 Benjamin Franklin observed "a man without a wife is but half a man" and since then historians have taken Franklin at his word. In Citizen Bachelors, John Gilbert McCurdy demonstrates that Franklin's comment was only one side of a much larger...



Muslims and Matriarchs
Cultural Resilience in Indonesia through Jihad and Colonialism
Jeffrey Hadler
A history of an unusual, probably heretical, and ultimately resilient cultural system. The Minangkabau culture of West Sumatra, Indonesia, is well known as the world's largest matrilineal culture and is also Muslim.



Family Likeness
Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf
Mary Jean Corbett
Corbett shows how the domestic fiction of novelists including Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Virginia Woolf reflected the shifting boundaries of "family" and even helped refine those borders.



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