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Breast Cancer Unbound

Bodies, Biographies, & Beliefs

Edited by Kimberly R. Myers

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Edited by Marina Calleja Reina and Encarnación Postigo Pinazo

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Mosquitoes management

Between environmental and health issues

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Edited by Cécilia Claeys

This edited volume focuses on contemporary developments in mosquito control policies. It is premised on the idea that, in view of the social and ecological changes of recent decades, effective management of vector mosquitoes calls for a break with the old North/South, environment/health dualisms. Increasing urbanization and climate change encourage the proliferation of vector mosquitoes and expand their range of distribution. Globalization and the accelerated flow of human beings, insect vectors and viruses are increasing epidemic risks.

In the North, populations are now exposed to emerging or re-emerging epidemic risks (dengue fever, chikungunya, zika, etc.; malaria). However, comfort-based mosquito control techniques designed predominantly to reduce a nuisance have proven ineffective against vector mosquitoes. In the South, social acceptance of large-scale insecticide spraying is waning. Ecological concerns are voiced with growing insistence, denouncing a cure that can be worse than the disease. Reliance on chemical control appears even less desirable as its effectiveness declines due to increasing insecticide resistance among mosquitoes. Meanwhile, genetic engineering is still in the trial and error phase and raises new ethical questions.

The changes studied here are socio-environmental. To understand them, this volume proposes a dialogue between sociology, geography, entomology, epidemiology and ecology based on several study areas in Africa, the Indian Ocean, America and Europe. These analyses show that the relationships between human societies and mosquitoes are more deeply enmeshed than ever, as if caught in a duel that is still all too often fatal.

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Zur Bedeutung von Heimat für ältere Migrantinnen und Migranten

Eine multidisziplinäre und empirische Studie

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Juliane Köchling-Farahwaran

Der Heimatbegriff wird in europäischen Gesellschaften unter dem Einfluss wirtschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Entwicklungen, sozialer Mobilität und weltweiter Migration von Menschen auf der Flucht vor Krieg und Armut neu reflektiert und als eine Auseinandersetzung mit der Entwicklung der persönlichen Identität verstanden. Wie bedeutsam die Diskussionen über Heimat und wie unterschiedlich Heimatkonzepte sind, zeigt sich bei den derzeitigen ambivalenten Auseinandersetzungen um die Integration von Migrant*innen. Um die alte Heimat überhaupt in eine neue transformieren zu können, bedarf es der Anerkennung durch die Aufnahmegesellschaft und der Partizipation an dieser. Durch geeignete Konzepte in der Migrationsarbeit kann die Soziale Arbeit einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Unterstützung leisten.

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Resisting the Power of Mea Culpa

A Story of Twentieth-Century Ireland

Gerard Rodgers

This is both a memoir of childhood trauma and a searing work of social criticism. Through his own experience of clerical abuse and his struggle with the system that allowed it to happen, the author documents an important period of social change in Ireland. The aim of the study is to situate tough personal experiences in lifeworld contexts for the purpose of changing powerful beliefs and practices.

The author contends that psychological disciplines seldom interface with regional histories in a convincing way. The book is critical of dominant ideologies which reinforce acquiescence and exaggerate the power to act in the face of multilevel disempowerment. The author also maintains that old ways of knowing are still replicated in the structure of dominant psychological frameworks. A constancy principle of micro-regulation engenders mindful quietude and/or robust notions of psychological invulnerability. This truncated worldview comes at too high a cost.

The book will be of interest to historians, social commentators, psychologists and critical theorists, as well as those in the field of trauma, addiction and psychiatry.

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L'urgence de dire

L’Irlande du Nord après le conflit

Fabrice Mourlon

Depuis la fin des années 1990 et la signature de l’Accord du Vendredi-Saint à Belfast en 1998, un nombre croissant de témoignages de survivants du conflit nord-irlandais ont été recueillis et publiés et occupent une place importante dans l’espace public, tant dans la presse que le monde de l’édition. Le sentiment de n’être pas véritablement reconnu par la société et par ses institutions, d’être exclu du récit historique dominant, et le manque de consensus sur le statut de « victime » contribuent au besoin de raconter sa propre histoire, donnant ainsi l’impression d’une polyphonie de points de vue.

Alors que la plupart des études ont analysé la fonction et la portée politique et sociale des témoignages en Irlande du Nord, cet ouvrage montre dans quelle mesure ces récits permettent aux affects et aux émotions de s’exprimer et de s’élaborer, tant du côté du narrateur que de celui du lecteur. En adoptant une approche pluridisciplinaire et en soulignant le rôle de l’intersubjectivité, ces récits, adressés à un Autre, sont ici analysés par le prisme d’un lecteur bien particulier : celui du chercheur, qui accepte sa subjectivité et se situe délibérément dans l’interaction entre le narrateur et lui-même.

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Embodying Theory

Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance

Elizabeth Bishop and Tamsen Wojtanowski

Embodying Theory: Epistemology, Aesthetics and Resistance takes a deep dive into representational spaces of social science theory and research, positioning post-structuralist frameworks as potent tools in ongoing fights against injustice and inequity. In this interactive text, the reader takes a discursive tour through theoretical and imagistic landscapes that offer options for liberated existence and expression from repression and moralism. By foregrounding the "double articulation" of what is articulated through language and what is shown through visual material, Embodying Theory furthers an argument that there are numerous ways to embody, interpret and interact with meaning across cultural, materialist and populist platforms, to strategically create counter-narratives in the service of building peaceable, inclusive, sustainable and joyful futures.

Embodying Theory offers a series of writings and images to make theory walk, recasting major post-structural and deconstructive thought in order to explore spheres of action in the educational, the sociopolitical, the ethical, the aesthetic and the academic. This is an explicitly politicized approach to text creation, understood as both building theory and practice, to collaboratively design a textual experiment. This book reconceptualizes the text as an anti-moralistic response, as a non-violent battleground visually and textually. Embodying Theory uses the form of the book to demonstrate the always possible, to break open words and images. Through an interplay of light and language, the text foregrounds an affirmative stance against the nihilistic and the cynical. Embodying Theory interacts with core notions of "becoming" as key to understanding processes of subjects constructing their present and future.

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Simon Bennett

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Transformations of Social Bonds

The Outline of the Theory of Social Change

Mirosława Marody and Anna Giza-Poleszczuk

We live in times of accelerated changes – social, economic, and political – which are currently transforming most societies and areas of human life. Every day brings not only new shifts in political orders of various countries but also clearly observable metamorphoses of labour patterns, family forms, and modes through which we participate in political life, communicate, and which are related to each other. The pace of these changes and their complex mechanisms make it difficult to discern what directions they are actually taking.

This book is about transformations of social bonds, the most fundamental sociological concept. It examines how these bonds are formed, how they are dissolved, and how they are forged anew. The book offers a preliminary reflection on the course and consequences of the ongoing transformations of the social order. At the same time, it invites to reconsider the foundations of sociological thinking.

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Sprachkontakt - Sprachmischung - Sprachwahl - Sprachwechsel

Eine sprachsoziologische Untersuchung der weißrussisch-russisch gemischten Rede „Trasjanka“ in Weißrussland

Gerd Hentschel, Bernhard Kittel, Diana Lindner, Mark Brüggemann and Jan Patrick Zeller