Here is your reading assignment: The Body Rituals of the Nacirema
Other texts along these lines that make me think about social rules/rituals:
Wikipedia: Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas
Text of Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron"
Wikipedia: Harrison Bergeron
Text of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"
Wikipedia: The Lottery
Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States. (Available online)
An ongoing archive of materials on Howard Zinn
Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Brooklyn, NY: Verso, 1996.
Loewen, James. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. NY: Touchstone, 2007.
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Propaganda Model of the Media
Ruane, Kevin. War and Revolution in Vietnam, 1930-1975. Bristol, PN: UCL Press, 1998.
Buchheit, Paul, ed. American Wars: Illusions and Realities. Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press, 2008.
McCarthy, Timothy Patrick and John McMillian, eds. The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition. NY: The New Press, 2003.
History is a Weapon