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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived - The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes (Hardcover): Adam Rutherford A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived - The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes (Hardcover)
Adam Rutherford
R463 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R115 (25%) Within 8 - 13 working days
Early Humans (Paperback): Nicholas Ashton Early Humans (Paperback)
Nicholas Ashton
R825 R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Save R220 (27%) Within 8 - 15 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.

Early Humans (Hardcover): Nicholas Ashton Early Humans (Hardcover)
Nicholas Ashton
R1,392 R997 Discovery Miles 9 970 Save R395 (28%) Within 8 - 15 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.

The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Paperback): Jonathan Marks The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Paperback)
Jonathan Marks
R881 Discovery Miles 8 810 Within 7 - 15 working days

In The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology, author Jon Marks presents an innovative framework for thinking about the major issues in the field with fourteen original essays designed to correlate to the core chapters in standard textbooks. Each chapter draws on and complements--but does not reconstitute (except for the sake of clarity)--the major data and ideas presented in standard texts. Marks explores such topics as how we make sense of data about our origins, where our modern ideas comes from, our inability to separate natural facts from cultural facts and values as we try to understand ourselves, and the social and political aspects of science as a culturally situated mental activity.
Features
* Offers clear, intelligent, and completely original discussions-injected with a sense of humor-that will keep students reading
* Addresses core topics in a way that does not simply mirror what is in the basic textbooks but offers a new spin, thereby fostering critical thinking
* Complements traditional textbooks in biological anthropology and explores connections between biological and general anthropology
* Provides expert integration of topics, coherent narratives, and salient examples
* Utilizes theme statements at the start of each chapter that introduce the breadth of information covered and engage students in the material

The Iceman Inheritance - Prehistoric Sources Of Western Man's Racism, Sexism And Agression (Paperback, Revised): Michael... The Iceman Inheritance - Prehistoric Sources Of Western Man's Racism, Sexism And Agression (Paperback, Revised)
Michael Bradley, John Henrik Clarke
R286 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R44 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days
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
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 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.

Dark Thoughts - Race and the Eclipse of Society (Hardcover): Charles C. Lemert Dark Thoughts - Race and the Eclipse of Society (Hardcover)
Charles C. Lemert
R2,576 Discovery Miles 25 760 Within 8 - 15 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

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
R733 Discovery Miles 7 330 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.

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, William Lancaster
R2,256 Discovery Miles 22 560 Within 8 - 15 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 - Principles, Methods and Approaches (Hardcover, 2007 ed.): Winfried Henke, Ian Tattersall Handbook of Paleoanthropology, v. 1 - Principles, Methods and Approaches (Hardcover, 2007 ed.)
Winfried Henke, Ian Tattersall; Contributions by T. Hardt
R18,903 Discovery Miles 189 030 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
R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 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
R382 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R65 (17%) 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.

Struggle for the Land - Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide and Colonization (Paperback, 2nd Revised... Struggle for the Land - Native North American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide and Colonization (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Ward Churchill
R372 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R58 (16%) Within 7 - 15 working days

This seminal book established Churchill as an intellectual force to be reckoned with in indigenous land rights debates. Required reading for anyone interested in Native North America and ecological justice. Revised and expanded edition.

Ward Churchill (Keetowah Cherokee) has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues. He is a Professor of American Indian Studies, a leading member of AIM, and has been a delegate to the U.N. Working Group on Indigenous Populations.

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
R1,011 Discovery Miles 10 110 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
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 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 (Paperback): Ann Fienup-,etc, Riordan Hunting Tradition in a Changing World - Yup'ik Lives in Alaska Today (Paperback)
Ann Fienup-,etc, Riordan
R615 Discovery Miles 6 150 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.

Whiteness - A Critical Reader (Hardcover): Michael Hill Whiteness - A Critical Reader (Hardcover)
Michael Hill
R1,907 Discovery Miles 19 070 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.

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
R1,457 Discovery Miles 14 570 Within 8 - 15 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.

50 Great Myths of Human Evolution - Understanding Misconceptions About Our Origins (Paperback): John H. Relethford 50 Great Myths of Human Evolution - Understanding Misconceptions About Our Origins (Paperback)
John H. Relethford
R513 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R100 (19%) Within 7 - 13 working days

50 Great Myths of Human Evolution uses common misconceptions to explore basic theory and research in human evolution and strengthen critical thinking skills for lay readers and students. * Examines intriguing yet widely misunderstood topics, from general ideas about evolution and human origins to the evolution of modern humans and recent trends in the field * Describes what fossils, archaeology, and genetics can tell us about human origins * Demonstrates the ways in which science adapts and changes over time to incorporate new evidence and better explanations * Includes myths such as Humans lived at the same time as dinosaurs; Lucy was so small because she was a child; Our ancestors have always made fire; and There is a strong relationship between brain size and intelligence * Comprised of stand-alone essays that are perfect for casual reading, as well as footnotes and references that allow readers to delve more deeply into topics

Frozen in Time - The Fate of the Franklin Expedition (Paperback): Owen Beattie Frozen in Time - The Fate of the Franklin Expedition (Paperback)
Owen Beattie
R342 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R78 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Body Wars - Why Body Dissatisfaction is at Epidemic Proportions and How We Can Fight Back (Paperback): Aric Sigman The Body Wars - Why Body Dissatisfaction is at Epidemic Proportions and How We Can Fight Back (Paperback)
Aric Sigman
R333 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R69 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Girls and women of all ages have never been more unhappy with their bodies. And research shows that slim women are often no more satisfied with their bodies than overweight ones. Forty years after the debut of body politics, fat is more of a feminist issue than ever. So why has body dissatisfaction become the norm? Why are children as young as 3 years of age worried about their appearance? Why are eating disorders, weight and shape concerns affecting so many women? And what can we do to deal with the negative effects this is having on people's lives? Leading psychologist Dr Aric Sigman tackles body dissatisfaction in a direct, uncompromising way, examining the leading research, identifying the key issues and contributing personal experiences. And he calls on the untapped army of husbands, partners and fathers to come out fighting to help change the way girls and women feel. The Body Wars also offers clear, practical solutions for individuals, parents and society to help reduce and prevent what is fast becoming a world-wide epidemic.

Face and Mask - A Double History (Hardcover): Hans Belting Face and Mask - A Double History (Hardcover)
Hans Belting; Translated by Thomas S. Hansen, Abby J. Hansen
R807 R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Save R216 (27%) Within 7 - 11 working days

A cultural history of the face in Western art, ranging from portraiture in painting and photography to film, theater, and mass mediaThis fascinating book presents the first cultural history and anthropology of the face across centuries, continents, and media. Ranging from funerary masks and masks in drama to the figural work of contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman and Nam June Paik, renowned art historian Hans Belting emphasizes that while the face plays a critical role in human communication, it defies attempts at visual representation.Belting divides his book into three parts: faces as masks of the self, portraiture as a constantly evolving mask in Western culture, and the fate of the face in the age of mass media. Referencing a vast array of sources, Belting's insights draw on art history, philosophy, theories of visual culture, and cognitive science. He demonstrates that Western efforts to portray the face have repeatedly failed, even with the developments of new media such as photography and film, which promise ever-greater degrees of verisimilitude. In spite of sitting at the heart of human expression, the face resists possession, and creative endeavors to capture it inevitably result in masks-hollow signifiers of the humanity they're meant to embody.From creations by Van Eyck and August Sander to works by Francis Bacon, Ingmar Bergman, and Chuck Close, Face and Mask takes a remarkable look at how, through the centuries, the physical visage has inspired and evaded artistic interpretation.

White Man Falling - Race, Gender, and White Supremacy (Paperback): Abby L. Ferber White Man Falling - Race, Gender, and White Supremacy (Paperback)
Abby L. Ferber
R402 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R70 (17%) Within 7 - 15 working days

The voice and writings of white supremacists provide the basis for Abby Ferber's provocative critique of America's most extreme form of racism. Using excerpts and illustrations from such rarely seen publications as National Vanguard, White Patriot, and White Power, this new book explores the world of white supremacists and the way they imagine racial and gender identity. Ferber examines their belief that white men are becoming victims, and their response to this threat: the reassertion of white male power. This book provides a history of race as a concept, as well as an account of the white supremacist movement, including such groups as the Ku Klux Klan, the Neo-Nazis, and skinheads. Ferber puts this movement into a wider context, arguing that, in important respects, white supremacist ideology resembles that of the mainstream by sharing basic assumptions about race and gender. White Man Falling is a startling portrait of the perception that white masculinity is in crisis and white supremacist attempts to reassert dominance. The end picture is one that holds serious repercussions not only for the future of the white man, but for all people.

Care of the Species - Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity (Paperback): John Hartigan Care of the Species - Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity (Paperback)
John Hartigan
R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Within 7 - 11 working days

Across the globe, an expanding circle of care is encompassing a growing number of species through efforts targeting biodiversity, profoundly revising the line between humans and nonhumans. Care of the Species examines infrastructures of care-labs and gardens in Spain and Mexico-where plant scientists grapple with the complexities of evolution and domestication. John Hartigan Jr. uses ethnography to access the expertise of botanists and others engaged with cultivating biodiversity, providing various entry points for understanding plants in the world around us. He begins by tracing the historical emergence of race through practices of care on nonhumans, showing how this history informs current thinking about conservation. With geneticists working on maize, Hartigan deploys Foucaults concept of care of the self to analyze how domesticated species are augmented by an afterlife of data. In the botanical gardens of Spain, Care of the Species explores seed banks, herbariums, and living collections, depicting the range of ways people interact with botanical knowledge. This culminates in Hartigans effort to engage plants as ethnographic subjects through a series of imaginative interviewtechniques. Care of the Species contributes to debates about the concept of species through vivid ethnography, developing a cultural perspective on evolutionary dynamics while using ethnography to theorize species. In tackling the racial dimension of efforts to go beyond the human,this book reveals a far greater stratum of sameness than commonly assumed.

Almost Human (Hardcover): Lee Berger Almost Human (Hardcover)
Lee Berger
R429 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R101 (24%) Within 8 - 15 working days

In 2013, Lee Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave in South Africa. He put out a call around the world for petite collaborators--men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of "underground astronauts," Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known prehominids like Lucy, the famous Australopithecus, with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger's team had discovered an all new species, and they called it Homo naledi.

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