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By Ray Robertson. 2020
“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live,” writes Montaigne in Essais, and in How to… Die: A Book on Being Alive, Ray Robertson takes up the challenge. Though contemporary society avoids the subject and often values the mere continuation of existence over its quality, Robertson argues that the active and intentional consideration of death is neither morbid nor frivolous, but instead essential to our ability to fully value life. How to Die is both an absorbing excursion through some of Western literature’s most compelling works on the subject of death as well as an anecdote-driven argument for cultivating a better understanding of death in the belief that, if we do, we’ll know more about what it means to live a meaningful life.
By Rinaldo Walcott, Idil Abdillahi. 2019
What does it mean in the era of Black Lives Matter to continue to ignore and deny the violence that… is the foundation of the Canadian nation state? BlackLife discloses the ongoing destruction of Black people as enacted not simply by state structures, but beneath them in the foundational modernist ideology that underlies thinking around migration and movement, as Black erasure and death are unveiled as horrifically acceptable throughout western culture. With exactitude and celerity, Idil Abdillahi and Rinaldo Walcott pull from local history, literature, theory, music, and public policy around everything from arts funding, to crime and mental health--presenting a convincing call to challenge pervasive thought on dominant culture's conception of Black personhood. They argue that artists, theorists, activists, and scholars offer us the opportunity to rethink and expose flawed thought, providing us new avenues into potential new lives and a more livable reality of BlackLife.
By Lauren McKeon. 2020
A groundbreaking, insightful book about women and power from award-winning journalist Lauren McKeon, which shows how women are disrupting the… standard (very male) vision of power, ditching convention, and building a more equitable world for everyone.In the age of girl bosses, Beyoncé, and Black Widow, we like to tell our little girls they can be anything they want when they grow up, except they’ll have to work twice as hard, be told to “play nice,” and face countless double standards that curb their personal, political, and economic power. Women today remain a surprisingly, depressingly long way from gender and racial equality. It’s worth asking: Why do we keep playing a game we were never meant to win?Award-winning journalist and author of F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism, Lauren McKeon examines the many ways in which our institutions are designed to keep women and other marginalized genders at a disadvantage. In doing so, she reveals why we need more than parity, visible diversity, and lone female CEOs to change this power game. She talks to people doing power differently in a variety of sectors and uncovers new models of power. And as the toxic, divisive, and hyper-masculine style of leadership gains ground, she underscores why it’s time to stop playing by the rules of a rigged game.
By Syrus Marcus Ware, Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson. 2020
The killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 by a white assailant inspired the Black Lives Matter movement, which quickly spread… outside the borders of the United States. The movement’s message found fertile ground in Canada, where Black activists speak of generations of injustice and continue the work of the Black liberators who have come before them. Until We Are Free contains some of the very best writing on the hottest issues facing the Black community in Canada. It describes the latest developments in Canadian Black activism, organizing efforts through the use of social media, Black-Indigenous alliances, and more."Until We Are Free busts myths of Canadian politeness and niceness, myths that prevent Canadians from properly fulfilling its dream of multiculturalism and from challenging systemic racism, including the everyday assaults on black and brown bodies. This book needs to be read and put into practice by everyone." —Vershawn Young, author of Your Average Nigga: Performing Race, Literacy, and Masculinity and co-author of Other People's English: Code Meshing, Code Switching, and African American Literacy Contributors: Silvia Argentina Arauz - Toronto, ON Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Toronto, ON Patrisse Cullors - Los Angeles, CA Giselle Dias - Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON OmiSoore Dryden - Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS Paige Galette - Whitehorse, YK Dana Inkster - University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB Sarah Jama - Hamilton, ON El Jones - Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS Anique Jordan - Toronto, ON Dr. Naila Keleta Mae - University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON Janaya Khan - Los Angeles, CA Gilary Massa - York University, Toronto, ON Robyn Maynard - University of Toronto, Toronto, ON QueenTite Opaleke - Toronto, ON Randolph Riley - Halifax, NS Camille Turner - York University, Toronto, ON Ravyn Wngz - Toronto, ON
By Antti Kujala, Mirkka Danielsbacka. 2019
Presenting new insights into reciprocity this book combines Marcel Mauss s well-known gift theory with Barrington Moore… s idea of mutual obligations linking rulers and the ruled Teasing out the interrelatedness of these approaches Reciprocity in Human Societies suggests that evolutionary psychology reveals a human tendency for reciprocity and collaboration not only in a mutually cooperative way but also through increasing retributive moral emotions The book discusses various historical societies and the different models of the current welfare state Nordic social democratic conservative and liberal and the repercussions of the neoliberal policies of tax havens tax cuts and austerity with a cross-disciplinary approach that bridges evolutionary psychology sociology and social anthropology with history
By Ruth Jackson, Max Kelly. 2019
This edited collection explores the lives consequences and motivations of female researchers in Africa giving unprecedented insights into… how their gender and sometimes their ethnicity and age impacted on their research experiences and how doing research in Africa affected them as women Each contributor considers her place or position in the research process and provides a vivid portrait of that experience Drawing on research findings from Nigeria Ethiopia Cameroon Ghana Guinea Malawi Uganda and other African countries the book looks at gender and identity as a female researcher in Africa relationships with others and unique methodological challenges for female researchers in Africa With refreshing candour each chapter challenges other researchers in Africa both women and men to integrate critical reflections of gender and diverse gendered field experiences into their work Women Researching in Africa will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including development studies anthropology geography gender studies and international studies
By Lucy Neville. 2018
This book investigates what women enjoy about consuming and in some cases producing gay male erotic media … from slashfic to pornographic texts to visual pornography and how this sits within their consumption of erotica and pornography more generally In addition it will examine how women s use of gay male erotic media fits in with their perceptions of gender and sexuality By drawing on a piece of wide-scale mixed methods research that examines these motivations an original and important volume is presented that serves to explore and contribute to this under-researched area
By Shirley Anne Tate. 2018
This book uses the experiences and conversations of Black British women as a lens to examine the impact of discourses… surrounding Black beauty shame Black beauty shame exists within racialized societies which situate white beauty as iconic and as a result produce Black ugliness as a counterpoint At the same time Black Nationalist discourses present Black-white mixed race women as bodies out of place within the Black community In the examples analysed within the book women disidentify from both the iconicities of white beauty and the discourses of Black Nationalist darker-skinned beauty negating both ideals This demonstration of Foucaldian counter-conduct can be read as a form of disalienation from the governmentality of Black beauty shame This fascinating volume will be of interest to students and scholars of Black identity Black beauty and discourse analysis
By Jonathan Santlofer, Jervey Tervalon, Jerry Stahl, Gary Phillips, Joseph Mattson. 2013
A wide range of bestselling and acclaimed writers from masters of noir to literary lights explore… the milieu of drug culture in this eye-opening series New York Journal of Books From Lee Child to William T Vollmann Joyce Carol Oates to Sherman Alexie Eric Bogosian to actor James Franco many of the finest contemporary writers of fiction weigh in on the lure and destruction of drug use society s ambiguous relationship to drug culture and criminal behavior with short stories that are alternately harrowing funny sad or scary but always original and gripping The Cocaine Chronicles edited by Gary Phillips and Jervey Tervalon Contributors include Lee Child Laura Lippman Ken Bruen and Susan Straight Urban gritty and raw noir Harlan Coben The Speed Chronicles edited by Joseph Mattson Contributors include William T Vollmann Sherman Alexie James Franco and Megan Abbott Deserves great praise for the audacity of the topic the depth of the discussion the diversity of voices and plain old good storytelling New York Journal of Books The Heroin Chronicles edited by Jerry Stahl Contributors include Eric Bogosian Lydia Lunch Ava Stander and Gary Phillips An impressive array of writers these tales of chasing the dragon with corollaries often violent and savage will satisfy devotees of noir fiction and outsider are alike Publishers Weekly The Marijuana Chronicles edited by Jonathan Santlofer Contributors include Joyce Carol Oates Lee Child Raymond Mungo and Rachel Shteir Joyce Carol Oates is in a rare class of her own So too are other contributors to this collection including Lee Child and the always enjoyable Raymond Mungo Kirkus Reviews
By Howard Bryant. 2018
Following in the footsteps of Robeson, Ali, Robinson and others, today's Black athletes re-engage with social issues and the meaning… of American patriotism <P><P>It used to be that politics and sports were as separate from one another as church and state. The ballfield was an escape from the world's worst problems, top athletes were treated like heroes, and cheering for the home team was as easy and innocent as hot dogs and beer. “No news on the sports page” was a governing principle in newsrooms. <P><P>That was then. <P><P>Today, sports arenas have been transformed into staging grounds for American patriotism and the hero worship of law enforcement. Teams wear camouflage jerseys to honor those who serve; police officers throw out first pitches; soldiers surprise their families with homecomings at halftime. <P><P>Sports and politics are decidedly entwined.But as journalist Howard Bryant reveals, this has always been more complicated for black athletes, who from the start, were committing a political act simply by being on the field. In fact, among all black employees in twentieth-century America, perhaps no other group had more outsized influence and power than ballplayers. The immense social responsibilities that came with the role is part of the black athletic heritage. <P><P>It is a heritage built by the influence of the superstardom and radical politics of Paul Robeson, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos through the 1960s; undermined by apolitical, corporate-friendly “transcenders of race,” O. J. Simpson, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods in the following decades; and reclaimed today by the likes of LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick, and Carmelo Anthony.The Heritage is the story of the rise, fall, and fervent return of the athlete-activist. <P><P>Through deep research and interviews with some of sports' best-known stars—including Kaepernick, David Ortiz, Charles Barkley, and Chris Webber—as well as members of law enforcement and the military, Bryant details the collision of post-9/11 sports in America and the politically engaged post-Ferguson black athlete.
By Lu Xun. 2014
The Selected Essays of Master Lu Xun collects together his most influential and powerful essays and lectures. Critical of traditional… Chinese culture, of the superstition and rigid social mores, and passionate in his argument for reform, his essays from the classic contemplation on Confusion patriarchy "What Is Required of Us as Fathers Today," to his critique of Chinese identity politics "My Mustache" are exemplary of Chinese thought, society, and politics in a transitional historic period.
This volume offers a complete translation of the Samyutta Nikaya The Connected Discourses of the Buddha the third… of the four great collections in the Sutta Pitaka of the Pali Canon The Samyutta Nikaya consists of fifty-six chapters each governed by a unifying theme that binds together the Buddha s suttas or discourses The chapters are organized into five major parts The first The Book with Verses is a compilation of suttas composed largely in verse This book ranks as one of the most inspiring compilations in the Buddhist canon showing the Buddha in his full grandeur as the peerless teacher of gods and humans The other four books deal in depth with the philosophical principles and meditative structures of early Buddhism They combine into orderly chapters all the important short discourses of the Buddha on such major topics as dependent origination the five aggregates the six sense bases the seven factors of enlightenment the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths Among the four large Nikayas belonging to the Pali Canon the Samyutta Nikaya serves as the repository for the many shorter suttas of the Buddha where he discloses his radical insights into the nature of reality and his unique path to spiritual emancipation This collection it seems was directed mainly at those disciples who were capable of grasping the deepest dimensions of wisdom and of clarifying them for others and also provided guidance to meditators intent on consummating their efforts with the direct realization of the ultimate truth The present work begins with an insightful general introduction to the Samyutta Nikaya as a whole Each of the five parts is also provided with its own introduction intended to guide the reader through this vast ocean-like collection of suttas To further assist the reader the translator has provided an extensive body of notes clarifying various problems concerning both the language and the mean
Microfinance is the business of giving small collateral-free loans to poor borrowers that are paid back in frequent intervals… with interest While these for-profit microfinance institutions MFIs promise social and economic empowerment they have mainly succeeded at enfolding the poor especially women into the vast circuits of global finance Financializing Poverty ethnographically examines how the emergence of MFIs has allowed financial institutions in the city of Kolkata India to capitalize on the poverty of its residents This book reveals how MFIs have restructured debt relationships in new ways On the one hand they have opened access to new streams of credit However as the network of finance increasingly incorporates the poor the inclusive dimensions of microfinance are continuously met with rigid forms of credit risk management that reproduce the very inequality the loans are meant to alleviate Moreover despite being collateral-free loans the use of life insurance to manage the high mortality rates of poor borrowers has led to the collateralization of life itself Thus the newfound ability of the poor to use MFI loans has entrapped them in a system dependent not only on their circulation of capital but on the poverty that threatens their lives
Black Atlantic Religion: Tradition, Transnationalism, and Matriarchy in the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé
By J. Lorand Matory. 2005
Black Atlantic Religion illuminates the mutual transformation of African and African-American cultures highlighting the example of the Afro-Brazilian Candombl… religion This book contests both the recent conviction that transnationalism is new and the long-held supposition that African culture endures in the Americas only among the poorest and most isolated of black populations In fact African culture in the Americas has most flourished among the urban and the prosperous who through travel commerce and literacy were well exposed to other cultures Their embrace of African religion is less a survival or inert residue of the African past than a strategic choice in their circum-Atlantic multicultural world With counterparts in Nigeria the Benin Republic Haiti Cuba Trinidad and the United States Candombl is a religion of spirit possession dance healing and blood sacrifice Most surprising to those who imagine Candombl and other such religions as the products of anonymous folk memory is the fact that some of this religion s towering leaders and priests have been either well-traveled writers or merchants whose stake in African-inspired religion was as much commercial as spiritual Morever they influenced Africa as much as Brazil Thus for centuries Candombl and its counterparts have stood at the crux of enormous transnational forces Vividly combining history and ethnography Matory spotlights a so-called folk religion defined not by its closure or internal homogeneity but by the diversity of its connections to classes and places often far away Black Atlantic Religion sets a new standard for the study of transnationalism in its subaltern and often ancient manifestations
By Jesmyn Ward. 2017
National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a… jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time.<p><p>In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin's 1962 "Letter to My Nephew," which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: "You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon." <p>Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin's words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation's most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. <p>The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume. <p>In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin's essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a "post-racial" society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront. Baldwin's "fire next time" is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. <p>Contributors include Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnette Cadogan, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Mitchell S. Jackson, Honoree Jeffers, Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Daniel Jose Older, Emily Raboteau, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Wendy S. Walters, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kevin Young.
By Andrew Reinhard. 2018
Video games exemplify contemporary material objects resources and spaces that people use to define their culture Video… games also serve as archaeological sites in the traditional sense as a place in which evidence of past activity is preserved and has been or may be investigated using the discipline of archaeology and which represents a part of the archaeological record This book serves as a general introduction to archaeogaming it describes the intersection of archaeology and video games and applies archaeological method and theory into understanding game-spaces as both site and artifact
By Andrew Solomon. 2014
First published in The New Yorker Solomon tells the story of Peter Lanza the father of Adam… Lanza the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter Read it--it s moving brave and just profoundly human and sad There aren t any answers And that s what makes this all so impossible and Solomon s journalism so essential Salon com Both parents loved Adam Neither parent imagined or wanted their child s horrific end This is why what Peter Lanza did by sharing his story with Andrew Solomon is so important Lanza s story fills important gaps in our understanding of how a beloved child became a killer--and reminds us as a society that we have an obligation to help families and children before they find themselves on irreversible paths of violence Time
In The Problem with Work, Kathi Weeks boldly challenges the presupposition that work, or waged labor, is inherently a social… and political good. While progressive political movements, including the Marxist and feminist movements, have fought for equal pay, better work conditions, and the recognition of unpaid work as a valued form of labor, even they have tended to accept work as a naturalized or inevitable activity. Weeks argues that in taking work as a given, we have "depoliticized" it, or removed it from the realm of political critique. Employment is now largely privatized, and work-based activism in the United States has atrophied. We have accepted waged work as the primary mechanism for income distribution, as an ethical obligation, and as a means of defining ourselves and others as social and political subjects. Taking up Marxist and feminist critiques, Weeks proposes a postwork society that would allow people to be productive and creative rather than relentlessly bound to the employment relation. Work, she contends, is a legitimate, even crucial, subject for political theory.
By Vergil, James J. O'Hara, Randall Ganiban. 2018
Vergil Aeneid 8 is part of a new series of commentaries on the Aeneid Each volume adapts with… extensive revisions and additions the commentaries of T E Page 1884 1900 and is edited by a scholar of Roman epic The present volume offers the Latin text of Book 8 along with maps extensive notes and commentary designed to meet the needs of intermediate students of Latin A two-volume edition of the entire Aeneid designed to meet the needs of advanced students will be derived from the series
Natalia Ginzburg: A Voice of the Twentieth Century (The Royal Society of Canada Special Publications)
By Angela M. Jeannet, Giuliana Katz. 2000
A prominent and prolific Italian writer, Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991) is known for her novels, plays, short stories, and essays. This… collection brings together, for an English-speaking audience, a variety of critical perspectives on Ginzburg's work.The essays, all by North American scholars, examine the author's entire production. The topics examined include Ginzburg's struggle to define herself as a woman, a writer, and an intellectual; her interpretation of the relationship between historical events and private lives; her reflections on the women's movement and the changing nature of the family; and her mastery of a distinctly personal writing style. What emerges here is a nuanced and complex portrait of Ginzburg and her work. The reader is given a sense of the importance of her contribution, not only as a writer but as a witness to the events of the twentieth century. The volume also includes a chronology, a bibliography, and translations of some of Ginzburg's lesser-known writings, including three articles, a poem, and a one-act play.