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Real Women Run: Running as Feminist Embodiment

Real Women Run: Running as Feminist Embodiment

1st Edition

Sandra L. Faulkner
January 25, 2018

Real Women Run is an innovative feminist ethnography that consists of a series of linked essays and presentations about women who run at the intersections of queer, feminist, and running identities. Faulkner uses feminist grounded theory, poetic inquiry, and qualitative content analysis to ...

Schooled on Fat: What Teens Tell Us About Gender, Body Image, and Obesity

Schooled on Fat: What Teens Tell Us About Gender, Body Image, and Obesity

1st Edition

Nicole Taylor
December 15, 2015

Winner of the Reader Views Literary Award, Societal Issues and the Reviewers Choice Best Non-fiction Book of the Year, Specialty Awards, Schooled on Fat explores how body image, social status, fat stigma and teasing, food consumption behaviors, and exercise practices intersect in the daily lives of...

In Solidarity: Friendship, Family, and Activism Beyond Gay and Straight

In Solidarity: Friendship, Family, and Activism Beyond Gay and Straight

1st Edition

Lisa Tillmann
December 12, 2014

In Solidarity: Friendship, Family, and Activism Beyond Gay and Straight shows what being an ally (in this case to LGBTQ+ persons and communities) requires, means, and does. Through prose, poetry, performance text, and film, the work takes readers inside relationships across sexual orientation and...

Off the Grid: Re-Assembling Domestic Life

Off the Grid: Re-Assembling Domestic Life

1st Edition

Phillip Vannini, Jonathan Taggart
November 14, 2014

Off-grid isn’t a state of mind. It isn’t about someone being out of touch, about a place that is hard to get to, or about a weekend spent offline. Off-grid is the property of a building (generally a home but sometimes even a whole town) that is disconnected from the electricity and the natural gas...

Beads, Bodies, and Trash: Public Sex, Global Labor, and the Disposability of Mardi Gras

Beads, Bodies, and Trash: Public Sex, Global Labor, and the Disposability of Mardi Gras

1st Edition

David Redmon
July 14, 2014

Beads, Bodies, and Trash merges cultural sociology with a commodity chain analysis by following Mardi Gras beads to their origins. Beginning with Bourbon Street of New Orleans, this book moves to the grim factories in the tax-free economic zone of rural Fuzhou, China. Beads, Bodies, and Trash will...

My Father's Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century

My Father's Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century

1st Edition

Alisse Waterston
August 05, 2013

* Winner: International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Outstanding Book Award 2016 * My Father’s Wars is an anthropologist's vivid account of her father's journey across continents, countries, cultures, generations, and wars. It is a daughter's moving portrait of a charming, funny,...

Water in a Dry Land: Place-Learning Through Art and Story

Water in a Dry Land: Place-Learning Through Art and Story

1st Edition

Margaret Somerville
February 19, 2013

Water in a Dry Land is a story of research about water as a source of personal and cultural meaning. The site of this exploration is the iconic river system which forms the networks of natural and human landscapes of the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. In the current geological era of human...

Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles

Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles

1st Edition

Jeanine Marie Minge, Amber Lynn Zimmerman
December 11, 2012

Concrete and Dust focuses on the performative nature of sexualized identity in Hollywood, the people that live in its underbelly and surrounding valleys, the sexual geographies of the place, and the ways in which sexual agency is mapped on the body and in consciousness. The cultural turn in...

Digital Drama: Teaching and Learning Art and Media in Tanzania

Digital Drama: Teaching and Learning Art and Media in Tanzania

1st Edition

Paula Uimonen
April 12, 2012

The aim of this book is to explore digital media and intercultural interaction at an arts college in Tanzania, through innovative forms of ethnographic representation. The book and the series website weave together visual and aural narratives, interviews and observations, life stories and video...

Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada's West Coast

Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada's West Coast

1st Edition

Phillip Vannini
January 20, 2012

The purpose of this rich and innovatively presented ethnography is to explore mobility, sense of place and time on the British Columbia coast. On the basis of almost 400 interviews with ferry passengers and over 250 ferry journeys, the author narrates and reflects on the performance of travel and...

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