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  • 1
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    2019
    ISBN: 9781501735134 
    Title: The Act of Living
    Subtitle: Street Life, Marginality, and Development in Urban Ethiopia
    Publisher(s): Cornell University Press
    Year of publication: 2019
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781501735134
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: The Act of Living explores the relation between development and marginality in Ethiopia, one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Replete with richly depicted characters and multi-layered narratives on history, everyday life and visions of the future, Marco Di Nunzio's ethnography of hustling and street life is an investigation of what is to live, hope and act in the face of the failing promises of development and change. Di Nunzio follows the life trajectories of two men, "Haile" and "Ibrahim," as they grow up in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, enter street life to get by, and turn to the city's expanding economies of work and entrepreneurship to search for a better life. Apparently favourable circumstances of development have not helped them achieve social improvement. As their condition of marginality endures, the two men embark in restless attempts to transform living into a site for hope and possibility.By narrating Haile and Ibrahim's lives, The Act of Living explores how and why development continues to fail the poor, how marginality is understood and acted upon in a time of promise, and why poor people's claims for open-endedness can lead to better and more just alternative futures. Tying together anthropology, African studies, political science, and urban studies, Di Nunzio takes readers on a bold exploration of the meaning of existence, hope, marginality, and street life
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  • 2
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    Online Resource
    2018
    ISBN: 9781501731372 
    Person(s): Jurik, Nancy
    Title: Bootstrap Dreams
    Subtitle: U.S. Microenterprise Development in an Era of Welfare Reform
    Publisher(s): Cornell University Press
    Year of publication: 2018
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781501731372
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Declines in real wages, increases in the number of poor families, and cutbacks to welfare and other safety-net programs have stimulated the popularity of microenterprise development programs (MDPs). These programs typically offer training and loans to individuals seeking to operate very small businesses. MDPs are often presented as a path to the self-sufficiency that comes with entrepreneurship and as an example of the success of market-based alternatives to government programs. In Bootstrap Dreams, Nancy C. Jurik analyzes the origins and maturation of these programs in the United States.Based on a national sample of fifty programs and an eight-year case study of one in particular, this is a rare book about microenterprise development. Jurik understands the positive social mission of MDPs, but she is not blind to the problems that they encounter. Jurik's clear perception of potential difficulties and her keen ability to place the microenterprise movement in the larger context of welfare reform and globalization make Bootstrap Dreams a valuable book
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  • 3
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    2018
    ISBN: 9781501720505 
    Title: Stalin's Outcasts
    Subtitle: Aliens, Citizens, and the Soviet State, 1926-1936
    Publisher(s): Cornell University Press
    Year of publication: 2018
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781501720505
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: "I served not in defense of the bourgeois order, but only for a crumb of bread since I was burdened with five small children."From 1923 to 1925 I worked as a musician but later my earnings weren't steady and I quickly stopped. Without an income to live on, I was drawn to the nonlaboring path."As a man almost completely illiterate and therefore not prepared for any kind of work, I was forced to return to my craft as a barber."I am as ignorant as a pipe."Golfo Alexopoulos focuses on the lishentsy ("outcasts") of the interwar USSR to reveal the defining features of alien and citizen identities under Stalin's rule. Although portrayed as "bourgeois elements," lishentsy actually included a wide variety of people, including prostitutes, gamblers, tax evaders, embezzlers, and ethnic minorities, in particular, Jews. The poor, the weak, and the elderly were frequent targets of disenfranchisement, singled out by officials looking to conserve scarce resources or satisfy their superiors with long lists of discovered enemies.Alexopoulos draws heavily on an untapped resource: an archive in western Siberia that contains over 100,000 individual petitions for reinstatement. Her analysis of these and many other documents concerning "class aliens" shows how Bolshevik leaders defined the body politic and how individuals experienced the Soviet state. Personal narratives with which individuals successfully appealed to officials for reinstatement allow an unusual view into the lives of "outcasts." From Kremlin leaders to marked aliens, many participated in identifying insiders and outsiders and challenging the terms of membership in Stalin's new society
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  • 4
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    2018
    ISBN: 9781501729232 
    Title: Walking the Victorian Streets
    Subtitle: Women, Representation, and the City
    Publisher(s): Cornell University Press
    Year of publication: 2018
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781501729232
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: Literary traditions of urban description in the nineteenth century revolve around the figure of the stroller, a man who navigates and observes the city streets with impunity. Whether the stroller appears as fictional character, literary persona, or the nameless, omnipresent narrator of panoramic fiction, he casts the woman of the streets in a distinctive role. She functions at times as a double for the walker's marginal and alienated self and at others as connector and contaminant, carrier of the literal and symbolic diseases of modern urban life. In Walking the Victorian Streets, Deborah Epstein Nord explores the way in which the female figure is used as a marker for social suffering, poverty, and contagion in texts by De Quincey, Lamb, Pierce Egan, and Dickens.What, then, of the female walker and urban chronicler? While the male spectator enjoyed the ability to see without being seen, the female stroller struggled to transcend her role as urban spectacle and her association with sexual transgression. In novels, nonfiction, and poetry by Elizabeth Gaskell1 Flora Tristan, Margaret Harkness, Amy Levy, Maud Pember Reeves, Beatrice Webb, Helen Bosanquet, and others, Nord locates the tensions felt by the female spectator conscious of herself as both observer and observed. Finally, Walking the Victorian Streets considers the legacy of urban rambling and the uses of incognito in twentieth-century texts by George Orwell and Virginia Woolf
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  • 5
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    Online Resource
    2017
    ISBN: 9781501713798 
    Title: Deaf in the USSR
    Subtitle: Marginality, Community, and Soviet Identity, 1917-1991
    Publisher(s): Cornell University Press
    Year of publication: 2017
    Document type: Online Resource
    ISBN: 9781501713798
    Terms of use: Vorläufiger Zugriff bis zum Jahresende
    Abstract: In Deaf in the USSR, Claire L. Shaw asks what it meant to be deaf in a culture that was founded on a radically utopian, socialist view of human perfectibility. Shaw reveals how fundamental contradictions inherent in the Soviet revolutionary project were negotiated-both individually and collectively- by a vibrant and independent community of deaf people who engaged in complex ways with Soviet ideology.Deaf in the USSR engages with a wide range of sources from both deaf and hearing perspectives-archival sources, films and literature, personal memoirs, and journalism-to build a multilayered history of deafness. This book will appeal to scholars of Soviet history and disability studies as well as those in the international deaf community who are interested in their collective heritage. Deaf in the USSR will also enjoy a broad readership among those who are interested in deafness and disability as a key to more inclusive understandings of being human and of language, society, politics, and power
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