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World Growing Old
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 26 Jul 2022 05:43 | Comments : 1

World Growing Old
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745318398 | 2021-12-23 | PDF | 200pages | 558 KB

For the first time in mankind's history, the world's population is aging. Decade by decade, people are living longer than they ever have before. For rich countries in the west, the problems are obvious -- economies rely on youthful populations to provide for those who have retired. As the population ages, we face a profound economic and social crisis -- how do we care for the elderly when pensions and social security systems are under threat, housing is short and fewer young people are entering the workplace? There are anxieties at the highest level in the U.S., that an ageing population may make the country forfeit its image of youthful dynamism, as new creative generations come of age in the South.
Yet this is only half the story. Populations in the poorer countries of the South are also aging. Life-expectancy has increased, due the availability of life-saving medicine. Child mortality has decreased, so people are having smaller families. India will soon have one of the largest populations of over-sixties. The one-child policy in China will similarly lead to a severe imbalance in the age-profile of the people.
In A World Grown Old, distinguished author and journalist Jeremy Seabrook examines the real implications of the aging phenomenon, and challenges our preconceptions about how it should be tackled. Arguing that the accumulated skills and experience of the elderly should be employed to enrich society, rather than being perceived as a "burden", he makes a passionate case for a radical re-thinking of our attitude to population issues, migration, social structures and employment policy. Illustrating that the reintegration of the elderly into societies worldwide is vital for our survival, this lively and readable book will be of interest to activists and NGOs, students and policy-makers everywhere.
Children of Other Worlds: Exploitation in the Global Market
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 26 Jul 2022 05:40 | Comments : 3

Children of Other Worlds: Exploitation in the Global Market
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745313914 | 2001-06 | PDF | 208pages | 547 KB

More than 40,000 children die daily in the developing world from avoidable sickness and disease. Tens of millions of children labor in factories, mines, mills and sweatshops, or scavenge for a living on city streets and dumps. In the so-called developed world, children's lives are similarly blighted by drugs, alcohol, sexual abuse and violence. Children of the rich are unhealthily obsessed with consumerist desires while children of the poor suffer from lack of opportunity. The global market is responsible for both of these ills.
In "Children of Other Worlds" Jeremy Seabrook examines the international exploitation of children and exposes the hypocrisy, piety and moral blindness that have informed so much of the debate in the West on the rights of the child. Seabrook insists that the whole question of protecting children's rights, North and South, must take into consideration the structural abuses of humanity that are inherent in globalization. He addresses the key question of whether the West can turn its 'benevolent' attention to the evils of child labor in the rest of the world without first understanding that gross forms of poverty anywhere are part of the same global problem.
An Exclusive Education: Race, Class and Exclusion in British Schools
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 26 Jul 2022 05:39 | Comments : 1

An Exclusive Education: Race, Class and Exclusion in British Schools
Lawrence And Wishart Ltd | ISBN 0853159327 | 2022-04-01 | PDF | 192pages | 358 KB

This study provides a wealth of statistical information and case studies of wrongly excluded children. It argues that exclusions are symptomatic of a wider culture of social exclusion and suggests alternative policies for dealing with difficult students. It also states that such policies should be based in strong community participation, and recognizes that feelings of exclusion contribute to the problem behavior of students.
Blairism and the War of Persuasion: Labour's Passive Revolution
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 26 Jul 2022 05:37 | Comments : 1

Blairism and the War of Persuasion: Labour's Passive Revolution
Lawrence And Wishart Ltd | ISBN 0853159920 | 2021-10-01 | PDF | 256pages | 689 KB

Tony Blair's use of the state to impose and manage the United Kingdom's global and individual identities, which not only defines New Labour but is doctrine in its own right, is analyzed in this look at the Contemporary Labour Party. Compared to Margaret Thatcher's market-led policies driven by social authoritarianism, Blairism is a political construct that persuades with hopes of social progressivism while maintaining the necessary disciplines of global capital. Showing how Blairism invites trust and advocates dialogue but hollows out party democracy to pursue pre-set objectives, this critique clarifies Blair's agenda in order to contest its forms of passive revolution with active construction of alternatives.
Terror and Violence: Imagination and the Unimaginable (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 26 Jul 2022 05:31 | Comments : 1

Terror and Violence: Imagination and the Unimaginable (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745323987 | 2021-12-16 | PDF | 240pages | 1.79 MB

What is terror? What are its roots and its results -- and what part does it play in human experience and history? This volume offers a number of timely and original anthropological insights into the ways in which acts of terror -- and reactions to those acts -- impact on the lives of virtually everyone in the world today, as perpetrators, victims or witnesses.
As the contributors to this volume demonstrate, what we have come to regard as acts of terror -- whether politically motivated, or state-sanctioned -- have assumed many different forms and provoked widely differing responses throughout the world.
At a deeper level, the contributors explore the work of the imagination in extreme contexts of danger, such as those of terror and terrorism. By stressing the role of the imagination, and its role in amplifying the effects of experience, this collection brings together a coherent set of analyses that offer innovative and unexpected ways of understanding a major global problem of contemporary life.
Professor Andrew Strathern and Dr Pamela J. Stewart are long-term research collaborators in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, USA, carrying out research in the Pacific, Asia and Europe. Dr Neil Whitehead is Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
Race, Nature And Culture: An Anthropological Perspective (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 26 Jul 2022 05:28 | Comments : 1

Race, Nature And Culture: An Anthropological Perspective (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745314546 | 2022-06-20 | PDF | 176pages | 570 KB

Race is often defined by its reference to biology, "blood", genes, nature or essence. Yet these concepts are often left unexamined. Integrating material from the history of science, science studies, and anthropological studies of kinship and new reproductive technologies, as well as from studies of race, Peter Wade explores the meaning of such terms and interrogates the relationship between nature and culture in ideas about race.
Wade argues that, over previous centuries in the West, human nature has been conceptualized as a combination of pre-determined and flexible factors. In the twentieth century, despite the nature versus nurture debate, our understanding of what makes up human identity and character continues to blur the boundaries between the two. Exploring the complex interconnection between nature and culture in making persons what they are, Wade argues that these ideas of biology and nature that underwrite racial discourse are more complex than they seem. Using studies of public understandings of genetics and of ideas about the "natural" ties of kinship, he shows that everyday understandings of race still invoke "biology" and "blood", and that the common assumption of a general shift to "cultural racism" is premature.
Offering a clear and insightful explanation of the key issues, Wade argues that biology is not seen as a clearly fixed category. Looking at race from the unusual perspective of anthropology, he develops the idea of biology as a process, and contends that racial identity may become embodied. The sedimentation of the cultural effects of racial identity into the physical body underlies the apparent contradiction between race as fixed and race as flexible.
Being There: Fieldwork in Anthropology (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 26 Jul 2022 05:25 | Comments : 1
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Being There: Fieldwork in Anthropology (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Pluto Press (UK) | ISBN 0745314929 | 2022-05-01 | PDF | 160pages | 664 kB
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The nature of anthropological fieldwork changes from generation to generation, reflecting current personal, moral and political issues. This collection addresses the central position of fieldwork in modern social anthropology, examining previous works on the subject and locating a discussion of the nature of fieldwork within the context of current theoretical debates.
Central to this analysis are the personal accounts of six anthropologists, all trained in the tradition of social anthropology and working in a variety of different social, economic and environmental settings --- Italy, the Himalayas, Northern England, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Each example is a discussion of the close relationship which anthropologists establish with friends and informants in the field. Collectively they describe the varying ways in which that closeness affects the nature of the anthropologists' observation, as well as an understanding of themselves and their discipline. The study reveals that, although the younger generation of social anthropologists clearly derive their inspiration from the ideas and insights of an earlier generation, they are working with a set of very different political and personal circumstances.
Accessible, beautifully written and jargon-free, Being There breaks new ground in the way in which its authors explain and reflect on their intentions and emotions, and the nature of their personal relationships with their informants.
Witchcraft, Power And Politics: Exploring the Occult in the South African Lowveld (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 25 Jul 2022 23:54 | Comments : 1

Witchcraft, Power And Politics: Exploring the Occult in the South African Lowveld (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745315585 | 2022-06-01 | PDF | 246 pages | 1.5 MB

This is an extraordinary contemporary account of witchcraft and witch-hunting in the modern world. A powerful ethnographic study of witch-hunting in 1980s South Africa - a period of rapid social change with the dismantling of apartheid and the reinstating of the ANC - this book demonstrates the extent to which witchcraft must be seen, not as a residue of 'traditional' culture but as part of a complex social drama which is deeply embedded in contemporary political and economic processes.
Cord Of Blood: Possession and the Making of Voodoo (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 25 Jul 2022 23:50 | Comments : 0

Nadia Lovell, "Cord Of Blood: Possession and the Making of Voodoo (Anthropology, Culture and Society)"
Pluto Press | ISBN 074531841X | 2021-11-20 | PDF | 184 pages | 516 kB
Identity And Affect: Experiences of Identity in a Globalising World (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 25 Jul 2022 19:38 | Comments : 1

John R. Campbell (Editor), Alan Rew(Editor), "Identity And Affect: Experiences of Identity in a Globalising World (Anthropology, Culture and Society)"
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745314236 | 2021-09-01 | PDF | 256 pages | 984 kB
The War Of Dreams: Studies in Ethno Fiction (Anthropology, Culture and Society)
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 25 Jul 2022 19:34 | Comments : 2

Marc Auge, "The War Of Dreams: Studies in Ethno Fiction (Anthropology, Culture and Society)"
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745313841 | 2021-11-01 | PDF | 144 pages | 445 KB
Agri-Culture: Reconnecting People, Land and Nature
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 25 Jul 2022 19:31 | Comments : 2

Agri-Culture: Reconnecting People, Land and Nature
Earthscan Publications Ltd.| ISBN 1853839256 | 2002-09-26| PDF | 264 pages | 2.84 MB

Something is wrong with our agricultural and food systems. Despite great progress in increasing productivity in the last century, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry and malnourished. Can nothing be done or is it time for the expansion of another sort of agriculture, founded on more ecological principles, and in harmony with people, their societies and cultures?
The Roma Cafe: Human Rights and the Plight of the Romani People
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 25 Jul 2022 19:20 | Comments : 2

The Roma Cafe: Human Rights and the Plight of the Romani People
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745320511 | 2022-04-20 | PDF | 224 pages | 2.94 MB

Written in an accessible and jargon-free style, The Roma Cafe is an interdisciplinary analysis of the plight of the Roma in Central and Eastern Europe, a region where the Roma people have been particularly savagely affected by the economic transitions after 1989. Already marginal, they have experienced intense hardship with the collapse of any remaining welfare state support.
Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film (Cinema and Society)
Posted By : pariman | Date : 25 Jul 2022 19:07 | Comments : 1

James Chapman, "Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film (Cinema and Society)"
I. B. Tauris | ISBN 1850438080 | November 24, 2021 | 224 Pages | PDF | 2.7 MB

This groundbreaking book by one of Britain's leading film historians is the first to take on this major genre in all its complexity. It takes to heart Ken Loach's view that "the only reason to make films that are a reflection on history is to talk about the present." With this proposition as his starting point, James Chapman examines the place of historical films in British cinema history and film culture. Through in-depth case studies of fourteen key films, from Henry V and Zulu to Chariots of Fire and Elizabeth, he analyzes the themes they present, including gender, ethnicity, militarism and and imperialism--throughout exploring their dialectical relationship between past and present and how they project images and ideologies of "Britishness" to audiences in the UK and North America.
Art and Politics: Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre
Posted By : mowmow | Date : 25 Jul 2022 18:51 | Comments : 3

Walter A. Davis, "Art and Politics: Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre"
Pluto Press | ISBN 0745326471 | 2022-01-03 | PDF | 192 pages | 527kB