Cultural Anthropology

Author: John H. Bodley
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759118676
Release Date: 2011-04-16
Genre: Social Science

This introductory text introduces basic concepts in cultural anthropology by comparing cultures of increasing scale and focusing on specific universal issues throughout human history. Cultural materials are presented in integrated ethnographic case studies organized by cultural and geographic areas to show how ideological, social organization, and material features fit together in specific sociocultural systems. John H. Bodley explicitly seeks a balance between ecological-materialist and cultural-ideological explanations of sociocultural systems, while stressing the importance of individual power-seeking and human agency. Part One examines domestic-scale, autonomous tribal cultures. Part Two presents politically organized, class-based civilizations and ancient empires in the imperial world. Part Three surveys global, industrial, market-based civilizations in the contemporary commercial world. Cultural Anthropology uniquely challenges students to consider the big questions about the nature of cultural systems.

Actors Resumes

Author: Richard Devin
Publisher:
ISBN: 0887346693
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Damaris Cudworth Masham (1658-1708) was one of the very first English women to publish philosophical writings. Like all women of her period she was denied access to higher education, but she grew up accustomed to philosophical discourse as the daughter of Ralph Cudworth, the leading Cambridge Platonist. In 1685 she married Sir Francis Masham and went to live with him at Oates, Essex. For many years she was an intimate friend of John Locke; she also corresponded on philosophical topics with Leibniz. Lady Masham's two main philosophical works, A Discourse Concerning the Love of God (1696) and Occasional Thoughts in Reference to a Vertuous or Christian Life (1705) were published anonymously and caused a considerable stir. Both books have now become extremely rare, and Thoemmes Press here presents them in a single volume, prefixed by James G. Buickerood's new introduction.

Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems

Author: John H. Bodley
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759121584
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Social Science

Bodley trenchantly critiques the most pressing global mega-problems, such as unsustainable growth, resource depletion, global warming, and poverty and conflict, and shows how anthropology makes it possible to find solutions.

Victims of Progress

Author: John H. Bodley
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442226944
Release Date: 2014-08-14
Genre: Social Science

Victims of Progress, now in its sixth edition, offers a compelling account of how technology and development affect indigenous peoples throughout the world. Bodley’s expansive look at the struggle between small-scale indigenous societies, and the colonists and corporate developers who have infringed their territories reaches from 1800 into today. He examines major issues of intervention such as social engineering, economic development, self-determination, health and disease, global warming, and ecocide. Small-scale societies, Bodley convincingly demonstrates, have survived by organizing politically to defend their basic human rights. Providing a provocative context in which to think about civilization and its costs—shedding light on how we are all victims of progress—the sixth edition features expanded discussion of “uprising politics,” Tebtebba (a particularly active indigenous organization), and voluntary isolation. A wholly new chapter devotes full coverage to the costs of global warming to indigenous peoples in the Pacific and the Arctic. Finally, new appendixes guide readers to recent protest petitions as well as online resources and videos.

From Leaders to Rulers

Author: Jonathan Haas
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461512974
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Social Science

What is the role of leadership in society? Why do people surrender their political autonomy to the decision-making authority of leaders and rulers? Why do people follow the commands of their leaders? Who gets to be king/chief/emperor and why? Why are some societies centralized while others are not? The papers in this volume draw on the archaeological record of societies from around the world to address these critical issues in contemporary social science.

Spiritual Ecology A Quiet Revolution

Author: Leslie E. Sponsel
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313364105
Release Date: 2012-07-19
Genre: Religion

A prominent scientist and scholar documents and explains the thoughts, actions, and legacies of spiritual ecology's pioneers from ancient times to the present, demonstrating how the movement may offer the last chance to restore a healthy relationship between humankind and nature. • Clear, concise, and captivating essays on well-known, as well as little-known, pioneers in spiritual ecology • Chapter-long treatment of each individual's contributions, allowing for in-depth coverage • An extensive resource guide, including films and websites • An appendix listing approximately 100 pioneers in spiritual ecology

The Power of Scale A Global History Approach

Author: John Bodley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317455240
Release Date: 2015-06-01
Genre: History

Throughout history, the natural human inclination to accumulate social power has led to growth and scale increases that benefit the few at the expense of the many. John Bodley looks at global history through the lens of power and scale theory, and draws on history, economics, anthropology, and sociology to demonstrate how individuals have been the agents of social change, not social classes. Filled with tables and data to support his argument, this book considers how increases in scale necessarily lead to an increasingly small elite gaining disproportionate power, making democratic control more difficult to achieve and maintain.

Social Information Research

Author: Gunilla Widen
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 9781780528328
Release Date: 2012-10-19
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Social Information Research, co-edited by Gunilla Widen and Kim Holmberg communicates current research looking into different aspects of social information as part of information behaviour research. There is a special emphasis on the new innovations supporting contemporary information behavior and the social media context within which it can sit.

Introduction to Experimental Mathematics

Author: Søren Eilers
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107156135
Release Date: 2017-06
Genre: Computers

Mathematics is not, and never will be, an empirical science, but mathematicians are finding that the use of computers and specialized software allows the generation of mathematical insight in the form of conjectures and examples, which pave the way for theorems and their proofs. In this way, the experimental approach to pure mathematics is revolutionizing the way research mathematicians work. As the first of its kind, this book provides material for a one-semester course in experimental mathematics that will give students the tools and training needed to systematically investigate and develop mathematical theory using computer programs written in Maple. Accessible to readers without prior programming experience, and using examples of concrete mathematical problems to illustrate a wide range of techniques, the book gives a thorough introduction to the field of experimental mathematics, which will prepare students for the challenge posed by open mathematical problems.

Dark Suits and Sad Songs

Author: Denzil Meyrick
Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd
ISBN: 9781786699060
Release Date: 2017-08-01
Genre: Fiction

When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging by a thread, and his sidekick DS Scott wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown. When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation, it's about survival.

Governing Through Rights

Author: Bal Sokhi-Bulley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781509903849
Release Date: 2016-09-22
Genre: Law

Taking a critical attitude of dissatisfaction towards rights, the central premise of this book is that rights are technologies of governmentality. They are a regulating discourse that is itself managed through governing tactics and techniques ? hence governing (through) rights. Part I examines the 'problem of government' (through) rights. The opening chapter describes governmentality as a methodology that is then used to interrogate the relationship between rights and governance in three contexts: the international, regional and local. How rights regulate certain identities and conceptions of what is good governance is examined through the case study of non-state actors, specifically the NGO, in the international setting; through a case study of rights agencies, and the role of experts, indicators and the rights-based approach in the European Union or regional setting; and, in terms of the local, the challenge that the blossoming language of responsibility and community poses to rights in the name of less government (Big Society) is problematised. In Part II, on resisting government (through) rights, the book also asks what counter-conducts are possible using rights language (questioning rioting as resistance), and whether counter-conduct can be read as an ethos of the political, rights-bearing subject and as a new ethical right. Thus, the book bridges a divide between critical theory (ie Foucauldian understandings of power as governmentality) and human rights law.

Oracle 12c For Dummies

Author: Chris Ruel
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118745311
Release Date: 2013-11-18
Genre: Computers

Presents a guide to the features of Oracle 12c database software, covering such topics as creating a database, using SQL, making tablespaces, troubleshooting, and facilitating backup and recovery.

Latin American Populism in the Twenty First Century

Author: Carlos de la Torre
Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press / Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 1421410095
Release Date: 2013-05-21
Genre: Political Science

By analyzing the discourse and policies of populist leaders and reviewing their impact in particular countries, these contributors provide a deeper understanding of populism’s democratizing promise as well as the authoritarian tendencies that threaten the foundation of liberal democracy.