The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet by Amalia E. Gnanadesikan

By Amalia E. Gnanadesikan

In an international of speedy technological developments, it may be effortless to put out of your mind that writing is the original info know-how, created to go beyond the restrictions of human reminiscence and to defy time and area. The Writing Revolution selections aside the improvement of this conversation instrument to teach the way it has conquered the world.* Explores how writing has liberated the realm, making attainable every thing from advanced paperwork, literature, and technological know-how, to guideline manuals and love letters* attracts on an enticing variety of examples, from the 1st cuneiform clay capsule, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and eastern syllabaries, to the printing press and the textual content messaging* Weaves jointly principles from a couple of fields, together with heritage, cultural reports and archaeology, in addition to linguistics and literature, to create an interdisciplinary quantity* lines the origins of every of the world’s significant written traditions, besides their purposes, variations, and cultural affects

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Materiality and Society by Tim Dant

By Tim Dant

The conventional method of tradition specializes in the symbolic meanings of items instead of the influence that those items have on modern lifestyles. utilizing the auto as a ordinary topic, Tim Dant demanding situations the well-established concept that intake is the imperative courting with “things” in our lives and argues that it's via fabric interplay with the gadgets round us that we confront our society.

Drawing on, and debating with, historic, philosophical, and theoretical discourses that tackle materiality, this ebook is of curiosity to scholars and researchers in quite a few disciplines, together with sociology, anthropology, cultural reports, and expertise studies.

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The Cult of Mac by Leander Kahney

By Leander Kahney

No different machine evokes devotion like a Mac. the most important and so much fervent culture in computing, Mac enthusiasts are available all sizes and styles, yet by no means waver of their commitment. Like fanatics of a soccer workforce or rock band, Macintosh enthusiasts have their very own tradition, with essentially outlined obsessions and rites of passage.
The Cult of Mac takes you contained in the international of the Mac addict. Meet fanatics who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, those who commute around the globe to wait Apple shop openings, and counterculture icons who love the Mac. realize the area the place outdated Macs develop into aquariums or bongs, origami Macs are made from paper, and the place the Macs of the long run are predicted no longer via fits in Cupertino, yet via Mac heads world wide. stopover at the gatherings of the Mac tribe, from the massive exchange exhibits to tongue-in-cheek lookalike contests of Mac celebrities. And discover the little-publicized underbelly of Mac tradition, together with erotic fiction that includes Steve Jobs and the impression of mind-altering medicines at the Mac’s recognized interface.
Whether you’re an off-the-cuff observer, a delicate Mac fan, or a hardcore member of the cult, subscribe to journalist and constant Mac consumer Leander Kahney as he exposes each side of Mac fanaticism, from the risk free to the insane.

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Sensual Relations: Engaging the Senses in Culture and Social by David Howes

By David Howes

With audacious dexterity, David Howes weaves jointly subject matters starting from love and wonder magic in Papua New Guinea to nasal repression in Freudian psychology and from the erasure and restoration of the senses in modern ethnography to the threat of the physique in Marx. via this eclectic and penetrating exploration of the connection among sensory event and cultural expression, Sensual relatives contests the normal exclusion of sensuality from highbrow inquiry and reclaims sensation as a basic area of social concept. David Howes is Professor of Anthropology, Concordia college, Montreal, Quebec.

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Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank

By Hanne Blank

Just like the typewriter and the sunshine bulb, the heterosexual was once invented within the 1860s and rapidly and completely reworked Western tradition. the assumption of “the heterosexual” was once unparalleled. finally, women and men were having intercourse, marrying, construction households, and occasionally even falling in love for millennia with no need any designated identify for his or her feelings or acts. but, inside of part a century, “heterosexual” had develop into a byword for “normal,” enshrined in legislation, medication, psychiatry, and the media as a brand new most efficient for human experience.
 
during this stunning chronicle, historian Hanne clean digs deep into the earlier of sexual orientation, whereas at the same time exploring its modern psyche. Illuminating the hidden styles in centuries of occasions and traits, clean indicates how tradition creates and manipulates the methods we predict approximately and event hope, love, and relationships among women and men. starting from Henry VIII to testicle transplants, from Disneyland to sodomy legislation, and from Moby Dick to man made insemination, the background of heterosexuality seems to be something yet instantly or narrow.
 
With an eclectic scope and engaging aspect, Straight tells the eye-opening tale of a posh and infrequently contradictory man-made production that's all too frequently assumed to be an irreducible truth of biology.

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Extreme Europe by Stephen Barber

By Stephen Barber

Extreme Europe explores the city extremes of Europe of their cultural, actual, geographical and legendary dimensions, contemplating the background and visible tradition of Europe within the decade after the autumn of the Berlin Wall. Barber's function is to envision Europe's towns and their surrounding components as websites of a clash among the enchanting, all-engulfing energy of visible media and the hardly surviving lines of tenacious old tradition; his premise is that the "breakdown zones" at Europe's city edges are the websites the place its oppositional and most important photos and languages are being created today.

Barber units out to discover and outline Europe's political and conceptual edges, first creating a circuit eastwards via Albania to Turkey, then south- and westwards alongside the Mediterranean coast, with stops in Crete and Marseille. The book's different sections stream, first, via a number of many years of historical past as they are often learn in either the surviving and the reworked materials of Berlin, and, ultimately, during the frayed, disaffected multicultural landscapes of Paris's outer suburbs.

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Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape the by Jesse J. Prinz

By Jesse J. Prinz

A well timed and uniquely compelling plea for the significance of nurture within the ongoing nature-nurture debate.

In this period of genome initiatives and mind scans, it's all too effortless to overestimate the function of biology in human psychology. yet during this passionate corrective to the concept that DNA is future, Jesse Prinz specializes in the main amazing element of human nature: that nurture can complement and supplant nature, permitting our minds to be profoundly motivated by means of adventure and tradition. Drawing on state-of-the-art examine in neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology, Prinz shatters the parable of human uniformity and divulges how our differing cultures and existence reports make each one folks exact. alongside the way in which he exhibits that we will t blame psychological sickness or dependancy on our genes, and that societal elements form gender transformations in cognitive skill and sexual habit. A much-needed contribution to the nature-nurture debate, Beyond Human Nature indicates us that it's only during the lens of nurture that the spectrum of human variety turns into absolutely and brilliantly seen.

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Post-Soviet Chaos: Violence and Dispossession in Kazakhstan by Joma Nazpary

By Joma Nazpary

Within the Nineteen Nineties the previous states of the Soviet Union underwent dramatic and progressive alterations. due to enforced, neo-liberal reforms the fledgling republics have been uncovered to the normal results of globalised capital. targeting Kazakhstan, the place violence and corruption at the moment are proof of lifestyle, Joma Nazpary examines the influence of the recent capitalism at the humans of relevant Asia. utilizing in-depth interviews and fabric collected over greater than a year's fieldwork, Nazpary explores the responses of the dispossessed to their dispossession. He uncovers the development of 'imagined communities', grounded in Soviet nostalgia, which serve to withstand the commercial order, in addition to the simpler survival thoughts, in particular of girls, usually pressured into prostitution the place they're topic to violence and stigma. by means of revealing the level to which Kazakh society has disintegrated and the cultural responses to it, Nazpary argues that dispossession has been a better unifying strength than even ethnicity or faith. evaluating the consequences of neo-liberal reforms in Kazakhstan with these in different areas, he concludes that explanations, kinds and results of dispossession in Kazakhstan are specific situations of a wider worldwide pattern.

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