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Black Radio/Black Resistance - The Life & Times of the Tom Joyner Morning Show (Paperback): Micaela Di Leonardo Black Radio/Black Resistance - The Life & Times of the Tom Joyner Morning Show (Paperback)
Micaela Di Leonardo
R553 Discovery Miles 5 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Every weekday, the wildly popular Tom Joyner Morning Show reaches more than eight million radio listeners. The show offers broadly progressive political talk, adult-oriented soul music, humor, advice, and celebrity gossip for largely older, largely working-class black audience. But it's not just an old-school show: it's an activist political forum and a key site reflecting on popular aesthetics. It focuses on issues affecting African Americans today, from the denigration of hard-working single mothers, to employment discrimination and sexual abuse, to the racism and violence endemic to the U.S. criminal justice system, to international tragedies. In Black Radio/Black Resistance, author Micaela di Leonardo dives deep into the Tom Joyner Morning Show's 25 year history inside larger U.S. broadcast history. From its rise in the Clinton era and its responses to key events-9/11, Hurricane Katrina, President Obama's elections and presidency, police murders of unarmed black Americans and the rise of Black Lives Matter, and Donald Trump's ascendancy-it has broadcast the varied, defiant, and darkly comic voices of its anchors, guests, and audience members. di Leonardo also investigates the new synergistic set of cross-medium ties and political connections that have affected print, broadcast, and online reporting and commentary in antiracist directions. This new multiracial progressive public sphere has extraordinary potential for shaping America's future. Thus Black Radio/Black Resistance does far more than simply shed light on a major counterpublic institution unjustly ignored for reasons of color, class, generation, and medium. It demonstrates an alternative understanding of the shifting black public sphere in the digital age. Like the show itself, Black Radio/Black Resistance is politically progressive, music-drenched, and blisteringly funny.

Cengage Advantage Books: Culture Counts - A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Paperback, 2nd edition): Serena... Cengage Advantage Books: Culture Counts - A Concise Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Serena Nanda, Richard Warms
R1,179 R992 Discovery Miles 9 920 Save R187 (16%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

Framed around the concept of culture, Nanda and Warms' brief book shows you how culture matters in driving and explaining human behavior, as well as the dynamic nature of culture that interrelates various cultural systems in adaptive (or maladaptive) ways. The text emphasizes why understanding culture is important for understanding what is going on in the world today, and how we can solve problems and effect positive change. The authors will draw you into the book's concepts via engaging ethnographic storytelling and a conversational writing style that connects you to the topics. You'll focus on contemporary issues, issues of globalization, issues of gender, and issues of equalities and inequalities topics that are important to both the study of anthropology and your understanding of the world around you.

The Mayans Among Us - Migrant Women and Meatpacking on the Great Plains (Hardcover): Ann L. Sittig, Martha Florinda Gonzalez The Mayans Among Us - Migrant Women and Meatpacking on the Great Plains (Hardcover)
Ann L. Sittig, Martha Florinda Gonzalez
R506 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R97 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Mayans Among Us conveys the unique experiences of Central American indigenous immigrants to the Great Plains, many of whom are political refugees from repressive, war-torn countries. Ann L. Sittig, a Spanish instructor, and Martha Florinda Gonzalez, a Mayan community leader living in Nebraska, have gathered the oral histories of contemporary Mayan women living in the state and working in meatpacking plants. Sittig and Gonzalez initiated group dialogues with Mayan women about the psychological, sociological, and economic wounds left by war, poverty, immigration, and residence in a new country. Distinct from Latin America's economic immigrants and often overlooked in media coverage of Latino and Latina migration to the plains, the Mayans share their concerns and hopes as they negotiate their new home, culture, language, and life in Nebraska. Longtime Nebraskans share their perspectives on the immigrants as well. The Mayans Among Us poignantly explores how Mayan women in rural Nebraska meatpacking plants weave together their three distinct identities: Mayan, Central American, and American.

The Law of Possession - Ritual, Healing, and the Secular State (Paperback): William S. Sax, Helene Basu The Law of Possession - Ritual, Healing, and the Secular State (Paperback)
William S. Sax, Helene Basu
R879 Discovery Miles 8 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rituals combining healing with spirit possession and court-like proceedings are found around the world and throughout history. A person suffers from an illness that cannot be cured, for example, and in order to be healed performs a ritual involving a prosecution and a defense, a judge and witnesses. Divine beings then speak through oracles, spirits possess the victim and are exorcized, and local gods intervene to provide healing and justice. Such practices seem to be the very antithesis of modernity, and many modern, secular states have systematically attempted to eliminate them. What is the relationship between healing, spirit possession, and the law, and why are they so often combined? Why are such rituals largely absent from modern societies, and what happens to them when the state attempts to expunge them from their health and justice systems, or even to criminalize them? Despite the prevalence of rituals involving some or all of these elements, this volume represents the first attempt to compare and analyze them systematically. The Law of Possession brings together historical and contemporary case studies from East Asia, South Asia, and Africa, and argues that despite consistent attempts by modern, secular states to discourage, eliminate, and criminalize them, these types of rituals persist and even thrive because they meet widespread human needs.

The Cambridge Handbook of the International Psychology of Women (Paperback): Fanny M. Cheung, Diane F. Halpern The Cambridge Handbook of the International Psychology of Women (Paperback)
Fanny M. Cheung, Diane F. Halpern
R1,514 Discovery Miles 15 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

There is a growing knowledge base in understanding the differences and similarities between women and men, as well as the diversities among women and sexualities. Although genetic and biological characteristics define human beings conventionally as women and men, their experiences are contextualized in multiple dimensions in terms of gender, sexuality, class, age, ethnicity, and other social dimensions. Beyond the biological and genetic basis of gender differences, gender intersects with culture and other social locations which affect the socialization and development of women across their life span. This handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date resource to understand the intersectionality of gender differences, to dispel myths, and to examine gender-relevant as well as culturally relevant implications and appropriate interventions. Featuring a truly international mix of contributors, and incorporating cross-cultural research and comparative perspectives, this handbook will inform mainstream psychology of the international literature on the psychology of women and gender.

Living Black - Social Life in an African American Neighborhood (Paperback): Mark S Fleisher Living Black - Social Life in an African American Neighborhood (Paperback)
Mark S Fleisher
R589 Discovery Miles 5 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Living Black breaks the stereotype of poor African American neighborhoods as dysfunctional ghettos of helpless and hopeless peopleDespite real poverty, the community described in Living Black-the historic North End of Champaign, Illinois-is truly a neighborhood, with a vibrant social life, wide-ranging friendships, and strong ties between youth and adults and among multiple generations of community residents, lending a hand to neighbors in need. But it operates on its own terms-valuing nonjudgmental attitudes and individualism, and stressing acceptance of the consequences of personal behavior. Teenage mothers aren't derided, adolescents who drop out of school aren't ridiculed, and parolees and ex-cons aren't scorned. The North End was settled in the late nineteenth century by descendants of slaves who were seeking employment at the local university. Anthropologist Mark Fleisher offers a window into its daily life at the end of the twentieth century, particularly through the stories of Mo and Memphis Washington, who fight to sustain a stable home for their children, and of Burpee, a local man who has returned to the North End to rebuild his life after years of crime and punishment in Chicago. Living Black is based on six years of Fleisher's firsthand participant observation in the North End. Earlier studies of the North End, conducted by black graduate students at the University of Illinois in the 1930s and 1960s, indicate that the community Fleisher found in the 1990s carried forward out of slavery a culture of resilience, intergenerational social and economic support, an ability to cope with and adjust to conditions of privation, and a climate of positive interracial relationships between the North End's black residents and the predominantly white university community and local law enforcement agencies.

Rule By Aesthetics - World-Class City Making in Delhi (Paperback): Asher Ghertner Rule By Aesthetics - World-Class City Making in Delhi (Paperback)
Asher Ghertner
R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rule by Aesthetics offers a powerful examination of the process and experience of mass demolition in the world's second largest city of Delhi, India. Using Delhi's millennial effort to become a 'world-class city,' the book shows how aesthetic norms can replace the procedures of mapping and surveying typically considered necessary to administer space. This practice of evaluating territory based on its adherence to aesthetic norms - what Ghertner calls 'rule by aesthetics' - allowed the state in Delhi to intervene in the once ungovernable space of slums, overcoming its historical reliance on inaccurate maps and statistics. Slums hence were declared illegal because they looked illegal, an arrangement that led to the displacement of a million slum residents in the first decade of the 21st century. Drawing on close ethnographic engagement with the slum residents targeted for removal, as well as the planners, judges, and politicians who targeted them, the book demonstrates how easily plans, laws, and democratic procedures can be subverted once the subjects of democracy are seen as visually out of place. Slum dwellers' creative appropriation of dominant aesthetic norms shows, however, that aesthetic rule does not mark the end of democratic claims making. Rather, it signals a new relationship between the mechanism of government and the practice of politics, one in which struggles for a more inclusive city rely more than ever on urban aesthetics, in Delhi as in aspiring world-class cities the world over.

Imaginations of Death and the Beyond in India and Europe (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018): Gunter... Imaginations of Death and the Beyond in India and Europe (Paperback, Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018)
Gunter Blamberger, Sudhir Kakar
R2,122 Discovery Miles 21 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume explores current images of afterlife/afterdeath and the presence of the dead in the imaginations of the living in Indian and European traditions. Specifically, it focuses on the deepest and most fundamental uncertainty of human existence---the awareness of human mortality, on which depends any assignment of meaning to earthly existence as also to notions of worldly and otherworldly salvation. This central idea is addressed in the literature, arts, audiovisual media and other cultural artefacts of the two traditions. The chapters are based on two main assumptions: First, that one cannot report on the direct experience of death; so it is only possible to speak allegorically of it. Second, in contemporary Western societies, marked by structural atheism, people look at literature, the arts and mass media to study their depiction and reading of traditionally religious questions of disease, death and the Beyond. This is in contrast to Asian civilizations whose preoccupation with death and Beyond is persistent and perhaps central to the civilizations' highest thought. The chapters cover a wide spectrum of disciplinary approaches, from psychoanalysis to religious, anthropological, literary and film studies, from sociology and philosophy to art history, and address issues of unsettling power: comforting illusions of afterlife; the relations between afterlife and fertility; visions of technological immortalization of mankind; the problem of thinking about death after the "death of God"; socialist utopias of bodily immortality; fear of Hell and punishment; different concepts in relating the living and the dead; near-death experiences; and cultural practices of spiritualism, occultism and suicide.

Guardians of the Buddha's Home - Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jodo Shinshu (Paperback): Jessica Starling Guardians of the Buddha's Home - Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jodo Shinshu (Paperback)
Jessica Starling; Series edited by Mark Michael Rowe
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Out of stock

In Guardians of the Buddha's Home, Jessica Starling draws on nearly three years of ethnographic research to provide a comprehensive view of Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land) temple life with temple wives (known as bomori, or temple guardians) at its center. Throughout, she focuses on "domestic religion," a mode of doing religion centering on more informal religious expression that has received scant attention in the scholarly literature. The Buddhist temple wife's movement back and forth between the main hall and the "back stage" of the kitchen and family residence highlights the way religious meaning cannot be confined to canonical texts or to the area of the temple prescribed for formal worship. Starling argues that attaining Buddhist faith (shinjin) is just as likely to occur in response to a simple act of hospitality, a sense of community experienced at an informal temple gathering, or an aesthetic affinity with the temple space that has been carefully maintained by the bomori as it is from hearing the words of a Pure Land sutra intoned by a professional priest. For temple wives, the spiritual practice of button hosha (repayment of the debt owed to the Buddha for one's salvation) finds expression through the conscientious stewardship of temple donations, caring for the Buddha's home and opening it to lay followers, raising the temple's children, and propagating the teachings in the domestic sphere. Engaging with what religious scholars have called the "turn to affect," Starling's work investigates in personal detail how religious dispositions are formed in individual practitioners. The answer, not surprisingly, has as much to do with intimate relationships and quotidian practices as with formal liturgies or scripted sermons.

The Myth of the American Dream - Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power (Hardcover): D L Mayfield The Myth of the American Dream - Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power (Hardcover)
D L Mayfield
R401 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Mirrors of Passing - Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time (Paperback): Sophie Seebach, Rane Willerslev Mirrors of Passing - Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time (Paperback)
Sophie Seebach, Rane Willerslev
R1,234 R1,145 Discovery Miles 11 450 Save R89 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Without exception, all people are faced with the inevitability of death, a stark fact that has immeasurably shaped societies and individual consciousness for the whole of human history. Mirrors of Passing offers a powerful window into this oldest of human preoccupations by investigating the interrelationships of death, materiality, and temporality across far-flung times and places. Stretching as far back as Ancient Egypt and Greece and moving through present-day locales as diverse as Western Europe, Central Asia, and the Arctic, each of the richly illustrated essays collected here draw on a range of disciplinary insights to explore some of the most fundamental, universal questions that confront us.

Inside Cultures - A New Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Paperback, 2nd New edition): William Balee Inside Cultures - A New Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
William Balee
R1,271 Discovery Miles 12 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This concise, contemporary, and inexpensive option for instructors of cultural anthropology breaks away from the traditional structure of introductory textbooks. Emphasizing the interaction between humans and their environment, the tension between human universals and cultural variation, and the impacts of colonialism on traditional cultures, Inside Cultures shows students how cultural anthropology can help us understand the complex, globalized world around us. This second edition: includes brand new material on a variety of subjects, including genomic studies, race and racism, cross-cultural issues of gender identity, terrorism and ethnography, and business anthropology; presents updated and enhanced discussions of medical anthropology, European colonialism and disease, the Atlantic slave trade, and much more; offers personal stories of the author's fieldwork in Amazonia, sidebars illustrating fascinating cases of cultures in action, and other pedagogical elements such as timelines; is written is clear, supple prose that delights readers while informing them

Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets - Medicine and Martial Arts in South India (Paperback): Roman Sieler Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets - Medicine and Martial Arts in South India (Paperback)
Roman Sieler
R815 Discovery Miles 8 150 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets provides an ethnographic study of varmakkalai, or "the art of the vital spots," a South Indian esoteric tradition that combines medical practice and martial arts. Although siddha medicine is officially part of the Indian Government's medically pluralistic health-care system, very little of a reliable nature has been written about it. Drawing on a diverse array of materials, including Tamil manuscripts, interviews with practitioners, and his own personal experience as an apprentice, Sieler traces the practices of varmakkalai both in different religious traditions-such as Yoga and Ayurveda-and within various combat practices. His argument is based on in-depth ethnographic research in the southernmost region of India, where hereditary medico-martial practitioners learn their occupation from relatives or skilled gurus through an esoteric, spiritual education system. Rituals of secrecy and apprenticeship in varmakkalai are among the important focal points of Sieler's study. Practitioners protect their esoteric knowledge, but they also engage in a kind of "lure and withdrawal"--a performance of secrecy--because secrecy functions as what might be called "symbolic capital." Sieler argues that varmakkalai is, above all, a matter of texts in practice; knowledge transmission between teacher and student conveys tacit, non-verbal knowledge, and constitutes a "moral economy." It is not merely plain facts that are communicated, but also moral obligations, ethical conduct and tacit, bodily knowledge. Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets will be of interest to students of religion, medical anthropologists, historians of medicine, indologists, and martial arts and performance studies.

The Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Communication (Hardcover): Guido Rings, Sebastian Rasinger The Cambridge Handbook of Intercultural Communication (Hardcover)
Guido Rings, Sebastian Rasinger
R3,336 Discovery Miles 33 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A highly interdisciplinary overview of the wide spectrum of current international research and professional practice in intercultural communication, this is a key reference book for students, lecturers and professionals alike. Key examples of contrastive, interactive, imagological and interlingual approaches are discussed, as well as the impact of cultural, economic and socio-political power hierarchies in cultural encounters, essential for contemporary research in critical intercultural communication and postcolonial studies. The Handbook also explores the spectrum of professional applications of that research, from intercultural teaching and training to the management of culturally mixed groups, facilitating use by professionals in related fields. Theories are introduced systematically using ordinary language explanations and examples, providing an engaging approach to readers new to the field. Students and researchers in a wide variety of disciplines, from cultural studies to linguistics, will appreciate this clear yet in-depth approach to an ever-evolving contemporary field.

Scottish Life and Society Volume 1 - An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology (Paperback): Alexander Fenton, Margaret A. Mackay Scottish Life and Society Volume 1 - An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology (Paperback)
Alexander Fenton, Margaret A. Mackay
R685 R597 Discovery Miles 5 970 Save R88 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The publication of 'An Introduction to Scottish Ethnology' sees the completion of the fourteen-volume Scottish Life and Society series, originally conceived by the eminent ethnologist Professor Alexander Fenton. The series explores the many elements in Scottish history, language and culture which have shaped the identity of Scotland and Scots at local, regional and national level, placing these in an international context. Each of the thirteen volumes already published focuses on a particular theme or institution within Scottish society. This introduction provides an overview of the discipline of ethnology as it has developed in Scotland and more widely, the sources and methods for its study, and practical guidance on the means by which it can be examined within its constituent genres, based on the experience of those currently working with ethnological materials. Theory and practice are presented in an accessible fashion, making it an ideal companion for the student, the scholar and the interested amateur alike.

Not Gay - Sex Between Straight White Men (Paperback): Jane Ward Not Gay - Sex Between Straight White Men (Paperback)
Jane Ward
R594 R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Save R103 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A straight white girl can kiss a girl, like it, and still call herself straight-her boyfriend may even encourage her. But can straight white guys experience the same easy sexual fluidity, or would kissing a guy just mean that they are really gay? Not Gay thrusts deep into a world where straight guy-on-guy action is not a myth but a reality: there's fraternity and military hazing rituals, where new recruits are made to grab each other's penises and stick fingers up their fellow members' anuses; online personal ads, where straight men seek other straight men to masturbate with; and, last but not least, the long and clandestine history of straight men frequenting public restrooms for sexual encounters with other men. For Jane Ward, these sexual practices reveal a unique social space where straight white men can-and do-have sex with other straight white men; in fact, she argues, to do so reaffirms rather than challenges their gender and racial identity. Ward illustrates that sex between straight white men allows them to leverage whiteness and masculinity to authenticate their heterosexuality in the context of sex with men. By understanding their same-sex sexual practice as meaningless, accidental, or even necessary, straight white men can perform homosexual contact in heterosexual ways. These sex acts are not slippages into a queer way of being or expressions of a desired but unarticulated gay identity. Instead, Ward argues, they reveal the fluidity and complexity that characterizes all human sexual desire. In the end, Ward's analysis offers a new way to think about heterosexuality-not as the opposite or absence of homosexuality, but as its own unique mode of engaging in homosexual sex, a mode characterized by pretense, dis-identification and racial and heterosexual privilege. Daring, insightful, and brimming with wit, Not Gay is a fascinating new take on the complexities of heterosexuality in the modern era.

I'm Afraid of That Water - A Collaborative Ethnography of a West Virginia Water Crisis (Paperback): Luke Eric Lassiter,... I'm Afraid of That Water - A Collaborative Ethnography of a West Virginia Water Crisis (Paperback)
Luke Eric Lassiter, Brian A. Hoey, Elizabeth Campbell
R578 Discovery Miles 5 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On January 9th 2014, residents across Charleston, West Virginia, awoke to an unusual liquorice smell in the air and a similar taste in the public drinking water. That evening residents were informed that the tap water in tens of thousands of homes, hundred of businesses, and dozens of schools and hospitals - the water made available to as many as 300,00 citizens in a nine-county region - had been contaminated with a chemical used for cleaning crushed coal. This books tells a particular set of stories about that chemical spill and its aftermath, an unfolding water crisis that would lead to months, even years, of fear and distrust. It is both oral history and collaborative ethnography, jointly conceptualised, researched, and written by people - more than fifty in all - across various positions in academia and local communities. I'm Afraid of That Water foregrounds the ongoing concerns of West Virginians (and people in comparable situations in places like Flint, Michigan) confronted by the problem of contamination, where thresholds for official safety may be crossed, but a genuine return to normality is elusive.

God at War - A Meditation on Religion and Warfare (Hardcover): Mark Juergensmeyer God at War - A Meditation on Religion and Warfare (Hardcover)
Mark Juergensmeyer
R343 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For decades, Mark Juergensmeyer has been studying the rise of religious violence around the world, including groups like ISIS and Christian militias that have been involved in acts of terrorism. Over the years he came to realize that war is the central image in the worldview of virtually every religious movement engaged in violent acts. Behind the moral justification of using violence are images of great confrontations of war on a transcendent scale. God at War explores the dark attraction between religion and warfare. Virtually every religious tradition leaves behind it a bloody trail of stories, legends, and images of war, and most wars call upon the divine for blessings in battle. This book finds the connection between religion and warfare in the alternative realities created in the human imagination in response to crises both personal and social. Based on the author's thirty years of field work interviewing activists involved in religious-related terrorist movements around the world, this book explains why desperate social conflict leads to images of war, and why invariably God is thought to be engaged in battle.

The Cambridge Handbook of the International Psychology of Women (Hardcover): Fanny M. Cheung, Diane F. Halpern The Cambridge Handbook of the International Psychology of Women (Hardcover)
Fanny M. Cheung, Diane F. Halpern
R4,395 Discovery Miles 43 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

There is a growing knowledge base in understanding the differences and similarities between women and men, as well as the diversities among women and sexualities. Although genetic and biological characteristics define human beings conventionally as women and men, their experiences are contextualized in multiple dimensions in terms of gender, sexuality, class, age, ethnicity, and other social dimensions. Beyond the biological and genetic basis of gender differences, gender intersects with culture and other social locations which affect the socialization and development of women across their life span. This handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date resource to understand the intersectionality of gender differences, to dispel myths, and to examine gender-relevant as well as culturally relevant implications and appropriate interventions. Featuring a truly international mix of contributors, and incorporating cross-cultural research and comparative perspectives, this handbook will inform mainstream psychology of the international literature on the psychology of women and gender.

Death, Materiality and Mediation - An Ethnography of Remembrance in Ireland (Hardcover): Barbara Graham Death, Materiality and Mediation - An Ethnography of Remembrance in Ireland (Hardcover)
Barbara Graham
R2,672 R2,518 Discovery Miles 25 180 Save R154 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In Death, Materiality and Mediation, Barbara Graham analyzes a diverse range of objects associated with remembrance in both the public and private arenas through ethnography of communities on both sides of the Irish border. In doing so, she explores the materially mediated interactions between the living and the dead, revealing the physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual roles of the dead in contemporary communities. Through this study, Graham expands the concept of materiality to include narrative, song, senses, emotions, ephemera and embodied experience. She also examines how modern practices are informed by older beliefs and folk religion.

What's Normal? - Reconciling Biology and Culture (Paperback): Allan V. Horwitz What's Normal? - Reconciling Biology and Culture (Paperback)
Allan V. Horwitz
R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since the emergence of Western philosophy and science among the classical Greeks, debates have raged over the relative significance of biology and culture on an individual's behavior. Today, recent advances in genetics and biological science have pushed most scholars past the tired nature vs. nurture debate to examine the ways in which the natural and the social interact to influence human behavior. In What's Normal?, Allan Horwitz brings a fresh approach to this emerging perspective. Rather than try to solve these issues universally, Horwitz demonstrates that both social and biological mechanisms have varying degrees of influence in different situations. Through case studies of human universals such as incest aversion, fear, appetite, grief, and sex, Horwitz first discusses the extreme instances where biology determines behavior, where culture dominates, and where culture overrides basic biological instincts. He then details the variety of ways in which genes and environments interact; for instance, the primal drive to eat and store calories when food supplies were scarce and behavioral patterns in a society where food is abundant and obesity stigmatized. Now that it's often easier to change our biology rather than our culture, an understanding of which behaviors and traits are simply normal or abnormal, and which are pathological or necesitate treatment is more important than ever. Wide-ranging and accessible, What's Normal? provides a crucial guide to the biological and social bases of human behavior at the heart of these matters.

Leaving Footprints in the Taiga - Luck, Spirits and Ambivalence among the Siberian Orochen Reindeer Herders and Hunters... Leaving Footprints in the Taiga - Luck, Spirits and Ambivalence among the Siberian Orochen Reindeer Herders and Hunters (Hardcover)
Donatas Brandisauskas
R2,684 R2,530 Discovery Miles 25 300 Save R154 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Nowhere have recent environmental and social changes been more pronounced than in post-Soviet Siberia. Donatas Brandisauskas probes the strategies that Orochen reindeer herders of southeastern Siberia have developed to navigate these changes. "Catching luck" is one such strategy that plays a central role in Orochen cosmology -- luck implies a vernacular theory of causality based on active interactions of humans, non-humans, material objects, and places. Brandisauskas describes in rich details the skills, knowledge, ritual practices, storytelling, and movements that enable the Orochen to "catch luck" (or not, sometimes), to navigate times of change and upheaval.

Intimate Disconnections - Divorce and the Romance of Independence in Contemporary Japan (Hardcover): Allison Alexy Intimate Disconnections - Divorce and the Romance of Independence in Contemporary Japan (Hardcover)
Allison Alexy
R1,945 Discovery Miles 19 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In many ways, divorce is a quintessentially personal decision--the choice to leave a marriage that causes harm or feels unfulfilling to the two people involved. But anyone who has gone through a divorce knows the additional public dimensions of breaking up, from intense shame and societal criticism to friends' and relatives' unsolicited advice. In Intimate Disconnections, Allison Alexy tells the fascinating story of the changing norms surrounding divorce in Japan in the early 2000s, when sudden demographic and social changes made it a newly visible and viable option. Not only will one of three Japanese marriages today end in divorce, but divorces are suddenly much more likely to be initiated by women who cite new standards for intimacy as their motivation. As people across Japan now consider divorcing their spouses, or work to avoid separation, they face complicated questions about the risks and possibilities marriage brings: How can couples be intimate without becoming suffocatingly close? How should they build loving relationships when older models are no longer feasible? What do you do, both legally and socially, when you just can't take it anymore? Relating the intensely personal stories from people experiencing different stages of divorce, Alexy provides a rich ethnography of Japan while also speaking more broadly to contemporary visions of love and marriage during an era in which neoliberal values are prompting wide-ranging transformations in homes across the globe.

Reading the Wampum - Essays on Hodinoehsoe:ni' Visual Code and Epistemological Recovery (Paperback): Penelope Myrtle Kelsey Reading the Wampum - Essays on Hodinoehsoe:ni' Visual Code and Epistemological Recovery (Paperback)
Penelope Myrtle Kelsey
R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since the fourteenth century, Eastern Woodlands tribes have used delicate purple and white shells called "wampum" to form intricately woven belts. These wampum belts depict significant moments in the lives of the people who make up the tribes, portraying everything from weddings to treaties. Wampum belts can be used as a form of currency, but they are primarily used as a means to record significant oral narratives for future generations. In Reading the Wampum, Kelsey provides the first academic consideration of the ways in which these sacred belts are reinterpreted into current Haudenosaunee tradition. While Kelsey explores the aesthetic appeal of the belts, she also provides insightful analysis of how readings of wampum belts can change our understanding of specific treaty rights and land exchanges. Kelsey shows how contemporary Iroquois intellectuals and artists adapt and reconsider these traditional belts in new and innovative ways. Reading the Wampum conveys the vitality and continuance of wampum traditions in Iroquois art, literature, and community, suggesting that wampum narratives pervade and reappear in new guises with each new generation.

They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields - Illness, Injury, and Illegality among U.S. Farmworkers (Paperback): Sarah Bronwen... They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields - Illness, Injury, and Illegality among U.S. Farmworkers (Paperback)
Sarah Bronwen Horton
R643 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R106 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields takes the reader on an ethnographic tour of the melon and corn harvesting fields of California's Central Valley to understand why farmworkers suffer heatstroke and chronic illness at rates higher than workers in any other industry. Through captivating accounts of the daily lives of a core group of farmworkers over nearly a decade, Sarah Bronwen Horton documents in startling detail how a tightly interwoven web of public policies and private interests creates exceptional and needless suffering.

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