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Dizzy Gillespie, jazz, and the cultural politics of the cold war during the Eisenhower administration

“Those white guys are working for me”: Dizzy Gillespie, jazz, and the cultural politics of the cold war during the Eisenhower administration David M. Carletta Convinced that cultural influence was linked to political and economic power, the Eisenhower administration (1953-61) sponsored America’s premier jazz musicians’ goodwill tours abroad as part of its cultural foreign policy […]

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Point: state lotteries are needed

Point: state lotteries are needed Blake Hart The current economic climate in the United States has adversely affected almost every corner of the marketplace. With most sectors of the work force experiencing layoffs and hiring freezes, less money is coming into households, and, as a consequence, states and local communities are receiving less revenue from […]

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Beyond collective amnesia: a Korean War retrospective

Beyond collective amnesia: a Korean War retrospective – 1 Paul G. Pierpaoli, Jr For nearly three decades after the end of the Korean War, American veterans of the conflict–along with increasing numbers of historians and other scholars–bemoaned the fact that Korea had become a “forgotten war.” In fact, in the United States there were signs […]

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Pearson, James L. Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: a Cognitive Approach to Archaeology

Pearson, James L. Shamanism and the Ancient Mind: a Cognitive Approach to Archaeology – Book Review Joseph Andrew Park Wilson Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira, 2002. x + 195 pp. Cloth, $69.00; paper, $24.95. Shamanism and the Ancient Mind is an interesting synthetic overview of cognitive archaeology, targeted to a broad audience. Pearson is a believer […]

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Thrift, Nigel. Knowing Capitalism

Thrift, Nigel. Knowing Capitalism John K. Cox Thrift, Nigel. Knowing Capitalism. London: Sage, 2005. viii + 256 pages. Cloth, $99.95; paper, $29.95. In the late 1990s, municipal authorities in London installed “smart” closed-circuit television systems (CCTV) capable of recognizing suspects’ faces. These systems were designed to prevent crime, among other purposes. This CCTV capability garnered […]

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Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject

Ortner, Sherry B. Anthropology and Social Theory: Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject Jenna Dell Ortner, Sherry B. Anthropology and Social Theory: Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006. 188 pages. Cloth, $74.95; paper, $21.95. In her latest collection of heavily theoretical essays, Sherry Ortner, a familiar name to anthropologists, […]

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Rita J. Simon and Howard Altstein. Adoption Across Borders: Serving the Children in Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions.

Rita J. Simon and Howard Altstein. Adoption Across Borders: Serving the Children in Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions. – book review Vera Laska Lanhan, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2000. Paperback, $18.95; hardcover, $59.00. “Adoption is a legal process in which a child’s legal rights and duties toward his natural parents, and vice versa, are terminated and […]

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the Alexander Bartlet & George Campbell Company

Mercantile communities in the Ceded Islands: the Alexander Bartlet & George Campbell Company Mark Quintanilla At the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), adventurous entrepreneurs ventured out to Britain’s newly acquired West Indian possessions of Grenada, Tobago, St. Vincent, and Dominica. The Ceded Islands, as contemporaries called them, represented the British Empire’s first major […]

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Tilly, Charles. Stories, Identities, and Political Change

Tilly, Charles. Stories, Identities, and Political Change Orville D. Menard Tilly, Charles. Stories, Identities, and Political Change. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2002. 255 pp. Cloth, $79; paper, $29.95. Tilly’s search for understanding political processes and changes involves several basic yet complex and interrelated questions. What is the role of stories in answering […]

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Policy point-counterpoint: profiling at airports

Policy point-counterpoint: profiling at airports Moderator: Barry D. Friedman The United States is confronted with a dilemma: Should federal authorities utilize profiling at the security check-in point at airports? If so, they might mistreat members of certain minority groups, particularly individuals of Middle Eastern descent. “Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry,” the U.S. […]