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Braving Troubled Waters

This ethnographic study considers the engagement of Dutch fishermen with the limited resources of the marine world, as well as the capricious markets and political interventions that govern the fishing industry from the early eighteenth-century to the present day. More specifically, it focuses on the owner-operators, deckhands, fishermen’s wives, and others involved in the fisheries of Texel, an island at the northwestern end of the ...

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The Capitalist Unconscious

The unification of North and South Korea is widely considered an unresolved and volatile matter for the global order, but this book argues capital has already unified Korea in a transnational form. As Hyun Ok Park demonstrates, rather than territorial integration and family union, the capitalist unconscious drives the current unification, imagining the capitalist integration of the Korean peninsula and the Korean diaspora as a new de...

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At the Crossroads of Fear and Freedom

Robert L. Green, a friend and colleague of Martin Luther King Jr., served as education director for King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference during a crucial period in Civil Rights history, and—as a consultant for many of the nation’s largest school districts—he continues to fight for social justice and educational equity today. This memoir relates previously untold stories about major Civil Rights campaigns that helped put an...

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Identity in Crossroad Civilisations

The contributors to this timely volume discuss the role that ethnicity, nationalism, and the effects of globalization have played in the emergence of new identities in Asia. Challenging Samuel Huntington’s popular yet controversial thesis of the “clash of civilizations,” the essays examine communities in Bhutan, China, India, Japan, the Philippines, and New Zealand, and reveal how new, amalgamated identities have materialized as a re...

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The State of the Population in the Western Cape Province

Embracing a multisectoral approach, this study seeks to understand the issues that impact the population of South Africa’s Western Cape. Emphasizing the Cape’s goal of a sustainable “home for all,” this overview highlights the salient demographic features and reviews the policy frameworks that have influenced population and planning, setting the context for a detailed examination of current data. The analysis focuses on the levels an...

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Expensive Children in Poor Families

Although disabilities affect children of all income groups, poor children are far more likely to suffer from them. In this study, Marcia K. Meyers, Henry E. Brady, and Eva Y. Seto provide important new estimates of the private costs and public effects of childhood disabilities among welfare recipients. Based on over 2,000 interviews with household heads in Los Angeles, Alameda, San Joaquin, and San Bernardino Counties, their estimate...

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The Politics of Local Participatory Democracy in Latin America

Participatory democracy innovations aimed at bringing citizens back into local governance processes are now at the core of the international democratic development agenda. Municipalities around the world have adopted local participatory mechanisms of various types in the last two decades, including participatory budgeting, the flagship Brazilian program, and participatory planning, as it is the case in several Mexican municipalities....

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Deco Body, Deco City

In the turbulent decades following the Mexican Revolution, Mexico City saw a drastic influx of female migrants seeking escape and protection from the ravages of war in the countryside. While some settled in slums and tenements, where the informal economy often provided the only means of survival, the revolution, in the absence of men, also prompted women to take up traditionally male roles, created new jobs in the public sphere open ...