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ISBN: HB: 9780857423771,
19x22.9 cm, 37 halftones, 3 facsimiles, 1 map
One of the towering classics of twentieth century French literature, "Phantom Africa" is a singular and ultimately unclassifiable work: a book composed of one man's compulsive and constantly mutating daily travel journal – by turns melodramatic, self...
Fate of Rural Hell
Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand
ISBN: PB: 9780857424020,
ISBN: HB: 9780857420275,
13.9x19.8 cm, 24 colour illus.
In 1975, when political scientist Benedict Anderson reached Wat Phai Rong Wua, a massive temple complex in rural Thailand conceived by Buddhist monk Luang Phor Khom, he felt he had wandered into a demented Disneyland. One of the world's most bizarre...
Call of the Trance
ISBN: HB: 9780857421906,
"The Call of the Trance" is a magnificent book that takes us to the unchartered frontiers of the forbidden. From initiation ceremonies to crises of hysteria, from suicide attempts to the ecstasies of witches, Catherine Clement explores in simple but...
Performing the Nation
Genocide, Justice, Reconciliation
ISBN: PB: 9780857421081,
15.2x22.8 cm, 30 halftones
A dance begins beneath the outstretched branches of the giant umunyinya tree in Rwanda. First there is drumming and clapping, then the lead dancers step into the center of the gathering. The dancing subsides and the gacaca court, the community hearin...
Singers Die Twice
A Journey to the Land of Dhrupad
ISBN: HB: 9780857421043,
15.2x22.8 cm, 1 map, 1 diagram, 22 halftones
"Singers Die Twice" is the story of a life in music. One of Germany's best-known exponents of North Indian classical music, specifically dhrupad singing, Perer Pannke has traveled from his home in Germany to Varanasi, Delhi, Darbhanga, and the forest...
No Fixed Abode
ISBN: HB: 9780857420961,
In recent years, social workers have raised a new concern about the appearance of a new category among the working poor. Even employed, there are people so overburdened by the cost of living and so under compensated that they cannot afford a place to...
Issues of Music and Diaspora in India
ISBN: PB + CD: 9781905422500,
17.2x24.4 cm, 1 map, 5 tables, 94 halftones
"Remembered Rhythms" explores the role of music and cultural memory in shaping and creating diasporic identities. With contributions from leading scholars in the fields of ethnomusicology, cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology, the essays ran...
Flaming Feet and Other Essays
The Dalit Movement in India
ISBN: HB: 9781906497804,
In this volume of sixteen essays, D. R. Nagaraj, the foremost non-Brahmin intellectual to emerge from India's non-English-speaking world, presents his vision of the Indian caste system in relation to Dalit politics – the Dalit being a self-designatio...
Imagining the Urban
Sanskrit and the City in Early India
ISBN: HB: 9781906497811,
In Imagining the Urban, Shonaleeka Kaul turns to Sanskrit literature to discover the characteristics – both physical and social – of ancient Indian cities. Kaul examines nearly a thousand years of Sanskrit kavyas to see what India's early historic ci...
Sailing on the Sea of Love
The Music of the Bauls of Bengal
ISBN: PB + CD: 9780857420046,
15.5x22.9 cm, 43 halftones
Based on fieldwork carried out in West Bengal, "Sailing on the Sea of Love" is a pioneering study of the songs of the Baul – a Bengali religious sect, widely beloved for its enchanting music. Charles Capwell describes the role Baul song plays in the...