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The Lute in the Dutch Golden Age: Musical Culture in the Netherlands 1580-1670

By Jan W. J. Burgers

The lute’s cultural impression in the course of the Dutch Golden Age may be in comparison to that of the piano within the nineteenth century. It used to be the common device for solo music-making, in addition to in ensembles and to accompany singers, usually linked to the social elite - the aristocracy and the wealthy burghers. This richly illustrated e-book is the 1st to exhibit well-known and imprecise lutenists, specialist musicians and amateurs, the lute track in books and manuscripts, the lute makers and the overseas lute exchange, whereas additionally exploring where of the tool within the Dutch literature and paintings of the interval.

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Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning

By Angela Scarino

This wide-ranging survey of matters in intercultural language educating and studying covers every little thing from middle innovations to application assessment, and advocates a fluid, responsive method of educating language that displays its principal function in fostering intercultural understanding.

  • Includes assurance of theoretical concerns defining language, tradition, and verbal exchange, in addition to practice-driven concerns comparable to school room interactions, applied sciences, courses, and language assessment
  • Examines systematically the elements of language educating: language itself, that means, tradition, studying, speaking, and exams, and places them in social and cultural context
  • Features quite a few examples all through, drawn from a variety of languages, international contexts, and frameworks
  • Incorporates a decade of in-depth learn and certain documentation from the authors’ collaborative paintings with training teachers
  • Provides a much-needed addition to the sparse literature on intercultural elements of language education


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The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture (Oxford Library of Psychology)

By Benjamin Schneider

The Oxford instruction manual of Organizational weather and Culture offers the breadth of themes from business and Organizational Psychology and Organizational habit during the lenses of organizational weather and tradition. The Handbook finds in nice element how in either study and perform weather and tradition reciprocally effect one another. the main points demonstrate the various practices that businesses use to procure, strengthen, deal with, encourage, lead, and deal with staff either at domestic and within the multinational settings that represent modern companies. bankruptcy authors are either professional of their fields of study and likewise signify present weather and tradition perform in 5 nationwide and foreign businesses (3M, McDonald's, the Mayo health facility, PepsiCo and Tata). moreover, new methods to the gathering and research of weather and tradition information are offered in addition to new puzzling over organizational swap from an built-in weather and tradition paradigm.

No different compendium integrates weather and tradition considering like this instruction manual does and no different compendium provides either an updated overview of the idea and examine at the many features of weather and tradition in addition to modern perform. The Handbook takes a weather and tradition vantage aspect on micro techniques to human concerns at paintings (recruitment and hiring, education and function administration, motivation and equity) in addition to organizational strategies (teams, management, careers, communication), and it additionally explicates the truth that those are lodged inside companies that functionality in better nationwide and overseas contexts.

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A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society)

What do flying saucers believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in keeping with Michael Barkun during this attention-grabbing but annoying ebook, rather a lot. it truly is renowned that a few americans are passionate about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated complex tales of hidden plots. what's some distance much less identified is the level to which conspiracist worldviews have lately develop into associated in unusual and unpredictable methods with different "fringe" notions resembling a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the extreme genealogies and variations of those more and more frequent principles, Barkun exhibits how this net of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the web and during mass media, how a brand new type of conspiracy considering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to better alterations in American tradition. This ebook, written by way of a number one specialist at the topic, is the main accomplished and authoritative exam of up to date American conspiracism to date.

Barkun discusses a variety of material—involving inner-earth caves, govt black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New international Order cabals, and lots more and plenty more—that few observe exists in our tradition. having a look heavily on the manifestions of those principles in quite a lot of literature and resource fabric from non secular and political literature, to New Age and flying saucers guides, to pop culture phenomena similar to The X-Files, and to web pages, radio courses, and extra, Barkun reveals that the United States is within the throes of an unmatched interval of millennarian job. His publication underscores the significance of realizing why this phenomenon is now spreading into extra mainstream segments of yank culture.

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The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism

By Thomas Frank

While the early life counterculture is still the main evocative and best-remembered image of the cultural ferment of the Nineteen Sixties, the revolution that shook American company in the course of these increase years has long past principally unremarked. during this attention-grabbing and revealing examine, Thomas Frank exhibits how the younger revolutionaries have been joined—and even expected —by such not going allies because the advertisements and the men's garments business.

"[Thomas Frank is] might be the main provocative younger cultural critic of the moment."—Gerald Marzorati, New York instances publication Review

"An fundamental survival consultant for any smooth consumer."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Frank makes an ironclad case not just that the advertisements cunningly became the countercultural rhetoric of revolution right into a rallying cry to shop for extra stuff, yet that the method itself truly predated any genuine counterculture to exploit."—Geoff Pevere, Toronto Globe and Mail

"The Conquest of Cool is helping us comprehend why, during the final 3rd of the 20th century, american citizens have more and more burdened gentility with conformity, irony with protest, and a longer heart finger with a populist manifesto. . . . His voice is a thrilling addition to the soporific public discourse of the overdue 20th century."—T. J. Jackson Lears, In those Times

"An worthwhile argument for someone who has ever scoffed at hand-me-down counterculture from the '60s. A lively and exhaustive research of the era's advertising."—Brad Wieners, Wired Magazine

"Tom Frank is . . . not just out of date, he is anti-fashion, with a spot in his middle for that final social fake pas, leftist politics."—Roger Trilling, Details

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The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism Is Endangering Our Families--and How to Save Them

By Drew Pinsky, S. Mark Young

The face of leisure has replaced substantially over the past decade—and dangerously so. Stars like Britney, Paris, Lindsay, Amy Winehouse—and their media enablers—have altered what we think about "normal" habit. based on habit professional Dr. Drew Pinsky and company and leisure specialist Dr. S. Mark younger, a excessive percentage of celebrities be afflicted by characteristics linked to medical narcissism—vanity, exhibitionism, entitlement, exploitativeness—and the remainder of us, in particular teenagers, are mirroring what we witness nightly on our television and laptop monitors.

A provocative, eye-opening examine, The reflect Effect sounds a well timed caution, elevating vital questions on our altering culture—and presents insights for fogeys, youth, and someone who wonders what the cult of megastar is actually doing to America.

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The Post-Subcultures Reader

As soon as it used to be simply Mods and Rockers or Hippies and Skinheads. we've got rebellion Grrls and Rappers; glossy Primitives and Metalheads; Goths, Clubcultures and Fetishists; city Tribes, New Age travelers and web fan teams. In an international society with a speedy proliferation of pictures, models and existence, it's -unsurprisingly - changing into more and more tough to pinpoint what 'subculture truly skill. Enthusiastically followed via the media and academia, lifestyle could be a handy technique to describe extra unconventional points of minor tradition, however it does little to assist us understand the various diversity of teenybopper teams in todays so-called postmodern global. How will we start to reconsider, reformulate and exchange superseded notions of subcultures to lead them to acceptable to the reviews of youngster within the twenty-first century? And to what quantity does this contain the demanding of earlier orthodoxies approximately stunning subcultural types? From Seattle anarchist punks to united kingdom Asian underground tune, Canadian girl X-Files enthusiasts to Australian dance cultures, this groundbreaking e-book attracts on a large choice of overseas case reports to enquire the recent relationships between formative years subcultural tune, politics and flavor. Is it attainable to paintings in the current barriers of tradition, or has the idea that exhausted its usefulness? Can makes an attempt at re-conceptualization, reminiscent of neo-tribes, sub-streams and micro-networks, correctly catch the adventure of fragmentation, flux and fluidity that's valuable to modern formative years tradition? This well timed booklet is the 1st to problem and think again using lifestyle. In doing so, it questions the chance and relevance of what could be termed post-subcultural stories and is helping to chart the emergence of a brand new paradigm for the research of sweet sixteen tradition.

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By Terry Pratchett

When an enormous wave destroys his village, Mau is the single one left. Daphne—a visitor from the opposite part of the globe—is the only real survivor of a shipwreck. Separated by way of language and customs, the 2 are united by means of disaster. Slowly, they're joined via different refugees. And as they fight to guard the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, problem dying himself, and discover a long-hidden mystery that actually turns the area upside down.

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Scottish National Dress and Tartan (Shire Library)

By Stuart Reid

Tartan is an significantly well known development in glossy type and Scottish nationwide costume is known world wide. This e-book finds the foundation and improvement of tartans and Scottish nationwide dress. starting as Highland gown, it was once initially abnormal to sure components of Scotland yet is now quite often approved as its nationwide costume.

What used to be usual operating garments of a particular neighborhood variety has been formalised and decorated to show it right into a ceremonial gown appropriate for days of party, whereas tartans as soon as woven based on the fondness of these who wore them, have additionally turn into fastened with sure styles prescribed for various households, parts or associations. This method was once now not, as is popularly idea, a phenomenon started through the romantic novels of Sir Walter Scott, yet all started lengthy prior to as a response to the Union with England in 1707. This booklet not just strains its evolution from earliest time, however the approach in which it turned Scottish nationwide Dress.

TOC: bankruptcy I: The Highland Clans /Chapter II: Early Highland costume /Chapter III: Rebels and Kilts /Chapter IV: Invention of Scottish nationwide gown /Chapter V: Tartan - a countrywide costume /Chapter VI Scottish nationwide gown this day /Appendix: significant Tartans

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Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House

By Michael Lewis

   Michael Lewis is a grasp at dissecting the absurd: after skewering Wall highway in his nationwide bestseller Liar's Poker, he packed his powerful pen and set out at the 1996 crusade trail.  As he follows the boys who aspire to the Oval place of work, Lewis discovers an absurd mixture of bravery and backpedaling, heroic danger and mealy-mouthed sound bytes, and a approach so ridiculous and unsavory that it leaves him pondering if all people involvedfrom the reporters to the applicants to the folk who votedisn't finally a loser.

The contenders:

Pat Buchanan:  turns into the 1st baby-kisser ever to decide on a black hat over a white one.

Phil Gramm: spends twenty million money to persuade electorate of his monetary responsibility.

John McCain: makes the deadly mistake of truly conversing his brain.

Alan Keyes: exams out of a brand new Hampshire resort and tells the chief one other candidate may be paying his bill.

Steve Forbes: refuses to reply to questions about his father's motorcycles.

Bob Dole: marches in the course of the crusade with out ever seeming to care.

   Losers is a wickedly humorous, unflinching examine how the US fairly is going approximately opting for a President.

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