BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, “Understanding American Icons: An Introduction to Semiotics” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
This brief, student-friendly introduction to the study of semiotics uses examples from 25 iconic locations in the United States. From Coney Island to Las Vegas, the World Trade Center to the Grand Canyon, Berger shows how semiotics offers a different… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Arthur Asa Berger, ” Theorizing Tourism: Analyzing Iconic Destinations” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
A useful introduction to the critical study of tourism, this brief text applies semiotics and cultural theory to deal with some of our most iconic global destinations. It offers accessible analyses of 18 famous tourist locations from the Taj Mahal… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Allen and Jones, eds., “Violence and Warfare among Hunter-Gatherers” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
How did warfare originate? Was it human genetics? Social competition? The rise of complexity? Intensive study of the long-term hunter-gatherer past brings us closer to an answer. The original chapters in this volume examine cultural areas on five continents where… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Thomas C Patterson, “From Acorns to Warehouses: Historical Political Economy of Southern California’s Inland Empire” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Thomas C. Patterson’s large-scale history of the Inland Empire of Southern California traces the social, political and economic changes in this region from the first Native American settlement 12,000 years ago to the present. Framing his discussion of this region… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Karin Olson, “Essentials of Qualitative Interviewing” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Karin Olson’s brief, accessible guide to the principles and practices of qualitative interviewing is a welcome addition for students and novice practitioners in a wide array of fields. Interview is the most common method for gaining information in the social… Read More
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