A Cultural History of the Arabic Language by Sharron Gu

By Sharron Gu

This historical past of literary Arabic describes the evolution of Arabic poetry and prose within the context of track, ritual functionality, the humanities and structure. The thousands-of-years-old language may be extra hugely built and sophisticated than the other on earth.
This ebook specializes in what's particular approximately Arabic in comparison to different significant languages of the area (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, English and Spanish) and the way the certain features of Arabic took form at numerous issues in its heritage. The ebook offers a cultural history for figuring out social and political associations and spiritual beliefs—more stimulated by means of the rhythms and depths of poetic language than different cultures—in the center East today.

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God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the by Stephen Murray,Aimée Light

By Stephen Murray,Aimée Light

This contributed two-volume paintings tackles a desirable subject: how and why God performs a primary function within the sleek global and profoundly affects politics, artwork, tradition, and our ethical reflection—even for nonbelievers.

• provides a extensive belief of "God" that gives readers with a fuller and extra exact portrait of a phenomenon that developed considerably through the years but in addition continues to be an enduring—and enduringly influential—element of renowned culture

• Explores not just how members grapple with the query of God, but in addition how God normally and by chance enters people's thinking

• offers direct examples of the main function that God performs in daily life that readers will locate compelling from either a private and cultural perspective

• includes essays from sociologists, theologians, cultural critics, and reporters that current quite a lot of views and techniques to this universally correct topic

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Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: Historical by Thiam Huat Kam and Björn-Ole Kamm Patrick W.

By Thiam Huat Kam and Björn-Ole Kamm Patrick W. Galbraith,Patrick W. Galbraith,Thiam Huat Kam,Björn-Ole Kamm

With the unfold of manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese cartoons) around the globe, many have followed the japanese time period 'otaku' to spot enthusiasts of such media. the relationship to manga and anime could appear common, yet, while taken without any consideration, frequently serves to imprecise the debates inside and round media fandom in Japan because the time period 'otaku' seemed within the area of interest book Manga Burikko in 1983.

Debating Otaku in modern Japan disrupts the naturalization and trivialization of 'otaku' through analyzing the old contingency of the time period with a purpose to determine and comprise challenging formative years, shoppers and fan cultures in Japan. Its chapters, many translated from eastern and on hand in English for the 1st time – and with a foreword by means of Otsuka Eiji, former editor of Manga Burikko – discover key moments within the evolving discourse of 'otaku' in Japan. instead of offering a tender, successful narrative of the transition of a lifestyle to the mainstream, the edited quantity repositions 'otaku' in particular old, social and fiscal contexts, delivering new insights into the importance of the 'otaku' phenomenon in Japan and the realm.

By going again to unique jap records, translating key contributions through jap students and delivering sustained research of those files and students, Debating Otaku in modern Japan presents replacement histories of and methods to 'otaku'. For all scholars and students of up to date Japan and the heritage of jap fan and buyer cultures, this quantity may be a starting place for realizing how 'otaku', at varied areas and instances and to varied humans, is meaningful.

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Unwrapping Tongan Barkcloth: Encounters, Creativity and by Fanny Wonu Veys

By Fanny Wonu Veys

Tongan barkcloth, made of the interior bark of the paper mulberry tree, nonetheless good points lavishly in Polynesian ceremonies world wide. but regardless of the eye paid to this cloth via anthropologists and paintings historians alike, little is understood approximately its historical past. delivering a special perception into Polynesian fabric tradition, this publication explores barkcloth's wealthy cultural heritage, and argues that its manufacture, ornament and use are automobiles of creativity and feminine company.

Based on twelve years of intensive ethnographic and archival examine, the booklet uncovers tales of rite, gender, the senses, faith and nationhood, from the seventeenth century as much as the present-day. putting the materiality of textiles on the center of Tongan tradition, Veys unearths not just how barkcloth was once and is still made, but in addition the way it defines what it ability to be Tongan. Extending the learn to discover where of barkcloth within the eu mind's eye, she examines overseas museum collections of Tongan barkcloth, from the united kingdom and Italy to Switzerland and the us, addressing the unfairness of the eu 'gaze' and tough conventional gendered understandings of the fabric.

A nuanced narrative of previous and current barkcloth manufacture, designs and use, Unwrapping Tongan Barkcloth demonstrates the significance of the fabric to either ancient and modern Polynesian culture.

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Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture: by Gary W. Westfahl

By Gary W. Westfahl

In a always altering international, everyone is endlessly starting to be to satisfy the demanding situations and advancements that emerge round them. In modern society, know-how is on the middle of swap. Literature, too, displays the evolution of tradition and more and more represents and considers know-how. And as kids turn into teens, their interpreting is helping form their figuring out of the area. This ebook examines consultant works of technology fiction, kid's literature, and pop culture to teach how those works mirror the method of becoming up in a technological world.

The quantity seems to be on the basic photo books and comedian books that attract young children; the formulaic adventures that fascinate older little ones; the movies and tv courses which are watched through youngsters and younger young people; the tune movies and programming that entice teens; and the preferred novels that curiosity older readers. integrated are discussions of Superman, the Hardy Boys, Star Trek, technological know-how fiction motion pictures, and track movies. The e-book issues to similarities between pop culture, technological know-how fiction, and kid's literature and demonstrates the relevance of those works to modern society.

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Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization: Exploring the by Adam C. Earnheardt,Paul Haridakis,Barbara Hugenberg,Roger C.

By Adam C. Earnheardt,Paul Haridakis,Barbara Hugenberg,Roger C. Aden,Greg G. Armfield,David E. Beard,Kelly Berg,Andrew C. Billings,Jeff Boone,Nicholas D. Bowman,Kathy Brady,Phillip J. Chidester,David Fingerhut,John A. Fortunato,William M. Foster,Walter Gantz

Once deemed an unworthy examine exercise, the research of activities fandom has garnered the eye of pro students from a number of educational disciplines. id and socialization between activities fanatics are specific burgeoning parts of research between a starting to be cadre of experts within the social sciences. Sports fanatics, id, and Socialization, edited through Adam C. Earnheardt, Paul Haridakis, and Barbara Hugenberg, captures an eclectic number of new stories from finished students within the fields equivalent to conversation, enterprise, geography, kinesiology, media, and activities administration and management, utilizing a variety of methodologies together with quantitative, qualitative, and demanding analyses.

In the conversation revolution of the twenty-first century, the examine of mediated activities is important. As lovers use all media at their disposal to eat activities and hold their sports-viewing event on-line, they're seizing the initiative and announcing themselves into the mediated sports-dissemination method. they're occupying conventional roles of consumers/receivers of activities, but additionally as sharers and activities content material creators. lovers have gotten pseudo activities newshounds. they're analyzing mediated activities content material for different lovers. they're making their voice heard through activities firms and athletes. Mediated activities, in essence, supply a context for learning and knowing the place and the way the conversation revolution of the twenty-first century is being waged.

With their selection of stories by means of students from North the US and Europe, Earnheardt, Haridakis, and Hugenberg light up the symbiotic dating between and among activities organisations, the media, and their audiences.
Sports fanatics, id, and Socialization spurs either the researcher and the fan to think about what the learn of activities tells us approximately ourselves and the society within which we live.

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Ideology and Utopia: Volume 6 (Routledge Classics in by Karl Mannheim

By Karl Mannheim

Ideology and Utopia argues that ideologies are psychological fictions whose functionality is to veil the real nature of a given society. They originate unconsciously within the minds of these who search to stabilise a social order. Utopias are want desires that motivate the collective motion of competition teams which target on the whole transformation of society. Mannheim exhibits those opposing components to dominate not just our social suggestion yet even all at once to penetrate into the main clinical theories in philosophy, heritage and the social sciences.
This new version features a new preface by means of Bryan S. Turner which describes Mannheim's paintings and severely assesses its relevance to fashionable sociology. The e-book is released with a finished bibliography of Mannheim's significant works.

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Unsettled Narratives: The Pacific Writings of Stevenson, by David Farrier

By David Farrier

In the nineteenth-century Pacific, the construction of a textual content of stumble upon happened in tandem with the creation of a settled area; saying settler presence in the course of the keep an eye on of the distance and the context of the come across. Indigenous resistance consequently happened via modes of illustration that ‘unsettled’ the textual content. This booklet considers the paintings of 4 Western viewers to the Pacific—Robert Louis Stevenson, William Ellis, Herman Melville, and Jack London—and the implications for the written textual content and the event of cross-cultural come upon while come across is decreased to writing. The study proposes a robust connection among settling and writing as assertions of presence, and, by way of attractive a metaphor of establishing dwellings and construction texts, the examine examines how each one author manipulates the method of textual content production to claim a dominant presence over and opposed to the indigenous presence, that is represented as threatening, and extra-textual.

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Encyclopedia of Classic Rock by David Luhrssen,Michael Larson

By David Luhrssen,Michael Larson

Examining some of the most renowned and enduring genres of yank tune, this encyclopedia of vintage rock from 1965 to 1975 presents an quintessential source for cultural historians and song fans.

• presents readers with summaries of the careers of all major rock artists in the course of a height interval within the music's history

• Proposes a idea for figuring out the advance and background of rock music

• provides the required ancient and socioeconomic context to aid readers extra totally know the way rock song constructed because it did in the course of its formative decade

• deals details in an simply searchable A–Z structure followed by means of sidebars, a bibliography, and a timeline that serves scholars' learn projects

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