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Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body
Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body

This book has been several years in the making, and I must thank all those who have worked

on the project over that time. My greatest gratitude is of course to the contributors, to those who have been with the project from the first, and those who joined later, when others had fallen away. To all of them I owe more than it is
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Alcohol: A Social and Cultural History
Alcohol: A Social and Cultural History

This book examines our relationship with alcohol and examines how drink has evolved in its functions and uses from the late Middle Ages to the present day in the West. This book discusses a range of issues, including domestic versus recreational use, the history of alcoholism, and the relationship between alcohol and violence, religion,...

The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach
The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach
An examination of Internet culture and consumption. The Internet is increasingly shaping, and being shaped by, users' lives. From cybercafes to businesses, from middle class houses to squatters settlements, the authors have gathered material on subjects as varied as personal relations, commerce, sex and religion. Websites are also analyzed as new...
Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion
Selling Spirituality: The Silent Takeover of Religion

From feng shui to holistic medicine, from aromatherapy candles to yoga weekends, from Christian mystics to New Age gurus, spirituality is big business. There has been an explosion of interest and popular literature on mind, body and spirit and ‘personal development’. We now see the introduction of modes of ‘spirituality’...

Homicide in the Biblical World
Homicide in the Biblical World
Homicide in the Biblical World analyses the treatment of homicide in the Hebrew Bible and demonstrates that it is directly linked to the unique social structure and religion of ancient Israel. Close parallels between biblical law and ancient Near Eastern law are evident in the laws of the ox that gored and the pregnant woman who is assaulted, but,...
Psychology and Religion : An Introduction
Psychology and Religion : An Introduction

This is a rather unusual book on the psychology of religion. As usual I try my very best to set down what is empirically true in the light of what is now extensive evidence on this subject. But I also take a sympathetic view of religion—I have faith in both enterprises, psychology and religion, and believe that in the end they can be...

High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More
High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More
High Performance MySQL is the definitive guide to building fast, reliable systems with MySQL. Written by noted experts with years of real-world experience building very large systems, this book covers every aspect of MySQL performance in detail, and focuses on robustness, security, and data integrity. High Performance MySQL teaches you advanced...
Race, Religion and Law in Colonial India: Trials of an Interracial Family
Race, Religion and Law in Colonial India: Trials of an Interracial Family

How did British rule in India transform persons from lower social classes? Could Indians from such classes rise in the world by marrying Europeans and embracing their religion and customs? This book explores such questions by examining the intriguing story of an interracial family who lived in southern India in the mid-nineteenth century. The...

The Universalist Movement in America, 1770-1880
The Universalist Movement in America, 1770-1880
"...an erudite and coherent analysis of Universalism as a powerful religious idea in the wider culture of American Protestantism."
-TLS

"Provides welcome guidance through the complexities of this neglected movement....this well-researched and well-argued book deserves a wide reading among early Americanists and
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Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity
Uninsured in America: Life and Death in the Land of Opportunity
Reaching beyond statistics and prevalent assumptions, Uninsured in America goes to the heart of why more than forty million Americans are falling through the cracks in the health care system, and what it means for society as a whole when so many people suffer the consequences of inadequate medical care. Based on interviews with 120 uninsured men...
YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts
YouTube: An Insider's Guide to Climbing the Charts
Let me begin by making an observation that the authors are too humble to make for themselves: This book will change your life. But more on that in a moment. First I’m going to do something prototypically YouTubian: I’m going to talk about myself.

Like most people, I got to know YouTube as
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An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (Introduction to Religion)
An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (Introduction to Religion)

In this new edition of the best-selling Introduction to Buddhism, Peter Harvey provides a comprehensive introduction to the development of the Buddhist tradition in both Asia and the West. Extensively revised and fully updated, this new edition draws on recent scholarship in the field, exploring the tensions and continuities between the...

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