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Awesome Families

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ISBN: 9780813536637 9780813540979 Year: Pages: 296 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_625237 Language: English
Publisher: Rutgers University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100269
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In Awesome Families, Kathleen Jenkins draws on four years of ethnographic research to explain how and why so many individuals-primarily from middle- to upper-middle-class backgrounds-were attracted to this religious group that was founded on principles of enforced community, explicit authoritative relationships, and therapeutic ideals. Weaving classical and contemporary social theory, she argues that members were commonly attracted to the structure and practice of family relationships advocated by the church, especially in the context of contemporary society where gender roles and family responsibilities are often ambiguous.Tracing the rise and fall of this fast-growing religious movement, this timely study adds to our understanding of modern society and offers insight to the difficulties that revivalist movements have in sustaining growth.

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Traumatic Stress in South Africa

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ISBN: 9781868145096 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626383 Language: English
Publisher: Wits University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100382
Subject: Psychology
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Taking both a historical and contemporary perspective, the book covers the extent of and manner in which traumatic stress manifests, including the way in which exposure to such extremely threatening events impacts on people’s meaning and belief systems. Therapeutic and community strategies for addressing and healing the effects of trauma exposure are comprehensively covered, as well as the particular needs of traumatised children and adolescents. Illustrative case material is used to render ideas accessible and engaging. The book also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of theory and practice in the field of traumatic stress studies, incorporating both international and South African specific findings.

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Comprehending Columbine

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ISBN: 9781592134908 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626973 Language: English
Publisher: Temple University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100303
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On April 20, 1999, two Colorado teenagers went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School. That day, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve fellow students and a teacher, as well as wounding twenty-four other people, before they killed themselves. Although there have been other books written about the tragedy, this is the first serious, impartial investigation into the cultural, environmental, and psychological causes of the massacre.Based on first-hand interviews and a thorough reading of the relevant literature, Ralph Larkin examines the numerous factors that led the two young men to plan and carry out their deed. Rather than simply looking at Columbine as a crucible for all school violence, Larkin places the tragedy in its proper context, and in doing so, examines its causes and meaning.

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Just a Dog

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Book Series: Animals, Culture, and Society ISBN: 9781592134717 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626980 Language: English
Publisher: Temple University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100302
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Psychiatrists define cruelty to animals as a psychological problem or personality disorder. Legally, animal cruelty is described by a list of behaviors. In Just a Dog, Arnold Arluke argues that our current constructs of animal cruelty are decontextualized—imposed without regard to the experience of the groups committing the act. Yet those who engage in animal cruelty have their own understandings of their actions and of themselves as actors. In this fascinating book, Arluke probes those understandings and reveals the surprising complexities of our relationships with animals.Just a Dog draws from interviews with more than 250 people, including humane agents who enforce cruelty laws, college students who tell stories of childhood abuse of animals, hoarders who chronically neglect the welfare of many animals, shelter workers who cope with the ethics of euthanizing animals, and public relations experts who use incidents of animal cruelty for fundraising purposes.

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A New Dawn for the Second Sex

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ISBN: 9789089646026 Year: DOI: 10.5117/9789089646026 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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To what extent is Simone de Beauvoir's study The Second Sex still relevant? From her work it emerges that patriarchy is a many-headed monster. Over the past decades, various heads of this monster have been slayed: important breakthroughs have been achieved by and for women in law, politics, and economics. Today, however, we witness movements in the opposite direction, such as a masculinist political revival in different parts of the world, the spread of the neoliberal myth of the Super Woman, the rise of transnational networks of trafficking in women and children, and a new international 'Jihadism'. This suggests that patriarchy is indeed a Hydra: a multi-headed monster that grows several new heads every time one head is cut off. Since different - often hybrid - heads of patriarchy dominate in different settings, feminism requires a variety of strategies. Women's movements all over the world today are critically creating new models of self and society in their own contexts. Drawing on notions of Beauvoir, as well as Michel Foucault, this book outlines a 'feminism in a new key' which consists of women's various freedom practices, each hunting the Hydra in their own key - but with mutual support.

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Migration and Integration in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia

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Book Series: Global Asia ISBN: 9789089645388 9789048528172 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101342
Subject: History --- Migration
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This volume brings together a group of scholars from a wide range of disciplines to address crucial questions of migration flows and integration in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Comparative analysis of the three regions and their differing approaches and outcomes yields important insights for each region, as well as provokes new questions and suggests future avenues of study.

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Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas

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Book Series: Contemporary Political and Social Issues ISBN: 9780472070886 9780472900916 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100892
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The idea of a culture war, or wars, has existed in America since the 1960s---an underlying ideological schism in our country that is responsible for the polarizing debates on everything from the separation of church and state, to abortion, to gay marriage, to affirmative action. Irene Taviss Thomson explores this notion by analyzing hundreds of articles addressing hot-button issues over two decades from four magazines: National Review, Time, The New Republic, and The Nation, as well as a wide array of other writings and statements from a substantial number of public intellectuals.What Thomson finds might surprise you: based on her research, there is no single cultural divide or cultural source that can account for the positions that have been adopted.

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Heimatdiskurs

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Book Series: Edition Politik ISBN: 9783837622195 9783839422199 Year: DOI: 10.14361/transcript.9783839422199 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103260
Subject: Political Science
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Erst Kosovo, dann Afghanistan - deutsche Soldaten sind im Ausland stationiert, Deutschland ist wieder im Krieg. Die Einsätze verändern nicht nur die Rolle Deutschlands in der Weltpolitik, sondern vor allem die Wahrnehmung der Nation von sich selbst. Die Auseinandersetzung mit den Anderen - vor allem den Afghanen und Terroristen, aber auch mit den Heimkehrern, den Gefallenen und den Traumatisierten - ist immer auch eine Auseinandersetzung mit der eigenen Identität. Die Beiträge dieses Buches liefern eine beispielhafte Analyse des Heimatdiskurses in Deutschland zwischen 2000 und 2012.

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Odd Couples

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ISBN: 9780822351771 9780822395119 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100987
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Odd Couples examines friendships between gay men and straight women, and also between lesbians and straight men, and shows how these "intersectional" friendships serve as a barometer for shifting social norms, particularly regarding gender and sexual orientation. Based on author Anna Muraco's interviews, the work challenges two widespread assumptions: that men and women are fundamentally different and that men and women can only forge significant bonds within romantic relationships. Intersectional friendships challenge a variety of social norms, Muraco says, including the limited roles that men and women are expected to play in one another's lives. Each chapter uses these boundary-crossing relationships to highlight how key social constructs such as family, politics, gender, and sexuality shape everyday interactions. Friendship itself—whether intersectional or not—becomes the center of the analysis, taking its place as an important influence on the social behavior of adults.

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Mammographies

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ISBN: 9780472118823 9780472029235 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100925
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While breast cancer continues to affect the lives of millions, contemporary writers and artists have responded to the ravages of the disease in creative expression. Mary K. DeShazer’s book looks specifically at breast cancer memoirs and photographic narratives, a category she refers to as mammographies, signifying both the imaging technology by which most Western women discover they have this disease and the documentary imperatives that drive their written and visual accounts of it. Mammographies argues that breast cancer narratives of the past ten years differ from their predecessors in their bold address of previously neglected topics such as the link between cancer and environmental carcinogens, the ethics and efficacy of genetic testing and prophylactic mastectomy, and the shifting politics of prosthesis and reconstruction.

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