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The Madrasa in Asia

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Book Series: ISIM Series on Contemporary Muslim Societies ISBN: 9789053567104 Year: Pages: 304 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567104 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- Social Sciences
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Since the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the traditional Islamic schools known as the madrasa have frequently been portrayed as hotbeds of terrorism. For much longer, the madrasa has been considered by some as a backward and petrified impediment to social progress. However, for an important segment of the poor Muslim populations of Asia, madrasas constitute the only accessible form of education. This volume presents an overview of the madrasas in countries such as China, Indonesia, Malayisia, India and Pakistan.

Fabricating the Absolute Fake

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Book Series: American Studies ISBN: 9789053564929 Year: Pages: 184 DOI: 10.5117/9789053564929 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Social Sciences --- Media and communication
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The pageantry of Oprah Winfrey's talk show, the Coca-Cola empire, Michael Jackson's turn from the King of Pop into an iconic global recluse: American pop culture - Hollywood cinema, television, pop music - dominates the rest of the world through its hegemonic presence. Does that make everyone a hybridized American, or do these elements find mediation within the other cultures that consume them? Fabricating the Absolute Fake applies concepts of postmodern theory - Baudrillard's hyperreality and Eco's "absolute fake," among others - to this globally mediated American pop culture in order to examine both the phenomenon itself and its appropriation in the Netherlands, as evidenced by such diverse cultural icons as the Elvis-inspired crooner Lee Towers, the Moroccan-Dutch rapper Ali B, musical tributes to an assassinated politician, and the Dutch reality soap opera scene. A fascinating exploration of how global cultures struggle to create their own "America" within a post-9/11 media culture, Fabricating the Absolute Fake reflects on what it might mean to truly take part in American pop culture.

The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials

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Book Series: Meertens Ethnology Cahiers ISBN: 9789089640185 Year: Pages: 52 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640185 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- Social Sciences --- History
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From the commemoration of September 11 to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, recent decades have witnessed a substantial increase in the number of new public memorials built in both Europe and the United States. This volume considers the contemporary explosion of public commemoration in terms of changed cultural and social practices of mourning, memory, and public feeling. Positing memorials as the physical and visual embodiment of our affective responses to loss, Erika Doss focuses especially on the memorial ephemera of flowers, candles, balloons, and cards placed at sites of tragic death in order to better comprehend how grief is mediated in contemporary commemorative cultures.

Transfigurations

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Book Series: Film Culture in Transition ISBN: 9789089640109 Year: Pages: 288 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640109 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Social Sciences --- Performing Arts --- Media and communication
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In many senses, viewers have cut their teeth on the violence in American cinema: from Anthony Perkins slashing Janet Leigh in the most infamous of shower scenes; to the 1970s masterpieces of Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and Francis Ford Coppola; to our present-day undertakings in imagining global annihilations through terrorism, war, and alien grudges. Transfigurations brings our cultural obsession with film violence into a renewed dialogue with contemporary theory. Grønstad argues that the use of violence in Hollywood films should be understood semiotically rather than viewed realistically; Tranfigurations thus alters both our methodology of reading violence in films and the meanings we assign to them, depicting violence not as a self-contained incident, but as a convoluted network of our own cultural ideologies and beliefs.

In Death's Waiting Room

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Book Series: Care & Welfare ISBN: 9789053560778 Year: Pages: 208 DOI: 10.5117/9789053560778 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Social Sciences
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In Death's Waiting Room is a penetrating story about people suffering from dementia in a multi-cultural society, relevant to us all. Anne-Mei The carried out two years of ethnographic research in a nursing home in the Netherlands revealing what usually remains hidden from the public: the decision to stop treatment, the cultural and social gap between the Dutch occupants and the black Caribbean nursing staff, the communication problems with relatives, the tensions and aggression. But she also shares with us the touching and funny moments and experiences with the elderly occupants. This book also unravels "the Blauwborgje case" - which was the focus of much media attention in the Netherlands in the late 1990s - in which a nursing home refused to re-hydrate a man with extreme dementia because they considered his condition to be terminal, whilst his family disagreed and pressed charges for attempted murder. Anne-Mei The gives an account of the events that took place and also explores the wider relevance of the case.

Why Are Artists Poor?

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ISBN: 9789053565650 Year: Pages: 368 DOI: 10.5117/9789053565650 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Social Sciences --- History of arts --- Arts in general
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Most artists earn very little. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of aspiring young artists. Do they give to the arts willingly or unknowingly? Governments and other institutions also give to the arts, to raise the low incomes. But their support is ineffective: subsidies only increase the artists' poverty. The economy of the arts is exceptional. Although the arts operate successfully in the marketplace, their natural affinity is with gift-giving, rather than with commercial exchange. People believe that artists are selflessly dedicated to art, that price does not reflect quality, and that the arts are free. But is it true? This unconventional multidisciplinary analysis explains the exceptional economy of the arts. Insightful illustrations from the practice of a visual artist support the analysis.

Solidariteit en slachtofferschap

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Book Series: Amsterdam Academic Archive ISBN: 9789053564097 Year: Pages: 258 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_444103 Language: Dutch;
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Law --- Political Science --- Sociology --- Social Sciences --- Philosophy --- History
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What is it that really binds Dutch people together? That's the central question of many public debates.This study focuses on the the role of victimhood on our concept of society. Drawing on the works of the American philosopher Richard Rorty, the author discusses morality, criminality, religion, sexual abuse and legalisation of prostituiton.

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