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Intertwined Histories: Plants in their Social Contexts

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Book Series: Calgary Institute for the Humanities ISSN: 25606891 ISBN: 9781773850917 Year: Pages: 120 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: Agriculture (General) --- Plant Sciences
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How do we understand the boundaries of individual creatures?What are the systems of interdependency that bind all living creatures together? Plants were among the the first to colonize the planet. They created the soil and the atmosphere that made life possible for animals. They are some of the largest and oldest life forms on Earth. In spite of their primacy, Western cultures have traditionally regarded plants as the lowest life forms, lacking mobility, sensation, and communication. But recent research argues that plants move and respond to their environment, communicate with each other, and form partnerships with other species.Art, poetry, and essays by cultural anthropologists, experimental plant biologists, philosophers, botanists and foresters expose the complex interactions of the vibrant living world around us and give us a lens through which we can explore our intertwined histories.

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Plants --- Art --- Poetry --- Essays

Remembering Hedley

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Book Series: Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence ISBN: 9781921536076 Year: Pages: 138 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459493 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science --- Languages and Literatures
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Remembering Hedley commemorates the life of Hedley Bull (1932–85), a pivotal figure in the fields of international relations and strategic studies. Its publication coincides with the official opening on 6 August 2008 of the Hedley Bull Centre at The Australian National University in Canberra.

Echoes of the Tambaran

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ISBN: 9781921862465 Year: Pages: 311 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_459090 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Sociology
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In the Sepik Basin of Papua New Guinea, ritual culture was dominated by the Tambaran —a male tutelary spirit that acted as a social and intellectual guardian or patron to those under its aegis as they made their way through life. To Melanesian scholarship, the cultural and psychological anthropologist, Donald F. Tuzin, was something of a Tambaran, a figure whose brilliant and fine-grained ethnographic project in the Arapesh village of Ilahita was immensely influential within and beyond New Guinea anthropology. Tuzin died in 2007, at the age of 61. In his memory, the editors of this collection commissioned a set of original and thought provoking essays from eminent and accomplished anthropologists who knew and were influenced by his work. They are echoes of the Tambaran. The anthology begins with a biographical sketch of Tuzin’s life and scholarship. It is divided into four sections, each of which focuses loosely around one of his preoccupations. The first concerns warfare history, the male cult and changing masculinity, all in Melanesia. The second addresses the relationship between actor and structure. Here, the ethnographic focus momentarily shifts to the Caribbean before turning back to Papua New Guinea in essays that examine uncanny phenomena, narratives about childhood and messianic promises. The third part goes on to offer comparative and psychoanalytic perspectives on the subject in Fiji, Bali, the Amazon as well as Melanesia. Appropriately, the last section concludes with essays on Tuzin’s fieldwork style and his distinctive authorial voice.

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papua new guinea --- essays --- ethnology

Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina

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ISBN: 9780472116980 9780472033522 9780472024483 Year: Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Subject: Sociology
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This collection of essays documents the ways in which educational institutions and the arts community responded to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. While firmly rooted in concrete projects, Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina also addresses the larger issues raised by committed public scholarship. How can higher education institutions engage with their surrounding communities? What are the pros and cons of ""asset-based"" and ""outreach"" models of civic engagement? Is it appropriate for the private sector to play a direct role in promoting civic engagement? How does public scholarship impact traditional standards of academic evaluation? Throughout the volume, this diverse collection of essays paints a remarkably consistent and persuasive account of arts-based initiatives' ability to foster social and civic renewal.

Intellectual Life in Antebellum Charleston

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ISBN: 0870494848 Year: Pages: xiv, 469 Language: English
Publisher: Newfound Press
Subject: History
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Where the Tiny Things Are: Feathered Essays

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ISBN: 9781947447226 9781947447233 Year: Pages: 220 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0181.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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In this collection of longer essays nested within brief, lyrical meditations, each piece focuses on some micro aspect of everyday life as a means of exploring complex macro systems—families, dinner parties, vineyards, deserts, nations. For example, Walker’s own experience as the mother of a micropreemie (a baby born weighing less than one pound, twelve ounces, or before twenty-six weeks gestation), “the smallest thing in the world,” spurs an exploration of, among other things, the economics of health care, the causes of premature births, and the ethics of extreme interventions. Where the Tiny Things Are is a book of ideas and an exploration of science. It is of the world and of the heart – both intensely personal and expansively empathetic.

Misinterest

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ISBN: 9781950192298 9781950192304 Year: Pages: 166 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0256.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Psychology --- Social Sciences --- Languages and Literatures
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"The term “interest” lacks a precise antonym. In English, we have “disinterested” and “uninteresting,” but we want for a term that denotes robust opposition to interest. The same appears to hold true in every other language (as far as we know). Interest’s missing antonym reflects not merely a widespread lexical oversight, but a misrecognition of interest’s complete and exact meaning. More importantly, the idea that interest has no opposite expresses a certain refusal to acknowledge the power of the impulse to extinguish interest, for the self and for others.&#xD;&#xD;Why then do we foreclose interest’s possibility, degrade our (and others’) capacities to experience interest, and destroy interest’s objects? Why do we decline what interest proffers — which includes creative and subjective being, thinking, and relating — in favor of more primitive modes of survival, thoughtlessness, and nonbeing? Why do relationships — with ourselves, with others, with objects — toward which genuine interest draws us seem sometimes, if not often, unbearable?&#xD;&#xD;These questions are difficult. Their answers, even more so. Misinterest: Essays, Pensées, and Dreams attempts to approach them in an honest way, without making them fascinating, mysterious, boring, obscurantist, or fascinatingly mysteriously boringly obscurantist. Outwardly, Misinterest is concerned with dreams and forgetting and Eros and soaring dogs and groups and suicidal suburban teenagers and sex and jury duty and Nazis and fathers and hatred and holy parrots and fundamentalists and plagues and other things that may or may not be interesting. Ultimately, however, it seeks, like Jules Renard, “en restant exact” (in remaining true/real), to shed light on the establishment of misinterest, missingness, and mystery where and when they need not be, and, thus, on the psychic, familial, and political forces that compel us not to be when and where we ought."&#xD;

American Classics

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ISBN: 9781618117656 9781618115928 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101021
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This collection of essays offers evolutionary psychological analysis of selected works from the American literary tradition. Application of evolutionary theory to writing by Ben Franklin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Edith Wharton, F. Scot Fitzgerald, Zora Neal Hurston, and others creates an interdisciplinary framework for examining key textual features—plot, theme, tone, setting, symbol, characterization, point of view—and at the same time provides an accessible introduction to Darwinian literary critical methodology. Pertinent scientific research, together with essential terms and concepts, is explained in context. Connections are made throughout to existing commentary on the targeted texts, illustrating how Darwinian scrutiny can enrich, extend, or reconfigure understandings derived from other critical approaches.

Verbannte Muse

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Book Series: Arbeiten und Texte zur Slavistik ISBN: 9783876905136 Year: Pages: 139 Language: German
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
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Die vorliegenden Essays wollen einen Beitrag leisten zur Erschließung der russischen Emigrantenlyrik, eines noch immer wenig untersuchten Teilbereichs der russischen Literatur. Sie enthalten biographische Porträts sowie Darstellungen der poetischen Entwicklung von zehn Dichtern, wobei die wichtigsten Momente in der Rezeptionsgeschichte, Memoirenliteratur und aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge berücksichtigt worden sind.

On the Structure and History of Russian. Selected Essays

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Book Series: Slavistische Beitraege ISBN: 9783876901312 Year: Pages: 276 Language: German
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
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The essays comprised in this volume fall naturally into two groups, one treating synchronic facets of Russian (and some further Slavic) linguistic structure, the other elucidating diachronic aspects of Russian - or, more generally, East Slavic - linguistic evolution.

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