Download E-books The Self as Symbolic Space: Constructing Identity and Community at Qumran (Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah) PDF

By Carol A. Newsom

This quantity investigates severe practices wherein the Qumran group constituted itself as a sectarian society. Key to the formation of the group was once the reconstruction of the identification of person contributors. during this method the "self" turned a big symbolic house for the improvement of the ideology of the sect. folks who got here to adventure themselves in gentle of the narratives and symbolic constructions embedded in the neighborhood practices may have built the tendencies of affinity and estrangement valuable for the structure of a sectarian society. Drawing on a number of theories of discourse and perform in rhetoric, philosophy, and anthropology, the ebook examines the development of the self in imperative records: the Serek ha-Yahad and the Hodayot.

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Download E-books Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation PDF

By R. Keith Sawyer

Explaining Creativity is an available creation to the newest medical examine on creativity. The publication summarizes and integrates a wide diversity of study in psychology and comparable medical fields. within the final forty years, psychologists, anthropologists, and sociologists have committed elevated recognition to creativity; we now understand extra approximately creativity than at any element in heritage. Explaining Creativity considers not just arts like portray and writing, but in addition technology, degree functionality, company innovation, and creativity in way of life.

Sawyer's method is interdisciplinary. as well as analyzing mental reviews on creativity, he attracts on anthropologists' study on creativity in non-Western cultures, sociologists' learn at the occasions, contexts, and networks of inventive task, and cognitive neuroscientists' reviews of the mind. He strikes past the person to contemplate the social and cultural contexts of creativity, together with the position of collaboration within the artistic process.

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Download E-books Japanese Lessons: A Year in a Japanese School Through the Eyes of An American Anthropologist and Her Children PDF

Gail R. Benjamin reaches past predictable photos of authoritarian jap educators and automaton schoolchildren to teach the benefits and drawbacks of a method remarkably varied from the yank one... --The manhattan occasions ebook Review

Americans regard the japanese academic method and the lives of eastern young children with a mix of awe and indignance. We appreciate a approach that produces greater literacy premiums and more desirable math talents, yet we reject the excesses of a method that leaves kids with little unfastened time and few retailers for creativity and self-expression.

In Japanese Lessons, Gail R. Benjamin recounts her reports as a American mother or father with teenagers in a jap user-friendly institution. An anthropologist, Benjamin effectively weds the jobs of observer and mother or father, illuminating the strengths of the japanese approach and suggesting ways that american citizens may examine from it.

With an anthropologist's willing eye, Benjamin takes us via an entire 12 months in a eastern public straight forward tuition, bringing us into the school room with its comforting constitution, vigorous participation, diversified instructing kinds, and non-authoritarian academics. We persist with the youngsters on classification journeys and activities Days and during the pains of summer season holiday homework. We proportion the reviews of her younger son and daughter as they react to eastern colleges, acquaintances, and academics. via Benjamin we study what it capacity to be a mom in Japan--how minute information, resembling the best way moms arrange lunches for kids, replicate cultural understandings of kin and schooling.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
1. Getting Started
2. Why examine jap Education?
three. daily Routines
four. jointly in class, jointly in Life
five. A operating holiday and distinctive occasions
6. the 3 R's, jap Style
7. the remainder of the Day
eight. Nagging, Preaching, and Discussions
nine. Enlisting moms' Efforts
10. schooling in eastern Society
eleven. issues and Suggestions
12. Sayonara
Appendix. examining and Writing in Japanese
References
Index

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Download E-books Materiality and Society PDF

By Tim Dant

The conventional method of tradition makes a speciality of the symbolic meanings of items instead of the influence that those gadgets have on modern lifestyles. utilizing the automobile as a habitual subject matter, Tim Dant demanding situations the well-established concept that intake is the imperative dating with “things” in our lives and argues that it's via fabric interplay with the items round us that we confront our society.

Drawing on, and debating with, historic, philosophical, and theoretical discourses that handle materiality, this ebook is of curiosity to scholars and researchers in various disciplines, together with sociology, anthropology, cultural experiences, and expertise studies.

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Download E-books Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Civilizations, Art, Networks, Reputation, and the Online Revolution (Best of Edge Series) PDF

By John Brockman

"Theway Brockman interlaces essays approximately learn at the frontiers of technological know-how withones on creative imaginative and prescient, schooling, psychology and economics is certain to buzzany brain." —Chicago Sun-Times, on This Will swap Everything

Launchinga hard-hitting new sequence from Edge.org and Harper Perennial, editor JohnBrockman offers this state-of-the-art grasp classification overlaying every thing you needto find out about Culture. With unique contributions by means of the world’sleading thinkers and scientists, together with Jared Diamond, Daniel C. Dennett,Brian Eno, Jaron Lanier,Nicholas Christakis, and others, Culture offers a mind-expanding primeron a primary subject. unheard of in scope, intensity, perception and caliber, Edge.org’s Culture is to not be missed.

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Download E-books Nous et les Autres : La réflexion française sur la diversité humaine PDF

By Tzvetan Todorov

Le sujet de ce livre est l. a. relation entre "nous" (le groupe culturel et social auquel on appartient) et "les autres" (ceux qui n'en font pas partie) ; le rapport entre los angeles diversité des peuples et l'unité de l'espèce humaine. Un sujet que l. a. France vient de redécouvrir - et qui me touche aussi personnellement. Cependant, plutôt que d'exposer mes idées sur l. a. query, j'ai voulu interroger les penseurs français qui y avaient déjà réfléchi, de Montesquieu à Segalen, voire de Montaigne à Lévi-Strauss. Ne disposant pas de l. a. vérité, je suis parti à sa recherche - avec, et parfois contre, ces penseurs. Ce faisant, j'ai dû renoncer aussi à los angeles réserve de l'historien : tout au lengthy de ce travail, mon yet a été d'apprendre, non seulement remark les choses ont été, mais aussi remark elles doivent être ; j'ai voulu connaître et juger. vehicle nous ne pouvons pas seulement étudier les autres : toujours, partout, en toutes circonstances, nous vivons avec eux. Tzvetan Todorov

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Download E-books Childbirth Across Cultures: Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum (Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science) PDF

By Helaine Selin

This publication will discover the childbirth technique via globally assorted views which will supply a broader context with which to contemplate start. we are going to deal with a number of rituals and administration versions surrounding the exertions and beginning approach from groups around the globe.

Labor and start are biocultural occasions which are controlled in numerous methods. we're relatively attracted to the inspiration of strength. Who controls the being pregnant and the start? Is it the clinic, the medical professional, or the in-laws, and within which cultures does the mum have the keep watch over? those judgements, relating to homeland, place, who gets the infant or even how the mum could or won't behave through the genuine supply, are all a part of the various ways in which delivery is conducted.

One bankruptcy of the ebook might be dedicated to midwives and different start attendants. there'll even be chapters at the Evolution of delivery, on Women’s beginning Narratives, and on baby Spacing and Breastfeeding.

This ebook will assemble worldwide study performed by means of expert anthropologists, midwives and medical professionals who paintings heavily with the participants from the cultures they're writing approximately, providing a different standpoint direct from the cultural group.

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Download E-books Sinister Yogis PDF

By David Gordon White

Since the Sixties, yoga has turn into a billion-dollar within the West, attracting housewives and hipsters, New Agers and the old-aged. yet our glossy perception of yoga derives a lot from nineteenth-century eu spirituality, and the genuine tale of yoga’s origins in South Asia is much richer, stranger, and extra interesting than so much people realize.

To discover this historical past, David Gordon White makes a speciality of yoga’s practitioners. Combing via millennia of South Asia’s sizeable and various literature, he discovers that yogis are typically portrayed as wonder-workers or sorcerers who use their harmful supernatural abilities—which can comprise elevating the lifeless, ownership, and levitation—to gather strength, wealth, and sexual gratification. As White exhibits, even these yogis who aren’t downright villainous endure little resemblance to Western assumptions approximately them. At turns rollicking and complicated, Sinister Yogis tears down similar to yogis as indifferent, contemplative academics, ultimately putting them of their right context.

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Download E-books Feeding the City: Work and Food Culture of the Mumbai Dabbawalas PDF

By Sara Roncaglia

On a daily basis in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who hold boxes") distribute a magnificent 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city's employees and scholars. Giving employment and standing to hundreds of thousands of mostly illiterate villagers from Mumbai's hinterland, this co-operative has been in operation because the past due 19th century. It offers probably the most effective supply networks on the earth: just one lunch in six million is going off target. Feeding the town is an ethnographic examine of the attention-grabbing internal workings of Mumbai's dabbawalas. Cultural anthropologist Sara Roncaglia explains how they cater to some of the nutritional necessities of a various and more and more worldwide urban, the place the guidance and intake of foodstuff is pervaded with non secular and cultural value. constructing the assumption of "gastrosemantics" - a language with which to debate the wider implications of cooking and consuming - Roncaglia's examine is helping us to reconsider our dating to meals at an area and international point.

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