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Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Paperback): David Christian Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Paperback)
David Christian 1
R339 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R111 (33%) Within 7 - 12 working days

How did we get from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. This global origin story is one that we could only begin to tell recently, thanks to the underlying unity of modern knowledge. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly told, Origin Story reveals what we learn about human existence when we consider it from a universal scale.

Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Hardcover): David Christian Origin Story - A Big History of Everything (Hardcover)
David Christian 1
R480 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R180 (38%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative' Bill Gates This is the epic story of the universe and our place in it, from 13.8 billion years ago to the remote future How did we get from the Big Bang to today's staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created. This global origin story is one that we could only begin to tell recently, thanks to the underlying unity of modern knowledge. Panoramic in scope and thrillingly told, Origin Story reveals what we learn about human existence when we consider it from a universal scale.

Who We Are and How We Got Here - Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past (Hardcover): David Reich Who We Are and How We Got Here - Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past (Hardcover)
David Reich 1
R437 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R98 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days
The Kiss - Intimacies from Writers (Hardcover): Brian Turner The Kiss - Intimacies from Writers (Hardcover)
Brian Turner
R406 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R99 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Darwin; from the panchayat forests to the Giant's Causeway; in taxis and at bus stops, in kitchens and sleigh beds, haystacks and airports-people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The broken kiss. The kiss that changes a life. Far from the scripted passion of Hollywood, this uniquely human gesture carries within it the possibility for infinite shades of meaning and it does not stop for anything-not war, revolution or natural disaster. In The Kiss, authors like Nick Flynn, Kristen Radtke and Pico Iyer explore our quest to bridge the gulf between ourselves and others through this fleeting physical connection, and to uncover the depths contained in words like tenderness, passion and love.

Early Humans (Paperback): Nicholas Ashton Early Humans (Paperback)
Nicholas Ashton
R747 R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Save R237 (32%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Our understanding of the British Palaeolithic and Mesolithic has changed dramatically over the last three decades, and yet not since H. J. Fleure's A Natural History of Man in Britain (1951) has the New Naturalist Library included a volume focused on the study of early humans and their environment.In this long overdue new book, distinguished archaeologist Nick Ashton uncovers the most recent findings, following the remarkable survival and discovery of bones, stone tools and footprints which allow us to paint a picture of the first human visitors to this remote peninsula of north-west Europe.As part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project and subsequent research, Ashton is involved in an unrivalled collaborative effort involving archaeologists, palaeontologists, and earth scientists at different British institutes, including the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book explores the latest discoveries such as footprints at Happisburgh, Norfolk that are thought to be nearly one million years old, flint artefacts at Pakefield in Suffolk and mammoth remains at West Runton, among others. These remarkable remnants help our quest to unravel the interactions between the changing environments and their ancient human occupants, as well as their lifestyles and migrations.Early humans colonised our remote corner of the European mainland time and again, despite being faced with ice age climates with far-reaching consequences. Setting the scene on the Norfolk coast almost a million years ago, Ashton tells the story of the fauna, flora and developing geography of Britain against the backdrop of an ever-changing climate. Above all, he explores how early people began as brief visitors to this wild remote land, but over time through better ways of acquiring food and developing new technologies, they began to tame, shape and dominate the countryside we see today.

Wild Chimpanzees - Social Behavior of an Endangered Species (Paperback): Adam Clark Arcadi Wild Chimpanzees - Social Behavior of an Endangered Species (Paperback)
Adam Clark Arcadi
R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Within 7 - 12 working days

As our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees offer tantalizing clues about the behavior of early human ancestors. This book provides a rich and detailed portrait of chimpanzee social life in the wild, synthesizing hundreds of thousands of hours of research at seven long-term field sites. Why are the social lives of males and females so different? Why do groups of males sometimes seek out and kill neighboring individuals? Do chimpanzees cooperate when they hunt monkeys? Is their vocal behaviour like human speech? Are there different chimpanzee 'cultures'? Addressing these questions and more, Adam Arcadi presents a fascinating introduction to the chimpanzee social universe and the challenges we face in trying to save this species from extinction. With extensive notes organized by field site and an appendix describing field methods, this book is indispensable for students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the remarkable and complex world of these intelligent apes.

Early Humans (Hardcover): Nicholas Ashton Early Humans (Hardcover)
Nicholas Ashton
R1,260 R835 Discovery Miles 8 350 Save R425 (34%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Our understanding of the British Palaeolithic and Mesolithic has changed dramatically over the last three decades, and yet not since H. J. Fleure's A Natural History of Man in Britain (1951) has the New Naturalist Library included a volume focused on the study of early humans and their environment.In this long overdue new book, distinguished archaeologist Nick Ashton uncovers the most recent findings, following the remarkable survival and discovery of bones, stone tools and footprints which allow us to paint a picture of the first human visitors to this remote peninsula of north-west Europe.As part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project and subsequent research, Ashton is involved in an unrivalled collaborative effort involving archaeologists, palaeontologists, and earth scientists at different British institutes, including the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book explores the latest discoveries such as footprints at Happisburgh, Norfolk that are thought to be nearly one million years old, flint artefacts at Pakefield in Suffolk and mammoth remains at West Runton, among others. These remarkable remnants help our quest to unravel the interactions between the changing environments and their ancient human occupants, as well as their lifestyles and migrations.Early humans colonised our remote corner of the European mainland time and again, despite being faced with ice age climates with far-reaching consequences. Setting the scene on the Norfolk coast almost a million years ago, Ashton tells the story of the fauna, flora and developing geography of Britain against the backdrop of an ever-changing climate. Above all, he explores how early people began as brief visitors to this wild remote land, but over time through better ways of acquiring food and developing new technologies, they began to tame, shape and dominate the countryside we see today.

Enhanced Ethnographic Methods - Audiovisual Techniques, Focused Group Interviews, and Elicitation (Paperback): Jean J.... Enhanced Ethnographic Methods - Audiovisual Techniques, Focused Group Interviews, and Elicitation (Paperback)
Jean J. Schensul, Margaret Diane LeCompte, B.K. Nastasi, Stephen P. Borgatti
R633 Discovery Miles 6 330 Within 7 - 15 working days

A newer edition of this book is available for ordering at the following web address: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780759122031 In addition to the traditional use of participant observation, interviews, and surveys, qualitative researchers have developed a variety of other methods to obtain information in their studies. Visual data from film and still photographs are now supplemented with video and computer techniques and are used in many settings. Focused group interviews, once in the domain of market researchers, are now regularly used by qualitative researchers as well. Elicitation techniques, such as triads, pile sorts, and freelists, originally developed by cognitive anthropologists have been widely adopted to help understand the inner workings of the members of a group. In this brief volume, these three sets of methods are explained in simple, practical language. The authors describe when and how to use these sets of techniques for community research, market research, and formative evaluation and other health, social welfare, and educational settings both domestically and internationally.

The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth - Dental Morphology and Its Variation in Recent and Fossil Homo sapien (Paperback, 2nd... The Anthropology of Modern Human Teeth - Dental Morphology and Its Variation in Recent and Fossil Homo sapien (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
G. Richard Scott, Christy G. Turner II, Grant C. Townsend, Maria Martinon-Torres
R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Within 7 - 12 working days

All humans share certain components of tooth structure, but show variation in size and morphology around this shared pattern. This book presents a worldwide synthesis of the global variation in tooth morphology in recent populations. Research has advanced on many fronts since the publication of the first edition, which has become a seminal work on the subject. This revised and updated edition introduces new ideas in dental genetics and ontogeny and summarizes major historical problems addressed by dental morphology. The detailed descriptions of 29 dental variables are fully updated with current data and include details of a new web-based application for using crown and root morphology to evaluate ancestry in forensic cases. A new chapter describes what constitutes a modern human dentition in the context of the hominin fossil record.

SA Tribes - Who we are, how we live, what we want from life (Paperback, 1st ed.): Steven Burgess SA Tribes - Who we are, how we live, what we want from life (Paperback, 1st ed.)
Steven Burgess
R152 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R21 (14%) Within 11 - 17 working days

'Every South African has a stake in a peaceful and prosperous South Africa.' The SA Tribes programme is one of the most comprehensive research studies carried out in South Africa's history. Nearly 15,000 South Africans were interviewed during the period 1997-2001. From the poorest Xhosa-speakers in the Eastern Cape to wealthy Sandton executives, representatives from every strata of this country's diverse populace have been questioned. The resultant assessment is as thought-provoking as it is groundbreaking. UCT professor Steve Burgess has worked closely with learned colleagues from all over the world - and has enjoyed extensive support from leading research companies Markinor and Gallup - to put together this authoritative and insightful portrait of the Rainbow Nation as it heads towards its 10th anniversary. Although initially conceived as a tool for marketers seeking to understand the changing demographics of the new South Africa, SA Tribes has become required reading for anyone determined to understand the social and political geography of the country. SA Tribes contends that understanding and embracing our social identities, rather than dwelling on racial differences, is key to a successful society in South Africa. Thanks to the SA Tribes study we are now better placed than ever to know and understand our neighbours.

Building Bones - Bone Formation and Development in Anthropology (Hardcover): Christopher J. Percival, Joan T. Richtsmeier Building Bones - Bone Formation and Development in Anthropology (Hardcover)
Christopher J. Percival, Joan T. Richtsmeier
R1,215 Discovery Miles 12 150 Within 7 - 12 working days

Bone is the tissue most frequently recovered archaeologically and is the material most commonly studied by biological anthropologists, who are interested in how skeletons change shape during growth and across evolutionary time. This volume brings together a range of contemporary studies of bone growth and development to highlight how cross-disciplinary research and new methods can enhance our anthropological understanding of skeletal variation. The novel use of imaging techniques from developmental biology, advanced sequencing methods from genetics, and perspectives from evolutionary developmental biology improve our ability to understand the bases of modern human and primate variation. Animal models can also be used to provide a broad biological perspective to the systematic study of humans. This volume is a testament to the drive of anthropologists to understand biological and evolutionary processes that underlie changes in bone morphology and illustrates the continued value of incorporating multiple perspectives within anthropological inquiry.

Dark Thoughts - Race and the Eclipse of Society (Hardcover): Charles C. Lemert Dark Thoughts - Race and the Eclipse of Society (Hardcover)
Charles C. Lemert
R2,319 Discovery Miles 23 190 Within 7 - 12 working days


Contents:
Preface: Dark Days - September 11, 2001 Part I: The Beginnings of a Millennium: 1990s 1. The Coming of My Last Born - April 8, 1998 The Eclipse of Society, 1901-2001 2. Blood and Skin - 1999 Whose We? - Dark Thoughts of the Universal Self, 1998 3. A Call in the Morning - 1988 The Rights and Justices of the Multicultural Panic, 1990s Part II: The Last New Century: 1890s 4. Calling out Father by Calling up His Mother - About 1941 The Coloured Woman's Office: Anna Julia Cooper, 1892 5. Get On Home! - About 1949 Bad Dreams of Big Business: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1898 6. All Kinds of People Getting Off - 1954 The Colour Line: W.E.B. Du Bois, 1903 Part III: Between, Before, and Beyond/1873-2020 7. When Good People Do Evil - 1989 The Queer Passing of Analytic Things: Nella Larsen, 1929 8. What Would Jesus Have Done? - 1965 The Race of Time: Deconstruction, Du Bois, & Reconstruction, 1935-1873 9. Dreaming in the Dark - November 26, 1997 Justice in the Colonizer's Nightmare: Muhammad, Malcolm, & Necessary Drag, 1965-2020 10. A Call in the Night - February 11, 2000 The Gospel According to Matt: Suicide and the Good of Society, 2000 Acknowledgements Endnotes Endmatter, including index

People, Land and Water in the Arab Middle East - Environments and Landscapes in the Bilad ash-Sham (Hardcover): Fidelity... People, Land and Water in the Arab Middle East - Environments and Landscapes in the Bilad ash-Sham (Hardcover)
Fidelity Lancaster
R2,025 Discovery Miles 20 250 Within 7 - 12 working days

The result of 25 years of research with different tribal groups in the Arabian peninsula, this study focuses on ethnographic description of Arab tribal societies in five regions of the peninsula, with comparative material from others. Having become aware of the depth in time of Arab tribal structures, the authors have developed a view of Arabic tribal discourse where "tribe" is seen as essentially an identity that confers access to a social structure and its processes. This insight enables the authors to clarify tribal processes of land use and resource management which are normally "invisible," as they leave few written records and the archaeological remains are notoriously difficult to date. The contextual nature of description by local users leads to a reevaluation of social categories, and to an awareness of relationships between bedouin and peasant, tribesman and townsman. A detailed appreciation of the different agricultural, pastoral and fishing practices of the region is presented, together with the underpinning of indigenous theories of land use and resource management. This detailed monograph incorporates many theoretical aspects, including concepts of indigenous theories

Handbook of Paleoanthropology, v. 1 - Handbook of Paleoanthropology Principles, Methods and Approaches (Hardcover, 2007 ed.):... Handbook of Paleoanthropology, v. 1 - Handbook of Paleoanthropology Principles, Methods and Approaches (Hardcover, 2007 ed.)
Winfried Henke, Ian Tattersall; Contributions by T. Hardt
R16,742 Discovery Miles 167 420 Within 7 - 15 working days

Paleoanthropology is perhaps the most multidisciplinary of all the sciences. Any complete account of the evolution and cultural and biological context of Homo sapiens must combine information from geology, paleoecology, primatology, evolutionary biology and a host of other fields. Above all, historical information needs to be combined with, and interpreted in the light of, what we know of the living world. Paleoanthropology is also an actively developing field in which much remains to be settled. The three volumes of this handbook bring together contributions by the worlds leading specialists that reflect the broad spectrum of modern paleoanthropology, thus presenting an indispensable resource for both professionals and students alike.

Volume 1 deals with principles, methods, and approaches. In recent years, enormous advances have been made in such areas as phylogenetic analysis, paleoecology and evolutionary theory and philosophy. The contributions in this first volume present the state of the art in these fields, provide succinct introductions to them and reflect the many ways in which they interact.

As human beings are primates, Volume 2 is devoted to primate origins, evolution, behaviour, and adaptive variety. Its emphasis is on integration of fossil data with the vast amount that is now known of the behaviour and ecology of living primates in natural environments.

Volume 3 deals with the fossil and molecular evidence for the evolution of Homo sapiens and its fossil relatives (the family Hominidae or subfamily Homininae, according to taste, a matter that we have left to the individual contributors)."

Negotiating Ethnicity - Second-generation South Asians Traverse a Transnational World (Paperback): Bandana Purkayastha Negotiating Ethnicity - Second-generation South Asians Traverse a Transnational World (Paperback)
Bandana Purkayastha
R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Within 7 - 15 working days

"Purkayastha's work disentangles the effects of race and class. . . . Her findings suggest that ethnic identity is fluid and multi-layered and that the meanings and boundaries of these multiple layers constantly diverge, intersect, and clash." --Min Zhou, professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Asian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles In the continuing debates on the topic of racial and ethnic identity in the United States, there are some that argue that ethnicity is an ascribed reality. To the contrary, others claim that individuals are becoming increasingly active in choosing and constructing their ethnic identities. Focusing on second-generation South Asian Americans, Bandana Purkayastha offers fresh insights into the subjective experience of race, ethnicity, and social class in an increasingly diverse America. The young people of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Nepalese origin that are the subjects of the study grew up in mostly white middle-class suburbs, and their linguistic skills, education, and occupation profiles are indistinguishable from their white peers. By many standards, their lifestyles mark them as members of mainstream American culture. But, as Purkayastha shows, their ethnic experiences are shaped by their racial status as neither "white" or "wholly Asian," their continuing ties with family members across the world, and a global consumer industry, which targets them as ethnic consumers. Drawing on information gathered from forty-eight in-depth interviews and years of research, this book illustrates how ethnic identity is negotiated by this group through the adoption of ethnic labels, the invention of "traditions," the consumption of ethnic products, and participation in voluntary societies. The pan-ethnic identities that result demonstrate attempts to balance racial marginalization, an attachment to heritage, and a celebration of reinvention. Lucidly written and enriched with vivid personal accounts, Negotiating Ethnicity is an important contribution to the literature on ethnicity and racialization in contemporary American culture. Bandana Purkayastha is an assistant professor of sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut.

French, Cajun, Creole, Houma - A Primer on Francophone Louisiana (Hardcover): Carl A. Brasseaux French, Cajun, Creole, Houma - A Primer on Francophone Louisiana (Hardcover)
Carl A. Brasseaux
R352 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R68 (19%) Within 7 - 15 working days

In recent years, ethnographers have recognized south Louisiana as home to perhaps the most complex rural society in North America. More than a dozen French-speaking immigrant groups have been identified there, Cajuns and white Creoles being the most famous. In this guide to the amazing social, cultural, and linguistic variation within Louisiana's French-speaking region, Carl A. Brasseaux presents an overview of the origins and evolution of all the Francophone communities.

Brasseaux examines the impact of French immigration on Louisiana over the past three centuries. He shows how this once-undesirable outpost of the French empire became colonized by individuals ranging from criminals to entrepreneurs who went on to form a multifaceted society -- one that, unlike other American melting pots, rests upon a French cultural foundation.

A prolific author and expert on the region, Brasseaux offers readers an entertaining history of how these diverse peoples created south Louisiana's famous vibrant culture, interacting with African Americans, Spaniards, and Protestant Anglos and encountering influences from southern plantation life and the Caribbean. He explores in detail three still cohesive components in the Francophone melting pot, each one famous for having retained a distinct identity: the Creole communities, both black and white; the Cajun people; and the state's largest concentration of French speakers -- the Houma tribe.

A product of thirty years' research, French, Cajun, Creole, Houma provides a reliable and understandable guide to the ethnic roots of a region long popular as an international tourist attraction.

Ethnicity, Hunter Gatherers and the Other - Association or Assimilation in Africa (Hardcover): Susan Kent Ethnicity, Hunter Gatherers and the Other - Association or Assimilation in Africa (Hardcover)
Susan Kent
R899 Discovery Miles 8 990 Within 7 - 15 working days

As the world continues to shrink owing to globalization, the need to understand the diversity of culturally distinct societies and their interactions with neighboring groups becomes greater than ever. Susan Kent has invited an international team of experts to present their insights into how one type of society, African hunter-gatherers, has managed to survive long past the first contact between foragers, farmers, and pastoralists.
The contributors explore many issues, including culture change, trade, tribute, inter-group relations, autonomy, dependence, and differential contact histories and rates of change. They consider why the association of hunter-gatherers with non-hunter-gatherers has sometimes led to trade between autonomous societies and in other cases has led to assimilation.
"Ethnicity, Hunter-Gatherers, and the "Other" "illuminates both past and present foraging societies by presenting new data and reinterpreting previously collected data within the framework of inter-group interactions.

Daughters of Suburbia - Growing Up White, Middle Class and Female (Paperback): Lorraine Delia Kenny Daughters of Suburbia - Growing Up White, Middle Class and Female (Paperback)
Lorraine Delia Kenny
R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Within 7 - 15 working days

""A deeply troubling, memorable account of teen girls learning the ways of whiteness, Kenny's ethnography helps us to see how a white norm is produced and maintained in suburbia and lets us eavesdrop as the girls police themselves and are policed by the media."" --Maureen Reddy, author of Crossing the Color Line: Race, Parenting, and Culture ""This book makes a significant contribution to the literature on the social construction of whiteness and to work on U.S. popular culture. It will be of widespread interest."" --Kamala Visweswaran, author of Fictions of Feminist Ethnography White middle-class suburbia represents all that is considered ""normal"" in the United States, especially to the people who live its privileged life. Part ethnography, part cultural study, Daughters of Suburbia focuses on the lives of teenage girls from this world--the world of the Long Island, New York, middle school that author Lorraine Kenny once attended--to examine how standards of normalcy define gender, exercise power, and reinforce the cultural practices of whiteness. In order to move beyond characterizations of ""the normal"" (a loaded term that can obscure much of what actually defines this culture), Kenny highlights both the experiences of the middle-school students and the stories of three notoriously ""bad"" white middle-class teenage girls: Amy Fischer, the ""Pistol-Packing Long Island Lolita,"" Cheryl Pierson, who hired a classmate to murder her father, and Emily Heinrichs, a former white supremacist and a teen mom. Arguing that middle-class whiteness thrives on its invisibility--on not being recognized as a cultural phenomenon--Kenny suggests that what the media identify as aberrant, as well as what they choose not to represent, are the keys to identifying the unspoken assumptions that constitute middle-class whiteness as a cultural norm. Daughters of Suburbia makes the familiar strange and gives substance to an otherwise intangible social position. Lorraine Kenny is the Public Education Coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project. She has taught anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College.

Hunting Tradition in a Changing World - Yup'ik Lives in Alaska Today (Hardcover): Ann Fienup-,etc, Riordan Hunting Tradition in a Changing World - Yup'ik Lives in Alaska Today (Hardcover)
Ann Fienup-,etc, Riordan
R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Within 7 - 15 working days

The Yupiit in southwestern Alaska are members of the larger family of Inuit cultures. Including more than 20,000 individuals in seventy villages, the Yupiit continue to engage in traditional hunting activities, carefully following the seasonal shifts in the environment they know so well. During the twentieth century, especially after the construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the Yup'ik people witnessed and experienced explosive cultural changes. Anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan explores how these subarctic hunters engage in a ""hunt"" for history, to make connections within their own communities and between them and the larger world. She turns to the Yupiit themselves, joining her essays with eloquent narratives by individual Yupiit, which illuminate their hunting traditions in their own words. To highlight the ongoing process of cultural negotiation, Fienup-Riordan provides vivid examples: How the Yupiit use metaphor to teach both themselves and others about their past and present lives; how they maintain their cultural identity, even while moving away from native villages; and how they worked with museums in the ""Lower 48"" on an exhibition of Yup'ik ceremonial masks. Ann Fienup-Riordan has published many books on Yup'ik history and oral tradition, including Eskimo Essays: Yup'ik Lives and How We See Them, The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks and Boundaries and Passages. She has lived with and written about the Yupiit for twenty-five years.

After the Last Sky - Palestinian Lives (Paperback, New ed): Edward Said After the Last Sky - Palestinian Lives (Paperback, New ed)
Edward Said; Photographs by Jean Mohr
R652 Discovery Miles 6 520 Within 7 - 15 working days

A searing portrait in words and photographs of Palestinian life and identity that is at once an exploration of Edward Said's own dislocated past and a testimony to the lives of those living in exile.

The Power of Stars - How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization (Book, Edition.): Bryan E Penprase The Power of Stars - How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization (Book, Edition.)
Bryan E Penprase
R742 Discovery Miles 7 420 Within 7 - 15 working days

What are some of the connections that bind us to the stars? How have these connections been established? And how have people all around the world and throughout time reacted to the night sky, the sun and moon, in their poetry, mythology, rituals, and temples? This book explores the influence of the sky on both ancient and modern civilization, by providing a clear overview of the many ways in which humans have used the stars as an ordering principle in their cultures, and which today still inspire us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. This book explores constellation lore from around the world, celestial alignments of monuments and temples, both from ancient and modern civilizations, and the role the sky has played in the cultures of the Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, Native American, Chinese, Mayan, Aztec, and Inca. Models of the universe from each of these cultures are described clearly, and each culture's explanation of the stars, planets, and other celestial objects are described. The roots of astronomy and astrology are presented with original imagery and reproductions of ancient manuscripts that portray the structure of the physical universe as conceived by a diverse array of human cultures over the centuries. Our own scientific Big Bang cosmology and the origin of stars and elements are discussed in a philosophical context, to explore how we as modern people learn about the Universe, and incorporate the findings of science into our world views. A concluding chapter provides a summary of modern science's effort to unlock the celestial secrets from the sky and from past civilizations, and what these answers mean for us today.

Whiteness - A Critical Reader (Hardcover): Michael Hill Whiteness - A Critical Reader (Hardcover)
Michael Hill
R1,692 Discovery Miles 16 920 Within 7 - 15 working days

For centuries, Whiteness has been the invisible norm in the West, a transparent, yet ubiquitous frame of reference so pervasive that most Whites consider themselves absolved from race matters. In recent years activists, scholars, and writers have been challenging this cultural and political monolith by investigating Whiteness in its many manifestations. Yet, once it is rendered visible, Whiteness proves to be perilous and paradoxical: we single out Whiteness to expose its status as an unexamined center, yet the more we single it out, the more attention we invariably draw to it, once again at the expense of marginalized cultures. Organized into sections on white politics, white culture, white bodies, and white theory, this anthology collects much of the most important work on Whiteness to date. Such writers as David Roediger, Eric Lott, E. Ann Kaplan, Fred Pfeil, Amitava Kumar, and Henry A. Giroux serve up what is, in essence, a second generation of writing on Whiteness, moving past acknowledgment of its heretofore invisible nature, to in-depth analysis of its resilience and alleged disintegration. Taking on film, literature, music, militias, even Rush Limbaugh, Whiteness: A Critical Reader is a crucial contribution to discussions of race, politics, and culture in the U.S. today.

Wild Chimpanzees - Social Behavior of an Endangered Species (Hardcover): Adam Clark Arcadi Wild Chimpanzees - Social Behavior of an Endangered Species (Hardcover)
Adam Clark Arcadi
R1,152 Discovery Miles 11 520 Within 7 - 12 working days

As our closest primate relatives, chimpanzees offer tantalizing clues about the behavior of early human ancestors. This book provides a rich and detailed portrait of chimpanzee social life in the wild, synthesizing hundreds of thousands of hours of research at seven long-term field sites. Why are the social lives of males and females so different? Why do groups of males sometimes seek out and kill neighboring individuals? Do chimpanzees cooperate when they hunt monkeys? Is their vocal behaviour like human speech? Are there different chimpanzee 'cultures'? Addressing these questions and more, Adam Arcadi presents a fascinating introduction to the chimpanzee social universe and the challenges we face in trying to save this species from extinction. With extensive notes organized by field site and an appendix describing field methods, this book is indispensable for students, researchers, and anyone else interested in the remarkable and complex world of these intelligent apes.

The Missing Lemur Link - An Ancestral Step in the Evolution of Human Behaviour (Hardcover): Ivan Norscia, Elisabetta Palagi The Missing Lemur Link - An Ancestral Step in the Evolution of Human Behaviour (Hardcover)
Ivan Norscia, Elisabetta Palagi; Foreword by Alison Jolly, Ian Tatterall; Afterword by Michael A. Huffman
R1,364 Discovery Miles 13 640 Within 7 - 12 working days

Lemurs share a common distant ancestor with humans. Following their own evolutionary pathway, lemurs provide the ideal model to shed light on the behavioural traits of primates including conflict management, communication strategies and society building and how these aspects of social living relate to those found in the anthropoid primates. Adopting a comparative approach throughout, lemur behaviour is cross-examined with that of monkeys, apes and humans. This book reviews and expands upon the newest fields of research in lemur behavioural biology, including recent analytical approaches that have so far been limited to studies of haplorrhine primates. Different methodological approaches are harmonised in this volume to break conceptual walls between both primate taxa and different disciplines. Through a focus on the methodologies behind lemur behaviour and social interactions, future primate researchers will be encouraged to produce directly comparable results.

Aquatic Ape Hypothesis - Most Credible Theory of Human Evolution (Paperback, New edition): Elaine Morgan Aquatic Ape Hypothesis - Most Credible Theory of Human Evolution (Paperback, New edition)
Elaine Morgan 1
R216 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R45 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This thought-provoking text presents the Aquatic Ape Theory, with new information, new questions and a wealth of documentary evidence. It is the most persuasive, closely argued case yet offered to explain the mystery of human origins.'

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