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Things in Culture, Culture in Things

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Book Series: Approaches to Culture Theory ISBN: 9789949323944 9789949323951 Year: Pages: 310 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_463505 Language: English
Publisher: University of Tartu Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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This volume addresses the dynamics of materiality over time and space. In cross-cultural, multi-temporal and interdisciplinary studies the authors examine how things gain meaning and status, generate a multitude of emotions, and feed into the propagation of myths, narratives and discourses. The book is divided according to four themes: soft objects, stoic stories, consuming and the collectable, and waste and technologies. The first section discusses the meanings of the lived environment on the individual and national levels. The second section provides specific examples on the role of things in identity construction. The third section focuses on historical and contemporary aspects of consumption and collecting. The phenomena under scrutiny in the fourth section are moral dilemmas associated with and representations of dirt/waste and advancements in science and technology. Presenting diverse case studies of material culture, the volume points to rich interdisciplinary approaches in cultural theory.

Energy Poverty and Vulnerability

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ISBN: 9781315231518 9781138294455 Year: Pages: 264 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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Human health and well being are closely intertwined with the ability to access affordable and modern domestic energy services, including heating, cooling, lighting, cooking, and information technology. Energy poverty is said to occur when such amenities cannot be secured up to a socially- and physically- necessitated level. Millions of people across the world suffer from energy poverty due to a combination of financial, social and technical circumstances. Energy Poverty and Vulnerability provides novel and critical perspectives on the drivers and consequences of energy-related injustices in the home. Drawing together original research conducted by leading experts, the book offers fresh and innovative insights into the ways in which hitherto unexplored factors such as cultural norms, environmental conditions and household needs combine to shape vulnerability to energy poverty. Case studies from a wide range of countries are presented, thus providing the first globally-integrated account of a policy and research domain that has previously been divided between the Global South and North. An examination of the diverse manifestations of energy poverty is supplemented by an identification of this condition’s shared and context-specific causes. Conveying policy-relevant insights that can inform decision-making, this book can be of great interest to students and scholars of energy demand, social justice, and sustainability transitions, as well as decision-makers and practitioners who wish to find out more about this complex issue.

Chapter 1 Housing careers, intergenerational support and family relations (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9780367262822 Year: Pages: 14 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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The home and family have always been mutually embedded, with&#xD;the former central to the realization and reproduction of the latter.&#xD;More recently, this mutuality has taken on a more critical salience as&#xD;realignments in housing markets, employment and welfare states in&#xD;many countries have worked together to undermine housing access&#xD;for new households. In this context, families have become increasingly&#xD;involved in smoothening the routes of young adults members up&#xD;the ‘housing ladder’ into home ownership. Intergenerational support&#xD;appears to have become much more widespread and not just confi ned&#xD;to familialistic welfare regimes. The role of intergenerational support&#xD;for housing remains, however, highly diff erentiated across countries,&#xD;cities and regions, as well as uneven between social and income&#xD;classes. This introduction to the Special Issue explores how the role&#xD;of housing wealth transfers has impacted the renegotiation of the&#xD;generational contract. In doing so, it sets the scene for the articles&#xD;that follow, each of which contribute signifi cantly to advancing&#xD;understanding of housing as a key driver of contemporary social&#xD;relations and inequalities.

Ageing, Technology and Home Care

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ISBN: 9782356710048 9782356711823 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Presses des Mines
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This book focuses on home as a site of care, with new technologies and for elderly population. It pulls together findings from research in the social sciences and common knowledge of the actors themselves, especially stakeholders involved in the design, delivery and receipt of ‘care in place’. It offers a wide-ranging discussion of key issues raised in both the academic and grey literature in relation to new technologies and responsibilities for health care at home. Then, it identifies critic...

Unhealthy Housing

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ISBN: 9780203974254 9780419154105 9780415511711 9781135832742 9781135832735 9781135832698 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203974254 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Architecture
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Unhealthy Housing presents an analysis of the research into the health implications of housing and the significance for legal regulation of housing conditions. Key experts present short papers, together with an overview to give an evaluation of the significance of housing on the health of occupiers.

Housing and Social Transition in Japan

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Book Series: Housing and Society Series ISBN: 9780203967423 9780415383615 9780415655064 9781134176304 9781134176298 9781134176250 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203967423 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Sociology --- Architecture
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Bringing together a number of perspectives on the Japanese housing system, Housing and Social Transition in Japan provides a comprehensive, challenging and theoretically developed account of the dynamic role of the housing system during a period of unprecedented social and economic change in one of the most enigmatic social, political, and economic systems of the modern world. While Japan demonstrates many of the characteristics of some western housing and social systems, including mass homeownership and consumption-based lifestyles, extensive economic growth and rapid urban modernization has been achieved in balance with traditional social values and the maintenance of the family system. Helpfully divided into three sections, Housing and Social Transition in Japan: explores the dynamics of the development of the housing system in post-war Japan deals with social issues related to housing in terms of social aging, family relations, gender and inequality addresses the Japanese housing system and social change in relation to comparative and theoretical frameworks. As well as providing challenges and insights for the academic community at large, this book also provides a good introduction to the study of Japan and its housing, economic, social and welfare system generally.

Interaktives Gebäude-Energiemanagement

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ISBN: 9783731502791 Year: Pages: IX, 241 p. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000043519 Language: GERMAN
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Business and Management
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In this work the Energy Management Panel is presented, which is a comprehensive application for the interaction between the user and the Building Energy Management. The Building Manager extends a specific Building Energy Management System to integrate user interaction. The result of coupling these two components is the Interactive Building Energy Management, which combines three essential elements: Visualization, Parameterization and System Configuration.

Language by mouth and by hand

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889194872 Year: Pages: 188 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88919-487-2 Language: English
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Subject: Psychology --- Science (General)
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While most natural languages rely on speech, humans can spontaneously generate comparable linguistic systems that utilize manual gestures. This collection of papers examines the interaction between natural language and its phonetic vessels - human speech or manual gestures. We seek to identify what linguistic aspects are invariant across signed and spoken languages, and determine how the choice of the phonetic vessel shapes language structure, its processing and its neural implementation. We welcome rigorous empirical studies from a wide variety of perspectives, ranging from behavioral studies to brain analyses, diverse ages (from infants to adults), and multiple languages - both conventional and emerging home signs and sign languages.

Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World

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Book Series: Intersections ISBN: 9789004375888 Year: Pages: 378 DOI: 10.1163/9789004375888 Language: English
Publisher: Brill Grant: FP7 Ideas: European Research Council - 319475
Subject: Religion
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This volume sets out to explore the world of domestic devotions and is premised on the assumption that the home was a central space of religious practice and experience throughout the early modern world. The contributions to this book, which deal with themes dating from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, tell of the intimate relationship between humans and the sacred within the walls of the home. The volume demonstrates that the home cannot be studied in isolation: the sixteen essays, that encompass religious history, the histories of art and architecture, material culture, literary history, and social and cultural history, instead point individually and collectively to the porosity of the home and its connectedness with other institutions and broader communities. &#xD;

Working in the Service Sector

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Book Series: Routledge Studies in Business Organizations and Networks ISBN: 9780203500583 9780415283229 9780415653398 9781134456444 9781134456437 9781134456390 Year: DOI: 10.4324/9780203500583 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Business and Management --- Economics
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The rise to prominence of the service sector - heralded over half a century ago as the great hope for the twenty-first century - has come to fruition. In many cases, employment in the service sector now outnumbers that in manufacturing sectors, and it is accepted that in all developed countries, the service sector is the only one in which employment will grow in future. The reasons for this is the subject of much controversy and debate, the outcomes of which are not merely of academic interest but of decisive importance for economic policy and the quality of working and living conditions in future. In order to examine these various arguments, research teams from eight European countries worked together for three years on a comparative study of the evolution of service sector employment in EU member states. They also investigated working and employment conditions in five very different service industries (banking, retailing, hospitals, IT services and care of the elderly) in a number of countries, and the results of their research are presented in this informative new collection, of interest to students academics and researchers involved in all aspects of industrial economics.

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