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Artfulness of Death in Africa
ISBN: HB: 9781789141238, Reaktion Books, November 2019
288 pp., 24.6x18.9 cm, 89 illus., 50 in colour
If weddings are the most lavish events in most parts of the world, in Sub-Saharan Africa, by contrast, it is funerals. Funeral celebrations can be flamboyant occasions, particularly those honouring prominent people. Artworks of many kinds are created...
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£35,00
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Licentious Worlds Sex and Exploitation in Global Empires
ISBN: HB: 9781789141405, Reaktion Books, October 2019
368 pp., 23.4x15.6 cm, 120 illus., 60 in colour
"Licentious Worlds" is a history of sexual attitudes and behaviour through five hundred years of empire-building around the world. In a graphic and sometimes unsettling account, Julie Peakman examines colonization and the imperial experience puttting...
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£25,00
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In Praise of the Bicycle
ISBN: HB: 9781789141382, Reaktion Books, July 2019
96 pp., 19.7x12 cm, 8 illus.
This is the French anthropologist as we've never heard him before: Marc Auge coined the term "non-place" to describe uniquitous, global airports, hotels and motorways filled with anonymous individuals. In this new book, he casts his anthropologist's...
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£9,99
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Psyche on the Skin A History of Self-harm
ISBN: PB: 9781789141481, ISBN: HB: 9781780237503, Reaktion Books, July 2019
320 pp., 19.8x12.9 cm, 55 illus.
Self-harm is thought by many to be a modern epidemic: a phenomenon of the late twentieth century, a symptom of extreme emotional turmoil in young people, particularly young women. Yet it was 150 years ago, within early asylum psychiatry, that self-mu...
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£9,99
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£20,00
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Selfish Ape Human Nature and Our Path to Extinction
ISBN: HB: 9781789141559, Reaktion Books, July 2019
152 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm
Weaving together stories of science and sociology, "The Selfish Ape" offers a refreshing response to common fantasies about the ascent of humanity. Rather than imagining modern humans as a species with godlike powers, or Homo deus, Nicholas P. Money...
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£14,99
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Echoes of Valhalla The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas
ISBN: HB: 9781780237152, Reaktion Books, March 2017
256 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 50 illus.
Tolkien's wizard Gandalf, Wagner's Valkyrie Brunnhilde, Marvel's superhero the Mighty Thor and the Vikings heading for Valhalla in Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song': these are just a few examples of how Icelandic medieval literature has shaped the huma...
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£20,00
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Everyday Life How the Ordinary Became Extraordinary
ISBN: HB: 9781780236636, Reaktion Books, July 2016
256 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm
In "Everyday Life" Joseph A. Amato offers a panoramic account of the evolution of our daily existence and reflects on the complex and changing textures of everyday life. Beginning with societies of scarcity and relative lack of change and ending with...
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£18,00
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Anatomy Museum Death and the Body Displayed
ISBN: HB: 9781861893758, Reaktion Books, June 2016
408 pp., 23.4x16.8 cm, 180 illus., 60 in colour
Anatomy museums contain some of the most compelling and challenging displays of the human body. This innovative book focusing on one such museum – in Scotland's northeast – opens up a wide-ranging history of deceased bodies on display, from medieval...
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£35,00
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Idea of North New Edition
ISBN: PB: 9781780235981, Reaktion Books, March 2016
272 pp., 19.8x12.9 cm, 22 illus.
As with the compass needle, so people have always been most powerfully attracted northwards; everyone carries within them their own concept of north. "The Idea of North" is a study, ranging widely in time and place, of some of the ways in which these...
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£9,95
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Philosophy of Pain
ISBN: PB: 9781861895417, Reaktion Books, August 2009
168 pp., 20x12 cm
"Living involves being exposed to pain every second – not necessarily as an insistent reality, but always as a possibility", writes Arne Johan Vetlesen in "A Philosophy of Pain", a thought-provoking look at an inevitable and essential aspect of the h...
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£16,95
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