Becoming a Marihuana User by Howard S. Becker, an influential sociologist and professor at Northwestern University for decades before he retired, is his vintage sociology article, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for July.
The article, which is an in-depth look exploring the users and culture and various other issues surrounding marijuana during the 1950s, was originally published in the American Journal of Sociology in 1953, and this edition includes a new preface.
Offered worldwide through the month of July, directly from the University Press’ website.
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Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World edited by Mikkel Rytter, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, & Karen Fog Olwig, a professor in the Anthropology Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the is the 7th title in the in the Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series of mixed historical archaelogical and current cultural anthropology studies, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for June. This volume contains ethnographic essays focusing on modern culture and the how the intermingling subtitular factors affect each other and shape the domestic and social lives of migrating persons.
The essays cover not only the experiences of immigrants from the Middle East to the Nordic countries, as one might expect, but also people in areas like the Caribbean and Peru, and focused subgroups such as women and the families of “guest workers” imported for labour who later became middle-class in ensuing generations.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.
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Gaven (The Gift) by Anders Klostergaard Petersen, a professor in the School of Culture & Society’s Department of Religious Study at Aarhus University, is the 44th in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of accessibly-written Danish-language short introductory essays on various academic topics meant for a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This Danish-language essay covers the topic of gift-giving and how it is culturally viewed in society, apparently with a bit of philosophical detour into reflecting upon how it’s the thought behind it that counts more than the outward value of the gift, which may be a gift in itself.
Offered as a DRM-free ebook and accompanying MP3 audiobook, available worldwide through December 12th.
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