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  • 1
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    1999
    ISBN: 9781847551740 
    Contributer: Bashkin, Vladimir N
    Title: Practical Environmental Analysis
    Publisher(s): Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year of publication: 1999
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781847551740
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: How can I analyse my sample of rainwater?"This soil sample is thought to contain heavy metals - how can I test it?"Many students and technicians the world over need to find the answers to questions such as these. This unique book provides detailed instructions for practical experiments in environmental analysis. The comprehensive coverage includes the chemical analysis of important pollutants in air, water, soil and plant tissue, and the experiments generally require only basic laboratory equipment. Practical Environmental Analysis is supplemented by theoretical material explaining, amongst other concepts, the principles behind each method and the importance of various pollutants. Also included are suggestions for projects and example calculations.The subject and content of this timely book will guarantee a warm welcome from students, technicians and lecturers alike
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  • 2
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    Course Book 1998
    ISBN: 9781400822461 
    Person(s): Savran, David
    Title: Taking It Like a Man
    Subtitle: White Masculinity, Masochism, and Contemporary American Culture
    Edition: Course Book
    Publisher(s): Princeton University Press
    Year of publication: 1998
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781400822461
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: From the Beat poets' incarnation of the "white Negro" through Iron John and the Men's Movement to the paranoid masculinity of Timothy McVeigh, white men in this country have increasingly imagined themselves as victims. In Taking It Like a Man, David Savran explores the social and sexual tensions that have helped to produce this phenomenon. Beginning with the 1940s, when many white, middle-class men moved into a rule-bound, corporate culture, Savran sifts through literary, cinematic, and journalistic examples that construct the white man as victimized, feminized, internally divided, and self-destructive. Savran considers how this widely perceived loss of male power has played itself out on both psychoanalytical and political levels as he draws upon various concepts of masochism--the most counterintuitive of the so-called perversions and the one most insistently associated with femininity.Savran begins with the writings and self-mythologization of Beat writers William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac. Although their independent, law-defying lifestyles seemed distinctively and ruggedly masculine, their literary art and personal relations with other men in fact allowed them to take up social and psychic positions associated with women and racial minorities. Arguing that this dissident masculinity has become increasingly central to U.S. culture, Savran analyzes the success of Sam Shepard as both writer and star, as well as the emergence of a new kind of action hero in movies like Rambo and Twister. He contends that with the limited success of the civil rights and women's movements, white masculinity has been reconfigured to reflect the fantasy that the white male has become the victim of the scant progress made by African Americans and women.Taking It Like a Man provocatively applies psychoanalysis to history. The willingness to inflict pain upon the self, for example, serves as a measure of men's attempts to take control of their situations and their ambiguous relationship to women. Discussing S/M and sexual liberation in their historical contexts enables Savran to consider not only the psychological function of masochism but also the broader issues of political and social power as experienced by both men and women
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    Course Book 1998
    ISBN: 9781400822584 
    Title: The Insistence of the Indian
    Subtitle: Race and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century American Culture
    Edition: Course Book
    Publisher(s): Princeton University Press
    Year of publication: 1998
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781400822584
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Americans' first attempts to forge a national identity coincided with the apparent need to define--and limit--the status and rights of Native Americans. During these early decades of the nineteenth century, the image of the "Indian" circulated throughout popular culture--in the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, plays about Pocahontas, Indian captivity narratives, Black Hawk's autobiography, and visitors' guides to the national capitol. In exploring such sources as well as the political and legal rhetoric of the time, Susan Scheckel argues that the "Indian question" was intertwined with the ways in which Americans viewed their nation's past and envisioned its destiny. She shows how the Indians provided a crucial site of reflection upon national identity. And yet the Indians, by being denied the natural rights upon which the constitutional principles of the United States rested, also challenged American convictions of moral ascendancy and national legitimacy.Scheckel investigates, for example, the Supreme Court's decision on Indian land rights and James Fenimore Cooper's popular frontier romance The Pioneers: both attempted to legitimate American claims to land once owned by Indians and to assuage guilt associated with the violence of conquest by incorporating the Indians in a version of the American political "family." Alternatively, the widely performed Pocahontas plays dealt with the necessity of excluding Indians politically, but also portrayed these original inhabitants as embodying the potential of the continent itself. Such examples illustrate a gap between principles and practice. It is from this gap, according to the author, that the nation emerged, not as a coherent idea or a realist narrative, but as an ongoing performance that continues to play out, without resolution, fundamental ambivalences of American national identity
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    Revised Edition 1996
    ISBN: 9780812202717 
    Person(s): Marc, David
    Title: Demographic Vistas
    Subtitle: Television in American Culture
    Edition: Revised Edition
    Publisher(s): University of Pennsylvania Press
    Year of publication: 1996
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9780812202717
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: In Demographic Vistas, David Marc shows how we can take television seriously within the humanist tradition while enjoying it on its own terms. To deal with the barrage of messages from television's chaotic history, Marc adapts tools of theatrical and literary criticism to focus on key personalities and genres in ways that reward serious students and casual viewers alike.This updated edition includes a new foreword by Horace Newcomb and a new introduction by the author that discusses the ways in which the nature of television criticism has changed since the book's original publication in 1984. A new final chapter explores the paradox of the diminishing importance of over-the-air broadcasting during the period of television's greatest expansion, which has been brought about by complex technologies such as cable, videocassette recorders, and online services
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