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Play learn know - A child is a work in progress (Paperback): Dr Melodie de Jager, Liz Victor Play learn know - A child is a work in progress (Paperback)
Dr Melodie de Jager, Liz Victor 1
R233 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R29 (12%) In stock

A child is a work in progress who thrives when everyday living becomes an interactive game. Play. Learn. Know. is a guide to help Mom and Dad (and, in an ideal world, all caregivers) to shape their child's body, heart and mind with care and thoughtfulness. It gives simple and playful solutions to developing complex skills preparing children for school and life (ages 3 to 7). A child needs to experience life to become part of life. You can help your child to belong by exposing him to everyday life: name the things you touch; explain what happens around him; show him how things work; and allow him the opportunity to discover-learn, to move and ask questions freely. You don't need to know all the answers - teach him from an early age to find answers on his own. This book is not a checklist or a time sheet to tick off or fill in arbitrarily; it is a road map to guide you along the journey of development. It has no age indicators, because every child unfolds developmentally in his own time. Child development is not a race to 'get there first'. It is a journey during which there are skills to be developed, knowledge to be discovered and thousands of experiences to be enjoyed along the way to school readiness.

Big Trouble in Little China (Blu-ray disc): Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton,... Big Trouble in Little China (Blu-ray disc)
Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, …
R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Within 7 - 11 working days

When his friend's fiancée is kidnapped, truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) embarks upon an unlikely adventure beneath the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown. It seems that the fiancée, green-eyed Gracie Law (Kim Cattrall), has been taken by 2,000-year-old wizard Lo Pan (James Hong), who needs to marry a woman with green eyes if he is to regain his physical form. With guns at the ready, Jack storms into the Chinatown underworld ready to rescue Gracie from Lo Pan's clutches, but with the supernatutal and martial arts forces that are ranged against him, it's a task that is going to be anything but easy.

Nixon in New York - How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White House (Hardcover): Victor Li Nixon in New York - How Wall Street Helped Richard Nixon Win the White House (Hardcover)
Victor Li
R1,938 Discovery Miles 19 380 Within 7 - 11 working days

Richard Nixon's loss in the 1962 gubernatorial election in California was more than just a simple electoral defeat. His once-promising political career was in ruins as he dropped his second high-profile race in as many years. Nixon, himself, rubbed salt in his own self-inflicted wounds by delivering a growling, bitter concession speech that made him seem like a sore loser. In the months following his defeat and self-immolation, he left California to move to New York so that he could work for a prestigious Wall Street law firm. His new career only seemed to confirm what everyone already knew: Richard Nixon was finished as a politician. Except, he wasn't. Nixon's political resurrection was virtually unprecedented in American history role, and he had his law firm to thank for paving his way to the White House. His role as public partner at Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie & Alexander was the ideal platform for him as he looked to reinvent himself after his back-to-back losses in 1960 and 1962. Nixon's firm gave him access to deep-pocketed clients, many of whom became donors when he decided to take the plunge in 1968. Furthermore, working for so many international clients allowed him to travel the world and burnish his foreign policy credentials - a vital quality that voters were looking for as the Cold War raged on and the Vietnam War showed no signs of slowing down. Nixon's time at the firm also allowed him to build a formidable campaign staff consisting of top-notch lawyers, researchers and writers - a staff that did just about everything for him when it came time to ramp up for the 1968 campaign.

5G for Future Wireless Networks - First International Conference, 5GWN 2017, Beijing, China, April 21-23, 2017, Proceedings... 5G for Future Wireless Networks - First International Conference, 5GWN 2017, Beijing, China, April 21-23, 2017, Proceedings (Paperback, 1st ed. 2018)
Keping Long, Victor C. M. Leung, Haijun Zhang, Zhiyong Feng, Yonghui Li, …
R1,812 R1,581 Discovery Miles 15 810 Save R231 (13%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This book constitutes the proceedings of the First International Conference on 5G for Future Wireless Networks, 5GWN 2017, held in Beijing, China, in April 2017. The 64 full papers were selected from 135 submissions and present the state of the art and practical applications of 5G technologies. The exponentially growing data traffic caused by the development of mobile Internet and smart phones requires powerful networks. The fifth generation (5G) techniques are promising to meet the requirements of this explosive data traffic in future mobile communications.

Smart Grid Applications and Developments (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Peter Hills, Daphne Mah, Victor Li, Richard Balme Smart Grid Applications and Developments (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Peter Hills, Daphne Mah, Victor Li, Richard Balme
R2,708 Discovery Miles 27 080 Within 7 - 15 working days

Meeting today's energy and climate challenges require not only technological advancement but also a good understanding of stakeholders' perceptions, political sensitivity, well-informed policy analyses and innovative interdisciplinary solutions. This book will fill this gap. This is an interdisciplinary informative book to provide a holistic and integrated understanding of the technology-stakeholder-policy interactions of smart grid technologies. The unique features of the book include the following: (a) interdisciplinary approach - by bringing in the policy dimensions to smart grid technologies; (b) global and Asian perspective and (c) learning from national case studies. This book is organised into five sections. Part 1 discusses the historical and conceptual aspects of smart grids. Part 2 introduces the technological aspects and showcase the state of the art of the technologies. Part 3 explores the policy and governance dimensions by bringing in a stakeholder perspective. Part 4 presents a collection of national case studies. Part 5 shares insights and lesson learnt and provide policy recommendations. This book showcases the state-of-the-art R&D developments and policy experiences. This book contributes to a better understanding of governance institution and policy challenges and helps formulate policy recommendations for successful smart grid deployment.

Advances in Visual Computing - 9th International Symposium, ISVC 2013, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, July 29-31, 2013. Proceedings,... Advances in Visual Computing - 9th International Symposium, ISVC 2013, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, July 29-31, 2013. Proceedings, Part I (Paperback, 2013 ed.)
George Bebis, Richard Boyle, Bahram Parvin, Darko Koracin, Baoxin Li, …
R1,590 R1,394 Discovery Miles 13 940 Save R196 (12%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The two volume sets LNCS 8033 and 8034 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Visual Computing, ISVC 2013, held in Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, in July 2013. The 63 revised full papers and 35 poster papers presented together with 32 special track papers were carefully reviewed and selected from more than 220 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections: Part I (LNCS 8033) comprises computational bioimaging; computer graphics; motion, tracking and recognition; segmentation; visualization; 3D mapping, modeling and surface reconstruction; feature extraction, matching and recognition; sparse methods for computer vision, graphics and medical imaging; and face processing and recognition. Part II (LNCS 8034) comprises topics such as visualization; visual computing with multimodal data streams; visual computing in digital cultural heritage; intelligent environments: algorithms and applications; applications and virtual reality.

Towards Sustainable Use of Rangelands in North-West China (Hardcover, 2010 ed.): Victor Squires, Limin Hua, Degang Zhang,... Towards Sustainable Use of Rangelands in North-West China (Hardcover, 2010 ed.)
Victor Squires, Limin Hua, Degang Zhang, Guolin Li
R4,025 R3,421 Discovery Miles 34 210 Save R604 (15%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Towards Sustainable Use of Rangelands in China's North West is based on the program of the International Conference Implementing GEF Objectives in a Systems Framework held in Lanzhou, Gansu, China in October 2008. This collection reviews the extent of resource debasement in China's pastoral zones and offers solutions for their sustainable use. The five parts deal with ran- lands, and the people who manage them, and assess prospects for implementation of more sustainable rangeland/livestock production systems. Topics include Livestock husbandry development and agro-pastoral integration in Gansu and Xinjiang; Ecological restoration and control of rangeland degradation. Despite widespread degradation, the articles reveal the approaches that are likely to lead to recovery of these rangelands and better livelihoods for the local herders and farmers. Two chapters are devoted to the achievement of global environmental objectives. Carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation in mountain grasslands are just a few of the covered subjects. This portion of the book pays special attention to the successful results in Gansu and Xinjiang - major regions of China's pastoral lands. The final division addresses measures to improve the profitability and susta- ability of herding and farming in the pastoral areas of north-west China There are fifteen chapters on subjects that include: Livestock management, Rangeland management interventions, Agro-pastoral integration, Improved animal husbandry practices as a basis for profitability. Land tenure and access, Environmental education, Ecological Restoration and New Management approaches for China's northwest pastoral areas.

Future Information Technology, Application, and Service - FutureTech 2012 Volume 2 (Hardcover, 2012 ed.): James J (Jong Hyuk)... Future Information Technology, Application, and Service - FutureTech 2012 Volume 2 (Hardcover, 2012 ed.)
James J (Jong Hyuk) Park, Victor C. M. Leung, Cho-Li Wang, Taeshik Shon
R3,422 R2,919 Discovery Miles 29 190 Save R503 (15%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This book is about Future Information Technology, Application, and Service (FutureTech 2012 volume 2). The topics of FutureTech 2012 cover the current hot topics satisfying the world-wide ever-changing needs. The FutureTech 2012 is intended to foster the dissemination of state-of-the-art research in all future IT areas, including their models, services, and novel applications associated with their utilization. The FutureTech 2012 will provide an opportunity for academic and industry professionals to discuss the latest issues and progress in this area. In addition, the conference will publish high quality papers which are closely related to the various theories, modeling, and practical applications in many types of future technology. The main scope of FutureTech 2012 is as follows. Hybrid Information Technology Cloud and Cluster Computing Ubiquitous Networks and Wireless Communications Multimedia Convergence Intelligent and Pervasive Applications Security and Trust Computing IT Management and Service Bioinformatics and Bio-Inspired Computing Database and Data Mining Knowledge System and Intelligent Agent Human-centric Computing and Social Networks The FutureTech is a major forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners throughout the world to present the latest research, results, ideas, developments and applications in all areas of future technologies.

Advances in Visual Computing - 9th International Symposium, ISVC 2013, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, July 29-31, 2013. Proceedings,... Advances in Visual Computing - 9th International Symposium, ISVC 2013, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, July 29-31, 2013. Proceedings, Part II (Paperback, 2013 ed.)
George Bebis, Richard Boyle, Bahram Parvin, Darko Koracin, Baoxin Li, …
R1,751 R1,532 Discovery Miles 15 320 Save R219 (13%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The two volume sets LNCS 8033 and 8034 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Visual Computing, ISVC 2013, held in Rethymnon, Crete, Greece, in July 2013. The 63 revised full papers and 35 poster papers presented together with 32 special track papers were carefully reviewed and selected from more than 220 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections: Part I (LNCS 8033) comprises computational bioimaging; computer graphics; motion, tracking and recognition; segmentation; visualization; 3D mapping, modeling and surface reconstruction; feature extraction, matching and recognition; sparse methods for computer vision, graphics and medical imaging; face processing and recognition. Part II (LNCS 8034) comprises topics such as visualization; visual computing with multimodal data streams; visual computing in digital cultural heritage; intelligent environments: algorithms and applications; applications; virtual reality.

Musical Adventures of John and Mary - In the Land of Note-Gnomes: An Introduction to Music in Stories and Drawings (Chinese,... Musical Adventures of John and Mary - In the Land of Note-Gnomes: An Introduction to Music in Stories and Drawings (Chinese, Paperback)
Victor Shevtsov; Illustrated by Maria Damgaard (Shevtsova); Translated by Lily Li
R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Within 7 - 15 working days
Future Information Technology, Application, and Service, Volume 2 - Future Information Technology, Application, and Service... Future Information Technology, Application, and Service, Volume 2 - Future Information Technology, Application, and Service FutureTech 2012 (Paperback, 2012 ed.)
James J. Park, Victor C. M. Leung, Cho-Li Wang, Taeshik Shon
R3,842 Discovery Miles 38 420 Within 7 - 15 working days

This book is about Future Information Technology, Application, and Service (FutureTech 2012 volume 2). The topics of FutureTech 2012 cover the current hot topics satisfying the world-wide ever-changing needs. The FutureTech 2012 is intended to foster the dissemination of state-of-the-art research in all future IT areas, including their models, services, and novel applications associated with their utilization. The FutureTech 2012 will provide an opportunity for academic and industry professionals to discuss the latest issues and progress in this area. In addition, the conference will publish high quality papers which are closely related to the various theories, modeling, and practical applications in many types of future technology. The main scope of FutureTech 2012 is as follows. Hybrid Information Technology Cloud and Cluster Computing Ubiquitous Networks and Wireless Communications Multimedia Convergence Intelligent and Pervasive Applications Security and Trust Computing IT Management and Service Bioinformatics and Bio-Inspired Computing Database and Data Mining Knowledge System and Intelligent Agent Human-centric Computing and Social Networks The FutureTech is a major forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners throughout the world to present the latest research, results, ideas, developments and applications in all areas of future technologies.

Future Information Technology, Application, and Service - FutureTech 2012 Volume 1 (Hardcover, 2012 ed.): James J (Jong Hyuk)... Future Information Technology, Application, and Service - FutureTech 2012 Volume 1 (Hardcover, 2012 ed.)
James J (Jong Hyuk) Park, Victor C. M. Leung, Cho-Li Wang, Taeshik Shon
R6,038 R5,111 Discovery Miles 51 110 Save R927 (15%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This book is proceedings of the 7th FTRA International Conference on Future Information Technology (FutureTech 2012). The topics of FutureTech 2012 cover the current hot topics satisfying the world-wide ever-changing needs. The FutureTech 2012 is intended to foster the dissemination of state-of-the-art research in all future IT areas, including their models, services, and novel applications associated with their utilization. The FutureTech 2012 will provide an opportunity for academic and industry professionals to discuss the latest issues and progress in this area. In addition, the conference will publish high quality papers which are closely related to the various theories, modeling, and practical applications in many types of future technology. The main scope of FutureTech 2012 is as follows. Hybrid Information Technology Cloud and Cluster Computing Ubiquitous Networks and Wireless Communications Multimedia Convergence Intelligent and Pervasive Applications Security and Trust Computing IT Management and Service Bioinformatics and Bio-Inspired Computing Database and Data Mining Knowledge System and Intelligent Agent Human-centric Computing and Social Networks The FutureTech is a major forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners throughout the world to present the latest research, results, ideas, developments and applications in all areas of future technologies.

Linked Histories - Postcolonial Studies in a Globalized World (Paperback): Bill Ashcroft, Victor Li, Wang Ning, Pamela... Linked Histories - Postcolonial Studies in a Globalized World (Paperback)
Bill Ashcroft, Victor Li, Wang Ning, Pamela McCallum, Wendy Faith, …
R710 Discovery Miles 7 100 Within 7 - 15 working days

During the past two decades, postcolonial studies has proven to be one of the fastest growing fields of critical inquiry. Postcolonialism has established itself as an important specialist field within literature disciplines, and it has strong resonances across other disciplines (history, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies) and is a field which has inspired genuinely interdisciplinary research. Linked Histories: Postcolonial Studies in a Globalized World, collected from the journal ARIEL (A Review of International English Literataure), take up some of the most pressing issues in postcolonial debates: the challenges which new theories of globalization present for postcolonial studies, the difficulties of rethinking how "marginality" might be defined in a new globalized world, the problems of imagining social transformation within globalization. The editors' goal in bringing together this collection of articles is not to provide any definitive statement on these urgent questions; rather, it is to assemble a group of essays which "think through" the issues and which therefore has the potential to move the discipline forward. The contributors represented include a balance of senior scholars with international reputations and scholars who represent the next generation. With Contributions By: Bill Ashcroft Rey Chow Rob Cover Wendy Faith Monika Fludernik Revathi Krishnaswamy Mary Lawlor Victor Li Pamela McCallum Vijay Mishra Wang Ning Kalpana Sheshadri-Crooks

Wavelet Analysis and Its Applications - Second International Conference, WAA 2001, Hong Kong, China, December 18-20, 2001.... Wavelet Analysis and Its Applications - Second International Conference, WAA 2001, Hong Kong, China, December 18-20, 2001. Proceedings (Paperback, 2001 ed.)
Yuan Y. Tang, Mladen Victor Wickerhauser, P.C. Yuen, Chun-Hung Li
R1,583 Discovery Miles 15 830 Special order

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the Second International Conference on Wavelet Analysis and Its Applications, WAA 2001, held in Hong Kong, China in December 2001. The 24 revised full papers and 27 revised short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 67 full paper submissions. The book offers topical sections on image compression and coding, video coding and processing, theory, image processing, signal processing, and systems and applications.

Law and Politics in China's Foreign Trade (Hardcover): Victor H. Li Law and Politics in China's Foreign Trade (Hardcover)
Victor H. Li
R1,463 Discovery Miles 14 630 Within 7 - 15 working days
Wavelet Analysis And Its Applications - Proceedings Of The Third International Conference On Waa (In 2 Volumes) (Hardcover):... Wavelet Analysis And Its Applications - Proceedings Of The Third International Conference On Waa (In 2 Volumes) (Hardcover)
Jian-Ping Li, Jing Zhao, Mladen Victor Wickerhauser
R5,308 R5,026 Discovery Miles 50 260 Save R282 (5%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This book captures the essence of the current state of research in wavelet analysis and its applications, and identifies the changes and opportunities -- both current and future -- in the field. Distinguished researchers such as Prof John Daugman from Cambridge University and Prof Victor Wickerhauser from Washington University present their research papers. Readership: Graduate students, academics and researchers in computer science and engineering.

Common Pool Nature in the Mekong Bioregion - Dialogues, Ethics, and Justice (Hardcover): Victor Savage, Carl Middleton, Carl... Common Pool Nature in the Mekong Bioregion - Dialogues, Ethics, and Justice (Hardcover)
Victor Savage, Carl Middleton, Carl Grundy-Warr, Yongming Li
R2,034 Discovery Miles 20 340 Special order

Within a bioregion of diverse political-economic state systems and that is home to myriad ethnic groups, this book explores the complex human-nature relationships to interrogate the political ecology and environmental history of the Mekong bioregion "commons." In doing so, the book maps the challenges of inter-state cooperation over a bioregion that is ecologically integrated and yet fragmented and territorialized by the states themselves. The book moves beyond neo-institutionalist frameworks of common pool resources that emphasize the economic value of natural resources by proposing the concept of common pool "nature "(CPN) to which ethical values and the sacred, as foundations of the relationship between the people and nature, are central. CPN offers new insight into the region s resource conflicts, including the politics of knowledge and scale in mega-project decision-making together with environmental justice given divergences between state and ethnic justice systems. The authors argue that ensuring human and ecological security in the Mekong bioregion will rest on more effective use of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary knowledge which spans formal planning mechanisms, scientific approaches, social science, local ecological knowledge and indigenous ethical systems, mediated by multi-cultural dialogues.

The book focuses on the software platform of environmental and social justice as a means to transcend national politics and to see how indigenous ethical systems may provide insights into the environmental philosophy of sustainable human-nature relationships. This book advocates the need to engage stakeholders at all spatial scales, economic segments and social hierarchies in meaningful dialogue in the on-going Mekong bioregional project.

Juega Aprende Descubre (English, Spanish, Paperback): Melanie De Jager, Melodie De Jager, Liz Victor Juega Aprende Descubre (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Melanie De Jager, Melodie De Jager, Liz Victor
R490 R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Save R117 (24%) Special order
Revival: The Future of Taiwan (1980) (Hardcover): Victor C Li Revival: The Future of Taiwan (1980) (Hardcover)
Victor C Li
R2,243 Discovery Miles 22 430 Special order

This title was first published in 1980

Future Information Technology, Application, and Service - FutureTech 2012 Volume 1 (Paperback, 2012 ed.): James (Jong Hyuk)... Future Information Technology, Application, and Service - FutureTech 2012 Volume 1 (Paperback, 2012 ed.)
James (Jong Hyuk) Park, Victor C. M. Leung, Cho-Li Wang, Taeshik Shon
R4,093 R3,860 Discovery Miles 38 600 Save R233 (6%) Special order

This book is proceedings of the 7th FTRA International Conference on Future Information Technology (FutureTech 2012). The topics of FutureTech 2012 cover the current hot topics satisfying the world-wide ever-changing needs. The FutureTech 2012 is intended to foster the dissemination of state-of-the-art research in all future IT areas, including their models, services, and novel applications associated with their utilization. The FutureTech 2012 will provide an opportunity for academic and industry professionals to discuss the latest issues and progress in this area. In addition, the conference will publish high quality papers which are closely related to the various theories, modeling, and practical applications in many types of future technology. The main scope of FutureTech 2012 is as follows. Hybrid Information Technology Cloud and Cluster Computing Ubiquitous Networks and Wireless Communications Multimedia Convergence Intelligent and Pervasive Applications Security and Trust Computing IT Management and Service Bioinformatics and Bio-Inspired Computing Database and Data Mining Knowledge System and Intelligent Agent Human-centric Computing and Social Networks The FutureTech is a major forum for scientists, engineers, and practitioners throughout the world to present the latest research, results, ideas, developments and applications in all areas of future technologies.

Towards Sustainable Use of Rangelands in North-West China (Paperback, 2010 ed.): Victor Squires, Limin Hua, Degang Zhang,... Towards Sustainable Use of Rangelands in North-West China (Paperback, 2010 ed.)
Victor Squires, Limin Hua, Degang Zhang, Guolin Li
R3,726 R3,514 Discovery Miles 35 140 Save R212 (6%) Special order

Towards Sustainable Use of Rangelands in China's North West is based on the program of the International Conference Implementing GEF Objectives in a Systems Framework held in Lanzhou, Gansu, China in October 2008. This collection reviews the extent of resource debasement in China's pastoral zones and offers solutions for their sustainable use. The five parts deal with ran- lands, and the people who manage them, and assess prospects for implementation of more sustainable rangeland/livestock production systems. Topics include Livestock husbandry development and agro-pastoral integration in Gansu and Xinjiang; Ecological restoration and control of rangeland degradation. Despite widespread degradation, the articles reveal the approaches that are likely to lead to recovery of these rangelands and better livelihoods for the local herders and farmers. Two chapters are devoted to the achievement of global environmental objectives. Carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation in mountain grasslands are just a few of the covered subjects. This portion of the book pays special attention to the successful results in Gansu and Xinjiang - major regions of China's pastoral lands. The final division addresses measures to improve the profitability and susta- ability of herding and farming in the pastoral areas of north-west China There are fifteen chapters on subjects that include: Livestock management, Rangeland management interventions, Agro-pastoral integration, Improved animal husbandry practices as a basis for profitability. Land tenure and access, Environmental education, Ecological Restoration and New Management approaches for China's northwest pastoral areas.

The Future of Taiwan (Hardcover): Victor C Li The Future of Taiwan (Hardcover)
Victor C Li
R1,911 Discovery Miles 19 110 Special order
Mechanics of Periodically Heterogeneous Structures (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002): L.I. Manevitch, I.... Mechanics of Periodically Heterogeneous Structures (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002)
L.I. Manevitch, I. V. Andrianov, Victor G. Oshmyan
R2,761 R2,610 Discovery Miles 26 100 Save R151 (5%) Special order

Rigorous presentation of Mathematical Homogenization Theory is the subject of numerous publications. This book, however, is intended to fill the gap in the analytical and numerical performance of the corresponding asymptotic analysis of the static and dynamic behaviors of heterogenous systems. Numerous concrete applications to composite media, heterogeneous plates and shells are considered. A lot of details, numerical results for cell problem solutions, calculations of high-order terms of asymptotic expansions, boundary layer analysis etc., are included.

The Neo-Primitivist Turn - Critical Reflections on Alterity, Culture, and Modernity (Hardcover): Victor Li The Neo-Primitivist Turn - Critical Reflections on Alterity, Culture, and Modernity (Hardcover)
Victor Li
R899 Discovery Miles 8 990 Special order

In recent years the concept of athe primitive' has been the subject of strong criticism; it has been examined, unpacked, and shown to signify little more than a construction or projection necessary for establishing the modernity of the West. The term aprimitive' continues, however, to appear in contemporary critical and cultural discourse, begging the question: Why does primitivism keep reappearing even after it has been uncovered as a modern myth?

In "The Neo-primitivist Turn," Victor Li argues that this contentious term was never completely banished and that it has in fact reappeared under new theoretical guises. An idealized conception of athe primitive, ' he contends, has come to function as the ultimate sign of alterity. Li focuses on the works of theorists like Jean Baudrillard, Jean-FranAois Lyotard, Marianna Torgovnick, Marshall Sahlins, and JA1/4rgen Habermas in order to demonstrate that primitivism continues to be a powerful presence even in those works normally regarded as critical of the concept. Providing close readings of the ways in which the premodern or primitive is strategically deployed in contemporary critical writings, Li's interdisciplinary study is a timely and forceful intervention into current debates on the politics and ethics of otherness, the problems of cultural relativism, and the vicissitudes of modernity.

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