Here is a sample of the eleven  items added to the collection in the past week.  Click on a title for more information; TWU login may be required.

 Education for children with disabilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: developing a sense of belonging /Margarita Schiemer.  This book presents insights into the lived realities of children with disabilities in primary schools in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It examines specific cultural and societal characteristics of Ethiopia that influence the education of children with disabilities. The book presents findings drawn from interviews with, and participant observation of the schoolchildren, family members, teachers and other “experts”, and places these findings in a cultural-historical context. The multidimensional approach taken allows for, on the one hand, the provision of a historical grounding of the book, explaining the main historical junctures and their implications for education, and the discussion of the role of culture and society as barriers and facilitators of education. On the other hand, it gives the book a more personal angle, allowing the reader to gain insight into what it means to feel like a family, develop a sense of belonging, and trying to move toward educational equity.

 An inconvenient sequel: truth to power : your action handbook to learn the science, find your voice, and help solve the climate crisis /Al Gore. The  companion to Vice President Al Gore’s documentary videoAn Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this new book is a daring call to action. It exposes the reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and delivers hope through groundbreaking information on what you can do now.  Gore brings together cutting-edge research from top scientists around the world; approximately 200 photographs and illustrations to visually articulate the subject matter; and personal anecdotes and observations to document the fast pace and wide scope of global warming. He presents, with alarming clarity and conclusiveness (and with humor, too) that the fact of global climate change is not in question and that its consequences for the world we live in will be assuredly disastrous if left unchecked. The book also offers a comprehensive how-to guide on exactly how we can change the course of fate. With concrete, actionable advice on topics ranging from how to run for office to how to talk to your children about climate change, An Inconvenient Sequel will empower you to make a difference–and lets you know how exactly to do it. This book captures that same essence and is a must-have for everyone who cares deeply about our planet.

  The Livingstone of South America [electronic resource]: the life & adventures of W. Barbrooke Grubb among the wild tribes of the Gran Chaco in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina, the Falkland Islands & Tierra del Fuego /by R. J. Hunt ; with a foreword by Herbert Gibson & an appreciation by H. T. Morrey-Jones. The life and work of William Barbrooke Grubb [1865-1930] despite appearing in the standard mission dictionaries seems to be relatively unknown.

 Placing empire: travel and the social imagination in imperial Japan /Kate McDonald. Placing Empire examines the spatial politics of Japanese imperialism through a study of Japanese travel and tourism to Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan between the late nineteenth century and the early 1950s. In a departure from standard histories of Japan, this book shows how debates over the place of colonized lands reshaped the social and spatial imaginary of the modern Japanese nation and how, in turn, this sociospatial imaginary affected the ways in which colonial difference was conceptualized and enacted. In so doing, it illuminates how ideas of place became central to the production of new forms of colonial hierarchy as empires around the globe transitioned from an era of territorial acquisition to one of territorial maintenance.

Rivers of the Anthropocene /edited by Jason M. Kelly, Philip Scarpino, Helen Berry, James Syvitski, and Michel Meybeck. This exciting volume presents the work and research of the Rivers of the Anthropocene Network, an international collaborative group of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, policy makers, and community organizers working to produce innovative transdisciplinary research on global freshwater systems. In an attempt to bridge disciplinary divides, the essays in this volume address the challenge in studying the intersection of biophysical and human sociocultural systems in the age of the Anthropocene. Featuring contributions from authors in a rich diversity of disciplines–from toxicology to archaeology to philosophy–this book is an excellent resource for students and scholars studying both freshwater systems and the Anthropocene.

 Searching for sharing: heritage and multimedia in Africa /edited by Daniela Merolla and Mark Turin. Taking an innovative and interdisciplinary approach, this volume explores the idea of sharing as a model to construct and disseminate the knowledge of literary heritage with the people who are represented by and in it. Expert contributors interweave sociological analysis with an appraisal of the transformative impact of technology on literary and cultural production. Topics explored include the Mara Cultural Heritage Digital Library, the preservation of Ewe heritage material, new e-resources for texts in Manding languages, and the possibilities of technauriture. This timely and necessary collection also examines to what extent digital documents can be and have been institutionalised in archives and museums, how digital heritage can remain free from co-option by hegemonic groups, and the roles that exist for community voices. A valuable contribution to a fast-developing field, this book is required reading for scholars and students in the fields of heritage, anthropology, linguistics, history and the emerging disciplines of multi-media documentation and analysis, as well as those working in the field of literature, folklore, and African studies.

 

 A table for one: critical reading of singlehood, gender and time /Kinneret Lahad. A Table for One explores the links between female singlehood and social time, juxtaposing two theoretical fields that are rarely linked: the social study of time and the study of singlehood. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this book paves the way for a new theorisation of singlehood which will put it at the fore of deconstructive critical thinking and on the feminist agenda. Drawing on a wide variety of cultural resources – including web columns, blogs, expert advice columns, popular clichés, advertisements and references from television episodes – this book sketches the meaning-making processes of singlehood and time in Israel.