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This book explains how these processes of being born as an American citizen and becoming naturalized as an adult work.

A survey of food and its place in human culture and society, presented through 600 alphabetically sorted entries. Features multidisciplinary coverage of such topics as comfort food, ethnicity and food, medieval banquets, and nutrient composition, among many others. Includes photographs, illustrations, sidebars, recipes, menus, and timelines.

Provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present. Covers cultural issues and includes numerous biographical profiles of important figures in politics, letters and the arts.

The second edition of a resource that is considered a standard reference in the field. Presents a cross-cultural approach that emphasizes religion’s role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture. The original 2,750 entries have been retained, many heavily updated, and approximately 600 entirely new articles have been added by an international team of scholars and contributors.

Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Examines more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment, ranging from togas to turbans, necklaces to tennis shoes. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses. This set shows how clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear reflect the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.

Essays on specific minority and ethnic groups in the U.S., with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, language) in addition to information on historical background and settlement patterns.

This reference vividly recreates and analyzes pivotal encounters, exchanges, and conflicts between cultures and civilizations that profoundly influenced the course of human history. It covers all regions of the globe — Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and the Pacific — and all time periods — from the early trade networks of the Fertile Crescent in 10,000 B.C.E. to the spread of monotheism in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, through Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492, up to the expansion of the World Wide Web.

Provides comprehensive coverage of the foods and recipes from 70 representative countries and culture groups worldwide — from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Entries provide 10-15 recipes for each group and include data on the agriculture and dietary habits of each group as well as an overview of each group’s nutrition and health.

This work examines the world’s indigenous peoples, their cultures, the countries in which they reside, and the issues that impact these groups. It highlights the complex relationships between native groups and the physical and social environments in which they live

This illustrated dictionary of Spanish terms arranged by theme is intended for tourist and business travelers. Updated to reflect recent changes in technology and clothing, it will help you learn and retain all the key phrases you need to know for ordering and buying food, talking about work, discussing health, and studying language.

Includes more than 2,700 signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and, where appropriate, photographs and textual cross-references to related essays.

This interdisciplinary work brings a new perspective to the diverse and colorful global history of human attire from prehistoric times to modern day. It illuminates dress as a reflection of social status, aesthetic trends, economic conditions, cultural exchange, and modern media marketing, covering the evolution of clothing styles in diverse historical periods, regions, and countries, as well as the diversification of materials, production methods, and commerce.

Covers cultural groups in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Each volume is organized by continent, covering history, politics, customs, religion, education, human rights issues, teen life, and more.

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