Nature Performed

Environment, Culture and Performance
Author: Bronislaw Szerszynski,Wallace Heim,Claire Waterton
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405114646
Category: Social Science
Page: 238
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This book brings together contributions from scholars across the humanities. A wide-ranging exploration of the interface between performance and nature. Examines the use and usefulness of ideas of ‘performance’ for understanding human-nature relationships. Draws on different disciplines and intellectual traditions and on different conceptions of ‘performance’ and ‘nature’. Contributions are rooted in real-world contexts and problems, explored through detailed ethnographic work. Explores domains as diverse as allotments and bioinvasion, fox hunting and green politics. Makes a distinctive contribution to the ‘cultural turn’ in environmental research.

Ways of Walking

Ethnography and Practice on Foot
Author: Jo Lee Vergunst,Tim Ingold
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351873490
Category: Social Science
Page: 218
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Despite its importance to how humans inhabit their environments, walking has rarely received the attention of ethnographers. Ways of Walking combines discussions of embodiment, place and materiality to address this significant and largely ignored 'technique of the body'. This book presents studies of walking in a range of regional and cultural contexts, exploring the diversity of walking behaviours and the variety of meanings these can embody. As an original collection of ethnographic work that is both coherent in design and imaginative in scope, this primarily anthropological book includes contributions from geographers, sociologists and specialists in education and architecture, offering insights into human movement, landscape and social life. With its interdisciplinary nature and truly international appeal, Ways of Walking will be of interest to scholars across a range of social sciences, as well as to policy makers on both local and national levels.

Science and Narratives of Nature

East and West
Author: Sundar Sarukkai
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351549855
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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The discourse and practice of science are deeply connected to explicit and implicit narratives of nature. However, nature has been understood in diverse ways by cultures across the world. Could these different views of nature generate the possibility of alternate views on science? Part of the innovative series Science and Technology Studies, this volume looks at different conceptualizations of nature and the manner in which they structure the practice of the sciences. The essays draw upon philosophy, history, sociology, religion, feminism, mathematics and cultural studies, and establish a dialogue between cultures through a multi-disciplinary exploration of science. With contributions from major scholars in the field, this volume will deeply interest scholars and students of science and technology studies; sociology, history and philosophy of science; as also environmental studies.

Locating the Field

Space, Place and Context in Anthropology
Author: Simon Coleman,Peter Collins
Publisher: Berg
ISBN: 1845204034
Category: Social Science
Page: 204
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Are reports of the death of conventional fieldwork in anthropology greatly exaggerated? This book takes a critical look at the latest developments and key issues in fieldwork. The nature of "locality" itself is problematic for both research subjects and fieldworkers, on the grounds that it now must be maintained and represented in relation to widening (and fragmenting) social frames and networks. Such developments have raised questions concerning the nature of ethnographic presence and scales of comparison. From the social space of a cybercafé, to cities in India, the UK and South Africa among others, this book features a wide range of ethnographic studies that provide new ways of looking at the concepts of "locality" and "site".

From Landscape Research to Landscape Planning

Aspects of Integration, Education and Application
Author: Bärbel Tress
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402039799
Category: Political Science
Page: 434
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Research policy favours projects that integrate disciplinary knowledge and involve non-academic stakeholders. Consequently, integrative concepts – interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity – are gaining currency in landscape research and planning. Researchers are excited by the prospect of merging disciplinary and non-academic expertise to improve their understanding and performance, but often struggle with the challenges of operationalizing integration. This book provides guidelines for those coping with these challenges, whether they are members of an integrative research team or individuals working on a problem that demands integration. They must define terminology, choose appropriate methodologies, overcome epistemological barriers and cope with the high expectations of some stakeholders while encouraging others to participate at all. The book deals with the development of integrative theory and concepts, the development of integrative tools and methods, training and education for integration, and the application of integrative concepts in landscape research. As it also presents examples of successful integrative PhD studies, it is not only valuable for experienced scientists but will also help other PhD students find their way in integrative research.

Flirting with Space

Journeys and Creativity
Author: Professor David Crouch
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781409488804
Category: Social Science
Page: 162
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The idea of 'flirting' with space is central to this book. Space is conceptualised as being in constant flux as we make our way through various contexts in our daily lives, and is considered in relation to encounters with complexities and flows of material culture. This book focuses on journeys, which are perceived as dynamic processes of contemporary life and its spaces, and how creativity happens in the inter-relations of space and journeys encourage creativity. Unravelled through a range of empirical case studies of journeys through and encountered with space, this book builds new critical syntheses of the intertwining of space and life. Based on investigations undertaken by the author over the past 20 years, it explores the mundane and the exotic, the 'lay' and the 'artistic', combining and inter-relating them in a diversity of time and expression, fleeting and surviving. Such investigations, using both visual and non-visual material, include examinations of allotment holding, the work of artists, caravanning and tourism, photography and parish maps. The analyses of such seemingly disparate subjects are linked together and build on each other to create a fascinating and original view of humanity's interaction with space. Included are fresh discussions of belonging, disorientation and the working of identity and play. The notion of 'gentle politics' is introduced.

Nature, Society and Environmental Crisis


Author: Bob Carter
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405193337
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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"Many of the chapters in the present volume were first presented at the 2008 BSA Annual Conference 'Social Worlds, Natural Worlds' held at the University of Warwick."--Acknowledgments.

Space Travel and Culture

From Apollo to Space Tourism
Author: David Bell,Martin Parker
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405193320
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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Explores the significance of the first Apollo moon landing and how the countless books, films, and products associated with factual space fiction had an affect on popular culture and artistic practice, but not social sciences and humanities Investigates how a topic is hugely important in popular culture, but almost invisible in the academy, and how it makes us want to ask questions about visibility, or perhaps self-censorship Evaluates how little impact the space age actually had on the social sciences and humanities - partly because its combination of military-industrial cold war politics, combined with patriarchy and big science, sits uneasily with contemporary thought in these areas Provides an interdisciplinary collection of essays on various aspects of NASA, the moon landing, and the commercialization of space generally The book travels from hard engineering to space romance, echoing the variety of attempts to blur science and culture

Embodying Sociology

Retrospect, Progress and Prospects
Author: Chris Shilling
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405167949
Category: Social Science
Page: 208
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A study of ‘the body’ - one of the fastest growing, most influential, and most contested subjects in the social sciences and humanities. Includes cutting edge contributions from Europe, America and Asia Brings together a series of theoretical, methodological and empirical analyses by leading international exponents of body studies Explores the structural, interactional and phenomenological features of human embodiment Connects the concerns of classical sociologists to new advances in social theory, anthropology, feminism and social research Introduces the study of ‘body pedagogics’ Takes the sociological study of the body in an exciting new direction and opens up new horizons for the sociological imagination

Performing Nature

Explorations in Ecology and the Arts
Author: Gabriella Giannachi,Nigel Stewart
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039105571
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 437
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The essays in this volume explore the borderland between ecology and the arts. Nature is here read by a number of contributors as 'cultural', by others as an 'independent domain', or even as a powerful process of exchange 'between the human and the other-than-human'. The four parts of the volume reflect these different understandings of nature and performance. Informed by psychoanalysis and cultural materialism, contributors to the first part, 'Spectacle: Landscape and Subjectivity', look at ways in which particular social and scientific experiments, theatre and film productions and photography either reinforce or contest our ideas about nature and human-human or human-animal relations and identities. The second part, 'World: Hermeneutic Language and Social Ecology', investigates political protest, social practice art, acoustic ecology, dance theatre, family therapy and ritual in terms of social philosophy. Contributors to the third part, 'Environment: Immersiveness and Interactivity', explore architecture and sculpture, site-specific and mediatised dance and paratheatre through radical theories of urban and virtual space and time, or else phenomenological philosophy. The final part, 'Void: Death, Life and the Sublime', indicates the possibilities in dance, architecture and animal behaviour of a shift to an existential ontology in which nature has 'the capacity to perform itself'.

Un/knowing Bodies


Author: Joanna Latimer,Michael Schillmeier
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 272
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Leading international authors from across the social science disciplines explore the contemporary re-theorizing of bodies as known, knowing and unknowing. Presents cutting-edge research on ageing, disability, and biomedicine, together with original philosophical debates about the body and embodiment Offers exciting and creative approaches to researching disembodiment and to the practice, organization, and conduct of care Original exploration of contemporary theory and social philosophy on the body Includes innovative and creative approaches to care and primary research in medicine, genetics, disability, and ageing studies

Market Devices


Author: Michel Callon,Yuval Millo,Fabian Muniesa
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 326
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Remembering elites


Author: Michael Savage,Karel Williams
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9781405185462
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 295
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This collection will be essential reading for all those interested in the intimate relationship between elites and the remaking of present day capitalism. Investigates how in the last thirty years elites have been forgotten in social sciences but remembered as capitalism Brings together an interdisciplinary team of contributors including sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists,and management researchers all arguing for and demonstrating the need to resume elite studies Tackles the paradox of memory and forgetting by explaining how neo-positivism and post-structuralist theory both marginalised elites as intellectual object while financialized capitalism created lucrative new elite positions Evaluates the historical changes since Thatcher and Reagan and explores the changing elite cultures in the civil service Explores the possibilities of a Bourdieusian, comparative analysis of business and finance within British and French business networks Includes essays which balance the concern with financialization on cultural elites and consumption of elites Considers whether there is still an ‘intellectual’ cultural elite and contributes empirical studies of elite consumption in the UK

The Aesthetics of Development

Art, Culture and Social Transformation
Author: John Clammer,Ananta Kumar Giri
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1349952486
Category: Social Science
Page: 341
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Through a unique range of theoretical and practical case studies, this collection considers the relationship between the arts (understood as the visual arts, crafts, theatre, dance, and literature) and development, creating both a bridge between them that is rarely explored and filling in concrete ways the content of the “culture” part of the equation “culture and development”. It includes manifestations of culture and the ways in which they relate to development, and in turn contribute to such pressing issues as poverty alleviation, concern for the environment, health, empowerment, and identity formation. It shows how the arts are an essential part of the concrete understanding of culture, and as such a significant part of development thinking - including the development of culture, and not only of culture as an instrumental means to promote other development goals.

Popular Culture, Voice and Linguistic Diversity

Young Adults On- and Offline
Author: Sender Dovchin,Alastair Pennycook,Shaila Sultana
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319619551
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 222
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This book analyses the language practices of young adults in Mongolia and Bangladesh in online and offline environments. Focusing on the diverse linguistic and cultural resources these young people draw on in their interactions, the authors draw attention to the creative and innovative nature of their transglossic practices. Situated on the Asian periphery, these young adults roam widely in their use of popular culture, media voices and linguistic resources. This innovative and topical book will appeal to students and scholars of sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, cultural studies and linguistic anthropology.

Green European

Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes in Europe in a Historical and Cross-Cultural Comparative Perspective
Author: Audrone Telesiene,Matthias Gross
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317301188
Category: Social Science
Page: 254
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Green European addresses the quest for a better understanding of European type(s) of environmentalism. This monograph focuses on public attitudes and behaviours and the culturally rooted as well as country specific differences. The book addresses the wider issue that many European countries are rendered ‘green’ or as having an advanced environmental awareness, but the question - ‘how green are Green Europeans really’, is yet to be answered. The book covers a variety of unique data-driven comparative studies and is divided into three parts: the first addresses perceptions of environmental and technological threats and risks, the second part deals with environmental activism in Europe, the third discusses environmental attitudes, environmental concerns and their imminent link to personal pro-environmental behaviour. The empirical comparative nature of the contributions is enabled by data from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP).

Drinking Dilemmas

Space, culture and identity
Author: Thomas Thurnell-Read
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317395603
Category: Social Science
Page: 236
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Drinking and drunkenness have become a focal point for political and media debates to contest notions of responsibility, discipline and risk; yet, at the same time, academic studies have highlighted the positive aspects of drinking in relation to sociability, belonging and identity. These issues are at the heart of this volume, which brings together the work of academics and researchers exploring social and cultural aspects of contemporary drinking practices. These drinking practices are enormously varied and are spatially and culturally defined. The contributions to the volume draw on research settings from across the UK and beyond to demonstrate both the complexity and diversity of drinking subjectivities and practices. Across these examples tensions relating to gender, social class, age and the life course are particularly prominent. Rather than align to now long-established moral discourses about what constitutes ‘good’ and ‘bad’ drinking, sociological approaches to alcohol foreground the vivid, lived, nature of alcohol consumption and the associated experiences of drunkenness and intoxication. In doing so, the volume illuminates the controversial yet important social and cultural roles played by drink for individuals and groups across a range of social contexts.

Living with Nature

Environmental Politics as Cultural Discourse
Author: Frank Fischer,Maarten A. Hajer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019829509X
Category: Political Science
Page: 269
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This text aims to place the question of the dynamics of environmental crisis in a socio-cultural dimension of the existing economic and political institutions. It argues for a need to find a balance between theoretical analysis of the debate and an appreciation of local circumstances and knowledge.