Ian Skelton and Octavio Ixtacuy López (eds)
Around the world today Indigenous peoples strive to maintain their cultures and improve their living conditions. They do this in face of the legacies of colonial pasts and the forces of globalization that tend to induce their marginalization and impoverishment. In this book, the authors analyze development experiences aimed at enhancing the self-reliance of Indigenous communities. Focusing on different contexts in contemporary North America, the authors engage diverse topics such as relationships between political economy and Indigenous self-development, dietary practices as strategies of adaptation and social reproduction, planning as a resource for Indigenous development, and alternative strategies for the conservation of natural resources. The essays of this book, as stated in the Foreword by T. Jojola, demonstrate the "growing manifestations of Indigenous planning practices that are being crafted along cultural principles.”
This book presents an argument on the systematic extinguishing of Maori rights to title to land in Aotearoa New Zealand. It identifies the key values informing Crown justification for disposing of inalienable reserve lands to claim their reworking within the contemporary administration of Maori land by the Maori Land Court. The task of the Court is to ensure that no further alienation of Maori land occurs; however, it is claimed that the Court applies restrictive interpretations of Maori customary law (Tikanga) to direct owner-families, who ‘share’ tribal affiliation, to form a tribal trust to administer their undivided interests in land. The Court, furthermore, reserves the right to change the status of trust land, and to transfer it from owner-trustees to the independent Maori Trustee, if it is deemed that owners have not fulfilled their obligations to care for their land.
Yousif Elhindi and Theresa McGarry (eds)
The study of language and gender has been greatly advanced by focusing on the local and the particular. Now is the time to explore what more we can learn by looking at gendered speakers’ use of typologically different languages. How do the resources provided by each language affect the ways in which women and men construct gendered identities in their cultures and communities? What resources do the languages provide at various linguistic levels? What frameworks account for gender-linked variation in specific local contexts?
As we advance our understanding of locally constructed masculinities and femininities, these questions impel the studies brought together in this volume, which investigate Maori, Japanese, Hebrew, Tamil, Chinese, Korean, English, Arabic, Sinhala, and Ekegusii. Written for scholars of linguistics, this collection illustrates the current state of understanding of the interaction of language and social gender, and it suggests directions for future research.
Spencer S. Stober, Tracey L. Brown, and Sean J. Cullen
Nature-centered Leadership is a book for those who aspire to reflect on their relationship with Nature while influencing others to do the same. Nature-centered leadership is not a category of leadership style per se—it is a process by which we build an aspirational narrative with others for a more sustainable future. Several leadership styles are considered, but Nature-centered leaders are primarily transformational in that they strive to build a shared vision for environmental protection. This book introduces Nature-centered visionaries who have demonstrated that it is possible to influence the way humans view and act with Nature. These visionaries include Saint Francis of Assisi, Charles Darwin, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Arne Naess, Thomas Berry, James Lovelock, and Chico Mendes. Their visions contribute to an aspirational narrative—a hopeful story—where humans are living in harmony with Nature. Nature-centered leaders leverage their efforts to build this aspirational narrative through education, the media, and organizations that act on Nature’s behalf. They encourage dialogue around various perspectives on how to sustain the environment. Some of us seek to understand the environment in purely material terms. Others seek to be good stewards of the environment as Creation. Still others of us seek to experience Nature and recognize her as having intrinsic value that is beyond explanation. Nature-centered leaders recognize these and other perspectives as essential voices in the dialogue for common ground and concerted action to preserve the environment for future generations. This is how each of us can become a Nature-centered leader.
The words of Dr. Chaim Azriel Weizmann who later became the first president of Israel could illustrate better today’s’ refugees’ situation. He said that during the unfolding event of the Second World War, “the world was divided into two parts: those places where Jews could not live and those where they could not enter.” Today’s world seems to be dividing into places where refugees cannot reach and places where refugees cannot be protected. On the one hand countries with judicial systems that could guarantee a fair refugee status determination process have built up barriers that make it nearly impossible for refugees to reach their shores and thus access their judicial systems. On the other hand, refugees’ rights are violated as matter of non compliance of the host country’s obligation resulting for the 1951 Refugee Convention including its underogable clauses providing for non-refoulement.
This book suggests that a creation of an enforcement mechanism for the 1951 Refugee Convention would contribute to the improvement of refugee law and would solve to a certain extent the current crisis faced by the refugee protection regime.
Christopher Morriss-Roberts and Keith Gilbert
Jockocracy: Queering Masculinity in Sport is a book which is in itself revolutionary and innovative. It is novel because it provides insights into the Queering of male homosocial sporting environments and the relationship to masculinity and the body in sporting contexts. It provides chapters which cover multidimensional under-researched areas of knowledge and highlights particular Queered epistemological challenges. This book considers the relationship that men have with their bodies in homosocial sporting environments and as such acknowledgement is given to the bonds that men make in defining their masculinity; this includes the role of the body and the environment in which this body exists. This book provides chapters which cover specialist areas such as: the origins of masculinity and sport, queer theory, sexuality and masculinity, metrosexulaity, sport and queer theory and finally provides a theory of masculinity in the context of queered sport. It is instrumental in developing the constructs of Masculine Capital in sport and as such this book should have an impact on sports sociology and sports management but also provide significant ideas for gender, masculinity, and sexuality studies courses.