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Khamr - The Makings Of A Waterslams (Paperback): Jamil F. Khan Khamr - The Makings Of A Waterslams (Paperback)
Jamil F. Khan 5
R240 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R61 (25%) In stock

Khamr: The Makings Of A Waterslams is a true story that maps the author’s experience of living with an alcoholic father and the direct conflict of having to perform a Muslim life that taught him that nearly everything he called home was forbidden.

A detailed account from his childhood to early adulthood, Jamil F. Khan lays bare the experience of living in a so-called middle-class Coloured home in a neighbourhood called Bernadino Heights in Kraaifontein, a suburb to the north of Cape Town. His memories are overwhelmed by the constant discord that was created by the chaos and dysfunction of his alcoholic home and a co-dependent relationship with his mother, while trying to manage the daily routine of his parents keeping up appearances and him maintaining scholastic excellence.

Khan’s memories are clear and detailed, which in turn is complemented by his scholarly thinking and analysis of those memories. He interrogates the intersections of Islam, Colouredness and the hypocrisy of respectability as well as the effect perceived class status has on these social realities in simple yet incisive language, giving the reader more than just a memoir of pain and suffering.

Khan says about his debut book: "This is not a story for the romanticisation of pain and perseverance, although it tells of overcoming many difficulties. It is a critique of secret violence in faith communities and families, and the hypocrisy that has damaged so many people still looking for a place and way to voice their trauma. This is a critique of the value placed on ritual and culture at the expense of human life and well-being, and the far-reaching consequences of systems of oppression dressed up as tradition."

The Love Diary Of A Zulu Boy - A Memoir (Paperback): Bhekisisa Mncube The Love Diary Of A Zulu Boy - A Memoir (Paperback)
Bhekisisa Mncube
R240 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R51 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy is a fable of lust, love, sex, obsession, loss, friendship, betrayal and fantasy. By turns erotic, romantic, tragic and comic, it is inspired by the real-life drama of a romantic relationship between a Zulu boy and an Englishwoman.

A series of diary entries takes us on a whirlwind tour of a relationship that has not only survived, but thrived for 17 years. As the author reflects on love across the colour line, it triggers memories of failed affairs and bizarre experiences: love spells, wet dreams, infidelity, sexually transmitted diseases, a phantom pregnancy, sexless relationships, threesomes and prostitution.

A unique book for the South African market, The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy is written with an honesty rarely encountered in autobiographical writing.

Wit Issie 'n Colour Nie - Angedrade Stories (Afrikaans, Paperback): Nathan Trantraal Wit Issie 'n Colour Nie - Angedrade Stories (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Nathan Trantraal
R240 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R34 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

‘Miskien issit omdat poverty my define en nie die racial politics vannie land ie.’

Wit issie ’n colour nie is ’n versameling verhale oor grootword en die lewe in die buitewyke van die Kaapse Vlakte. Dit dek identiteit, rassepolitiek, sosio- ekonomiese kwessies en bruin kultuur, en bevraagteken die Suid-Afrika waarin ons ons bevind. Dit is gevul met galgehumor, rou eerlikheid en hartverskeurende vertellings van pogings om die lewe op die Vlakte te navigeer. Hierdie versameling is diep persoonlik en ’n ontstellend waar weergawe van die lewe aan die ander kant van die spoor, geskryf in Kaapse Afrikaans.

Anatoli - Authentic Turkish Cuisine (Paperback): Tayfun Aras Anatoli - Authentic Turkish Cuisine (Paperback)
Tayfun Aras
R400 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R56 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An authentic Turkish cookbook by the owner of the Turkish restaurant Anatoli in Cape Town.

Travel with Tayfun Aras to Turkey and get to know him and the food tradition he grew up with better. Tayfun, who made South Africa his home in 1998 after marrying an Afrikaans girl, Louise, shares the restaurant’s most popular recipes. The dishes range from simple mezes and delectable main courses (lamb dishes and kebabs) to fabulous desserts (baklava and kadayif) and drinks (Turkish coffee and tea and the national drink raki). All ingredients are readily available in South Africa.

Get to know Turkish food tradition and culture as well as the heart of Turkish food: complex, honest food shared with Turkish generosity.

Selfie - How We Became So Self-Obsessed And What It's Doing To Us (Paperback): Will Storr Selfie - How We Became So Self-Obsessed And What It's Doing To Us (Paperback)
Will Storr 1
R330 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

We live in an age of perfectionism.

Every day, we’re bombarded with the beautiful, successful, slim, socially-conscious and extroverted individual that our culture has decided is the perfect self. We see this person constantly in shop windows, in newspapers, on the television, at the movies and all over our social media. We berate ourselves when we don’t match up to them – when we’re too fat, too old, too poor or too sad. This cycle can be extremely bad for us. In recent years, psychologists have even begun to think that many people take their own lives because of the impossible standards that are set for who they ought to be.

Will Storr began to wonder about this perfect self that torments so many of us. Who, actually, is this person? Why does it hold such power over us? Could it be humanity’s deadliest idea? And, if so, is there any way we can break its spell? To find out, Storr takes us on a journey from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, the encounter groups of 1960s California and self-esteem evangelists of the late twentieth century to modern-day America, where research suggests today’s young people are in the grip of an epidemic of narcissism. He’ll tell the strange story of the individualist Western self from its birth on the Aegean to the era of hyper-individualistic neoliberalism in which we find ourselves today.

Selfie reveals, for the first time, the epic tale of the person we all know so intimately . . . because it’s us.

Zulu Bird Names And Bird Lore (Paperback): Adrian Koopman Zulu Bird Names And Bird Lore (Paperback)
Adrian Koopman
R560 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R121 (22%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In this book, Adrian Koopman describes the complex relationship between birds, the Zulu language and Zulu culture. A number of chapters look at the underlying meaning of bird names, and here we will find that the Zulu name of the Goliath Heron means ‘what gives birth to baby crocodiles’, the dikkop (umbangaqhwa) means ‘what causes frost’, and the African Hoopoe is a party-goer who wears a colourful blanket.

The book goes further than just Zulu names, exploring the underlying meanings of bird names from other South African languages and languages from Central and East Africa. Here we find birds with names that translate as ‘cool-porridge’, ‘kiss-banana-flower’ and ‘waiter-at-the-end-of-the furrow’.

A focus on Zulu traditional oral literature details the roles birds have played in Zulu praise poetry (including the praise poems of certain birds themselves) and in proverbs, riddles and children’s games. Also considered is traditional bird lore, examining the role played by various species as omens and portents, as indicators of bad luck and evil, as forecasters of rain and storm, and as harbingers of the seasons. Here we see that the Bateleur Eagle (ingqungqulu) is linked to war, the Southern Ground Hornbill (insingizi) to thunder and heavy rain, the Red-chested Cuckoo (uphezukokhono) to the start of the ploughing season, and the Jacobin Cuckoo (inkanku) to the start of summer.

Zulu Bird Names and Bird Lore discusses the Zulu Bird Name Project, a series of Zulu bird name workshops held between 2013 and 2017 with Zulu-speaking bird guides designed to confirm (or otherwise) all previously recorded Zulu names for birds, while at the same time devising new names for those without previously recorded names. The result has been a list of species-specific names for all birds in the Zulu-speaking region. Finally, the book turns to the role such new bird names can play in conservation education and in avi-tourism.

The Great South African Cookbook (Hardcover): The Great South African Cookbook (Hardcover)
5
R455 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R65 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

67 of South Africa's finest cooks, chefs, gardeners, bakers, farmers, foragers and local food heroes let us into their homes - and their hearts - as they share the recipes they make for the people they love.

Each recipe is accompanied by stunning original photography that captures the essence of our beautiful country.

Featuring over 130 recipes, from tried and true classics to contemporary fare, The Great South African Cookbook showcases the diversity and creativity of South Africa's vibrant, unique food culture.

Decolonising the Mind - The Politics of Language in African Literature (Paperback): Ngugi wa Thiong'o Decolonising the Mind - The Politics of Language in African Literature (Paperback)
Ngugi wa Thiong'o 1
R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ngugi describes this book as 'a summary of some of the issues in which I have been passionately involved for the last twenty years of my practice in fiction, theatre, criticism and in teaching of literature.' East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda): EAEP

The End Of Whiteness - Satanism & Family Murder In South Africa (Paperback): Nicky Falkof The End Of Whiteness - Satanism & Family Murder In South Africa (Paperback)
Nicky Falkof 1
R250 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R52 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The End Of Whiteness aims to reveal the pathological, paranoid and bizarre consequences that the looming end of apartheid had on white culture in South Africa, and overall to show that whiteness is a deeply problematic category that needs to be deconstructed and thoughtfully considered.

This book uses contemporary media material to investigate two symptoms of this late apartheid cultural hysteria that appeared throughout the contemporary media and in popular literature during the 1980s and 1990s, showing their relation to white anxieties about social change, the potential loss of privilege and the destabilisation of the country that were imagined to be an inevitable consequence of majority rule.

The ‘Satanic panic’ revolved around the apparent threat posed by a cult of white Satanists that was never proven to exist but was nonetheless repeatedly accused of conspiracy, murder, rape, drug-dealing, cannibalism and bestiality, and blamed for the imminent destruction of white Christian civilisation in South Africa.

During the same period an unusually high number of domestic murder-suicides occurred, with parents killing themselves and their children or other family members by gunshot, fire, poison, gas, even crossbows and drownings. This so-called epidemic of family murder was treated by police, press and social scientists as a plague that specifically affected white Afrikaans families. These double monsters, both fantastic and real, helped to disembowel the clarities of whiteness even as they were born out of threats to it. Deep within its self-regarding modernity and renegotiation of identity, contemporary white South Africa still wears those scars of cultural pathology.

Regarding Muslims - From Slavery To Post-Apartheid (Paperback): Gabeba Baderoon Regarding Muslims - From Slavery To Post-Apartheid (Paperback)
Gabeba Baderoon
R816 Discovery Miles 8 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How do Muslims fit into South Africa’s well-known narrative of colonialism, apartheid and postapartheid?

South Africa is infamous for apartheid, but the country’s foundation was laid by 176 years of slavery from 1658 to 1834, which formed a crucible of war, genocide and systemic sexual violence that continues to haunt the country today. Enslaved people from East Africa, India and South East Asia, many of whom were Muslim, would eventually constitute the majority of the population of the Cape Colony, the first of the colonial territories that would eventually form South Africa.

Drawing on an extensive popular and official archive, Regarding Muslims analyses the role of Muslims from South Africa’s founding moments to the contemporary period and points to the resonance of these discussions beyond South Africa. It argues that the 350-year archive of images documenting the presence of Muslims in South Africa is central to understanding the formation of concepts of race, sexuality and belonging.

In contrast to the themes of extremism and alienation that dominate Western portrayals of Muslims, Regarding Muslims explores an extensive repertoire of picturesque Muslim figures in South African popular culture, which oscillates with more disquieting images that occasionally burst into prominence during moments of crisis. This pattern is illustrated through analyses of etymology, popular culture, visual art, jokes, bodily practices, oral narratives and literature. The book ends with the complex vision of Islam conveyed in the postapartheid period.

Representation - Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Sean Nixon, Stuart Hall,... Representation - Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Sean Nixon, Stuart Hall, Jessica Evans 1
R985 R915 Discovery Miles 9 150 Save R70 (7%) In stock

Since 1997 Representation has been the go-to textbook for students learning the tools to question and critically analyze institutional and media texts and images.

This long-awaited second edition:

  • updates and refreshes the approaches to representation, signalling key developments in the field
  • addresses the emergence of new technologies, media formats, politics and theories
  • includes an entirely new chapter on celebrity culture and reality TV
  • offers new exercises, readings, images and examples for a new generation of students

This book once again provides an indispensible resource for students and teachers in cultural and media studies.

Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback): Written Under The Skin - Blood And Intergenerational Memory In South Africa (Paperback)
R350 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R72 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A younger generation of South Africans are developing important and innovative ways of understanding South Africa’s past, challenging narratives that have, over the last decades, been informed by notions of forgiveness and reconciliation. Carli Coetzee uses the image of history-rich blood to explore these approaches to intergenerational memory. In this book, she revisits older archives and analyses contemporary South African cultural and literary forms.

The emphasis on blood challenges the privileged status skin has had as an explanatory category in thinking about identity. Instead, Coetzee emphasises intergenerational transfer and continuity. She argues that a younger generation is contesting the terms through which to understand contemporary South Africa and interpreting the legacies of the past that remain under the visible layer of skin.

The chapters each concern blood: Mandela’s prison cell as laboratory for producing bloodless freedom, the kinship relations created and resisted in accounts of Eugene de Kock in prison, Ruth First’s concern with information leaks in her accounts of her time in prison, the first human-to-human heart transplant and its relation to racialised attempts to salvage white identity, the #Fallist moment, the Abantu Book Festival, and activist scholarship and creative art works that use blood as a trope for thinking about change and continuity.

The Way We Eat Now - Strategies for Eating in a World of Change (Paperback): Bee Wilson The Way We Eat Now - Strategies for Eating in a World of Change (Paperback)
Bee Wilson 1
R374 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R101 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We never snacked like this and we never binged like this. We never had so many superfoods, or so many chips. We were never quite so confused about food, and what it actually is. This is a book about the good, the terrible and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, The Way We Eat Now explains how modern food, in all its complexity, has transformed our lives and our world. To re-establish eating as something that gives us both joy and health, we need to find out where we are right now, how we got here and what it is that we share. Award-winning food writer Bee Wilson explores everything from meal replacements such as Huel, the disappearing lunch hour, the rise of veganism, the lack of time to cook and prepare food and the rapid increase in food delivery services. And Bee provides her own doable strategies for how we might navigate the many options available to us to have a balanced, happier relationship with the food we eat.

The White Album (Paperback): Joan Didion The White Album (Paperback)
Joan Didion
R286 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R101 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Joan Didion's hugely influential collection of essays which defines, for many, the America which rose from the ashes of the Sixties. We tell ourselves stories in order to live. The princess is caged in the consulate. The man with the candy will lead the children into the sea. In this now legendary journey into the hinterland of the American psyche, Didion searches for stories as the Sixties implode. She waits for Jim Morrison to show up, visits the Black Panthers in prison, parties with Janis Joplin and buys dresses with Charles Manson's girls. She and her reader emerge, cauterized, from this devastating tour of that age of self discovery into the harsh light of the morning after.

I Was a Cold War Monster - Horror Films, Eroticism, and the Cold War Imagination (Paperback): I Was a Cold War Monster - Horror Films, Eroticism, and the Cold War Imagination (Paperback)
R502 R402 Discovery Miles 4 020 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Horror films provide a guide to many of the sociological fears of the Cold War era. In an age when warning audiences of impending death was the order of the day for popular nonfiction, horror films provided an area where this fear could be lived out to its ghastly conclusion. Because enemies and potential situations of fear lurked everywhere, within the home, the government, the family, and the very self, horror films could speak to the invasive fears of the cold war era. "I Was a Cold War Monster" examines cold war anxieties as they were reflected in British and American films from the fifties through the early sixties. This study examines how cold war horror films combined anxiety over social change with the erotic in such films as "Psycho," "The Tingler," "The Horror of Dracula," and "House of Wax."

What She Ate - Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories (Paperback): Laura Shapiro What She Ate - Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories (Paperback)
Laura Shapiro
R281 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R75 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`If you find the subject of food to be both vexing and transfixing, you'll love What She Ate' Elle Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt dished up Eggs Mexican (a concoction of rice, fried eggs, and bananas) in the White House? Or that Helen Gurley Brown's commitment to `having it all' meant dining on supersized portions of diet gelatine? In the irresistible What She Ate, Laura Shapiro examines the plates, recipe books and shopping trolleys of six extraordinary women, from Dorothy Wordsworth to Eva Braun. Delving into diaries, newspaper articles, cook books and more, Shapiro casts a different light on the usual narratives of women's lives. Finding meaning in every morsel, and looking through the lens of their attitudes towards food, she masterfully reveals the love and rage, desire and denial, need and pleasure, behind six remarkable appetites.

Type is Beautiful - The Story of Fifty Remarkable Fonts (Hardcover): Simon Loxley Type is Beautiful - The Story of Fifty Remarkable Fonts (Hardcover)
Simon Loxley
R568 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R117 (21%) In stock

Behind every typeface is a story - who designed it, and why? What are its distinctive characteristics, and what cultural baggage does it carry? This book explores fifty of the most remarkable typefaces, dating from the birth of European printing in the fifteenth century (and the type used in the Gutenberg Bible - the first significant book to be printed in Europe) to the present day. It features key examples in the aesthetic development of typography (Caslon, Baskerville, Bodoni) and those fonts which have made a significant impact on the wider world. Many fonts have added style to something culturally important (such as Johnston Sans on the London Underground), or assumed a cultural significance of their own, sometimes by accident. The designer of Comic Sans, for example, created the typeface for use in speech bubbles for a Microsoft programme, never expecting it to become one of the world's favourite - and also most maligned - fonts. Through the fonts this book also examines the often colourful lives of the key designers in the evolution of typography: Johannes Gutenberg, William Caslon, Nicolas Jenson, Stanley Morison and William Morris, among others - including one who threw his unique set of metal type into the Thames to prevent others from misusing it - and the enduring influence they have had on print culture. Of equal appeal to general readers, designers and typographers, this book is a vibrant cultural guide to the aesthetic choices we make in order to spread the word.

Beneath the Surface - A Transnational History of Skin Lighteners (Paperback): Lynn M Thomas Beneath the Surface - A Transnational History of Skin Lighteners (Paperback)
Lynn M Thomas
R420 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R87 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

For more than a century, skin lighteners have been a ubiquitous feature of global popular culture-embraced by consumers even as they were fiercely opposed by medical professionals, consumer health advocates, and antiracist thinkers and activists. In Beneath the Surface, Lynn M. Thomas constructs a transnational history of skin lighteners in South Africa and beyond. Analyzing a wide range of archival, popular culture, and oral history sources, Thomas traces the changing meanings of skin colour from precolonial times to the postcolonial present. From indigenous skinbrightening practices and the rapid spread of lighteners in South African consumer culture during the 1940s and 1950s to the growth of a billiondollar global lightener industry, Thomas shows how the use of skin lighteners and experiences of skin color have been shaped by slavery, colonialism, and segregation, as well as consumer capitalism, visual media, notions of beauty, and protest politics. In teasing out lighteners' layered history, Thomas theorises skin as a site for antiracist struggle and lighteners as a technology of visibility that both challenges and entrenches racial and gender hierarchies.

Discovery of El Greco - The Nationalization of Culture Versus the Rise of Modern Art (18601914) (Paperback): Eric Storm Discovery of El Greco - The Nationalization of Culture Versus the Rise of Modern Art (18601914) (Paperback)
Eric Storm
R688 R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Save R125 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Originally published in Dutch and translated to Spanish for the fourth centenary celebration of the death of El Greco in 2014, this book is a comprehensive study of the rediscovery of El Greco -- seen as one of the most important events of its kind in art history. The Nationalization of Culture versus the Rise of Modern Art analyses how changes in artistic taste in the second half of the nineteenth century caused a profound revision of the place of El Greco in the artistic canon. As a result, El Greco was transformed from an extravagant outsider and a secondary painter into the founder of the Spanish School and one of the principle predecessors of modern art, increasingly related to that of the Impressionists -- due primarily to the German critic Julius Meier-Graefe's influential History of Modern Art (1914). This shift in artistic preference has been attributed to the rise of modern art but Eric Storm, a cultural historian, shows that in the case of El Greco nationalist motives were even more important. This study examines the work of painters, art critics, writers, scholars and philosophers from France, Germany and Spain, and the role of exhibitions, auctions, monuments and commemorations. Paintings and associated anecdotes are discussed, and historical debates such as El Greco's supposed astigmatism are addressed in a highly readable and engaging style. This book will be of interest to both specialists and the interested art public.

Gandhi's Search for the Perfect Diet - Eating with the World in Mind (Paperback): Nico Slate Gandhi's Search for the Perfect Diet - Eating with the World in Mind (Paperback)
Nico Slate
R350 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R72 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Mahatma Gandhi redefined nutrition as a holistic approach to building a more just world. What he chose to eat was intimately tied to his beliefs. His key values of nonviolence, religious tolerance, and rural sustainability developed in coordination with his dietary experiments. His repudiation of sugar, chocolate, and salt expressed his opposition to economies based on slavery, indentured labor, and imperialism. Gandhi's Search for the Perfect Diet sheds new light on important periods in Gandhi's life as they relate to his developing food ethic: his student years in London, his politicization as a young lawyer in South Africa, the 1930 Salt March challenging British colonialism, and his fasting as a means of self-purifi cation and social protest during India's struggle for independence. What became the pillars of Gandhi's diet - vegetarianism, limiting salt and sweets, avoiding processed food, and fasting - anticipated many of the debates in twenty-fi rst-century food studies, and presaged the necessity of building healthier and more equitable food systems.

Hungover: A History of the Morning After and One Man's Quest for a Cure (Paperback): Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall Hungover: A History of the Morning After and One Man's Quest for a Cure (Paperback)
Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
R260 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We've all been there. One minute you're fast asleep, and in the next you're tumbling from dreams of deserts and demons, into semi-consciousness, mouth full of sand, head throbbing. You're hungover. Courageous journalist Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall has gone to the front lines of humanity's age-old fight against hangovers to settle once and for all the best way to get rid of the aftereffects of a night of indulgence (short of not drinking in the first place). Hangovers have plagued human beings for about as long as civilization has existed (and arguably longer), so there has been plenty of time for cures to be concocted. But even in 2018, little is actually known about hangovers, and less still about how to cure them. Cutting through the rumour and the myth, Hungover explores everything from polar bear swims, to saline IV drips, to the age-old hair of the dog, to let us all know which ones actually work. And along the way, Bishop-Stall regales readers with stories from humanity's long and fraught relationship with booze, and shares the advice of everyone from Kingsley Amis to a man in a pub.

Porcelain - A History from the Heart of Europe (Hardcover): Suzanne L. Marchand Porcelain - A History from the Heart of Europe (Hardcover)
Suzanne L. Marchand
R834 R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Save R179 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A sweeping cultural and economic history of porcelain, from the eighteenth century to the present Porcelain was invented in medieval China-but its secret recipe was first reproduced in Europe by an alchemist in the employ of the Saxon king Augustus the Strong. Saxony's revered Meissen factory could not keep porcelain's ingredients secret for long, however, and scores of Holy Roman princes quickly founded their own mercantile manufactories, soon to be rivaled by private entrepreneurs, eager to make not art but profits. As porcelain's uses multiplied and its price plummeted, it lost much of its identity as aristocratic ornament, instead taking on a vast number of banal, yet even more culturally significant, roles. By the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it became essential to bourgeois dining, and also acquired new functions in insulator tubes, shell casings, and teeth. Weaving together the experiences of entrepreneurs and artisans, state bureaucrats and female consumers, chemists and peddlers, Porcelain traces the remarkable story of "white gold" from its origins as a princely luxury item to its fate in Germany's cataclysmic twentieth century. For three hundred years, porcelain firms have come and gone, but the industry itself, at least until very recently, has endured. After Augustus, porcelain became a quintessentially German commodity, integral to provincial pride, artisanal industrial production, and a familial sense of home. Telling the story of porcelain's transformation from coveted luxury to household necessity and flea market staple, Porcelain offers a fascinating alternative history of art, business, taste, and consumption in Central Europe.

Have I Got Views For You (Paperback, Revised edition): Boris Johnson Have I Got Views For You (Paperback, Revised edition)
Boris Johnson
R369 R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Save R101 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In his own inimitable style, Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, turns his attention to the culture, manners and morals of British society, giving us a humorous, at times furious, but always entertaining read. A witty anthology of pieces comprising Boris Johnson's thoughts on everything from Tony Blair to the idiosyncrasies of modern British culture. With new artilces on subjects as varied as Iraq, football, population control and bike theft, Johnson takes us on a rollercoaster ride through contemporary Britain. He has also interviewed many of the key figures in the political and cultural worlds over the last sixteen years and addresses what these personalities tell of our age. Boris Johnson is one of the great political characters of our time and his writings have appeared in a variety of British and American magazines and newspapers. Vigorous, idiosyncratic, always intelligent and informed, with a very interesting perspective on our times, `Have I Got Views For You' is a pleasure to read.

Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things - The Secret Meaning of Things (Hardcover, New edition): Stephen Bayley Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things - The Secret Meaning of Things (Hardcover, New edition)
Stephen Bayley 1
R824 R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Save R186 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do we define taste? The only certainty is that it shifts and changes sometimes abruptly. With the explosion of vulgar consumerism in the mid-nineteenth century, the Victorians seized upon the notion of good taste as a way of codifying middleclass mores. A century later, to talk about taste had become almost taboo, since judgments made about dress, manners, food and art can often be painfully revealing. And today? When this classic text was first published in 1991, Stephen Bayley illuminated the nuances and niceties of our mercurial understanding of taste. In this new edition, he ranges far and wide to bring us exquisitely up to date.

Simians, Cyborgs and Women - The Reinvention of Nature (Paperback, 2 Ed): Donna Haraway Simians, Cyborgs and Women - The Reinvention of Nature (Paperback, 2 Ed)
Donna Haraway
R598 Discovery Miles 5 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Donna Haraway analyses accounts, narratives, and stories of the creation of nature, living organisms, and cyborgs (cybernetic components); showing how deeply cultural assumptions penetrate into allegedly value-neutral medical research.

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