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Blue Jeans: The Art of the Ordinary

by Daniel Miller Sophie Woodward

This fresh and accessible ethnography offers a new vision of how society might cohere, in the face of on-going global displacement, dislocation, and migration. Drawing from intensive field work in a highly diverse North London neighborhood, Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward focus on an everyday item--blue jeans--to learn what one simple article of clothing can tell us about our individual and social lives and challenging, by extension, the foundational anthropological presumption of "the normative." Miller and Woodward argue that blue jeans do not always represent social and cultural difference, from gender and wealth, to style and circumstance. Instead they find that jeans allow individuals to inhabit what the authors term "the ordinary." Miller and Woodward demonstrate that the emphasis on becoming ordinary is important for immigrants and the population of North London more generally, and they call into question foundational principles behind anthropology, sociology and philosophy.

The Bluegrass Guitar Style of Charles Sawtelle

by Daniel Miller

Book description from the Flatpicking Guitar magazine website (where I bought it!) Charles Sawtelle is one of the most innovative guitar players in bluegrass history. His bluesy syncopated solos with the popular bluegrass band Hot Rize proved true the famous saying 'less is more.' Charles is a true master of tone, timing, and taste in bluegrass guitar playing and his exciting and innovative solos have thrilled bluegrass fans around the world. This comprehensive book provides you with a Sawtelle biography, an extensive interview with Charles, a section on Charles' rhythm style, 27 transcriptions of Sawtelle solos in both standard notation and tablature, with notes accompanying each solo transcription and dozens of photographs of Charles and Hot Rize. All fans of Hot Rize will love this book. Level: Intermediate, Advanced. Even though the musical notation and tablature could not be reproduced in this version, there is much text which helps to reveal the nature of Sawtelle's guitar playing. Also, many of the big names in today's bluegrass tell why they think he was one of the best. (Sawtelle passed away in 1999.)

Materiality

by Daniel Miller

Throughout history and across social and cultural contexts, most systems of belief--whether religious or secular--have ascribed wisdom to those who see reality as that which transcends the merely material. Yet, as the studies collected here show, the immaterial is not easily separated from the material. Humans are defined, to an extraordinary degree, by their expressions of immaterial ideals through material forms. The essays in Materiality explore varied manifestations of materiality from ancient times to the present. In assessing the fundamental role of materiality in shaping humanity, they signal the need to decenter the social within social anthropology in order to make room for the material. Considering topics as diverse as theology, technology, finance, and art, the contributors--most of whom are anthropologists--examine the many different ways in which materiality has been understood and the consequences of these differences. Their case studies show that the latest forms of financial trading instruments can be compared with the oldest ideals of ancient Egypt, that the promise of software can be compared with an age-old desire for an unmediated relationship to divinity. Whether focusing on the theology of Islamic banking, Australian Aboriginal art, derivatives trading in Japan, or textiles that respond directly to their environment, each essay adds depth and nuance to the project that Materiality advances: a profound acknowledgment and rethinking of one of the basic properties of being human. Contributors. Matthew Engelke, Webb Keane, Susanne Kchler, Bill Maurer, Lynn Meskell, Daniel Miller, Hirokazu Miyazaki, Fred Myers, Christopher Pinney, Michael Rowlands, Nigel Thrift

Starting a Small Restaurant - Revised Edition

by Daniel Miller

There's a lot more to running a successful restaurant than serving delicious food. This completely revised and updated edition of the classic guide to operating a small restaurant gives you the recipe for success in this highly competitive business, whether your goal is to open a trendy bistro or a cozy neighborhood hangout. You'll learn about everything from choosing the right location for your restaurant to creating a business plan, hiring a chef, training kitchen and wait staff, planning menus that attract customers, purchasing equipment and supplies, handling difficult customers, complying with the latest restaurant laws, buying advertising and garnering publicity, and much more. Starting a Small Restaurant is the perfect guide for any aspiring restaurant owner, but it's also a fascinating read for anyone interested in what it takes to succeed in the restaurant business.

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