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Canada in Africa - 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation (Paperback): Yves Engler Canada in Africa - 300 Years of Aid and Exploitation (Paperback)
Yves Engler
R363 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R52 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Yves Engler continues his groundbreaking analyses of past and present Canadian foreign policy. The author of The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, and other works that challenge the myth of Canadian benevolence, documents Canadian involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, the scramble for Africa and European colonialism. The book reveals Ottawa s opposition to anticolonial struggles, its support for apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin s coup, and its role in ousting independence leaders Patrice Lumumba and Kwame Nkrumah. Based on an exhaustive look at the public record as well as on-the-ground research, Canada in Africa shows how the federal government pressed African countries to follow neoliberal economic prescriptions and sheds light on Canada s part in the violence that has engulfed Somalia, Rwanda and the Congo, as well as how Canada s indifference to climate change means a death sentence to ever-growing numbers of Africans."

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.

An Improbable Friendship - The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil and Their Forty-Year Peace... An Improbable Friendship - The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil and Their Forty-Year Peace Mission (Paperback)
Anthony David 1
R348 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R65 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Doing Business in Rural China - Liangshan's New Ethnic Entrepreneurs (Paperback): Thomas Heberer Doing Business in Rural China - Liangshan's New Ethnic Entrepreneurs (Paperback)
Thomas Heberer
R549 R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Save R78 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Longlisted for the 2009 ICAS Book Award Mountainous Liangshan Prefecture, on the southern border of Sichuan Province, is one of China's most remote regions. Although Liangshan's majority ethnic group, the Nuosu (now classified by the Chinese government as part of the Yi ethnic group) practiced a subsistence economy and were, by Chinese standards, extremely poor. Their traditional society was stratified into endogamous castes, the most powerful of which owned slaves. With the incorporation of Liangshan into China's new socialist society in the mid-twentieth century, the Nuosu were required to abolish slavery and what the Chinese government considered to be superstitious religious practices. When Han Chinese moved into the area, competing with Nuosu for limited resources and introducing new cultural and economic challenges, some Nuosu took advantage of China's new economic policies in the 1980s to begin private businesses. In Doing Business in Rural China, Thomas Heberer tells the stories of individual entrepreneurs and presents a wealth of economic data gleaned from extensive fieldwork in Liangshan. He documents and analyzes the phenomenal growth during the last two decades of Nuosu-run businesses, comparing these with Han-run businesses and asking how ethnicity affects the new market-oriented economic structure and how economics in turn affects Nuosu culture and society. He finds that Nuosu entrepreneurs have effected significant change in local economic structures and social institutions and have financed major social and economic development projects. This economic development has prompted Nuosu entrepreneurs to establish business, political, and social relationships beyond the traditional social confines of the clan, while also fostering awareness and celebration of ethnicity.

Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology (Hardcover): Zoe C. Sherinian Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology (Hardcover)
Zoe C. Sherinian
R966 R802 Discovery Miles 8 020 Save R164 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Zoe C. Sherinian shows how Christian Dalits (once known as untouchables or outcastes) in southern India have employed music to protest social oppression and as a vehicle of liberation. Her focus is on the life and theology of a charismatic composer and leader, Reverend J. Theophilus Appavoo, who drew on Tamil folk music to create a distinctive form of indigenized Christian music. Appavoo composed songs and liturgy infused with messages linking Christian theology with critiques of social inequality. Sherinian traces the history of Christian music in India and introduces us to a community of Tamil Dalit Christian villagers, seminary students, activists, and theologians who have been inspired by Appavoo s music to work for social justice. Multimedia components available online include video and audio recordings of musical performances, religious services, and community rituals."

Zimbabwe's Fast Track Land Reform (Paperback): Prosper B. Matondi Zimbabwe's Fast Track Land Reform (Paperback)
Prosper B. Matondi
R330 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

The Fast Track Land Reform Programme in Zimbabwe has emerged as a highly contested reform process both nationally and internationally. The image of it has all too often been that of the widespread displacement and subsequent replacement of various people, agricultural-related production systems, facets and processes. The reality, however, is altogether more complex. Providing new and much-needed empirical research, this in-depth book examines how processes such as land acquisition, allocation, transitional production outcomes, social life, gender and tenure, have influenced and been influenced by the forces driving the programme. It also explores the ways in which the land reform programme has created a new agrarian structure based on small- to medium-scale farmers. In attempting to resolve the problematic issues the reforms have raised, the author argues that it is this new agrarian formation which provides the greatest scope for improving Zimbabwe's agriculture and development. Based on a broader geographical scope than any previous study carried out on the subject, this is a landmark work on a subject of considerable controversy.

Auroras Of The Zapatistas - Midnight Notes (Paperback): Gustavo Esteva Auroras Of The Zapatistas - Midnight Notes (Paperback)
Gustavo Esteva
R328 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R75 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Midnight Notes Collective looks here not only at Mexico's Zapatista revolution directly, but also at its enlightening and heating effects on the new social struggles elsewhere (in Canada, India, Yugoslavia, the United States) against the latest forms of capitalism, "neo-liberalism" and "globalization."This book aims to provide a special slant of light illuminating the slow and often unconscious formation of an "anti-globalization" movement - a movement confronting a collective body of social capital rapidly and self-consciously operating on a global level in the last decades - and creating what the Zapatistas call "the Fourth World War."

Clint Eastwood's America (Paperback): Sam B Girgus Clint Eastwood's America (Paperback)
Sam B Girgus
R376 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R65 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

The steady rise of Clint Eastwood's career parallels a pressing desire in American society over the past five decades for a figure and story of purpose, meaning, and redemption. Eastwood has not only told and filmed that story, he has come to embody it for many in his public image and film persona. Eastwood responds to a national yearning for a vision of individual action and initiative, personal responsibility, and potential for renewal. An iconic director and star for his westerns, urban thrillers, and adventure stories, Eastwood has taken film art to new horizons of meaning in a series of masterpieces that engage the ethical and moral consciousness of our times, including Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, and Mystic River. He revolutionized the war film with the unprecedented achievement of filming the opposing sides of the same historic battle in Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, using this saga to present a sharply critical representation of the new America that emerged out of the war, a society of images and spectacles. This timely examination of Clint Eastwood's oeuvre against the backdrop of contemporary America will be fascinating reading for students of film and popular culture, as well as readers with interests in Eastwood's work, American film and culture.

Afro-Caribbean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation - Ethnicity, Exception, or Exit (Paperback): Reuel R. Rogers Afro-Caribbean Immigrants and the Politics of Incorporation - Ethnicity, Exception, or Exit (Paperback)
Reuel R. Rogers
R703 R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Save R37 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book examines the political behavior of Afro-Caribbean immigrants in New York City to answer a familiar, but nagging question about American democracy. Does racism still complicate or limit the political integration patterns of racial minorities in the United States? With the arrival of unprecedented numbers of immigrants from Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean over the last several decades, there is reason once again to consider this question. The country is confronting the challenge of incorporating a steady, substantial stream of non-white, non-European voluntary immigrants into the political system. Will racism make this process as difficult for these newcomers as it did for African Americans? The book concludes discrimination does interfere with the immigrants' adjustment to American political life. But their political options and strategic choices in the face of this challenge are unexpected ones, not anticipated by standard accounts in the political science literature.

The Death of Democracy - Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic (Hardcover): Benjamin Carter Hett The Death of Democracy - Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic (Hardcover)
Benjamin Carter Hett
R576 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R125 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Religion In Politics - Secularism and National Integration in Modern Nigeria (Paperback): Julius O. Adekunle Religion In Politics - Secularism and National Integration in Modern Nigeria (Paperback)
Julius O. Adekunle
R714 R521 Discovery Miles 5 210 Save R193 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Celebrity Culture and the Entertainment Industry in Asia - Use of Celebrity and its Influence on Society, Culture and... Celebrity Culture and the Entertainment Industry in Asia - Use of Celebrity and its Influence on Society, Culture and Communication (Paperback)
Vivienne Leung, Kimmy Cheng, Tommy Tse
R515 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R34 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Offering rare insight into the world of celebrity and media in China and beyond, Celebrity Culture and the Entertainment Industry in Asia looks closely at the dynamics of stardom and celebrity endorsement in the region and examines its impact on marketing and media. Through first-hand interviews with celebrities and entertainment industry practitioners, the authors discuss the social, cultural, and economic influences of celebrity. Dialogues with celebrities such as Kwok-Leung Kam, Bob Lam, Denise Ho, Hilary Tsui, and Francis Mak provide insider accounts of celebrity formation, management, and marketing in Hong Kong and Mainland China, as well as South Korea and Taiwan.

Africa, Fourth Edition (Paperback, Fourth Edition): Maria Grosz-Ngate, John H Hanson, Patrick O'Meara Africa, Fourth Edition (Paperback, Fourth Edition)
Maria Grosz-Ngate, John H Hanson, Patrick O'Meara
R478 R413 Discovery Miles 4 130 Save R65 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Since the publication of the first edition in 1977, Africa has established itself as a leading resource for teaching, business, and scholarship. This fourth edition has been completely revised and focuses on the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Africa. The volume emphasizes contemporary culture civil and social issues, art, religion, and the political scene and provides an overview of significant themes that bear on Africa's place in the world. Historically grounded, Africa provides a comprehensive view of the ways that African women and men have constructed their lives and engaged in collective activities at the local, national, and global levels."

Modern Chinese Parts of Speech - Systems Research (Hardcover): Guo Rui Modern Chinese Parts of Speech - Systems Research (Hardcover)
Guo Rui
R2,748 Discovery Miles 27 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Classification of parts of speech in Chinese is tough due to the lack of morphological differences, and thus is short of in-depth investigation and exploration. Based on the analysis and research of nearly 40,000 Chinese characters, this book elaborates on the system of Chinese parts of speech and proposes a set of criteria on their classification, contributing to relevant theoretical and methodological studies. To begin with, it examines the common characteristics and internal hierarchies of parts of speech, as well as the relationship between grammatical functions and parts of speech in modern Chinese. Then it puts forward the criteria on the classification of Chinese parts of speech, with a descriptive explanation of around 20 parts of speech. Besides, it illustrates the statistical studies on Chinese parts of speech, offering data support and corpus verification to the criteria. Also, it analyses the system of Chinese parts of speech from the perspective of typology. Specifically, it elucidates the correspondence between syntactic positions and parts of speech, functional differentiation of Chinese word items, etc. This book will be a valuable reference to researchers and students in Chinese linguistics. Learners of Chinese will also be attracted by it.

Puer Tea - Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic (Paperback, New): Jinghong Zhang Puer Tea - Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic (Paperback, New)
Jinghong Zhang; Series edited by K. Sivaramakrishnan
R547 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R77 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Puer tea has been grown for centuries in the "Six Great Tea Mountains" of Yunnan Province. In imperial China it was a prized commodity, traded to Tibet by horse or mule caravan via the so-called Tea Horse Road and presented as tribute to the emperor in Beijing. In the 1990s, as the tea's noble lineage and unique process of aging and fermentation were rediscovered, it achieved cult status both in China and internationally. The tea became a favorite among urban connoisseurs who analyzed it in language comparable to that used in wine appreciation and paid skyrocketing prices for it. In 2007, however, local events and the international economic crisis caused the Puer market to collapse.

"Puer Tea" traces the rise, climax, and crash of this cultural phenomenon. With ethnographic attention to the spaces in which Puer tea is harvested, processed, traded, and consumed, anthropologist Jinghong Zhang constructs a vivid account of the transformation of a cottage handicraft into a major industry--with predictable risks and unexpected consequences.

Jinghong Zhang is a lecturer at Yunnan University.

"This is an engrossing study of the Puer tea industry and the many cultural spheres that surround it. It will be of keen interest to the Western tea trade as well as historians, connoisseurs, and enthusiasts. Tea publications rarely, if ever, discuss the complex relationships that quite literally bring tea to the table. Never has the anatomy of tea been dissected in such a wide ranging, thorough, and engaging way."--Steven D. Owyoung, co-translator of Korean Tea Classics

Colonial Effects - The Making of National Identity in Jordan (Paperback, New): Joseph Massad Colonial Effects - The Making of National Identity in Jordan (Paperback, New)
Joseph Massad
R580 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R129 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Colonial Effects analyzes the creation and definition of modern Jordanian identity. Massad studies two key institutions-- the law and the military--and uses them to create an original and precise analysis of the development of Jordanian national identity in the postcolonial period.

Joseph A. Massad engages recent scholarly debates on nationalism and richly fulfills the analytical promise of Michel Foucault's insight that modern institutions and their power to have productive, not merely repressive or coercive, capacities -- though Massad also stresses their continued repressive function.

His argument is advanced by a consideration of evidence, including images produced by state tourist agencies aimed at attracting Western visitors, the changing and precarious position of women in the newly constructed national space, and such practices as soccer games, music, songs, food, clothing, and shifting accents and dialects.

Foodsaving in Europe - At the Crossroad of Social Innovation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Simone Baglioni, Paola Garrone, Mario... Foodsaving in Europe - At the Crossroad of Social Innovation (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Simone Baglioni, Paola Garrone, Mario Molteni
R1,259 Discovery Miles 12 590 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides comparative, multi-disciplinary research on the surplus food distribution in Europe and its relation to food poverty, with a focus on the interaction of for-profit and non-profit organisations. It offers an informed and rich discussion in understanding the collaboration between profit and non-profit organisations involved in food recovery dynamics, and provides understanding as to how the two types of players create effective, innovative and sustainable processes. Building on sociology, food justice, and sustainable management fields, the book will be of interest to a diverse range of scholars, policy makers and practitioners inspiring innovation in how to address food poverty through surplus food recovery.

The Chinese Overseas - From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy (Paperback, Revised): Gungwu Wang The Chinese Overseas - From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy (Paperback, Revised)
Gungwu Wang
R533 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R38 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Chinese overseas now number 25 to 30 million, yet the 2,000-year history of Chinese attempts to venture abroad and the underlying values affecting that migration have never before been presented in a broad overview. Despite centuries of prohibition against leaving the land and traveling and settling overseas, the "earthbound" Chinese--first traders, then peasants and workers--eventually found new sources of livelihood abroad. The practice of sojourning, being always temporarily away from home, was the answer the Chinese overseas found to deal with imperial and orthodox concerns. Today their challenge is to find an alternative to either returning or assimilating by seeking a new kind of autonomy in a world that will come to acknowledge the ideal of multicultural states.

In pursuing this story, international scholar Wang Gungwu uncovers some major themes of global history: the coming together of Asian and European civilizations, the ambiguities of ethnicity and diasporic consciousness, and the tension between maintaining one's culture and assimilation.

Notes on a Foreign Country - An American Abroad in a Post-American World (Paperback): Suzy Hansen Notes on a Foreign Country - An American Abroad in a Post-American World (Paperback)
Suzy Hansen
R287 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R53 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Jerusalem - A Biblical and Historical Case for the Jewish Capital (Hardcover): Jay Sekulow Jerusalem - A Biblical and Historical Case for the Jewish Capital (Hardcover)
Jay Sekulow
R450 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R88 (20%) Shipped within 5 - 10 working days

In his new book, New York Times bestselling author Jay Sekulow presents a political and historical rationale for the existence of Israel as a sovereign nation.

The State of Israel and its very right to exist is a lynchpin issue not only in the Middle-East, but is a critical issue to the world at large. Whether it is the blatant and stated desire of ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, or Iran to wipe Israel from the face of the earth, or the more subtle but equally insidious aim to delegitimize Israel's existence through efforts at UNESCO, the goal is the same-to get rid of Israel.

Here is the book that defends, Israel's right to exist as a sovereign nation. As Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, Jay Sekulow has fought with Israel hand-in-hand in some of Israel's most strategic, international battles. Now, he has pulled together the definitive and comprehensive look at Israel-one of the world's most controversial nations- and its importance to us as Americans and as a key focal point to the future of the world.

He looks at the legal case for its prominence, as well as the historical and political rationale for its existence as a sovereign nation and homeland for Jews today, and encourages readers to stand with him against the hatred, lies, and efforts to delegitimize one of the world's oldest nations.

Free and French in the Caribbean - Toussaint Louverture, Aime Cesaire, and Narratives of Loyal Opposition (Paperback): John... Free and French in the Caribbean - Toussaint Louverture, Aime Cesaire, and Narratives of Loyal Opposition (Paperback)
John Patrick Walsh
R492 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R69 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In Free and French in the Caribbean, John Walsh studies the writings of Toussaint Louverture and Aime Cesaire to examine how they conceived of and narrated two defining events in the decolonializing of the French Caribbean: the revolution that freed the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1803 and the departmentalization of Martinique and other French colonies in 1946. Walsh emphasizes the connections between these events and the distinct legacies of emancipation that emerged through the narratives of revolution and nationhood passed on to successive generations. Part one concerns Toussaint s grasp of the limits of French Republicanism and his repositioning of the doctrine of the rights of man over against national sovereignty. Part two focuses on Cesaire s reading of Toussaint as he confronted the issue of assimilation into the French Republic. By re-examining these figures in light of their multi-layered narratives, the book offers a deeper understanding of the historical and contemporary problem of "free and French" in the Caribbean."

Ransoming, Captivity & Piracy In Africa And The Mediterranean (Paperback): Jennifer Lofkrantz, Olatunji Ojo Ransoming, Captivity & Piracy In Africa And The Mediterranean (Paperback)
Jennifer Lofkrantz, Olatunji Ojo
R802 R581 Discovery Miles 5 810 Save R221 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Overlooking Saskatchewan - Minding the Gap (Paperback): Randal Rogers, Christine Ramsay Overlooking Saskatchewan - Minding the Gap (Paperback)
Randal Rogers, Christine Ramsay
R711 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R147 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When Canadians think of Saskatchewan--if they think of it at all--they think: flat and boring; a place to drive through, fly-over, or overlook; a mindless gap between the burgeoning cities to the east and to the west.
Yet thanks to its damn-the-critics spirit, Saskatchewan is the birthplace of Canadian socialism, Medicare, and public funding for the arts, creating the foundations of Canada's national identity. It is impossible to imagine Canada without these things and equally as impossible to imagine another part of the country filling Saskatchewan's singular role in the development of the nation.
But within the country's narrative, Saskatchewan continues to be on the margins. In "Overlooking Saskatchewan," twenty-two writers articulate the power and the frustrations of this image, while revealing how the citizens of Saskatchewan continue to lead the way in the creation of culture and the nation's sense of self.

Transition and Development - Patterns, Challenges and Implications of Change in Algeria (Paperback, 3rd ed.): Mohammed Saad Transition and Development - Patterns, Challenges and Implications of Change in Algeria (Paperback, 3rd ed.)
Mohammed Saad
R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This work addresses the impact of new technology on our ideas about art, science, philosophy and what it is to be human. It argues that many of the beliefs that emerged through the period of Industrialization are no longer useful or relevant and we must develop new ways of thinking about, and understanding, the complexity of contemporary existence. Building on the findings non-linear mathematics, advanced physics, artificial intelligence and contemporary philosophy, the text offers a re-definition of human being, the way we think and the way we perceive cultural objects. It outlines some of the dramatic developments in high technology that point to a blurring of the distinctions between the natural and the artificial, including genetics, VR, nanotechnology, robotics, artificial life and intelligence.

The Nordic Theory of Everything - In Search of a Better Life (Paperback): Anu Partanen The Nordic Theory of Everything - In Search of a Better Life (Paperback)
Anu Partanen
R356 R235 Discovery Miles 2 350 Save R121 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
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