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The Forest of Symbols
Aspects of Ndembu Ritual
Victor Turner



Fragile Conviction
Changing Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan
Mathijs Pelkmans
Ethnographically rooted in the everyday life of a former mining town in southern Kyrgyzstan, Fragile Conviction shows how residents have dealt with the existential and epistemic crises that arose after the collapse of the Soviet...



Freelancing Expertise
Contract Professionals in the New Economy
Debra Osnowitz
Contract work is more important than ever—for better or for worse, depending on one's perspective. The security once implied by a full-time job with a stable employer is becoming rarer, thereby erasing one of the major distinctions between "freelance...



From Challenging Culture to Challenged Culture
The Sicilian Cultural Code and the Socio-Cultural Praxis of Sicilian Immigrants in Belgium
Johan Leman



The Future of Us All
Race and Neighborhood Politics in New York City
Roger Sanjek
Before the next century is out, Americans of African, Asian, and Latin American ancestry will outnumber those of European origin. In the Elmhurst-Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York City, the transition occurred during the 1970s, and the area's...



Generations in Touch
Linking the Old and Young in a Tokyo Neighborhood
Leng Leng Thang
A dilemma long faced by western societies—how to bring the generations together—is also of growing concern in the east. In Japan, where, until recently, the extended family often lived under the same roof, social programs designed to...



"Getting By"
Class and State Formation among Chinese in Malaysia
Donald M. Nonini, Donald Nonini
How do class, ethnicity, gender, and politics interact? In what ways do they constitute everyday life among ethnic minorities? In "Getting By," Donald M. Nonini draws on three decades of research in the region of Penang state in northern West Malaysia, mainly in the city of Bukit Mertajam, to provide an ethnographic and historical account of...



Gifts, Favors, and Banquets
The Art of Social Relationships in China
Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang
An elaborate and pervasive set of practices, called guanxi, underlies everyday social relationships in contemporary China. Obtaining and changing job assignments, buying certain foods and consumer items, getting into good hospitals, buying train...



Ginseng and Aspirin
Health Care Alternatives for Aging Chinese in New York
Zibin Guo
Navigating the maze of modern American health care is rarely easy; those who enter it are confronted with a dizzying array of specialists, practitioners, and clinics from which to choose, and are forced to make decisions regarding drugs and...



The Global Horizon
Expectations of Migration in Africa and the Middle East
Based on detailed ethnographic accounts, the contributors to this volume focus on the imaginations, expectations, and motivations that propel the pursuit of migration.



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