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The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development (Paperback, Fourth Edition): Patrice Franko The Puzzle of Latin American Economic Development (Paperback, Fourth Edition)
Patrice Franko
R1,210 R1,129 Discovery Miles 11 290 Save R81 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Thoroughly revised and updated, this foundational text provides the basic economic tools for students to understand the problems facing the countries of Latin America. In the fourth edition, Patrice Franko analyzes challenges to the neoliberal model of development and highlights recent macroeconomic changes in the region. Including charts and tables with the most current data available, the book also offers a wealth of new boxed discussions and vignettes.

Nation, Society and Culture in North Africa (Paperback): James McDougall Nation, Society and Culture in North Africa (Paperback)
James McDougall
R936 Discovery Miles 9 360 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The essays in this volume explore the complexities of the relationship between states, social groups and individuals in contemporary North Africa, as expressed through the politics, culture and history of nationhood.
From Morocco to Libya, from bankers to refugees, from colonialism to globalisation, a range of individual studies examines how North Africans have imagined and made their world in the twentieth century.

Representing African Music - Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (Paperback, Harper Trophy): Kofi Agawu Representing African Music - Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (Paperback, Harper Trophy)
Kofi Agawu
R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


The aim of this book is to stimulate debate by offering a critique of discourse about African music. Who writes about African music, how, and why? What assumptions and prejudices influence the presentation of ethnographic data? To what orders of authority do scholars appeal? What ethical considerations motivate individual scholars? Even the term "African music" suggests there is an agreed-upon meaning, but African music signifies differently to different people. This book also poses the question then, "What is African music?" Agawu offers a new and provocative look at the history of African music scholarship that will resonate with students of ethnomusicology and post-colonial studies. He offers an alternative "Afro-centric" means of understanding African music, and in doing so, illuminates a different mode of creativity beyond the usual provenance of Western criticism. This book will undoubtedly inspire heated debate - and new thinking - among musicologists, cultural theorists, and post-colonial thinkers.

Religiosity, Cosmology and Folklore - The African Influence in the Novels of Toni Morrison (Hardcover): Therese E. Higgins Religiosity, Cosmology and Folklore - The African Influence in the Novels of Toni Morrison (Hardcover)
Therese E. Higgins
R2,121 Discovery Miles 21 210 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


This book presents background information on the beliefs, customs, traditions and cosmologies of several of Africa's peoples and then relates these findings to the novels of Toni Morrison. The work elucidates how the connection between the African root and the African American product helps to understand and to clarify many of Morrison's allusions to the culture out of which she writes.

The Politics of Locality - Making a Nation of Communities in Taiwan (Hardcover): Hsin-Yi Lu The Politics of Locality - Making a Nation of Communities in Taiwan (Hardcover)
Hsin-Yi Lu
R2,436 Discovery Miles 24 360 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


During the mid-1990s, Taiwan witnessed a remarkable proliferation of historical writings and cultural movements pertaining to 'the local'. 'Place (difang)' and 'community (shequ)' became two ubiquitous terms in the lexicon of being Taiwanese.
This book is a critical examination of the socio-historical condition in which the discourse of local diversity emerged and gradually permeated Taiwan's public culture. Interweaving ethnographic sensibility and theoretical insights across disciplines, including anthropology, cultural studies and cultural geography the study elucidates the complex relationships between localism, nationalism and globalism. Not only is it a rare type of ethnography in Taiwan studies, this book also enriches our understanding of the increasingly significant field of East Asia (post)modernity.

Natural Resource Governance, Grievances and Conflict - The Case of the Bolivian Lithium Program (Paperback, 1st Ed. 2020):... Natural Resource Governance, Grievances and Conflict - The Case of the Bolivian Lithium Program (Paperback, 1st Ed. 2020)
Janine Romero Valenzuela
R1,460 R1,316 Discovery Miles 13 160 Save R144 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Chinese Buddhism and Traditional Culture (Hardcover): Litian Fang Chinese Buddhism and Traditional Culture (Hardcover)
Litian Fang
R2,853 Discovery Miles 28 530 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Since the first century, when Buddhism entered China, the foreign religion has influenced and been influenced in turn by traditional Chinese culture, and eventually became an important part of it. That is one of the great historical themes not only for China but also for East Asia. This book explores the elements of Buddhism, including its classics, doctrines, system, and rituals, to reveal the basic connotation of Buddhism as a cultural entity. Regarding the development of Buddhism in China, it traces the spread in chronological order, from the introduction in Han Dynasties (202 BC-220 AD), to the prosperity in the Sixteen Kingdoms (ca. 304-439 AD), and then to the decline since the Five Dynasties (907-ca. 960 AD). It is noteworthy that the Buddhist schools in the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589 AD) and the Buddhist sects in Sui and Tang Dynasties (581-907 AD) contributed to the sinicization of Buddhism. This book also deals with the interesting question of the similarities and differences between Chinese Buddhism and Indian Buddhism, to examine the specific characters of the former in terms of thought and culture. In the last chapter, the external influence of Chinese Buddhism in East Asia is studied. Scholars and students in Buddhism and Chinese culture studies, especially those in Buddhist countries, will benefit from the book. Also, it will appeal to readers interested in religion, Chinese culture, and ancient Chinese history.

History and the Public Sphere - Essays in Honour of John A. Murphy (Hardcover): Tom Dunne, Lawrence M. Geary History and the Public Sphere - Essays in Honour of John A. Murphy (Hardcover)
Tom Dunne, Lawrence M. Geary
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This festschrift honors the important contribution both to historical scholarship and to Irish public life by John A. Murphy, Professor of Irish History at University College Cork from 1971 to 1990, independent member of the Irish Senate during a turbulent period, and an influential contributor to public debate over many decades, especially in relation to the crisis in Northern IrelandFeatures academic essays by former students, Maurice Bric, Liam Irwin, Maura Cronin, and Laurence M. Geary, together with essays and tributes from former colleagues Joe Lee, Desmond Clarke, and Tom Dunne. These reflect Professor Murphy's own diverse research interests, ranging from seventeenth-century politics and ideology, to nineteenth-century religion and society, to twentieth-century nationalism .The essay by his daughter, Cliona Murphy marks, not only the passing of the flame to another generation, but a recent collaboration in research and writing.Contributions by Emmet Larkin, Lawrence J. McCaffrey, James S. Donnelly Jr., and Owen Dudley Edwards celebrate key friendships and honor his role in promoting Irish Studies in the United States and Great Britain, and in establishing the Irish Studies International Summer School at U.C.C. His political contribution is honored by Conor Cruise O'Brien and Eoghan Harris, while a poem by Paul Durcan, reflections on Irish traditional music by Tomas O. Canainn and an engaging memoir by Ruth Dudley Edwards and Una O'Donoghue mark other aspects of the public man.The listing of John A Murphy's publications include his more important newspaper and periodical contributions, his Senate and other significant public speeches, as well as his scholarly writings.

Our Syria (Hardcover, New edition): Dina Mousawi, Itab Azzam Our Syria (Hardcover, New edition)
Dina Mousawi, Itab Azzam 1
R614 R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Save R124 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Renewing Destruction - Wind Energy Development, Conflict and Resistance in a Latin American Context (Hardcover): Alexander... Renewing Destruction - Wind Energy Development, Conflict and Resistance in a Latin American Context (Hardcover)
Alexander Dunlap
R1,828 Discovery Miles 18 280 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Renewing Destruction examines how wind energy projects impact people and their environments. Wind energy development, in Mexico and most countries, fall into a `roll out' neoliberal strategy that is justified by climate change mitigation programs that are continuing a process of land and wind resources grabbing for profit. The result has been an exaggeration of pre-existing problems in communities around land, income-inequality, local politics and, contrary to public relations stories, is devastating traditional livelihoods and socio-ecological relationships. Exacerbating pre-existing social and material problems in surrounding towns, wind energy development is placing greater stress on semi-subsistence communities, marginalizing Indigenous traditions and indirectly resulting in the displacement and migration of people into urban centers. Based on intensive fieldwork with local groups in Oaxaca Mexico in 2015, the book provides an in-depth study, demonstrating the complications and problems that emerge with the current regime of `sustainable development' and wind energy projects in Mexico, which has wider lessons to be drawn for other regions and countries. Put simply, the book reveals a tragic reality that calls into question the marketed hopes of the green economy and the current method of climate change mitigation. It shows the variegated impacts and issues associated with building wind energy parks, which extends to recognizing the destructive effects on Indigenous cultures and practices in the region. The book, however, highlights what to consider or, more importantly, what to avoid if one is working with industrial-scale wind energy systems.

Shake Terribly the Earth - Stories from an Appalachian Family (Paperback, New): Sarah Beth Childers Shake Terribly the Earth - Stories from an Appalachian Family (Paperback, New)
Sarah Beth Childers
R455 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R60 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Sarah Beth Childers grew up listening to stories. She heard them riding to school with her mother, playing Yahtzee in her Granny's nicotine cloud, walking to the bowling alley with her grandfather, and eating casseroles at the family reunions she attended every year.
In a thoughtful, humorous voice born of Appalachian storytelling, Childers brings to life in these essays events that affected the entire region: large families that squeezed into tiny apartments during the Great Depression, a girl who stepped into a rowboat from a second-story window during Huntington's 1937 flood, brothers who were whisked away to World War II and Vietnam, and a young man who returned home from the South Pacific and worked his life away as a railroad engineer.
Childers uses these family tales to make sense of her personal journey and find the joy and clarity that often emerge after the earth shakes terribly beneath us.

Beyond The Colorline (Paperback): Kwesi Kwaa Prah Beyond The Colorline (Paperback)
Kwesi Kwaa Prah
R410 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R102 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is a powerful collection of sketches, reviews, and papers focusing on issues related to African emancipation. It touches on many crucial themes such as Black Consciousness as a reference point of Pan-Africanism; Pan-Africanism and the relationship between race and class; color as an instrument of African oppression and exploitation; the myth of race and color and the psychological syndrome of self-hatred that has been transferred from one generation to the next. The views range from the political to the cultural.

The concerns are Africa and the African diaspora. The book raises important considerations which need to be confronted as we move into the 21st century. How is African emancipation both on the continent and the diaspora to be approached? This book attempts to offer answers. The author makes the assertion that only unity will save Africa. The message is not only aimed at the academic but also the scholar activist and the politician.

Chinese Characters - Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land (Paperback): Angilee Shah, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom Chinese Characters - Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land (Paperback)
Angilee Shah, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom; Foreword by Pankaj Mishra
R481 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R105 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An artist paints landscapes of faraway places that she cannot identify in order to find her place in the global economy. A migrant worker sorts recyclables and thinks deeply about the soul of his country, while a Taoist mystic struggles to keep his traditions alive. An entrepreneur capitalizes on a growing car culture by trying to convince people not to buy cars. And a 90-year-old woman remembers how the oldest neighborhoods of her city used to be. These are the exciting and saddening, humorous and confusing stories of utterly ordinary people who are living through China's extraordinary transformations. The immense variety in the lives of these Chinese characters dispels any lingering sense that China has a monolithic population or is just a place where dissidents fight Communist Party loyalists and laborers create goods for millionaires. "Chinese Characters" is a collection, as Pankaj Mishra writes in his foreword, "to herald a new golden age of journalism about a ceaselessly fascinating country." Contributors include a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, a Macarthur Fellow, the China correspondent to a major Indian newspaper, and scholars whose depth of understanding is matched only by the humanity with which they treat their subjects. Their stories together create a multi-faceted portrait of a country in motion and an introduction to some of the best writing on China today. With contributions from: Alec Ash, James Carter, Leslie T. Chang, Xujun Eberlein, Harriet Evans, Anna Greenspan, Peter Hessler, Ian Johnson, Ananth Krishnan, Christina Larson, Michelle Dammon Loyalka, James Millward, Evan Osnos, Jeffrey Prescott, and Megan Shank.

A Nation Beyond Borders - Lionel Groulx on French-Canadian Minorities (Paperback): Michel Bock A Nation Beyond Borders - Lionel Groulx on French-Canadian Minorities (Paperback)
Michel Bock; Translated by Ferdinanda Van Gennip
R547 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R77 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Recipient of the 2005 Governor General's Literary Award in non-fiction, "Quand la nation debordait les frontieres" is considered the most comprehensive analysis of Lionel Groulx's work and vision as an intellectual leader of a nationalist school that extended well beyond the borders of Quebec.

For over five decades, historians and intellectuals have defined the nationalist discourse primarily in territorial terms. In this regard, Groulx has been portrayed--more often than not--as the architect of Quebecois nationalism. Translated by Ferdinanda Van Gennip, "A Nation Beyond Borders" will continue to spark debate on Groulx's description of the parameters of the French-Canadian nation. Highlighting the often neglected role of French-Canadian minorities in his thought, this book presents the Canon as an uncompromising advocate of solidarity between all French-Canadian communities.

Staging Faith - Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II (Paperback, New): Craig R.... Staging Faith - Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II (Paperback, New)
Craig R. Prentiss
R525 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R73 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the years between the Harlem Renaissance and World War II, African American playwrights gave birth to a vital black theater movement in the U.S. It was a movement overwhelmingly concerned with the role of religion in black identity. In a time of profound social transformation fueled by a massive migration from the rural south to the urban‑industrial centers of the north, scripts penned by dozens of black playwrights reflected cultural tensions, often rooted in class, that revealed competing conceptions of religion's role in the formation of racial identity. Black playwrights pointed in quite different ways toward approaches to church, scripture, belief, and ritual that they deemed beneficial to the advancement of the race. Their plays were important not only in mirroring theological reflection of the time, but in helping to shape African American thought about religion in black communities. The religious themes of these plays were in effect arguments about the place of religion in African American lives. In Staging Faith, Craig R. Prentiss illuminates the creative strategies playwrights used to grapple with religion. With a lively and engaging style, the volume brings long forgotten plays to life as it chronicles the cultural and religious fissures that marked early twentieth century African American society.

Rethinking Rural - Global Community and Economic Development in the Small Town West (Paperback): Don E Albrecht Rethinking Rural - Global Community and Economic Development in the Small Town West (Paperback)
Don E Albrecht
R545 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R57 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The vastness and isolation of the American West forged a dependence on scarce natural resources especially water, forests, fish, and minerals. Today, the internet is shaping another revolution, and it promises both obstacles and opportunity.

Seeking to understand the impact of a global society on western small towns, the author, director of the Western Rural Development Center at Utah State University, conducted strategic planning roundtables in thirteen states. The gatherings brought three major concerns to the surface: sustaining natural resources, creating vibrant rural economies, and enhancing educational and employment prospects.

Rethinking Rural provides an overview of western environmental history and explores the roundtable challenges, offering guidance to community leaders, policy makers, and scholars seeking ways to address poverty, increasing inequality, and shifting demographics, as well as resource management and conservation issues.

Korea and the World - New Frontiers in Korean Studies (Hardcover): Gregg A. Brazinsky Korea and the World - New Frontiers in Korean Studies (Hardcover)
Gregg A. Brazinsky
R1,429 Discovery Miles 14 290 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This edited volume brings together a set of essays exploring the global dimensions of Korea's recent history and politics by a group of the most talented young scholars. Essays in the volume seek to answer two interrelated questions: How have international developments impacted Korea? And how has Korea in turn influenced world events and trends? The volume demonstrates that the most important issues in Korea's post World War II history-division, war, economic development, and inter-Korean rivalry-cannot be understood without reference to the country's global interactions. Essays in the volume cover a range of topics including: U.S.-South Korean relations, North Korean foreign policy, immigration, and democratization. The essays included in the volume push the boundaries of several different subfields. Historical essays break new ground by introducing new archival materials and revealing important details about the past diplomacy of the two Korea's. Others consider aspects of American influence on Korea that have previously been ignored such as the U.S. impact on urban development and food consumption. Essays on contemporary Korean politics and society make sense of most recent developments in North and South Korea while presenting intriguing new interpretive frameworks. By bringing new voices in Korean Studies to the forefront, this volume changes how we understand and reconceptualize Korea's role in the world.

Eating Asian America - A Food Studies Reader (Hardcover, New): Robert Ji-Song Ku, Martin F. Manalansan, Anita Mannur Eating Asian America - A Food Studies Reader (Hardcover, New)
Robert Ji-Song Ku, Martin F. Manalansan, Anita Mannur
R1,730 R1,418 Discovery Miles 14 180 Save R312 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Chop suey. Sushi. Curry. Adobo. Kimchi. The deep associations Asians in the United States have with food have become ingrained in the American popular imagination. So much so that contentious notions of ethnic authenticity and authority are marked by and argued around images and ideas of food. Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader collects burgeoning new scholarship in Asian American Studies that centers the study of foodways and culinary practices in our understanding of the racialized underpinnings of Asian Americanness. It does so by bringing together twenty scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum to inaugurate a new turn in food studies: the refusal to yield to a superficial multiculturalism that naively celebrates difference and reconciliation through the pleasures of food and eating. By focusing on multi-sited struggles across various spaces and times, the contributors to this anthology bring into focus the potent forces of class, racial, ethnic, sexual and gender inequalities that pervade and persist in the production of Asian American culinary and alimentary practices, ideas, and images. This is the first collection to consider the fraught itineraries of Asian American immigrant histories and how they are inscribed in the production and dissemination of ideas about Asian American foodways. Robert Ji-Song Ku is Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University. He is the author of Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA. Martin F. Manalansan IV is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Anita Mannur is Associate Professor of English and Asian /Asian American Studies at Miami University. She is the author of Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture.

Livelihood -- Hope & Conditions of a New Paradigm for Development Studies - The Case of Andean Regions (Hardcover): Miroslawa... Livelihood -- Hope & Conditions of a New Paradigm for Development Studies - The Case of Andean Regions (Hardcover)
Miroslawa Czerny, Hildegardo Cordova Aguilar
R2,011 R1,530 Discovery Miles 15 300 Save R481 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is a bird's eye view of the livelihood and geographical conditions of backward rural areas in the central and northern Andes in Peru and in Argentina. There, people live in scattered settlements dedicated to subsistence agriculture and are also marginal to markets. NGOs are playing increasing roles in the development of peripheral rural regions, such as in Peru; while the State addresses the production at the commercial agricultural levels, the subsistence dwellers speak of the difficulties they continue to encounter to manage the marketing of their crops. In rural development, we found the need for interdisciplinary approaches to tackle the poor conditions of education, health protection, increased agricultural output, infrastructure, improved living (including sanitary) conditions and social development. In conclusion, we argue that rural development should be confronted within a systems approach that relies heavily on education. In fact the poor education of the peasantry is a hindrance to a better livelihood. All these thoughts are applied to Frias, Peru and Quebrada Lules in Argentina. The book is arranged in 15 chapters that discuss conceptual terms such as "livelihood "and continues to present the study area and its possibilities to development. This gives way to expand on a discussion on participatory research, programmes supporting livelihoods in developing countries, natural resources, and productive activity. The environmental characteristics of the district of Frias and its agriculture are examined, as well as the factors limiting the development of Frias, its threats, social vulnerability and dwellers' ways of life. The authors of this book also discuss the social ties and the role of local authorities in development taking, for example, the Quebrada de Lules in Argentina.

The Twice-Born - Life and Death on the Ganges (Hardcover): Aatish Taseer The Twice-Born - Life and Death on the Ganges (Hardcover)
Aatish Taseer 1
R498 R393 Discovery Miles 3 930 Save R105 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
How Information Warfare Shaped the Arab Spring - The Politics of Narrative in Egypt and Tunisia (Paperback): Nathaniel Greenberg How Information Warfare Shaped the Arab Spring - The Politics of Narrative in Egypt and Tunisia (Paperback)
Nathaniel Greenberg
R573 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R62 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

On January 28 2011 WikiLeaks released documents from a cache of US State Department cables stolen the previous year. The Daily Telegraph in London published one of the memos with an article headlined 'Secret US Backing for Egyptian rebels'. The effect of the revelation was immediate, helping set in motion an aggressive counter-narrative to the nascent story of the Arab Spring. The article featured a cluster of virulent commentators all pushing the same story: the CIA, George Soros and Hillary Clinton were attempting to take over Egypt. Many of these commentators were trolls, some of whom reappeared in 2016 to help elect Donald J. Trump as President of the United States. This book tells the story of how a proxy-communications war ignited and hijacked the Arab uprisings and how individuals on the ground, on air and online worked to shape history.

Culture and Resistance (Hardcover): Edward Said, David Barsamian Culture and Resistance (Hardcover)
Edward Said, David Barsamian
R666 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R155 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Edward W. Said discusses the centrality of popular resistance to his understanding of culture, history, and social change. He reveals his thoughts on the war on terrorism, the war in Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and lays out a compelling vision for a secular, democratic future in the Middle East--and globally. Edward W. Said's books include Orientalism, The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam, Culture and Imperialism, and The Politics of Dispossession. He has also published a memoir, Out of Place. David Barsamian is the producer of the critically acclaimed program Alternative Radio.

Taiwan Studies Revisited (Paperback): Dafydd Fell, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao Taiwan Studies Revisited (Paperback)
Dafydd Fell, Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
R705 Discovery Miles 7 050 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Crapalachia - A Biography of a Place (Paperback): Scott McClanahan Crapalachia - A Biography of a Place (Paperback)
Scott McClanahan
R301 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R58 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"McClanahan's prose is miasmic, dizzying, repetitive. A rushing river of words that reflects the chaos and humanity of the place from which he hails. McClanahan] aims to lasso the moon... He is not a writer of half-measures. The man has purpose. This is his symphony, every note designed to resonate, to linger."
--"New York Times Book Review"
""Crapalachia" is the genuine article: intelligent, atmospheric, raucously funny and utterly wrenching. McClanahan joins Daniel Woodrell and Tom Franklin as a master chronicler of backwoods rural America."
--"The Washington Post"
"The book that took Scott McClanahan from indie cult writer to critical darling is a series of tales that read like an Appalachian Proust all doped up on sugary soft drinks, and has made a fan of everybody who has opened it up."
--"Flavorwire"
"McClanahan's deep loyalty to his place and his people gives his story wings: 'So now I put the dirt from my home in my pockets and I travel. I am making the world my mountain.' And so he is."
--"Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
" "Crapalachia" is] a wild and inventive book, unquestionably fresh of spirit, and totally unafraid to break formalisms to tell it like it was."
--"Vice"
"Part memoir, part hillbilly history, part dream, McClanahan embraces humanity with all its grit, writing tenderly of criminals and outcasts, family and the blood ties that bind us."
--"Interview Magazine"
"A brilliant, unnerving, beautiful curse of a book that will both haunt and charmingly engage readers for years and years and years."
--"The Nervous Breakdown"
"McClanahan's style is as seductive as a circuit preacher's. "Crapalachia" is both an homage and a eulogy for a place where, through the sorcery of McClanahan's storytelling, we can all pull up a chair and find ourselves at home."
--"San Diego City Beat"
"Epic. McClanahan's prose is straightforward, casual, and enjoyable to read, reminiscent at times of Kurt Vonnegut. "Crapalachia" is one of the rare books that, after you reach the end, you don't get up to check your e-mail or Facebook or watch TV. You just sit quietly and think about the people of the book and how they remind you of people you used to know. You feel lucky to have known them, and you feel grateful to McClanahan for the reminder."
--"Rain Taxi Review of Books"

When Scott McClanahan was fourteen he went to live with his Grandma Ruby and his Uncle Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy. "Crapalachia" is a portrait of these formative years, coming-of-age in rural West Virginia.

Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, "Crapalachia" interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.

Scott McClanahan is the author of "Stories II" and "Stories V " His fiction has appeared in "BOMB," "Vice," and "New York Tyrant." His novel "Hill William" is forthcoming from Tyrant Books.

Caliban's Reason - Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (Paperback): Paget Henry Caliban's Reason - Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (Paperback)
Paget Henry
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In this ground-breaking work, Paget Henry traces the roots of Afro-Caribbean discourse to traditional African thought and in the Christian and Enlightenment traditions of Western Europe. Since Afro-Caribbean thought is inherently hybrid in nature and marked by strong competition between its European and African orientations, Henry highlights its four main influences - traditional African philosophy, the Afro Christian school, Poeticism and Historicism - as his organizing principle for discussion.

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