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The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters

By B.R. Myers

Understanding North Korea via its propaganda

What do the North Koreans quite think? How do they see themselves and the realm round them?

Here B.R. Myers, a North Korea analyst and a contributing editor of The Atlantic, provides the 1st full-length examine of the North Korean worldview. Drawing on large learn into the regime’s household propaganda, together with movies, romance novels and different artifacts of the character cult, Myers analyzes all the country’s reputable myths in turn—from the thought of Koreans’ special ethical purity, to the parable of an the US quaking in terror of “the Iron General.” In a concise yet groundbreaking historic part, Myers additionally strains the origins of this legit tradition again to the japanese fascist proposal during which North Korea’s first ideologues have been schooled.

What emerges is a regime thoroughly in contrast to the West’s belief of it. this can be neither a bastion of Stalinism nor a Confucian patriarchy, yet a paranoid nationalist, “military-first” nation at the some distance correct of the ideological spectrum.

Since renowned aid for the North Korean regime now derives virtually solely from delight in North Korean army may possibly, Pyongyang can neither be cajoled nor bullied into giving up its nuclear application. the consequences for US overseas policy—which has hitherto taken care of North Korea because the final outpost of the chilly War—are as seen as they're troubling. With North Korea now calling for a “blood reckoning” with the “Yankee jackals,” Myers’s exceptional research couldn't be extra well timed.

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Gestes d'humanités : Anthropologie sauvage de nos expériences esthétiques

By Yves Citton

Nos gestes en savent et en font plus que nous. Parce qu’ils se situent à l’interface entre nous et les autres, ils font émerger – à travers nous – des processus constituants qui dépassent nos intentions et notre rationalité conscientes. Parce qu’ils sont visibles à autrui, ils insèrent leur mouvement dans une dynamique collective qui déjoue les illusions de notre souveraineté individualiste. Parce qu’ils peuvent investir cette visibilité de l. a. strength de transformation propre à l. a. feintise, ils ouvrent des views capables de repousser les limites de los angeles réalité. 

Au carrefour d’une anthropologie « sauvage » et d’une archéologie des médias, cet essai envisage nos expériences esthétiques en termes de gestualités affectives, immersives, evaluations, créatives et finalement mystiques. Il caractérise notre époque historique par une stress conflictuelle entre les programmations déshumanisantes qui los angeles pénètrent toujours plus intimement (à grands renforts de machines informatiques et bureaucratiques) et les inflexions gestuelles qui constituent le réceptacle de nos humanités. Si nous devenons nous-mêmes en apprenant à habiter gestuellement ce qui nous occupe, alors c’est de ces gestes d’humanités que dépendent à los angeles fois l’avenir de nos cultures et los angeles poursuite de notre humanisation. 

Yves Citton est professeur de littérature à l’université de Grenoble, membre de l’UMR LIRE (CNRS 5611), co-directeur de los angeles revue Multitudes et collaborateur de l. a. Revue des Livres.

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A Companion to Ancient Macedonia

The main accomplished and up to date paintings on hand on old Macedonian heritage and fabric tradition, A significant other to historical Macedonia is a useful reference for college kids and students alike.
  • Features new, specifically commissioned essays by way of prime and up-and-coming students within the field
  • Examines the political, army, social, fiscal, and cultural background of historical Macedonia from the Archaic interval to the top of Roman interval and beyond
  • Discusses the significance of paintings, archaeology and architecture
  • All historic resources are translated in English
  • Each bankruptcy contains bibliographical essays for extra reading

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Why Orwell Matters

By Christopher Hitchens

In this largely acclaimed biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the existence, the achievements, and the parable of the good political author and player George Orwell. In actual emulative and contrarian kind, Hitchens is either admiring and competitive, sympathetic but severe, taking precise degree of his topic as hero and challenge. Answering either the detractors and the fake claimants, Hitchens tears down the façade of sainthood erected through the hagiographers and rebuts the critics element by means of aspect. He examines Orwell and his views on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, in addition to his outlook on the United States, a rustic and tradition in the direction of which he exhibited a lot ambivalence. no matter if puzzling over empires or dictators, race or category, nationalism or pop culture, Orwell's ethical outlook continues to be fundamental in a global that has gone through great alterations within the fifty years in view that his dying. Combining the simplest of Hitchens's polemical punch and highbrow beauty in a tightly woven and refined argument, this booklet addresses not just why Orwell issues at the present time, yet how he'll proceed to topic in a destiny, doubtful world.Christopher Hitchens, essentially the most incisive minds of our personal age, meets Orwell at the web page during this provocative come across of wit, rivalry and ethical truth.

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Egypt and the Limits of Hellenism

In a chain of stories, Ian Moyer explores the traditional historical past and smooth historiography of family among Egypt and Greece from the 5th century BCE to the early Roman empire. starting with Herodotus, he analyzes key encounters among Greeks and Egyptian clergymen, the bearers of Egypt's historical traditions. 4 moments spread as wealthy micro-histories of cross-cultural interplay: Herodotus' interviews with clergymen at Thebes; Manetho's composition of an Egyptian historical past in Greek; the struggles of Egyptian clergymen on Delos; and a Greek physician's quest for magic in Egypt. In writing those histories, the writer strikes past Orientalizing representations of the opposite and colonial metanarratives of the civilizing approach to bare interactions among Greeks and Egyptians as transactional methods during which the traditions, discourses and pragmatic pursuits of either side formed the end result. the result's a dialogical background of cultural and highbrow exchanges among the good civilizations of Greece and Egypt.

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Subcultures: Cultural Histories and Social Practice

By Ken Gelder

This e-book provides a cultural heritage of subcultures, protecting a amazing variety of subcultural varieties and practices. It starts with London’s ‘Elizabethan underworld’, taking the rogue and vagabond as subcultural prototypes: the root for Marx’s later view of subcultures as the lumpenproletariat, and Henry Mayhew’s view of subcultures as ‘those that won't work’. Subcultures are consistently in a roundabout way non-conforming or dissenting. they're social - with their very own shared conventions, values, rituals, and so forth – yet they could additionally appear ‘immersed’ or self-absorbed. This ebook identifies six key ways that subcultures have regularly been understood:

  • through their frequently detrimental relation to paintings: idle, parasitical, hedonistic, criminal
  • their unfavourable or ambivalent relation to class
  • their organization with territory - the ‘street’, the ‘hood’, the membership - instead of property
  • their flow clear of domestic into non-domestic different types of ‘belonging’
  • their ties to extra and exaggeration (as against restraint and moderation)
  • their refusal of the banalities of normal lifestyles and particularly, of massification.

Subcultures seems on the method those good points locate expression throughout many alternative subcultural teams: from the Ranters to the insurrection grrrls, from taxi dancers to tug queens and kings, from bebop to hip hop, from dandies to punk, from hobos to leatherfolk, and from hippies and bohemians to electronic pirates and digital groups. It argues that subcultural identification is essentially a question of narrative and narration, which means its concentration is literary in addition to sociological. It additionally argues for the belief of a subcultural geography: that subcultures inhabit areas specifically methods, their funding in them being as a lot imaginary as actual and, in certain cases, strikingly utopian.

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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

By Neil Postman

Initially released in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic concerning the corrosive results of tv on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century booklet released within the 20th century. Now, with tv joined by way of extra subtle digital media—from the web to cellphones to DVDs—it has taken on even higher value. Amusing Ourselves to Death is a prophetic examine what occurs whilst politics, journalism, schooling, or even faith develop into topic to the calls for of leisure. it's also a blueprint for regaining controlof our media, in order to serve our maximum ambitions.

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This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement

By Sarah van Gelder

We Are the 99%

The Occupy Wall highway circulate named the center factor of our time: the overpowering energy of Wall road and massive enterprises— whatever the political institution and so much media have lengthy ignored.

But the flow is going some distance past this critique. This adjustments Everything exhibits how the move is transferring the best way humans view themselves and the realm, the type of society they suspect is feasible, and their very own involvement in making a society that works for the ninety nine% instead of simply the 1%.

Attempts to pigeonhole this decentralized, fast-evolving circulate have ended in confusion and misperception. during this quantity, the editors of YES! Magazine assemble voices from in and out the protests to show the problems, probabilities, and personalities linked to the Occupy Wall highway movement.

This ebook positive aspects contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, in addition to Occupy activists who have been there from the start, comparable to David Graeber, Marina Sitrin and Hena Ashraf. It deals insights for these actively protesting or expressing help for the movement—and for the thousands extra who sympathize with the objective of a extra equitable and democratic future.

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Communication across Cultures: Mutual Understanding in a Global World

By Kylie Martin, Howard Manns

Verbal exchange throughout Cultures explores how cultural context impacts the use and (mis)interpretation of language. It offers an obtainable and interdisciplinary advent to language and language edition in intercultural verbal exchange by means of drawing on either vintage and state-of-the-art learn from pragmatics, discourse research, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and politeness stories. This re-creation has been comprehensively up-to-date to include contemporary learn, with an emphasis at the fluid and emergent perform of intercultural communique. It presents elevated assurance of edition in language inside and among cultures, drawing on real-world examples of spoken and written communique. The authors evaluation vintage recommendations like 'face', 'politeness' and 'speech acts', but additionally critique those thoughts and introduce more moderen methods. each one bankruptcy presents a collection of steered readings, questions and routines to let the scholar to paintings via options and consolidate their figuring out of intercultural verbal exchange. this is often a great source for college kids of linguistics and similar disciplines.

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Festivals, Feasts, and Gender Relations in Ancient China and Greece

By Yiqun Zhou

Historic China and Greece are classical civilizations that experience exerted far-reaching impression in several components of human event and are usually invoked because the paradigms in East-West comparability. This e-book examines gender family within the old societies as mirrored in convivial contexts equivalent to kin banquets, public fairs, and spiritual feasts. particular styles of interpersonal affinity and clash emerge from the chinese language and Greek resources that convey women and men organizing themselves and interacting with one another in social events meant for collective pursuit of delight. via an research of the 2 diversified styles, Yiqun Zhou illuminates the various sociopolitical mechanisms, worth structures, and materials of human bonds within the classical traditions. Her ebook might be very important for readers who're attracted to the comparative learn of societies, gender reviews, women's background, and the legacy of civilizations.

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