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New Face of Terrorism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 336

New Face of Terrorism

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004-12-17
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Anthrax, Smallpox, Sarin, blister, blood and choking agents...the list of potential weapons of mass destruction is enormous and varied. Today, the threat of these weapons to civilian populations seems as close as it has ever been. It was once thought that technological problems would prevent terrorists developing these weapons whilst moral issues would stop them using them. That has now changed. _x000D_ _x000D_ Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN), terrorism and the ‘war on terror’ are major features of international relations and global concern. Terrorist threats and actual violence have become increasingly dangerous and lethal since the 1970s. However, the attacks on t...

Engaged Urbanism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Engaged Urbanism

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2016-11-25
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

How can we understand the variety and dynamism of contemporary cities and urban experience across the globe? Engaged Urbanism showcases the exciting ways in which urbanists are responding to this question and working towards fairer cities. Its authors offer succinct, candid and carefully illustrated commentaries on the trials and successes of risk-taking research, revealing how they collaborate across fields of expertise, inventing or adapting methods to suit bespoke situations. Featuring novel uses and combinations of practice – from activism, architectural design and undercover journalism, to film, sculpture, performance and photography – in a diversity of cities such as Beirut, Johannesburg, Kisumu, London and Rio de Janeiro, Engaged Urbanism demonstrates how some of the greatest challenges for present and future populations are being rigorously and creatively addressed.

Dirt
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

Dirt

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-12-05
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Dirt – and our rituals to eradicate it – are as much a part of our everyday lives as eating, breathing and sleeping. Yet this very fact means that we seldom stop to question what we mean by dirt. What do our attitudes to dirt and cleanliness tell us about ourselves and the societies we live in? Exploring a wide variety of settings – domestic, urban, suburban and rural - the contributors expose how our ideas about dirt are intimately bound up with issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and the body. The result is a a rich and challenging work that extends our understanding of historical and contemporary cultural manifestations of dirt and cleanliness.

The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2018-02-28
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

It is often assumed that those outside of academia know very little about the Middle Ages. But the truth is not so simple. Non-specialists in fact learn a great deal from the myriad medievalisms – post-medieval imaginings of the medieval world – that pervade our everyday culture. These, like Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones, offer compelling, if not necessarily accurate, visions of the medieval world. And more, they have an impact on the popular imagination, particularly since there are new medievalisms constantly being developed, synthesised and remade. But what does the public really know? How do the conflicting medievalisms they consume contribute to their knowledge? And why is th...

The Rage
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 272

The Rage

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-09-30
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

The early twenty-first century has been defined by a rise in Islamist radicalisation and a concurrent rise in far right extremism. This book explores the interaction between the ‘new’ far right and Islamist extremists and considers the consequences for the global terror threat. Julia Ebner argues that far right and Islamist extremist narratives – ‘The West is at war with Islam’ and ‘Muslims are at war with the West’ - complement each other perfectly, making the two extremes rhetorical allies and building a spiralling torrent of hatred - ‘The Rage’. By looking at extremist movements both online and offline, she shows how far right and Islamist extremists have succeeded in penetrating each other’s echo chambers as a result of their mutually useful messages. Based on first-hand interviews, this book introduces readers to the world of reciprocal radicalisation and the hotbeds of extremism that have developed – with potentially disastrous consequences - in the UK, Europe and the US.

American Independent Cinema
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 253

American Independent Cinema

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013
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  • Publisher: Routledge

The American independent sector has attracted much attention in recent years, an upsurge of academic work on the subject being accompanied by wider public debate. But many questions remain about how exactly independence should be defined and how its relationship might be understood with other parts of the cinematic landscape, most notably the Hollywood studios. Edited and written by leading authors in the field, American Independent Cinema: indie, indiewood and beyond offers an examination of the field through four sections that range in focus from broad definitions to close focus on particular manifestations of independence. A wide variety of examples are included but within a framework tha...

Christmas at the Movies
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Christmas at the Movies

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000-10-27
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Whether we love or hate it, Christmas has always played a special role in the cinema and Christmas movies like _It’s a Wonderful Life_, _Miracle on 34th Street_ and _When Harry Met Sally_ have a special place in popular affections. They almost constitute a mini cinematic genre. So what does Christmas in the movies mean to societies across the Anglo-Saxon and European world and what does it have to say about them? The contributors to _Christmas at the Movies_ take a good look at these popular films, decoding the messages they convey about popular preoccupations and attitudes internationally and about the different societies that produce them. Written in an entertaining and illuminating style, and giving a brand new view of Christmas and its rituals, this is a gift of a book for anyone interested in cinema.

Zoroastrianism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 328

Zoroastrianism

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-04-02
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

Zoroastrianism is one of the world's great ancient religions. In present-day Iran, significant communities of Zoroastrians (who take their name from the founder of the faith, the remarkable religious reformer Zoroaster) still practise the rituals and teach the moral precepts that once undergirded the officially state-sanctioned faith of the mighty Sasanian empire. Beyond Iran, the Zoroastrian disapora is significant especially in India, where the Gujarati-speaking community of emigrants from post-Sasanian Iran call themselves ‘Parsis’. But there are also significant Zoroastrian communities to be found elsewhere, such as in the USA, Britain and Canada, where western cultural contexts have...

Jazz as Visual Language
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

Jazz as Visual Language

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017
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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris

The new phenomenon of jazz music took the world by storm in the 1920s and 1930s. This book provides a timely analysis of the relationship between jazz and recording and broadcast technologies in the early twentieth century. Jazz histories have traditionally privileged qualities such as authenticity, naturalness and spontaneity, but to do so overlooks jazz's status as a modernist, mechanised art form that evolved alongside the moving image and visual cultures. Jazz as Visual Language shows that the moving image is crucial to our understanding of what the materiality of jazz really is. Focusing on Len Lye's direct animation, Gjon Mili's experimental footage of musicians performing and the BBC's Jazz 625 series, this book places emphasis on film and television that conveys the 'sound of surprise' through formal innovation, rather than narrative structure. Nicolas Pillai seeks to refine a critical vocabulary of jazz and visual culture whilst arguing that jazz was never just a new sound; it was also a new way of seeing the world.

Organizational Behaviour
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 704

Organizational Behaviour

Organizational behaviour affects all of us, every single day. But do your students struggle to see the subject's relevance? Do they have difficulty going beyond its most commonplace theories? Do they wonder how it will help them in their future career? Then take a step into the lobby of Junction Hotel! We follow the experiences of its managers and employees as a new consortium tries to rebuild the success of a once-great establishment that has fallen on hard times. This fictional running case study helps students see how theory translates into practice in a familiar setting. For example, what kind of leadership styles do the new management team use? Are personality tests any use for hiring n...