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Topography Of Politics In Rural China

Author : Xiaoyang Zhu
ISBN : 9789814522717
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Contemporary Chinese rural life is placed in sharp theoretical and practical focus in this book. State-of-the-art techniques and perspectives are combined to take the reader into Xiaocun, a small village on the east bank of the Dianchi Lake in Kunming City. In 2003, the author published the book Crime and Punishment: The Story of Xiaocun (1931–1997), which dealt with disputes, mediation and punishment in the village following the legal anthropology tradition. At that time, neither the villagers nor the author foresaw the vast changes that were to appear a few years later. Their main economic activity then was growing vegetables and flowers; urbanisation was tsunami-like in its speed and impact. Land requisition for urban development was so swift that five years later, in 2008, there was no farmland left. Instead, there were many landmark real estate and development projects. Xiaocun has become the centre of an enlarged Kunming City. Observers, including the Xiaocun residents, are unavoidably shocked at the changes to the physical landscape in the wake of its rapid urbanisation. This book, Topography of Politics in Rural China: The Story of Xiaocun, reports the author's revisits to the village starting in early 2007. In the past few years of research on this village, the author deeply felt that the problems that make people passionate are fully exposed through issues surrounding land and housing. Well written in narrative, this book tells the story of Xiaocun in this new century from the perspective of topography, exploring the peasantry and its relations to the state in more fundamental terms.

Job Placements And Job Shifts In China

Author : Lijuan Wu
ISBN : 9789814579261
Genre : Social Science
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The book investigates the impact of the market-oriented economic reform in China on a unique aspect of the labor market outcomes — individuals' access to different employment sectors, that is, the state and collective sector, the private sector, and the sector of family contract farming in the 1990s. Using the longitudinal data of China Health and Nutrition Survey, the author finds that the access to different employment sectors is not equally distributed among Chinese workers during the market transition. And the hierarchy of employment sectors is reproduced through the procedure that assorts individual workers to different employment sectors. In addition to achieved characteristics such as human capital, ascribed characteristics such as family background and gender are important factors in understanding the procedure of social stratification in the reform era. The book will be of value to social scientists interested in the market transition of socialist societies in general and the social transformation of contemporary China in particular. Contents:IntroductionThe Structure of Employment Sectors in ChinaLiterature Review and Research HypothesesData and MethodsWhere to Start? Job Placement Across Employment Sectors Among Young WorkersTo Change or Not to Change? Job Shifts Across Employment Sectors Among Older WorkersConclusion and Discussion Readership: Graduates, academics and professionals who are interested in Chinese economic reform, social stratification and mobility, social transformation, and labor market. Key Features:Offers a study of the market transition in China critical in the 1990sDiscloses the mechanisms of social stratification through detailed analysis of the factors contributing to the patterns of job placement and job shift across employment sectorsProvides one of the few large-scale empirical work on this topicKeywords:Social Stratification;Employment;Education;Family Background;Gender;China;Job Placement;Job Shift;Collective Sector;Private Sector;Labor Market;Market Transition;Social Transformation;Social Capital

Community Participation In China

Author : Janelle Plummer
ISBN : 9781136569241
Genre : Business & Economics
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This important volume provides a source of information on the key issues, including constraints and capacity building, necessary to implement participatory approaches in China today. A wealth of case studies are provided by principal Chinese academics and practitioners in forestry, natural resource management, rural development, irrigation and poverty alleviation. At the core, the book is about strengthening local government as a key player in the development of participatory initiatives. It is an invaluable text for development practitioners, donors, researchers and students seeking to understand the opportunities and constraints for participation in China, and for those working to institutionalize participatory processes in a complex rural context.

The Emergence Of Astrophysics In Asia

Author : Tsuko Nakamura
ISBN : 9783319620824
Genre : Science
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This book examines the ways in which attitudes toward astronomy in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand and Uzbekistan have changed with the times. The emergence of astrophysics was a worldwide phenomenon during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and it gradually replaced the older-style positional astronomy, which focused on locating and measuring the movements of the planets, stars, etc.. Here you will find national overviews that are at times followed by case studies of individual notable achievements. Although the emphasis is on the developments that occurred around 1900, later pioneering efforts in Australian, Chinese, Indian and Japanese radio astronomy are also included. As the first book ever published on the early development of astrophysics in Asia, the authors fill a chronological and technological void. Though others have already written about earlier astronomical developments in Asia, and about the recent history of astronomy in various Asian nations, no one has examined the emergence of astrophysics, the so-called ‘new astronomy’ in Asia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Nokosee Rise Of The New Seminole

Author : Micco Mann
ISBN : 9780963449917
Genre : Fiction
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Cultures clash, sparks fly, love blooms, people die, and two kids, one a little bit punk and the other way too country, see their lives changed forever. Stormy Jones has to spend summers with her father, an Everglades park ranger. Thinking it might build character, he drags her along to fight an Everglades fire and promptly loses her when it gets out of control. Stormy is helpless in the Natural World until Nokosee stumbles upon her. Raised deep in the Everglades, Nokosee has never seen a white person before, much less one with "sky eyes and flamingo hair." Built like a bronze Adonis, 17-year-old Nokosee and Stormy begin a series of amazing adventures as a modern day "Tarzan and Jane" and it's only a matter of time before they fall into a libido fueled mixed-up kinda love. Too bad for them. Nokosee's father is certifiably deranged. Nokosee is the first of the "New Seminole" whom he is grooming to take back the "Outside." The last thing he wants is for his son to fall for an "Outsider." You can learn more at: http: //www.squidoo.com/newseminole.

Cultural Heritage In A Changing World

Author : Karol Jan Borowiecki
ISBN : 9783319295442
Genre : Social Science
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The central purpose of this collection of essays is to make a creative addition to the debates surrounding the cultural heritage domain. In the 21st century the world faces epochal changes which affect every part of society, including the arenas in which cultural heritage is made, held, collected, curated, exhibited, or simply exists. The book is about these changes; about the decentring of culture and cultural heritage away from institutional structures towards the individual; about the questions which the advent of digital technologies is demanding that we ask and answer in relation to how we understand, collect and make available Europe’s cultural heritage. Cultural heritage has enormous potential in terms of its contribution to improving the quality of life for people, understanding the past, assisting territorial cohesion, driving economic growth, opening up employment opportunities and supporting wider developments such as improvements in education and in artistic careers. Given that spectrum of possible benefits to society, the range of studies that follow here are intended to be a resource and stimulus to help inform not just professionals in the sector but all those with an interest in cultural heritage.

Urban Sustainability Transitions

Author : Niki Frantzeskaki
ISBN : 9781351855952
Genre : Social Science
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The world’s population is currently undergoing a significant transition towards urbanisation, with the UN expecting that 70% of people globally will live in cities by 2050. Urbanisation has multiple political, cultural, environmental and economic dimensions that profoundly influence social development and innovation. This fundamental long-term transformation will involve the realignment of urban society’s technologies and infrastructures, culture and lifestyles, as well as governance and institutional frameworks. Such structural systemic realignments can be referred to as urban sustainability transitions: fundamental and structural changes in urban systems through which persistent societal challenges are addressed, such as shifts towards urban farming, renewable decentralised energy systems, and social economies. This book provides new insights into how sustainability transitions unfold in different types of cities across the world and explores possible strategies for governing urban transitions, emphasising the co-evolution of material and institutional transformations in socio-technical and socio-ecological systems. With case studies of mega-cities such as Seoul, Tokyo, New York and Adelaide, medium-sized cities such as Copenhagen, Cape Town and Portland, and nonmetropolitan cities such as Freiburg, Ghent and Brighton, the book provides an opportunity to reflect upon the comparability and transferability of theoretical/conceptual constructs and governance approaches across geographical contexts. Urban Sustainability Transitions is key reading for students and scholars working in Environmental Sciences, Geography, Urban Studies, Urban Policy and Planning.

A History Of Japanese Astronomy

Author : Shigeru Nakayama
ISBN : 0196265339
Genre : Astronomy
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Astrology And Cosmology In The World S Religions

Author : Nicholas Campion
ISBN : 9780814708422
Genre : Religion
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When you think of astrology, you may think of the horoscope section in your local paper, or of Nancy Reagan's consultations with an astrologer in the White House in the 1980s. Yet almost every religion uses some form of astrology: some way of thinking about the sun, moon, stars, and planets and how they hold significance for human lives on earth. Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions offers an accessible overview of the astrologies of the world's religions, placing them into context within theories of how the wider universe came into being and operates. Campion traces beliefs about the heavens among peoples ranging from ancient Egypt and China, to Australia and Polynesia, and India and the Islamic world. Addressing each religion in a separate chapter, Campion outlines how, by observing the celestial bodies, people have engaged with the divine, managed the future, and attempted to understand events here on earth. This fascinating text offers a unique way to delve into comparative religions and will also appeal to those intrigued by New Age topics.

Some Non Heterocyclic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons And Some Related Exposures

Author : World Health Organization
ISBN : 9283212924
Genre : Reference
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