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Hanging on to the Edges: Essays on Science, Society and the Academic Life

What does it mean to be a scientist working today; specifically, a scientist whose subject matter is human life? Scientists often overstate their claim to certainty, sorting the wo ...


Cover for  Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas: Rethinking Translocality Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus
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Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas: Rethinking Translocality Beyond Central Asia and the Caucasus

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This collection brings together a variety of anthropological, historical and sociological case studies from Central Asia and the Caucasus to examine the concept of translocality. T ...


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Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined

How do we evaluate ambiguous concepts such as wellbeing, freedom, and social justice? How do we develop policies that offer everyone the best chance to achieve what they want from ...


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Warlike and Peaceful Societies: The Interaction of Genes and Culture

Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both. In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of di ...


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Security in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics

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he 2014 Referendum on Scottish independence sparked debate on every dimension of modern statehood. Levels of public interest and engagement were unprecedented, as demonstrated by r ...


Cover for Deliberation, Representation, Equity: Research Approaches, Tools and Algorithms for Participatory Processes
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Deliberation, Representation, Equity: Research Approaches, Tools and Algorithms for Participatory Processes

What can we learn about the development of public interaction in e-democracy from a drama delivered by mobile headphones to an audience standing around a shopping center in a Stock ...


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Theatre and War: Notes from the Field

Nandita Dinesh places Kipling’s "six honest serving-men" (who, what, when, where, why, how) in productive conversation with her own experiences in conflict zones across the world t ...


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Democracy and Power: The Delhi Lectures

Noam Chomsky visited India in 1996 and 2001 and spoke on a wide range of subjects, from democracy and corporate propaganda to the nature of the world order and the role of intellec ...


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Complexity, Security and Civil Society in East Asia: Foreign Policies and the Korean Peninsula

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Complexity, Security and Civil Society in East Asia offers the latest understanding of complex global problems including nuclear weapons, urban insecurity, energy, and climate chan ...


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Tyneside Neighbourhoods: Deprivation, Social Life and Social Behaviour in One British City

Nettle’s book presents the results of five years of comparative ethnographic fieldwork in two different neighbourhoods of the same British city, Newcastle upon Tyne. The neighbourh ...


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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century: A Living Document in a Changing World

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The Global Citizenship Commission was convened, under the leadership of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the auspices of NYU’s Global Institute for Advanced Study, to ...


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The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture

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Digital technology has made culture more accessible than ever before. Texts, audio, pictures and video can easily be produced, disseminated, used and remixed using devices that are ...


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Frontier Encounters: Knowledge and Practice at the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian Border

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China and Russia are rising economic and political powers that share thousands of miles of border. Yet, despite their proximity, their practical, local interactions with each other ...


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Oral Literature in Africa

Ruth Finnegan’s Oral Literature in Africa was first published in 1970, and since then has been widely praised as one of the most important books in its field. Based on years of fie ...


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Oral Literature in the Digital Age: Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities

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Thanks to ever-greater digital connectivity, interest in oral traditions has grown beyond that of researcher and research subject to include a widening pool of global users. When n ...


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Storytelling in Northern Zambia: Theory, Method, Practice and Other Necessary Fictions

More than just a book, Storytelling in Northern Zambia lets you watch videos of the storytellers while you read. Storytelling plays an important part in the vibrant cultural life o ...


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Feeding the City: Work and Food Culture of the Mumbai Dabbawalas

Every day in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who carry boxes") distribute a staggering 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city’s workers and students. Gi ...


Cover for How to Read a Folktale: The 'Ibonia' Epic from Madagascar
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How to Read a Folktale: The 'Ibonia' Epic from Madagascar

How to Read a Folktale offers the first English translation of Ibonia, a spellbinding tale of old Madagascar. Ibonia is a folktale on epic scale. Much of its plot sounds familiar: ...


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Xiipúktan (First of All): Three Views of the Origins of the Quechan People

The Quechan people live along the lower part of the Colorado River in the United States. According to tradition, the Quechan and other Yuman people were created at the beginning of ...


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Why Do We Quote? The Culture and History of Quotation

Quoting is all around us. But do we really know what it means? How do people actually quote today, and how did our present systems come about? This book brings together a down-to-e ...


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Peace and Democratic Society

Recent acts of terrorism and the current unrest in the Middle East remind us how important it is to understand the relationship between violence, peace and democracy. In a challeng ...


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The End of the World: Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture

Our fear of the world ending, like our fear of the dark, is ancient, deep-seated and perennial. It crosses boundaries of space and time, recurs in all human communities and finds e ...


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Bourdieu and Literature

Bourdieu and Literature is a wide-ranging, rigorous and accessible introduction to the relationship between Pierre Bourdieu's work and literary studies. It provides a comprehensive ...


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Text and Genre in Reconstruction: Effects of Digitalization on Ideas, Behaviours, Products and Institutions

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In this broad-reaching, multi-disciplinary collection, leading scholars investigate how the digital medium has altered the way we read and write text. In doing so, it challenges th ...