The Ghosts of Empire

Author: Samuel Veissière
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783643900807
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Social Science

Set against the background of nighttime encounters in the rough streets of Brazil's Salvador da Bahia, this experimental ethnography explores how certain transnational characters are at once co-constructed and reinvented through the legacy of conquest and the global inequalities of late capitalism. Theorizing the desires that drive these encounters as forms of colonial violence and sincere emancipatory strategies, author Samuel Veissiere's gaze travels outward across the Atlantic and the historical violence of empire, and then turns back inward to revisit the violence of his own white colonial desires. (Series: Contributions to Transnational Feminism - Vol. 3)

The Sonic Persona

Author: Holger Schulze
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781501305474
Release Date: 2018-02-22
Genre: Music

In The Sonic Persona, Holger Schulze undertakes a critical study of some of the most influential studies in sound since the 19th century in the natural sciences, the engineering sciences, and in media theory, confronting them with contemporary artistic practices, with experimental critique, and with disturbing sonic experiences. From Hermann von Helmholtz to Miley Cyrus, from FLUXUS to the Arab Spring, from Wavefield Synthesis to otoacoustic emissions, from premillennial clubculture to postdemocratic authoritarianism, from signal processing to human echolocation: This book presents a fundamental critique concerning recent sound theories and their anthropological concepts – and proposes an alternate, a more plastic, a visceral framework for research in the field of a cultural anthropology of sounding and listening. This anthropology of sound takes its readers and listeners on a research expedition to the multitude of alien humanoids and their surprising sonic personae: in dynamic and generative tension between predetermined auditory dispositives, miniscule and not seldomly ignored sound practices, and idiosyncratic sensory corpuses: a critique of the senses. I'm going to prove the impossible really exists.


Author: Scott Lash
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745695167
Release Date: 2018-07-04
Genre: Social Science

This book is a radical plea for the centrality of experience in the social and human sciences. Lash argues that a large part of the output of the social sciences today is still shaped by assumptions stemming from positivism, in contrast to the tradition of interpretative social enquiry pioneered by Max Weber. These assumptions are particularly central to economics, with its emphasis on homo economicus, the utility-maximizing actor, but they have infiltrated the other social sciences too. Lash argues for a social sciences based not in positivism’s utilitarian a priori but instead in the a posteriori of grounded and embedded subjective experience. His wide-ranging account starts from considerations of ancient experience via Aristotle’s technics, continues through a politics of Hannah Arendt’s ‘a posteriori’ public sphere and concludes with the contemporary – with technological experience, on the one hand, and with Chinese post-ontological thought, in which the ‘ten thousand things’ themselves are doing the experiencing, on the other. This original book by a leading social and cultural theorist will be of great interest to students and scholars in sociology, cultural studies and throughout the social sciences.

Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene

Author: Charles Birkeland
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789401772495
Release Date: 2015-11-03
Genre: Nature

This volume investigates the effects of human activities on coral reefs, which provide important life-supporting systems to surrounding natural and human communities. It examines the self-reinforcing ecological, economic and technological mechanisms that degrade coral reef ecosystems around the world. Topics include reefs and limestones in Earth history; the interactions between corals and their symbiotic algae; diseases of coral reef organisms; the complex triangle between reef fishes, seaweeds and corals; coral disturbance and recovery in a changing world. In addition, the authors take key recent advances in DNA studies into account which provides new insights into the population biology, patterns of species distributions, recent evolution and vulnerabilities to environmental stresses. These DNA analyses also provide new understandings of the limitations of coral responses and scales of management necessary to sustain coral reefs in their present states. Coral reefs have been essential sources of food, income and resources to humans for millennia. This book details the delicate balance that exists within these ecosystems at all scales, from geologic time to cellular interactions and explores how recent global and local changes influence this relationship. It will serve as an indispensable resource for all those interested in learning how human activities have affected this vital ecosystem around the world.

Kinship at the Core

Author: Marilyn Strathern
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521233606
Release Date: 1981-06-11
Genre: Social Science

This book takes the idea of 'village' not for granted, but as a dogma to be accounted for.

Journey Through the Ice Age

Author: Paul G. Bahn
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520213068
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Art

Some of the oldest art in the world is the subject of this riveting and beautiful book. Paul Bahn and Jean Vertut explore carved objects and wall art discoveries from the Ice Age, covering the period from 300,000 B.P. to 10,000 B.P., and their collaboration marks a signal event for archaeologists and lay readers alike. Utilizing the most modern analytical techniques in archaeology, Bahn presents new accounts of Russian caves only recently opened to foreign specialists; the latest discoveries from China and Brazil; European cave finds at Cosquer, Chauvet, and Covaciella; and the recently discovered sites in Australia. He also studies sites in Africa, India, and the Far East. Included are the only photographic images of many caves that are now closed to protect their fragile environments. A separate chapter in the book examines art fakes and forgeries and relates how such deceptions have been exposed. The beliefs and preoccupations of Paleolithic peoples resonate throughout this book: the importance of the hunt and the magic and shamanism surrounding it, the recording of the seasons, the rituals of sex and fertility, the cosmology and associated myths. Yet enigmas and mysteries emerge as well, particularly as new analytical techniques raise new questions and cast doubt on our earlier suppositions. A comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of all that has been discovered about Ice Age art, Bahn and Vertut's book offers a visually rich link with the past.

Women and Space

Author: Shirley Ardener
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0709903715
Release Date: 1981
Genre: Interpersonal relations

Second, Revised EditionThe relationship between women and space has now been recognized as an important issue for feminist discussion. Developments in psychology and geography have encouraged the use of social maps' to explore the way in which space is perceived. This book presents fascinating ethnographic evidence collected by the authors from actresses, politicians, farmers and housewives in England, Africa, Iran, Peru, Greece and the former Soviet Union. This evidence illustrates how space must be considered both in its physical dimensions and in its social and symbolic aspects, as experienced by women.

Cambridge Handbook of Experimental Political Science

Author: James N. Druckman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521192125
Release Date: 2011-06-06
Genre: Political Science

This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of how political scientists have used experiments to transform their field of study.

Images of the Ice Age

Author: Paul G. Bahn
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199686009
Release Date: 2016-02

Images of the Ice Age, here in its third edition, is the most complete study available of the world's earliest imagery, presenting a fascinating account of the art of our Ice Age ancestors. Authoritative and wide-ranging, it covers not only the magnificent cave art of famous sites such as Lascaux, Altamira, and Chauvet, but also other less well-known sites around the world, and open-air and portable art. Lavishly illustrated and highly accessible,Images of the Ice Age provides a visual feast and an absorbing synthesis of this crucial aspect of human history, offering a unique opportunity to appreciate universally important works of art, many of which can neverbe accessible to the public, and which represent the very earliest evidence of artistic expression.

Bildakt at the Warburg Institute

Author: Sabine Marienberg
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 9783110364804
Release Date: 2014-10-29
Genre: Art

In der Tradition Warburgs stehend gibt die Kolleg-Forschergruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung im Londoner Warburg Institute einen Einblick in ihre gemeinsame Arbeit: Versammelt sind vielfältige Erkundungen zu Geschichte und Anthropologie des Bildakts, Phänomenen haptischer Bilderfahrung, der lebendigen Dynamik innerer und äußerer Bewegung in Bild und Sprache und methodischen Aspekten der Bildakttheorie.


Author: Jan Knappert
Publisher: Brill Archive
ISBN: 9004065091
Release Date: 1981
Genre: Ethnology

How Things Shape the Mind

Author: Lambros Malafouris
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262019194
Release Date: 2013-07-12
Genre: Psychology

An account of the different ways in which things have become cognitive extensions of the human body, from prehistory to the present.