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Imagine a world where imagination is forbidden. Coketown is such a place. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. But what effect will this policy have on his own children, Tom and Louisa? How can he protect them from corrupting influences – especially when the circus comes to town? Dark satanic mills, interrupted by the colour and vibrancy of Sleary's Circus, set the stage for a sweeping tale of suppressed love, seduction and social mores, peopled with the sharply observed exaggerated characters that Dickens is celebrated for.
Introduction / Anne-Maria Makhulu, Beth A. Buggenhagen, Stephen Jackson. - The search for economic sovereignty / Anne-Maria Makhulu. - "It seems to be going:" the genius of survival in wartime DR Congo / Stephen Jackson. - This is play : popular culture and politics in Côte d'Ivoire / Mike McGovern. - Self-sovereignty and creativity in Ghanian public culture / Jesse Weaver Shipley. - "May God let me share paradise with my fellow believers" : Islam's "female face" and the politics of religious devotion in Mali / Dorothea E. Schulz. - "Killer bargains" : global networks of Senegalese Muslims and the policing of unofficial economies in the war on terror / Beth A. Buggenhagen. - Border practices / Charles Piot.
The world of Hard Times For These Times revolves around a small industrial town firmly in the grip of one businessman. Bounderby is owner of the local mill and Gradgrind, his employee, is the schoolmaster--together they define and enforce the town's moral character with an iron fist. Many of the characters--including Gradgrind eventually--try and fail to resist Bounderby's influence, to their own demise. Published in 1854, the novel revealed Dickens' sharpest views on capitalism and its questionable moral underpinnings and spurred significant critical debate among his contemporaries. This is a free digital copy of a book that has been carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. To make this print edition available as an ebook, we have extracted the text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and submitted it to a review process to ensure its accuracy and legibility across different screen sizes and devices. Google is proud to partner with libraries to make this book available to readers everywhere.
Abstract : This article describes how lone mother families use their personal relationships to adapt to changing conditions in the wider society and economy. During the period 2007–15, the UK experienced insecurity in the labour market, a rising cost of living, radical welfare reforms and a diminished standard of living for many. Hard times such as these put the spotlight on questions related to how vulnerable groups such as lone mothers experience, cope with, and adapt to socioeconomic crises. This article addresses such questions by drawing on qualitative evidence collected through in-depth interviews with 30 lone mothers. The article documents the experiences of these lone-mother families living through economic recession and austerity. The evidence suggests that whether or not a given lone mother is able to cope with and adapt to hard times is linked to her capacity to create, sustain and mobilise a social support network.
The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows. The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature. This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.