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Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Area / regional studies

Water Treasures of the Himalayas (Hardcover): Serge Verliat, Jean Philippe Water Treasures of the Himalayas (Hardcover)
Serge Verliat, Jean Philippe
R1,195 R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Save R327 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A billion lives depend on the wayers of the Himalayas; sixty million live in this mountain range, while the rest live in its foothills, on the plains of the Indian subcontinent. For them, the Himalayas are a providential water tower. Despite their astonishing diversity, all these peoples share the common belief that this is a 'Sacred Land' and this mountain range is, above all, the 'Abode of Snow' where pure water springs, rivers gush and lakes are crystal-clear. In this mosaic of peoples, languages, religions and lands, water plays a vital part in the geographical distribution of the various ethnic groups, their social organization and the way they see themselves. With its stunning photographs and embedded videos, this volume offers an anthropological insight into the various bonds formed between man and water in the Himalayas. In doing so, it also stresses both the importance of this water tower of Asia, which provides for a thousand million people, and the scope of the current economic and ecologic issues that are at stake.

Sources of Chinese Tradition - From Earliest Times to 1600 (Paperback, second edition): Wm.Theodore De Bary, Irene Bloom,... Sources of Chinese Tradition - From Earliest Times to 1600 (Paperback, second edition)
Wm.Theodore De Bary, Irene Bloom, Richard Lufrano
R875 R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Save R197 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A collection of seminal primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious traditions of China, "Sources of Chinese Tradition, Volume 1" has been widely used and praised for almost forty years as an authoritative resource for scholars and students and as a thorough and engaging introduction for general readers. Here at last is a completely revised and expanded edition of this classic sourcebook, compiled by noted China scholars Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloom. Updated to reflect recent scholarly developments, with extensive material on popular thought and religion, social roles, and women's education, this edition features new translations of more than half the works from the first edition, as well as many new selections.

Arranged chronologically, this anthology is divided into four parts, beginning at the dawn of literate Chinese civilization with the Oracle-Bone inscriptions of the late Shang dynasty (1571--1045 B.C.E.) and continuing through the end of the Ming dynasty (C.E. 1644). Each chapter has an introduction that provides useful historical context and offers interpretive strategies for understanding the readings.

The first part, The Chinese Tradition in Antiquity, considers the early development of Chinese civilization and includes selections from Confucius's "Analects, " the texts of Mencius and Laozi, as well as other key texts from the Confucian, Daoist, and Legalist schools. Part 2, The Making of a Classical Culture, focuses on Han China with readings from the "Classic of Changes" ( "I Jing"), the "Classic of Filiality, " major Han syntheses, and the great historians of the Han dynasty. The development of Buddhism, from the earliest translations from Sanskrit to the central texts of the Chan school (which became Zen in Japan), is the subject of the third section of the book. Titled Later Daoism and Mahayana Buddhism in China, this part also covers the teachings of Wang Bi, Daoist religion, and texts of the major schools of Buddhist doctrine and practice. The final part, The Confucian Revival and Neo-Confucianism, details the revival of Confucian thought in the Tang, Song, and Ming periods, with historical documents that link philosophical thought to political, social, and educational developments in late imperial China.

With annotations, a detailed chronology, glossary, and a new introduction by the editors, "Sources of Chinese Tradition" will continue to be a standard resource, guidebook, and introduction to Chinese civilization well into the twenty-first century.

Food Culture, Consumption and Society (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015): Paolo Corvo Food Culture, Consumption and Society (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015)
Paolo Corvo
R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book analyses how consumer food choices have undergone profound changes in the context of the economic crisis, including the rediscovery of local products and the diffusion of multi-ethnic food. Corvo argues that a new ecological relationship between food and the environment is needed to reduce food problems such as food waste and obesity.

Contemporary African Theory And Thought (Paperback): Clenora Hudson-Weems Contemporary African Theory And Thought (Paperback)
Clenora Hudson-Weems
R722 R528 Discovery Miles 5 280 Save R194 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
This Giving Birth - Pregnancy and Childbirth in American Women's Writing (Paperback): Julie Tharp This Giving Birth - Pregnancy and Childbirth in American Women's Writing (Paperback)
Julie Tharp
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Compelling essays which underline the central place pregnancy and childbirth hold in women's writing. Embracing three centuries of prose and poetry, the anthology traces the evolution of American maternity literature, exploring the difficulties mothers faced as they struggled to transform themselves from objects into maternal subjects. Women as diverse as Anne Bradstreet, Anne Sexton, Sharon Olds, Kate Chopin, Toni Morrison, and Louise Erdrich all labored to reclaim the birthing process by giving voice to experiences and emotions long devalued by a patriarchal culture. Their voices resonate throughout this collection.

Encyclopedia of North Carolina (Hardcover, New edition): William S. Powell Encyclopedia of North Carolina (Hardcover, New edition)
William S. Powell
R1,582 R1,228 Discovery Miles 12 280 Save R354 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The first single-volume reference to the events, institutions, and cultural forces that have defined the state, the ""Encyclopedia of North Carolina"" is a landmark publication that will serve those who love and live in North Carolina for generations to come. Editor, William S. Powell, whom the ""Raleigh News & Observer"" described as a ""living repository of information on all things North Carolinian,"" spent fifteen years developing this volume. With contributions by more than 550 volunteer writers - including scholars, librarians, journalists, and many others - it is a true ""people's encyclopedia"" of North Carolina. The volume includes more than 2,000 entries, presented alphabetically, consisting of longer essays on major subjects, briefer entries, and short summaries and definitions. Most entries include suggestions for further reading. An informative and engaging compendium, the ""Encyclopedia of North Carolina"" is abundantly illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and maps. It is both a celebration and a gift - from the citizens of North Carolina, to the citizens of North Carolina.

Sources of Japanese Tradition - From Earliest Times to 1600 (Paperback, second edition): Wm.Theodore De Bary, Carol Gluck,... Sources of Japanese Tradition - From Earliest Times to 1600 (Paperback, second edition)
Wm.Theodore De Bary, Carol Gluck, Arthur Tiedemann; Edited by Wm.Theodore De Bary, Carol Gluck, …
R834 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R197 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sources of Japanese Tradition is a best-selling classic, unrivaled for its wide selection of source readings on history, society, politics, education, philosophy, and religion in the Land of the Rising Sun. In this long-awaited second edition, the editors have revised or retranslated most of the texts in the original 1958 edition, and added a great many selections not included or translated before. They have also restructured volume 1 to span the period from the early Japanese chronicles to the end of the sixteenth century. New additions include:

o readings on early and medieval Shinto and on the tea ceremony,

o readings on state Buddhism and Chinese political thought influential in Japan, and

o sections on women's education, medieval innovations in the uses of history, and laws and precepts of the medieval warrior houses.

Together, the selections shed light on the development of Japanese civilization in its own terms, without reference to Western parallels, and will continue to assist generations of students and lay readers in understanding Japanese culture.

Displacements and Diasporas - Asians in the Americas (Paperback): Wanni W. Anderson, Robert G. Lee Displacements and Diasporas - Asians in the Americas (Paperback)
Wanni W. Anderson, Robert G. Lee
R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Asians have settled in every country in the Western Hemisphere; some are recent arrivals, other descendents of immigrants who arrived centuries ago. Bringing together essays by thirteen scholars from the humanities and social sciences, Displacements and Diasporas explores this genuinely transnational Asian American experience--one that crosses the Pacific and traverses the Americas from Canada to Brazil, from New York to the Caribbean. With an emphasis on anthropological and historical contexts, the essays show how the experiences of Asians across the Americas have been shaped by the social dynamics and politics of settlement locations as much as by transnational connections and the economic forces of globalization. Contributors bring new insights to the unique situations of Asian communities previously overlooked by scholars, such as Vietnamese Canadians and the Lao living in Rhode Island. Other topics include Chinese laborers and merchants in Latin America and the Caribbean, Japanese immigrants and their descendants in Brazil, Afro-Amerasians in America, and the politics of second-generation Indian American youth culture. Engaging issues of diaspora, transnational and social practice and community building, gender, identity, institutionalized racism, and deterritoriality, this volume presents fresh perspectives on displacement, opening the topic up to a wider, more multidisciplinary terrain of inquiry and teaching. Wanni W. Anderson is an adjunct associate professor in the department of anthropology and ethnic studies at Brown University. Robert G. Lee is an associate professor in the department of American civilization at Brown University.

Knowledge Borders - Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada-Us Border Region (Hardcover): Kathrine E. Richardson Knowledge Borders - Temporary Labor Mobility and the Canada-Us Border Region (Hardcover)
Kathrine E. Richardson
R2,067 Discovery Miles 20 670 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Key elements of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal with temporary labor mobility. Ideally, NAFTA status provisions should make the temporary movement of professionals easier across the border of all NAFTA countries. However, in the case of emerging sectors such as high technology and the creative industries, it is arguably not the case. Within the context of recent literature on cross-border trade, city regions, economic clusters, international labor mobility, and post-September 11 security measures, this book probes the dynamics of transitory immigration of `knowledge-workers' between the North American west coast city regions of Vancouver, Seattle, and the greater San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley area, namely, Cascadia. With particular attention given to the experiences and strategies of the high tech firms that must move highly skilled workers across the Canada-US border, this book draws from 80 in-depth interviews with Canadian and US immigration officials, immigration attorneys and executives and professional staff of new technology firms and Fortune 500 companies. It develops and presents new models towards the development of an innovation cross border region, and recommends new policy approaches. Ultimately, it explores whether or not the Canada-US border is an impediment to the development of cross-border high-tech clusters. This comprehensive book will serve as a critical resource for academics in geography; political science; international relations; global studies; economics; international business and law. It will also strongly appeal to practitioners such as professional immigration lawyers, corporate firms, and governmental policy makers alike.

Italian American Writers on New Jersey - An Anthology of Poetry and Prose (Paperback, New): Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Edvige... Italian American Writers on New Jersey - An Anthology of Poetry and Prose (Paperback, New)
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Edvige Giunta
R453 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R94 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This anthology gathers fiction, poetry, memoirs, oral histories, and journalistic pieces by some of the best Italian American writers to chronicle the Italian American experience in the Garden State. The collection features male and female writers whose work focuses on Italian American life and the distinctive culture of New Jersey, which long has been home to a large and vital Italian American community. Filled with passion, humor, and grace, these writings depict a variety of experiences, including poignant but failed attempts at conformity and the alienation often felt by ethnic Americans. The authors also speak of the strength gained through the preservation of their communities and the realization that it is often the difference from the norm that helps them succeed. Although it deals with only one ethnic group, the volume addresses in microcosm the complexities of American identity, depicting situations and conveying emotions that will resonate with people of all immigrant ancestries. Italian American Writers on New Jersey features writers who have a national following, such as Gay Talese, Tom Perrotta, Louise DeSalvo, and Maria Laurino, as well as lesser-known authors. The volume moves beyond stereotypes, providing a fresh perspective on the diversity, complexity, and richness of Italian American experiences. Publication of this book is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Italian and Italian American Heritage Studies, State of New Jersey.

Putin's Russia - Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain (Paperback, Seventh Edition): Stephen K Wegren Putin's Russia - Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain (Paperback, Seventh Edition)
Stephen K Wegren
R729 Discovery Miles 7 290 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition, this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis of contemporary Russia. Leading scholars explore the daunting domestic and international problems Russia confronts, considering a comprehensive array of economic, political, foreign policy, and social issues. Putin's approach for dealing with his country's challenges emphasizes recentralization of power and a strong state. He has returned to power for a fourth term amidst unresolved policy issues both domestically and from the international community. Only by understanding these challenges-and previous efforts to deal with them-will it be possible to understand the trajectory for Russia. Well written and clearly organized, this text is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to understand contemporary Russia.

Nine Lives - My Time as the West's Top Spy Inside Al-Qaeda (Standard format, CD): Aimen Dean Nine Lives - My Time as the West's Top Spy Inside Al-Qaeda (Standard format, CD)
Aimen Dean; Contributions by Tim Lister, Paul Cruickshank; Read by Assaf Cohen
R695 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R205 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Fighting the Slave Trade - West African Strategies (Paperback): Sylviane A Diouf Fighting the Slave Trade - West African Strategies (Paperback)
Sylviane A Diouf
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This is the first book to explore in a systematic manner the strategies used by Africans to protect and defend themselves and their communities from the onslaught of the Atlantic slave trade and how they assaulted it. It concludes with a reflective epilogue on the memory of slavery. North America: Ohio U Press

In the Creole Twilight - Poems and Songs from Louisiana Folklore (Hardcover): Joshua Clegg Caffery In the Creole Twilight - Poems and Songs from Louisiana Folklore (Hardcover)
Joshua Clegg Caffery
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Creative Communities - Regional Inclusion and the Arts (Paperback): Janet McDonald, Robert Mason Creative Communities - Regional Inclusion and the Arts (Paperback)
Janet McDonald, Robert Mason
R774 Discovery Miles 7 740 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the first major collection to reimagine and analyze the role of the creative arts in building resilient and inclusive regional communities. Bringing together Australia s leading theorists in the creative industries, as well as case studies from practitioners working in the creative and performing arts and new material from targeted research projects, the book reconceptualizes the very meaning of regionalism and the position and potential of creative spaces in nonmetropolitan centers."

See You Again in Pyongyang - A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea (Paperback): Travis Jeppesen See You Again in Pyongyang - A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea (Paperback)
Travis Jeppesen
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In See You Again in Pyongyang, Travis Jeppesen, the first American to complete a university program in North Korea, culls from his experiences living, traveling, and studying in the country to create a multifaceted portrait of the country and its idiosyncratic capital city in the Kim Jong Un Era. Anchored by the experience of his five trips to North Korea and his interactions with citizens from all walks of life, Jeppesen takes readers behind the propaganda, showing how the North Korean system actually works in daily life. He challenges the notion that Pyongyang is merely a "showcase capital" where everything is staged for the benefit of foreigners, as well as the idea that Pyongyangites are brainwashed robots. Jeppesen introduces readers to an array of fascinating North Koreans, from government ministers with a side hustle in black market Western products to young people enamored with American pop culture. With unique personal insight and a rigorous historical grounding, Jeppesen goes beyond the media cliches, showing North Koreans in their full complexity. See You Again in Pyongyang is an essential addition to the literature about one of the world's most fascinating and mysterious places.

Bold Words - A Century of Asian American Writing (Paperback): Rajini Srikanth Bold Words - A Century of Asian American Writing (Paperback)
Rajini Srikanth
R768 Discovery Miles 7 680 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A century of Asian American writing has generated a forceful cascade of "bold words." This anthology covers writings by Asian Americans in all genres, from the early twentieth century to the present. Some sixty authors of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, and Southeast Asian American origin are represented, with an equal split between male and female writers. The collection is divided into four sections-memoir, fiction, poetry, and drama-prefaced by an introductory essay from a well-known practitioner of that genre: Meena Alexander on memoir, Gary Pak on fiction, Eileen Tabios on poetry, and Roberta Uno on drama. The selections depict the complex realities and wide range of experiences of Asians in the United States. They illuminate the writers' creative responses to issues as diverse as resistance, aesthetics, biculturalism, sexuality, gender relations, racism, war, diaspora, and family. Rajini Srikanth teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the coeditor of the award-winning anthology Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America and the collection A Part, Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America. Esther Y. Iwanaga teaches Asian American literature and literature-based writing courses at Wellesley College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Russia Abroad - Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond (Paperback): Anna Ohanyan Russia Abroad - Driving Regional Fracture in Post-Communist Eurasia and Beyond (Paperback)
Anna Ohanyan
R632 R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Save R89 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

While we know a great deal about the benefits of regional integration, there is a knowledge gap when it comes to areas with weak or nonexistent regional fabric in political and economic life. Furthermore, deliberate "un-regioning," applied by actors external as well as internal to a region has also gone unnoticed, despite its increasingly sophisticated modern application by Russia in its peripheries. This volume helps us understand what Anna Ohanyan calls fractured regions and their consequences for contemporary global security. Ohanyan introduces a theory of regional fracture to explain how and why regions come apart, stay isolated, and foster weak states. This volume specifically examines how Russia employs regional fracture as a strategy to keep states on its periphery in Eurasia and the Middle East weak and in Russia's orbit. Some fractured regions become global security threats because weak states are more likely to be hubs of transnational crime, havens for militants, or sites of conflict. The regional fracture theory is offered as a fresh perspective about the post-American world and a way to broaden international relations scholarship on comparative regionalism.

The Far East and Australasia 2002 (Hardcover, 33rd New edition): The Far East and Australasia 2002 (Hardcover, 33rd New edition)
R7,840 Discovery Miles 78 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A systematic survey of all the countries of East Asia, South Asia, South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands * Essential for anyone with a professional interest in the region * keeps up-to-date with current economic and political developments * presents over 1,400 pages of statistics, directory material and expert analysis.

The drum decade - Stories from the 1950s (Paperback, 2nd ed): Michael Chapman The drum decade - Stories from the 1950s (Paperback, 2nd ed)
Michael Chapman; John Matshikiza
R140 R111 Discovery Miles 1 110 Save R29 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Drum was launched as a popular magazine in the 1950s and quickly came to reflect the image and interests of the urban African. Its reports of the Defiance Campaign, the Congress of the People and the Treason Trial shared column-space with stories of soccer, sex and sin. This combination of yellow-press sensation and social concern gave rise to the short story by black South African writers, and several of Drum's writers established themselves as important figures in South African literature: Es'kia Mphahlele, Can Themba, Richard Rive, James Matthews, Nat Nakasa and Casey Motsisi. This anthology presents a selection of more than 90 stories that appeared in Drum. They depict the danger, the poverty and the spurious glamour of Sophiatown, where the New African - the tsotsi, the jazz musician, the journalist and the writer - affirmed identity and style and refused to submit to the government's determination to 'retribalize'. This second edition (third reprint) contains a new foreword by John Matshikiza in addition to the essay by Michael Chapman, which addresses the significance of the magazine and puts it into historical perspective: 'Most of the writers were concerned with more than just telling a story. They were concerned with what was happening to their people and, in consequence, with moral and social questions.'

Down by the Riverside - Readings in African American Religion (Hardcover): Larry Murphy Down by the Riverside - Readings in African American Religion (Hardcover)
Larry Murphy
R1,905 Discovery Miles 19 050 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"This colection brings together two generations of scholarship on many important topics in African-American religious history. . . . A useful and judiciously chosen compilation that should serve well in the classroom."
-- "Religious Studies Review"

"It serves as a smorgasbord of the study of black spirituality."
-- "Black Issues Book Review"

Down by the Riverside provides an expansive introduction to the development of African American religion and theology. Spanning the time of slavery up to the present, the volume moves beyond Protestant Christianity to address a broad diversity of African American religion from Conjure, Orisa, and Black Judaism to Islam, African American Catholicism, and humanism.

This accessible historical overview begins with African religious heritages and traces the transition to various forms of Christianity, as well as the maintenance of African and Islamic traditions in antebellum America. Preeminent contributors include Charles Long, Gayraud Wilmore, Albert Raboteau, Manning Marable, M. Shawn Copeland, Vincent Harding, Mary Sawyer, Toinette Eugene, Anthony Pinn, and C. Eric Lincoln and Lawrence Mamiya. They consider the varieties of religious expression emerging from migration from the rural South to urban areas, African American women's participation in Christian missions, Black religious nationalism, and the development of Black Theology from its nineteenth-century precursors to its formulation by James Cone and later articulations by black feminist and womanist theologians. They also draw on case studies to provide a profile of the Black Christian church today.

This thematic history of the unfolding of religious life in AfricanAmerica provides a window onto a rich array of African American people, practices, and theological positions.

My Struggle for Peace (3 Volume Set) (Hardcover): Moshe Sharett My Struggle for Peace (3 Volume Set) (Hardcover)
Moshe Sharett; Edited by Neil Caplan, Yaakov Sharett
R2,405 R1,957 Discovery Miles 19 570 Save R448 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

My Struggle for Peace is a remarkable political document offering insights into the complex workings of the young Israeli political system, set against the backdrop of the disintegration of the country's fragile armistice with the Arab states. Replete with the diarist's candid comments on Israel's first generation leaders and world statesmen of the day, the diary also tells the dramatic human story of a political career cut short-the removal of an unusually sensitive, dedicated, and talented public servant. My Struggle for Peace is, above all, an intimate record of the decline of Moshe Sharett's moderate approach and the rise of more "activist-militant" trends in Israeli society, culminating in the Suez/Sinai war of 1956. The diary challenges the popular narrative that Israel's confrontation with its neighbors was unavoidable by offering daily evidence of Sharett's statesmanship, moderation, diplomacy, and concern for Israel's place in international affairs. This long-awaited 3-volume English abridgement of Sharett's Yoman Ishi [Personal diary] (Ma'ariv, 1978) maintains the integrity, flavor, and impact of the 8-volume Hebrew original and includes additional documentary material that was not accessible at the time. The volumes are also available to purchase individually.

Public Religion and Urban Transformation - Faith in the City (Hardcover): Lowell W. Livezey Public Religion and Urban Transformation - Faith in the City (Hardcover)
Lowell W. Livezey
R1,878 Discovery Miles 18 780 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

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"a]it will alter - or perhaps confirm - your thinking about 'public religion' and how traditional and immigrant congregations address (or don't) member and community needs and attitudes and actions towardslarger social issuesa]an obvious choice for religious andcongregational studies and urban sociology programs. It is alsovaluable reading for any cleric or layperson interested in howcontemporary urban religious collectives are shaped by and help shape the lives of their own members, surrounding communities, and the larger society."
"--Congregations"

"Rich in cultural analysis, thick description, maps, photographs, and anecdotes, this book should be read by scholars, policy makers, religious leaders, and anyone who wishes to better understand one of the most exciting stories on the American urban landscape at the turn of a new century."
"--Robert Michael Franklin, President, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia"

"This book presents the initial results of a team-based ethnographic study aimed at understanding better the richness of religious life in the multiplicity of communities that make up modern Chicago."
--"Journal of Contemporary Religion"

"The highly successful result of a team-based, ethnographic approach to understanding the diversity-racial, ethnic, cultural, economic-of Chicago's religious communities, exploring important questions about religion's public role in the metropolis. A must read for those interested in the religious diversity and pluralism of American society or contemporary urban restructuring."
"--Penny Edgell Becker, Department of Sociology, Cornell University, and Author of Congregations inConflict"

"An interesting example of the challenge immigrants face as they attempt to emulate established American institutions while retaining those elements that allow them to function as cohesive communities of ethnic and religious identity."
"--Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Professor of Islamic History, Georgetown University"

"Reaches across the boundaries of private faith and public action, of traditional turf and challenging new populations, of older generations and restless youth, of growing ethnic/religious groups where there can be no majority, and, as yet, no consensus . . . Uncomfortable but essential reading."
"--Carl S. Dudley, Codirector of Hartford Institute for Religion Research and Professor of Church and Community, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT"

"Furnishes a rich and diverse insight into the changing American metropolis. Unlike virtually any other book I have read, it does so by examining how church leaders and members cope with these changes. In the end, we get stories not merely of churches and religious change, but of how a major social institution helps people of diverse faiths and backgrounds survive and succeed in the modern American metropolis."
"--Anthony M. Orum, author of City-Building in America"

American cities are in the midst of fundamental changes. De-industrialization of large, aging cities has been enormously disruptive for urban communities, which are being increasingly fragmented. Though often overlooked, religious organizations are important actors, both culturally and politically in the restructuring metropolis.

Public Religion and Urban Transformation provides a sweeping view of urban religion in response to thesetransformations. Drawing on a massive study of over seventy-five congregations in urban neighborhoods, this volume provides the most comprehensive picture available of urban places of worship-from mosques and gurdwaras to churches and synagogues-within one city.

Revisiting the primary site of research for the early members of the Chicago School of urban sociology, the volume focuses on Chicago, which provides an exceptionally clear lens on the ways in which religious organizations both reflect and contribute to changes in American pluralism.

From the churches of a Mexican American neighborhood and of the Black middle class to communities shared by Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims and the rise of "megachurches," Public Religion and Urban Transformation illuminates the complex interactions among religion, urban structure, and social change at this extraordinary episode in the history of urban America.

Negotiating Modernity - Africa's Ambivalent Experience (Paperback): Elisio Salvado Macamo Negotiating Modernity - Africa's Ambivalent Experience (Paperback)
Elisio Salvado Macamo
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Modernity is the unfinished business of our times. In the case of Africa, as the scholars contributing to this volume show, the continent has been through a particularly ambivalent experience of modernity. Most work has tended to emphasize, on the one hand, its alien nature in Africa and, on the other, the ways in which Africans have resisted it. While acknowledging this tension, the authors of this volume seek to show the extent to which this very tension has been constitutive of African social reality. Modernity is understood as the basic impulse behind the construction of changing African society over the past one hundred years. The issues that this volume addresses relate to the ways in which, first, Africans negotiated the terms of this modernity during the colonial period and, then, how today they are coming to terms with it in the post-colonial period. The contributors argue both that the African experience of modernity is unique and, at the same time, relevant for social theory more widely. Not only is it important to describe this experience, but also to acknowledge that such a description may provide African Studies with valuable analytical insights into African social reality. In the course of so doing, cases are presented and issues raised covering new forms of labour, changing notions and norms relating to land rights, religious conversion, internal migration, and even emigration. Indeed, one particularly significant, but often underplayed, feature that has characterised both the colonial and post-colonial periods, and which this book deals with extensively, is the variegated linkages and interactions between Africans in the diaspora and within the continent.

Working Lives - Essays in Canadian Working-Class History (Hardcover): Craig Heron Working Lives - Essays in Canadian Working-Class History (Hardcover)
Craig Heron
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Craig Heron is one of Canada's leading labour historians. Drawing together fifteen of Heron's new and previously published essays on working-class life in Canada, Working Lives covers a wide range of issues, including politics, culture, gender, wage-earning, and union organization. A timely contribution to the evolving field of labour studies in Canada, this cohesive collection of essays analyzes the daily experiences of people working across Canada over more than two hundred years. Honest in its depictions of the historical complexities of daily life, Working Lives raises issues in the writing of Canadian working-class history, especially "working-class realism" and how it is eventually inscribed into Canada's public history. Thoughtfully reflecting on the ways in which workers interact with the past, Heron discusses the important role historians and museums play in remembering the adversity and milestones experienced by Canada's working class.

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