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Edited by Yong-Chan Kim, Matthew D. Matsaganis, Holley A. Wilkin and Joo-Young Jung

The Communication Ecology of 21st Century Urban Communities addresses the questions of whether it (still) matters what neighborhood individuals live in and if it is still necessary and possible for city dwellers to build and maintain place-based communities.

The book’s contributors address how urban communities are formed, reformed, and transformed from a communication infrastructure theory perspective. Through the lens of this theory, communication is defined as a fundamental social process by which cities are sustained and changed over time. The chapters in this book elaborate the theoretical and methodological frameworks of the communication infrastructure theory approach; articulate theory-driven and multi-method frameworks for the study of the city; and speak to pressing, contemporary, research- and policy-related challenges (or questions).

The broad array of issues addressed within this volume is expected to draw the interest not only of communication researchers and professionals, but also of students, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers from a variety of backgrounds and with an interest in different aspects of life in the city, including: public health, technology, civic engagement, and urban planning and design.

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Charles Darwin’s Debt to the Romantics

How Alexander von Humboldt, Goethe and Wordsworth Helped Shape Darwin’s View of Nature

Charles Lansley

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Claire MacNeill

Applied theatre is a continually growing and diversifying field. This book is the first of its kind to examine the use of applied theatre with looked-after children. It interrogates the experiences of young people in care in the UK and the potential of applied theatre as a liberation tool within these settings. Informed by twelve years of practice-based research, the book examines how a central pedagogy was initially developed with young people and front-line staff within a residential children’s home. The author then critiques the ways in which this pedagogy was adapted and expanded to work with other «looked-after», misrepresented and marginalised young people in related settings.

The research presented here describes a unique journey through care homes, children’s prisons and inner-city estates, exploring the possibility of reclaiming childhoods through theatre practice. It asks the questions: what does it mean to be «looked after» and «cared for» by an institution? What are the challenges of developing liberatory practice within rigid and homogenising frameworks? And how can theatre forge radical creative spaces within a network of power and control?

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Edited by Antonio Bueno García

Una veintena de estudios tras la presentación de la obra analizan la importancia de la tarea traductora de la Orden de Predicadores para el contacto con nuevos pueblos. Si la misión en América en el siglo XVI y en Extremo Oriente, fueron los escenarios más importantes para poner en práctica los conocimientos sobre las lenguas y culturas, también lo fueron para practicar sus técnicas de acercamiento para el adoctrinamiento a los cientos de pueblos con los que debieron confrontarse, además de para poder resolver los conflictos del dogma con judíos, conversos, musulmanes o herejes. La obra supone una original contribución por el descubrimiento de los particulares métodos de instrucción de los dominicos (religiosos, pedagógicos, etc.) y los utilizados para la elaboración de gramáticas y vocabularios de multitud de lenguas de los pueblos indígenas con los que debieron entrar en contacto.

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The Aesthetics and Multimodality of Style

Experimental Research on the Edge of Theory

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Martin Siefkes and Emanuele Arielli

Style research has a long and venerable tradition, but its results are highly fragmented. Style exists in language and literature, art and architecture – but every discipline has its own theories. New approaches in empirical aesthetics and multimodality call for broader perspectives. This book offers an overview of experimental research on style, and proposes a common theoretical basis. How do we perceive styles? How do styles change – and why? What is multimodal style? Are style and personality really connected? How is style related to aesthetic experiences? Which cognitive mechanisms are relevant for the creation and perception of styles? Are there neural correlates for style use? The book discusses these and further questions, providing researchers with a valuable source of new ideas.

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Edited by Antonio Bueno García

Dieciocho estudios, con una presentación esclarecedora y un prólogo de gran especialista, analizan la naturaleza de la revelación en el ejercicio de la traducción de los Predicadores, cuyo lema es «contemplar y dar a los demás lo contemplado». La obra supone una contribución original por cuanto incide en la tarea cuasi-religiosa de la traducción y en el objetivo preciso de los traductores religiosos – «el brazo letrado de Dios» – y de los intérpretes en las misiones de América – a los que se les denomina «linguas» – o de Lejano Oriente. Resulta de especial interés el papel que los traductores dominicos juegan en las universidades, en la propia Orden o para la Inquisición, así como su comportamiento frente a los textos de carácter teológico, doctrinal, bíblico, filosófico, literario o místico. También es esclarecedor el valor que le dan a la imagen dentro de sus propias representaciones.

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Pathology and Technology

Killer Apps and Sick Users

D. Travers Scott

Pathology & Technology is the first comprehensive look at "technopathologies." Since the days of the telegraph, electric communication technologies have been associated with causing or worsening mental and physical illnesses. Today, news reports warn of Pokémon Go deaths and women made vulnerable to sexual assault from wearing headphones. Drawing on an archive of hundreds of cases found across news, entertainment, and other sources over 150 years, this book investigates the intersection of technology and disease through original cultural historiography, focus groups, and discourse analysis, documenting a previously unexplored phenomenon in communication and media. Technopathologies occur with new and old media, the book argues, and are ultimately about people—not machines. They help define users as normal or abnormal, in ways that often align with existing social stereotypes. Courses on technological history, medical humanities, science and technology studies, and medical history will find much here to debate, in a style written to appeal to scholarly as well as popular readers.

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Antonio Tabucchi and the Visual Arts

Images, Visions, and Insights

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Michela Meschini

Visual images and imagery, optical metaphors and iconic quotations are common features in the literary work of Antonio Tabucchi, along with references to the world of painting, photography, and cinema. This book explores the «iconic temptation» of the Italian author, pointing out his visual strategies of representation and poetic thought. By focusing on the visual intertextuality of his fiction, it discusses questions of style and content whilst also emphasizing the role of images as a privileged means of narrative knowledge and philosophical insight. Drawing on the visual studies and on postmodernist theory and criticism, this study offers a comprehensive inquiry into the visual poetics of one of Europe’s most innovative writers.

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Edited by Zuzana Bačíková

With the digitalisation of society, marketing is experiencing a renaissance. Digital marketing has introduced a compactness absent in traditional marketing, even after the integration of the holistic marketing approach. Consumers nowadays make choices – between purchasing online and visiting a store. They pay attention to certain ads and decide to support a person or product on social media channels. This book presents the theoretical principles of digital marketing established to serve research plans, educational purposes and practical applications. It aims to support the terminological demarcation and to further the professional discussion.

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Die Kapitalschutzfunktion des Jahresabschlusses nach dem BilMoG

Auswirkungen der Bilanzrechtsmodernisierung auf den kapitalgesellschaftsrechtlichen Kapital- und Gläubigerschutz

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Peter Schaub

Der Band untersucht die Auswirkungen des Bilanzrechtsmodernisierungsgesetzes (BilMoG) auf den gesellschaftsrechtlichen Kapital- und Gläubigerschutz. Das BilMoG verfolgt das Ziel, den Informationswert von Jahresabschlüssen unter Beibehaltung des Gläubigerschutzniveaus zu steigern. Der Gesetzgeber führte eine außerbilanzielle Ausschüttungssperre ein, die unsichere Vermögensgegenstände bei der Ermittlung des ausschüttungsfähigen Vermögens eliminiert. Trotz dieser minimal-invasiv wirkenden Maßnahme wurde ein Paradigmenwechsel eingeläutet: Der ausschüttungsfähige Gewinn ist fortan nicht mehr aus der Bilanz ersichtlich, sondern nur noch in Zusammenschau mit Angaben im Anhang ermittelbar. Das Vorsichtsprinzip hat zulasten der Informationsfunktion eine Schwächung erfahren.