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Popular Cinema in Bengal Genre, Stars, Public Cultures

Popular Cinema in Bengal Genre, Stars, Public Cultures

Author: Madhuja (Jadavpur University, India) Mukherjee Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

This comprehensive volume marks a decisive turn in studies of Bengali language cinema by shifting the focus from auteur and text-based studies to exhaustive readings of the film industry. It covers a wide range of themes and issues, including: generic tropes (like comedy and action); iconic figurations (of the detective and the city); (female) stars such as Kanan Bala, Sadhana Bose and Aparna Sen; intensities of public debates (subjects of high and low cultures, taste, viewership, gender and sexuality); print cultures (including posters, magazines and song-booklets); cinematic spaces; and trans-media and trans-cultural traffic. By locating cinema within the crosscurrents of geo-political transformations, this book highlights the new and persuasive research that has materialised over the last decade. The authors raise pertinent questions regarding regional cinema as a category, in relation to national cinema models, and trace the non-linear journey of the popular via multiple (media) trajectories. They address subjects of physicality, sexuality and its representations, industrial change, spaces of consumption, and cinema's meandering directions through global circuits and low-end networks. This book highlights the ever-changing contours of cinema in Bengal in all its popular forms, and proposes a new historiography. The chapters were originally published in the journal South Asian History and Culture.

Bedouin and `Abbasid Cultural Identities The Arabic Majnun Layla Story

Bedouin and `Abbasid Cultural Identities The Arabic Majnun Layla Story

Author: Ruqayya Yasmine Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2019

This literary-historical book draws out and sheds light upon the mechanisms of `the ideological work' that the Arabic Majnun Layla story performed for `Abbasid urbanite, imperial audiences in the wake of the disappearance of the `bedouin cosmos.' The study focuses upon the processes of primitivizing Majnun in the romance of Majnun Layla as part of the paradigm shift that occurred in the `Abbasid empire after the Graeco-Arabian intellectual revolution. Moreover, this book demonstrates how gender and sexuality are employed in the processes of primitivizing Majnun. As markers of `strangeness' and `foreignness' in the `Abbasid interrogations of the multiple categories of ethnicity, culture, identity, religion and language present in their cosmopolitan milieus. Such `cultural work' is performed through the ideological uses of alterity given its mechanisms of distancing (e.g., temporal and spatial) and nearness (e.g. affective). Lastly, the Majnun Layla love story demonstrates, in its text and reception, that a Greco-Arabian and Greco-Persian sub-culture thrived in the centers of `Abbasid Baghdad that molded and shaped the ways in which this love story was compiled, received and performed. Offering a corrective to the prevailing views expressed in Western scholarly writings on the Greco-Arabian encounter, this book is a major contribution to scholars and students interested in Arabic and comparative literature, Middle East and Gender Studies.

Being Young, Male and Saudi Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom

Being Young, Male and Saudi Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom

Author: Mark C. (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia) Thompson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2019

Although the position of Saudi women within society draws media attention throughout the world, young Saudi men remain part of a silent mass, their thoughts and views rarely heard outside of the Kingdom. Based on primary research across Saudi Arabia with young men from a diverse range of backgrounds, Mark C. Thompson allows for this distinct group of voices to be heard, revealing their opinions and attitudes towards the societal and economic transformations affecting their lives within a gender-segregated society and examining the challenges and dilemmas facing young Saudi men in the twenty-first century. From ideas and beliefs about, identity, education, employment, marriage prospects and gender segregation, as well as political participation and exclusion, this study in turn invites us to reconsider the future of Saudi Arabia as a globalized kingdom.

Being Young, Male and Saudi Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom

Being Young, Male and Saudi Identity and Politics in a Globalized Kingdom

Although the position of Saudi women within society draws media attention throughout the world, young Saudi men remain part of a silent mass, their thoughts and views rarely heard outside of the Kingdom. Based on primary research across Saudi Arabia with young men from a diverse range of backgrounds, Mark C. Thompson allows for this distinct group of voices to be heard, revealing their opinions and attitudes towards the societal and economic transformations affecting their lives within a gender-segregated society and examining the challenges and dilemmas facing young Saudi men in the twenty-first century. From ideas and beliefs about, identity, education, employment, marriage prospects and gender segregation, as well as political participation and exclusion, this study in turn invites us to reconsider the future of Saudi Arabia as a globalized kingdom.

Working with the Future Ideas and Tools to Govern Uncertainty

Working with the Future Ideas and Tools to Govern Uncertainty

Author: Dr. Roberto Poli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Poli's book is Theoretically robust Provides a description of some of the major methods in the field Describes some major applications (army and government, schools) Shows quite a few cases of re-framing Suggests connections with present frontiers of scientific research A systematic, engaging introduction to futures studies, that any well-educated person will be able to follow Provides a framework for understanding the complexity and the uncertainty of the present situation The book distinguishes correct from wrong ways to understand the future.

BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough

BBC Wildlife Documentaries in the Age of Attenborough

Author: Jean-Baptiste Gouyon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2019

This book explores the history of wildlife television in post-war Britain. It revolves around the role of David Attenborough, whose career as a broadcaster and natural history filmmaker has shaped British wildlife television. The book discusses aspects of Attenborough's professional biography and also explores elements of the institutional history of the BBC-from the early 1960s, when it was at its most powerful, to the 2000s, when its future is uncertain. It focuses primarily on the wildlife `making-of' documentary genre, which is used to trace how television progressively became a participant in the production of knowledge about nature. With the inclusion of analysis of television programmes, first-hand accounts, BBC archival material and, most notably, interviews with David Attenborough, this volume follows the development of the professional culture of wildlife broadcasting as it has been portrayed in public. It will be of interest to wildlife television amateurs, historians of British television and students in science communication.

India Diversity

India Diversity

Author: Francis Jarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2019

Militarized Youth The Children of the FARC

Militarized Youth The Children of the FARC

Author: Johanna Higgs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2019

Based on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews from across Colombia-including former child guerillas, former hostages of the guerilla organization, mothers of child soldiers, and humanitarian aid workers- this volume explores the experiences of children involved with the Colombian guerilla group the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Farc). Going beyond the predominant humanitarian perspectives on child soldiers, Johanna Higgs delves into the specific social and cultural aspects of the Colombian conflict to give a contextualized, culturally relevant understanding of the processes of both militarization and demobilization of children, deploying the theoretical lens of lifeworlds. In so doing, Higgs not only provides insight into children's involvement in conflict in Colombia, but presents a clear case for a move away from homogenized understandings of child soldiers, thus far dominated by viewpoints from industrialized Western nations. Tying together perspectives from anthropology, sociology, psychology, politics, and international development, Higgs provides not only a much-needed examination of how children are militarized, soldiering in the Farc context, and demilitarization, but also a blueprint for how research can be tied to specific cultural contexts.

Digital Social Research

Digital Social Research

Author: Giuseppe A. Veltri Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2019

To analyse social and behavioral phenomena in our digitalized world, it's necessary to understand the main research opportunities and challenges specific to online and digital social research. This book presents an overview of the many techniques that are part of the fundamental toolbox of the digital social scientist. Placing online methods within the wider tradition of social research methods, Giuseppe Veltri discusses the methodological principles and related frameworks that underlie each technique of digital research. This useful guide covers methodological issues such as different digital data types, sampling for big data, construct validity, and representativeness. It looks at different forms of unobtrusive data collection methods (web scraping, social media mining) as well as obtrusive methods (qualitative methods, web surveys, and experiments). Special attention is given to three key analytical approaches, explored in more detail: computational approaches to statistical analysis, text mining, and network analysis. Digital Social Research Methods will be a welcome and essential resource for students and researchers across the social sciences and humanities carrying out digital research or interested in the future of social research.

Digital Social Research

Digital Social Research

Author: Giuseppe A. Veltri Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2019

To analyse social and behavioral phenomena in our digitalized world, it's necessary to understand the main research opportunities and challenges specific to online and digital social research. This book presents an overview of the many techniques that are part of the fundamental toolbox of the digital social scientist. Placing online methods within the wider tradition of social research methods, Giuseppe Veltri discusses the methodological principles and related frameworks that underlie each technique of digital research. This useful guide covers methodological issues such as different digital data types, sampling for big data, construct validity, and representativeness. It looks at different forms of unobtrusive data collection methods (web scraping, social media mining) as well as obtrusive methods (qualitative methods, web surveys, and experiments). Special attention is given to three key analytical approaches, explored in more detail: computational approaches to statistical analysis, text mining, and network analysis. Digital Social Research Methods will be a welcome and essential resource for students and researchers across the social sciences and humanities carrying out digital research or interested in the future of social research.

The Chinese Writing System in Asia An Interdisciplinary Perspective

The Chinese Writing System in Asia An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Author: Yu (Emory University,USA.) Li Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2019

The Chinese Writing System in Asia: An Interdisciplinary Perspective integrates a diverse range of disciplinary approaches in examining how the Chinese script represents and actively shapes personal and social identities in and beyond Asia. It is an ideal read for students and scholars interested in a broad and culturally rich introduction to research on the Chinese writing system. It can also serve as the main text of an undergraduate course on the subject. Key features of this volume include: Insights from studies of the Chinese writing system in linguistics, script reform and technology, gender, identity, literature, and the visual arts; Examples embedded in inquiries of the cultural history and contemporary society of Asia; Rigorous yet accessible discussions of complex concepts and phenomena that assume no prior knowledge of Asian languages or linguistics; Supplementary multimedia materials and resources, including instructional support, available online.

The Chinese Writing System in Asia An Interdisciplinary Perspective

The Chinese Writing System in Asia An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Author: Yu (Emory University,USA.) Li Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2019

The Chinese Writing System in Asia: An Interdisciplinary Perspective integrates a diverse range of disciplinary approaches in examining how the Chinese script represents and actively shapes personal and social identities in and beyond Asia. It is an ideal read for students and scholars interested in a broad and culturally rich introduction to research on the Chinese writing system. It can also serve as the main text of an undergraduate course on the subject. Key features of this volume include: Insights from studies of the Chinese writing system in linguistics, script reform and technology, gender, identity, literature, and the visual arts; Examples embedded in inquiries of the cultural history and contemporary society of Asia; Rigorous yet accessible discussions of complex concepts and phenomena that assume no prior knowledge of Asian languages or linguistics; Supplementary multimedia materials and resources, including instructional support, available online.