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Fashioning Postfeminism Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture

Fashioning Postfeminism Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture

Author: Simidele Dosekun Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/2020

Women in Lagos, Nigeria, practice a spectacularly feminine form of black beauty. From cascading hair extensions to immaculate makeup to high heels, their style permeates both day-to-day life and media representations of women not only in a swatch of Africa but across an increasingly globalized world. Simidele Dosekun's interviews and critical analysis consider the female subjectivities these women are performing and desiring. She finds that the women embody the postfeminist idea that their unapologetically immaculate beauty signals-but also constitutes-feminine power. As empowered global consumers and media citizens, the women deny any need to critique their culture or to take part in feminism's collective political struggle. Throughout, Dosekun unearths evocative details around the practical challenges to attaining their style, examines the gap between how others view these women and how they view themselves, and engages with ideas about postfeminist self-fashioning and subjectivity across cultures and class. Intellectually provocative and rich with theory, Fashioning Postfeminism reveals why women choose to live, embody, and even suffer for a fascinating performative culture.

Fashioning Postfeminism Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture

Fashioning Postfeminism Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture

Author: Simidele Dosekun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2020

Women in Lagos, Nigeria, practice a spectacularly feminine form of black beauty. From cascading hair extensions to immaculate makeup to high heels, their style permeates both day-to-day life and media representations of women not only in a swatch of Africa but across an increasingly globalized world. Simidele Dosekun's interviews and critical analysis consider the female subjectivities these women are performing and desiring. She finds that the women embody the postfeminist idea that their unapologetically immaculate beauty signals-but also constitutes-feminine power. As empowered global consumers and media citizens, the women deny any need to critique their culture or to take part in feminism's collective political struggle. Throughout, Dosekun unearths evocative details around the practical challenges to attaining their style, examines the gap between how others view these women and how they view themselves, and engages with ideas about postfeminist self-fashioning and subjectivity across cultures and class. Intellectually provocative and rich with theory, Fashioning Postfeminism reveals why women choose to live, embody, and even suffer for a fascinating performative culture.

Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations

Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations

Author: Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2020

Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking takes as point of departure the insights of Antonio Benitez Rojo, Derek Walcott and Edouard Glissant on how to conceptualize the Caribbean as a space in which networks of islands are constitutive of a particular epistemology or way of thinking. This rich volume takes questions that have explored the Caribbean and expands them to a global, Anthropocenic framework. This anthology explores the archipelagic as both a specific and a generalizable geo-historical and cultural formation, occurring across various planetary spaces including: the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, the Caribbean basin, the Malay archipelago, Oceania, and the creole islands of the Indian Ocean. As an alternative geo-formal unit, archipelagoes can interrogate epistemologies, ways of reading and thinking, and methodologies informed implicitly or explicitly by more continental paradigms and perspectives. Keeping in mind the structuring tension between land and water, and between island and mainland relations, the archipelagic focuses on the types of relations that emerge, island to island, when island groups are seen not so much as sites of exploration, identity, sociopolitical formation, and economic and cultural circulation, but also, and rather, as models. The book includes 21 chapters, a series of poems and an Afterword from both senior and junior scholars in American Studies, Archaelogy, Biology, Cartography, Digital Mapping, Enviromental Studies, Ethnomusicology, Geography, History, Politics, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, and Sociology who engage with Archipelago studies. Archipelagic Studies has become a framework with a robust intellectual genealogy.. The particular strength of this handbook is the diversity of fields and theoretical approaches in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences that the included essays engage with. There is an editor's introduction in which they meditate about the specific contributions of the archipelagic framework in interdisciplinary analyses of multi-focal and transnational socio-political and cultural context, and in which they establish a dialogue between archipelagic thinking and network theory, assemblages, systems theory, or the study of islands, oceans and constellations.

Make, Think, Imagine Engineering the Future of Civilisation

Make, Think, Imagine Engineering the Future of Civilisation

Author: John Browne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2020

LONGLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019 'An ode to the ways in which engineering has improved human civilisation' John Hennessy, Chairman, Alphabet 'A blueprint for future global progress underpinned by the spirit of innovation' Lord Foster, architect Today's unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. Has social media robbed us of our privacy and fed us with false information? Are robots going to take our jobs? Will better healthcare lead to an ageing population that cannot be cared for? And has our demand for energy driven the Earth's climate to the edge of catastrophe? John Browne argues that we need not and must not put the brakes on technological advance. Civilisation is founded on engineering innovation; all progress stems from the human urge to make things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all. Drawing on history, his own experiences and conversations with many of today's great innovators, he uncovers the basis for all progress and its consequences, both good and bad. He argues compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used to counter its negative consequences. Make, Think, Imagine provides an eloquent blueprint for how we can keep moving towards a brighter future.

Culture Sensitive Design A Guide to Culture in Practice

Culture Sensitive Design A Guide to Culture in Practice

Author: Annemiek van Boeijen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

Our globalising world, with interconnected societies and worldwide cooperation, with migration and ever-increasing digitisation brings together a complexity of cultural groups that need to live together. Consequently, it confronts designers with the challenge of facing cultural diversity in design. This book offers a detailed overview of both theory and practical methods to become culture sensitive in the 21st century design culture. Richly illustrated by anecdotes, examples and cases, this book motivates design students, practitioners and educators to reflect on their own cultural backgrounds, learn ore abou tthe theories around cultures and at the same time to stimulate them to put insights into practice. Culture Sensitive Design helps not only to avoid mismatches between intended users and designs, but also to avoid mistakes that make our designs unacceptable for some groups of people. It is also needed to open up the design space, creating a great source of new and better solutions.

New Directions in Theorizing Qualitative Research Theory as Resistance

New Directions in Theorizing Qualitative Research Theory as Resistance

Author: Norman K. Denzin, James Salvo Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2020

New Directions for Theorizing in Qualitative Inquiry consists of thematic edited volumes that help us understand how to put qualitative inquiry into practice. The chapters in each volume, from established and emerging scholars, represent new directions for incorporating theory into justice-oriented qualitative research. The series is designed to reach a wide audience of scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences. The series aims to bring about experimental ways of reading lives so as to implement radical social change. The present volume takes theory as resistance as its focus, emphasizing how theory and pedagogy can work toward justice.

New Directions in Theorizing Qualitative Research Theory as Resistance

New Directions in Theorizing Qualitative Research Theory as Resistance

Author: Norman K. Denzin, James Salvo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2020

New Directions for Theorizing in Qualitative Inquiry consists of thematic edited volumes that help us understand how to put qualitative inquiry into practice. The chapters in each volume, from established and emerging scholars, represent new directions for incorporating theory into justice-oriented qualitative research. The series is designed to reach a wide audience of scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences. The series aims to bring about experimental ways of reading lives so as to implement radical social change. The present volume takes theory as resistance as its focus, emphasizing how theory and pedagogy can work toward justice.

The Invisible Walls of Dannemora Inside the Infamous Clinton Correctional Facility

The Invisible Walls of Dannemora Inside the Infamous Clinton Correctional Facility

Author: Michael H. Blaine Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2020

The infamous Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, in 2015 became the site of one of the most famous prison breaks in modern American history. However, the conditions that made possible the notorious escape and the massive manhunt that ensued had been developing for many years prior. Having earned the nickname of Little Siberia , the brutal winters contributed to the already depressing facade of the facility. During the long, dark hours, the wind howled outside and sounded like ghosts haunting the halls of the prison. Dannemora had a proud past. Every employee chose to work there and there was always a transfer list of staff hoping to work there. It was a hard prison for hard criminals. Having housed the likes of mobster Charlie Lucky Luciano, Son of Sam David Berkowitz, Rappers Tupac Shakur, and Ol' Dirty Bastard, and countless other infamous criminals, the staff at the Clinton Correctional Facility knew how to handle even the toughest of men. Like most prisons, Clinton was a place of routine. Each day was very much like day before. It was a big, clunking machine that simply ran each day unless someone in the administration used poor judgement and tried to implement an unsafe change in policy or targeted the wrong staff member. The author, Michael H. Blaine spent a career at the Clinton Correctional Facility. Having been an Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, his story reveals the changes he observed and what he experienced at each rank he earned. Refusing to compromise his principles and sickened by the downward spiral that Clinton was experiencing, he retired less than 10 1/2 months before the first successful escape at Dannemora on June 6, 2015. This new book reveals the inner workings of this massive prison. It is the first look inside at what it was like to work at the Clinton Correctional Facility, its effects on those who spent time there on both sides of the bars, revealing why nobody escapes the Invisible Walls of Dannemora.

Imagining the Mulatta Blackness in U.S. and Brazilian Media

Imagining the Mulatta Blackness in U.S. and Brazilian Media

Author: Jasmine Mitchell Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2020

Brazil markets itself as a racially mixed utopia. The United States prefers the term melting pot. Both nations have long used the image of the mulatta to push skewed cultural narratives. Highlighting the prevalence of mixed race women of African and European descent, the two countries claim to have perfected racial representation-all the while ignoring the racialization, hypersexualization, and white supremacy that the mulatta narrative creates. Jasmine Mitchell investigates the development and exploitation of the mulatta figure in Brazilian and U.S. popular culture. Drawing on a wide range of case studies, she analyzes policy debates and reveals the use of mixed-Black female celebrities as subjects of racial and gendered discussions. Mitchell also unveils the ways the media moralizes about the mulatta figure and uses her as an example of an acceptable version of blackness that at once dreams of erasing undesirable blackness while maintaining the qualities that serve as outlets for interracial desire.

Adversarial Justice and Victims' Rights Reconceptualising the Role of Sexual Assault Victims

Adversarial Justice and Victims' Rights Reconceptualising the Role of Sexual Assault Victims

Author: Mary Iliadis Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/05/2020

The rights, status and treatment of sexual assault victims has emerged as a significant 21st-century concern, occupying the forefront of legal commentary on international policy agendas. This book explores the extent to which reforms that offer victims enhanced rights to information and participation across England and Wales, Ireland and South Australia can address sexual assault victims' procedural and substantive justice concerns. Informed by the voices of 26 high-level criminal justice professionals, legal stakeholders and victim support workers, and a quantitative dataset, this book also considers whether legal representation can address some of the problems of the prosecution process for sexual assault victims in Victoria and, indeed, in other adversarial jurisdictions that employ similar legislative frameworks. While acknowledging the value of victim-focused reforms, this book contends that cultural changes to the ways in which sexual assault victims are perceived and treated are necessary in order to improve victims' experiences of the legal process. Reconceptualising the role of sexual assault victims from 'witnesses' to 'participants' will also increase the likelihood that victims' rights and interests will be considered alongside those of the state and the accused. This book situates its findings within broader debates about the role, rights and treatment of sexual assault victims in adversarial justice systems and outlines prospects for the transfer of policy and practice between jurisdictions. Adversarial Justice and Victims' Rights will interest academic and policy stakeholders engaged in criminology, law and socio-legal studies, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students researching sexual violence and victims' access to justice.

Environmental Campaigns

Environmental Campaigns

Author: Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2020