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American Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles. Reference HM 647 .A 44 2009
Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Reference HM 425 .C36 2006
The Complete Encyclopedia of Signs & Symbols : Identification and Analysis of the Visual Vocabulary that Formulates our Thoughts and Dictates our Reactions to the World around Us. Reference AZ 108 .C 65 2011
Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World. General P 117 .C 713 2018
Drag Dictionary: An Illustrated Glossary of Fierce Queen Slang. Reference HQ 73 .D 43 2021
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements. Reference HN 57 .E 594 2004
Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Ref. BF 697.5 .B 631997 2012
Encyclopedia of Gay and Lesbian Popular Culture. Reference HQ 75.13 .P 76 2008
Encyclopedia of Gender in Media. Reference P 96.S5 E53 2012
Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. Reference HQ 1115 .E 52 2001
International Encyclopedia of Social Policy Reference ; HN18.3 .I58 2010
LGBTQ America Today: An Encyclopedia. Reference HQ 73.3 .U 6 L 43 2009
LGBTQ Events in History. Reference HQ 73 .L 438 2017
The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History. Reference HN 57 .O 94 2012
Principles of Sociology: Group Relationships and Behavior. Reference HM 716 .P 756 2018
Principles of Sociology: Personal Relationships and Behavior. Reference HM 1106 .P 756 2018
Principles of Sociology: Societal Issues and Behavior. Reference HN 18.3 .P 756 2018
Routledge Encyclopedia of Queer Culture. Reference HQ 76.97 .R 68 2011