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Sociology: customs & traditions

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Creative Practice Ethnographies

Creative Practice Ethnographies

Author: Larissa Hjorth, Anne M. Harris, Kat Jungnickel, Gretchen Coombs Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2020

Creative Practice Ethnographies focuses on the ways in which the collaboration between creative practice and ethnography offers new ways to think with and about the methods, practice and promise of research in contemporary interdisciplinary contexts. How does creative practice inform new ways of doing ethnography and vice versa? What new forms of expression and engagement are made possible as a result of these creative synergies? In sum, we pay particular attention to ways of being in the world that acknowledges creativity, complexities and multiplicities in research. In this book we seek to map why the intersection of ethnography and creative practice matters for doing socially impactful research. This book is aimed at interdisciplinary researchers from art, design, sociology, anthropology, games, media, education, and cultural studies. As interdisciplinary scholars with divergent creative practices who are constantly engaged in, with, and through the field, we are continuously searching through embodied practice ways of working with and reconfiguring the means and modes through which we do research. As such, our work operates at the intersection of ethnography and creative practice and we examine how they coalesce, overlap and interplay. In this book, we examine the doing of creative practice ethnographies through three interdisciplinary heuristics-techniques, translations and transmissions. It is via learnings from the field, in the form of interdisciplinary case studies, that we seek to provide insights into this productive synergy.

Religious Parenting Transmitting Faith and Values in Contemporary America

Religious Parenting Transmitting Faith and Values in Contemporary America

Author: Christian Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

How parents approach the task of passing on religious faith and practice to their children How do American parents pass their religion on to their children? At a time of overall decline of traditional religion and an increased interest in personal spirituality, Religious Parenting investigates the ways that parents transmit religious beliefs, values, and practices to their kids. We know that parents are the most important influence on their children's religious lives, yet parents have been virtually ignored in previous work on religious socialization. Renowned religion scholar Christian Smith and his collaborators Bridget Ritz and Michael Rotolo explore American parents' strategies, experiences, beliefs, and anxieties regarding religious transmission through hundreds of in-depth interviews that span religious traditions, social classes, and family types all around the country. Throughout we hear the voices of evangelical, Catholic, Mormon, mainline and black Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist parents and discover that, despite massive diversity, American parents share a nearly identical approach to socializing their children religiously. For almost all, religion is important for the foundation it provides for becoming one's best self on life's difficult journey. Religion is primarily a resource for navigating the challenges of this life, not preparing for an afterlife. Parents view it as their job, not religious professionals', to ground their children in life-enhancing religious values that provide resilience, morality, and a sense of purpose. Challenging longstanding sociological and anthropological assumptions about culture, the authors demonstrate that parents of highly dissimilar backgrounds share the same cultural models when passing on religion to their children. Taking an extensive look into questions of religious practice and childrearing, Religious Parenting uncovers parents' real-life challenges while breaking innovative theoretical ground.

Disaster Archipelago Locating Vulnerability and Resilience in the Philippines

Disaster Archipelago Locating Vulnerability and Resilience in the Philippines

Author: Anthony Alindogan, Arlen A. Ancheta Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2019

Images of the devastation wreaked by typhoons, flooding, earthquakes and drought in the Philippines circulate globally as an important part of disaster discourses. This collection seeks to move beyond these simplistic representations of calamity by bringing together a group of Filipino and international scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to grapple with the complex nature of disaster in the Philippines. Firmly grounded in the relationship between disaster and place, the volume's contributors confront the challenges of the Philippine nation's internal heterogeneity of language, ethnicity and class. In doing so, this book seeks to engage the specificities of place amid diversity, and explores two broad but interrelating avenues of investigation through case studies drawn from across the archipelago: How can environmental extremity in the Philippines help us understand disasters? How can disasters help us understand the Philippines?

Prenuptial Rituals in Scotland Blackening the Bride and Decorating the Hen

Prenuptial Rituals in Scotland Blackening the Bride and Decorating the Hen

Author: Sheila M. Young Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/12/2019

The hen (or bachelorette) party, with its groups of visible, raucous women on trains, planes, and in public spaces is ubiquitous throughout the English-speaking world. The practice of the blackening, a unique form of kidnapping and punishment ritual, is limited to North Eastern parts of Scotland and to specific sectors of the population. Both are prenuptial rituals enacted by women. In Prenuptial Rituals in Scotland, Sheila Young produces a thorough description of how these two rituals were and are enacted and analyzes the ways these practices have changed through time as a social commentary. Young's study provides valuable insights into identity, gender, social class, contemporary attitudes to ritual, and what it means to approach marriage in the twenty first century.

Earth Day

Earth Day

Author: Erika S Manley Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2019

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Author: Rebecca Pettiford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2019

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics

In recent decades, dance has become a vehicle for querying assumptions about what it means to be embodied, in turn illuminating intersections among the political, the social, the aesthetical, and the phenomenological. The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Politics edited by internationally lauded scholars Rebekah Kowal, Gerald Siegmund, and the late Randy Martin presents a compendium of newly-commissioned chapters that address the interdisciplinary and global scope of dance theory - its political philosophy, social movements, and approaches to bodily difference such as disability, postcolonial, and critical race and queer studies. In six sections 30 of the most prestigious dance scholars in the US and Europe track the political economy of dance and analyze the political dimensions of choreography, of writing history, and of embodied phenomena in general. Employing years of intimate knowledge of dance and its cultural phenomenology, scholars urge readers to re-think dominant cultural codes, their usages, and the meaning they produce and theorize ways dance may help to re-signify and to re-negotiate established cultural practices and their inherent power relations. This handbook poses ever-present questions about dance politics-which aspects or effects of a dance can be considered political? What possibilities and understandings of politics are disclosed through dance? How does a particular dance articulate or undermine forces of authority? How might dance relate to emancipation or bondage of the body? Where and how can dance articulate social movements, represent or challenge political institutions, or offer insight into habits of labor and leisure? The handbook opens its critical terms in two directions. First, it offers an elaborated understanding of how dance achieves its politics. Second, it illustrates how notions of the political are themselves expanded when viewed from the perspective of dance, thus addressing both the relationship between the politics in dance and the politics of dance. Using the most sophisticated theoretical frameworks and engaging with the problematics that come from philosophy, social science, history, and the humanities, chapters explore the affinities, affiliations, concepts, and critiques that are inherent in the act of dance, and questions about matters political that dance makes legible.

Tikanga M?ori Living by M?ori Values

Tikanga M?ori Living by M?ori Values

Author: Hirini Moko Mead Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2019

Here is an authoritative and accessible introduction to Tikanga M?ori.

The Japanese Ethos A Study of National Character

The Japanese Ethos A Study of National Character

Author: Yasuoka Masahiro Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2019

The Japanese Ethos: A Study of National Character is a seminal work of Yasuoka Masahiro (1898-1983). Published in 1924 despite Yasuoka's dissatisfaction with its shortcomings, the book was kept out of print by Yasuoka until popularity prompted reissuance in 1934 and 1937. In 1924, some 50 years after opening to the world in the Meiji Restoration, Japan was drowning in a flood of Western ideas, and all of Asia was in turmoil. The British-Afghan War had erupted just 5 years before, followed by Gandhi's nationwide non-cooperation campaign in India one year later. Yasuoka, still in his 20s, and deeply troubled by Western decadence infecting Japan in this time of crisis, urged development of an independent national character. Now, before our eyes in Japan, citizens, one and all, are unequivocally conscious of being confronted with a terrible crisis. The time is now for Japan, as a nation, to realize a remarkable development of character. The Japanese Ethos was written to guide Japan to a promising future through the wisdom of ancient teachings. In it, Yasuoka describes a history and tradition nurtured for more than 2000 years. The moral examples depicted are primarily samurai and he discusses in detail the character traits a samurai must cultivate. In later chapters he gives examples of men of great character. Two chapters address kendo (sword fighting), whose spirit became the foundation of all the arts and letters, and of Eastern thought. The samurai spirit was the leading force for the Meiji Restoration and is the essence of this book. For Japan, which lost much of its culture after World War II, The Japanese Ethos has awakened a nation from slumber. Though written nearly a century ago, it is surprisingly current and makes us ponder what it truly means to be Japanese.

The Corpse A History

The Corpse A History

Author: Christine Quigley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2019

Throughout the centuries, different cultures have established a variety of procedures for handling and disposing of corpses. Often the methods are directly associated with the deceased's position in life, such as a pharaoh's mummification in Egypt or the cremation of a Buddhist. Treatment by the living of the dead over time and across cultures is the focus of study. Burial arrangements and preparations are detailed, including embalming, the funeral service, storage and transport of the body, and forms of burial. Autopsies and the investigative process of causes of deliberate death are fully covered. Preservation techniques such as cryonic suspension and mummification are discussed, as well as a look at the recycling of the corpse through organ donation, donation to medicine, animal scavengers, cannibalism, and, of course, natural decay and decomposition. Mistreatments of a corpse are also covered.

Whispers & Vanities

Whispers & Vanities

Author: Tupuloa Tufuga Efi, Maualaivao Albert Wendt, Vitolia Moa, Jenny Plane Te Paa Daniel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2019

This collection of essays and selected poetry responds to an address on Samoan religious culture given by Samoa's Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Ta'isi Tupuola Tufuga Efi, to the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. The address challenges some fundamental aspects of and assumptions in modern Samoan indigenous religious culture.

Art of the Turkish Tale. v. 2

Art of the Turkish Tale. v. 2

Author: Barbara K. Walker, Helen Siegl, Talat Sait Halman Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2019

'A most significant yet unsung contribution within the field of Turkish studies over the past quarter of a century has been the work of Barbara K. Walker in collecting, preserving, and sharing Turkish oral narratives with an English-speaking audience. The Art of the Turkish Tale , sets a new direction in Walker's work, one that will be received by folklore specialists and folktale fans alike' - Sarah Moment Atis, Chair, Middle East Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison President, Turkish Studies Association. 'This collection should be read, first and foremost, for its inherent pleasure. Like all literary arts, the art of the tale's primarily a genre of joy. Traditional stories, modern storytelling, and the Walker versions cohere in giving us the pleasure of real life and imaginary events. These stories are full of delight. Although many of them go back several centuries, some perhaps more than a millennium, they sound fresh, almost contemporary. They should be savored for their optimism, because virtually every tale resolves a dilemma or saves the good person from a terrible plight. No wonder most of the tales culminate in the celebratory couplet: They have had their wish fulfilled; Let's go up to their bedstead' - Talat Sait Halman, Turkey's former Minister of Culture, then Ambassador for Cultural Affairs; now Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, New York University.