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Cities Full of Symbols

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ISBN: 9789087281250 Year: Pages: 304 DOI: 10.5117/9789087281250 Language: English
Publisher: Leiden University Press Grant: Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Subject: Political Science --- Anthropology --- Architecture
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This book examines design proposals that show symbolic handling of the 9/11 attack on New York, the disaster symbolism of the ship washed ashore by the tsunami in Banda Aceh, and the design of the symbol of the city of Cape Town derived from a remnant of Dutch colonial architecture, or the mass pilgrimage to Elvis’s Graceland in Memphis. Cities Full of Symbols develops urban symbolic ecology and hypercity approaches into a new perspective on social cohesion. Approaches of architects, anthropologists, sociologists, social geographers and historians converge to make this a book for anyone interested in urban life, policymaking and city branding.

Édith Piaf

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ISBN: 9781781382578 781781384251 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Liverpool University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102596
Subject: History
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The world-famous French singer Édith Piaf (1915-63) was never just a singer. Dozens of biographies of her, of variable quality, have seldom got beyond the well known and usually contested ‘facts’ of her life. This book suggests new ways of understanding her. A ‘cultural history’ of Piaf means exploring her cultural, social and political significance as a national and international icon, looking at her shifting meanings over time, at home and abroad. How did she become a star and a myth? What did she come to mean in life and in death? At the centenary of her birth and more than fifty years after her passing, why do we still remember her work and commemorate her through the work of others, from Claude Nougaro and Elton John to Ben Harper and Zaz, as well as in films, musicals, documentaries and tribute acts around the world? What does she mean today?The book proposes the notion of an imagined Piaf.

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History --- Biography --- Culture Studies

Anthropology of Tobacco

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Book Series: Routledge Studies in Public Health ISBN: 9781138485143 9781351050197 Year: Pages: 380 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Anthropology
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Tobacco has become one of the most widely used and traded commodities on
the planet. Reflecting contemporary anthropological interest in material culture
studies, Anthropology of Tobacco makes the plant the centre of its own contentious,
global story in which, instead of a passive commodity, tobacco becomes a
powerful player in a global adventure involving people, corporations and public
health.
Bringing together a range of perspectives from the social and natural
sciences as well as the arts and humanities, Anthropology of Tobacco weaves
stories together from a range of historical, cross-cultural and literary sources
and empirical research. These combine with contemporary anthropological
theories of agency and cross-species relationships to offer fresh perspectives on
how an apparently humble plant has progressed to world domination, and the
consequences of it having done so. It also considers what needs to happen if,
as some public health advocates would have it, we are seriously to imagine ‘a
world without tobacco’.
This book presents students, scholars and practitioners in anthropology,
public health and social policy with unique and multiple perspectives on
tobacco-human relations.

The Digital Condition

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ISBN: 9780823234226 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_626991 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100597
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The acceleration in science, technology, communication, and production that began in the second half of the twentieth century— developments which make up the concept of the “digital”—has brought us to what might be the most contradictory moment in human history. The digital revolution has made it possible not only to imagine but to actually realize a world in which social inequality and poverty are vanquished. But instead these developments have led to an unprecedented level of accumulation of private profits. Rather than the end of social inequality we are witness to its global expansion. In The Digital Condition, Rob Wilkie advances a groundbreaking analysis of digital culture which argues that the digital geist—which has its genealogy in such concepts as the “body without organs,” “spectrality,” and “différance”—has obscured the implications of class difference with the phantom of a digital divide.

Die neuen Bürgerproteste in Deutschland

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Book Series: Studien des Göttinger Instituts für Demokratieforschung zur Geschichte politischer und gesellschaftlicher Kontroversen ISBN: 9783837633412 9783839433416 Year: DOI: 10.14361/9783839433416 Language: German
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 103346
Subject: Political Science
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Der "Wutbürger", 2010 zum Wort des Jahres gekürt, hat die Krise demokratischer Repräsentation in Deutschland auf einen Begriff gebracht: Immer mehr Bürger äußern Misstrauen gegenüber der etablierten Politik. Bei einer Betrachtung dieser Krise und ihrer Ursachen sind die Vorstellungen der Bürger von einer guten und gerechten Organisation von Politik, Wirtschaft und Staat zentral. Die Studie beschäftigt sich mit den Protagonisten der neuen Bürgerproteste - jenen Akteuren also, die ihren Glauben an die Funktionsfähigkeit unserer Demokratie eingebüßt haben: Wer sind sie, was fordern sie und welche Demokratie schwebt ihnen vor?

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