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Climate Change and Gendered Livelihood in Bangladesh

Climate Change and Gendered Livelihood in Bangladesh

Author: Sajal Roy Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2021

Globally climate-induced disasters have been impacting marginalised communities' lives, livelihood and gendered relations. This book explores the effects of Cyclone Aila (as a result of climate change) in 2009 on the rural livelihoods and gendered relations of two ethnically distinct forest communities - Munda, an indigenous group, and Shora, a Muslim group - dwelling near the Sundarbans Forest in Bangladesh. Examining the cyclone's medium- to long-term impacts on livelihoods and comparative aspects of gendered relations between these two contrasting communities, this book addresses a gap in current critical development studies. It adopts an ethnographic research design and analyses the alterations to livelihood activities and reconfiguration of gender relations within the Munda and Shora communities since 2009. The study primarily contends that post-Aila, livelihoods and gendered relations have been substantially transformed in both communities, making the case that the improvement of local infrastructure, as an important part of the geographical location, has noticeably progressed the living conditions and livelihoods of some members of the Munda and Shora communities. Connecting climate-induced changes with the construction and alteration of gendered livelihood patterns, the book will be of interest to a wide range of academics in the fields of Asian Studies, Sociology of Environment, Social Anthropology, Human Geography, Gender and Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Disaster Management and Forestry and Environmental Science.

A Woven World

A Woven World

Author: Alison Hawthorne Deming Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2021

The Ultimate History of Video Games, Volume 2

The Ultimate History of Video Games, Volume 2

Author: Steven L. Kent Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/08/2021

What Would the Aunties Say?

What Would the Aunties Say?

Author: Anchal Seda Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/08/2021

What Would the Aunties Say?

What Would the Aunties Say?

Author: Anchal Seda Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/08/2021

Worried about introducing your partner to your parents? Annoyed by marriage pressure? Tired of unproductive conversations with your family about gender inequality or mental health? Based on the podcast of the same name, What Would the Aunties Say? is a funny yet informative life guide for young women of a South Asian heritage growing up in a very different world to that of their parents and older relatives. Informed by various real-life stories and dilemmas, beauty guru and podcaster Anchal Seda guides the reader on how to overcome these difficult obstacles with humour and warmth. With tongue-in-cheek illustrations and entertaining character profiles throughout, this book will help you navigate difficult family situations and help you be your true self.

Quarantine Life from Cholera to COVID-19

Quarantine Life from Cholera to COVID-19

Author: Kari Nixon Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/08/2021

For readers of Mary Roach and Adam Diamond, an innovative look at the histories of different epidemics and what it meant for society, alongside what lessons different diseases have to teach us as society battles the novel Coronavirus. Throughout history, there have been numerous epidemics that have threatened mankind with destruction. Diseases have the ability to highlight our shared concerns across the ages, affecting every social divide from national boundaries, economic categories, racial divisions, and beyond. Whether looking at smallpox, HIV, Ebola, or COVID-19 outbreaks, we see the same conversations arising as society struggles with the all-encompassing question: What do we do now? Quarantine Life from Cholera to COVID-19 demonstrates that these conversations have always involved the same questions of individual liberties versus the common good, debates about rushing new and untested treatments, considerations of whether quarantines are effective to begin with, what to do about healthy carriers, and how to keep trade circulating when society shuts down. This immensely readable social and medical history tracks different diseases and outlines their trajectory, what they meant for society, and societal questions each disease brought up, along with practical takeaways we can apply to current and future pandemics-so we can all be better prepared for whatever life throws our way.

Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning

Author: Diane Vaughan Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2021

When two airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001, Americans watched in uncomprehending shock as first responders struggled to react to the situation on the ground. Congruently, another remarkable and heroic feat was taking place in the air: more than six hundred and fifty air traffic control facilities across the country coordinated their efforts to ground four thousand flights in just two hours--an achievement all the more impressive considering the unprecedented nature of the task. In Dead Reckoning, Diane Vaughan explores the complex work of air traffic controllers, work that is built upon a close relationship between human organizational systems and technology and is remarkably safe given the high level of risk. Vaughan observed the distinct skill sets of air traffic controllers and the ways their workplaces changed to adapt to technological developments and public and political pressures. She chronicles the ways these forces affected their jobs, from their relationships with one another and the layouts of their workspace, to their understandings of their job and its place in society. The result is a nuanced and engaging look at an essential role that demands great coordination, collaboration, and focus-a role that technology will likely never be able to replace. Even as the book conveys warnings about complex systems and the liabilities of technological and organizational innovation, it shows the kinds of problem-solving solutions that evolved over time and the importance of people.

Post-War Reflections

Post-War Reflections

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2021

A compact collection of eight wide-ranging essays by Sartre from the immediate postwar years. Iconic French novelist, playwright and essayist Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) is widely recognized as one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century, and his work has remained relevant and thought-provoking through the decades. The Seagull Sartre Library now presents some of his most incisive philosophical, cultural, and literary critical essays in newly designed and affordable editions. Post-War Reflections collects eight of Sartre's essays that were written in his most creative period, just after World War II. Sartre's extraordinary range of engagement is manifest in this collection, which features writings on postwar America, the social impact of war in Europe, contemporary philosophy, race, and avant-garde art.

Japanese Visual Media

Japanese Visual Media

Author: Jennifer Coates, Eyal Ben-Ari Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2021

This book uncovers and explains the ways by which politics is naturalized and denaturalized, and familiarized and de-familiarized through popular media. It explores the tensions between state actors such as censors, politicized and non-politicized audiences, and visual media creators, at various points in the history of Japanese visual media. It offers new research on a wide array of visual media texts including classical narrative cinema, television, documentary film, manga, and animated film. It spans the militarized decades of the 1930s and 1940s, through the Asia Pacific War into the present day, and demonstrates how processes of politicization and depoliticization should be understood as part of wider historical developments including Japan's postwar devastation and poverty, subsequent rapid modernization and urbanization, and the aging population and economic struggles of the twenty-first century.

Ritual America - Expanded Edition

Ritual America - Expanded Edition

Author: Craig Heimbichner, Adam Parfrey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/2021

News for the Rich, White, and Blue

News for the Rich, White, and Blue

Author: Nikki Usher Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2021

As cash-strapped metropolitan newspapers struggle to maintain their traditional influence and quality reporting, large national and international outlets have pivoted to serving readers who can and will choose to pay for news, skewing coverage toward a wealthy, white, and liberal audience. Amid rampant inequality and distrust, media outlets have become more out of touch with the democracy they purport to serve. How did journalism end up in such a predicament, and what are the prospects for achieving a more equitable future? In News for the Rich, White, and Blue, Nikki Usher recasts the challenges facing journalism in terms of place, power, and inequality. Drawing on more than a decade of field research, she illuminates how journalists decide what becomes news and how news organizations strategize about the future. Usher shows how newsrooms remain places of power, largely white institutions growing more elite as journalists confront a shrinking job market. She details how Google, Facebook, and the digital-advertising ecosystem have wreaked havoc on the economic model for quality journalism, leaving local news to suffer. Usher also highlights how the handful of likely survivors-well-funded media outlets such as the New York Times-increasingly appeal to a global, placeless reader. News for the Rich, White, and Blue concludes with a series of provocative recommendations to reimagine journalism to ensure its resiliency and its ability to speak to a diverse set of issues and readers.

News for the Rich, White, and Blue

News for the Rich, White, and Blue

Author: Nikki Usher Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2021

As cash-strapped metropolitan newspapers struggle to maintain their traditional influence and quality reporting, large national and international outlets have pivoted to serving readers who can and will choose to pay for news, skewing coverage toward a wealthy, white, and liberal audience. Amid rampant inequality and distrust, media outlets have become more out of touch with the democracy they purport to serve. How did journalism end up in such a predicament, and what are the prospects for achieving a more equitable future? In News for the Rich, White, and Blue, Nikki Usher recasts the challenges facing journalism in terms of place, power, and inequality. Drawing on more than a decade of field research, she illuminates how journalists decide what becomes news and how news organizations strategize about the future. Usher shows how newsrooms remain places of power, largely white institutions growing more elite as journalists confront a shrinking job market. She details how Google, Facebook, and the digital-advertising ecosystem have wreaked havoc on the economic model for quality journalism, leaving local news to suffer. Usher also highlights how the handful of likely survivors-well-funded media outlets such as the New York Times-increasingly appeal to a global, placeless reader. News for the Rich, White, and Blue concludes with a series of provocative recommendations to reimagine journalism to ensure its resiliency and its ability to speak to a diverse set of issues and readers.