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The Comfort of People (Paperback): Daniel Miller The Comfort of People (Paperback)
Daniel Miller
R422 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R78 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

At the end of life, our comfort lies mainly in relationships. In this book, Daniel Miller, one of the world's leading anthropologists, examines the social worlds of people suffering from terminal or long-term illness. Threading together a series of personal stories, based on interviews conducted with patients of an English hospice, Miller draws out the implications of these narratives for our understanding of community, friendship, and kinship, but also loneliness and isolation. This is a book about people's lives, not their deaths: about the hospice patients rather than the hospice. It focuses on the comfort given by friends, carers and relatives through both face-to-face relations and, increasingly, online communication. Miller asks whether the loneliness and isolation he uncovers is the result of a decline of English patterns of socialising, or their continuation. This moving and deeply humane book combines warmth and sharp observation with anthropological insight and practical suggestions for the use of media by the hospice. It will be of interest not only to students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, social policy and media and cultural studies, but also to healthcare professionals and, indeed, to anyone who would like to know more about the role of relationships in the final stage of our lives.

Culture and Communication - An Introduction (Paperback): James M. Wilce Culture and Communication - An Introduction (Paperback)
James M. Wilce
R643 Discovery Miles 6 430 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

James M. Wilce's new textbook introduces students to the study of language as a tool in anthropology. Solidly positioned in linguistic anthropology, it is the first textbook to combine clear explanations of language and linguistic structure with current anthropological theory. It features a range of study aids, including chapter summaries, learning objectives, figures, exercises, key terms and suggestions for further reading, to guide student understanding. The complete glossary includes both anthropological and linguist terminology. An Appendix features material on phonetics and phonetic representation. Accompanying online resources include a test bank with answers, useful links, an instructor's manual, and a sign language case study. Covering an extensive range of topics not found in existing textbooks, including semiotics and the evolution of animal and human communication, this book is an essential resource for introductory courses on language and culture, communication and culture, and linguistic anthropology.

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms - Art, Word, War (Paperback): Claire Breay, Joanna Story Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms - Art, Word, War (Paperback)
Claire Breay, Joanna Story 1
R669 R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Save R149 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Anglo-Saxon period stretches from the arrival of Germanic groups on British shores in the early 5th century to the Norman Conquest of 1066. During these centuries, the English language was used and written down for the first time, pagan populations were converted to Christianity, and the foundations of the kingdom of England were laid. This richly illustrated new book - which accompanies a landmark British Library exhibition - presents Anglo-Saxon England as the home of a highly sophisticated artistic and political culture, deeply connected with its continental neighbours. Leading specialists in early medieval history, literature and culture engage with the unique, original evidence from which we can piece together the story of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, examining outstanding and beautiful objects such as highlights from the Staffordshire hoard and the Sutton Hoo burial. At the heart of the book is the British Library's outstanding collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, the richest source of evidence about Old English language and literature, including Beowulf and other poetry; the Lindisfarne Gospels, one of Britain's greatest artistic and religious treasures; the St Cuthbert Gospel, the earliest intact European book; and historical manuscripts such as Bede's Ecclesiastical History and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. These national treasures are discussed alongside other, internationally important literary and historical manuscripts held in major collections in Britain and Europe. This book, and the exhibition it accompanies, chart a fascinating and dynamic period in early medieval history, and will bring to life our understanding of these formative centuries.

Arapaho Stories, Songs, and Prayers - A Bilingual Anthology (Hardcover): Andrew Cowell, Alonzo Moss, William J. C'Hair Arapaho Stories, Songs, and Prayers - A Bilingual Anthology (Hardcover)
Andrew Cowell, Alonzo Moss, William J. C'Hair
R1,273 Discovery Miles 12 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days


A bison and a bobtailed horse race across the sky, raising a trail of dust behind them--leaving it, the Milky Way, to forever mark their path. An unknown Arapaho teller shared this account with an ethnographer in 1893, explaining how the race determined which animal would be ridden, which would be food. Traditional American Indian oral narratives, ranging from origin stories to trickster tales and prayers, constitute part of the great heritage of each tribe. Many of these narratives, gathered in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, were obtained or published only in English translation. Although this is the case with many Arapaho stories, extensive Arapaho-language texts exist that have never before been published--until now. "Arapaho Stories, Songs, and Prayers" gives new life to these manuscripts, celebrating Arapaho oral narrative traditions in all the richness of their original language.
Working with Alonzo Moss, Sr., and William J. C'Hair, two fluent native speakers of Arapaho, Andrew Cowell retranscribes these texts--collected between the early 1880s and the late 1920s--into modern Arapaho orthography, and retranslates and annotates them in English. Masterpieces of oral literature, these texts include creation accounts, stories about the Arapaho trickster character Nih'oo3oo, animal tales, anecdotes, songs, prayers, and ceremonial speeches. In addition to a general introduction, the editors offer linguistic, stylistic, thematic, and cultural commentary and context for each of the texts.
More than any other work, this book affords new insights into Arapaho language and culture. It expands the Arapaho lexicon, discusses Arapaho values and ethos, and offers a uniquely informed perspective on Arapaho storytelling. An unparalleled work of recovery and preservation, it will at once become "the" reference guide to the Arapaho language and its texts.

Guerrilla Marketing - Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia (Paperback): Alexander L Fattal Guerrilla Marketing - Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia (Paperback)
Alexander L Fattal
R483 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R29 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Brand warfare is real. Guerrilla Marketing details the Colombian government's efforts to transform Marxist guerrilla fighters in the FARC into consumer citizens. Alexander L. Fattal shows how the market has become one of the principal grounds on which counterinsurgency warfare is waged and postconflict futures are imagined in Colombia. This layered case study illuminates a larger phenomenon: the convergence of marketing and militarism in the twenty-first century. Taking a global view of information warfare, Guerrilla Marketing combines archival research and extensive fieldwork not just with the Colombian Ministry of Defense and former rebel communities, but also with political exiles in Sweden and peace negotiators in Havana. Throughout, Fattal deftly intertwines insights into the modern surveillance state, peace and conflict studies, and humanitarian interventions, on one hand, with critical engagements with marketing, consumer culture, and late capitalism on the other. The result is a powerful analysis of the intersection of conflict and consumerism in a world where governance is increasingly structured by brand ideology and wars sold as humanitarian interventions. Full of rich, unforgettable ethnographic stories, Guerrilla Marketing is a stunning and troubling analysis of the mediation of global conflict.

Wilder Lives - Humans and Our Environments (Paperback): Duncan Brown Wilder Lives - Humans and Our Environments (Paperback)
Duncan Brown
R285 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R59 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Wilder Lives uses ideas of `wildness' and `rewilding' to rethink human relationships with our environments in challenging but affirming ways. If the Earth is indeed 4.5 billion years old, as scientists currently tell us, recognisably human life has only been around since the last Ice Age, and as a species we have single-handedly destroyed our planet's ecosystems in the short space of a few hundred years, then we urgently need to reconsider and redefine our identities and behaviours. Can `thinking wild' help? Can it provide different ways of seeing, engaging, being human? Can we think of `wildness' as something that may exist in gradations, or as quality rather than absolute value, and as something that has important ethical as well as biological dimensions? Can it lead us to a `world view locating humans in a satisfactory residence on this historic and storied Earth', as Holmes Rolston (1988) suggests? Brown's argument in this book is wide-ranging, inquiring, challenging, but finally inspiring, and takes us through such questions as wildness and conservation, wild cities, rewilding language, wildness and food, wild animals, wild margins, and wildness in the ethics of human-animal relations

Vita - Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Joao Biehl Vita - Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Joao Biehl; Photographs by Torben Eskerod
R597 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R129 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Zones of social abandonment are emerging everywhere in Brazil's big cities--places like Vita, where the unwanted, the mentally ill, the sick, and the homeless are left to die. This haunting, unforgettable story centers on a young woman named Catarina, increasingly paralyzed and said to be mad, living out her time at Vita. Anthropologist Joao Biehl leads a detective-like journey to know Catarina; to unravel the cryptic, poetic words that are part of the "dictionary" she is compiling; and to trace the complex network of family, medicine, state, and economy in which her abandonment and pathology took form. An instant classic, Vita has been widely acclaimed for its bold fieldwork, theoretical innovation, and literary force. Reflecting on how Catarina's life story continues, this updated edition offers the reader a powerful new afterword and gripping new photographs following Biehl and Eskerod's return to Vita. Anthropology at its finest, Vita is essential reading for anyone who is grappling with how to understand the conditions of life, thought, and ethics in the contemporary world.

The Globalization of Wine (Paperback): David Inglis, Anna-Mari Almila The Globalization of Wine (Paperback)
David Inglis, Anna-Mari Almila
R503 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R35 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Globalization of Wine is a definitive guide to understanding wine across the world today. Examining recent developments in the wine industry, it considers the social, cultural, economic, political, and geographical dimensions of wine globalization and investigates how large-scale changes in consumption and production are profoundly transforming the world of wine. A comprehensive introduction provides an overview of the field and key debates within it. Vivid case studies from an impressive range of international contributors present an empirically-grounded illustration of the wider points raised. Covering both major and emerging regions of production and consumption, the regions and countries featured include both classic regions like Burgundy and Bordeaux, newer big players like Australia and New Zealand, and new entrants like England and China. The authors' backgrounds in multiple disciplines allows the text to present a truly interdisciplinary approach to changing wine world dynamics. Innovative, up-to-date and highly readable, The Globalization of Wine illustrates the diversity and rapidity of wine globalization processes across the planet. Essential reading for students as well and researchers in food and drink studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, globalization studies, geography, and cultural studies.

Frontier Assemblages - The Emergent Politics of Resource Frontiers in Asia (Paperback): Jason Cons, Michael Eilenberg Frontier Assemblages - The Emergent Politics of Resource Frontiers in Asia (Paperback)
Jason Cons, Michael Eilenberg
R462 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R27 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Frontier Assemblages offers a new framework for thinking about resource frontiers in Asia Presents an empirical understanding of resource frontiers and provides tools for broader engagements and linkages Filled with rich ethnographic and historical case studies and contains contributions from noted scholars in the field Explores the political ecology of extraction, expansion and production in marginal spaces in Asia Maps the flows, frictions, interests and imaginations that accumulate in Asia to transformative effect Brings together noted anthropologists, geographers and sociologists

Culture and Communication - An Introduction (Hardcover): James M. Wilce Culture and Communication - An Introduction (Hardcover)
James M. Wilce
R1,714 Discovery Miles 17 140 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

James M. Wilce's new textbook introduces students to the study of language as a tool in anthropology. Solidly positioned in linguistic anthropology, it is the first textbook to combine clear explanations of language and linguistic structure with current anthropological theory. It features a range of study aids, including chapter summaries, learning objectives, figures, exercises, key terms and suggestions for further reading, to guide student understanding. The complete glossary includes both anthropological and linguist terminology. An Appendix features material on phonetics and phonetic representation. Accompanying online resources include a test bank with answers, useful links, an instructor's manual, and a sign language case study. Covering an extensive range of topics not found in existing textbooks, including semiotics and the evolution of animal and human communication, this book is an essential resource for introductory courses on language and culture, communication and culture, and linguistic anthropology.

The Third Pillar - How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind (Hardcover): Raghuram Rajan The Third Pillar - How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind (Hardcover)
Raghuram Rajan 1
R647 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R254 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Face and Mask - A Double History (Hardcover): Hans Belting Face and Mask - A Double History (Hardcover)
Hans Belting; Translated by Thomas S. Hansen, Abby J. Hansen
R871 R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Save R200 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A cultural history of the face in Western art, ranging from portraiture in painting and photography to film, theater, and mass media This fascinating book presents the first cultural history and anthropology of the face across centuries, continents, and media. Ranging from funerary masks and masks in drama to the figural work of contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman and Nam June Paik, renowned art historian Hans Belting emphasizes that while the face plays a critical role in human communication, it defies attempts at visual representation. Belting divides his book into three parts: faces as masks of the self, portraiture as a constantly evolving mask in Western culture, and the fate of the face in the age of mass media. Referencing a vast array of sources, Belting's insights draw on art history, philosophy, theories of visual culture, and cognitive science. He demonstrates that Western efforts to portray the face have repeatedly failed, even with the developments of new media such as photography and film, which promise ever-greater degrees of verisimilitude. In spite of sitting at the heart of human expression, the face resists possession, and creative endeavors to capture it inevitably result in masks--hollow signifiers of the humanity they're meant to embody. From creations by Van Eyck and August Sander to works by Francis Bacon, Ingmar Bergman, and Chuck Close, Face and Mask takes a remarkable look at how, through the centuries, the physical visage has inspired and evaded artistic interpretation.

Philosophy on the border - Decoloniality and the shudder of the origin (Paperback): Leonhard Praeg Philosophy on the border - Decoloniality and the shudder of the origin (Paperback)
Leonhard Praeg
R345 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R71 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

In 2015 and 2016 institutions of higher education across South Africa exploded in a series of protests/revolts, collectively referred to in this volume as #MustFall. An important sub-discourse articulated the student protests/revolt as an iteration of the founding of South Africa as democratic Republic. As such, the protests/revolt constituted a total onslaught on the politico-juridical and epistemological order, which is, in many ways, a continuation of old apartheid into democratic South Africa. This shudder reverberated through the very foundations of the new Republic and its institutions of higher learning and acted as a catalyst that once and for all propelled us beyond sentimental nationalist notions of `Africanising' this or that and talk of `transformation' carefully circumscribed by neo-liberal commitments to maintaining the status quo. The essays in this volume are direct or indirect responses to that shudder. They either directly address some aspect of #MustFall or discuss debates that pre-date the movement, but have gained renewed interest and urgency, in part, because of it. A shudder of the origin, being what it is, can never be addressed or even outlined in its totality. The objective of this collection of essays is therefore to simply walk along the fault line that has opened up as a result of that shudder in order to trace some of the contestations between Subject (philosophy) and subject that have emerged as a result of it; a fault line where the disciplinary nature of a Subject is being questioned and interrogated by subjects who will no longer be disciplined by it.

What Remains - Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Paperback): Jonathan Bach What Remains - Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Paperback)
Jonathan Bach
R530 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R172 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What happens when an entire modern state's material culture becomes abruptly obsolete? How do ordinary people encounter what remains? In this ethnography, Jonathan Bach examines the afterlife of East Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall, as things and places from that vanished socialist past continue to circulate and shape the politics of memory. What Remains traces the unsettling effects of these unmoored artifacts on the German present, arguing for a rethinking of the role of the everyday as a site of reckoning with difficult pasts. Bach juxtaposes four sites where the stakes of the everyday appear: products commodified as nostalgia, amateur museums dedicated to collecting everyday life under socialism, the "people's palace" that captured the national imagination through its destruction, and the feared and fetishized Berlin Wall. Moving from the local, the intimate, and the small to the national, the impersonal, and the large, this book's interpenetrating chapters show the unexpected social and political force of the ordinary in the production of memory. What Remains offers a unique vantage point on the workings of the everyday in situations of radical discontinuity, contributing to new understandings of postsocialism and the intricate intersection of material remains and memory.

What Remains - Bringing America's Missing Home from the Vietnam War (Hardcover): Sarah E. Wagner What Remains - Bringing America's Missing Home from the Vietnam War (Hardcover)
Sarah E. Wagner
R568 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R125 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Nearly 1,600 Americans are still unaccounted for and presumed dead from the Vietnam War. These are the stories of those who mourn and continue to search for them. For many families the Vietnam War remains unsettled. Nearly 1,600 Americans-and more than 300,000 Vietnamese-involved in the conflict are still unaccounted for. In What Remains Sarah E. Wagner tells the stories of America's missing service members and the families and communities that continue to search for them. From the scientists who work to identify the dead using bits of bone unearthed in Vietnamese jungles to the relatives who press government officials to find the remains of their loved ones, Wagner introduces us to the men and women who seek to bring the missing back home. Through their experiences she examines the ongoing toll of America's most fraught war. Every generation has known the uncertainties of war. Collective memorials, such as the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, testify to the many service members who never return, their fates still unresolved. But advances in forensic science have provided new and powerful tools to identify the remains of the missing, often from the merest trace-a tooth or other fragment. These new techniques have enabled military experts to recover, repatriate, identify, and return the remains of lost service members. So promising are these scientific developments that they have raised the expectations of military families hoping to locate their missing. As Wagner shows, the possibility of such homecomings compels Americans to wrestle anew with their memories, as with the weight of their loved ones' sacrifices, and to reevaluate what it means to wage war and die on behalf of the nation.

Getting Away from It All - Vacations and Identity (Paperback): Karen Stein Getting Away from It All - Vacations and Identity (Paperback)
Karen Stein
R633 R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Save R95 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Vacations are a delimited period during which social rules and responsibilities are eased, removed, or shifted, and people have increased autonomy over what they choose to do. Recent trends in the travel industry emphasize the appeal of vacations for voluntary identity changes-when bankers can become bikers for a week or when "Momcations" allow mothers to leave their families behind. But how do our vacations allow us to shape our identity?Getting Away from It All is a study of individuality and flexibility and the intersection of self-definition and social constraint. Karen Stein interviews vacationers about their travels and down time, focusing on "identity transitions." She shows how objects, settings, temporal environments and social interactions limit or facilitate identity shifts, and how we arrange our vacations to achieve the shifts we desire. Stein also looks at the behavior, values, attitudes, and worldview of individuals to illuminate how people engage in either identity work or identity play.Vacations say a lot about individuals. They signal class and economic standing and reveal aspirations and goals. Getting Away from It All insists that vacations are about more than just taking time off to relax and rejuvenate-they are about having some time to work on the person one wants to be.

Regimes of Historicity - Presentism and Experiences of Time (Paperback): Francois Hartog Regimes of Historicity - Presentism and Experiences of Time (Paperback)
Francois Hartog; Translated by Saskia Brown
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Francois Hartog explores crucial moments of change in society's "regimes of historicity," or its ways of relating to the past, present, and future. Inspired by Hannah Arendt, Reinhart Koselleck, and Paul Ricoeur, Hartog analyzes a broad range of texts, positioning The Odyssey as a work on the threshold of historical consciousness and contrasting it with an investigation of the anthropologist Marshall Sahlins's concept of "heroic history." He tracks changing perspectives on time in Chateaubriand's Historical Essay and Travels in America and sets them alongside other writings from the French Revolution. He revisits the insights of the French Annales School and situates Pierre Nora's Realms of Memory within a history of heritage and today's presentism, from which he addresses Jonas's notion of our responsibility for the future. Our presentist present is by no means uniform or clear-cut, and it is experienced very differently depending on the position we occupy in society. We are caught up in global movement and accelerated flows, or else condemned to the life of casual workers, living from hand to mouth in a stagnant present, with no recognized past, and no real future either (since the temporality of plans and projects is inaccessible). The present is therefore experienced as emancipation or enclosure, and the perspective of the future is no longer reassuring, since it is perceived not as a promise, but as a threat. Hartog's resonant readings show us how the motor of history(-writing) has stalled and help us understand the contradictory qualities of our contemporary presentist relation to time.

Opioid Use Disorder - A Holistic Guide to Assessment, Treatment, and Recovery (Paperback): Charles Atkins Opioid Use Disorder - A Holistic Guide to Assessment, Treatment, and Recovery (Paperback)
Charles Atkins
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Human Evolution beyond Biology and Culture - Evolutionary Social, Environmental and Policy Sciences (Paperback): Jeroen C.J.M... Human Evolution beyond Biology and Culture - Evolutionary Social, Environmental and Policy Sciences (Paperback)
Jeroen C.J.M van den Bergh
R813 R697 Discovery Miles 6 970 Save R116 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Both natural and cultural selection played an important role in shaping human evolution. Since cultural change can itself be regarded as evolutionary, a process of gene-culture coevolution is operative. The study of human evolution - in past, present and future - is therefore not restricted to biology. An inclusive comprehension of human evolution relies on integrating insights about cultural, economic and technological evolution with relevant elements of evolutionary biology. In addition, proximate causes and effects of cultures need to be added to the picture - issues which are at the forefront of social sciences like anthropology, economics, geography and innovation studies. This book highlights discussions on the many topics to which such generalised evolutionary thought has been applied: the arts, the brain, climate change, cooking, criminality, environmental problems, futurism, gender issues, group processes, humour, industrial dynamics, institutions, languages, medicine, music, psychology, public policy, religion, sex, sociality and sports.

No Go World - How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics (Hardcover): Ruben Andersson No Go World - How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics (Hardcover)
Ruben Andersson
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War-torn deserts, jihadist killings, trucks weighted down with contraband and migrants--from the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands to the Sahara, images of danger depict a new world disorder on the global margins. With vivid detail, Ruben Andersson traverses this terrain to provide a startling new understanding of what is happening in remote "danger zones." Instead of buying into apocalyptic visions, Andersson takes aim at how Western states and international organizations conduct military, aid, and border interventions in a dangerously myopic fashion, further disconnecting the world's rich and poor. Using drones, proxy forces, border reinforcement, and outsourced aid, risk-obsessed powers are helping to remap the world into zones of insecurity and danger. The result is a vision of chaos crashing into fortified borders, with national and global politics riven by fear. Andersson contends that we must reconnect and snap out of this dangerous spiral, which affects us whether we live in Texas or Timbuktu. Only by developing a new cartography of hope can we move beyond the political geography of fear that haunts us.

Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies (Hardcover, UK ed.): Katherine Homewood Ecology of African Pastoralist Societies (Hardcover, UK ed.)
Katherine Homewood
R1,126 R1,021 Discovery Miles 10 210 Save R105 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is an important and informative work by one of the acknowledged leaders in the field. It will be widely read and used by scholars and practitioners concerned with Africa's livestock keeping people. It draws on some of the most current literature on pastoralist societies in Africa - highlighting both the similarities and differences between them. KATHERINE HOMEWOOD is Professor of Anthropology at University College, London North America: Ohio U Press; South Africa: Unisa Press (PB)

Issues and Concepts in Historical Ecology - The Past and Future of Landscapes and Regions (Hardcover): Carole L. Crumley, Tommy... Issues and Concepts in Historical Ecology - The Past and Future of Landscapes and Regions (Hardcover)
Carole L. Crumley, Tommy Lennartsson, Anna Westin
R1,133 R1,072 Discovery Miles 10 720 Save R61 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Historical ecology is a research framework which draws upon diverse evidence to trace complex, long-term relationships between humanity and Earth. With roots in anthropology, archaeology, ecology and paleoecology, geography, and landscape and heritage management, historical ecology applies a practical and holistic perspective to the study of change. Furthermore, it plays an important role in both fundamental research and in developing future strategies for integrated, equitable landscape management. The framework presented in this volume covers critical issues, including: practicing transdisciplinarity, the need for understanding interactions between human societies and ecosystem processes, the future of regions and the role of history and memory in a changing world. Including many examples of co-developed research, Issues and Concepts in Historical Ecology provides a platform for collaboration across disciplines and aims to equip researchers, policy-makers, funders, and communities to make decisions that can help to construct an inclusive and resilient future for humanity.

An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology (Paperback): Pierre Bourdieu, Loic Wacquant An Invitation to Reflexive Sociology (Paperback)
Pierre Bourdieu, Loic Wacquant
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Over the last three decades, Pierre Bourdieu has produced one of the most imaginative and subtle bodies of social theory and research of the post war era. Yet, despite the his influence, no single introduction to his wide--ranging work is available. This book offers a systematic and accessible overview, providing interpretative keys to the internal logic of Bourdieua s work by explicating thematic and methodological principles underlying his work. Firstly Loic Wacquant provides a clear and systematic account of the main themes of Bourdieua s work, outlining his conception of knowledge, his theory of practice and his distinctive methods of analysis. In the second part of the book Wacquant collaborates with Bourdieu to discuss the central concepts of Bourdieua s work, confront some criticisms and objections, and develop Bourdieua s views on the relations between sociology, philosophy, history and politics. Finally Bourdieu displays his sociological approach in practice: beginning with the practical demands of research, he moves, step by step, to a formulation of the principles of sociological reason. Supplemented by an extensive and up--to--date bibliography, this book will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand Bourdieua s unique and outstanding contribution to contemporary social thought.

Pious Fashion - How Muslim Women Dress (Paperback): Elizabeth Bucar Pious Fashion - How Muslim Women Dress (Paperback)
Elizabeth Bucar
R368 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R40 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Who says you can't be pious and fashionable? Throughout the Muslim world, women have found creative ways of expressing their personality through the way they dress. Headscarves can be modest or bold, while brand-name clothing and accessories are part of a multimillion-dollar ready-to-wear industry that caters to pious fashion from head to toe. In this lively snapshot, Elizabeth Bucar takes us to Iran, Turkey, and Indonesia and finds a dynamic world of fashion, faith, and style. "Brings out both the sensuality and pleasure of sartorial experimentation." -Times Literary Supplement "I defy anyone not to be beguiled by [Bucar's] generous-hearted yet penetrating observation of pious fashion in Indonesia, Turkey and Iran... Bucar uses interviews with consumers, designers, retailers and journalists...to examine the presumptions that modest dressing can't be fashionable, and fashion can't be faithful." -Times Higher Education "Bucar disabuses readers of any preconceived ideas that women who adhere to an aesthetic of modesty are unfashionable or frumpy." -Robin Givhan, Washington Post "A smart, eye-opening guide to the creative sartorial practices of young Muslim women... Bucar's lively narrative illuminates fashion choices, moral aspirations, and social struggles that will unsettle those who prefer to stereotype than inform themselves about women's everyday lives in the fast-changing, diverse societies that constitute the Muslim world." -Lila Abu-Lughod, author of Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

Beyond Assessment of Quality of Life in Schizophrenia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): A. George Awad, Lakshmi N.P. Voruganti Beyond Assessment of Quality of Life in Schizophrenia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
A. George Awad, Lakshmi N.P. Voruganti
R2,252 R2,043 Discovery Miles 20 430 Save R209 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book fills a significant research gap in how to integrate quality of life data into relevant clinical care plans, and to broaden its applicability to pharmacoeconomic studies of antipsychotic medications and health policy decision-making. It also presents an argument for reformulating the concept of health-related quality of life in schizophrenia as a bio-psycho-social construct, which provides an opportunity to better explore the many factors underpinning the concept itself. Internationally renowned experts from different scientific backgrounds and scopes of expertise each make arguments for the need to invigorate quality of life as a concept in schizophrenia, by broadening its usefulness for clinical and research efforts. The book represents an important addition to the extensive contributions of its editors, Dr. A. George Awad and Dr. Lakshmi N.P. Voruganti, to the field of quality of life.

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