An Essay on Culture: Symbolic Structure and Social Structure by Bennett M. Berger

By Bennett M. Berger

The results of 35 years of idea and examine on tradition through the most effective and such a lot literate writers in sociology, this wide-ranging evaluate of the that means and research of tradition is Bennett Berger at his top. Drawing on his unsurpassed wisdom of the scholarly literature and on his wealth of private event, Berger reports and synthesizes fresh paintings in cultural sociology from a materialist point of view. His essay culminates in a choice for an empirical learn software occupied with the relation among symbolic offerings and social destinations, instead of on interpretive bills of the meanings of texts or performances.Among his strange insights are a security of reductionism, sympathetic bills of "peer strain" and "special interests," an try and restoration a few dignity to the note "ideology," and a clean standpoint on "conspiracy theory."Scholars and scholars of tradition alike will locate right here lovely discussions and theoretical insights on ideological paintings, morality and tradition, and at the family among social constitution and cultural constitution.

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American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred by Peter Gardella

By Peter Gardella

The us hasn't ever had an formally confirmed nationwide church. because the time of the 1st British colonists, it has as a substitute built a powerful civil faith that melds God and country. In a deft exploration of yankee civil non secular symbols-from the freedom Bell to the Vietnam Memorial, from Mount Rushmore to Disney World-Peter Gardella explains how the areas, items, and phrases that americans carry sacred got here into being and the way american citizens' emotions approximately them have replaced over the years. as well as reading respected ancient websites and constructions, he analyzes such sacred texts because the announcement of Independence, the structure, the Gettysburg handle, the Kennedy Inaugural, and the speeches of Martin Luther King, and indicates how 5 patriotic songs-"The Star-Spangled Banner," "The conflict Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America," and "This Land Is Your Land"-have been increased into hymns.
Arguing that yes values-personal freedom, political democracy, international peace, and cultural tolerance-have held American civil faith jointly, Gardella chronicles the various varieties these values have taken, from Jamestown and Plymouth to the September eleven, 2001 Memorial in long island.

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Power by Michel Foucault, Robert Hurley, James D. Faubion, Paul

By Michel Foucault, Robert Hurley, James D. Faubion, Paul Rabinow

The definitive version of Foucault's articles, interviews, and seminars. Few philosophers have had as powerful a power at the 20th century as Michel Foucault. His paintings has affected the educating of any variety of disciplines and is still, two decades after his demise, seriously vital. This newly on hand version is drawn from the whole choice of all of Foucault's classes, articles, and interviews, and brings his most vital paintings to a brand new iteration of readers. Power (edited through James D. Faubion) attracts jointly Foucault's contributions to what he observed because the still-underdeveloped perform of political research. It covers the domain names Foucault helped to make a part of the middle time table of Western political culture—medicine, psychiatry, the penal method, and sexuality.

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Mirror for Humanity: A Concise Introduction to Cultural by Conrad Kottak

By Conrad Kottak

Written through a widespread pupil within the box, this concise, updated creation to cultural anthropology rigorously balances assurance of center issues with modern alterations within the box. considering that no unmarried or monolithic theoretical viewpoint orients this publication, teachers with quite a lot of perspectives and ways can use it successfully. the combo of brevity and clarity make reflect for Humanity an ideal fit for cultural anthropology classes that use readings or ethnographies besides a first-rate textual content.

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Bali: A Paradise Created by Adrian Vickers Ph.D.

By Adrian Vickers Ph.D.

The Island of Bali—a precise paradise is explored during this vintage travelogue.

From the artists and writers of the Thirties to the consume, Pray, Love excursions so renowned this present day, Bali has drawn hoards of overseas viewers and transplants to its seashores. What makes Bali so certain, and the way has it controlled to maintain its id regardless of a century of extreme strain from the surface global?

Bali: A Paradise Created bridges the space among scholarly works and extra well known go back and forth debts. It bargains an obtainable heritage of this interesting island and an anthropological learn not just of the Balinese, yet of the paradise–seekers from all elements of the realm who've traveled to Bali in ever–increasing numbers over the many years.

This Bali travelogue indicates how Balinese tradition has pervaded western movie, artwork, literature and song in order that even these who have by no means been there have loved a glimpse of paradise. This authoritative, much–cited paintings is now up-to-date with new images and illustrations, a brand new advent, and new textual content protecting the earlier two decades.

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Management In Scandinavia: Culture, Context And Change by Jette Schramm-Nielsen

By Jette Schramm-Nielsen

This booklet contributes to the increasing box of cross-cultural and comparative administration, and addresses the problem of no matter if the most Scandinavian nations - Denmark, Norway and Sweden - convey such similarities in administration sort and perform as to represent a rustic cluster. it really is in line with a qualitative, interview-driven learn of managers in businesses matched via within the 3 nations and seeks to contextualise the examine findings in a basic dialogue of the Scandinavian international locations, exhibiting their intertwined histories and related associations and values. The publication argues that the imperative values of those managers are equality, informality, decency, and clash avoidance; it indicates that the behaviour of Scandinavian managers is galvanized via those values and they could be attributed to nationwide tradition and never to the peculiarities of any specific undefined. administration in Scandinavia may be of curiosity to scholars and academics of overseas administration, in addition to practitioners of commercial and administration.

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Nature and Culture in Western Discourses by Stephen Horigan

By Stephen Horigan

How specific is guy? How a lot are we certain by means of a typical nature? To what quantity is tradition an expression of intuition? Such questions have haunted the advance of social thought. during this interesting publication, Stephen Horigan argues that our considering on those concerns has been bedevilled via the enlightenment contrast among nature and tradition. He criticizes this considering that phrases reminiscent of ’nature’, ’culture’, ’human’, and ’animal’ are ambiguous. He makes use of the topics of wildness and primitivism and instances of ’feral’ young ones to demonstrate his argument.

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The Graying of the Raven : Cultural and Sociopolitical by Aida Bamia

By Aida Bamia

From East to West The raven has grew to become grey O Reader of the unknown support us in our ordeal! With a good contact, Aida Bamia has explored the paintings of Muhammad bin al-Tayyib 'Alili (c.1894-c.1954), a hitherto almost unknown oral poet of Algeria, bringing to her research new knowing of people poetry as a part of a people's collective reminiscence and their resistance to colonization. For 'Alili's viewers the depression and soreness confronted by means of bad farmers prior to independence is embodied by way of the raven, grown previous and grey with ceaseless frustration and humiliation. due to its oral–and all too usually ephemeral–nature, the paintings of poets reminiscent of 'Alili may well break out shut scrutiny by means of French colonial directors who sought to remove nationalistic and ethnic parts. With succinct remark, Bamia provides a superb old and contextual historical past for 'Alili's repertoire, whereas she info the richness and diversity of poetic kinds that had constructed in North Africa. In doing so, she indicates an intimate clutch of the poet's repertoire and approach, in addition to of the colonial and postcolonial implications of Algerian folklore and poetry.

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