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Roxana Sobrino Triana

Cuba: realidades e imaginarios lingüísticos profundiza en las creencias, percepciones y actitudes de los hablantes cubanos sobre la lengua española. Estas se van tejiendo, por un lado, con postulados lingüísticos de diferentes disciplinas y, por otro, con el contexto histórico, político y social particular de la Cuba de las últimas décadas. Los datos en los que se basa el análisis se han tomado de los cuestionarios aplicados en la capital cubana como parte del proyecto panhispánico Linguistic Identity and Attitudes in Spanish-Speaking Latin America (Proyecto LIAS) y de la tesis doctoral "Actitudes lingüísticas en el Caribe insular hispánico". De ellos se derivan reflexiones encaminadas a descifrar y legitimar la subjetividad lingüística de los cubanos, comprender sus motivaciones y apuntar sus implicaciones en cuestiones de lengua e identidad.

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Zur Gentrifizierung in deutschsprachigen Berlin-Romanen nach 2000


Hanna Henryson

Gentrifizierung ist ein global verbreiteter und kontrovers diskutierter urbaner Prozess, der auch seinen Niederschlag in der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur gefunden hat.

Diese Studie untersucht die literarische Verarbeitung der Gentrifizierung in Berlin nach 2000 anhand von ausgewählten Romanen von Aljoscha Brell, Ulrich Peltzer, Jan Peter Bremer und Annett Gröschner. Mithilfe eines interdisziplinären theoretischen Rahmens, der narratologische Aspekte mit soziologischen kombiniert, arbeitet die Untersuchung heraus, wie der Wettbewerb um den urbanen Raum aus der Figurenperspektive imaginiert und verhandelt wird. Die Analyse zeigt, wie Machtverhältnisse zwischen sozialen Gruppen sich in den zum Teil standardisierten Figurenkonstellationen der untersuchten ‹Gentrifiktionen› manifestieren.

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Edited by Natalija Mazeikiene

This book illuminates the educational potential of nuclear tourism and learning about nuclear power in informal and non-formal learning settings. The authors present a case of elaboration of the educational virtual nuclear route in the Ignalina Power Plant Region, Lithuania. Nuclear tourism takes its shape at the junction of several types of tourism – energy, industrial, cultural, and heritage and it becomes a site of outdoor and place-based education, promotes STEM, energy literacy, critical thinking, and environmental skills, and creates a valuable source for virtual learning. The book reveals peculiarities of learning and experience at nuclear power plants and disaster tourism destinations such as the Chernobyl Museum and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

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Cultures in Conflict

Religion, History and Gender in Northern Europe c. 1800–2000

Edited by Alexander Maurits, Johannes Ljungberg and Erik Sidenvall

This book includes studies of main conflict areas in modern Western societies where religion has been a central element, ranging from popular movements and narratives of opposition to challenges of religious satire and anti-clerical critique. Special attention is given to matters of politics and gender. With this theme, it provides a useful guide to conflict areas in modern European religious history.

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Walther Kindt

Was der Verhaltensbiologie gelungen ist – nämlich die Entwicklung von einer beschreibenden zu einer erklärenden Wissenschaft – das sollte auch Ziel der Linguistik sein. Der Autor zeigt auf, wie sich dieses Ziel im systemtheoretischen Rahmen erreichen lässt. Zunächst ist das Grundlagenproblem unzureichender Begriffsdefinitionen und Testverfahren zu lösen, um zu korrekten Beschreibungen und induktiv abgeleiteten Gesetzmäßigkeiten zu gelangen. Dadurch lassen sich bereits viele neue Erkenntnisse gewinnen. Sodann kann man für empirisch ermittelte Sachverhalte nach Erklärungen suchen, die auf allgemeinen Prinzipien oder Erwartungen beruhen. Diese Suche ist unter anderem dann zumeist erfolgreich, wenn sie durch Symmetriebrüche und eine konsequente Faktorenanalyse erleichtert wird.

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The (Near) Future of Central Bank Digital Currencies

Risks and Opportunities for the Global Economy and Society


Edited by Nicola Bilotta and Fabrizio Botti

The value of global cashless payments has been radically increasing worldwide. Despite cash being the most used payment instrument in the world, technological innovation and new consumer preferences are decisively transforming the way consumers pay and manage money. The COVID-19 pandemic may also have been an accelerator of the cashless mega-trend. Private players currently dominate the digital payment ecosystem, urging central banks to seek solutions to ensure public access to legal tender if cash is phased out. In this context, the idea of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is gaining momentum. Nevertheless, there is a need to better understand the implications in terms of risks, benefits and potential costs of CBDCs. From privacy concerns to macroeconomic effects, these implications blur the boundaries of the payment and financial systems, challenging the core functions of our economy and society.

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Edited by Jorge Cagiao y Conde and Alain-G. Gagnon

The controversial issue of secession has received little attention from experts of federalism. The best federal studies either evade it or dismiss it in a few lines. However, the issue of secession has been present throughout the history of federations. This book is one of the first to explore the complex relationship between federalism and secession.

The authors whose work is presented here recognize the potential of federalism as a way to organize relations between several different states, peoples, nations or territories under the same government. However, they are not naïve or idealist about the ability of the federal idea to succeed in the complex situations in which it is applied. In some cases success seems assured (the United States, Switzerland, Germany, etc.), and the merits of federalism can be showcased. But there are also failures (the former Yugoslavia, or more recently Brexit) and semi-failures that have generated turbulence in recent years in devolutive systems (Scotland in the United Kingdom, Catalonia in Spain) or federative systems (Québec in Canada).

This book provides a nuanced portrait of the issue of secession in federal contexts and lays the groundwork for questioning the still too fragile legacy of the great thinkers of federalism.