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Sensitive Objects
Affect and Material Culture
Edited by Jonas Frykman, Edited by Maja Povrzanovic Frykman

Some objects seem especially personal and important to us - be it a quickly packed suitcase, an inherited vase, or a photograph. In Sensitive Objects the authors discuss when, how, and why particular objects appear as 'sensitive'. They do so by analyzing the objects' affective charging in the context of historically embedded practices. Sensitive Objects is a contribution to the upcoming field of 'affect research' that has so far been dominated by psychology and cultural studies, and the authors examine the potential for epistemic gain by connecting the studies of affect with the studies of material culture. Objects, explored in 'real-life situations', allow for insights that are not attainable via textual or iconic sources. The contributors, predominantly ethnologists and anthropologists, use fieldwork to examine how people project affects onto material objects and explore how objects embody or trigger affects and produce affective atmospheres. The editors hope that this book will be read across disciplines, not only to promote the value of ethnographic work, but also to incite further theoretically informed creative empirical approaches to affects and material culture.

Nordic Academic  Press
Holding Yawulyu
White Culture and Black Women's Law

For two years, Zohl dé Ishtar lived in a one-room tin shed with the women Elders of Balgo. As their "Culture Woman", Zohl assisted the Elders in establishing and coordinating the Kapululangu Women's Law and Culture Centre. Holding Yawulyu: White Culture and Black Women's Law tells the amazing story of Zohl's journey as it documents White culture's impact on Indigenous Women's Law. Seventeen years later, Zohl remains at Balgo and provides a new Preface to this edition. Holding Yawulyu is an investigation into the inter-cultural relationship of White and Indigenous societies through successive waves of missionary, bureaucratic and art industry influence. She documents the incredible resilience of the Kapululangu Elders throughout this period, as they strove to pass their Yawulyu (Women's Law) on to future generations. Deeply moving, Holding Yawulyu is an historical account of Balgo (Wirrimanu), a profound insight into White culture's impact on Indigenous Women's Law and a touching personal story of courage and resilience in the face of adversity. It presents an insightful analysis of competing interests that makes Indigenous and White interactions complex, often painful, and fraught with problems.

Spinifex Press

Media Events in Web 2.0 China
Interventions of Online Activism
By  Jian Xu

This book is among the first to use a "media events" framework to examine China's Internet activism and politics, and the first study of the transformation of China's media events through the parameter of online activism. The author locates the practices of major modes of online activism in China (shanzhai [culture jamming]; citizen journalism; and weiguan [mediated mobilization]) into different types of Chinese media events (ritual celebration, natural disaster, political scandal). The contextualized analysis of online activism thus enables exploration of the spatial, temporal and relational dimensions of Chinese online activism with other social agents - such as the Party-state, mainstream media and civil society. 

Sussex Academic Press

The Role of Intellectuals
In the State-Society Nexus
Edited by Mapungubwe Institute for Strat (MISTRA)

If we are to talk of a 'new' intellectual movement, the question is begged: what happened to the 'old' intellectual movement? What happened to the thinkers who inspired and led our struggle against colonialism, apartheid and exploitation? What has happened to the thinkers who gave substance and guidance and, in many cases, practical leadership to our attempts to undo the past and forge a new future? In pursuit of answers to these questions, the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), in partnership with the Liliesleaf Trust, hosted a roundtable in March 2015 on the theme 'The Role of Intellectuals in the State-Society Nexus'. 

Real African Publishers

Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging
What happens when Somalis migrate to countries with which they have few cultural ties? What helps Somalis to feel at home in their new Western countries of residence? Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging explores representations of Somali resettlement to understand the mechanics of contemporary belonging and the challenges faced by Western societies as they attempt to 'integrate' Somali migrants. How do particular representations contribute to or detract from Somali belonging? In the contexts of Australia and Italy-taken as case studies-Somalis are marginalised in different ways. With a multi-disciplinary approach, this book examines different forms of Somali representation in Australia and Italy that engender a sense of belonging and expands exclusive definitions of nationhood.

Melbourne University Press

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