Description : This single-volume work covers many traditions, customs, and activities Westerners may find unusual or shocking, covering everything from the Ashanti people's funeral celebrations to wife-carrying competitions in Finland. • Provides a unique global perspective via content from 48 authors currently working, living, or traveling in most continents of the world • Supplies interdisciplinary points of view by incorporating aspects of religion, food, festivals, history, social practices, funeral traditions, and grand community celebrations • Serves to highlight distinct cultural differences while also enabling readers to discover how much people have in common and to consider how certain American traditions might seem "strange" to people from outside the United States
Description : This book documents hundreds of customs and traditions practiced in countries outside of the United States, showcasing the diversity of birth, coming-of-age, and death celebrations worldwide. • Examines cultural events in the general categories of birth and childhood events, teen and early adulthood milestones, and aging and death customs • Offers primary and cultural document excerpts that are useful for the purposes of meeting Common Core standards • Includes color inserts that help bring the text to life • Features sidebars that present fun facts, interesting anecdotes, and recipes that are often used to celebrate various life-cycle customs in different countries • Provides information ideal for students studying geography, global studies, anthropology, and world cultures
Description : With hundreds of books dedicated to conventional sports and activities, this encyclopedia on the weirdest and wackiest games offers a fresh and entertaining read for any audience. • Presents interesting information on a wide variety of culturally significant activities, from the ancient to the ultra-modern • Contains entries that are detailed yet accessible for general readers • Covers British pub games and similar activities in other countries seldom featured in reference books • Frames each entry within a global context • Features a list of Further Reading suggestions
Description : Geography Today provides a thoughtful and thorough introduction to the study of geography—from maps and technology to the study of different cultures, political systems, and economies, and an investigation of plate tectonics and climate systems. Provides readers with a concise explanation of geography concepts as laid out in the U.S. National Geography Standards Provides real-world examples of geography in action Contains numerous resources to help readers fully understand the study of geography in the 21st century. Includes an A-to-Z quick reference section that enables students to dive deeper into specific terms, themes, and concepts
Description : This reference investigates the role of landscape in popular works and in doing so explores the time in which they were written. • Discusses books and poems covered on the AP English Literature and Composition exam, the most-assigned pieces of literature on high school reading lists, and well-loved contemporary books • Examines specific pieces of literature in the geographical and historical context in which they were written, making this book especially relevant to core curriculum standards • Provides comprehensive content that is unique in the library market • Includes recommendations of complimentary works • Features organization alphabetical by work, making it easy to navigate • Maintains an accessible style useful for high school and general education college courses
Description : Fulfilling the need for English-source material on contemporary Spain, this book supplies readers with an in-depth, interdisciplinary guide to the country of Spain and its intricate, diverse culture. • Serves as a general reference guide to Spain that presents historical information as well as details about everyday life in modern-day Spain • Covers a huge variety of topics ranging from sports and literature to gastronomy and geography • Addresses virtually every issue and concern related to 21st-century Spain • Provides the most up-to-date facts in a fair, unprejudiced manner • Connects relevant aspects of Spain with those of other countries, giving readers perspective into the obvious differences and subtle nuances between unfamiliar cultures
Description : Publisher description: How do the latest medical developments affect our beliefs in faith's healing power? Can artificial intelligence compare with human consciousness? Are genetic engineers interfering with Nature's work? This reference work deals with these questions and others, examining the issues and the history associated with the complex relationship between science and religion. Articles by scientists of many fields, philosophers and thinkers from all the major world religions present a variety of perspectives on the major scientific discoveries of our time and their effects on our religious belief system.
Description : This volume provides a unique guide to the ideas and history the ideas and history of the discipline which discusses human, social and cultural life in all its diversity. Theory, ethnography and history are combined in over 200 substantial entries on topics as wide ranging as race, postmodernism, witchcraft, essentialism, magic and methodology. Authoritative entries have been commissioned from among the world's leading specialists. Alphabetically organized, the main entries contain clear, concise and provocative explanations of key anthropological themes and ideas, as well as surveys of the most important regional traditions of ethnographic research. Each entry contains cross references and a bibliographic guide to further reading. The Encyclopedia also contains a biographic appendix, with details of the lives and works of over 200 important figures in the history of anthropology and a glossary with short explanations of over 500 terms and concepts. Areas covered include: History of anthropological research, colonialism, orientalism and occidentalism, theories of culture and society * Kinship, gender and family, marriage, the body * Ritual and religion, language and linguistics, poetics, literacy, aesthetics, film, museums * Relations with other disciplines (e.g. archaeology and sociology).