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Edited by Esther Linares Bernabéu

There is a burgeoning interest in humorous discourse from a gender perspective, and research on this issue has brought fascinating results. However, despite the literature on language and gender, the study of these dimensions in humorous discourses remains virtually unchartered territory. Consequently, this book stems from the interest in exploring gender and identity in different humorous discourses taken from Spanish, English and German corpora in order to explore how gender and identity can be represented and performed through humour.

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Niklas Gebauer

Die Publikation analysiert das Kulturgutschutzgesetz (KGSG) vom 6.8.2016 aus ökonomischer Perspektive. Im Fokus stehen die Kunstintermediäre des Sekundärmarktes. Maßstab für die ökonomische Analyse des KGSG ist der Telos des Gesetzes. Primäre Gesetzesziele sind mitunter die Beschränkung des illegalen Handels, die Verbesserung des Abwanderungsschutzes und die Stärkung der Rechtssicherheit. Insbesondere nationale Kulturgüter, also gemäß § 6 KGSG u.a. jene, die in ein Verzeichnis national wertvollen Kulturgutes eingetragen sind, sollen durch das KGSG wirksamer geschützt werden. Im Vordergrund der Analyse steht die kulturökonomische Betrachtung der Gesetzgebung und die Identifikation möglicher adverser Effekte, die durch die Bestimmungen des KGSG entstehen könnten.

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Scotland and Islandness

Explorations in Community, Economy and Culture

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Edited by Kathryn A. Burnett, Ray Burnett and Michael Danson

Scotland’s islands are diverse, resourceful and singularly iconic in national and global imaginations of places «apart» yet readily reached. This collection of essays offers a fascinating commentary on Scotland’s island communities that celebrates their histories, cultures and economies in general terms. Recognising a complex geography of distinct regions and island spaces, the collection speaks to broader themes of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, narratives of place and people, the ideas and policies of island and regional distinctiveness, as well as particular examinations of literature, language, migration, land reform, and industry. With a view to placing ideas and expressions of islandness within a lived reality of island life and scholarship, the collection provides a multidisciplinary perspective on the value of continued and expanding research commentaries on Scotland’s islands for both a Scottish and an international readership. 

This book should instantly appeal to scholars of Island Studies, Scottish Studies, and Regional Studies of northern and peripheral Europe. Readers with particular interests in the sociology and history of Scottish rural and northern Atlantic communities, the cultural histories and economies of remote and island places, and the pressing socioeconomic agenda of small island sustainability, community building and resilience should also find the collection offers current commentaries on these broad themes illustrated with local island examples and contingencies.

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Hannah Roggendorf

Das deutsche Recht sieht mit dem Pflichtteil eine bedarfsunabhängige Mindestbeteiligung am Erbe für Kinder, Ehepartner und Eltern vor. Im Gegensatz dazu gewährt des englische Recht Hinterbliebenen ermessensabhängige Ansprüche (family provision), die sich insbesondere nach der Bedürftigkeit richten. Die gesetzlichen Vorgaben beider Länder können jedoch jeweils nur allgemein die Interessen einzelner Familienangehöriger gegeneinander abwägen. In vielen Fällen ist daher eine vertragliche Ausgestaltung gewünscht. Gleichzeitig stellt sich bei Verträgen im familiären Kontext auch die Frage, wie eine in einer Nähebeziehung entstehende Verhandlungsdisparität rechtlich zu bewerten ist. Für Eheverträge hat die deutsche Rechtsprechung eine richterliche Inhalts- und Ausübungskontrolle im Rahmen der §§ 138 und 242 BGB entwickelt. Es wird nun diskutiert, ob dies auch auf den Pflichtteilsverzicht übertragbar ist.

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Erlebnisse und Tourismus

Ergebnisse der 4. Deidesheimer Gespräche zur Tourismuswissenschaft

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Edited by Anne Faber, Christian Eilzer, Manfred Dörr and Sylvia Müller

Erlebnisse und Erlebnisprodukte sind im Zuge gesellschaftlicher Veränderungen und gestiegener Qualitätsansprüche der Gäste auch im Tourismus zusehends in den Fokus der Betrachtung gerückt. Viele Anbieter versuchen, ihren Gästen Erlebnisse von Erlebnisgastronomie über Naturerlebnisse bis hin zu künstlichen Erlebniswelten zu bieten. Die Beiträge der „4. Deidesheimer Gespräche zur Tourismuswissenschaft" in diesem Sammelband beleuchten das Thema „Erlebnisse und Tourismus" aus verschiedenen Perspektiven etwa von Touristen, Destinationen oder Reiseveranstaltern. Dabei werden zudem Modelle der Erlebnisgenese und -bewertung vorgestellt, empirische Befunde zum Destinationserlebnis präsentiert sowie Aspekte zum Erlebnismarketing behandelt.

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I Never Wanted to Be a Stereotype

A Sociologist’s Narrative of Healing

Cindy Brooks Dollar

Trauma and its consequences are social phenomena. Coming from a working-class family and raised in a small, rural Southern area, this author's narrative offers a unique style of life history reporting whereby the author uses her academic standpoint to situate her life experiences in broader macro-social and cultural contexts. Weaving scholarship with personal narrative, the author highlights connections between self and social awareness, which is crucial, especially in a modern, Western context where the rhetoric of excessive individualism is prioritized. Discussing various issues, including objectification, violence, isolation, stigma, trauma, shame, integration, healing, peace, and love, she illustrates the application and significance of sociological knowledge to individual life. Many chapters include and conclude with excerpts from the author’s diary entries, which she has maintained for over 30 years. These provide a relatively unfiltered glimpse into her personal and social consciousness throughout various life stages, including adolescence, teens, young and middle adulthood. The book closes with a summary of existing research on trauma and recovery, which often promotes the use of body-based therapies. The author argues that these findings have important implications for sociology given the body’s symbolic socio-cultural status and how it is used to maintain existing inequalities and inequities, which (re)produce shared forms of trauma and differential access to recovery.

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Edward Mooney, Jr.

Imagine the hours and weeks after you've witnessed a school shooting. You run the emotional gamut between disorientation and severe anxiety. When you return to the classroom, you're unsure how to cope. Your classroom used to be a safe space; is it still? In this book, the experience of two teachers before, during and after they witnessed school shootings are analyzed to determine the effects of these incidents on their lives. In one case, a teacher who observed a shooting of one student by another, struggled with severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her issues, along with actions by school administration, led to her psychological disability. In the second case, at a different school, another teacher watched a gunman randomly firing at students; he was able to continue teaching. A comparison helps to understand the psychological and organizational factors that affect educators who witnessed a school shooting.

This book would be critical in courses training school administrators, and for those teaching graduate research courses. In addition, this would be useful for mental health professionals and emergency responders seeking to get a glimpse into what teachers who witness school shootings are going through.

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Jacek Dabala

In a unique, and at times highly polemical way, the author demonstrates how the media generally influences thinking and what kind of content they put into peoples’ heads. He aims to encourage a better understanding of oneself, one’s environment, and the world but above all, a better understanding of freedom, the condition of democracy - or dictatorship. This is probably the first book in the media and communication studies which, through scientific provocation, makes the readers delve deeply into their intelligence, teaches them how to use it, and allows them to decide whether they have a weak, average, or insightful mind. The book sets one of the most important trends: it tells how the media think and how they shape their audiences.