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09 Jan 2024

Land grabbing in post-Soviet Eurasia: the world's largest agricultural land reserves at stake - Oane Visser & Max Spoor (2011)

Book review - 3 pages - Sociology & social sciences

The redaction takes place during the beginning of a project led by Visser about land investment strategies and their effects, concerning food security and sovereignty, labour issues and rural development. Visser and Spoor being specialists of post-Soviet countries in their own discipline, they...

14 Nov 2023

To Court Workers, Japanese Firms Try Being More Gay-Friendly - Jonathan Soble (2017) - Cultural Differences

Book review - 1 pages - Sociology & social sciences

This document provides a reading guide for the article "To Court Workers, Japanese Firms Try Being More Gay-Friendly" published by The New York Times in 2017 about cultural differences.

22 Oct 2023

Beloved - Toni Morrison (1987) - Black people's conditions in the seventies

Book review - 2 pages - Sociology & social sciences

Beloved is an American fiction novel by Toni Morrison, published in 1987. Its story's plot is based on the notorious real adventure of Margaret Garner, an African American slave who succeeded into escaping to Ohio, murdering her last child rather than offering a new slave to the world. The...

04 Jan 2022

The Origins and Practice of Participatory Rural Appraisal - Robert Chambers (1994)

Book review - 5 pages - Sociology & social sciences

The new view of change observing before practical approach to the local community, results of surveys have been conducted to develop new methods for participatory analysis and may be appropriated by outsiders. Now, the question is how much potential these approaches and methods conduct for more...

06 Jul 2016
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Nickel and dimed: on (not) getting by in America - Barbara Ehrenreich, 2001

Book review - 1 pages - Sociology & social sciences

In Nickel-And-Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich attempts to live in poverty voluntarily. She decides that in order to really understand the plight of the poor and actually analyze how difficult it is to get by, she must try it out herself. Her experience was very interesting, very disappointing, but I...

06 Jul 2016
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A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry, 1959 - Racism, an inherent theme throughout our times

Book review - 2 pages - Sociology & social sciences

One of the most important themes in "A Raisin in the Sun" is the unity of the family in overcoming racism. The plot essentially deals with the plight of one family to overcome their personal differences and strive together towards a common dream. The book is about the Youngers, a poor black...

05 Jul 2016
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The Ghetto - Louis Wirth, 1928 - Chap XI, The Jewish ghettos of Chicago

Book review - 2 pages - Sociology & social sciences

The Jewish ghetto of Chicago is home to a way of life that is markedly different from those of surrounding communities. The inhabitants of the ghetto carry on their day to day activities much in the same way that they did in Europe for hundreds of years. In Chicago, as in other major cities...

22 Mar 2016
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The Beat Generation by Jack Clellon Holmes

Book review - 2 pages - Sociology & social sciences

The article “This is the Beat Generation” by Jack Clellon Holmes talks about a young Californian girl who was arrested for using illegal drugs. Holmes creates a picture of a young and very adorable girl who could only be deemed and viewed as a criminal through what he refers to as...

29 Sep 2010
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Presentation of The end of the body, Emily Martin

Book review - 1 pages - Sociology & social sciences

Why is the question of the body so important and relevant today? This is because the body is a key feature in Western societies, as historical factors have led to the merging of a salient body; among them: the European state formation (with the creation of protected citizenship),...

29 Sep 2010
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The measure of America: how a rebel anthropologist waged war on racism, Claudia Roth Pierpont

Book review - 3 pages - Sociology & social sciences

Based on Boas's life and achievements, Claudia Roth Pierpont's article ?How a rebel anthropologist waged war on racism' deals with the origins of anthropology in the United States, laying emphasis on the importance of Boas, the "rebel anthropologist?, in the transformation of the...

29 Sep 2010
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The use and abuse of biology, an anthropological critique of sociobiology

Book review - 1 pages - Sociology & social sciences

According to M. Sahlins, vulgar sociobiology is "the explication of human social behavior as the expression of the needs and drives of the human organism". This thesis implies that social organization is exclusively determined by biology. However, among other arguments, the author argues that one...

29 Sep 2010
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Anthropological debates on definition and origin

Book review - 1 pages - Sociology & social sciences

This article is based on Tylor's work on animism and Durkheim's work The Elementary Forms of the religious Life. One of the main problems of an anthropological study of religions is to find the objectivity that every science requires. For example do we need to be believers or atheists to...

23 Sep 2009
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Terror in the Mind of God: A book review

Book review - 3 pages - Sociology & social sciences

The world has become a more dangerous place to live in the past fifteen years or so. According to Mark Juergensmeyer's book, Terror in the Mind of God; the Global Rise of Religious Violence, this can be attributed to religious terrorists, or activists depending on one's perspective, reacting...

30 Jun 2008
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Women, Prison and Crime

Book review - 7 pages - Sociology & social sciences

This book examines female institutions and the treatment of women inmates in the past and today. It focuses on why women are incarcerated, the different programs in prison available to them, crimes women commit, incarceration and crime rates compared to men, prison socialization, and how female...

17 Apr 2008
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Limited Options for Working Class Citizens Prompts Joining of the Military

Book review - 3 pages - Sociology & social sciences

“Military Mirrors Working-Class America” (2003) discusses the social makeup of the military servicemen enlisted in America. The authors, David M. Halbfinger and Steven A. Holmes (2003) point out that the majority of the American military is made up of low-to-middle class citizens. The...