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Zimbabwe's migrants and South Africa's border farms - The roots of impermanence (Paperback): Maxim Bolt Zimbabwe's migrants and South Africa's border farms - The roots of impermanence (Paperback)
Maxim Bolt
R385 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R67 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

During the Zimbabwean crisis, millions crossed through the apartheidera border fence, searching for ways to make ends meet. Maxim Bolt explores the lives of Zimbabwean migrant labourers, of settled black farm workers and their dependants, and of white farmers and managers, as they intersect on the border between Zimbabwe and South Africa. Focusing on one farm, this book investigates the role of a hub of wage labour in a place of crisis. A close ethnographic study, it addresses the complex, shifting labour and life conditions in northern South Africa's agricultural borderlands. Underlying these challenges are the Zimbabwean political and economic crisis of the 2000s and the intensifi ed pressures on commercial agriculture in South Africa following market liberalization and post-apartheid land reform. But, amidst uncertainty, farmers and farm workers strive for stability. The farms on South Africa's margins are centers of gravity, islands of residential labour in a sea of informal arrangements.

Representation - Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Stuart Hall, Jessica... Representation - Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Stuart Hall, Jessica Evans, Sean Nixon 1
R985 R852 Discovery Miles 8 520 Save R133 (14%) In stock

Since 1997 Representation has been the go-to textbook for students learning the tools to question and critically analyze institutional and media texts and images.

This long-awaited second edition:

  • updates and refreshes the approaches to representation, signalling key developments in the field
  • addresses the emergence of new technologies, media formats, politics and theories
  • includes an entirely new chapter on celebrity culture and reality TV
  • offers new exercises, readings, images and examples for a new generation of students

This book once again provides an indispensible resource for students and teachers in cultural and media studies.

Sociology - A South African Perspective (Paperback): Joan Ferrante, Mariam Seedat-Khan, Zanetta Jansen, Rene Smith Sociology - A South African Perspective (Paperback)
Joan Ferrante, Mariam Seedat-Khan, Zanetta Jansen, Rene Smith
R836 R722 Discovery Miles 7 220 Save R114 (14%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

In the past twenty five years, South Africa has seen incredible amounts of reform and change culturally and politically. Sociology: A South African Perspective introduces you the reader to sociological concepts and theories and demonstrates how important these are to understanding South Africa and what is means to be South African. Leading experts from across South Africa have come together to contribute chapters on a wide range of sociological ideas that affect the country.

Knowledge And Global Power - Making New Sciences In The South (Paperback): Fran Collyer, Joao Maia, Raewyn Connell, Robert... Knowledge And Global Power - Making New Sciences In The South (Paperback)
Fran Collyer, Joao Maia, Raewyn Connell, Robert Morrell
R350 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Knowledge And Global Power is a ground-breaking international study which examines how knowledge is produced, distributed and validated globally.

The former imperial nations – the rich countries of Europe and North America – still have a hegemonic position in the global knowledge economy. Fran Collyer, Raewyn Connell, Joćo Maia and Robert Morrell, using interviews, databases and fieldwork, show how intellectual workers respond in three Southern tier countries, Brazil, South Africa and Australia. The study focuses on new, socially and politically important research fields: HIV/AIDS, climate change and gender studies.

The research demonstrates emphatically that ‘place matters’, shaping research, scholarship and knowledge itself. But it also shows that knowledge workers in the global South have room to move, setting agendas and forming local knowledge.

Untrue - Why Nearly Everything We Believe about Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free... Untrue - Why Nearly Everything We Believe about Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free (Paperback)
Wednesday Martin 1
R431 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Vergete wereld - Die klipmuurnedersettings van die Mpumalanga-platorand (Afrikaans, Paperback): Peter Delius, Tim Maggs, Alex... Vergete wereld - Die klipmuurnedersettings van die Mpumalanga-platorand (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Peter Delius, Tim Maggs, Alex Schoeman
R385 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R67 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

If you drive through Mpumalanga with an eye on the landscape flashing by, you may see, near the sides of the road and further away on the hills above and in the valleys below, fragments of building in stone as well as sections of stone-walling breaking the grass cover. Endless stone circles, set in bewildering mazes and linked by long stone passages, cover the landscape stretching from Ohrigstad to Carolina, connecting over 10 000 square kilometres of the escarpment into a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. Oral traditions recorded in the early twentieth century named the area Bokoni - the country of the Koni people. Few South Africans or visitors to the country know much about these settlements, and why today they are deserted and largely ignored. A long tradition of archaeological work which might provide some of the answers remains cloistered in universities and the knowledge vacuum has been filled by a variety of exotic explanations - invoking ancient settlers from India or even visitors from outer space - that share a common assumption that Africans were too primitive to have created such elaborate stone structures. Forgotten World defies the usual stereotypes about backward African farming methods and shows that these settlements were at their peak between 1500 and 1820, that they housed a substantial population, organised vast amounts of labour for infrastructural development, and displayed extraordinary levels of agricultural innovation and productivity. The Koni were part of a trading system linked to the coast of Mozambique and the wider world of Indian Ocean trade beyond. Forgotten World tells the story of Bokoni through rigorous historical and archaeological research, and lavishly illustrates it with stunning photographic images.

The Book of Unconformities - Speculations on Lost Time (Hardcover): Hugh Raffles The Book of Unconformities - Speculations on Lost Time (Hardcover)
Hugh Raffles
R722 R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Save R148 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Survival of the Friendliest - Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity (Hardcover): Brian Hare, Vanessa... Survival of the Friendliest - Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity (Hardcover)
Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
R650 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R137 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Language and Symbolic Power (Paperback, New Ed): Pierre Bourdieu Language and Symbolic Power (Paperback, New Ed)
Pierre Bourdieu
R498 Discovery Miles 4 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume brings together Bourdieu's highly original writings on language and on the relations between language, power and politics. Bourdieu develops a forceful critique of traditional approaches to language, including the linguistic theories of Saussure and Chomsky and the theory of speech-acts elaborated by Austin and others. He argues that language should be viewed not only as a means of communication but also as a medium of power through which individuals pursue their interests and display their practical competence.

Drawing on the concepts which are part of his distinctive theoretical approach, Bourdieu maintains that linguistic utterances or expressions can be understood as the product of the relation between a 'linguistic market' and a 'linguistic habitus'. When individuals produce linguistic expressions, they deploy accumulated resources and they implicitly adapt their expressions to the demands of the social field or market. Hence every linguistic interaction, however personal and insignificant they may seem, bears the traces of the social structure that it both expresses and helps to reproduce.

Boudieu's account sheds fresh light on the ways in which linguistic usage varies according to considerations such as class and gender. It also opens up a new approach to the ways in which language is used in the domain of politics. For politics is, among other things, the site "par excellence" in which words are deeds and the symbolic character of power is at stake.

This volume, by one of the leading social thinkers in the world today, represents a major contribution to the study of language and power. It will be of interest to students throughout the social sciences andhumanities, especially in sociology, politics, anthropology, linguistics and literature.

How to Argue with a Racist - What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say about Human Difference (Hardcover): Adam Rutherford How to Argue with a Racist - What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say about Human Difference (Hardcover)
Adam Rutherford
R511 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Field of Cultural Production - Essays on Art and Literature (Paperback): Pierre Bourdieu The Field of Cultural Production - Essays on Art and Literature (Paperback)
Pierre Bourdieu
R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Field of Cultural Production" brings together Bourdieu's most important writings on art, literature and aesthetics. Bourdieu develops a highly original approach to the study of literary and artistic works, addressing many of the key issues that have preoccupied literary, art and cultural criticism in the late twentieth century: aesthetic value and judgement, the social contexts of cultural practice, the role of intellectuals and artists, and the structures of literary and artistic authority.

Bourdieu elaborates a theory of the cultural field which situates artistic works within the social conditions of their production, circulation and consumption. He examines the individuals in institutions involved in making products: not only the writers and artists, but also the publishers, critics, dealers, galleries and academies. He analyses the structure of the cultural field itself, as well as its position within the broader social structures of power.

The essays gathered together in this volume examine a variety of substantive topics, including Flaubert's point of view, Manet's aesthetic revolution, the historical creation of the pure gaze, and the relationship between art and power. "The Field of Cultural Production" will be of interest to students and scholars from a wide range of disciplines: sociology and social theory, literature, art and cultural studies.

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
R984 R855 Discovery Miles 8 550 Save R129 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 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.

Primate Research and Conservation in the Anthropocene (Paperback): Alison M. Behie, Julie A. Teichroeb, Nicholas Malone Primate Research and Conservation in the Anthropocene (Paperback)
Alison M. Behie, Julie A. Teichroeb, Nicholas Malone
R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book takes a new approach to understanding primate conservation research, adding a personal perspective to allow readers to learn what motivates those doing conservation work. When entering the field over a decade ago, many young primatologists were driven by evolutionary questions centered in behavioural ecology. However, given the current environment of cascading extinctions and increasing threats to primates we now need to ensure that primates remain in viable populations in the wild before we can simply engage in research in the context of pure behavioural ecology. This has changed the primary research aims of many primatologists and shifted our focus to conservation priorities, such as understanding the impacts of human activity, habitat conversion or climate change on primates. This book presents personal narratives alongside empirical research results and discussions of strategies used to stem the tide of extinction. It is a must-have for anyone interested in conservation research.

I See Satan Fall Like Lightning (Paperback): Rene Girard I See Satan Fall Like Lightning (Paperback)
Rene Girard; Translated by James G. Williams
R598 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rene Girard holds up the gospels as mirrors that reveal our broken humanity, and shows that they also reflect a new reality that can make us whole. Like Simone Weil, Girard looks at the Bible as a map of human behavior, and sees Jesus Christ as the turning point leading to new life.

The title echoes Jesus' words: "I saw Satan falling like lightning from heaven". Girard persuades us that even as our world grows increasingly violent the power of the Christ-event is so great that the evils of scapegoating and sacrifice are being defeated even now. A new community, God's nonviolent kingdom, is being realized -- even now.

"Here, There and Everywhere" (Paperback): Reinhold Wagnleitner, Elaine Tyler May "Here, There and Everywhere" (Paperback)
Reinhold Wagnleitner, Elaine Tyler May
R991 Discovery Miles 9 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

American popular culture is everywhere. All over the world, kids wear Levis, radios blare rap songs, television stations broadcast American programs, and Hollywood movies draw huge audiences. Does this massive "Americanization" of the globe represent some sinister form of cultural imperialism? Alternatively, do audiences and consumers in the importing countries accept American movies, music, and television programs because they match local trends and desires? Do receiving communities transform these products to fit their own needs, to the point where they are no longer "American" but in fact have become indigenous? And who is in charge of all of this, anyway? Is it Wall Street, Madison Avenue, the Pentagon, the CIA, or Hollywood? Is it, at least partly, local economic and political elites in the receiving countries? Or is it simply "the people," nationalities be damned? These are the questions at the heart of the essays collected in "Here, There and Everywhere."
Essays by 23 authors from 14 countries cover topics from Japan to Spain, Nigeria to Russia, and from West Germany to East Germany (a distance that seemed to be further than travelling to the moon, yet was covered by rock 'n' roll most easily, despite the wall). In five sections, they examine the historical background, the impact of Hollywood, the power of American popular music from jazz to rock 'n' roll and rap, and the popularity of as well as resistance to American popular culture in particular countries.

The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football - Sexism and the Culture of Sport (Paperback, Reissue): Mariah Burton Nelson The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football - Sexism and the Culture of Sport (Paperback, Reissue)
Mariah Burton Nelson
R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Women's freedom and their freedom of movement have always advanced in tandem; early in this century, a suffragette's most potent symbol was her bicycle. Sports are central to American culture and the socialization of children, yet the "manly" sports world rarely offers women a level playing field. Despite laws to the contrary, all-male teams routinely garner a vastly disproportionate share of college athletic budgets; despite two decades of "sensitivity, " men's sports are still a fertile breeding ground for Neanderthal attitudes about women; and despite increased awareness of sexual harassment, affairs between male coaches and underage female players are commonplace and gang rape of college women by male athletes has almost become a cliche. As women have become increasingly involved in sports, those "manly" American sports - football, basketball, hockey - have seen an enormous explosion in popularity, at least partly because they are seen as an inviolably male domain. Many women are finding that participation in sports can make them healthier, happier, more confident in their own abilities, more at home in their own skins, better able to compete with men in the workplace. Is this what men are fleeing when they watch football? Astute, provocative, and full of original research, Mariah Burton Nelson's book paves the way for a new awareness of the American culture of sports and its pervasive effects on both women and men.

Our Dogs, Ourselves - The Story of a Singular Bond (Paperback): Alexandra Horowitz Our Dogs, Ourselves - The Story of a Singular Bond (Paperback)
Alexandra Horowitz
R421 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Abraham's Heirs - Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Paperback, New): Leonard B. Glick Abraham's Heirs - Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe (Paperback, New)
Leonard B. Glick
R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

He demonstrates that Ashkenazic Jewish culture was profoundly shaped and conditioned by life in an overwhelmingly Christian society. Drawing on diverse Christian documents, he portrays Christian beliefs about medieval Jews and Judaism with a degree of detail seldom found in Jewish historics. Emphasizing social, political, and economic history, but also duscussing religious topics, Glick describes the evolution of a complex, inherently unequal relationship. Because the Ashkenazic Jews of medieval Europe were ancestral to almost the entire Jewish population of eastern Europe, their historical experience played a major role in the heritage of most Jewish Americans.

The Maya Calendar - A Book of Months, 400-2000 CE (Hardcover): Weldon Lamb The Maya Calendar - A Book of Months, 400-2000 CE (Hardcover)
Weldon Lamb
R1,313 Discovery Miles 13 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

By 1,800 years ago, speakers of proto-Ch'olan, the ancestor of three present-day Maya languages, had developed a calendar of eighteen twenty-day months plus a set of five days for a total of 365 days. This original Maya calendar, used extensively during the Classic period (200-900 CE), recorded in hieroglyphic inscriptions the dates of dynastic and cosmological importance. Over time, and especially after the Mayas' contact with Europeans, the month names that had originated with these inscriptions developed into fourteen distinct traditions, each connected to a different ethnic group. Today, the glyphs encompass 250 standard forms, variants, and alternates, with about 570 meanings among all the cognates, synonyms, and homonyms. In The Maya Calendar, Weldon Lamb collects, defines, and correlates the month names in every recorded Maya calendrical tradition from the first hieroglyphic inscriptions to the present - an undertaking critical to unlocking and understanding the iconography and cosmology of the ancient Maya world. Mining data from astronomy, ethnography, linguistics, and epigraphy, and working from early and modern dictionaries of the Maya languages, Lamb pieces together accurate definitions of the month names in order to compare them across time and tradition. His exhaustive process reveals unsuspected parallels. Three-fourths of the month names, he shows, still derive from those of the original hieroglyphic inscriptions. Lamb also traces the relationship between month names as cognates, synonyms, or homonyms, and then reconstructs each name's history of development, connecting the Maya month names in several calendars to ancient texts and archaeological finds. In this landmark study, Lamb's investigations afford new insight into the agricultural, astronomical, ritual, and even political motivations behind names and dates in the Maya calendar. A history of descent and diffusion, of unexpected connectedness and longevity, The Maya Calendar offers readers a deep understanding of a foundational aspect of Maya culture.

The Parish Behind God's Back - The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados (Paperback): George Gmelch, Sharon Gmelch The Parish Behind God's Back - The Changing Culture of Rural Barbados (Paperback)
George Gmelch, Sharon Gmelch
R1,018 Discovery Miles 10 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Comprehensive ethnographic portrait of contemporary rural Barbados focuses on patterns of work, gender relations and life cycle, community, and religion in St. Lucy Parish. Recurring theme throughout work is impact of widening social relations - throughglobalization, tourism, transnationalism, tech

Iroquois Medical Botany (Paperback, New Ed): James W. Herrick Iroquois Medical Botany (Paperback, New Ed)
James W. Herrick
R613 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R118 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The world view of the Iroquois League or Confederacy--the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations--is based on a strong cosmological belief system. This is especially evident in Iroquois medical practices, which connect man to nature and the powerful forces in the supernatural realm. Iroquois Medical Botany is the first guide to understanding the use of herbal medi-cines in traditional Iroquois culture. It links Iroquois cosmology to cultural themes by showing the inherent spiritual power of plants and how the Iroquois traditionally have used and continue to use plants as remedies. After an introduction to the Iroquois doctrine of the cosmos, authors James Herrick and Dean Snow examine how ill health directly relates to the balance and subsequent dis-turbance of the forces in one's life. They next turn to general perceptions of illness and the causes of imbalances, which can result in physical manifestations from birthmarks and toothaches to sunstroke and cancer. In all, they list close to 300 phenomena. Finally, the book enumerates specific plant regimens for various ailments with a major compilation from numerous Iroquois authorities and sources of more than 450 native names, uses, and preparations of plants.

Peyote Religion - A History (Paperback, New Ed): Omer C. Stewart Peyote Religion - A History (Paperback, New Ed)
Omer C. Stewart
R608 R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Save R117 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this definitive work-a product of more than half a century of research and close observation-the noted anthropologist Omer C. Stewart provides a sweeping reconstruction of the rise of peyotism and the Native American Church. Although it is commonly known that the modern peyote religion became formalized around 1880 in western Oklahoma, it had roots in precontact American Indian ritual. Today it is practiced by thousands upon thousands of American Indians throughout the West.

Long a subject of controversy, peyotism has become a unifying influence in Indian life, providing the basis for ceremonies, friendships, social gatherings, travel, marriage, and much more. As Stewart demonstrates, it has been a source of comfort and healing and a means of expression for a troubled people.

Salutatio Terrae VII - Hermes Message To The Earth (Paperback): Chris Harbinger Salutatio Terrae VII - Hermes Message To The Earth (Paperback)
Chris Harbinger
R175 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R30 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The discerning open-minded reader, prepared to forego the geocentric paradigm of most human philosophy and science, will be carried away by this text which offers a cosmic perspective of the evolution of life on our planet, of the history and future of mankind, as well as of meaning in the universe.

The possibility of a more advanced civilization than our own provides a cosmic perspective on developments on our earth. The text reproaches earthly scientists, philosophers and religious thinkers for their geocentric approach: they tend to accept this earth as the centre of the universe. But like Galileo we should all be open to the new and unexpected.

This text is challenging and thought-provoking with an unusual perspective.

Revolt Against the Modern World - Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga (Paperback): Julius Evola Revolt Against the Modern World - Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga (Paperback)
Julius Evola
R747 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R272 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days


In what many consider to be his masterwork, Evola contrasts the characteristics of the modern world with those of traditional societies, from politics and institutions to views on life and death.

Images Of Japanese Society Hb (Hardcover, New Ed): Ross Mouer, Yoshio Sugimoto Images Of Japanese Society Hb (Hardcover, New Ed)
Ross Mouer, Yoshio Sugimoto
R4,611 Discovery Miles 46 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The popular image of Japanese society is a steroetypical one - that of a people characterised by a coherent set of thought and behaviour patterns, applying to all Japanese and transcending time. Ross Mouer and Yoshio Sugimoto found this image quite incongruous during their research for this book in Japan. They ask whether this steroetype of the Japanese is not only generated by foreigners but by the Japanese themselves. This is likely to be a controversial book as it does not contribute to the continuing mythologising of Japan and the Japanese. The book examines contemporary images of Japanese society by surveying an extensive sample of popular and academic literature on Japan. After tracing the development of "holistic" theories about the Japanese, commonly referred to as the "group model", attention is focused on the evaluation of that image. Empirical evidence contrary to this model is discussed and methodological lacunae are cited. A "sociology of Japanology" is also presented. In pursuit of other visions of Japanese society, the authors argue that certain aspects of Japanese behaviour can be explained by considering Japanese society as the exact inverse of the portayal provided by the group model. The authors also present a multi-dimensional model of social stratification, arguing that much of the variation in Japanese behaviour can be understood within the framework as having universal equivalence.

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