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American CultureLeonard PlotnicovFifteen essays examine the cultural diversity of America: urbanites in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, rural communities in the American West, Hispanics in Wisconsin, Samoans in California, the Amish, and the utopian religious communities of the Shakers and Oneida. The essays address a range of topics and occupations-miners, whalers, farmers, factory workers, physicians and nurses-to consider such questions as why some religious sects remain distinctive, separate, and viable; how groups use of such things as nicknames and family reunions to maintain ties within the community; how immigrant communities organize to sustain traditional cultural activities.

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Atlas of World CulturesGeorge Peter MurdockThis reference offers a simple method for choosing a valid sample of the world’s known societies for cross-cultural research.

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Essays in Comparative Social StratificationLeonard PlotnicovThe essays in this volume represent trends in social stratification studies undertaken in major culture areas of the world. The empirical data of the chapters are set with special reference to the dynamics of processes within these diverse traditions and heritages as sources of comparison with one another and with the experiences of western societies.

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