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The Cultures of Collecting (Critical Views)

This book traces the psychology, history, and theory of the compulsion to collect. As well as institutional collections it considers those that reflect a fascination with the ephemeral, exotic, or just plain curious. [A] brilliant book . . . a good read. Analysis of the relationship of collecting to identity, memory, and pyschosexual development raises fascinating questions.mdash;The Modern Review [I]t is by challenging and expanding upon previous ideas and histories of collecting that the book offers ways of rethinking not only the nature of collecting but also the nature of museum practice.mdash;Art History  

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English for Aircraft 1: Documentation Handbook

English for Aircraft will help you use aeronautical manuals more easily. It is designed for civilian or military technicians, engineers and mechanics and can be used with a qualified teacher in a training course or for self-study. It is for users of English with an intermediate level in written English.

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Symbolic Exchange and Death

Jean Baudrillard is one of the most celebrated and most controversial of contemporary social theorists. This major work, appearing in English for the first time, occupies a central place in the rethinking of the humanities and social sciences around the idea of postmodernism. It leads the reader on an exhilarating tour encompassing the end of Marxism, the enchantment of fashion, the body and sex, economic versus symbolic exchange and their differing effects on the rituals of death. Most significantly, the book represents Baudrillard's fullest elaboration of the concept of the three orders of the simulacra, defining the historical passage from production to reproduction to simulation.

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Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication

The Second Edition of this book provides a comprehensive overview of the ways in which social theory has attempted to theorize the importance of the media in contemporary society. Now fully revised to take account of the recent theoretical developments associated with New Media and Information Society, as well as the audience and the public sphere, Understanding Media Cultures:     * Critically examines the key social theories of mass communication     * Highlights the work of individual theorists including Fiske, Williams, Hall, Habermas, Jameson, McLuhan and Baudrillard.     * Covers the important traditions of media analysis from feminism, cultural studies and audience research.     * Now includes a discussion of recent perspectives developed by Castells, Haraway, Virilio and Schiller.     * Provides a glossary of key terms in media and social theory  

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The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists

The Blackwell Companion to Major Contemporary Social Theorists is a survey of contemporary social theory that focuses on the thinkers themselves. In original essays especially commissioned for this volume, leading experts and practitioners examine the life and work of 13 major theorists such as Elias, Baudrillard, Giddens, and Butler.     * Includes 13 original essays by leading scholars on major contemporary social theorists.     * Covers key figures such as Elias, Goffman, Foucault, Habermas, Giddens, Bourdieu, and Butler.     * Essays include biographical sketches, the social and intellectual context, and the impact of the thinker's work on social theory generally.     * Includes bibliographies of the theorist's most important works as well as key secondary works.     * Can be used in conjunction with The Blackwell Companion to Major Classical Social Theorists, edited by George Ritzer, for a complete reference source in social theory.

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Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls: Feminism, Popular Culture and the Posthuman Body

Bringing a lively and accessible style to a complex subject, Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls explores the idea of the posthuman and the ways in which it is represented in popular culture. Toffoletti explores images of the posthuman body from goth-rocker Marilyn Manson's digitally manipulated self-portraits to the famous TDK baby adverts, and from the work of artist Patricia Piccinini to the curiously plastic form of the ubiquitous Barbie doll, controversially rescued here from her negative image. Drawing on the work of thinkers including Baudrillard, Donna Haraway and Rosi Braidotti, Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls explores the nature of the human - and its ambiguous gender - in an age of biotechnologies and digital worlds.

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Max Weber and Postmodern Theory: Rationalisation Versus Re-enchantment

This book explores thematic parallels between Max Weber's theory of the rationalisation and disenchantment of the modern world, and the critiques of contemporary culture developed by Lyotard, Foucault and Baudrillard. It is suggested that these three theorists, associated with poststructuralism and postmodernism, respond to Weber's account of the rise, nature, and trajectory of modern culture by pursuing highly imaginative and coherent strategies of affirmation and re-enchantment. Examining the work of these three key thinkers in this way casts new light on Weber's sociology of rationalisation and his theory of the crisis of modernity.

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Baudrillard’s Bestiary: Baudrillard and Culture

Mike Gane provides an introduction to Baudrillard's cultural theory: the conception of modernity and the complex process of simulation. He examines Baudrillard's literary essays: his confrontation with Calvino, Styron, Ballard and Borges. Gane offers a coherent account of Baudrillard's theory of cultural ambience, and the culture of consumer society. And it provides an introduction to Baudrillard's fiction theory, and the analysis of transpolitical figures. The book also includes an interesting and provocative comparison of Baudrillard's powerful essay against the modernist Pompidou Centre in Paris and Frederic Jameson's analysis of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. An interpretation of this encounter leads to the presentation of a very different Baudrillard from that which figures in contemporary debates on postmodernism.

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The Postmodern (New Critical Idiom)

This useful guidebook will introduce students to a range of key thinkers who have sought to question the contemporary situation, and will enable readers to begin to approach the primary texts of postmodern theory and culture with confidence.

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Pencil Drawing Techniques

Pencil Drawing Techniques Synopsis Discusses the basics of drawing, explains how to handle colored pencils, and offers advice on making pencil drawings of landscapes, people, and animals.

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