The Kingdom of Women

Author: Choo WaiHong
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1786721708
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In a mist-shrouded valley on China's invisible border with Tibet is a place known as the 'Kingdom of Women', where a small tribe called the Mosuo lives in a cluster of villages that have changed little in centuries. This is one of the last matrilineal societies on earth, where power lies in the hands of women. All decisions and rights related to money, property, land and the children born to them rest with the Mosuo women, who live completely independently of husbands, fathers and brothers, with the grandmother as the head of each family. A unique practice is also enshrined in Mosuo tradition - that of 'walking marriage', where women choose their own lovers from men within the tribe but are beholden to none. Choo Waihong, a corporate lawyer who yearned for escape, ended up living with the Mosuo for seven years - the only non-Mosuo to have ever done so. She tells the remarkable story of her time in the remote mountains of China and gives a vibrant, compelling glimpse into a way of life that teeters on the knife-edge of extinction

Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit

Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 364110498X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.

Ten lessons in modern Chinese history

Author: Zheng Yangwen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526126974
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book is a timely and solid portrait of modern China from the First Opium War to the Xi Jinping era. Unlike the handful of existing textbooks that only provide narratives, this textbook fashions a new and practical way to study modern China. Written exclusively for university students, A-level or high school teachers and students, it uses primary sources to tell the story of China and introduces them to existing scholarship and academic debate so they can conduct independent research for their essays and dissertations. This book will be required reading for students who embark on the study of Chinese history, politics, economics, diaspora, sociology, literature, cultural, urban and women's studies. It would be essential reading to journalists, NGO workers, diplomats, government officials, businessmen and travellers.

Deeds Not Words

Author: Helen Pankhurst
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1473646863
Format: PDF, Kindle
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'An incredible book . . . Informative, enlightening, and with the potential to change women's lives.' Sandi Toksvig 'A valuable guide and reference to anyone who wants to understand the Women's Movement in more depth. I am deeply grateful to Helen for writing it!' Annie Lennox OBE Why is it taking so long? Despite huge progress since the suffragette campaigns and wave after wave of feminism, women are still fighting for equality. Why, at the present rate will we have to wait in Britain until 2069 for the gender pay gap to disappear? Why, in 2015, did 11% of women lose their jobs due to pregnancy discrimination? Why, globally, has 1 in 3 women experienced physical or sexual violence? In 2018, on the centenary of one of the greatest steps forward for women - the Fourth Reform Act, which saw propertied women over 30 gain the vote for the first time - suffragette descendant and campaigner Helen Pankhurst charts how the lives of women in the UK have changed over the last 100 years. She celebrates landmark successes, little-known victories, where progress has stalled or reversed, looking at politics, money, identity, violence, culture and social norms. The voices of both pioneers and ordinary women - in all their diversity - are woven into the analysis which ends with suggestions about how to better understand and strengthen feminist campaigning and with aims for the future. Combining historical insight with inspiring argument, Deeds not Words reveals how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far we still have to go, and how we might get there. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to explore one of the most central and pressing conversations of our time.

Silver Shades Of Grey Memos For Successful Ageing In The 21st Century

Author: Soin Kanwaljit
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9813231351
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Are you a young person? Middle-aged? Old? It doesn't really matter. Each of us grows older every second. Most of us age without taking charge of our life course, without a plan for our ageing. This book offers some operating instructions for life, a guide to engaging passionately with age! Dealing with a plethora of subjects, such as health, happiness, loneliness, dementia, sex, gender, marriage, abuse, respect, wage, wealth, class, and care, the book touches on how ageing affects us as individuals and as a society. It explores a few of the mysteries and miracles of life, and some of its myths. It encourages us to cope creatively with the mundaneness of our continuing life. The author invites you to join her as she delves into these questions about life and ageing with curiosity and contemplation, and with a sense of awe and adventure.

Clinical Psychology and Adolescent Girls in a Postfeminist Era

Author: Rosalyn H. Shute
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351591029
Format: PDF, Docs
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Adolescent girls’ wellbeing is under threat. They face pressure to achieve academically while simultaneously negotiating a life dominated by social media, an unrelenting focus on appearance, cyberbullying, sexual harassment and ready access to pornography characterised by male violence to women. The sociocultural environment presents significant risks for girls’ mental health, yet clinical psychology remains largely focused on the individual. Cultural factors are also overshadowed by postfeminist forces and a renewed emphasis on biological determinants of psychological sex differences. Clinical Psychology and Adolescent Girls in a Postfeminist Era goes back to first principles and revisits the question of the place of nature and nurture in children’s development, in the light of what we now know about neural plasticity, dynamic systems and gender socialisation. Feminism and its sometimes uncomfortable relationship with psychology is discussed, as are the meaning and implications of ‘postfeminism’, and whether girls have ‘special strengths’. Practice principles and specific ideas for practice with today’s girls are all included. Finally, there is a complementary chapter on working with adolescent boys. Feminist writings about psychotherapy (with women) had their heyday some time ago, and some see boys as the ones who now need special attention. This book contends that the changing pressures of today’s western world call for a renewed interest in specialised practice with girls, taking account of up-to-date theories about child development, and exploring the idea of expanding clinical practice beyond the individual.

Moshi Moshi

Author: Banana Yoshimoto
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 3257604645
Format: PDF, ePub
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Die zwanzigjährige Yotchan steht vor dem Nichts, als ihr Vater, Leader einer Rockband, plötzlich zusammen mit einer wildfremden Frau Selbstmord begeht. Mit ihrer Mutter findet sie Zuflucht in einer ungewöhnlichen WG in Tokios Künstler- und Szeneviertel Shimokitazawa. Dort findet jede auf ihre Art zu neuer Lebensfreude zurück, getragen von dem authentischen Stadtviertel und seinen Bewohnern. Kochkunst, Essenslust und eine bewegte Reifungs- und Liebesgeschichte – eine asiatisch weise Verführung zum Leben.

Wie man ber Orte spricht an denen man nicht gewesen ist

Author: Pierre Bayard
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3888978440
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Wer auf Partys mit Geschichten von Reisen in exotische Länder auftrumpfen kann, hat schon gewonnen. Aber muss man dafür unbedingt dort gewesen sein? Keineswegs, meint Pierre Bayard, der uns schon mit seinem Bestseller »Wie man über Bücher spricht, die man nicht gelesen hat« vergnüglich das Leben erleichterte. Wie fürs Plaudern über Ungelesenes gibt es auch für das entspannte Sprechen über nicht besuchte Orte berühmte Vorbilder: Karl May hat Winnetous Wilden Westen nie gesehen; Marco Polo, der angeblich jahrelang in China lebte, füllte sein Buch mit Fabelwesen. Selbst Jules Vernes Romanfigur Phileas Fogg trägt ein enzyklopädisches Wissen über die Welt zur Schau, die er in 80 Tagen wie im Blindflug umkreist hat. Auch Journalisten, Philosophen und Wissenschaftler schwadronierten munter über Erlebnisse aus zweiter Hand: Kant hob die Welt aus den Angeln, ohne Königsberg zu verlassen; Margaret Mead stellte mit weitgehend fiktiven Berichten über das Sexualleben auf Samoa die Anthropologie auf den Kopf. Bayards höchst unterhaltsame Typologie des Nichtreisens singt das Lob des sesshaften Reisenden: prak­tische Lebenshilfe für alle, die lieber zu Hause bleiben und trotzdem mitreden wollen.