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 2019
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-1605-3
      • List Price: $71.00
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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
      • List Price: $133.00
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    • Holidays Around the World, 6th Ed.

      A comprehensive reference guide that covers over 3,500 observances. 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: Jan 2018
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-1619-0
      • List Price: $177.00
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    • 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
      • List Price: $71.00
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    • The UFO Encyclopedia, 3rd Ed.

      A comprehensive and authoritative two-volume encyclopedia covering the many topics associated with UFOs and other aerial phenomena.

      • Publication Date: Oct 2018
      • ISBN: 978-0-7808-1659-6
      • List Price: $155.00
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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
      • List Price: $75.00
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