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Scientific books

Philosophical Issues in Sport Science

The role and value of science within sport increases with ever greater professionalization and commercialization. Scientific and technological innovations are devised to increase performance, ensure greater accuracy of measurement and officiating, reduce risks of harm, enhance spectatorship, and raise revenues. However, such innovations inevitably come up against epistemological and metaphysical problems related to the nature…

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Scientific books

Journalism, Science and Society, Science Communication Between News and Public Relations

Analyzing the role of journalists in science communication, this book presents a perspective on how this is going to evolve in the twenty-first century. The book takes three distinct perspectives on this interesting subject. Firstly, science journalists reflect on their ‘operating rules’ (science news values and news making routines). Secondly, a brief history of science…

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Educational books

Stratification in Higher Education, A Comparative Study

The mass expansion of higher education is one of the most important social transformations of the second half of the twentieth century. In this book, scholars from 15 countries, representing Western and Eastern Europe, East Asia, Israel, Australia, and the United States, assess the links between this expansion and inequality in the national context. Contrary…

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Funny books

Planet Funny, How Comedy Ruined Everything

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year The witty and exuberant New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings relays the history of humor in “lively, insightful, and crawling with goofy factlings,” (Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette)—from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes. Where…

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Travel books

Travel Writing and Empire, Postcolonial Theory in Transit

“The book combines detailed evaluations of major contemporary models of analysis – new historicism, travelling theory, and post-colonial studies – with a series of specific studies detailing the complicity of the genre with a history of violent incursion from Columbus’s reports from the New World through to the nomadism of postmodern travelogue.” “Postcolonial studies has…

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Scientific books

Translating Science, The Transmission of Western Chemistry Into Late Imperial China, 1840-1900

This fascinating, richly-illustrated account of the translation of Western science – particularly chemistry – into late nineteenth-century China provides new insights both into the lives of the Chinese and foreign translators and into the processes and influences of science translation.

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Sports books

Native Americans and Sport in North America, Other People’s Games

Taking examples from the United States and Canada, this comprehensive text offers compassionate and critical accounts of the Native American sporting experience. It challenges popular images of indigenous athletes and athletics; it explores Native American participation in and appropriation of EuroAmerican sports; and it unpacks social categories, particularly gender, race and heritage and their implications…

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Sports books

It’s All for the Kids, Gender, Families, and Youth Sports

“As an eminent sociologist of gender and sports, the son of a high school coach, and a parent, Michael Messner is uniquely positioned to illuminate the persistent and changing gender dynamics of parent-organized youth sports. The result, as predicted, is a perceptive, vividly detailed, and highly readable book.”–Barrie Thorne, author of “Gender Play: Girls and…

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Travel books

Shakespeare – wie ich ihn sehe

Typisch Bill Bryson: eine humorvolle und leicht verständliche Einführung in Shakespeares Leben, seine Werke und seine Zeit Mensch oder Mythos – wer war William Shakespeare wirklich, der geistige Vater von Romeo und Julia, von Hamlet und Macbeth? Gab es den Menschen Shakespeare überhaupt? Ist der Name womöglich das Pseudonym eines Unbekannten, der seine Identität verschleiern…

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Travel books

Warum ich nicht länger mit Weißen über Hautfarbe spreche

»Dieses Buch verlangte danach, geschrieben zu werden. Es ist die Art von Buch, die eine Zukunft einfordert, in der wir solche Bücher nicht mehr brauchen. Essenziell.« Marlon James, Gewinner des Man Booker Prize 2015 Viel zu lange wurde Rassismus als reines Problem rechter Extremisten definiert. Doch die subtileren, nicht weniger gefährlichen Vorurteile finden sich dort,…