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Format: Hardback
Pages: 222
ISBN: 9789464262131
Pub Date: 22 Feb 2024
Imprint: Sidestone Press
During funerals of nobles in the Kuba kingdom (Democratic Republic of Congo), visitors used to theatrically offer so-called bongotols to the deceased and the mourning family. These highly appreciated valuables were either positioned under the corpse to support it or displayed on top of it.In addition to their religious meaning they displayed the status and wealth of both givers and takers. Visitors would receive similar items in return. Afterwards the bongotols were stashed until, on occasion of a next burial, they would continue their cycles of gift and counter gift among the titled Kuba aristocracy.Death and display brings ethnographic research and archival sources to bear on these intriguing heirlooms. Their rich iconography offers a kaleidoscope of traditional Kuba sociality, cosmology and ritual.
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Format: Hardback
Pages: 431
ISBN: 9781463245412
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2024
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Eastern Christian Studies
A Festschrift for Rifaat Ebied celebrating a lifetime of work in the field of Semitic Studies, in particular Syriac, Christian Arabic, and Mandaic.

What We Do Next Really Matters

Format: Paperback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781922669209
Pub Date: 15 Feb 2024
Imprint: Arden
Our world is at a critical turning point in history, as certainties are swept aside by a global pandemic, climate change and political upheaval. The choices we make over the next few years How we respond to these challenges will resonate for decades and determine whether we usher in a new Age of Enlightenment or a second Dark Ages.   In this compelling book, Mark Roeder makes sense of our predicament, and explains why we must reconsider some of our most fundamental beliefs. Our current path is not sustainable - socially, environmentally or economically. We are literally devouring our planet, and our communities are becoming more polarised and fearful of the future.   The time has come for us to make some bold changes to the way we live. This book explains what these changes should be, and how to implement them.
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Format: Hardback
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780822947554
Pub Date: 06 Feb 2024
Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Across a range of industrial, domestic, and agricultural sites, Greer shows how repetitive discursive performances served as rhetorical tools as women workers sought to rescript power relations in their workplaces and to resist narratives about their laboring lives. The case studies reveal noteworthy patterns in how these women’s words helped to construct the complex web of class relations in which they were enmeshed. Rather than a teleological narrative of economic empowerment over the course of a century, Unorganized Women speaks to the enduring obstacles low- and no-wage women face, their creativity and resilience in the face of adversity, and the challenges that impede the creation of meaningful coalitions. By focusing on repetitive rhetorical labor, this book affords a point of entry for analyzing the discursive productions of a range of women workers and for constructing a richer history of women’s rhetoric in the United States.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781922669391
Pub Date: 05 Feb 2024
Imprint: Arden
Fully illustrated in colour and most informative, this is a personal story about spiders and arachnophobia. With more than a touch of humour, deep curiosity and an artist’s eye the author examines her phobia and the object of her fear. What is a spider? What makes these eight-legged creatures so scary? To understand her own reactions to spiders better, she describes her many past and present encounters with them. The story takes her back to her childhood in Norway, to the USA, to holidays in Spain and Portugal, and to travels around Australia. She focuses on fine examples of these astonishing creatures from many places.

Animals Are Us

A Guide to a Kinder World
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781922669926
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2024
Imprint: Arden
‘This book will save lives - human and animals.’ Victoria Thompson is a passionate advocate for the protection of animals from great harm. She movingly describes our appalling failures in this regard and praises those who press for the enlightened awareness and humane treatment of animals.  She believes profoundly that we must not continue to think of animals as just resources to exploit - for animals too have a right to live naturally. And she gives us solutions for a kinder world.
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9781922454669
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2024
Imprint: Arden
When the Vietnam War veterans returned home to Australia, neither the veterans nor their partners were aware of the psychological harm with which many had been afflicted. Post-traumatic stress disorder had not yet been recognised and as the men fell victim to terrible moods and illnesses, they capitulated to their pain and isolated themselves and their families.   With great courage and without recognition, veterans' wives held their families together despite government and community indifference, and they did so for decades.   When He Came Home is a belated recognition of these women, and it also focuses on how the issues of PTSD and suicide affect veterans who participate in contemporary conflicts. Told within an informed historical context and employing intimate narrative interviews, this important book examines the unexamined: how so many families have been brought to their knees and how such suffering can be prevented.
African Dolls Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9789492940162
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Series: The Private Collection Series
This private collection of African dolls, sometimes spontaneously decorated with beadwork, are witnesses of people's hopes and beliefs. The book is richly illustrated with overviews and detailed photographs of the objects and, apart from a description of their history, also gives the reader a personal account of collecting these dolls single-handedly over a period of 45 years.
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Format: Hardback
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9780822947226
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Pitt Latin American Series
Hemispheric Blackness and the Exigencies of Accountability examines the way Afrodescendant and Black communities use the land on which they live, the rule of law, and their bodies to assert their historical, ontological, and physical presence across South, Central, and North America. Their demand for the recognition of ancestral lands, responsive policies, and human rights sheds new light on their permanent yet tenuous presence throughout the region. The authors argue that by deploying a discourse of transcontinental historical continuity, Black communities assert their presence in local, national, and international political spheres. This conceptualization of hemispheric Blackness is the driving force confronting the historical loss, dismissal, and disparagement of Black lives across the Américas. Through twelve case studies that cover a wide range of locations, their work examines contemporary manifestations of sovereignty of Black body and mind, Black-Indigenous nexuses, and national revisions that challenge more than a quincentennial of denial and state unaccountability in the hemisphere.
Journal of the Himalayan Institute of Cultural Heritage Studies Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9789492940186
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Series: Journal of the Himalayan Institute of Cultural and Heritage Studies
The Journal of the Himalayan Institute of Cultural and Heritage Studies is an endeavor to include research oriented articles on the Himalayas from different sections of academia which includes and is not limited to archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, geology, sociology, art, music, theatre and law.
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Format: Hardback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780822947875
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
For western colonists in the early American backcountry, disputes often ended in bloodshed and death. Making the Frontier Man examines early life and the origins of lawless behavior in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio from 1750 to 1815. It provides a key to understanding why the trans-Appalachian West was prone to violent struggles, especially between white men. Traumatic experiences of the Revolution and the Forty Years War legitimized killing as a means of self-defense—of property, reputation, and rights—transferring power from the county courts to the ordinary citizen. Backcountry men waged war against American Indians in state-sponsored militias as they worked to establish farms and seize property in the West. And white neighbors declared war on each other, often taking extreme measures to resolve petty disputes that ended with infamous family feuds.      Making the Frontier Man focuses on these experiences of western expansion and how they influenced American culture and society, specifically the nature of western manhood, which radically transformed in the North American environment. In search of independence and improvement, the new American man was also destitute, frustrated by the economic and political power of his elite counterparts, and undermined by failure. He was aggressive, misogynistic, racist, and violent, and looked to reclaim his dominance and masculinity by any means necessary.   
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9789492940179
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Series: Wearables
Wearables is an annual magazine edition, attractively illustrated, bringing together a variety of ethnographic topics on costume and jewellery traditions, placed in their cultural setting.    
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Format: Hardback
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780822947776
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Writing and Desire is a sustained, multimovement exploration of how writers, particularly queer writers, think and feel through desire as central to their writing practice. In a time of political, social, global, and ecological unrest, how might we understand desire - the desire for things to be different, the desire for a better world - as a crucial dimension of contemporary human experience? What might such a recentering of desire offer us, personally and politically? And how is writing itself, as one of the primary ways through which we express and explore ourselves, central to the expression and exploration of desire? Drawing on recent theoretical work in queer theory and the new materialism, Jonathan Alexander studies a range of queer and trans writers and artists who center desire in their practice and argues that conceptualizing writing as desire allows us to reexperience both writing and our world as saturated with our dreams and wishes for change. In a book both elegant and unsettling, and by turns personal, analytic, and experimental, Alexander challenges us - and himself - to think about desire and writing as the deepest manifestation of our hopes for the future.

What Price Hollywood?

Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780813197029
Pub Date: 23 Jan 2024
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
During the early Hollywood sound era, studio director George Cukor produced nearly fifty films in as many years, famously winning the Best Director Oscar at the 1964 Academy Awards for My Fair Lady. His collaborations with so-called difficult actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe unsettled producers even as his ticket sales lined their pockets. Fired from Gone with the Wind for giving Vivien Leigh more screen time than Clark Gable, Cukor quickly earned a double-sided reputation as a "woman's director." While the label celebrated his ability to help actresses deliver their best performances, the epithet also branded the gay director as suitable only for work on female-centered movies such as melodramas and romantic comedies. Desperate for success after a failed drag film nearly ended his career, Cukor swore to work within Hollywood's constraints. Nevertheless, What Price Hollywood? Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor finds that Cukor continued to explore gender and sexuality on-screen. Drawing on a broad array of theoretical lenses, Elyce Rae Helford examines how Cukor's award-winning films—titles including My Fair Lady and The Philadelphia Story—as well as his lesser-known films engage Hollywood masculinity and gender performativity through camp, drag, and mixed genres. Blending biography with critical analysis of more than twenty-five films, What Price Hollywood? tells the story of a once-in-a-generation director who produced some of the best films in history.
Decoding International Arbitration Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 266
ISBN: 9781922952004
Pub Date: 26 Oct 2023
Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing
A concise;informed and practical introduction for legal practitioners and associated professionals to the law and practice of international commercial arbitration.
An Illusion of Equity Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9780813197661
Pub Date: 01 Aug 2023
Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Public education plays a crucial role in crafting a nation's future. In the United States, education reform policy, particularly the reliance on large-scale, standardized testing, is a growing topic of national conversation and concern. An Illusion of Equity: The Legacy of Eugenics in Today's Education demonstrates how centuries of propaganda have led us to accept the idea that test scores indicate something so valuable about human beings that they should be used to organize society.    Drawing on decades of experience as an educator, author Wendy Zagray Warren unpacks the origins of this practice, inviting us to probe the ideologies underlying testing procedures and score interpretation and to evaluate the rationale for using test scores as the sole markers for academic achievement. From the beginning, large-scale tests have produced scores divided by race and class. Initially, these results aligned with the eugenic ideology of its creators. Warren shows that while the rhetoric used to justify test-based policy has changed, the model used to produce test scores remains much the same. Therefore, so do the outcomes of test-based policies, which continue to reproduce and reinforce the existing social hierarchy of the United States.   The hope of equity lies in educators charting new paths and scholars around the world who are dreaming new educational paradigms into being. Ultimately, Warren invites policymakers, educators, and parents to explore the richness of possibility when education is designed around the belief that every child is worthy of the opportunity to thrive.