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Citizenship in the Arab World

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Book Series: IMISCoe Research ISBN: 9789089640451 Year: Pages: 192 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640451 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology
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The book is the fruit of five years of on-site research on citizenship in the Arab world. It takes a broader legal perspective to the multifaceted reality of nationality and citizenship. The methodology employed builds on the interdisciplinary approach of comparative legal studies, and brings in theories, concepts and insights from anthropology, political science, Arab and Islamic studies, linguistics and sociology. The work relies on a broad range of Western and Arab references, and all sources and documents were directly accessed in their original languages; this is particularly relevant for Arab legislation (all in-text reference has been translated by the author, and the original has been inserted using scientific transliteration).

Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence

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ISBN: 9781921536298 Year: Pages: 344 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459397 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Anthropology --- History --- Linguistics
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This volume, the result of ongoing collaborations between Australian and French anthropologists, historians and linguists, explores encounters between Pacific peoples and foreigners during the longue durée of European exploration, colonisation and settlement from the sixteenth century to the twentieth century. It deploys the concept of ‘encounter’ rather than the more common idea of ‘first contact’ for several reasons. Encounters with Europeans occurred in the context of extensive prior encounters and exchanges between Pacific peoples, manifest in the distribution of languages and objects and in patterns of human settlement and movement. The concept of encounter highlights the mutuality in such meetings of bodies and minds, whereby preconceptions from both sides were brought into confrontation, dialogue, mutual influence and ultimately mutual transformation. It stresses not so much prior visions of ‘strangers’ or ‘others’ but the contingencies in events of encounter and how senses other than vision were crucial in shaping reciprocal appraisals. But a stress on mutual meanings and interdependent agencies in such cross-cultural encounters should not occlude the tumultuous misunderstandings, political contests and extreme violence which also characterised Indigenous-European interactions over this period.

Foods of Association

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ISBN: 9780816527779 9780816539321 Year: DOI: 10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816539321 Language: English
Publisher: University of Arizona Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102393
Subject: Ethnology
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This fascinating book examines the biology and culture of foods and beverages that are consumed in communal settings, with special attention to their health implications. Nina Etkin covers a wealth of topics, exploring human evolutionary history, the Slow Food movement, ritual and ceremonial foods, caffeinated beverages, spices, the street foods of Hawaii and northern Nigeria, and even bottled water. Her work is framed by a biocultural perspective that considers both the physiological implications of consumption and the cultural construction and circulation of foods.

Braving Troubled Waters

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Book Series: MARE Publication Series ISBN: 9789089640871 Year: Pages: 344 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640871 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Aquaculture and Fisheries --- Political Science --- Sociology --- Social Sciences --- History --- Performing Arts
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Dwindling fish stocks, changing markets and often ill-advised government intervention have affected the lives of Dutch fishermen for decades. The author of this study has spent years among the fishermen of the Dutch island of Texel, and this book records the changes in their working lives, tracking the influence of national and international factors on the social and cultural structures of the community.

Ethnic Constructs in Antiquity

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Book Series: Amsterdam Archaeological Studies ISBN: 9789089640789 Year: Pages: 368 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640789 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- Archaeology --- History
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This volume explores the theme of ethnicity and ethnogenesis in societies of the ancient world. Its starting point is the current view in the social and historical sciences of ethnicity as a subjective construct that is shaped through interaction with an ethnic 'other'. The 13 essays collected in this volume are based on the analysis of historical, epigraphic and archaeological source material and thematically range from Archaic Greece to Early Mediaeval Western Europe. Despite frequent claims by ethnic groups to the contrary, all ethnic formations are intrinsically unstable and dynamic over time. Much of this dynamism is to be understood in close association with conflict, violence and changing constellations of power. The explicit theoretical framework, together with the wide range of case-studies makes this volume indispensable for historians, archaeologists and social scientists with an interest in the ancient world.

My Life as a Night Elf Priest: An Anthropological Account of World of Warcraft

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Book Series: Technologies of the Imagination ISBN: 9780472070985 9780472050987 9780472026715 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Subject: Ethnology
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World of Warcraft rapidly became one of the most popular online world games on the planet, amassing 11.5 million subscribers—officially making it an online community of gamers that had more inhabitants than the state of Ohio and was almost twice as populous as Scotland. It's a massively multiplayer online game, or MMO in gamer jargon, where each person controls a single character inside a virtual world, interacting with other people's characters and computer-controlled monsters, quest-givers, and merchants. In My Life as a Night Elf Priest, Bonnie Nardi, a well-known ethnographer who has published extensively on how theories of what we do intersect with how we adopt and use technology, compiles more than three years of participatory research in Warcraft play and culture in the United States and China into this field study of player behavior and activity. She introduces us to her research strategy and the history, structure, and culture of Warcraft; argues for applying activity theory and theories of aesthetic experience to the study of gaming and play; and educates us on issues of gender, culture, and addiction as part of the play experience. Nardi paints a compelling portrait of what drives online gamers both in this country and in China, where she spent a month studying players in Internet cafes. Bonnie Nardi has given us a fresh look not only at World of Warcraft but at the field of game studies as a whole. One of the first in-depth studies of a game that has become an icon of digital culture, My Life as a Night Elf Priest will capture the interest of both the gamer and the ethnographer.

With a Critical Eye: An Intellectual and His Times

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ISBN: 0979729246 9780979729249 Year: Pages: x, 491 DOI: 10.7290/V7VD6WC3 Language: English
Publisher: Newfound Press
Subject: Anthropology
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Europa backstage

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Book Series: Kultur und soziale Praxis ISBN: 9783839410370 9783837610376 Year: Pages: 276 DOI: 10.14361/9783839410370 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Subject: Social Sciences
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Europäische Eliten - wer sind sie? Kulturpolitische Ambitionen der Europäischen Union einerseits, gelebter Alltag in EU-Europa andererseits - am Collège d'Europe (Europakolleg) berühren sich diese Sphären seit 1948. Studierende bereiten sich hier auf eine Tätigkeit in den EU-Institutionen in Brüssel vor. Die zukünftigen Experten der Europäisierung sind transnational bewandert und machen sich am Europakolleg die kulturellen und sozialen Codes des EU-Machtfelds zu eigen. Wird hier der »Homo Europaeus« geschaffen? Auf der Grundlage von Interviews und mehrmonatiger Feldforschung vor Ort zeichnet dieses Buch ein detailliertes Bild des Internats- und Studienalltags und der Entstehung des spezifischen EU-Habitus.

Paths and Rivers; Sa’dan Toraja Society in Transformation

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Book Series: Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ISBN: 9789067183079 9789004253858 Year: Volume: 253 Pages: xxxii + 510 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_377535 Language: English
Publisher: Brill
Subject: Social Sciences
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Fieldwork extending over a thirty-year period provided materials for this book. Paths and Rivers offers an unusually deep and broad picture of the Sa’dan Toraja as a society in dynamic transition over the course of the past century. The Toraja inhabit the mountainous highlands of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, and are well known for their dramatic architecture, their unusual cliff burials, and their flamboyant ceremonial life, which places extraordinary economic demands on individuals and families. The analysis is informed, firstly, by a comparative perspective which sets Toraja social structure in the context of the Austronesian world. Secondly, the author delves deeply into Toraja social memory to show how people think about the past. She examines the usefulness of history and myth in the present as a source of identity, a template for action, or a resource by means of which to claim precedence. The book gives a clear picture of the structure and ethos of the indigenous Toraja religion, the Aluk To Dolo or ‘Way of the Ancestors’, with its complex cycle of rituals. The book concludes with an analysis of the ceremonial economy, which draws upon both domestic subsistence production and the global market economy. Paths and Rivers draws together a fascinating picture of one society’s journey into modernity. Roxana Waterson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. She is also the author of The living house: an anthropology of architecture in Southeast Asia (3rd ed., Thames and Hudson, 1997) and Southeast Asian lives: Personal narratives and historical experience (Singapore University Press/Ohio University Press, 2007).

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