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Monthly Archives February 2013

Juridical Human Rights – An Excerpt from Gret Haller’s Human Rights Without Democracy?

In Human Rights Without Democracy?, published in an English translation by Berghahn Books in December 2012, Swiss politician, diplomat, and human rights activist Gret Haller interrogates why human rights are defined in a certain manner internationally.  _________________________ Do Human Rights really reflect the interests of the people? Can citizens in a democracy decide what human rights are? Or […]

“There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages, which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don’t see them.” Elie Wiesel

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Hot Off the Presses: New Journal Releases from Berghahn

Anthropology in Action Volume 19, Issue 3, Winter 2012 Special issue on Tourism and Applied Anthropology in Theory and Praxis, with articles on village tourism in Cyprus, hospitality in Laos, surf tourism in Costa Rica, and wine tourism in the Temecula Valley. German Politics and Society Volume 30, Issue 4, Winter 2012 With articles on […]

“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.” Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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Behind the Launch of Asia Pacific World with Chief Editor Malcolm J. M. Cooper

Back in 2009, a few faculty members at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (located in Beppu, Oita, Japan), along with the university’s first president, considered that the often promoted concept in the early years of the 21st century of this being the “Asia Pacific Century” needed re-evaluation, not only with respect to possible scenarios for the […]

Hot Off the Presses – New Book Releases

Newly released paperbacks from Berghahn: Constructing Charisma: Celebrity, Fame, and Power in Nineteenth-Century Europe, edited by Edward Berenson and Eva Giloi Comics in French: The Bande Dessinée in Context, Laurence Grove News as Culture: Journalistic Practices and the Remaking of Indian Leadership Traditions, Ursula Rao Human Nature as Capacity: Transcending Discourse and Classification, Nigel Rapport […]

Hot Off the Presses – New Book Releases

Newly released titles from Berghahn’s history and anthropology lists: The Viennese Café and Fin-de-siècle Culture, edited by Charlotte Ashby, Tag Gronberg and Simon Shaw-Miller Blood and Kinship: Matter for Metaphor from Ancient Rome to the Present, edited by Christopher H. Johnson, Bernhard Jussen, David Warren Sabean, and Simon Teuscher A Social History of Europe, 1945-2000: Recovery […]

“When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books. You will be reading meanings.” W.E.B. Du Bois

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