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Simon Bennett

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Peter Suren

The double canoe constituted the backbone of Polynesian culture, since it enabled the Polynesians to enter and conquer the Pacific. In Tonga, a center of Polynesian navigation, two types were known: the tongiaki and the kalia. Contrary to most contributions, the author argues that the Tongans were not only the Western Pacific masters of navigation, but also of canoe designing. Typical of Polynesian canoes was the sewing technique which can be traced back to ancient India but was also practiced in Pharanoic Egypt and southern Europe. The legend of the magnetic mountain is to be viewed in this context. Oceanic navigation, which declined during the 19th century, had developed its own means of orientation at sea, including astronomy and meteorology.

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Anthropology of Family Food Practices

Constraints, Adjustments, Innovations


Edited by Marie-Pierre Julien and Nicoletta Diasio

What are the factors that govern our food choices at the beginning of the 21st century? Obvious answers to this question would point to social and cultural habits, but the issue is far more complex than this. Changes in national and international economies, the end of political regimes, migration, but also micro-events such as retirement, the birth of a child, varying school times and seasons, or innovations in industrial design, these are all potential factors that may generate a transformation of family eating habits. The meso- and micro-social levels are deeply intertwined in everyday life, and this book focuses on the connections between the two levels and on how they merge and overlap in the creation of new eating habits. In this book the reader will find scholars who analyse how families and households experiment, circumvent and appropriate technical, political, and social modifications in their family food situations, and how they create freedom and innovation under constraint. Grounded in strong ethnographic field research in several countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Romania, South-Africa), this book is also a contribution to the use of qualitative methods within the domestic space. It will be a welcome source of information for researchers and students in the fields of anthropology and sociology, for industrial designers and for any reader interested in studying social changes from the perspective of food practices.

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Edited by Carolin Patzelt, Katrin Mutz and Carolin Spiegel

El presente tomo colectivo – fruto del simposio internacional «Migración y contacto de lenguas en el siglo XXI» (Universidad de Bremen, Alemania) – posiciona la lingüística de la migración como disciplina entre la lingüística de contacto y la sociolingüística. Abarca proyectos actuales de investigación en los campos de cambio lingüístico, migración interna, contacto de lenguas y variedades lingüísticas en la diáspora.

Se enfocan casos ejemplares de contacto lingüístico en el español en América del Norte (EE. UU.) y del Sur (Ecuador, Perú y Argentina), el gallego en Alemania y en Argentina, el francés en la India, lenguas criollas de base francesa en la diáspora, la identidad lingüística cubanoamericana y el judeoespañol en Turquía.

L’ouvrage collectif – issu du symposium international « Migration et contact de langues au XXIe siècle » (Université de Brême, Allemagne) – situe la linguistique migratoire entre la linguistique de contact et la sociolinguistique. Il comprend des projets actuels de recherche dans les domaines du changement linguistique, de la migration interne, du contact de langues et des variétés linguistiques dans la diaspora.

Des études exemplaires illustrent le contact linguistique dans l’espagnol aux États-Unis d'Amérique et dans l’Amérique du Sud (l’Équateur, le Pérou, l’Argentine), le galicien en Allemagne et en Argentine, le français en Inde, des langues créoles à base française dans la diaspora, des identités linguistiques cubano-américaines et le judéo-espagnol en Turquie.

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Yana Milev

Seit das Ende des Kommunismus auf 1990 festgeschrieben und der Unrechtsstaat DDR der Justiz übergeben wurde, inszenieren neue Institutionen, Stiftungen und Behörden auf Bundesebene den ökonomischen, kulturellen und moralischen Erfolg des Rechtsstaats. Dabei wird die Mehrheit der Neubürger mit Schockereignissen des krassen sozialen Wandels und der gesellschaftlichen Stigmatisierung konfrontiert. Konzepte wie «Transformation», «Modernisierung», «Demokratisierung» treten als Euphemismen auf, die über eine neoliberale Annexion des Ostens hinwegtäuschen. Das Investmentprojekt «Aufschwung Ost» ist ein Laborfall der Globalisierung. Über eine Aufarbeitung der DDR im Totalitarismus- und Diktaturenvergleich hinaus ist eine Soziologie der Landnahme, des Gesellschaftsumbaus und des strukturellen Kolonialismus in Ostdeutschland längst überfällig. Das Forschungsprogramm «Entkoppelte Gesellschaft. Liberalisierung und Widerstand in Ostdeutschland seit 1989/90. Ein soziologisches Laboratorium» will im dreißigsten Jahr der «Einheit» diesem Thema mit einer mehrbändigen Publikation Rechnung tragen.

Der Band «Anschluss» widerlegt den Mythos von der «friedlichen Revolution» und von der «Wiedervereinigung» dessen, was zusammengehört und geht der These nach, dass Liberalisierung die Fortsetzung des Krieges mit anderen Mitteln ist. Der Band belegt die zeithistorischen Zusammenhänge für den koordinierten Staatsanschluss der DDR an die BRD und zeigt auf, warum die basisdemokratische Reformbewegung 1990 scheitern musste.

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The anthropological perspective of the world

The inductive method illustrated


Dominique Desjeux

What connection can there be between the Corps des Mines in France in the 1960s, the exhumation of the dead in Madagascar and sorcery in the Congo in the 1970s, mass distribution in France, urban riots on suburban estates, DIY in the United States in the 1990s, the rise of the Chinese middle class, uses of the SMS in Poland, shopping in Denmark, the economic crisis of 2008 and the emergence of competitive convergence in the 21st century between the West and Asia, starting from the year 2000, etc.? And yet all of these parts of the daily life of consumers, companies, administrations and citizens are linked by the invisible thread of globalisation. All of this gains a sense when we observe that a new global middle class of consumers is in the process of emerging and transforming the whole interplay of social forces which traverse all societies.

This book presents an inductive method in action, as it has been put in practice in almost 50 years of qualitative investigations in fields, offices, trains, kitchens, bathrooms or living rooms, and in Europe, Asia, Africa, the United States and Brazil. The author promotes a new form of anthropology of modernity, showing that not everything in the life of society, the market, the family or the individual can be observed at the same time. The scale of observation needs to be changed in order to see things appear or disappear depending on the focal length chosen. Understanding the world requires mobile knowledge.

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Edited by Rasim Yilmaz and Günther Löschnigg

The second volume of «Studies on Balkan and Near Eastern Social Sciences» is a collection of empirical and theoretical research papers in the social sciences regarding the Balkans and the Near East written by researchers from several different universities and institutions. The studies include a wide range of topics from economic, financial, political, agricultural, sociological, international relations to historical, cultural, and feminist issues in the region of the Balkans and the Near East. The book is aimed at educators, researchers, and students interested in the Balkan and Near Eastern countries.

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Edited by Anindita Banerjee and Sonja Fritzsche

The first collection of its kind, this anthology documents a radically different geography and history of science fiction in the world. Western, specifically Anglo-American, SF is not the only hub of the global trade of alternative realities and futures. Rather it is but only one of several competing flows and circuits of distribution, contacts, influence, translation, adaptation, and collaboration, across space and time. The essays collected here focus on arguably the biggest and most influential of those competing hubs: the socialist world and its extensive cultural networks across the global South and East. Written by scholars from around the world, the chapters address the «other» transatlantic of the Caribbean, Latin America, African America, and the Soviet Union; the surprising multitude of transnational networks behind the Iron Curtain; and asymptotic and subterranean discourses across Russia, India, and China. Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East is intended for scholars, students, and fans interested in science fiction, popular culture, comparative literature, film studies, postcolonialism, techno-science, translation studies, and the literature and cultures of China, Cuba, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, and Russia.

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Homosexualitäten in der Langzeitpflege

Eine Theorie der Anerkennung


Heiko Gerlach and Markus Schupp

Derzeit werden die Bedürfnisse und Bedarfe sexueller Minderheiten in der Langzeitpflege wenig berücksichtigt. Mit der vorliegenden qualitativen Studie auf der Basis von Interviews mit von professioneller Pflege abhängigen Lesben und Schwulen sowie mit Pflegefachkräften werden erstmals Informationen zur Situation und zu den Wünschen von pflegebedürftigen Lesben und Schwulen gewonnen. Der Studie zufolge verbessern emotionale Aufmerksamkeit, soziale Wertschätzung und rechtliche Gleichstellung das Wohlbefinden und die soziale Integration homosexueller Pflegebedürftiger. Ausbleibende Anerkennung kann dagegen die Identität Homosexueller beschädigen und zu sozialer Isolation führen. Von den Ergebnissen lassen sich neue Standards der Versorgung homosexueller Pflegebedürftiger im Alter ableiten.