Cultural Studies

Celebrating Holidays, Religions, and Cultural Diversity

What unites us as a people? What divides us? Are there certain core traditions, customs, or beliefs that help define us? Especially in the United States, a melting pot of different nationalities each with their own customs and traditions, how do we discover and appreciate our cultural identity?

These are just a few of the questions addressed in the Cultural Studies collection, with titles that illuminate the history, religion, customs, symbols, and lore related to our culture. These multi-cultural titles are key resources for teachers, students, and others interested in understanding different cultures, countries, and ethnic groups.

The Cultural Studies collection features a broad range of titles that examine the following subject areas:

  • Titles that explore secular and religious holidays and festivals, presenting the many ways in which people celebrate and find meaning in these traditions
  • Titles that explore religion, explicating many of the world’s religions and delving into their important observances
  • Titles that explore multi-cultural issues, providing resources for those exploring different cultures
  • Titles that explore history, focusing on the near and far, the recent and distant past
  • Titles that explore popular culture, featuring superheroes, supervillains, and UFOs

For specific details on the Cultural Studies collection, see the individual titles, with descriptions and sample pages.

    • African-American Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations, 2nd Ed

      Presents more than 100 diverse holidays and festivals observed by Americans of African descent, exploring their history, customs, and symbols. Also includes a chronology, bibliography, and index.

      • Publication Date: Sept 2017
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-1605-3
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $64.00

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    • Encyclopedia of Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations, 2nd Ed.

      More than 240 alphabetically arranged entries covering Christmas, New Year’s, and related days of observance, including folk and religious customs, history, legends, and symbols from around the world. Also includes a bibliography and index.

      • Publication Date: 2003
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0625-2
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $47.60

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    • Encyclopedia of Easter, Carnival and Lent

      A guide to the Easter season’s joyous celebration and solemn worship, including folk customs, religious observances, history, legends, folklore, symbols, and related days from Europe, the Americas, and around the world. Supplemented by a bibliography, list of web sites, and index.

      • Publication Date: 2002
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0432-6
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $40.60

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    • Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Ed.

      Describes the origins of more than 350 holidays observed in the United States and around the world. Explains where, when, and how each event is celebrated, with detailed information on the symbols and customs associated with the holiday. Includes contact information and web sites for related organizations.

      • Publication Date: 2015
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-1364-9
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $119.00

    • Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of The World Dictionary, 5th Ed.

      A comprehensive dictionary that describes more than 3,300 holidays and festivals celebrated around the world. Features both secular and religious events from many different cultures, countries, and ethnic groups. Includes contact information for events; multiple appendices with background information on world holidays; extensive bibliography; multiple indexes.

      • Publication Date: 2015
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-1362-5
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $159.00

    • The Last Word

      Reflections on the current state of the English language by a respected scholar.

      • Publication Date: 2008
      • ISBN: 978-0-9798648-0-3
      • Available as E-Book: No
      • Web Price: $27.00

    • Life Events and Rites of Passage

      The customs and symbols of major life-cycle milestones, including cultural, secular, and religious traditions observed in the United States. Features important life events from the nation’s major religious and ethnic groups.

      • Publication Date: 2008
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0735-8
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $44.80

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    • The Michigan Companion

      A guide to the arts, entertainment, festivals, food, geography, geology, government, history, holidays, industry, institutions, media, philanthropy, religion, and sports of the state of Michigan.

      • Publication Date: 2012
      • ISBN: 978-0-9798648-4-1
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $40.00

    • Patriotic Holidays of the United States

      Provides information about the history and celebration of American patriotic holidays and days of observance. Features include narrative overviews, primary source documents, chronology, and print and web sources for further study.

      • Publication Date: 2006
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0733-4
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $44.80

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    • Religious Holidays and Calendars, 3rd Ed.

      Comprehensive source of information about the calendars and holidays of the world’s religions. Provides concise information about the beliefs, practices, and history of more than 20 major religions. Additional features include bibliography, calendar index, holiday index, and master index.

      • Publication Date: 2004
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0665-8
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $59.50

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    • Ruffner’s Allusions, 3rd Ed.

      A thematic dictionary, with almost 13,000 cultural, literary, religious, and historical allusion entries organized under 730 thematic categories. Includes a bibliography and index.

      • Publication Date: 2009
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-1122-5
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $46.90

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    • The Superhero Book

      The ultimate A-Z compendium of everyone’s favorite superheroes. An encyclopedia of the most significant characters in the superhero genre, with 300 alphabetically arranged entries and 150 full-color illustrations, including many classic comic book covers.

      • Publication Date: 2004
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0772-3
      • Available as E-Book: No
      • Web Price: $39.20

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    • The Supervillain Book

      The definitive A-to-Z treatment of pop culture’s most menacing masterminds, costumed criminals, and sinister societies, with more than 400 alphabetically arranged entries on the most infamous evil characters.

      • Publication Date: 2006
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0977-2
      • Available as E-Book: No
      • Web Price: $39.20

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    • The Thanksgiving Book

      A companion to the holiday covering its history, lore, traditions, foods, and symbols, including primary sources, poems, prayers, songs, hymns, and recipes, supplemented by a chronology, bibliography with web sites, and index.

      • Publication Date: 2008
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0403-6
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $40.60

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    • Understanding Islam and Muslim Traditions

      An introduction to the religious practices, celebrations, festivals, observances, beliefs, folklore, customs, and calendar system of the world’s Muslim communities. Includes an overview of Islamic history and geography.

      • Publication Date: 2004
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-0704-4
      • Available as E-Book: Yes
      • Web Price: $46.90

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