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Madagascar Et Les Hova - Description, Organisation, Histoire ( d.1895) (French, Paperback, 1895 ed.): Piolet J. B. Madagascar Et Les Hova - Description, Organisation, Histoire ( d.1895) (French, Paperback, 1895 ed.)
Piolet J. B.
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Les Classes Sociales Au Point de Vue de l'�volution Zoologique (French, Paperback): Malato-C Les Classes Sociales Au Point de Vue de l'�volution Zoologique (French, Paperback)
Malato-C
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Affirmative Advocacy - Race, Class and Gender in Interest Group Politics (Paperback, New edition): Dara Z Strolovitch Affirmative Advocacy - Race, Class and Gender in Interest Group Politics (Paperback, New edition)
Dara Z Strolovitch
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The United States boasts scores of organizations that offer crucial representation for groups that are marginalized in national politics, from women to racial minorities to the poor. Here, in the first systematic study of these organizations, Dara Z. Strolovitch explores the challenges and opportunities they face in the new millennium, as waning legal discrimination coincides with increasing political and economic inequalities "within" the populations they represent.
Drawing on rich new data from a survey of 286 organizations and interviews with forty officials, Strolovitch finds that groups too often prioritize the interests of their most advantaged members: male rather than female racial minorities, for example, or affluent rather than poor women. But Strolovitch also finds that many organizations try to remedy this inequity, and she concludes by distilling their best practices into a set of principles that she calls affirmative advocacy--a form of representation that aims to overcome the entrenched but often subtle biases against people at the intersection of more than one marginalized group. Intelligently combining political theory with sophisticated empirical methods, "Affirmative Advocacy" will be required reading for students and scholars of American politics.

Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers (Paperback): Tom Wolfe Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers (Paperback)
Tom Wolfe 1
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Classic Wolfe, a funny, irreverent, and "delicious" ("The Wall Street Journal") dissection of class and status by the master of New Journalism.
"On the night of January 4, 1970, Maestro and Mrs. Leonard Bernstein threw a bash in their thirteen-room park Avenue pad to raise money for the Black Panthers Defense Fund. New York society will probably never play Lady Bountiful in quite the same way again, because among the Beautiful People present was Tom Wolfe, pop sociologist and parajournalist supreme."--"Book World"

The Pariah Problem - Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India (Hardcover): Rupa Viswanath The Pariah Problem - Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India (Hardcover)
Rupa Viswanath
R1,291 R971 Discovery Miles 9 710 Save R320 (25%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days

Once known as "Pariahs," Dalits are primarily descendants of unfree agrarian laborers. They belong to India's most subordinated castes, face overwhelming poverty and discrimination, and provoke public anxiety. Drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, this book follows the conception and evolution of the "Pariah Problem" in public consciousness in the 1890s. It shows how high-caste landlords, state officials, and well-intentioned missionaries conceived of Dalit oppression, and effectively foreclosed the emergence of substantive solutions to the "Problem"-with consequences that continue to be felt today. Rupa Viswanath begins with a description of the everyday lives of Dalit laborers in the 1890s and highlights the systematic efforts made by the state and Indian elites to protect Indian slavery from public scrutiny. Protestant missionaries were the first non-Dalits to draw attention to their plight. The missionaries' vision of the Pariahs' suffering as being a result of Hindu religious prejudice, however, obscured the fact that the entire agrarian political-economic system depended on unfree Pariah labor. Both the Indian public and colonial officials came to share a view compatible with missionary explanations, which meant all subsequent welfare efforts directed at Dalits focused on religious and social transformation rather than on structural reform. Methodologically, theoretically, and empirically, this book breaks new ground to demonstrate how events in the early decades of state-sponsored welfare directed at Dalits laid the groundwork for the present day, where the postcolonial state and well-meaning social and religious reformers continue to downplay Dalits' landlessness, violent suppression, and political subordination.

The Making of a Teenage Service Class - Poverty and Mobility in an American City (Paperback): Ranita Ray The Making of a Teenage Service Class - Poverty and Mobility in an American City (Paperback)
Ranita Ray
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Stereotypes of economically marginalized black and brown youth focus on drugs, gangs, violence, and teen parenthood. Families, schools, nonprofit organizations, and institutions in poor urban neighborhoods emphasize preventing such "risk behaviors." In The Making of a Teenage Service Class, Ranita Ray uncovers the pernicious consequences of concentrating on risk behaviors as key to targeting poverty. Having spent three years among sixteen black and Latina/o youth, Ray shares their stories of trying to beat the odds of living in poverty. Their struggles of hunger, homelessness, and untreated illnesses are juxtaposed with the perseverance of completing homework, finding jobs, and spending long hours traveling from work to school to home. By focusing on the lives of youth who largely avoid drugs, gangs, violence, and teen parenthood, the book challenges the idea that targeting these "risk behaviors" is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Ray compellingly demonstrates how the disproportionate emphasis on risk behaviors reinforces class and race hierarchies and diverts resources that could support marginalized youth's basic necessities and educational and occupational goals.

Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Affluent Countries (Hardcover): Brian Nolan Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Affluent Countries (Hardcover)
Brian Nolan
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The challenge of how to ensure that working families see their living standards improve over time is central in rich countries. Many argue that conditions are stagnating for many, driving political polarization and threatening social stability. Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Affluent Countries investigates how common such a "squeeze" on middle-income earners has actually been, and what forces underlie it in terms of globalization, technology, and government policies. Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Affluent Countries presents the findings of a comprehensive analysis of performance in improving living standards across the wealthy nations of the OECD. It relates performance to overall economic growth, exploring why these often diverge substantially, and to the different models of capitalism or economic growth embedded in each country. Going beyond income, other indicators and aspects of living standards are also incorporated including non-monetary indicators of deprivation and financial strain, wealth and its distribution, and intergenerational mobility. Through looking across this broad canvas, this book teases out how ordinary households have fared in recent decades in these critically important respects, and how that should inform the quest for inclusive growth and prosperity.

To Be Cared For - The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum (Paperback): Nathaniel Roberts To Be Cared For - The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum (Paperback)
Nathaniel Roberts
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To Be Cared For offers a unique view into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits ("untouchables") in the South Indian city of Chennai. Focusing on the decision by many women to embrace locally specific forms of Pentecostal Christianity, Nathaniel Roberts challenges dominant anthropological understandings of religion as a matter of culture and identity, as well as Indian nationalist narratives of Christianity as a "foreign" ideology that disrupts local communities. Far from being a divisive force, conversion integrates the slum community-Christians and Hindus alike-by addressing hidden moral fault lines that subtly pit residents against one another in a national context that renders Dalits outsiders in their own land."

Class, Race, and Marxism (Paperback): David R Roediger Class, Race, and Marxism (Paperback)
David R Roediger 1
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Seen as a key figure in the critical study of whiteness, US historian David Roediger has sometimes received criticism, and praise, alleging that he left Marxism behind in order to work on questions of identity. This volume collects his recent and new work implicitly and explicitly challenging such a view. In his historical studies of the intersections of race, settler colonialism, and slavery, in his major essay (with Elizabeth Esch) on race and the management of labour, in his detailing of the origins of critical studies of whiteness within Marxism, and in his reflections on the history of solidarity, Roediger argues that racial division is part of not only of the history of capitalism but also of the logic of capital.

Exit Zero - Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago (Paperback): Christine J. Walley Exit Zero - Family and Class in Postindustrial Chicago (Paperback)
Christine J. Walley
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In 1980, Christine J. Walley's world was turned upside down when the steel mill in Southeast Chicago where her father worked abruptly closed. In the ensuing years, ninety thousand other area residents would also lose their jobs in the mills - just one example of the vast scale of de-industrialization occurring across the United States. The disruption of this event propelled Walley into a career as a cultural anthropologist, and now, in "Exit Zero", she brings her anthropological perspective home, examining the fate of her family and that of blue-collar America at large. Interweaving personal narratives and family photos with a nuanced assessment of the social impacts of de-industrialization, "Exit Zero" is one part memoir and one part ethnography - providing a much-needed female and familial perspective on cultures of labor and their decline. Through vivid accounts of her family's struggles and her own upward mobility, Walley reveals the social landscapes of America's industrial fallout, navigating complex tensions among class, labor, economy, and environment. Unsatisfied with the notion that her family's turmoil was inevitable in the ever-forward progress of the United States, she provides a fresh and important counter narrative that gives a new voice to the many Americans whose distress resulting from de-industrialization has too often counter narrative ignored.

If Only They Didn't Speak English - Notes From Trump's America (Paperback): Jon Sopel If Only They Didn't Speak English - Notes From Trump's America (Paperback)
Jon Sopel 1
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'You see, if only they didn't speak English in America, then we'd treat it as a foreign country - and probably understand it a lot better' 'the sanest man in America' - Bill Bryson 'Jon Sopel nails it' - Emily Maitlis **With a brand new chapter, charting Trump's first year in power** As the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately. In the time it's taken for a reality star to go from laughing stock to leader of the free world, Jon has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as 'a beauty' by none other than Donald Trump. Through music, film, literature, TV and even through the food we eat and the clothes that we wear we all have a highly developed sense of what America is and through our shared, tangled history we claim a special relationship. But America today feels about as alien a country as you could imagine. It is fearful, angry and impatient for change. In this fascinating, insightful portrait of American life and politics, Jon Sopel sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams, but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs.

For Good Measure - An Agenda for Moving Beyond GDP (Hardcover): Josephe Stiglitz, Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Martine Durand For Good Measure - An Agenda for Moving Beyond GDP (Hardcover)
Josephe Stiglitz, Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Martine Durand
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The Unbanking of America - How the New Middle Class Survives (Paperback): Lisa Servon The Unbanking of America - How the New Middle Class Survives (Paperback)
Lisa Servon
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All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream bank and credit system. Today nearly half of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck, as income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their monthly fees and high overdraft charges, take advantage of these fluctuations rather than help their lower and middle income customers manage them. Lisa Servon delivers provocative dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives serving a steadily increasing number of Americans. She works as a tellerat RiteCheck, a check-cashing business in the South Bronx; as a payday lender in Oakland, California; and looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers fascinating, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America -and designing systems to transform how nonwealthy Americans can gain the access to and agency over their own money that they, especially, need.

Life on the Other Border - Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont (Paperback): Teresa M. Mares Life on the Other Border - Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont (Paperback)
Teresa M. Mares
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In her timely new book, Teresa M. Mares explores the intersections of structural vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farmworkers in the northeastern borderlands of the United States. Through ethnographic portraits of Latinx farmworkers who labor in Vermont's dairy industry, Mares powerfully illuminates the complex and resilient ways workers sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state's agricultural economy. In doing so, Life on the Other Border exposes how broader movements for food justice and labor rights play out in the agricultural sector, and powerfully points to the misaligned agriculture and immigration policies impacting our food system today.

Code of the Suburb - Inside the World of Young Middle-Class Drug Dealers (Paperback): Scott Jacques, Richard Wright Code of the Suburb - Inside the World of Young Middle-Class Drug Dealers (Paperback)
Scott Jacques, Richard Wright
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When we think about young people dealing drugs, we tend to picture it happening on urban streets, in disadvantaged, crime-ridden neighborhoods. But drugs are used everywhere - even in upscale suburbs and top-tier high schools - and teenage users in the suburbs tend to buy drugs from their peers, dealers who have their own culture and code, distinct from their urban counterparts. In Code of the Suburb, Scott Jacques and Richard Wright offer a fascinating ethnography of the culture of suburban drug dealers. Drawing on fieldwork among teens in a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, they carefully parse the complicated code that governs relationships among buyers, sellers, police, and other suburbanites. That code differs from the one followed by urban drug dealers in one crucial respect: whereas urban drug dealers see violent vengeance as crucial to status and security, the opposite is true for their suburban counterparts. As Jacques and Wright show, suburban drug dealers accord status to deliberate avoidance of conflict, which helps keep their drug markets more peaceful - and, consequently, less likely to be noticed by law enforcement. Offering new insight into both the little-studied area of suburban drug dealing, and, by extension, the more familiar urban variety, Code of the Suburb will be of interest to scholars and policy makers alike.

Transient Mobility and Middle Class Identity - Media and Migration in Australia and Singapore (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017):... Transient Mobility and Middle Class Identity - Media and Migration in Australia and Singapore (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Catherine Gomes
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This book offers an understanding of the transient migration experience in the Asia-Pacific through the lens of communication and entertainment media. It examines the role played by digital technologies and uncovers how the combined wider field of entertainment media (films, television shows and music) are vital and helpful platforms that positively aid migrants through self and communal empowerment. This book specifically looks at the upwardly mobile middle class transient migrants studying and working in two of the Asia-Pacific's most desirable transient migration destinations - Australia and Singapore - providing a cutting edge study of the identities transient migrants create and maintain while overseas and the strategies they use to cope with life in transience.

First Farmers - The Origins of Agricultural Societies (Paperback): Peter Bellwood First Farmers - The Origins of Agricultural Societies (Paperback)
Peter Bellwood
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"First Farmers: the Origins of Agricultural Societies" offers readers an understanding of the origins and histories of early agricultural populations in all parts of the world.

Uses data from archaeology, comparative linguistics, and biological anthropology to cover developments over the past 12,000 years
Examines the reasons for the multiple primary origins of agriculture
Focuses on agricultural origins in and dispersals out of the Middle East, central Africa, China, New Guinea, Mesoamerica and the northern Andes
Covers the origins and dispersals of major language families such as Indo-European, Austronesian, Sino-Tibetan, Niger-Congo and Uto-Aztecan

Evicted - Poverty and Profit in the American City (Hardcover): Matthew Desmond Evicted - Poverty and Profit in the American City (Hardcover)
Matthew Desmond
R552 R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Save R115 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Munmun (Paperback, Main): Jesse Andrews Munmun (Paperback, Main)
Jesse Andrews 1
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In an alternate reality a lot like our world, every person's physical size is directly proportional to their wealth. The poorest of the poor are the size of rats, and billionaires are the size of skyscrapers. Warner and his sister Prayer are destitute - and tiny. Their size is not just demeaning but dangerous: day and night they face mortal dangers that bigger, richer people don't ever have to think about, from being mauled by cats to their house getting stepped on. There are no cars or phones built small enough for them, or schools or hospitals, for that matter - there's no point, when no one that little has any purchasing power, and when salaried doctors and teachers would never fit in buildings so small. Warner and Prayer know their only hope is to scale up, but how can two littlepoors survive in a world built against them? Brilliant, warm and funny, this is a social novel for our times in the tradition of 1984 or the work of Douglas Adams.

A Man's Place - Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England (Paperback): John Tosh A Man's Place - Masculinity and the Middle-Class Home in Victorian England (Paperback)
John Tosh
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Domesticity is generally treated as an aspect of women's history. In this fascinating study of the nineteenth-century middle class, John Tosh shows how profoundly men's lives were conditioned by the Victorian ideal and how they negotiated its many contradictions. Tosh begins by looking at the experience of boyhood, married life, sex, and fatherhood in the early decades of the nineteenth century-illustrated by case studies representing a variety of backgrounds-and then contrasts this with the lives of the late Victorian generation. He finds that the first group of men placed a new value on the home as a reaction to the disorienting experience of urbanization and as a response to the teachings of Evangelical Christianity. Domesticity still proved problematic in practice, however, because most men were likely to be absent from home for most of the day, and the role of father began to acquire its modern indeterminacy. By the 1870s, men were becoming less enchanted with the pleasures of home. Once the rights of wives were extended by law and society, marriage seemed less attractive, and the bachelor world of clubland flourished as never before. The Victorians declared that to be fully human and fully masculine, men must be active participants in domestic life. In exposing the contradictions in this ideal, they defined the climate for gender politics in the next century.

Alienated America - Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse (Standard format, CD): Timothy P. Carney Alienated America - Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse (Standard format, CD)
Timothy P. Carney; Read by Charles Constant
R731 R642 Discovery Miles 6 420 Save R89 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
No Home for You Here - A Memoir of Class and Culture (Hardcover): Adam Theron-Lee Rensch No Home for You Here - A Memoir of Class and Culture (Hardcover)
Adam Theron-Lee Rensch
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No Home for You Here is a memoir of a life lived in the shadow of Ronald Reagan. Raised in rural Ohio, Adam Theron-Lee Rensch tells a story of a millennial trying, and failing, to leave behind the shame of growing up poor in the middle of nowhere. Interweaving personal narrative and political criticism with recent social and political history, No Home for You Here shows how the interrelationship of class, culture and identity stifles working-class solidarity by constructing an imagined cultural divide that those in power use to maintain the status quo. No Home for You Here is a timely, passionate call for class consciousness in an era of economic crisis and staggering inequality.

Know Your Place - Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class (Hardcover): Nathan Connolly Know Your Place - Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class (Hardcover)
Nathan Connolly
R390 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R87 (22%) Shipped within 20 - 25 working days
The Moral Economy of the Countryside - Anglo-Saxon to Anglo-Norman England (Hardcover): Rosamond Faith The Moral Economy of the Countryside - Anglo-Saxon to Anglo-Norman England (Hardcover)
Rosamond Faith
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How were manorial lords in the twelfth and thirteenth century able to appropriate peasant labour? And what does this reveal about the changing attitudes and values of medieval England? Considering these questions from the perspective of the 'moral economy', the web of shared values within a society, Rosamond Faith offers a penetrating portrait of a changing world. Anglo-Saxon lords were powerful in many ways but their power did not stem directly from their ownership of land. The values of early medieval England - principally those of rank, reciprocity and worth - were shared across society. The Norman Conquest brought in new attitudes both to land and to the relationship between lords and peasants, and the Domesday Book conveyed the novel concept of 'tenure'. The new 'feudal thinking' permeated all relationships concerned with land: peasant farmers were now manorial tenants, owing labour and rent. Many people looked back to better days.

The Marginalized Majority - Claiming Our Power in Post-Truth America (Paperback): Onnesha Roychoudhuri The Marginalized Majority - Claiming Our Power in Post-Truth America (Paperback)
Onnesha Roychoudhuri
R320 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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