Category: Cultural

  • Download E-books Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment (Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society) PDF

    How do we interpret our on-line world? what's the position of the embodied human agent within the digital world?

    This leading edge assortment examines the rising area of our on-line world and the demanding situations it offers for the social and cultural different types of the human physique. It exhibits how altering family members among physique and expertise provide new arenas for cultural representations. even as, the participants study the realities of human embodiment and the bounds of digital worlds. issues tested contain: technological physique transformations, replacements and prosthetics; our bodies in our on-line world, digital environments and cyborg tradition; cultural representations of technological embodiment in visible and literary productions; and cyberpunk technology fiction as a pre-figurative social and cultural theory.

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  • Download E-books The Dream on the Rock: Visions of Prehistory PDF

    By Fulvio Gosso

    Examines the dating among rock paintings, shamanism, and the origins of human existence.

    The Dream at the Rock takes an interdisciplinary method of contextualizing and historicizing the phenomenon of shamanism from the Neolithic Age till the start of the Iron Age. Fulvio Gosso and Peter Webster argue that rock paintings and different old fabrics supply a glimpse of the basic function performed by means of nonordinary states of awareness in our social and evolutionary prehistory. eventually, the authors supply a accomplished exploration of shamanism, faith, and the origins of human cognizance, in addition to proof that hallucinogenic vegetation can have performed a key position during this process.

    “This learn establishes using psychoactive sacraments because the primordial adventure that encouraged the evolution of human awareness and its experience of the divine. It additionally records the constructing heritage of this shamanic occasion via an exam of cave and rock paintings around the globe, not just in work and engravings, yet within the unusual phenomenon of cup-marks carved in stone within the Alpine sector, which can have performed a job within the ritual use of the psychoactive Amanita muscaria mushroom. it's the first e-book to ascertain the complete diversity of facts and to put primary Europe additionally during this context.” — Carl A. P. Ruck, writer of Sacred Mushrooms of the Goddess: secrets and techniques of Eleusis
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  • Download E-books Culture and Practical Reason PDF

    "The major thrust of this publication is to convey an enormous critique of materialist and rationalist causes of social and cultural varieties, however the within the approach Sahlins has given us a far improved assertion of the centrality of symbols in human affairs than have lots of our 'practicing' symbolic anthropologists. He demonstrates that symbols input all levels of social lifestyles: these which we have a tendency to regard as strictly pragmatic, or in response to issues with fabric desire or virtue, in addition to these which we have a tendency to view as in basic terms symbolic, comparable to ideology, ritual, fantasy, ethical codes, etc. . . ."—Robert McKinley, Reviews in Anthropology
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  • Download E-books Lewis Henry Morgan and the Invention of Kinship PDF

    By Thomas R. Trautmann

    Lewis Henry Morgan of Rochester, manhattan, attorney and pioneer anthropologist, used to be the prime American contributor of his new release to the social sciences. one of the vintage works whose conjunction within the 1860s gave sleek anthropology its form, Morgan's great and technical Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family was once decisive. Thomas Trautmann deals a brand new interpretation of the genesis of "kinship," and of the function it performed in past due nineteenth-century highbrow history.
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  • Download E-books Structural Models in Anthropology (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology) PDF

    By Per Hage

    Hage and Harary current a accomplished advent to using graph concept in social and cultural anthropology. utilizing quite a lot of empirical examples, the authors illustrate how graph thought delivers a language for expressing in a extra certain style suggestions and notions that could basically be imperfectly rendered verbally. They express how graphs, digraphs and networks, including their linked matrices and duality legislation, facilitate the learn of such various issues as mediation and tool in alternate platforms, reachability in social networks, potency in cognitive schemata, good judgment in kinship kin, and productiveness in subsistence modes. The interplay among graphs and teams presents extra skill for the research of changes in myths and diversifications in symbolic platforms. The totality of those structural versions aids within the assortment in addition to the translation of box info. The presentation is obvious, detailed and with no trouble available to the nonmathematical reader. It emphasizes the implicit presence of graph concept in a lot of anthropological considering.
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  • Download E-books The Social Lives of Forests: Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence PDF

    By Kathleen D. Morrison

    Forests are in decline, and the threats those outposts of nature face—including deforestation, degradation, and fragmentation—are the results of human tradition. Or are they? This quantity calls those assumptions into query, revealing forests’ earlier, current, and destiny stipulations to be the joint items of a number of average and cultural forces. in addition, in lots of situations the coalescence of those forces—from neighborhood ecologies to competing wisdom systems—has masked an important modern pattern of forest resurgence, even within the forests of the tropics.

    concentrating on the background and present use of woodlands from India to the Amazon, The Social Lives of Forests makes an attempt to construct a coherent view of forests sited on the nexus of nature, tradition, and improvement. With chapters overlaying the results of human actions on succession styles in now-protected Costa Rican forests; the intersection of gender and data in African shea nut tree markets; or even the all of sudden wealthy city woodlands of Chicago, this publication explores forests as locations of vital human motion, with complicated associations, ecologies, and economies that experience remodeled those landscapes some time past and proceed to form them at the present time. From rain forests to bushes farms, the face of forests—how we outline, comprehend, and preserve them—is changing.
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  • Download E-books The Ascent of Man PDF

    By Jacob Bronowski

    A new paperback variation of Dr. Bronowski's vintage background of humankind, with a foreword through Richard Dawkins

    Dr. Jacob Bronowksi's classic strains the improvement of human society via our realizing of technology. First released in 1973 to accompany the groundbreaking BBC tv sequence, it truly is one in all the 1st works of "popular science," illuminating the old and social context of medical improvement for a new release of readers. In his hugely available type, Dr. Bronowski discusses human invention from the flint instrument to geometry, agriculture to genetics, and from alchemy to the speculation of relativity, displaying how all of them are expressions of our skill to appreciate and regulate nature. during this new paperback version, The Ascent of Man evokes, affects, and informs as profoundly as ever.

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  • Download E-books Developmentalism in Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education: Critical Conversations on Readiness and Responsiveness (Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood) PDF

    By Kyunghwa Lee, Mark D. Vagle

    During this ebook, the participants problem dominant discourses and practices within the fields of early formative years and heart grades schooling which are in response to the final century’s grand developmental theories. The members to this e-book study the idea of improvement of their personal paintings through utilizing a number of substitute frameworks, together with Bakhtinian principles, Buddhism, cultural psychology, and post-structuralism. Exploring matters with regards to developmentalism inside and around the fields, the members invite the reader to take part within the cross-field discussion which supplies new language and views for the schooling of young ones, younger kids, and academics in either fields.
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