Die Mühlen der Zivilisation

Eine Tiefengeschichte der frühesten Staaten
Author: James C. Scott
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518761528
Category: Social Science
Page: 329
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Uns modernen Menschen erscheint die Sesshaftigkeit so natürlich wie dem Fisch das Wasser. Wie selbstverständlich gehen wir und auch weite Teile der historischen Forschung davon aus, dass die neolithische Revolution, in deren Verlauf der Mensch seine nomadische Existenz aufgab und zum Ackerbauer und Viehzüchter wurde, ein bedeutender zivilisatorischer Fortschritt war, dessen Früchte wir noch heute genießen. James C. Scott erzählt in seinem provokanten Buch eine ganz andere Geschichte. Gestützt auf archäologische Befunde, entwickelt er die These, dass die ersten bäuerlichen Staaten aus der Kontrolle über die Reproduktion entstanden und ein hartes Regime der Domestizierung errichteten, nicht nur mit Blick auf Pflanzen und Tiere. Auch die Bürger samt ihren Sklaven und Frauen wurden der Herrschaft dieser frühesten Staaten unterworfen. Sie brachte Strapazen, Epidemien, Ungleichheiten und Kriege mit sich. Einzig die »Barbaren« haben sich gegen die Mühlen der Zivilisation gestemmt, sich der Sesshaftigkeit und den neuen Besteuerungssystemen verweigert und damit der Unterordnung unter eine staatliche Macht. Sie sind die heimlichen Helden dieses Buches, das unseren Blick auf die Menschheitsgeschichte verändert.

Against the Grain/Gegen Den Strich

Selected Essaysy/Ausgewhlte Aufsatze
Author: Hans Eichner,Rodney Symington
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 411
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Against the Grain

A Deep History of the Earliest States
Author: James C. Scott
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300182910
Category: History
Page: 336
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An account of all the new and surprising evidence now available for the beginnings of the earliest civilizations that contradict the standard narrative Why did humans abandon hunting and gathering for sedentary communities dependent on livestock and cereal grains, and governed by precursors of today's states? Most people believe that plant and animal domestication allowed humans, finally, to settle down and form agricultural villages, towns, and states, which made possible civilization, law, public order, and a presumably secure way of living. But archaeological and historical evidence challenges this narrative. The first agrarian states, says James C. Scott, were born of accumulations of domestications: first fire, then plants, livestock, subjects of the state, captives, and finally women in the patriarchal family--all of which can be viewed as a way of gaining control over reproduction. Scott explores why we avoided sedentism and plow agriculture, the advantages of mobile subsistence, the unforeseeable disease epidemics arising from crowding plants, animals, and grain, and why all early states are based on millets and cereal grains and unfree labor. He also discusses the "barbarians" who long evaded state control, as a way of understanding continuing tension between states and nonsubject peoples.

Against the Grain

Couples, Gender, and the Reframing of Parenting
Author: Gillian Ranson
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442603585
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 214
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"An exciting, fresh, and timely look at the experiences of mothers and fathers who challenge dominant cultural expectations in their efforts to care for their children. Ranson's analysis offers a new way of thinking about parenting." - Glenda Wall, Wilfrid Laurier University

Samuel Butler, Victorian Against the Grain

A Critical Overview
Author: James G. Paradis
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 0802097456
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 423
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"Samuel Butler, Victorian against the Grain" is an interdisciplinary collection of essays that provides a critical overview of Butler's career, one which places his multifaceted body of work within the cultural framework of the Victorian age.

Against the Grain

The Genetic Transformation of Global Agriculture
Author: Marc Lappé,Britt Bailey
Publisher: Earthscan
ISBN: 9781853836572
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 163
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The world's food production is undergoing a rapid and revolutionary transformation, but little is known about it and less is being done to question the wisdom of it. Within a very few years, much of what we eat will have been genetically engineered, without proper consideration of the issues of public health, consumer choice and ecological stability. Against the Grain argues that the consequences of this huge experiment could be catastrophic, and at the very least have been underestimated or ignored by the industries exploiting the new technologies. The authors have unearthed government and industry documents which show these new methods to be far from fail-safe or risk free. Comprehensively supported with facts and references, the book provides a full account of the science and technologies involved in producing 'transgenic plants'. It also explains the scale and speed of what is going on, and argues for full public accountability and control of new developments - before it is too late.

Against the Grain

An Autobiography of William J. Nicol, Doctor, Surgeon, Minister and Pilgrim with Avril
Author: William Nicol
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 059540040X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 590
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School days in Guiana, Glasgow and Fife, two years in the Army and six years studying Medicine turned the boy into a doctor. Dreaming dreams with Avril, their marriage, their family and their affinity for common spiritual and material values set them on a pilgrimage of repeated challenges. Three years in a mission hospital in apartheid South Africa, conflicting interests of specialization and family responsibilities didn't deter the writer from returning to South Africa to develop the Orthopaedic Service for the Transkei before settling in Halifax, West Yorkshire. In time another phase of life beckoned. Ordained to the ministry in the United Reformed Church, churches in Newcastle, Ashington, the Borders, Pietermaritzburg, have all heard the sermon on the Hip Joint. Changing attitudes in Medicine and the Church, as in society worldwide are described from a personal, family, often humorous perspective as the journey Against the Grain unfolds.

Against the Grain

Extraordinary Gluten-Free Recipes Made from Real, All-Natural Ingredients
Author: Nancy Cain
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
ISBN: 0385345569
Category: Cooking
Page: 400
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Revolutionary all-natural recipes for gluten-free cooking--from the owner of Against the Grain Gourmet. Nancy Cain came to gluten-free cooking simply enough: Her teenage son was diagnosed with celiac disease. After trying ready-made baking mixes and finding the results rubbery and tasteless, she pioneered gluten-free foods made entirely from natural ingredients--no xanthan or guar gums or other mystery chemical additives allowed. That led her to adapt many of her family's favorite recipes, including their beloved pizzas, pastas, and more, to this real food technique. In Against the Grain, Nancy finally shares 200 groundbreaking recipes for achieving airy, crisp breads, delicious baked goods, and gluten-free main dishes. For any of these cookies, cakes, pies, sandwiches, and casseroles, you use only natural ingredients such as buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, and ripe fruits and vegetables. Whether you're making Potato Rosemary Bread, iced Red Velvet Cupcakes, Lemon-Thyme-Summer Squash Ravioli, or Rainbow Chard and Kalamata Olive Pizza, you'll be able to use ingredients already in your pantry or easily found at your local supermarket. With ample information for gluten-free beginners and 100 colorful photographs, this book is a game changer for gluten-free households everywhere. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Against the Grain

Advances in Postcolonial Organization Studies
Author: Anshuman Prasad
Publisher: Copenhagen Business School Press DK
ISBN: 9788763002431
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 320
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The book offers an important look at the extraordinary power and promise of post-colonialism as a critical perspective in management and organisation studies.

Against the Grain


Author: Gary L. Pleasant
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781467806220
Category: Religion
Page: 76
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While the church is headed for purpose, destiny and dollars, the world is heading for moral collapse. Jesus commanded the church to enter in at the straight gate, for wide is the gate that leadeth to destruction and narrow is the way that leadeth to eternal life. Jesus declared that few be there that find it. He makes it clear that few will actually travel the road against the grain. This book was written for the sole purpose to encourage believers to keep the faith without compromise. As you turn through the pages of this book you will be challenged to repent, confess and ask God to guide your steps as you travel the road of life. You will also be encouraged to know that God still supports His Holy plan. This book cuts across value systems and the need to be tolerant. So, take your time and meditate through each chapter honestly and allow God to speak to your heart.

Against the Grain

Genetic Transformation of Global Agriculture
Author: Marc Lappe,Britt Bailey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134196865
Category: Science
Page: 176
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The world's food production is undergoing a rapid and revolutionary transformation, but little is known about it and less is being done to question the wisdom of it. Within a very few years, much of what we eat will have been genetically engineered, without proper consideration of the issues of public health, consumer choice and ecological stability. Against the Grain argues that the consequences of this huge experiment could be catastrophic, and at the very least have been underestimated or ignored by the industries exploiting the new technologies. The authors have unearthed government and industry documents which show these new methods to be far from fail-safe or risk free. Comprehensively supported with facts and references, the book provides a full account of the science and technologies involved in producing 'transgenic plants'. It also explains the scale and speed of what is going on, and argues for full public accountability and control of new developments - before it is too late.

Going Against the Grain

When Professionals in Hawai?i Choose Public Schools Instead of Private Schools
Author: Ann Shea Bayer
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824833392
Category: Education
Page: 294
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This book is about passion, advocacy, and the willingness of parents to go against the grain. It s about Hawai i professionals choosing public education for their children in a state that adheres to a commonly held belief that public schools are failing and private schools are succeeding. University of Hawai i education professor Ann Bayer interviewed fifty-one parents, including five who chose private schools. Physicians, professors, attorneys, military officers, teachers, legislators, business executives and entrepreneurs, bankers, and administrators of both genders and from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds were among those interviewed. Bayer begins by asking parents why they chose to send their children to public schools. She also asks them to describe the reaction of families, friends, and colleagues to their decision and their children s school experiences both positive and negative. From these conversations the concept of what constitutes a good public school emerges as well as the opportunities provided by such schools. Several parents remark that their children have gone on to attend the same colleges and universities as private school graduates. Other chapters examine more closely the prevalent belief in the superiority of Hawai i s private schools and its impact on students, parents, and teachers. Bayer argues that it is important to understand this belief system and how both newcomers and longtime residents are exposed to it given its influence on parental decisions about schooling. Finally, she returns to interviews with parents for suggestions on how to improve public education in Hawai i and to address the question Why should we care about the public school system? Responses spark frank discussions on the broader implications for the civic and economic health of a community fragmented by two-tiered schooling. Candid and insightful, Going Against the Grain provides a much-needed look at education in Hawai i. It will be essential reading for parents, teachers, administrators, legislators, policy makers, and others interested in promoting and supporting public education and understanding its role in a democracy. "

Against the grain

The British far left from 1956
Author: Smith Evan,Worley Matthew
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 184779923X
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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Against the grain is the first general history of the British far left to be published in the twenty-first century. Its contents cover a range of organisations beyond the Labour Party, bringing together leading experts on British left-wing politics to examine issues of class, race and gender from 1956 to the present day. The essays collected here are designed to highlight the impact made by the far left on British politics and society. Though the predicted revolution did not come, organisations such as the International Socialists, the International Marxist Group and Militant became household names in the 1970s and 1980s. Taken as a whole, the collection demonstrates the extent to which the far left has weaved its influence into the political fabric of Britain.

Working Against the Grain

Re-Imaging Black Theology in the 21st Century
Author: Anthony G. Reddie
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317490495
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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Christianity has been both the cause of oppression among Black communities and a source of liberation. Black Christianity has sought solace in the redemptive figure of Christ in its struggle for human dignity and freedom. 'Working Against the Grain' addresses the displacement of Black theology in Diasporan African churches by charismatic and conservative neo-Pentecostalism. The essays present a radical Black theology that empowers disenfranchised Black people whilst challenging White power to see and act differently. 'Working Against the Grain' is an essential text for all those interested in the pursuit of racial justice and other forms of anti-oppressive practice, both inside the church and beyond it.

Against the Grain

Southern Radicals and Prophets, 1929-1959
Author: Anthony P. Dunbar
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
ISBN: 9780813908922
Category: Political Science
Page: 306
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Against the Grain

Beverley Farmer's Writing
Author: Lyn Jacobs
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702231575
Category: Fiction
Page: 258
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This is the first comprehensive critical study of Beverley Farmer's poetry, prose and criticism, in UQP's long-running Studies in Australian Literature series. Jacobs studies Farmer's work in relation to the dynamic changes in writing and reception that have occurred during Farmer's writing life.

Against the Grain


Author: James Haydock
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1456795228
Category: Fiction
Page: 392
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The book dramatizes the plight of abolitionist Quakers living in eastern North Carolina during the Civil War. As the war rages from 1861 to 1865, both Union and Confederate forces tramp through the region to destroy whatever they come upon and confiscate, as the war drags on, anything of value. A Quaker family entrenched in rural tradition and a faith emphasizing peace quietly resists the brutality of war but is made to suffer. As Southerners, Union soldiers see them as the enemy. As abolitionists going against the grain of Southern culture, Confederate soldiers despise and harass them. When they refuse to pay the exemption tax, their men are required to go into the army. Refusing to bear arms, their mettle is severely tested at Gettysburg and Petersburg. The book is about courage and endurance in the maw of adversity. It is closely based on historical fact, Confederate records, and Quaker tradition.

Against the Grain

Foresters and Politics in Nova Scotia
Author: Anders Sandberg,Peter Clancy
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 9780774807661
Category: Political Science
Page: 376
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Too often, the ideas and practices of professional foresters have beenviewed as monolithic. This book argues that forestry is a more diverseand complex activity than has been generally recognized. It alsounderlines the political character of the profession. Difference liesat the root of politics, and Nova Scotia forestry has been punctuatedby fundamental debates on matters of science, policy, and management.In different ways, the subjects of this volume all have run"against the grain," raising challenges in pursuit of newforestry practice. Many of their challenges have failed, in the face ofa determined consensus. Nonetheless, the plurality of views andexperiences they reveal are an apt reflection of the inherentlypolitical character of modern forestry and of the need to push beyondappearance to find the foundations of both orthodoxy and dissent.

Against the Grain

Interviews with Maverick American Publishers
Author: Robert Dana
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 1587298945
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 280
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Against the Grain is a collection of interviews with nine small press publishers, each one characterized by strength of resolve and a dedication to good books. Each press reflects, perhaps more directly than any large trade publisher could, the character of its founder; and each has earned its own place in the select group of important small presses in America. This collection is the first of its kind to explore with the publishers themselves the historical, aesthetic, practical, and personal impulses behind literary publishing. The publishers included are Harry Duncan (the Cummington Press), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (City Lights), David Godine (David R. Godine), Daniel Halpern (the Ecco Press), Sam Hamill and Tree Swenson (Copper Canyon Press), James Laughlin (New Directions), John Martin (Black Sparrow), and Jonathan Williams (the Jargon Society). Their passion for books, their belief in their individual visions of what publishing is or could be, their inspired mulishness crackle on the page.