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  • Abrahams, Roger D.
    DEEP DOWN IN THE JUNGLE: Negro Narrative Folklore from the Streets of Philadelphia.

    Edition: First printing.

    Hatboro, PA: Folklore Associates. 1964. Hardcover first edition - Uncommon first edition of this pioneering work on African-American folklore, unusual in that it focused in depth on an urban and northern ghetto, and in the often sexually explicit language contained in the 'toasts' and other examples of folk stories and rhymes. Here is Stagolee and Shine and the Titanic and the baboon and more. Includes a long introduction by the author discussing aspects of the urban neighborhood in which he collected these examples. Illustrated with line drawings. Appendices (including one on the use of 'obscenities'), glossary, bibliography, index. 287 pp. Black illustrated endpapers.

    Condition: Very good overall in black cloth (prev owner's name, book somewhat 'over-opened' before title page, some light pencil underlining in the introduction), lacking the dj.

    Book ID: 37756
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  • BLACK FAMILIES IN WHITE AMERICA. by Billingsley, Andrew with Amy Tate Billingsley.
    Billingsley, Andrew with Amy Tate Billingsley.
    BLACK FAMILIES IN WHITE AMERICA.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, (1968) dj. Hardcover - From the foreword: "The Negro family can be best understood when viewed as a varied and complex institution within the Negro community, which is in turn highly interdependent with their institutions in the wider white society." Index, v, 218 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, and missing the front endpaper, but otherwise tight and clean in a very good dust jacket (price-clipped, remnants of spine label.)

    Book ID: 52929
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  • BLACK FAMILIES IN WHITE AMERICA. by Billingsley, Andrew with Amy Tate Billingsley.
    Billingsley, Andrew with Amy Tate Billingsley.
    BLACK FAMILIES IN WHITE AMERICA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - From the foreword: "The Negro family can be best understood when viewed as a varied and complex institution within the Negro community, which is in turn highly interdependent with their institutions in the wider white society." Index, v, 218 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with the usual markings, but otherwise tight and clean in a very good dust jacket (remnants of spine label.)

    Book ID: 57089
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  • THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS. by Cose, Ellis.
    Cose, Ellis.
    THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: HarperPerennial, (1995.). Third book by this award-winning African American journalist; in it he discusses the anger seething inside even successful middle-class blacks. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0925949.

    Condition: Fine.

    Book ID: 52798
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  • Cose, Ellis.
    THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Third book by this award-winning African American journalist; in it he discusses the anger seething inside even successful middle-class blacks. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0182393.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line.)

    Book ID: 25426
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  • Cose, Ellis.
    THE RAGE OF A PRIVILEGED CLASS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: HarperCollins, 1993. dj. Hardcover first edition - Third book by this award-winning African American journalist; in it he discusses the anger seething inside even successful middle-class blacks. 192 pp. ISBN: 0-06-0182393.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 25427
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  • AMERICAN VAMPIRES: Fans, Victims, Practitioners by Dresser, Norine.
    Dresser, Norine.
    AMERICAN VAMPIRES: Fans, Victims, Practitioners

    Edition: First printing.

    New York & London: Norton, (1989) dj. Hardcover first edition - A well-researched look at vampires in American life - whether considered as entertainment or taken seriously - by this folklorist - a scholarly book but one written with humor. Illustrated, notes, appendix, bibliography, index, 255 pp. ISBN: 0-393-026787.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59660
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  • Finn, Christine A.
    ARTIFACTS: An Archaeologist's Year in Silicon Valley.

    Edition: First printing.

    Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, (2001). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book in which the author combines "a reporter's instinct for a good interview with traditional archaeological training [to bring] the perspectives of the past and the future to the story of Silicon Valley's present material culture. She traveled the area in 2000, a period when people's fortunes could change overnight. She describes a computer's rapid trajectory from useful tool to machine to be junked to collector's item. She explores the sense that whatever one has is instantly superseded by the next new thing -- and the effect this has on economic and social values. She tells stories from a place where fruit-pickers now recycle silicon chips and…

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    Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, (2001). SIGNED hardcover first edition - A book in which the author combines "a reporter's instinct for a good interview with traditional archaeological training [to bring] the perspectives of the past and the future to the story of Silicon Valley's present material culture. She traveled the area in 2000, a period when people's fortunes could change overnight. She describes a computer's rapid trajectory from useful tool to machine to be junked to collector's item. She explores the sense that whatever one has is instantly superseded by the next new thing -- and the effect this has on economic and social values. She tells stories from a place where fruit-pickers now recycle silicon chips and where more money can be made babysitting for post-IPO couples than working in a factory. The ways that people are working and adapting, are becoming wealthy or barely getting by, are visible in the cultural landscape of the fifteen cities that make up the area called 'Silicon Valley.'" Although written almost 20 years ago, the contrasts she mentions have only increased in the interim. SIGNED on the title page. Text is preceded by a 32 page photo essay; illustrated with other photographs throughout. Selected further reading, index. xlix. 244 pp. ISBN: 0-262062240.

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    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 75921
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  • THE FEAR OF FREEDOM. by Fromm, Erich
    Fromm, Erich
    THE FEAR OF FREEDOM.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    London: Kegan Paul, Trench Trubner & Co., (1943). Hardcover - His best known work, originally published as "Escape from Freedom" in the US in 1941 - perhaps more important than ever - a discussion of how and why totalitarianism can be tempting. .A title in the "International Library of Sociology and Social Reconstruction" edited by Karl Mannheim. Index. 257 pp plus 8 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Good overall in dark green cloth with gilt lettering on the spine (corners bumped, previous owner's name, some underlining and marginal notations in the Appendix at the end.)

    Book ID: 65124
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  • THE DISSENTERS: Voices from Contemporary America. by Gwaltney, John Langston.
    Gwaltney, John Langston.
    THE DISSENTERS: Voices from Contemporary America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1986.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Book by the African American anthropologist best known as the author 'Drylongso.' Unlike that book, which focused on the black American experience, this includes conversations with Americans of all races and all walks of life, involved in many forms of dissent from a Unitarian minister in Massachusetts who sets up a chapter of Sanctuary to a white woman bus driver who drove the whole busload of pot-smoking teenagers to the police station to a woman trying to uncover the truth of her father's death after he had been subjected by the Army to unauthorized chemical experiments. Photographs. 321 pp. ISBN: 0-394-527259.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (dj folds slightly offcenter.)

    Book ID: 51137
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  • THE TRUE BELIEVER : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by Hoffer, Eric (1898-1983)
    Hoffer, Eric (1898-1983)
    THE TRUE BELIEVER : Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

    Edition: Very early printing (in Dec, 1951).

    New York: Harper & Brothers, (1951) dj. Hardcover - "Highly provocative, best-selling analysis of the fanatic - the man compelled to join a cause, any cause - and a penetrating study of mass movements from early Christianity to modern nationalism and Communism. " His first book, one which was immediately recognized as a classic, and one which is still interesting and relevant, more than 60 years after its original publication. SIGNED on the half title page, and very uncommon thus. Notes. 176 pp

    Condition: Near fine in gray boards in a fair only dust jacket (price-clipped, chip to bottom edge of front cover, other edgewear)

    Book ID: 64046
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  • JAILS OF VIRGINIA: A Study of the Local Penal System. by Hoffer, Frank William; Delbert Martin Mann and Floyd Nelson House,
    Hoffer, Frank William; Delbert Martin Mann and Floyd Nelson House,
    JAILS OF VIRGINIA: A Study of the Local Penal System.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1933. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The University of Virginia Institute for Research in the Social Sciences Monograph No. 16. A very detailed and thorough look at the prisons and jails throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a look at the history, the current procedures for everything ranging from feeding, control, health, and a look towards the future. The introduction makes the point that it is very difficult to make improvements to the system, which is deeply imbedded in our social system and benefits from the often mistaken assumption that things are being well-handled. An interesting association copy INSCRIBED by one of the authors - Delbert Mann - to his son, Delbert Mann, Jr,…

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    New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1933. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The University of Virginia Institute for Research in the Social Sciences Monograph No. 16. A very detailed and thorough look at the prisons and jails throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a look at the history, the current procedures for everything ranging from feeding, control, health, and a look towards the future. The introduction makes the point that it is very difficult to make improvements to the system, which is deeply imbedded in our social system and benefits from the often mistaken assumption that things are being well-handled. An interesting association copy INSCRIBED by one of the authors - Delbert Mann - to his son, Delbert Mann, Jr, the Academy Award winning director of "Marty" as well as the director of many other films, including "Dark at the Top of the Stairs," "Separate Tables," and more. Illustrated with figures of a Jail Record Card and Punch Card, two fold-out maps and many tables. Index, xvi, 453 pp.

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    Condition: Near fine in a good dust jacket. (some fading to the spine, offsetting to the endpapers from a newspaper review laid in, dust jacket has a loss of approx 1/2 at base of spine, other edgewear)

    Book ID: 63098
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  • Howe, Louise Kapp, editor.
    THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1972. Contributors include Gail Sheehy, Anne Roiphe, Spock, Caroline Bird and others.

    Condition: Good condition.

    Book ID: 12290
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  • SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear. by Kerr, Margee.
    Kerr, Margee.
    SCREAM: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Public Affairs, (2015). First edition - The author is a professor and a sociologist who works for ScareHouse in Pittsburgh - in this book she explores why and how we seek out terror, even when there is plenty to fear in real life. Photographs, notes. x, 245 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 67372
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  • RESPECT: An Exploration. by Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
    Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
    RESPECT: An Exploration.

    Edition: First printing.

    Reading, MA: Perseus Books, (1999.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A look at the nature of respect, as shown by stories ranging from birth to death, by this noted African American sociologist (recipient of the MacArthur 'genius' award, among other honors.) Bibliography, index. 243 pp. ISBN: 0-7382-0093x.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 47210
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  • RESPECT: An Exploration. by Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
    Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara
    RESPECT: An Exploration.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    Reading, MA: Perseus Books, (1999.). First edition - A look at the nature of respect, as shown by stories ranging from birth to death, by this noted African American sociologist (recipient of the MacArthur 'genius' award, among other honors.) Bibliography, 225 pp. ISBN: 0-7382-0093x.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 52823
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  • Parson, Elsie Clews.
    THE OLD-FASHIONED WOMAN.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Arno Press, 1972. dj. Facsimile reprint of a work originally published in 1913, by this reknowned anthropologist and folklorist, who is best known for her work among the American Indians. A title in the 'American Women: Images and Realities' series.

    Condition: Women's center stamp on edge of text block and front endpaper, otherwise near fine in red cloth, no dustjacket, as issued.

    Book ID: 15432
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  • WEIRD LIKE US: MY BOHEMIAN AMERICA. by Powers, Ann.
    Powers, Ann.
    WEIRD LIKE US: MY BOHEMIAN AMERICA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Simon & Schuster (2000). First edition - A book that "chronicles the vitality and influence of alternative culture in America and discovers that Bohemia is more than alive and well -i t is a powerful force in our shifting national identity." Chapters include discussions of art, politics, sexual mores, good drugs and bad drugs, to selling out and more. 287 pp.

    Condition: Fine in glossy black wrappers.

    Book ID: 59849
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  • THE AMERICAN RACE PROBLEM: A Study of the Negro. by Reuter, Edward Bryon.
    Reuter, Edward Bryon.
    THE AMERICAN RACE PROBLEM: A Study of the Negro.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1927). Hardcover first edition - Topics include the Negro Population, racial differences; the health of the Negro, Negro Sex and Family Life, economic status of the Negro, education of the Negro, the growth of race consciousness; and more. A title in the Crowell's Social Science Series under the editorship of Seba Eldridge. index. xii, 448.

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on spine (some underlining and marginal notes, prev owner's name.)

    Book ID: 55725
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  • BLOOD IN THE FIELDS: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang by Reynolds, Julia.
    Reynolds, Julia.
    BLOOD IN THE FIELDS: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang

    Edition: First printing.

    Chicago: Chicago Review Press, (2014) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "The city of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia, one of the most violent gangs in the United States. Born in the prisons of California in the late 1960s, Nuestra Familia expanded to control drug trafficking and extortion operations throughout the northern half of the state, and left a trail of bodies in its wake. . . . [this book] documents the history of Operation Black Widow, the FBIs questionable decade-long effort to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, along with its compromised informants and the turf wars it…

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    Chicago: Chicago Review Press, (2014) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - "The city of Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia, one of the most violent gangs in the United States. Born in the prisons of California in the late 1960s, Nuestra Familia expanded to control drug trafficking and extortion operations throughout the northern half of the state, and left a trail of bodies in its wake. . . . [this book] documents the history of Operation Black Widow, the FBIs questionable decade-long effort to dismantle the Nuestra Familia, along with its compromised informants and the turf wars it created with local law enforcement agencies. Reynolds uses her unprecedented access to gang members, both in and out of prison, as well as undercover wire taps, depositions, and court documents to weave a gripping, comprehensive history of this brutal criminal organization and the lives it destroyed." SIGNED on the half title page. Source notes, index. xxvii, 338 pp. ISBN: 978-1613749692.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 66931
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  • THE EIGHTH GENERATION: CULTURES AND PERSONALITIES OF NEW ORLEANS NEGROES. by Rohrer, John and Munro S. Edmonson
    Rohrer, John and Munro S. Edmonson
    THE EIGHTH GENERATION: CULTURES AND PERSONALITIES OF NEW ORLEANS NEGROES.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Harper & Row, (1960.). Hardcover - A follow-up, 20 years later, which tells what happened to some of the New Orleans black teenagers interviewed for "Children of Bondage." Appendices, index. 340 pp.

    Condition: Very good in red cloth, lacking the dj.

    Book ID: 44661
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  • Stewart, George R.
    NAMES ON THE GLOBE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1975. dj. Hardcover first edition - A fascinating discussion of the human dimension of place names - that is who gave a place a particular name, how has it changed over the years, and why has it changed. Divided into four parts: Man, the Namer, The Mind of the Namer, Namers at Work, Place-names as Sources of Knowledge - and within these parts, he examines the evidence of archeologists, poets, explorers, colonizers, folklorists and more. Considered by some to be Stewart's greatest and most significant work. Author's note, index. ix & 411pp. ISBN: 0-19-5018958.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (short closed tear on back cover of dj.)

    Book ID: 31812
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  • THE DECLINING SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE: Blacks and Changing American Institutions. by Wilson, William Julius.
    Wilson, William Julius.
    THE DECLINING SIGNIFICANCE OF RACE: Blacks and Changing American Institutions.

    Edition: Second edition, trade paperback.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (c 1980). Winner of the Sydney M. Spivak award. This edition includes a new essay by Wilson on the controversy surrounding this book when it was first published in 1978, and on the intersection of race, class and social policy. Extensive notes, index. xii, 249 pp. ISBN: 0-226901297.

    Condition: Good overall - some scattered underlining, peeled spot on back cover from sticker removal.

    Book ID: 77661
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  • THE GHETTO. by Wirth, Louis.
    Wirth, Louis.
    THE GHETTO.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1960). A classic sociological study originally published in 1928, which "traces back Jewish immigrant colonies now disappearing from our modern cities to the medieval ghettos." A Phoenix Book. Illustrated with woodcuts by Todros Geller. Index of authors and subjects. 298 pp.

    Condition: Good overall - rather severe toning to the pages, but a tight copy, no writing.

    Book ID: 79221
    Keywords: Judaica, sociology
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  • THE HIPPIE TRIP. by Yablonsky, Lewis
    Yablonsky, Lewis
    THE HIPPIE TRIP.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Pegasus, (1968) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first detailed study of this movement - "A firsthand account of the beliefs and behaviors of hippies in America by a noted sociologist." Includes a lot of discussion of drugs and drug use, especially LSD and marijuana. The back cover of the dust jacket reprints the "hippie creed" from the book, but this is just the author's summary of what he thought were the guiding principles of the movement. Appendix with the questionnaire used and glossary, xvii, 368 pp.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (price-clipped)

    Book ID: 67755
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  • LIFE AMONG THE GIANTS. by Young, Leontine.
    Young, Leontine.
    LIFE AMONG THE GIANTS.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966. A child's-eye view of the grown-up world. 193 pages. ISBN: 0-070723745.

    Condition: Good only in glossy illustrated wrappers (some dampstaining to lower corner).

    Book ID: 58634
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