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Violence and Belonging : Land, Love and Lethal Conflict in the North-west Frontier Province of Pakistan (NIAS - Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Monograph Series)

Authored by Are J. Knudsen, Introduction by  Fredrik Barth


Most studies of violence in the Middle East and South Asia come from the perspective of honour or political violence. By contrast, this important study offers a new perspective on its causes in Pakistan's unruly North-West Frontier Province, challenging stereotyped images of a region and people miscast as extremist and militant. Based on an in-depth study of local conflicts, the book sheds light on the complexities of violence, not only at the structural or systemic level, but also as experienced by the men involved in lethal conflict.In this way, the book provides a subjective and experiential approach to violence that is applicable beyond the field locality and relevant for advancing the study of violence in the Middle East and South Asia.

'We should make the best possible use of this analysis: for its daring perspectives, extreme empirical findings, and wide relevance. It deserves a very careful reading for its contributions to so many aspects of our understanding of honour, politics and human society' - Fredrik Barth.

Honor and violence are major themes in the anthropology of the Middle East, yet―apart from political violence―most studies approach violence from the perspective of honour. By contrast, this important study examines the meanings of lethal conflict in a little-studied tribal society in Pakistan’s unruly North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and offers a new perspective on its causes. Based on an in-depth study of local conflicts, the book challenges stereotyped images of a region and people miscast as extremist and militant.

Being grounded in local ethnography enables the book to shed light on the complexities of violence, not only at the structural or systemic level, but also as experienced by the men involved in lethal conflict. In this way, the book provides a subjective and experiential approach to violence that is applicable beyond the field locality and relevant for advancing the study of violence in the Middle East and South Asia. The book is the first ethnographic study of this region since renowned anthropologist Fredrik Barth's pioneering study in 1954.

Format Paperback | 304 pages
Dimensions 152 x 228 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
Publication date 01 Apr 2009
Publisher NIAS Press
Publication City/Country Copenhagen, Denmark
Language English
Illustrations note Illus.
ISBN10 8776940454
ISBN13 9788776940454

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Why Unions Matter - Michael D. Yates


"A comprehensive, readable introduction to the history, structure, functioning, and yes, the problems of U.S. unions. For labor and political activists just coming on the scene or veterans looking for that missing overview, this is the best place to start."

--Kim Moody, author of Workers in a Lean World

Using anecdotes, historical sketches, statistical charts and accessible analysis, Yates makes a case for the value of unions to workers' lives. Explaining the nuts and bolts of collective bargaining, he shows how unions are indispensable in the defence of workers' rights, economic security and the sense of dignity. Further, the author demonstrates how labour can become more effective. He outlines the most effective organizing strategies and he connects the decline in popularity and influence of the AFL-CIO to its accommodation to the federal government's aggressive anti-union moves under Reagan and Bush. As labour begins to stir, invigorated by a new generation of leadership and the success of the nationwide UPS strike, new challenges are rising. This overview explains the options for labour and their possible consequences. He prescribes a turn to a much tougher approach to organizing and arbitration, urges labour to unite with progressive social movements, from civil rights to arbitration, and calls for a rejection of the traditional backing from the Democratic Party, in favour of independent labour politics.

From Library Journal

Yates, an economics professor and labor educator whose earlier books focused on workers legal rights (Power on the Job, South End, 1994), here seeks to cover a much broader canvas: how labor unions work, the victories they have won on the battlefields of sexism and racism, and an argument for unions as the sole means by which working people can obtain dignity, equity, and power. Written in a personal, anecdotal style, yet well documented, this book is particularly successful in the chapters that focus on the nuts and bolts of union activities (collective bargaining, structures, organizing), an area largely ignored by current business and political literature. For this reason alone it is a valuable addition to large public and academic libraries.Donna L. Schulman, Cornell Univ. Libs., Ithaca, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Michael D. Yates is Associate Editor of Monthly Review and the author of Why Unions Matter and The ABCs of the Economic Crisis (with Fred Magdoff).


Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Monthly Review Press; 2nd New, Revised, Updated ed. edition (December 1, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0853459290
ISBN-13: 978-0853459293

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In the Wake of the Affluent Society; An Exploration of Post Development - Serge Latouche


Format Paperback | 268 pages
Dimensions 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 294.84g
Publication date 01 Sep 1993
Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom
Language English
ISBN10 1856491722
ISBN13 9781856491723

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The Corporate Greenhouse : Climate Change Policy in a Globalizing World

Yda Schreuder


As negotiations proceed for the post-Kyoto climate change regime, major obstacles stand in the path to their successful completion.

The Corporate Greenhouse addresses the political economy of the climate change debate, questioning the disconnect between the current negotiation framework, based around the nation-state, and the neoliberal policies driving the world economy, organized around transnational corporations. Given the rapidly growing economic power and expanding carbon footprint of China, India and other developing economies, the debate on 'who is to blame, and who is to pay' can no longer be ignored.

Carefully researched and sourced from original work and case studies, The Corporate Greenhouse explores the geopolitical division between North and South; questions the sustainability of capitalism in the current global economic environment; examines the impact of TNCs on worldwide CO2 emissions; and discusses the expected outcome of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on corporate investment strategies.

This timely book argues that treaties that fail to account properly for the activities of TNCs will preclude effective, equitable solutions to the urgent issue of global climate change.


About the Author

Yda Schreuder is an Associate Professor of Geography and a Senior Policy Fellow in the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware, USA. She has co-authored and published her work on the Corporate Greenhouse in The Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, and Energy and Environment.

Format Paperback | 264 pages
Dimensions 138 x 216 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
Publication date 15 Mar 2009
Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom
Language English
ISBN10 1842779583
ISBN13 9781842779583

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Enviromental Dispute Resolution in Indonesia - David Nicholson


In the last two decades, Indonesia has seen a dramatic proliferation of environmental disputes in a variety of sectors, triggered by intensified deforestation and large-scale mining operations in the resource-rich outer islands, together with rapid industrialisation in the densely populated inner island of Java. Whilst the emergence of environmental disputes has sometimes attracted political repression, attempts have also been made in recent times to explore more functional approaches to their resolution. The Environmental Management Act of 1997 created a legal framework for the resolution of environmental disputes through both litigation and mediation. This book is the first attempt to analyse the implementation of this framework in detail and to assess the effectiveness of litigation and mediation in resolving environmental disputes in Indonesia. It includes a detailed overview of the environmental legal framework and its interpretation by Indonesian courts in landmark court cases. The book features a number of detailed case studies of both environmental litigation and mediation and considers the legal and non-legal factors that have influenced the success of these approaches to resolving environmental disputes.


Format:  Paper Back, 334 pages
Published:  2010, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814279932

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Remembering Socialist China, 1949-1976

Mobo Gao, Dongping Han and Hao Qi

The entire period of Mao Zedong's leadership is now portrayed as a disaster, one long killing-spree, and any scrupulous efforts at questioning this version of events have been largely ignored by the international mass media.

What is interesting is that the efforts of death toll-inflating academics and media appear to have had little impact on the working people of China. Indeed anti-Communists find the resilience of Mao's popularity baffling and frustrating. The common people are simply ruled out as rational actors. Media accounts do occasionally quote the views of ordinary Chinese, but these, of course, are not cited as evidence of consciousness of their class interests. Rather, they are portrayed as confused moral nostalgia for 'simpler days', a fetishistic mania for Mao memorabilia, a morbid religious reverence for his embalmed body, and so on.

Swimming against the current of the academic industry and the international mass media, the contributors to this book have begun the task of recording the views and experiences of the common Chinese people regarding the period of socialist China, as a vital source of historical truth.

Paperback: 94 pages
Publisher: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, Malaysia (2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9670960002
ISBN-13: 978-9670960005
Year of Publication: 2015
Bib. Info: xx, 96p.
Product Weight: 124 gms.

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Human Rights: Social Justice in the Age of the Market (Global Issues)

Koen De Feyter (Author)

Koen De Feyter, who has chaired Amnesty International's Working Group on economic, social and cultural rights, shows the many ways in which rampant market economics in today's world leads to violations of human rights. He questions how far the present-day international human rights system really provides effective protection against the adverse effects of globalization. This accessible and thought-provoking book shows both human rights activists and participants in the anti-globalization movement that there is a large, but hitherto untapped, overlap in their agendas, and real potential for a strategic alliance between them in joint campaigns around issues they share.


About the Author

Koen de Feyter is a lawyer who has taught and researched in academic settings on human rights and development issues for twenty years. He is currently Senior Lecturer in International Law at the Institute of Development Policy and Management at the University of Antwerp and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Maastricht.


Format Paperback | 256 pages
Dimensions 129 x 198 x 16.26mm | 140.61g
Publication date 17 Sep 2005
Publication City/Country London, United Kingdom
Language English
ISBN10 1842774875
ISBN13 9781842774878

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Global Intelligence: The World's Secret Services Today (Global Issues)
Paul Todd & Jonathan Bloch

This fascinating exploration of secret service and intelligence agencies throughout the world details the new roles they have found for themselves as they target rogue states, terrorism, and the drug war. It shows how ultramodern technologies have increased their power to spy abroad and eavesdrop at home. It also exposes the unsolved contradiction between the world of these secretive, unaccountable agencies and the requirements of a free, democratic society.

About the Author
Jonathan Bloch is a London-based businessman who is politically active in South African causes.
Paul Todd is a Middle East specialist, and has done research at the U.S. National Security Archives.

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Zed Books (July 1 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781842771136
ISBN-13: 978-1842771136
ASIN: 1842771132
Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
Shipping Weight: 281 g

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Social Science and Knowledge in a Globalising World - Zawawi Ibrahim



Malaysia : Persatuan Sains Social Malaysia : Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, ©2012
xxxii, 499 p. : ill. ; 23 cm, Includes index
ISBN     9789675832550

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Collateral Damage: The Psychological Consequences of America's War on Terrorism (Contemporary Psychology (Hardcover))

Paul Kimmel (Editor), Chris E. Stout Ph.D. (Editor)

Color-coded terrorism alerts are issued, then lifted with no explanation. False alarms can, like crying wolf, desensitize people to a real need to be on alert. And that psychic numbing is just one effect discussed in this book by fifteen psychologists teamed up for a critical look at the U.S. war on terrorism. These experts are led by the Chairman of the American Psychological Association task force charged with pinpointing the effect of our anti-terrorism efforts on America's mental health. Together, they present the most up-to-date and intriguing picture we have of the fallout on our own people from our own programs. The text spotlights fueled stereotyping of foreigners, increased domestic hate crimes, fear, depression and helplessness, as well as increasing militancy and belligerence, especially among students. Perhaps most disturbing in the land of the free, our attention is drawn to growing acceptance of restrictions on our personal freedoms, and acceptance of human rights violations.

Contributors to this collection aim to give us a reality check, looking at what our national reactions to terrorism have been, how those reactions have affected the psyche of our people and whether this has made us stronger or weaker, and more or less likely to be the target for future attacks.

About the Author

Paul R. Kimmel is Chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on the Psychological Effects of Efforts to Prevent Terrorism. He is past President of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, and an Adjunct Faculty member at the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center.

Chris E. Stout is Series Editor for the Praeger series, Contemporary Psychology. Stout is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Full Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. He served as NGO Special Representative to the United Nations and is a Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives. He has published some 300 papers and 30 books and manuals on psychology and his works have been translated into six languages

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Putting Development First: The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and International Financial Institutions: The Importance of Policy Space in the WTO and IFIs

Kevin P. Gallagher (Editor)

This book examines how far the economic forces and rules that govern the global economy are shrinking the 'policy space' available to developing countries in constructing policies to raise living standards. The contributors analyse what room for manoeuvre developing countries still have, despite global macro-economic realities, IMF/World Bank policies, and the trade rules regime of the World Trade Organization. They suggest the policies that could be put in place to strengthen developing countries. Their proposals illustrate the failure of orthodox economic policy to either deliver growth or reduce poverty, and the weakening of democratic institutions and popular sovereignty under the pressures of globalization.


About the Author

Kevin P. Gallagher is Professor of Global Development Policy at Boston University.

ISBN-10: 1842776355
ISBN-13: 978-1842776353

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The Deadly Ideas of Neoliberalism: How the IMF has Undermined Public Health and the Fight Against AIDS
Rick Rowden

This book explores the relationship between the spread of HIV/AIDS (among other diseases of poverty) and neoliberal economic ideas. It explains not only how IMF policies have exacerbated public health problems in developing countries, but also how mounting global frustration will ultimately lead to challenges to the dominant neoliberal ideas, as other more effective economic ideas are sought. In stark, powerful terms, Rowden offers a unique and in-depth critique of development economics, global foreign aid and health institutions, and how these seemingly abstract factors play out in the real world -- from the highest levels of global institutions to African finance and health ministries to rural health outposts of developing nations, and back again.


About the Author

Rick Rowden worked in Washington DC for 9 years with advocacy NGOs engaged on foreign aid and development issues, including as senior policy analyst for the US office of ActionAid. He has travelled extensively and worked with policy makers, economists and advocacy NGOs across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe to critically analyze the macroeconomic policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and their impact on health spending in developing countries. With an MA and BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University, he is an expert in North-South relations and how the global foreign aid, trade and finance systems impact economic development. Previously, he taught Global Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay and Political Science at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He is currently an Inter-Regional Advisor with the Globalization and Development Strategies Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland.


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Rural Livelihoods, Resources And Coping with Crisis in Indonesia - Milan J.Titus and Paul P.M Burgers


Most literature on the economic crisis in Indonesia has focused on the negative macro-economic impacts during the "crisis-years" (1997-1999). With a longitudinal research perspective, this comparative study analyses a wide variety of responses to the crisis among communities and households. They often contradict the pessimistic assumptions of communities'/households' capacities to cope with crisis conditions. Covering different areas of Indonesia, variations in resource use practices and resource use regulations define the way rural households can cope with crisis conditions and adapt to new circumstances. The studies show that coping and adaptive behaviour increasingly depends on the ways people are able to tap into supra local networks, even beyond national boundaries. However, without sound interventions, the long-term perspective is one where sustainable resource use systems slowly deteriorate as local resource use regulations are overruled by processes of internationalisation.

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The Water Business: Corporations Versus People (Global Issues Series)
Ann-Christin Sjölander Holland


The worldwide privatization of public sector services has expanded market opportunities for transnational corporations enormously. Ann-Christian Holland visits countries as far apart as Britain and Argentina, Ghana and South Africa, to find the effect of privatization on that most basic of human needs, fresh water. She finds that two companies, Suez and Veolia, rapidly came to dominate nearly 80% of the privatized water market. As prices for water soared, massive public protests erupted in country after country. Holland interviewed senior corporate executives to get their responses, and sets out the arguments on both sides to present some of the innovative ideas and experiments for providing water as an essential service for all citizens.


About the Author

Ann-Christin Sjölander Holland is a prize-winning Swedish journalist, now working for Kommunalarbetaren, the biggest union magazine in Sweden.

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System in Crisis: The Dynamics of Free Market Capitalism

James Petras (Author), Henry Veltmeyer (Author)

Mounting hostility to the hegemony of the United States - as dramatically highlighted by September 11, but existing in far wider circles than simply the Muslim world; stock markets around the world falling to unanticipated lows; environmental destruction, as shown by the failure of the Johannesburg Summit in August 2002, continuing unchecked; and sluggish economic growth, unprecedented income inequality, and ever larger numbers of desperately poor people: something fundamental, these authors argue, is wrong. Globalization - a mere euphemism for capitalism in its current global, imperialist projection -- is a system in crisis. This book explores the dimensions of this crisis as the United States tries to impose itself on the world under the guise of its war on terrorism, and the economic, ecological and political manifestations of that crisis. James Petras and Henry Veltmeyer proceed in the second part of their book to show how resistance to capitalist globalization is being organized among very diverse social sectors - rural peasants, indigenous peoples, the unemployed in the Third World, and even amongst urban, middle class elements in the wealthy countries of the North. They conclude their analysis by assessing the possibilities for unifying the diverse forces of opposition to neoliberalism, capitalism and imperialism - and the prospects for an alternative, more human, socialist form of development. Up-to-date, radical, comprehensive and optimistic, here is a book for those who wish to understand the times we are going through.


About the Author

James Petras: Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University, New York. Author of over 30 books on Latin American and world affairs, including Poverty and Democracy in Chile (1994, 1997); Neoliberalism and Class Conflict in Latin America (1997); The Dynamics of Social Change in Latin America (2000); and Ascensao da Hegemonia dos Estados Unidos no Nova Milenio (2000).

Henry Veltmeyer: Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and adjunct professor of Political Science, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Mexico. Author of numerous scholarly articles and books on Canadian political economy and Latin American development, including Canadian Corporate Power (1987); Neoliberalism and Class Conflict in Latin America (1997); The Labyrinth of Latin American Development (1999); and Capital Global y el desarrollo alternativo (Zacatecas, UAZ/Unesco).

ISBN-10: 1842773658
ISBN-13: 978-1842773659

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Indonesia's Industrial Transformation - Hal Hill [Hard cover]


Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation, has experienced a remarkable economic transformation over the past 30 years. In the mid 1960s it was one of the poorest countries in the developing world, but by the 1990s it had joined the group of Asian 'tiger' economies. This set of essays examines the record of industrialization, which has been central to Indonesia's rapid development. Successive sections provide an overview of the industrialization process, case studies of selected industries, the contribution of foreign investment and technological development, the role of small-medium industry, and a range of industrial policy issues. Drawing on the country's much improved statistical base, this empirically oriented volume highlights both the achievements of the 'New Order' regime and the many challenges which lie ahead.


About the Author

Hal Hill is Senior Fellow in Economics and Head of the Indonesia Project in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University. He has published extensively on Southeast Asian economic development.

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