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Anthropology

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1 Gift-Giving in Japan: Cash, Connections, Cosmologies Rupp, Katherine
Stanford, CA, U.S.A. Stanford University Press 2003 0804747032 / 9780804747035 1st Edition/1st Printing Hard Copy Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Inscribed By Author
Stanford University Press, Stanford, 2003. Inscribed by author on front free end page as follows: "30 September 2003 Dear Mimi, Thank you for going to the mat for me! Best, Kathy". 1st edition/1st printing. Book is in Fine condition. Dust jacket is in Near Fine condition. From the publisher: "Gift-giving is extremely important in Japanese society, not only at personal and household levels, but at the national and macroeconomic levels as well. This book is the first in English to document the extraordinary scale, complexity, and variation of giving in contemporary Japan. Gift-Giving in Japan is based on eighteen months' fieldwork in the Tokyo metropolitan area, as well as short-term research in other parts of Japan. The core of the study is the experience of family representatives of different ages, classes, genders, occupations, neighborhoods, and religions. The author also interviewed experts, including the author of gift-giving etiquette books, Buddhist and Shinto priests, department store and funeral home employees, and workers at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. She participated in neighborhood festivals, election rallies, house-building rites, and other ceremonies of which gift-giving was an integral part. Recent anthropological interest in drawing a strong contrast between commodities and gifts both reflects and reinforces the conception of the gift as part of the giver and the related distinction between the realm of the gift and the realm of the marketplace. The author argues that Japanese practices of giving and receiving challenge assumptions related to this idea of the gift." 
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2 What Is Emotion? History, Measures, and Meanings Kagan, Jerome
New Haven, CT, USA Yale University Press 2007 0300124740 / 9780300124743 First Edition/First Printing Hard Copy New New 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2007. 1st edition/1st printing. Book is New: light bump on edge and corners of rear board; not a remainder. From the publisher: "In this sophisticated overview of human emotions, a widely respected psychologist and author addresses the ambiguities and embraces the controversies that surround this intriguing subject. An insightful and lucid thinker, Jerome Kagan examines what exactly we do know about emotions, which popular assumptions about emotions are incorrect, and how scientific study must proceed if we are to uncover the answers to persistent and evasive questions about emotions. Integrating the findings of anthropological, psychological, and biological studies in his wide-ranging discussion, Kagan explores the evidence for great variation in the frequency and intensity of emotion among different cultures. He also discusses variations among individuals within the same culture and the influences of gender, class, ethnicity, and temperament on a person’s emotional patina. In his closing chapter, the author proposes that three sources of evidence -- verbal descriptions of feelings, behaviors, and measures of brain states -- provide legitimate but different definitions of emotion. Translating data from one of these sources to another may not be possible, Kagan warns, and those who study emotions must accept -- at least for now -- that their understanding is limited to and by the domain of their information." 
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