The Devil's Cloth

A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric

Author: Michel Pastoureau

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231123662

Category: History

Page: 128

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From where--and what--does water come? How did it become the key to life in the universe? Water from Heaven presents a state-of-the-art portrait of the science of water, recounting how the oxygen needed to form H2O originated in the nuclear reactions in the interiors of stars, asking whether microcomets may be replenishing our world's oceans, and explaining how the Moon and planets set ice-age rhythms by way of slight variations in Earth's orbit and rotation. The book then takes the measure of water today in all its states, solid and gaseous as well as liquid. How do the famous El Niño and La Niña events in the Pacific affect our weather? What clues can water provide scientists in search of evidence of climate changes of the past, and how does it complicate their predictions of future global warming? Finally, Water from Heaven deals with the role of water in the rise and fall of civilizations. As nations grapple over watershed rights and pollution controls, water is poised to supplant oil as the most contested natural resource of the new century. The vast majority of water "used" today is devoted to large-scale agriculture and though water is a renewable resource, it is not an infinite one. Already many parts of the world are running up against the limits of what is readily available. Water from Heaven is, in short, the full story of water and all its remarkable properties. It spans from water's beginnings during the formation of stars, all the way through the origin of the solar system, the evolution of life on Earth, the rise of civilization, and what will happen in the future. Dealing with the physical, chemical, biological, and political importance of water, this book transforms our understanding of our most precious, and abused, resource. Robert Kandel shows that water presents us with a series of crucial questions and pivotal choices that will change the way you look at your next glass of water.

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Modernity at Large

Cultural Dimensions of Globalization

Author: Arjun Appadurai

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816627936

Category: Political Science

Page: 229

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Offering a new framework for the cultural study of globalization, Modernity at Large shows how the imagination works as a social force in today's world, providing new resources for identity and energies for creating alternatives to the nation-state, whose era some see as coming to an end. Appadurai examines the current epoch of globalization, which is characterized by the win forces of mass migration and electronic mediation, and provides fresh ways of looking at popular consumption patters, debates about multiculturalism, and ethnic violence. He considers the way images--of lifestyles, popular culture, and self-representation--circulate internationally through the media and are often borrowed in surprising (to their originators) and inventive fashions.

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The Search for Political Community

American Activists Reinventing Commitment

Author: Paul Lichterman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521483438

Category: Political Science

Page: 279

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Study of environmental groups assessing different cultures of political commitment in post-traditional society.

The Culture of Adolescent Risk-taking

Author: Cynthia Lightfoot

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781572302327

Category: Psychology

Page: 187

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Based on interviews with forty-one teenagers, Lightfoot argues that adolescent risk-taking is necessary in establishing a sense of self and peer group identities

Farewell to the Factory

Auto Workers in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Ruth Milkman

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520918344

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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This study exposes the human side of the decline of the U.S. auto industry, tracing the experiences of two key groups of General Motors workers: those who took a cash buyout and left the factory, and those who remained and felt the effects of new technology and other workplace changes. Milkman's extensive interviews and surveys of workers from the Linden, New Jersey, GM plant reveal their profound hatred for the factory regime—a longstanding discontent made worse by the decline of the auto workers' union in the 1980s. One of the leading social historians of the auto industry, Ruth Milkman moves between changes in the wider industry and those in the Linden plant, bringing both a workers' perspective and a historical perspective to the study. Milkman finds that, contrary to the assumption in much of the literature on deindustrialization, the Linden buyout-takers express no nostalgia for the high-paying manufacturing jobs they left behind. Given the chance to make a new start in the late 1980s, they were eager to leave the plant with its authoritarian, prison-like conditions, and few have any regrets about their decision five years later. Despite the fact that the factory was retooled for robotics and that the management hoped to introduce a new participatory system of industrial relations, workers who remained express much less satisfaction with their lives and jobs. Milkman is adamant about allowing the workers to speak for themselves, and their hopes, frustrations, and insights add fresh and powerful perspectives to a debate that is often carried out over the heads of those whose lives are most affected by changes in the industry.

A History of Balance, 1250-1375

The Emergence of a New Model of Equilibrium and its Impact on Thought

Author: Joel Kaye

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107028450

Category: History

Page: 527

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This groundbreaking history of balance reveals how a new model of equilibrium emerged during the medieval period. Although the ideal of balance and its central place in the workings of nature and society remained unchanged, a greatly expanded sense of what balance is, and can be, developed.

In Praise of Copying

Author: Marcus Boon

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674058429

Category: Philosophy

Page: 294

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German critic Walter Benjamin wrote some immensely influential words on the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. Luxury fashion houses would say something shorter and sharper and much more legally binding on the rip-off merchants who fake their products. Marcus Boon, a Canadian English professor with an accessible turn of phrase, takes us on an erudite voyage through the theme in a serious but engaging encounter with the ideas of thinkers as varied as Plato, Hegel, Orson Welles, Benjamin, Heidegger, Louis Vuitton, Takashi Murakami and many more, on topics as philosophically taxing and pop-culture-light as mimesis, Christianity, capitalism, authenticity, Uma Thurman's handbag and Disneyland.

Hiroshima

Author: John Hersey

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679721037

Category: History

Page: 152

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The classic tale of the day the first atom bomb was dropped offers a haunting evocation of the memories of survivors and an appeal to the conscience of humanity

History of the Franks

Author: Gregory Bishop of Tours,Saint Gregory (Bishop of Tours)

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

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Category: History

Page: 284

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Written in the 6th century by Gregory, the Bishop of Tours, "Historia Francorum," translated as History of the Franks, is a ten volume work that recounts the world's history from creation, focusing on the movement of Christianity into Gaul, an ancient region corresponding to modern France, Belgium, the south Netherlands, Southwest Germany, and northern Italy.

The Figino, Or, On the Purpose of Painting

Art Theory in the Late Renaissance

Author: Gregorio Comanini,Giancarlo Maiorino,Ann Doyle-Anderson

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802084460

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 158

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Of the many treatises written in Italy during the Counter-Reformation, none is more illustrative of the intellectual fermentation of the period than Comanini's work on the purpose of painting, Il Figino overo del fine della Pittura (1591). Although the importance of Il Figino has long been recognized, the text has remained largely inaccessible to many scholars throughout the world. This first complete English translation will make the work available to those readers for the first time. In Il Figino, Comanini addresses all of the most hotly debated aesthetic issues of the time, drawing on an array of classical, medieval and Renaissance sources, including Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Mazzoni, Tasso and Paleotti. The editor and translator provide copious notes which clarify Comanini's aesthetic and theological references, as well as a lucid introduction that places the issues and debates in context. Comanini's impressive erudition makes his treatise an excellent barometer of the state of scholarship in the Counter-Reformation era. This translation is a long-overdue addition to the field of Renaissance studies.

Ungrounded Empires

The Cultural Politics of Modern Chinese Transnationalism

Author: Aihwa Ong,Donald Nonini

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113596419X

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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In the last two decades, Chinese transnationalism has become a distinctive domain within the new "flexible" capitalism emerging in the Asia-Pacific region. Ungrounded Empires maps this domain as the intersection of cultural politics and global capitalism, drawing on recent ethnographic research to critique the impact of late capitalism's institutions--flexibility, travel, subcontracting, multiculturalism, and mass media--upon transnational Chinese subjectives. Interweaving anthropology and cultural studies with interpretive political economy, these essays offer a wide range of perspectives on "overseas Chinese" and their unique location in the global arena.

Sex and Sensibility

Stories of a Lesbian Generation

Author: Arlene Stein

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520206746

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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In the first book to analyze shifts in lesbian identity, consciousness, and culture from the 1970s to the 1990s, Arlene Stein contributes an important chapter to the study of the women's movement and offers a revealing portrait of the exchange between a radical generation of feminists and its successors. Tracing the evolution of the lesbian movement from the bar scene to the growth of alternative families, Stein illustrates how a generation of women transformed the woman-centered ideals of feminism into a culture and a lifestyle. Sex and Sensibility relates the development of a "queer" sensibility in the 1990s to the foundation laid by the gay rights and feminist movements a generation earlier. Beginning with the stories of thirty women who came of age at the climax of the 70s women's movement—many of whom defined lesbianism as a form of resistance to dominant gender and sexual norms—Stein explores the complex issues of identity that these women confronted as they discovered who they were and defined themselves in relation to their communities and to society at large. Sex and Sensibility ends with interviews of ten younger women, members of the post-feminist generation who have made it a fashion to dismiss lesbian feminism as overly idealistic and reductive. Enmeshed in Stein's compelling and personal narrative are coming-out experiences, questions of separatism, work, desire, children, and family. Stein considers the multiple identities of women of color and the experiences of intermittent and "ex" lesbians. Was the lesbian feminist experiment a success? What has become of these ideas and the women who held them? In answering these questions, Stein illustrates the lasting and profound effect that the lesbian feminist movement had, and continues to have, on contemporary women's definitions of sexual identity.

Identity, Interest and Action

A Cultural Explanation of Sweden's Intervention in the Thirty Years War

Author: Erik Ringmar

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521026031

Category: History

Page: 252

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This book offers an original combination of cultural and narrative theory with an empirical study of identity and political action. It is at once a powerful critique of rational choice theories of action and a solution to the historiographical puzzle of why Sweden went to war in 1630. Erik Ringmar argues that people act not only for reasons of interest, but also for reasons of identity, and that the latter are, in fact, more fundamental. Deploying his alternative, non-rational theory of action in his account of the Swedish intervention in the Thirty Years War, he shows it to have been an attempt on behalf of the Swedish leaders to gain recognition for themselves and their country. Further to this, he demonstrates the importance of questions of identity to the study of war and of narrative theories of action to the social sciences in general.

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature

Author: Richard Rorty

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691141329

Category: Philosophy

Page: 439

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Includes the previously unpublished essay "The philosopher as expert."

The Already Dead

The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Illness

Author: Eric Cazdyn

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822352281

Category: Philosophy

Page: 230

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This book considers how a culture of crisis management&—what Cazdyn calls "the new chronic"&— has come to dominate all aspects of contemporary life, from biomedicine to economics to politics. Drawing from his own experiences battling leukemia and the subsequent effects of his illness on the process of becoming a Canadian citizen, Cazdyn unravels the logic of the new chronic where people find themselves suspended in a space between life and death.

Humanitarian Reason

A Moral History of the Present

Author: Didier Fassin

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520271165

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Studies primarily France with shorter sections on South Africa, Venezuela, and Palestine.