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The Shakers (Shire Library) by Lesley Herzberg

By Lesley Herzberg

Leaving Manchester, England, in 1774 to prevent spiritual persecution, the Shakers crossed the Atlantic and through the subsequent 50 years proven 19 villages within the usa from Maine to Kentucky.

Guided through the rules of software, honesty, and order, the last word target of the Shakers was once to create a heaven on the earth in either their worship and their paintings. for this reason, cautious craftsmanship, signature information, an dthe dedication to excellence are noticeable in each item they produced, starting from free-standing tables, chairs, desks, bins, and case clocks to integrated cabinets and circumstances of drawers.

The specified structures, gadgets, and way of life of the Shakers has set them aside in American paintings and tradition as a question in fact, yet ever on the grounds that "Shaker Handicraft" - the 1st significant Shaker exhibition on the Whitney Museum of yank paintings in 1935 --the appreciation for Americana and people paintings has persisted to develop. at the present time the spirit of Shaker craft, mixed with its fresh traces, sturdy building, and sincere performance, make it the most renowned and undying layout different types within the US and beyond.

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Human-built World: How to Think About Technology and Culture by Thomas P Hughes

By Thomas P Hughes

To most folks, know-how has been diminished to desktops, customer items, and army guns; we communicate of "technological progress" by way of RAM and CD-ROMs and the flatness of our tv displays. In Human-Built international, fortunately, Thomas Hughes restores to expertise the conceptual richness and intensity it merits through chronicling the information approximately expertise expressed via influential Western thinkers who not just understood its multifaceted personality yet who additionally explored its inventive power. Hughes attracts on a major diversity of literature, paintings, and structure to discover what know-how has delivered to society and tradition, and to give an explanation for how we would start to improve an "ecotechnology" that works with, no longer opposed to, ecological platforms. From the "Creator" version of improvement of the 16th century to the "big science" of the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties to the structure of Frank Gehry, Hughes nimbly charts the myriad ways in which expertise has been woven into the social and cultural textile of other eras and the guarantees and difficulties it has provided. Thomas Jefferson, for example, expectantly was hoping that know-how should be mixed with nature to create an Edenic atmosphere; Lewis Mumford, centuries later, warned of the expanding mechanization of yank lifestyles. Such divergent perspectives, Hughes indicates, have existed facet by means of facet, demonstrating the basic concept that "in its style, know-how is stuffed with contradictions, weighted down with human folly, kept through occasional benign deeds, and wealthy with accidental consequences." In Human-Built global, he bargains the hugely attractive background of those contradictions, follies, and outcomes, a background that resurrects know-how, rightfully, as greater than gadgetry; it truly is actually at least an embodiment of human values.

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n+1, Issue 2: Happiness (Winter 2005)

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n+1 is a brand new York–based American literary journal that publishes social feedback, political observation, essays, paintings, poetry, booklet reports, and brief fiction. it's released thrice every year, and content material is released on its site a number of occasions each one week. each one print factor averages round two hundred pages in length.

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Read this journal if you happen to like: leftist politics and whatever literary.

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Issue - Happiness, iciness 2005: 189 pgs

The aftermath of Bush’s moment election. conception after the autumn. Literary readings: cancel them. “Is J. M. Coetzee scared of life?” Elif Batuman brings Isaac Babel‘s final dwelling kin to California. George Scialabba massacres Christopher Hitchens.

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A Study on the Thematic, Narrative, and Musical Structure of by Yumin Ao

By Yumin Ao

This publication is a learn of the thematic, narrative, and musical constitution of Yuanqu xuan [A choice of Yuan performs] variation of the Yuan zaju (variety play) Dou E yuan [Injustice to Dou E] initially composed via the extremely popular playwright Guan Hanqing (fl. 1260). even though different authors have studied those 3 points of Dou E yuan individually, this is often the 1st finished therapy of the subject as a scholarly monograph in English. Yumin Ao’s research relies at the variation of the play within the Yuanqu xuan [A collection of Yuan performs] compiled through the Ming writer Zang Maoxun (ca. 1550-1620). Ao proposes that Dou E yuan, as a dramatic narrative which develops via its enactment at the degree instead of through verbal presentation as a narrative, monitors its integrative constitution of narration via its thematic improvement and inside its musical conventions.

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Revisualizing Visual Culture (Digital Research in the Arts by Hazel Gardiner, Chris Bailey

By Hazel Gardiner, Chris Bailey

Some time past two decades electronic know-how has had an intensive impression on all of the disciplines linked to the visible arts - this ebook offers specialist perspectives of that influence. by way of taking a look at the complicated ICT equipment now being hired, this quantity information the iconic results and advances now made attainable in paintings background and its linked disciplines. The authors research the main complex and critical instruments and applied sciences, from the continuing improvement of the Semantic internet to 3D visualization, concentrating on the examine of artwork within the a number of contexts of cultural background collections, electronic repositories and information. additionally they assessment the impression of complicated ICT tools from technical, methodological and philosophical views, projecting supported theories for the way forward for scholarship during this box. The publication not just charts the advancements that experience taken position beforehand but in addition exhibits which complex tools promise so much for the long run.

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Politics in Africa: A New Introduction by Nana K. Poku, Anna Mdee

By Nana K. Poku, Anna Mdee

Democracy, prosperity and self-rule: this used to be the imaginative and prescient of African independence. The founder of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, claimed: "with self executive, we'll remodel Africa right into a paradise in ten years." an insignificant 50 years later, Nkrumah's insurance turns out not more than a far off dream. around the continent, the "optimism" that characterised the fast post-independence interval has mostly pale. in the meantime, usual Africans lurch among undemocratic, unaccountable and unresponsive governments and a decaying conventional African prior.

• How did issues move so unsuitable?
• Why has the continent lagged in the back of others in fiscal improvement regardless of its power usual assets?
• Why are such a lot of African states susceptible to clash? And why has democracy been gradual to take root in a majority of the international locations?

The solutions to those questions lie in advanced interconnections among politics and society, among household and exterior forces. Politics in Africa deals a clean point of view that makes the continent's difficulties extra comprehensible, much less wretched or even intensely hopeful. In doing so, it indicates what number aspects of conventional African values suffer and that, regardless of incredible trouble, the continent isn't a hopeless or perhaps a unhappy position.

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American Cinema of the 1910s: Themes and Variations (The by Charlie Keil, Ben Singer

By Charlie Keil, Ben Singer

It used to be in the course of the youth that filmmaking actually got here into its personal. Studios migrated to the West Coast, constructing a connection among moviemaking and the exoticism of Hollywood. The essays in American Cinema of the 1910s discover the fast advancements of the last decade that begun with D. W. Griffith s unmatched one-reelers. through mid-decade, multi-reel characteristic motion pictures have been profoundly reshaping the and deluxe theaters have been equipped to draw the broadest attainable viewers. Stars like Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks grew to become extremely important and firms started writing high-profile contracts to safe them. With the outbreak of worldwide conflict I, the political, fiscal, and commercial basis was once laid for American cinema's worldwide dominance. via the top of the last decade, filmmaking had develop into a real undefined, entire with vertical integration, effective specialization and standardization of practices, and self-regulatory corporations.
Some of the flicks mentioned during this quantity are: The Lonedale Operator, site visitors in Souls, The Perils of Pauline, The delivery of a kingdom, The Cheat, Intolerance, and female and male.

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Culture and Retardation: Life Histories of Mildly Mentally by Robert D. Whittemore, L. L. Langness, Paul Koegel (auth.),

By Robert D. Whittemore, L. L. Langness, Paul Koegel (auth.), L. L. Langness, Harold G. Levine (eds.)

Mental retardation within the usa is presently outlined as " ... signif­ icantly subaverage basic highbrow functioning present simultaneously with deficits in adaptive habit, and manifested in the course of the improvement interval" (Grossman, 1977). Of the envisioned six million plus mentally retarded participants during this kingdom totally seventy five to eighty five% are thought of to be "func­ tionally" retarded (Edgerton, 1984). that's, they're mildly retarded folks without glaring natural etiology or demonstrable mind pathology. regardless of the quite fresh addition of adaptive habit as an element within the definition of retardation, 1.0. nonetheless is still because the crucial diagnostic criterion (Edgerton, 1984: 26). An 1.0. lower than 70 shows subaverage functioning. even if, even such an "objective" degree as 1.0. is prob­ lematic due to the fact that numerous info point out fairly essentially that cultural and social components are at play in judgements approximately who's to be thought of "retarded" (Edgerton, 1968; Kamin, 1974; Langness, 1982). hence, it's been identified for rather a while that there's a shut courting among socio-economic prestige and the superiority of gentle psychological retardation: greater socio-economic teams have fewer mildly retarded people than decrease teams (Hurley, 1969). equally, it really is transparent that ethnic minorities within the usa - Blacks, Mexican-Americans, American Indians, Puerto Ricans, Hawaiians, and others - are disproportionately represented within the retarded inhabitants (Mercer, 1968; Ramey et ai., 1978).

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Hong Kong - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs by Clare Vickers

By Clare Vickers

Tradition shrewdpermanent! offers crucial details on attitudes, ideals and behaviour in several international locations, making sure that you just arrive at your vacation spot conscious of easy manners, universal courtesies, and delicate concerns. those concise courses let you know what to anticipate, easy methods to behave, and the way to set up a rapport along with your hosts. This inside of wisdom will make it easier to stay away from embarrassing gaffes and blunders, consider convinced in surprising occasions, and advance belief, friendships, and winning company relationships.

Culture clever! bargains illuminating insights into the tradition and society of a specific kingdom. it is going to assist you to show your visit-whether on enterprise or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching adventure. Contents include

customs, values, and traditions
historical, non secular, and political background
life at home
leisure, social, and cultural life
eating and drinking
dos, don'ts, and taboos
business practices
communication, spoken and unspoken

"Culture shrewdpermanent has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday instances Travel

"... the precise creation to the unusual, magnificent and downright bizarre quirks and customs of varied countries." worldwide Travel

"...full of fascinating-as good as common-sense-tips that can assist you stay away from embarrassing fake pas." Observer

"...as important as they're entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a far off world." ny occasions

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