Summary: Festive feasts from around the world to bring people together, celebrate and share stories. Food glorious food! Everyone loves a feast with the family … even the little ones! A Taste of the World travels across the globe uncovering different dishes, traditions, cultures and festivals from Egypt to Germany, from China to America.
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Author: Barbara Nadel
Summary: Tourist brochures present Istanbul as a glamorous, modern city, but the brochures don’t make much mention of Balat, a decrepit neighborhood of narrow, twisting alleys and crumbling tenements. Until recently it was home to Leonid Meyer, a reclusive elderly Jew who, like many of his neighbors, came here long ago to escape one of Europe’s various bloodbaths. But Meyer’s refuge ultimately became his coffin, the carnage crowned with a gigantic swastika. A racist murder? Inspector Ikmen has his doubts, and begins tracking down the few people who might have known the old man, including a faded prostitute, a shadowy family of Russian emigres, a dispairing rabbi, and a high-strung young Englishman in the throes of erotic obsession. The first in a stunningly atmospheric new series from a writer who has deservedly been compared with Michael Dibdin and Donna Leon. – Source: Goodreads.com
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Author: Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Summary: “White on Black” is a history of the development of stereotypes of black people in Europe and America from the late 18th century. Its purpose is to show the pervasiveness of prejudice against Blacks throughout the Western world as expressed in stock-in-trade racist imagery and pariah caricatures. Its effects, using a range of powerful illustrations, is to tease out the hidden assumptions of even those who view themselves as unprejudiced. The book looks chronologically at “Europe’s Africa”, from medieval perceptions, through slavery and abolition to the explorers, settlers and missionaries of the colonial period. It also examines the persistence of stereotypical representations in the multicultural societies of today, and in their relations with Africa. Jan Nederveen Pieterse reveals the key images by which Blacks have been depicted in the West – as servants, entertainers, and athletes, and as popular types such as Sambo and Uncle Tom in the US, Golliwog in Britain, Bamboula in France and Black Peter in the Netherlands. He looks at conventional portrayals of Blacks in the nursery, in the area of sexuality, in commerce and advertising and analyzes the conceptual roots of the stereotypes. Integral to the text are 150 black-and-white and 40 colour illustrations, selected from a collection of negrophilia from around the world. They depict engravings and lithographs, books and newspaper illustrations, advertisements, toothpaste cartons, chocolate, coffee and cigarette wrappings, biscuit tins, trinkets, dolls, posters and comic strips. The impact of the images, many familiar from everyday life, raises questions about the expression of power within popular culture, and the force of caricature, humour and parody as instruments of oppression. – Source: Amazon.com
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Author: Patti McCarthy
Summary: Are you fascinated but frustrated by cultural differences? Have you stood on the edge of cultural gaps and wondered how on earth to bridge them? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Working across cultures can be very challenging, both professionally and personally, but these cultural gaps can be bridged. Cultural Chemistry combines strategy with knowledge, introducing you firstly to the Four R’s – an easy, four-step process for simplifying and improving your cross-cultural partnerships – and then exploring cultural differences, by meeting people and hearing stories from all over the world. Whether you are a business traveller, an expatriate, have global clients, work in a multi-cultural team or are simply a holiday maker who wants to dig deeper, Cultural Chemistry will teach you; Why reflecting on our own culture is so important How to make a great first impression Why our assumptions about people are often completely wrong Why what we say isn’t always what is heard How to be an effective manager and motivator, whatever the culture Cultural differences don’t have to be difficult. By learning more about cultural variances and being prepared to turn off our cultural cruise-control, we really can make our international encounters both more rewarding and more enjoyable.
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Author: Azzurra Carpo
Summary: Azzurra Carpo racconta il suo viaggio alla scoperta dell’Amazzonia, attraversando Brasile, Perú e Bolivia. Il percorso è quello della carretera interoceánica, una strada che parte dalle coste dell’Oceano Atlantico, attraversa il Brasile e incontra l’ultima foresta primaria dell’Amazzonia peruviana, per innestarsi sulle grandi arterie andine e raggiungere l’Oceano Pacifico. Continue reading “In Amazzonia”
Author: Douglas Rayback
Summary: According to Raybeck, the solitary dictum that best characterizes fieldwork is “Things go awry.” In this spirited account of his time spent in Southeast Asia, Raybeck describes several adventures and misadventures involving field research, as well as the understanding, humility and bruises that these experiences leave behind. Since fieldwork is situated, Raybeck’s treatment also includes rich descriptions of Kelantanese society and culture, addressing such topics as kinship, linguistics, gender relations, economics, and political structures. Through the lively pages of this narrative, readers gain insight into the human dimension of the fieldwork undertaking, a sense of how the anthropologist builds rapport in a research setting, and how reliable information is obtained. Source: Amazon.com
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