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The Expressive Lives of Elders

by Jon Kay Indiana University Press (September 20, 2018)

Can traditional arts improve an older adult’s quality of life? Are arts interventions more effective when they align with an elder’s cultural identity? In The Expressive Lives of Elders, Jon Kay and contributors...

Rebuilding an Enlightened World

by Bill Ivey Indiana University Press (August 01, 2018)

Today, the long-assumed belief in the permanence of an enlightened world is suddenly open to challenge. Human rights, participatory government, and social justice are losing global influence, and the world of...

The First Book of Jewish Jokes

by Michaela Lang, Elliott Oring, Larisa Privalskaya & Dan Ben-amos et al. Indiana University Press (September 04, 2018)

Works on Jewish humor and Jewish jokes abound today, but what formed the basis for our contemporary notions of Jewish jokes? How and when did these perceptions develop? In this groundbreaking study and translation,...

Animal Tales from the Caribbean

by George List, John Holmes McDowell & Juan Sebastián Rojas E. Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

These twenty-one animal tales from the Colombian Caribbean coast represent a sampling of the traditional stories that are told during all-night funerary wakes. The tales are told in the semi-sacred space of...

Dystopia's Provocateurs

by Edyta Materka Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

Toward the end of the Second World War, Poland’s annexation of eastern German lands precipitated one of the largest demographic upheavals in European history. Edyta Materka travels to her native village in...

Funeral Culture

by Casey Golomski Indiana University Press (June 04, 2018)

Contemporary forms of living and dying in Swaziland cannot be understood apart from the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to anthropologist Casey Golomski. In Africa’s last absolute monarchy, the story of...

Culture and Value

by Regina F. Bendix Indiana University Press (May 09, 2018)

1. This book is the first collection of essays by noted folklorist, Regina F. Bendix, that explore how cultures create, give, and maintain value for cultural elements and artifacts.

2. Bendix's work seeks to...

On Islam

by Rosemary Pennington & Hilary E. Kahn Indiana University Press (June 16, 2017)

In the constant deluge of media coverage on Islam, Muslims are often portrayed as terrorists, refugees, radicals, or victims, depictions that erode human responses of concern, connection, or even a willingness...

Framing Sukkot

by Gabrielle Anna Berlinger Indiana University Press (September 29, 2017)

The sukkah, the symbolic ritual home built during the annual Jewish holiday of Sukkot, commemorates the temporary structures that sheltered the Israelites as they journeyed across the desert after the exodus...

Folk Masters

by Tom Pich & Barry Bergey Indiana University Press (November 13, 2017)

Discover one hundred of the greatest folk artists practicing in the United States in Folk Masters: A Portrait of America. Over the past 25 years, photographer Tom Pich has traveled the country to the homes and...

Sacred Art

by Henry Glassie & Pravina Shukla Indiana University Press (November 20, 2017)

Sacred art flourishes today in northeastern Brazil, where European and African religious traditions have intersected for centuries. Professional artists create images of both the Catholic saints and the African...

Global Clay

by John A. Burrison Indiana University Press (June 16, 2017)

For over 25,000 years, humans across the globe have shaped, decorated, and fired clay. Despite great differences in location and time, universal themes appear in the world’s ceramic traditions, including religious...

Israel in the Making

by Hagar Salamon Indiana University Press (March 27, 2017)

The brilliant kaleidoscope of everyday creativity in Israel is thrown into relief in this study, which teases out the abiding national tensions and contradictions at work in the expressive acts of ordinary people....


by Katrina Daly Thompson Indiana University Press (February 06, 2017)

Since the 1960s, people on the islands off the coast of Tanzania have talked about being attacked by a mysterious creature called Popobawa, a shapeshifter often described as having an enormous penis. Popobawa’s...

Storytelling on the Northern Irish Border: Characters and Community

by Ray Cashman Indiana University Press (September 23, 2011)

More than quaint local color, folklore is a crucial part of life in Aghyaran, a mixed Catholic-Protestant border community in Northern Ireland. Neighbors socialize during wakes and ceilis-informal nighttime...

Humble Theory: Folklore's Grasp on Social Life

by Dorothy Noyes Indiana University Press (October 03, 2016)

Celebrated folklorist, Dorothy Noyes, offers an unforgettable glimpse of her craft and the many ways it matters. Folklore is the dirty linen of modernity, carrying the traces of working bodies and the worlds...

Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers

by Jon Kay Indiana University Press (August 08, 2016)

Growing old doesn't have to be seen as an eventual failure but rather as an important developmental stage of creativity. Offering an absorbing and fresh perspective on aging and crafts, Jon Kay explores how...

Costume: Performing Identities through Dress

by Pravina Shukla Indiana University Press (April 06, 2015)

What does it mean to people around the world to put on costumes to celebrate their heritage, reenact historic events, assume a role on stage, or participate in Halloween or Carnival? Self-consciously set apart...