Models and Mirrors

Towards an Anthropology of Public Events

Author: Don Handelman

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781571811653

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

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Ritual is one of the most discussed cultural practices, yet its treatment in anthropological terms has been seriously limited, characterized by a host of narrow conceptual distinctions. One major reason for this situation has been the prevalence of positivist anthropologies that have viewed and summarized ritual occasions first and foremost in terms of their declared and assumed functions. By contrast, this book, which has become a classic, investigates them as epistemological phenomena in their own right. Comparing public events - a domain which includes ritual and related occasions - the author argues that any public event must first be comprehended through the logic of its design. It is the logic of organization of an occasion which establishes in large measure what that occasion is able to do in relation to the world within which it is created and practiced.
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Perspectives and Dimensions

Author: Catherine Bell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199739471

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 6974

From handshakes and toasts to chant and genuflection, ritual pervades our social interactions and religious practices. Still, few of us could identify all of our daily and festal ritual behaviors, much less explain them to an outsider. Similarly, because of the variety of activities that qualify as ritual and their many contradictory yet, in many ways, equally legitimate interpretations, ritual seems to elude any systematic historical and comparative scrutiny. In this book, Catherine Bell offers a practical introduction to ritual practice and its study; she surveys the most influential theories of religion and ritual, the major categories of ritual activity, and the key debates that have shaped our understanding of ritualism. Bell refuses to nail down ritual with any one definition or understanding. Instead, her purpose is to reveal how definitions emerge and evolve and to help us become more familiar with the interplay of tradition, exigency, and self-expression that goes into constructing this complex social medium.
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Hop on Pop

The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture

Author: Henry Jenkins III,Tara McPherson,Jane Shattuc

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822327370

Category: Social Science

Page: 748

View: 2876

DIVA major collection of fan-based cultural studies work, largely by a new generation of scholars./div
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Metaphors, Maps, and Mirrors

Moral Education in Middle Schools

Author: Carol K. Ingall

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781567503029

Category: Education

Page: 215

View: 9634

REVIEW: . . . Students of educational theory and practice will enjoy-and learn from-this brief but enlightening and readable book. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and practitioners. . . - September 98 CHOICE The four teachers in this study teach diverse subjects in a variety of settings. Although definitions of moral education are shaped by their backgrounds, their institutions, their perceptions of their students' needs, and their disciplines, all of the teachers consider moral education to be central to their work. For all four, the moral prototype serves as an appeal to the students' imagination, an opportunity to build connectedness and, most important, an invitation to young people to transcend themselves.
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Smoke and Mirrors

The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution

Author: E. Melanie Dupuis

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814719619

Category: Law

Page: 360

View: 5789

From the sixteenth to early-nineteenth century, four times more Africans than Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. While this forced migration stripped slaves of their liberty, it failed to destroy many of their cultural practices, which came with Africans to the New World. In Working the Diaspora, Frederick Knight examines work cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, from West and West Central Africa to British North America and the Caribbean. Knight demonstrates that the knowledge that Africans carried across the Atlantic shaped Anglo-American agricultural development and made particularly important contributions to cotton, indigo, tobacco, and staple food cultivation. The book also compellingly argues that the work experience of slaves shaped their views of the natural world. Broad in scope, clearly written, and at the center of current scholarly debates, Working the Diaspora challenges readers to alter their conceptual frameworks about Africans by looking at them as workers who, through the course of the Atlantic slave trade and plantation labor, shaped the development of the Americas in significant ways.
Posted in Law

Models and Frameworks for Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

Linking Evidence to Action

Author: Jo Rycroft-Malone,Tracey Bucknall

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 140517594X

Category: Medical

Page: 268

View: 5067

This title provides a critical analysis of a number of different models and approaches to the implementation of evidence-based practice, culminating in an integrative review, narrative synthesis and likely future directions in the final chapters.
Posted in Medical

Above the Death Pits, Beneath the Flag

Youth Voyages to Poland and the Performance of Israeli National Identity

Author: Jackie Feldman

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857450077

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 1209

Israeli youth voyages to Poland are one of the most popular and influential forms of transmission of Holocaust memory in Israeli society. Through intensive participant observation, group discussions, student diaries, and questionnaires, the author demonstrates how the State shapes Poland into a living deathscape of Diaspora Jewry. In the course of the voyage, students undergo a rite de passage, in which they are transformed into victims, victorious survivors, and finally witnesses of the witnesses. By viewing, touching, and smelling Holocaust-period ruins and remains, by accompanying the survivors on the sites of their suffering and survival, crying together and performing commemorative ceremonies at the death sites, students from a wide variety of family backgrounds become carriers of Shoah memory. They come to see the State and its defense as the romanticized answer to the Shoah. These voyages are a bureaucratic response to uncertainty and fluidity of identity in an increasingly globalized and fragmented society. This study adds a measured and compassionate ethical voice to ideological debates surrounding educational and cultural forms of encountering the past in contemporary Israel, and raises further questions about the representation of the Holocaust after the demise of the last living witnesses.
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Replicating Atonement

Foreign Models in the Commemoration of Atrocities

Author: Mischa Gabowitsch

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319650270

Category: Social Science

Page: 353

View: 9718

This collection examines what happens when one country’s experience of dealing with its traumatic past is held up as a model for others to follow. In regional and country studies covering Argentina, Canada, Japan, Lebanon, Rwanda, Russia, Turkey, the United States and former Yugoslavia, the authors look at the pitfalls, misunderstandings and perverse effects–but also the promise–of trying to replicate atonement. Going beyond the idea of a global or transnational memory, this book examines the significance of foreign models in atonement practices, and analyses the role of national governments, international organisations, museums, foundations, NGOs and public intellectuals in shaping the idea that good practices of atonement can be learned. The volume also demonstrates how one can productively learn from others by appreciating the complex and contested nature of atonement practices such as Germany’s, and also by finding the necessary resources in the history of one’s own country.
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Smoke & Mirrors, Inc

Accounting for Capitalism

Author: Nicolas Véron,Matthieu Autret,Alfred Galichon

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801444166

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 233

View: 2161

The authors challenge widespread beliefs that business accounting practices are neutral and involve the mere reporting of objective data, revealing how easily balance sheets can be manipulated.
Posted in Business & Economics

Cities on the Plains

Divinity and Diversity

Author: C. Miller

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230623786

Category: Political Science

Page: 195

View: 2393

This book simultaneously explores the contemporary utilizations of gods in political theory and the significance of cities to the ways we understand what it is to be human.
Posted in Political Science

Ritual in Its Own Right

Exploring the Dynamics of Transformation

Author: Don Handelman,Galina Lindquist

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 0857458884

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

View: 8999

Historically, canonic studies of ritual have discussed and explained ritual organization, action, and transformation primarily as representations of broader cultural and social orders. In the present, as in the past, less attention is given to the power of ritual to organize and effect transformation through its own dynamics. Breaking with convention, the contributors to this volume were asked to discuss ritual first and foremost in relation to itself, in its own right, and only then in relation to its socio-cultural context. The results attest to the variable capacities of rites to effect transformation through themselves, and to the study of phenomena in their own right as a fertile approach to comprehending ritual dynamics.
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Windows and Mirrors

Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency

Author: Jay David Bolter,Diane Gromala

Publisher: MIT Press (MA)

ISBN: 9780262524490

Category: Art

Page: 182

View: 9437

The experience of digital art and how it is relevant to information technology.
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Five Minds for the Future

Author: Howard Gardner

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422147991

Category: Psychology

Page: 196

View: 4951

We live in a time of relentless change. The only thing that?s certain is that new challenges and opportunities will emerge that are virtually unimaginable today. How can we know which skills will be required to succeed? In Five Minds for the Future, bestselling author Howard Gardner shows how we will each need to master "five minds" that the fast-paced future will demand: · The disciplined mind, to learn at least one profession, as well as the major thinking (science, math, history, etc.) behind it · The synthesizing mind, to organize the massive amounts of information and communicate effectively to others · The creating mind, to revel in unasked questions - and uncover new phenomena and insightful apt answers · The respectful mind, to appreciate the differences between human beings - and understand and work with all persons · The ethical mind, to fulfill one's responsibilities as both a worker and a citizen Without these "minds," we risk being overwhelmed by information, unable to succeed in the workplace, and incapable of the judgment needed to thrive both personally and professionally. Complete with a substantial new introduction, Five Minds for the Future provides valuable tools for those looking ahead to the next generation of leaders - and for all of us striving to excel in a complex world. Howard Gardner—cited by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the one hundred most influential public intellectuals in the world, and a MacArthur Fellowship recipient—is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Posted in Psychology

Ritual in Its Own Right

Exploring the Dynamics of Transformation

Author: Don Handelman,Galina Lindquist

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845450519

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 6637

"First published in 2004 by Berghahn Books; Social analysis, volume 48, issue 2, summer 2004"--T.p. verso.
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The Contemporary American Novel in Context

Author: Andrew Dix,Brian Jarvis,Paul Jenner

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441122974

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 5138

A critical introduction to the contemporary American novel focusing on contexts, key texts and criticism.
Posted in Literary Criticism

Laurence Sterne

Author: Marcus Walsh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317879139

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 226

View: 9772

The eighteenth century was a period when the modern Novel emerged through the work of writers such as Laurence Sterne (1713-68), Richardson, Defoe, Fielding and Johnson. However, the writing of Sterne is recognised as influencing modern writing from Joyce and Woolf onwards more than any of the other eighteenth century novelists.In the last twenty years Sterne's work has become a focus for a flourishing body of work and significant debates in many new and developing areas of literary theory which include gender, sexuality, postmodernism, and deconstruction. Sterne's major novel 'Tristram Shandy' is regarded as deploying a range of 'post-modern literary devices' expected to be found in late twentieth century work rather than in work written in the 1700s. This volume combines the most interesting and stimulating recent critical thinking about Sterne and represents recent theoretical and critical debates surrounding Sterne's writing.
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Rethinking Children's Citizenship

Author: T. Cockburn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137292075

Category: Political Science

Page: 262

View: 9515

This book explores the relationship between children and citizenship, analyzing international perspectives on citizenship and human rights and developing new methods for facilitating the recognition of children as participating agents within society.
Posted in Political Science

Discourse and the Construction of Society

Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification

Author: Bruce Lincoln

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199372381

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 5043

Without overlooking the role of coercive force in the maintenance (or overthrow) of social structures, Lincoln argues his thesis with rich illustrations drawn from such diverse areas as Platonic philosophy, the Upanishads of India, ancient Celtic banquets, professional wrestling, and the Spanish Civil War. This wide-ranging interdisciplinary study--which draws on works in history, semiotics, anthropology, sociology, classics, and indology--offers challenging new insights into the complex dynamics of social cohesion and change. The second edition includes three new chapters, new images, and an updated bibliography.
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One God, Two Goddesses, Three Studies of South Indian Cosmology

Author: Don Handelman

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900425739X

Category: Religion

Page: 236

View: 5225

One God, Two Goddesses studies through their deities three very different South Indian cosmic worlds whose existence depends on their incessant dynamism, which is deeply and intimately related to ongoing transformation and regeneration.
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