Cultural Capital and Learners´ Register Work: WILFRED Chigerwe
Books are still among the most important cultural achievements of humanity. Their invention was as important as the Internet: for the first time, a mass transfer of information became possible. Education, science, research, but also entertainment was based on a new revolutionary basis. Books are changing society until today. The technical possibilities of mass printing led to a radical increase in titles in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nevertheless, the conditions were still very different than today: Who wrote a book at that time, often wrote a life´s work. This is reflected in the high quality of old books. Unfortunately, books age. Paper is not made for eternity. Therefore, we have made it our mission to preserve the book of knowledge of humanity and to make old books available in high quality at low prices
Embossing, punching and guilloche engraving are techniques that have almost faded into oblivion. These trailblazing manufactory production methods were crucial to the rise of Pforzheim´s jewellery industry in the nineteenth century. Today they are experiencing a new lease of life in contemporary jewellery. The ´Manufactory-Style Jewellery Design´ project fosters the passing down of experiential knowledge through the collaboration of artisans and designers from three generations. In 2005 the German Commission for UNESCO recorded the project in the German Register of ´Best Safeguarding Practices for Intangible Cultural Heritage´. This book presents an excerpt of this success story by means of archive material and interviews with former masters, explains how the machines work, and illustrates many examples of how these traditional techniques can be put to use in contemporary art jewellery.
This concise, accessible introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a whole--on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another. The book registers the primacy of politics, but situates political developments firmly in the context of massive economic, social, and cultural change. Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favor of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000904/bk_adbl_000904_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Aesop´s Fables is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE. Of diverse origins, the stories associated with his name have descended to modern times through a number of sources and continue to be reinterpreted in different verbal registers and in popular as well as artistic media. The fables originally belonged to the oral tradition and were not collected for some three centuries after Aesop´s death. By that time a variety of other stories, jokes and proverbs were being ascribed to him, although some of that material was from sources earlier than him or came from beyond the Greek cultural sphere. The process of inclusion has continued until the present, with some of the fables unrecorded before the later Middle Ages and others arriving from outside Europe. The process is continuous and new stories are still being added to the Aesop corpus, even when they are demonstrably more recent work and sometimes from known authors. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Heidi Gregory. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100180/bk_acx0_100180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
»Bibel als Text«, das ist ein text- und kulturwissenschaftlich orientiertes Verstehensmodell, das die theologische Bibelhermeneutik mit aktuellen Diskursen anderer textinterpretierender Disziplinen vernetzt. Der Textbegriff übernimmt dabei die Funktion einer integrierenden Leitfigur. Das hermeneutische Programm »Bibel als Text« bricht mit der Dominanz konfessionell-kirchlich gebundener Bibelauslegungen, die die Bibel als Wort Gottes, kanonische Heilige Schrift oder existentiell betreffendes Lebens- und Glaubensbuch beschreiben. Das Verstehensmodell »Bibel als Text« beruht auf dem Ansatz, dass die Erklärungspotentiale des literaturbezogenen Textbegriffs keineswegs ausgeschöpft oder mit dem cultural turn überholt sind. Vielmehr sind die Kategorien von Sprachlichkeit und Textualität in der Anwendung auf die Bibel von hohem Erklärungswert. Die Bibel wird dabei verstanden als Summe sprachlicher Codierungen vielfältiger ethnischer, kultureller, gesellschaftlicher und individueller Erfahrungen und Setzungen sowie ethischer und religiöser Entwürfe. Aus dem Inhalt: Geschichtliche Verortung - Terminologie - Altes Testament und Hermeneutik - Neues Testament und Hermeneutik - Register
Equality for Women = Prosperity for All by Augusto Lopez-Claros and Bahiyyih Nakhjavani is a groundbreaking audiobook about the direct relationship between a woman´s rights and freedoms and the economic prosperity of her country. The economics of gender inequality is often reduced to equal pay for equal work. But there is much more to it than that. Can a woman, whether married or single, register a business in the same way as a man? Can she sign a contract? Do men and women have equal ownership rights to property? Does she have the right to confer citizenship on her children? Are there criminal sanctions for sexual harassment? Gender inequality in the fields of education, law, employment and wages lead to incalculable social and political disparities. These disparities in turn give rise to endemic poverty and violence, to individual frustration, social instability, and cultural disaffection. When women are deprived of their rights, economies are eroded, democracies weakened, and the fabric of societies radically undermined. This pioneering book shows, once and for all, the direct correlation between the freedoms given to women and the prosperity enjoyed by all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Soneela Nankani, Augusto Lopez-Claros, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/003779/bk_aren_003779_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Wise-cracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous - and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbors and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum-wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a stone´s throw away from Dumpster-diving. Noah was a meth baby and has the birth defects to prove it. He sees how lonely his father is and tries to help him find a boyfriend while Wiley struggles to help Noah have a relationship with his incarcerated mother, who believes the best way to feed a child is with a slingshot. No wonder Noah becomes Wiley´s biggest supporter when Boston nurse Jackson Ledbetter walks past Wiley´s cash register and sets his sugar tree on fire. Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley´s sense of humor. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making. When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears. But, as they say down in Dixie, it´s all good. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wayne Messmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/020621/bk_acx0_020621_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
During the summer of 1969 - the summer Americans first walked on the moon - musician and poet Patti Smith recalled strolling down the Coney Island Boardwalk to a refreshment stand, where ´´pictures of Jesus, President Kennedy, and the astronauts were taped to the wall behind the register.´´ Such was the zeitgeist in the year of the moon. Yet this holy trinity of 1960s America would quickly fall apart. Although Jesus and John F. Kennedy remained iconic, by the time the Apollo Program came to a premature end just three years later few Americans mourned its passing. Why did support for the space program decrease so sharply by the early 1970s? Rooted in profound scientific and technological leaps, rational technocratic management, and an ambitious view of the universe as a realm susceptible to human mastery, the Apollo moon landings were the grandest manifestation of postwar American progress and seemed to prove that the United States could accomplish anything to which it committed its energies and resources. To the great dismay of its many proponents, however, NASA found the ground shifting beneath its feet as a fierce wave of anti-rationalism arose throughout American society, fostering a cultural environment in which growing numbers of Americans began to contest rather than embrace the rationalist values and vision of progress that Apollo embodied. No Requiem for the Space Age offers a narrative of the 1960s and 1970s unlike any told before, with the story of Apollo as the story of America itself in a time of dramatic cultural change. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Troxell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019795/bk_adbl_019795_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.