The Social Life of Achievement

Author: Nicholas J. Long

Publisher: Berghahn Books

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Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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What happens when people "achieve"? Why do reactions to "achievement" vary so profoundly? And how might an anthropological study of achievement and its consequences allow us to develop a more nuanced model of the motivated agency that operates in the social world? These questions lie at the heart of this volume. Drawing on research from Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States, and Latin America, this collection develops an innovative framework for explaining achievement's multiple effects-one which brings together cutting-edge theoretical insights into politics, psychology, ethics, materiality, aurality, embodiment, affect and narrative. In doing so, the volume advances a new agenda for the study of achievement within anthropology, emphasizing the significance of achievement as a moment of cultural invention, and the complexity of "the achiever" as a subject position.

Moral Engines

Exploring the Ethical Drives in Human Life

Author: Cheryl Mattingly

Publisher: Berghahn Books

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Category: Philosophy

Page: 266

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In the past fifteen years, there has been a virtual explosion of anthropological literature arguing that morality should be considered central to human practice. Out of this explosion new and invigorating conversations have emerged between anthropologists and philosophers. Moral Engines: Exploring the Ethical Drives in Human Life includes essays from some of the foremost voices in the anthropology of morality, offering unique interdisciplinary conversations between anthropologists and philosophers about the moral engines of ethical life, addressing the question: What propels humans to act in light of ethical ideals?

After Difference

Queer Activism in Italy and Anthropological Theory

Author: Paolo Heywood

Publisher: Berghahn Books

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Category: Social Science

Page: 180

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Queer activism and anthropology are both fundamentally concerned with the concept of difference. Yet they are so in fundamentally different ways. The Italian queer activists in this book value difference as something that must be produced, in opposition to the identity politics they find around them. Conversely, anthropologists find difference in the world around them, and seek to produce an identity between anthropological theory and the ethnographic material it elucidates. This book describes problems faced by an activist "politics of difference," and issues concerning the identity of anthropological reflection itself—connecting two conceptions of difference whilst simultaneously holding them apart.

The Patient Multiple

An Ethnography of Healthcare and Decision-Making in Bhutan

Author: Jonathan Taee

Publisher: Berghahn Books

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Category: Social Science

Page: 242

View: 454

In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, medical patients engage a variety of healing practices to seek cures for their ailments. Patients use the expanding biomedical network and a growing number of traditional healthcare units, while also seeking alternative practices, such as shamanism and other religious healing, or even more provocative practices. The Patient Multiple delves into this healthcare complexity in the context of patients’ daily lives and decision-making processes, showing how these unique mountain cultures are finding new paths to good health among a changing and multifaceted medical topography.

Indeterminacy

Waste, Value, and the Imagination

Author: Catherine Alexander

Publisher: Berghahn Books

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Category: Social Science

Page: 210

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What happens to people, places and objects that do not fit the ordering regimes and progressive narratives of modernity? Conventional understandings imply that progress leaves such things behind, and excludes them as though they were valueless waste. This volume uses the concept of indeterminacy to explore how conditions of exclusion and abandonment may give rise to new values, as well as to states of despair and alienation. Drawing upon ethnographic research about a wide variety of contexts, the chapters here explore how indeterminacy is created and experienced in relationship to projects of classification and progress.

Sociality

New Directions

Author: Nicholas J. Long

Publisher: Berghahn Books

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Category: Social Science

Page: 217

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The notion of 'sociality' is now widely used within the social sciences and humanities. However, what is meant by the term varies radically, and the contributors here, through compelling and wide ranging essays, identify the strengths and weaknesses of current definitions and their deployment in the social sciences. By developing their own rigorous and innovative theory of human sociality, they re-set the framework of the debate and open up new possibilities for conceptualizing other forms of sociality, such as that of animals or materials. Cases from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe explore the new directions of human sociality, illuminating how and why it is transformed when human beings engage with such major issues as economic downturn, climate change, new regimes of occupational and psychological therapy, technological innovations in robotics and the creation of new online, 'virtual' environments. This book is an invaluable resource, not only for research and teaching, but for anyone interested in the question of what makes us social.

The State We're In

Reflecting on Democracy's Troubles

Author: Joanna Cook

Publisher: Berghahn Books

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Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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What makes people lose faith in democratic statecraft? The question seems an urgent one. In the first decades of the twenty-first century, citizens across the world have grown increasingly disillusioned with what was once a cherished ideal. Setting out an original theoretical model that explores the relations between democracy, subjectivity and sociality, and exploring its relevance to countries ranging from Kenya to Peru, The State We’re In is a must-read for all political theorists, scholars of democracy, and readers concerned for the future of the democratic ideal.

Who was who in America with World Notables

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Category: United States

Page: 392

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Who Was Who in America preserves the lifetime accomplishments of many world history-makers. Extending a tradition of excellence in recording and publishing essential data, Who Was Who in America has proved its unqiueness and usefulness in countless research applications. Each biographical entry provides personal data unavailable in any other source: family relationships, political affiliations, key positions held, awards, published writings, and other basic facts and vital statistics. Approximately every three years, sketches of Marquis Who's Who Biographees who have died since publication of the prior volume of Who Was Who in America are incorporated into a new compilation. Who Was Who in America is publisher in 14 convenient, chronological volumes which may be purchased separately or together.

The Right College, 1991

Author: College Research Group of Concord Massac

Publisher: Prentice Hall

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Category: College choice

Page: 1680

View: 983

The brand-new, totally updated edition of the college guide covering every aspect of campus life. Complete profiles of the more than 1,500 accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, cover everything from admissions to prominent graduates to social events.