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In The Company Of Cars

RRP $457.99

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It has long been accepted that the social and cultural meanings of the car far exceed the practical need for mobility. This book marks the first attempt to contribute to road safety, considering, in depth, these meanings and the cultures of driving that are shaped by them. In the Company of Cars examines the perspectives that young people have on cars, and explores the broader social and cultural meanings of the car, the potential it is supposed to fulfil, and the anticipated benefits it offers to young drivers. From focus-group research conducted in Australia, the book takes up the views of young people on a range of topics, from media to car use to gender performance. The author looks at the ways in which driving has been defined by articulations of the car that emphasize valued features of the car-driver, such as gender, youthfulness, status, age, power, raciness, sexiness, ruggedness and competitiveness. The book takes a global perspective on mobility, considering the impact of cars and road safety policy on quality of life, and the value and significance of other modes of travel, in a range of countries.


Orality And Performance In Classical Attic Prose

RRP $243.99

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This study discusses the question of whether there is a linguistic difference between classical Attic prose texts intended for public oral delivery and those intended for written circulation and private performance. Identifying such a difference which exclusively reflects these disparities in modes of reception has proven to be a difficult challenge for both literary scholars and cultural historians of the ancient world, with answers not always satisfactory from a methodological and an analytical point of view.

The legitimacy of the question is first addressed through a definition of what such slippery notions as "orality" and "oral performance" mean in the context of classical Athens, reconstruction of the situations in which the extant prose texts were meant to be received, and an explanation of the grounds on which we may expect linguistic features of the texts to be related to such situations. The idea that texts conceived for public delivery needed to be as clear as possible is substantiated by available cultural-historical and anthropological facts; however, these do not imply that the opposite was required of texts conceived for private reception. In establishing a rigorous methodology for the reconstruction of the native perception of clarity in the original contexts of textual reception this study offers a novel approach to assessing orality in classical Greek prose through examination of linguistic and grammatical features of style. It builds upon the theoretical insights and current experimental findings of modern psycholinguistics, providing scholars with a new key to the minds of ancient writers and audiences.


Scars Of A Boy Soldier

RRP $27.50

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Scars of a Boy Soldier is the story of the physical and psychological turmoil suffered by a 12-year-old boy when he's abducted into the Lord's Resistance Army in northern Uganda.

This 25-year-old Ugandan author faced violent memories that, for ten years, he had tried to repress. Forgotten tears were shed in the writing of this book. How should the story be told? What should be told? How much detail should be told?

Readers will get a unique insight into what happened to a young boy's mind when he was torn from his family and tortured into fighting.

This gripping story, beyond imagination, is written from the heart. Gruesome, but understated, and without gratuitous detail.



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