Conceiving the Goddess

Conceiving the Goddess
  • Author : Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat,Ian Mabbett
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 280
  • Relase : 2016-12-01
  • ISBN : 192537730X

Conceiving the Goddess Book Review:

Conceiving the Goddess is a sequel to The Iconic Female: Goddesses of India, Nepal and Tibet (2008), an exploration of goddess cults in South Asia, and it embodies further researches on South Asian goddesses in various disciplines. The theme running through all the contributions, with their multiple approaches and points of view, is the concept of appropriation, a notion prominent in recent scholarship. In the present case of goddess worship, appropriation can be recognised when one religious group adopts a religious belief or practice not formerly its own. What is the motivation behind these actions? Are such actions attempts to dominate, or to resist the domination of others, or to adapt to changing social circumstances, or simply to enrich the religious experience of a group's members? Conceiving the Goddess seeks the answers to such questions in a variety of settings - a Jain goddess lurking in a Brahminical temple, a village goddess who turned into the patroness of the powerful Peshwa lords, the millennia-long story of the goddess Ekveera who was adopted by a fishing community, the mythology of Parvati, consort of the great god Siva, the fraught relationship between the humble Camar caste and the river goddess Ganga, the changing political roles of Durga in the annual celebrations of her cult, the mutual appropriation of disciple and goddess in the tantric exercises of Kashmiri Saivism, and the alarming self-decapitation of the fierce goddess Chinnamasta. Jayant Bapat holds doctorates in Organic Chemistry and Indology and is a research fellow at the Monash Asia Institute. His research interests include Hinduism, Goddess cults, Fisher community of Mumbai and Jainism and has published widely in these areas. He is co-editor of The Iconic Female: Goddesses of India, Nepal and Tibet (Monash University Press, 2008) and The Indian Disapora: 150 Years of Hindus and Sikhs in Australia (D.K. Printword, 2015). For his work in education and for the Indian community, Jayant was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2011. Ian Mabbett has taught Asian history at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, since 1965, where he remains an adjunct research fellow. He has also taught and carried out research at Princeton and at universities in Singapore and Nagoya. His main interests are in ancient Indian history, Buddhist history and philosophy, and the comparative study of Asian religions. Ian is the co-author of The Sociology of Early Buddhism with Greg Bailey (2003) and editor of Pracyaprajnapradipa: Professor Dr. Samaresh Bandyopadhyay Felicitation Volume on Early Indian History and Culture (2012).

FUTURE SMART FOOD

FUTURE SMART FOOD
  • Author : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Publisher : Food & Agriculture Org.
  • Pages : 241
  • Relase : 2018-10-09
  • ISBN : 9789251304952

FUTURE SMART FOOD Book Review:

This publication demonstrates the benefits of neglected and underutilized species, including amaranth, sorghum and cowpea, and their potential contribution to achieving Zero Hunger in South and Southeast Asia.

The Light of Knowledge

The Light of Knowledge
  • Author : Francis Cody
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Pages : 272
  • Relase : 2013-10-04
  • ISBN : 9780801469022

The Light of Knowledge Book Review:

Since the early 1990s hundreds of thousands of Tamil villagers in southern India have participated in literacy lessons, science demonstrations, and other events designed to transform them into active citizens with access to state power. These efforts to spread enlightenment among the oppressed are part of a movement known as the Arivoli Iyakkam (the Enlightenment Movement), considered to be among the most successful mass literacy movements in recent history. In The Light of Knowledge, Francis Cody’s ethnography of the Arivoli Iyakkam highlights the paradoxes inherent in such movements that seek to emancipate people through literacy when literacy is a power-laden social practice in its own right. The Light of Knowledge is set primarily in the rural district of Pudukkottai in Tamil Nadu, and it is about activism among laboring women from marginalized castes who have been particularly active as learners and volunteers in the movement. In their endeavors to remake the Tamil countryside through literacy activism, workers in the movement found that their own understanding of the politics of writing and Enlightenment was often transformed as they encountered vastly different notions of language and imaginations of social order. Indeed, while activists of the movement successfully mobilized large numbers of rural women, they did so through logics that often pushed against the very Enlightenment rationality they hoped to foster. Offering a rare behind-the-scenes look at an increasingly important area of social and political activism, The Light of Knowledge brings tools of linguistic anthropology to engage with critical social theories of the postcolonial state.

The Getty Murua

The Getty Murua
  • Author : Thomas B. F. Cummins,Barbara Anderson
  • Publisher : Getty Publications
  • Pages : 192
  • Relase : 2008-09-23
  • ISBN : 9780892368945

The Getty Murua Book Review:

Here is a set of essays on Historia general del Piru that discuss not only the manuscript's physical components--quires and watermarks, scripts and pigments--but also its relation to other Andean manuscripts, Inca textiles, European portraits, and Spanish sources and publication procedures. The sum is an unusually detailed and interdisciplinary analysis of the creation and fate of a historical and artistic treasure.

The Indigenous World 2017

The Indigenous World 2017
  • Author : Kathe Jepsen,Kathrine Broch Hansen
  • Publisher : International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs IWGIA
  • Pages : 600
  • Relase : 2017-05-30
  • ISBN : 8792786723

The Indigenous World 2017 Book Review:

In over sixty articles and country reports, The Indigenous World 2017 gives a comprehensive update on the current situation of indigenous peoples and their human rights and reports on the most important developments in international processes of relevance to indigenous peoples during 2016. The yearbook is an essential source of information and an indispensable tool for those who need to be informed about the most recent issues and developments that have impacted indigenous peoples worldwide. The Indigenous World is produced by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) in collaboration with indigenous and non-indigenous scholars and activists.

Anti-Tech Revolution

Anti-Tech Revolution
  • Author : Theodore Kaczynski
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 268
  • Relase : 2020-03-16
  • ISBN : 1944228020

Anti-Tech Revolution Book Review:

"There are many people today who see that modern society is heading toward disaster in one form or another, and who moreover recognize technology as the common thread linking the principal dangers that hang over us... The purpose of this book is to show people how to begin thinking in practical, grand-strategic terms about what must be done in order to get our society off the road to destruction that it is now on." --from the Preface In Anti-Tech Revolution: Why and How, Kaczynski argues why the rational prediction and control of the development of society is impossible while expounding on the existence of a process fundamental to technological growth that inevitably leads to disaster: a universal process akin to biological natural selection operating autonomously on all dynamic systems and determining the long-term outcome of all significant social developments. Taking a highly logical, fact-based, and intellectually rigorous approach, Kaczynski seamlessly systematizes a vast breadth of knowledge and elegantly reconciles the social sciences with biology to illustrate how technological growth in and of itself necessarily leads to disastrous disruption of global biological systems. Together with this new understanding of social and biological change, and by way of an extensive examination of the dynamics of social movements, Kaczynski argues why there is only one route available to avoid the disaster that technological growth entails: a revolution against technology and industrial society. Through critical and comprehensive analysis of the principles of social revolutions and by carefully developing an exacting theory of successful revolution, Kaczynski offers a practical, rational, and realistic guide for preventing the fast-approaching technology-induced catastrophe. This new second edition (2020) contains various updates and improvements over the first edition (2016), including two new appendices.

The Ghotul in Muria Society

The Ghotul in Muria Society
  • Author : Simeran Man Singh Gell
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 286
  • Relase : 1992
  • ISBN : MINN:31951D01026894A

The Ghotul in Muria Society Book Review:

Gell studies the Muria, one of the largest of the Gond tribes of central India, analyzing the spatial framework of their society, and the politics of marriage exchange. She offers a detailed account--through personal case histories--of the Ghotul, a village dormitory for adolescents of both sexes, and the complex dilemmas faced by youth on the threshold of adulthood. The text is a revised version of Gell's doctoral thesis. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Story of Gondwana

The Story of Gondwana
  • Author : Eyre Chatterton
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 350
  • Relase : 1916
  • ISBN : UCAL:B3270126

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Central Provinces District Gazetteers: Amraoti

Central Provinces District Gazetteers: Amraoti
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 536
  • Relase : 1983
  • ISBN : UCAL:B4304823

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The Prosopis Julifora-Prosopis Pallida Complex

The Prosopis Julifora-Prosopis Pallida Complex
  • Author : N. M. Pasiecznik,Peter Felker
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 180
  • Relase : 2001
  • ISBN : MINN:31951D01796435N

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El Mundo Indígena 2008

El Mundo Indígena 2008
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : IWGIA
  • Pages : 601
  • Relase : 2008
  • ISBN : 9788791563461

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Technological Slavery (Large Print 16pt)

Technological Slavery (Large Print 16pt)
  • Author : Theodore J. Kaczynski,David Skrbina
  • Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
  • Pages : 666
  • Relase : 2011-02
  • ISBN : 9781459610385

Technological Slavery (Large Print 16pt) Book Review:

Theodore Kaczynski saw violent collapse as the only way to bring down the techno-industrial system, and in more than a decade of mail bomb terror he killed three people and injured 23 others. One does not need to support the actions that landed Kaczynski in supermax prison to see the value of his essays disabusing the notion of heroic technology while revealing the manner in which it is destroying the planet. For the first time, readers will have an uncensored personal account of his anti-technology philosophy, including a corrected version of the notorious ''Unabomber Manifesto,''Kaczynski, s critique of anarcho-primitivism, and essays regarding ''the Coming Revolution.''

Trends in Ethnic Group Relations in Asia and Oceania

Trends in Ethnic Group Relations in Asia and Oceania
  • Author : Unesco
  • Publisher : United Nations Educational
  • Pages : 304
  • Relase : 1979
  • ISBN : UOM:39015014588910

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The Environmentalism of the Poor

The Environmentalism of the Poor
  • Author : Joan Martínez-Alier
  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Pages : 328
  • Relase : 2003-01-01
  • ISBN : 9781843765486

The Environmentalism of the Poor Book Review:

This is a wonderful book rich in empirical detail, full of theoretical insights, offering hope in a bleak world, altogether inspiring. . . a tremendous achievement of having helped to create the disciplines of ecological economics and political ecology, bringing them alive in this book, and making their insights available to the developing worldwide movement for environmental justice. Pat Devine, Environmental Values Any book by the ecological economist Joan Martinez-Alier is a Big Publishing Event. . . this is a book by a writer who loves his subject, knows it well, respects its history, and is driven by the desire to do justice. These are qualities enough to send you to the bookshop or the library in search of The Environmentalism of the Poor. Andrew Dobson, Environment Politics The book is a worthy and in-depth contribution to debates about political ecology and ecological economics. It should be read by all environmental and ecological economists who wish to make their analysis more relevant. Tim Forsyth, Progress in Development Studies A marvellous combination of insight, research and activism. . . A must-read for policymakers, practitioners and academics alike, and for anyone concerned with sustainable development, environmentalism or poverty alleviation. Human Ecology Journal . . . one of the most important environmental books to have been published recently. Martinez-Alier integrates two of the most significant areas of environmental theory political ecology and ecological economics. Eurig Scandrett, Friends of the Earth Scotland The book has three main strengths: its bibliography, which is extensive; the global perspective on the environmental movement and the relationship with poverty; and the general theme of this interdisciplinary work, which is not so much to provide new information, but to consider the existing information in a new light. Martinez-Alier is to be commended for taking such a step in the literature . . . the writing style is extremely approachable . . . Recommended. B.J. Peterson, Choice [Joan] Martinez-Alier combines the honest discipline of a scholar with the passionate energy of an activist. The result, The Environmentalism of the Poor, is highly recommended! Herman E. Daly, University of Maryland, College Park, US The Environmentalism of the Poor has the explicit intention of helping to establish two emerging fields of study political ecology and ecological economics whilst also investigating the relations between them. The book analyses several manifestations of the growing environmental justice movement , and also of popular environmentalism and the environmentalism of the poor , which will be seen in the coming decades as driving forces in the process to achieve an ecologically sustainable society. The author studies, in detail, many ecological distribution conflicts in history and at present, in urban and rural settings, showing how poor people often favour resource conservation. The environment is thus not so much a luxury of the rich as a necessity of the poor. It concludes with the fundamental questions: who has the right to impose a language of valuation and who has the power to simplify complexity? Joan Martinez-Alier combines the study of ecological conflicts and the study of environmental valuation in a totally original approach that will appeal to a wide cross-section of academics, ecologists and environmentalists.

The Muria and Their Ghotul

The Muria and Their Ghotul
  • Author : Verrier Elwin
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 730
  • Relase : 1947
  • ISBN : OCLC:468641975

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Arabia: the Cradle of Islam

Arabia: the Cradle of Islam
  • Author : Samuel Marinus Zwemer
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 488
  • Relase : 1900
  • ISBN : UOM:39015005141570

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The Mertiyo Rathors of Merto, Rajasthan

The Mertiyo Rathors of Merto, Rajasthan
  • Author : Richard Saran,Norman P. Ziegler
  • Publisher : U OF M CENTER FOR SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES
  • Pages : 853
  • Relase : 2021-01-19
  • ISBN : 9780472038213

The Mertiyo Rathors of Merto, Rajasthan Book Review:

The Me?tiyo Ra?ho?s of Me?to, Rajasthan is a treasure for scholars of Rajput history. Richard D. Saran and Norman P. Ziegler, whose contributions to Rajput studies are well known to specialists in the field, have given us a work of deep and exacting scholarship. It is the culmination of decades devoted to the study of Middle Marwari chronicles from Rajasthan. The sources translated here provide access to the fortunes of a branch of the Jodhpur royal family, and in doing so they illuminate the larger world of Rajputs in the middle period. The Me?tiyo Ra?ho?s are significant for several reasons. Their story traces the emergence of a Rajput brotherhood into local prominence and follows the establishment of their kingdom on the eastern edge of Marva? as a defined territorial unit. The evolution of the Me?tiyos as a brotherhood passed through several clearly defined stages, including a relationship with the house of Jodhpur that ranged from mutual support among brothers to hostility and clear separation. A study of the Me?tiyos in this context provides a unique view of the formation of a strong and indpenedent Rajput cadet line, of the establishment and defense of a local territory, and of the internal relations among Rajput brotherhoods regarding issues of precedence, honor, patronage, and service. The translations are accompanied by an extensive explanatory apparatus taking various forms, which includes a valuable essay on Rajput social organization, complete genealogies, and biographies of all the major personages of the chronicles.

The Violence of Incarceration

The Violence of Incarceration
  • Author : Phil Scraton,Jude McCulloch
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Pages : 396
  • Relase : 2008-07-01
  • ISBN : 9781135894337

The Violence of Incarceration Book Review:

Conceived in the immediate aftermath of the humiliations and killings of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq, of the suicides and hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay and of the disappearances of detainees through extraordinary rendition, this book explores the connections between these shameful events and the inhumanity and degradation of domestic prisons within the 'allied' states, including the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and Ireland. The central theme is that the revelations of extreme brutality perpetrated by allied soldiers represent the inevitable end-product of domestic incarceration predicated on the use of extreme violence including lethal force. Exposing as fiction the claim to the political moral high ground made by western liberal democracies is critical because such claims animate and legitimate global actions such as the 'war on terror' and the indefinite detention of tens of thousands of people by the United States which accompanies it. The myth of moral virtue works to hide, silence, minimize and deny the brutal continuing history of violence and incarceration both within western countries and undertaken on behalf of western states beyond their national borders.

Forests in Landscapes

Forests in Landscapes
  • Author : Stewart Maginnis,Jeffrey A Sayer
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Pages : 274
  • Relase : 2013-06-17
  • ISBN : 9781136565397

Forests in Landscapes Book Review:

At last a really useful book telling us how all the rhetoric about ecosystem approaches and sustainable forest management is being translated into practical solutions on the ground CLAUDE MARTIN, WWF INTERNATIONAL For too long, foresters have seen forests as logs waiting to be turned into something useful. This book demonstrates that forests in fact have multiple values, and managing them as ecosystems will bring more benefits to a greater cross-section of the public JEFFREY A. MCNEELY, CHIEF SCIENTIST, IUCN This book demonstrates that [ecosystem approaches and sustainable forest management] are neither alternative methods of forest management nor are they simply complicated ways of saying the same thing. They are both emerging concepts for more integrated and holistic ways of managing forests within larger landscapes in ways that optimize benefits to all stakeholders ACHIM STEINER AND IAN JOHNSON, FROM THE FOREWORD Recent innovations in Sustainable Forest Management and Ecosystem Approaches are resulting in forests increasingly being managed as part of the broader social-ecological systems in which they exist. Forests in Landscapes reviews changes that have occurred in forest management in recent decades. Case studies from Europe, Canada, the United States, Russia, Australia, the Congo and Central America provide a wealth of international examples of innovative practices. Cross-cutting chapters examine the political ecology and economics of forest management, and review the information needs and the use and misuse of criteria and indicators to achieve broad societal goals for forests. A concluding chapter draws out the key lessons of changes in forest management in recent decades and sets out some thoughts for the future. This book is a must-read for practitioners, researchers and policy makers concerned with forests and land use. It contains lessons for all those concerned with forests as sources of people's livelihoods and as part of rural landscapes. Published with IUCN and PROFOR

Genetic and Genomic Resources of Grain Legume Improvement

Genetic and Genomic Resources of Grain Legume Improvement
  • Author : Mohar Singh,Hari D. Upadhyaya,I. S. Bisht
  • Publisher : Newnes
  • Pages : 322
  • Relase : 2013-07-18
  • ISBN : 9780123984944

Genetic and Genomic Resources of Grain Legume Improvement Book Review:

Grain legumes, including common-bean, chickpea, pigeonpea, pea, cowpea, lentil and others, form important constituents of global diets, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Despite this significant role, global production has increased only marginally in the past 50 years. The slow production growth, along with a rising human population and improved buying capacity has substantially reduced the per capita availability of food legumes. Changes in environmental climate have also had significant impact on production, creating a need to identify stable donors among genetic resources for environmentally robust genes and designing crops resilient to climate change. Genetic and Genomic Resources of Grain Legume Improvement is the first book to bring together the latest resources in plant genetics and genomics to facilitate the identification of specific germplasm, trait mapping and allele mining to more effectively develop biotic and abiotic-stress-resistant grains. This book will be an invaluable resource for researchers, crop biologists and students working with crop development. Explores origin, distribution and diversity of grain legumes Presents information on germplasm collection, evaluation and maintenance Offers insight into pre-breeding/germplasm enhancement efforts Integrates genomic and genetic resources in crop improvement Internationally contributed work