Released on 2015-04-28Categories Sports & Recreation

Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing

Weird Sports and Wacky Games around the World: From Buzkashi to Zorbing

Author: Victoria R. Williams

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610696401

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 369

View: 825

With hundreds of books dedicated to conventional sports and activities, this encyclopedia on the weirdest and wackiest games offers a fresh and entertaining read for any audience. • Presents interesting information on a wide variety of culturally significant activities, from the ancient to the ultra-modern • Contains entries that are detailed yet accessible for general readers • Covers British pub games and similar activities in other countries seldom featured in reference books • Frames each entry within a global context • Features a list of Further Reading suggestions
Released on 2016-11-21Categories Social Science

Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals [3 volumes]

Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals [3 volumes]

Author: Victoria Williams Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440836596

Category: Social Science

Page: 1247

View: 656

This book documents hundreds of customs and traditions practiced in countries outside of the United States, showcasing the diversity of birth, coming-of-age, and death celebrations worldwide. • Examines cultural events in the general categories of birth and childhood events, teen and early adulthood milestones, and aging and death customs • Offers primary and cultural document excerpts that are useful for the purposes of meeting Common Core standards • Includes color inserts that help bring the text to life • Features sidebars that present fun facts, interesting anecdotes, and recipes that are often used to celebrate various life-cycle customs in different countries • Provides information ideal for students studying geography, global studies, anthropology, and world cultures
Released on 2017-10-05Categories Social Science

Etiquette and Taboos around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs

Etiquette and Taboos around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs

Author: Ken Taylor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440838217

Category: Social Science

Page: 373

View: 663

An interesting resource for learning about the cultural differences and characteristics of people across the globe, this encyclopedia covers the "do's" and "don'ts" of a breadth of countries and major ethnic groups. • Provides comprehensive coverage of many of the world's countries and cultures that enables readers to make insightful cross-cultural comparisons • Directly supports the National Geography Standards by examining cultural mosaics • Provides relevant and useful information for readers preparing for study-abroad excursions or other international travel
Released on 2017-10-10Categories Literary Criticism

Apocalyptic Chic

Apocalyptic Chic

Author: Barbara Brodman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781683930518

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 290

View: 565

This book focuses on legends and images of the apocalypse and post-apocalypse in film and graphic arts, literature and lore from early to modern times and from cultures around the world. It reflects an increasingly popular leitmotif in literature and visual arts of the modern century: humanity’s fear of extinction and quest for survival.
Released on 2022-01-31Categories History

London: Geography, History, and Culture

London: Geography, History, and Culture

Author: Victoria R. Williams

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440877445

Category: History

Page: 267

View: 580

London is one of the largest cultural and financial centers in the world. How did it become the capital city of the United Kingdom, and what is life like in this global city today? Narrative chapters cover a wide range of topics in this volume, examining such themes as location, people, history, politics, economy, environment and sustainability, local crime and violence, security issues, natural hazards and emergency management, culture and lifestyle, London in pop culture, and London's future. Inset boxes entitled "Life in the City" include personal memoirs from people who are from or have lived in London, allowing readers a glimpse into daily life in the city. Sidebars, a chronology, and a bibliography round out the text. This volume is ideal for students and general readers who are interested in learning about life in this global city.
Released on 2020-02-29Categories Social Science

Indigenous Peoples: An Encyclopedia of Culture, History, and Threats to Survival [4 volumes]

Indigenous Peoples: An Encyclopedia of Culture, History, and Threats to Survival [4 volumes]

Author: Victoria R. Williams

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440861185

Category: Social Science

Page: 1248

View: 618

The book is an essential resource for those interested in investigating the lives, histories, and futures of indigenous peoples around the world. Perfect for readers looking to learn more about cultural groups around the world, this four-volume work examines approximately 400 indigenous groups globally. The encyclopedia investigates the history, social structure, and culture of peoples from all corners of the world, including their role in the world, their politics, and their customs and traditions. Alphabetically arranged entries focus on groups living in all world regions, some of which are well-known with large populations, and others that are lesser-known with only a handful of surviving members. Each entry includes sections on the group's geography and environment; history and politics; society, culture, and tradition; access to health care and education; and threats to survival. Each entry concludes with See Also cross-references and a list of Further Reading resources to guide readers in their research. Included in the encyclopedia are also Native Voices inset boxes, allowing readers a glimpse into the daily lives of members of these indigenous groups, as well as an appendix featuring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. • Allows for easy cross-cultural comparisons to be made from entry to entry • Includes an appendix with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples so readers can easily access it as a resource • Showcases "Native Voices" boxes throughout the work, allowing readers to get a snapshot of a "day in the life" of members of various cultural group • Offers "See Also" features at the end of each entry to easily cross-reference entries • Provides accessible insight into many aspects of indigenous life, including history, society and culture, healthcare and education, and environment
Released on 2018-06-30Categories History

The Kurds: An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society

The Kurds: An Encyclopedia of Life, Culture, and Society

Author: Sebastian Maisel

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440842573

Category: History

Page: 427

View: 508

This indispensable resource for Western readers about the Kurds—an ancient indigenous group that exemplifies diversity in the Middle East—examines their history, politics, economics, and social structure. • Supplies a thorough examination of the Kurds, a people that are of great interest and relevance to the general public because of their successful campaign against the Islamic State • Offers a local, regional, and global perspective on important current Middle Eastern issues through the context of the Kurdish people • Underscores how the Kurds stand for diversity and pluralism in an otherwise homogeneous Middle East • Enables readers to develop a much better understanding of U.S. involvement in the Middle East • Includes entries written by a team of international contributors, including many Kurdish scholars
Released on 2019-08-02Categories Social Science

Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Settings

Literary Geography: An Encyclopedia of Real and Imagined Settings

Author: Lynn M. Houston

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440842559

Category: Social Science

Page: 381

View: 248

This reference investigates the role of landscape in popular works and in doing so explores the time in which they were written. • Discusses books and poems covered on the AP English Literature and Composition exam, the most-assigned pieces of literature on high school reading lists, and well-loved contemporary books • Examines specific pieces of literature in the geographical and historical context in which they were written, making this book especially relevant to core curriculum standards • Provides comprehensive content that is unique in the library market • Includes recommendations of complimentary works • Features organization alphabetical by work, making it easy to navigate • Maintains an accessible style useful for high school and general education college courses
Released on 2017-07-07Categories Performing Arts

Race in American Film: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation [3 volumes]

Race in American Film: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation [3 volumes]

Author: Daniel Bernardi

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313398407

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1026

View: 528

This expansive three-volume set investigates racial representation in film, providing an authoritative cross-section of the most racially significant films, actors, directors, and movements in American cinematic history. • Views the films via a historical approach in which every subject is considered both through a contemporary lens and in terms of the time of its production and initial reception • Provides up-to-date information on recent movies such as Selma (2014), The Fast and The Furious (2001–2015), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Django Unchained (2012), and Lone Survivor (2013) • Provides readers with the information and background necessary to form informed views about racial representation in film—still an important "hot-button" subject today • Edited by top scholars in the field, Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green, and contains entries by other important experts, such as Andrew Gordon and Priscilla Ovalle
Released on 2020-07-20Categories Sports & Recreation

Hiking in European Mountains

Hiking in European Mountains

Author: Pablo Vidal-González

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110660715

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 167

View: 151

Nature sports in general and hiking in particular have become, in our urban and post-industrial societies, a growing phenomenon practiced by millions of citizens. The motivations and interests of this large group are varied, but they have a common element: to disconnect from stressful modern life and reconnect with nature. National parks and other protected areas are the preferred destinations, but they present an challenging contrast for land management: conservation versus tourist use. While once considered a romantic practice of escape and discovery, hiking is now a consumer product and a tourist experience. It promises experiences of disconnection, quiet and health; yet, natural spaces are increasingly scarce and more often than not they are crowded by other recreationalists. This book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on the latest trends and developments in hiking. In particular, the authors work from a European perspective with various outdoor recreation models represented and different conservation initiatives explored in the contexts of Spain, Norway, Poland, Germany and Lebanon. Collectively, the authors attend to hiking as a social phenomenon and economic opportunity, which has the potential to sustainably revitalize rural destinations, if managed properly.
Released on 2016-10-04Categories Social Science

Inclusive Masculinities in Contemporary Football

Inclusive Masculinities in Contemporary Football

Author: Rory Magrath

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317226758

Category: Social Science

Page: 218

View: 849

Football has traditionally been an institution hostile toward sexual minorities. Boys and men in the sport have deployed high levels of homophobia for multiple reasons. However, the ground-breaking research within this book shows that intolerant attitudes toward gay men are increasingly being challenged. Based on unprecedented access to Premier League academies, Inclusive Masculinities in Contemporary Football: Men in the Beautiful Game explores these changing attitudes toward homophobia in football today. Revealing a range of masculine identities never before empirically measured at this level of football, this book discusses the implications for the complex and enclosed structures of professional sport, and extends our understanding of contemporary masculinity. It also offers fresh insights to the importance of "banter" in the development of relationships and identities. This culture of banter often plays a paradoxical role, both facilitating and disrupting friendships formed between male footballers. As the first title in the Routledge Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities Series, this book is fascinating reading for all students and scholars interested in football and the study of gender, sexuality and the sociology of sport.