Virtual War and Magical Death

Technologies and Imaginaries for Terror and Killing

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Author: Neil L. Whitehead

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822354470

Category: Social Science

Page: 289

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The contributors to this provocative collection scrutinize the relations between anthropology and contemporary global war, contending that modern high-tech warfare is analogous to rituals of magic and sorcery, and examining the U.S. military's exploitation of ethnographic research.

Bioarchaeology of Women and Children in Times of War

Case Studies from the Americas

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Author: Debra L. Martin,Caryn Tegtmeyer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331948396X

Category: Social Science

Page: 187

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This volume will examine the varied roles that women and children play in period of warfare, which in most cases deviate from their perceived role as noncombatants. Using social theory about the nature of sex, gender and age in thinking about vulnerabilities to different groups during warfare, this collection of studies focuses on the broader impacts of war both during warfare but also long after the conflict is over. The volume will show that during periods of violence and warfare, many suffer beyond those individuals directly involved in battle. From pre-Hispanic Peru to Ming dynasty Mongolia to the Civil War-era United States to the present, warfare has been and is a public health disaster, particularly for women and children. Individuals and populations suffer from displacement, sometimes permanently, due to loss of food and resources and an increased risk of contracting communicable diseases, which results from the poor conditions and tight spaces present in most refugee camps, ancient and modern. Bioarchaeology can provide a more nuanced lens through which to examine the effects of warfare on life, morbidity, and mortality, bringing individuals not traditionally considered by studies of warfare and prolonged violence into focus. Inclusion of these groups in discussions of warfare can increase our understanding of not only the biological but also the social meaning and costs of warfare.

The Anthropologist as Writer

Genres and Contexts in the Twenty-First Century

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Author: Helena Wulff

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1785330195

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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Writing is crucial to anthropology, but which genres are anthropologists expected to master in the 21st century? This book explores how anthropological writing shapes the intellectual content of the discipline and academic careers. First, chapters identify the different writing genres and contexts anthropologists actually engage with. Second, this book argues for the usefulness and necessity of taking seriously the idea of writing as a craft and of writing across and within genres in new ways. Although academic writing is an anthropologist’s primary genre, they also write in many others, from drafting administrative texts and filing reports to composing ethnographically inspired journalism and fiction.

Analyzing the Drone Debates: Targeted Killing, Remote Warfare, and Military Technology

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Author: James DeShaw Rae

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137381574

Category: Political Science

Page: 147

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The book examines principal arguments for and against the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance and 'targeted killing.' Addressing both sides of the argument with clear and cogent details, the book provides a thorough introduction to ongoing debate about the future of warfare and its ethical implications.

The Virtual Future

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Author: William Sims Bainbridge

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780857299048

Category: Computers

Page: 202

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The newest communication technologies are profoundly changing the world's politics, economies, and cultures, but the specific implications of online game worlds remain mysterious. The Virtual Future employs theories and methods from social science to explore nine very different virtual futures: The Matrix Online, Tabula Rasa, Anarchy Online, Entropia Universe, Star Trek Online, EVE Online, Star Wars Galaxies, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade, and The Chronicles of Riddick. Each presents a different picture of how technology and society could evolve in coming centuries, but one theme runs through all of them, the attempt to escape the Earth and seek new destinies among the stars. Four decades after the last trip to the moon, a new conception of spaceflight is emerging. Rather than rockets shooting humans across vast physical distances to sterile rocks that lack the resources to sustain life, perhaps robot space probes and orbiting telescopes will glean information about the universe, that humans can then experience inside computer-generated environments much closer to home. All nine of these fantastically rich multiplayer masterpieces have shown myriads of people that really radical alternatives to contemporary society could exist, and has served as a laboratory for examining the consequences. Each is a prototype of new social forms, a utopian subculture, and a simulation of technologies that have yet to be invented. They draw upon several different traditions of science fiction and academic philosophy, and they were created in several nations. By comparing these nine role-playing fantasies, we can better consider what kind of world we want to inhabit in the real future.

Food, Film and Culture

A Genre Study

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Author: James R. Keller

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147660908X

Category: Social Science

Page: 215

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Culinary imagery, much like sexual and violent imagery, is a key cinematic device used to elicit a sensory response from an audience. In many films, culinary imagery is central enough to constitute a new subgenre, defined by films in which food production, preparation, service, and consumption play a major part in the development of character, structure, or theme. This book defines the food film genre and analyzes the relationship between cinematic food imagery and various cultural constructs, including politics, family, identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and religion. Chapters examine these themes in several well-known food films, such as The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Chocolat, Babette’s Feast, and Eat Drink Man Woman, and lesser-known productions, including Felicia’s Journey, Kitchen Stories, Magic Kitchen, and Chinese Feast. The work includes a filmography of movies within the food genre. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Our Dramatic Heritage

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Author: Philip G. Hill

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838634219

Category: Drama

Page: 329

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This is the final volume in a series that illustrates the development of European drama from its beginnings in ancient Greece to the mid-twentieth century. The nine plays in this volume are drawn from Latin Europe.

A Last Message to Mankind

Wanted: Noah

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Author: Harry Yap

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595326943

Category: Religion

Page: 328

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Where there is a beginning there is always an end. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End..." says the Lord (Bible, Revelation 21:6). " for Allah is the Beginning and the End" (Qu'ran, Surah 53.25). If there is an end, is there an escape as well? Take a glimpse of how the mysteries of our reality can be unraveled for our own escape of the ending by merely arranging together the earliest beliefs, our traditional faiths, the allegorical myths and legends, the contemporary scientific knowledge and the mutual views of the modern generation. Can God handle the 21st century? Yet, can we handle God for the 21st century? Beginning: Does God exist or not? Or: Is God overrated or underrated? Middle: How will God react if mankind will eliminate this crazy little thing called "sin" through science, and in so doing, disapprove the need for God to drown and burn men of the past and of the near future? Ending: Are the Armageddon and the "transformation" the only remaining unfulfilled prophecies? If yes, what is the controversial "666" all about then? Escape: Does the "Judgment Day" merely connote a "Decision Day"? Journey: Does the wheel-of-life [creation and destruction, beginning and end, birth and death, etc.] have something to do with the universe-energy management or entertainment that we ourselves devised and will soon wake up from?