Partial Connections

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Author: Marilyn Strathern, Professor, University of Cambridge

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 0759114935

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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Available with a new Preface, Marilyn Strathern's seminal book challenges the routine ways in which anthropologists have thought about the complexity and quantity of their materials, focusing on a problem normally thought of as commonplace; that of scale and proportion. Revealing unexpected replications in modes of thought and in the presentation of ambiguous images, Strathern has fashioned a unique contribution to the anthropological corpus.

Partial Connections

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Author: Marilyn Strathern

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759107601

Category: Social Science

Page: 153

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Updated with a new Preface, this seminal work challenges the routine ways in which anthropologists have thought about the complexity and quantity of their materials. Marilyn Strathern focuses on a problem normally regarded as commonplace; that of scale and proportion. She combines a wide-ranging interest in current theoretical issues with close attention to the cultural details of social life, attempting to establish proportionality between them. Strathern gives equal weight to two areas of contemporary debate: The difficulties inherent in anthropologically representing complex societies, and the future of cross-cultural comparison in a field where 'too much' seems known. The ethnographic focus of this book emphasizes the context through which Melanesianists have managed the complexity of their own accounts, while at the same time unfolding a commentary on perception and the mixing of indigenous forms. Revealing unexpected replications in modes of thought and in the presentation of ambiguous images, Strathern has fashioned a unique contribution to the anthropological corpus. This book was originally published under the sponsorship of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.

Partial Connections

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Author: Marilyn Strathern

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780847676989

Category: Social Science

Page: 153

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This book challenges the routine ways in which anthropologists have thought about the complexity and quantity of their materials. Marilyn Strathern focuses on a problem normally regarded as commonplace: that of scale or proportion. She combines a wide-ranging interest in current theoretical issues with a minute attention to the cultural details of social life, attempting to conserve a sense of proportion between them. Strathern gives equal weight to two areas of contemporary debate. One concerns the writing of anthropology and the representation of societies where all lives seem complex, the other the future of cross-cultural comparison in a field where "too much" seems known. The ethnographic focus of this book, Melanesian anthropology, exemplifies the levels and contexts through which Melanesianists have managed the complexity of their own accounts while, at the same time, unfolding an indigenous commentary on proportion and the mixing of forms. She reveals unexpected replications in modes of thought and in the presentation of images that remain to be explained. In doing so, Strathern has fashioned a unique contribution to the anthropological corpus. Partial Connections is volume 3 in the Association for Social Anthropology of Oceania Special Publications series.

Partial Connections

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Author: Marilyn Strathern,Reinhold Schumann

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: 9780819180858

Category: Social Science

Page: 153

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An updated edition of the original, published in 1986 by UPA; the book is divided into four parts: From Byzantium to the Communes, 476-1122; From the Communes to the High Renaissance, 1122-1534; Italy Between the Hapsburgs and the French, 1534-1814; Italy in the Modern World. The author describes recent events in the Epilogue.

After Nature

English Kinship in the Late Twentieth Century

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Author: Marilyn Strathern

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521426800

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Central as kinship has been to the development of British social anthropology, this is the first attempt by an anthropologist to situate ideas about English kinship in a cultural context. Marilyn Strathern challenges the traditional separation of Western kinship studies from the study of the wider society. If contemporary society appears diverse, changing and fragmented, these same features also apply to people's ideas about kinship. She views ideas of relatedness, nature and the biological constitution of persons in their cultural context, and offers new insights into the late twentieth-century values of individualism and consumerism. After Nature is a timely reflection at a moment when advances in reproductive technology raise questions about the natural basis of kinship relations.

Kinship, Law and the Unexpected

Relatives are Always a Surprise

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Author: Marilyn Strathern

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139444956

Category: Social Science

Page: N.A

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How can we hold in the same view both cultural or historical constructs and generalities about social existence? Kinship, Law and the Unexpected takes up an issue at the heart of studies of society - the way we use relationships to uncover relationships. Relationality is a phenomenon at once contingent (on certain ways of knowing) and ubiquitous (to social life). The role of relations in western (Euro-American) knowledge practices, from the scientific revolution onwards, raises a question about the extent to which Euro-American kinship is the kinship of a knowledge-based society. The argument takes the reader through current issues in biotechnology, new family formations and legal interventions, and intellectual property debates, to matters of personhood and ownership afforded by material from Melanesia and elsewhere. If we are often surprised by what our relatives do, we may also be surprised by what relations tells us about the world we live in.

Parabolic Geometries: Background and general theory

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Author: Andreas Cap,Jan Slovák

Publisher: American Mathematical Soc.

ISBN: 0821826816

Category: Mathematics

Page: 628

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Parabolic geometries encompass a very diverse class of geometric structures, including such important examples as conformal, projective, and almost quaternionic structures, hypersurface type CR-structures and various types of generic distributions. The characteristic feature of parabolic geometries is an equivalent description by a Cartan geometry modeled on a generalized flag manifold (the quotient of a semisimple Lie group by a parabolic subgroup). Background on differential geometry, with a view towards Cartan connections, and on semisimple Lie algebras and their representations, which play a crucial role in the theory, is collected in two introductory chapters. The main part discusses the equivalence between Cartan connections and underlying structures, including a complete proof of Kostant's version of the Bott - Borel - Weil theorem, which is used as an important tool. For many examples, the complete description of the geometry and its basic invariants is worked out in detail. The constructions of correspondence spaces and twistor spaces and analogs of the Fefferman construction are presented both in general and in several examples. The last chapter studies Weyl structures, which provide classes of distinguished connections as well as an equivalent description of the Cartan connection in terms of data associated to the underlying geometry. Several applications are discussed throughout the text.

Differential Geometry and Relativity

A Volume in Honour of André Lichnerowicz on His 60th Birthday

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Author: M. Cahen,M. Flato

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401015082

Category: Science

Page: 320

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On the occasion of the sixtieth birthday of Andre Lichnerowicz a number of his friends, many of whom have been his students or coworkers, decided to celebrate this event by preparing a jubilee volume of contributed articles in the two main fields of research marked by Lichnerowicz's work, namely differential geometry and mathematical physics. Limitations of space and time did not enable us to include papers from all Lichnerowicz's friends nor from all his former students. It was equally impossible to reflect in a single book the great variety of subjects tackled by Lichnerowicz. In spite of these limitations, we hope that this book reflects some of the present trends of fields in which he worked, and some of the subjects to which he contributed in his long - and not yet finished - career. This career was very much marked by the influence of his masters, Elie Cartan who introduced him to research in mathematics, mainly in geometry and its relations with mathematical physics, and Georges Darmois who developed his interest for mechanics and physics, especially the theory of relativity and electromagnetism. This par ticular combination, and his personal talent, made of him a natural scientific heir and continuator of the French mathematical physics school in the tradition of Henri Poincare. Some of his works would even be best qualified by a new field name, that of physical ma thematics: branches of pure mathematics entirely motivated by physics.

Theoretical Anthropology

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Author: David Bidney

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412839778

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

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Theoretical Anthropology is a major contribution to the historical and critical study of the assumptions underlying the development of modern cultural anthropology. In the new introduction, Martin Bidney discusses the present state of anthropology and contrasts it with the scene surveyed in Theoretical Anthropology. He discusses the relevance of David Bidney's work to our present concerns. Also included in this work is the second edition's introductory essay by David Bidney, written fifteen years after the first edition of Theoretical Anthropology. Here the author examines his original aims in writing this book. Theoretical Anthropology has helped to create among anthropologists the present climate of theoretical self-awareness and broad humanistic concerns. It has become a standard reference work for anthropologists as well as sociologists.

Reproducing the Future

Essays on Anthropology, Kinship and the New Reproductive Technologies

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Author: Marilyn Strathern

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719036743

Category: Anthropology

Page: 200

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These essays, written at the time when the Bill for Human Fertilization and Embryology Act (1990) was going through Parliament, touch on the British debate (on in vitro fertilization, gamete donation and maternal surrogacy) from an anthropological perspective. The implications of the medical developments that lay behind the Act are world-wide and these new procreative possibilities formulate new possibilities for thinking about kinship. The essays are informed by recent re-thinking of models of kinship in Melanesia.

Women in Between

Female Roles in a Male World : Mount Hagen, New Guinea

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Author: Marilyn Strathern

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847677856

Category: Social Science

Page: 372

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In 1971 Marilyn Strathern provided what has now become a classic ethnographic text, Women In Between. Significantly, this pioneering contribution to feminist anthropology focuses on gender relations rather than on women alone. Re-issued now, Women in Between examines the attitudes of the Hagen people and analyzes the power of women in their male-dominated system. Strathern cites case studies of marriage arrangements, divorce, and traditional settlement disputes to illustrate women's status in Hagen society.

Relative Values

Reconfiguring Kinship Studies

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Author: Sarah Franklin,Susan McKinnon

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822383225

Category: Social Science

Page: 530

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The essays in Relative Values draw on new work in anthropology, science studies, gender theory, critical race studies, and postmodernism to offer a radical revisioning of kinship and kinship theory. Through a combination of vivid case studies and trenchant theoretical essays, the contributors—a group of internationally recognized scholars—examine both the history of kinship theory and its future, at once raising questions that have long occupied a central place within the discipline of anthropology and moving beyond them. Ideas about kinship are vital not only to understanding but also to forming many of the practices and innovations of contemporary society. How do the cultural logics of contemporary biopolitics, commodification, and globalization intersect with kinship practices and theories? In what ways do kinship analogies inform scientific and clinical practices; and what happens to kinship when it is created in such unfamiliar sites as biogenetic labs, new reproductive technology clinics, and the computers of artificial life scientists? How does kinship constitute—and get constituted by—the relations of power that draw lines of hierarchy and equality, exclusion and inclusion, ambivalence and violence? The contributors assess the implications for kinship of such phenomena as blood transfusions, adoption across national borders, genetic support groups, photography, and the new reproductive technologies while ranging from rural China to mid-century Africa to contemporary Norway and the United States. Addressing these and other timely issues, Relative Values injects new life into one of anthropology's most important disciplinary traditions. Posing these and other timely questions, Relative Values injects an important interdisciplinary curiosity into one of anthropology’s most important disciplinary traditions. Contributors. Mary Bouquet, Janet Carsten, Charis Thompson Cussins, Carol Delaney, Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Sarah Franklin, Deborah Heath, Stefan Helmreich, Signe Howell, Jonathan Marks, Susan McKinnon, Michael G. Peletz, Rayna Rapp, Martine Segalen, Pauline Turner Strong, Melbourne Tapper, Karen-Sue Taussig, Kath Weston, Yunxiang Yan

Earth Beings

Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds

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Author: Marisol De La Cadena

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780822359449

Category: History

Page: 352

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Conversing with Mariano and Nazario Turpo, father and son, Marisol de la Cadena explores the entanglements and partial connections between indigenous and non-indigenous worlds, and the ways in which indigenous knowing both include and exceed modern and non-modern practices.

The Nexus of Practices

Connections, constellations, practitioners

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Author: Allison Hui,Theodore Schatzki,Elizabeth Shove

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317199391

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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The Nexus of Practices: connections, constellations, practitioners brings leading theorists of practice together to provide a fresh set of theoretical impulses for the surge of practice-focused studies currently sweeping across the social disciplines. The book addresses key issues facing practice theory, expands practice theory’s conceptual repertoire, and explores new empirical terrain. With each intellectual move, it generates further opportunities for social research. More specifically, the book’s chapters offer new approaches to analysing connections within the nexus of practices, to exploring the dynamics and implications of the constellations that practices form, and to understanding people as practitioners that carry on practices. Topics examined include social change, language, power, affect, reflection, large social phenomena, and connectivity over time and space. Contributors thereby counter claims that practice theory cannot handle large phenomena and that it ignores people. The contributions also develop practice theoretical ideas in dialogue with other forms of social theory and in ways illustrated and informed by empirical cases and examples. The Nexus of Practices will quickly become an important point of reference for future practice-focused research in the social sciences.

After Method

Mess in Social Science Research

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Author: John Law

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134294328

Category: Reference

Page: 200

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John Law argues that methods don't just describe social realities but are also involved in creating them. The implications of this argument are highly significant. If this is the case, methods are always political, and it raises the question of what kinds of social realities we want to create. Most current methods look for clarity and precision. It is usually said that only poor research produces messy findings, and the idea that things in the world might be fluid, elusive, or multiple is unthinkable. Law's startling argument is that this is wrong and it is time for a new approach. Many realities, he says, are vague and ephemeral. If methods want to know and help to shape the world, then they need to reinvent themselves and their politics to deal with mess. That is the challenge. Nothing less will do.

Secure and Resilient Software

Requirements, Test Cases, and Testing Methods

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Author: Mark S. Merkow,Lakshmikanth Raghavan

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439866228

Category: Computers

Page: 278

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Secure and Resilient Software: Requirements, Test Cases, and Testing Methods provides a comprehensive set of requirements for secure and resilient software development and operation. It supplies documented test cases for those requirements as well as best practices for testing nonfunctional requirements for improved information assurance. This resource-rich book includes: Pre-developed nonfunctional requirements that can be reused for any software development project Documented test cases that go along with the requirements and can be used to develop a Test Plan for the software Testing methods that can be applied to the test cases provided A CD with all security requirements and test cases as well as MS Word versions of the checklists, requirements, and test cases covered in the book Offering ground-level, already-developed software nonfunctional requirements and corresponding test cases and methods, this book will help to ensure that your software meets its nonfunctional requirements for security and resilience. The accompanying CD filled with helpful checklists and reusable documentation provides you with the tools needed to integrate security into the requirements analysis, design, and testing phases of your software development lifecycle. Some Praise for the Book: This book pulls together the state of the art in thinking about this important issue in a holistic way with several examples. It takes you through the entire lifecycle from conception to implementation ... . —Doug Cavit, Chief Security Strategist, Microsoft Corporation ...provides the reader with the tools necessary to jump-start and mature security within the software development lifecycle (SDLC). —Jeff Weekes, Sr. Security Architect at Terra Verde Services ... full of useful insights and practical advice from two authors who have lived this process. What you get is a tactical application security roadmap that cuts through the noise and is immediately applicable to your projects. —Jeff Williams, Aspect Security CEO and Volunteer Chair of the OWASP Foundation

Interworking in broadband networks

heterogeneity and global networking

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Author: Sathya Rao

Publisher: IOS Press

ISBN: 9789051991352

Category: Computers

Page: 441

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Selected papers have been compiled in this book to provide the reader a good knowledge of global networking using heterogeneous networks. The papers of high quality covering the DQDB MAN, high speed LAN's and B-ISDN interworking have been presented in a structured manner. The articles cover the strategical issues in Trans-European networking, concepts, status of standards, network interworking issues, service interworking issues, protocol conversion (ATM adaptation layers), experience with broadband network platforms and performance related issues. Many papers discuss the open points that are not yet resolved so far, to stimulate the on-going research and development activities.

American Anthropology in Micronesia

An Assessment

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Author: Robert C. Kiste,Mac Marshall

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824820176

Category: Social Science

Page: 628

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American Anthropology in Micronesia: An Assessment evaluates how anthropological research in the Trust Territory has affected the Micronesian people, the U.S. colonial administration, and the discipline of anthropology itself. Contributors analyze the interplay between anthropology and history, in particular how American colonialism affected anthropologists' use of history, and examine the research that has been conducted by American anthropologists in specific topical areas of socio-cultural anthropology. Although concentrating largely on disciplinary concerns, the authors consider the connections between work done in the era of applied anthropology and that completed later when anthropology was pursued mainly for its own sake. The focus then returns to applied concerns in more recent years and issues pertaining to the relevance of anthropology for the world of practical affairs. It will be of essential interest to students and scholars of Pacific Islands studies and the history of anthropology.

Gender, Ethnicity and Place

Women and Identity in Guyana

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Author: Linda Peake,D. Alissa Trotz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134749317

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This book is concerned with the nature of the relationship between gender, ethnicity and poverty in the context of the external and internal dynamics of households in Guyana. Using detailed data collected from male and female respondents in three separate locations, two urban and one rural, and across two major ethnic groups, Afro-Guyanese and Indo-Guyanese, the authors discuss the links between gender and race, exploring development issues from a feminist perspective.

The Social Life of Connectivity in Africa

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Author: Mirjam de Bruijn,Rijk van Dijk

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137278021

Category: Social Science

Page: 295

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The rapid increase in adoption of modern 'connective' technologies like the mobile phone has reshaped the social landscape of Africa. This book examines the myriad possibilities that the post-global moment offers African societies to develop and to relate, offering profound new insights into the processes of globalization.