City of Disorder

  • Filename: city-of-disorder.
  • ISBN: 0814788203
  • Release Date: 2008-04-01
  • Number of pages: 252
  • Author: Alex S. Vitale
  • Publisher: NYU Press



2009 Association of American University Presses Award for Jacket Design In the 1990s, improving the quality of life became a primary focus and a popular catchphrase of the governments of New York and many other American cities. Faced with high levels of homelessness and other disorders associated with a growing disenfranchised population, then mayor Rudolph Giuliani led New York's zero tolerance campaign against what was perceived to be an increase in disorder that directly threatened social and economic stability. In a traditionally liberal city, the focus had shifted dramatically from improving the lives of the needy to protecting the welfare of the middle and upper classes—a decidedly neoconservative move. In City of Disorder, Alex S. Vitale analyzes this drive to restore moral order which resulted in an overhaul of the way New York views such social problems as prostitution, graffiti, homelessness, and panhandling. Through several fascinating case studies of New York neighborhoods and an in-depth look at the dynamics of the NYPD and of the city's administration itself, Vitale explains why Republicans have won the last four New York mayoral elections and what the long-term impact Giuliani's zero tolerance method has been on a city historically known for its liberalism.

Sacred High City Sacred Low City

  • Filename: sacred-high-city-sacred-low-city.
  • ISBN: 9780199861446
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 220
  • Author: Steven Heine
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press



The author argues that lived religion in Japan functions as an integral part of daily life; any apparent lack of interest masks a fundamental commitment to participating regularly in diverse, though diffused, religious practices. The book uses case studies of religious sites at two representative but contrasting Tokyo neighborhoods as a basis for reflecting on this apparently contradictory quality.

East Asia A Cultural Social and Political History Volume I To 1800

  • Filename: east-asia-a-cultural-social-and-political-history-volume-i-to-1800.
  • ISBN: 9781111808150
  • Release Date:
  • Number of pages: 348
  • Author: Patricia Buckley Ebrey
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning



Designed for the East Asian history course, this text features the latest scholarship on the region's cultural, political, economic, and intellectual history. Coverage is balanced among East Asian countries, with approximately 20 percent of the text focus

East Asia A Cultural Social and Political History Volume II From 1600

  • Filename: east-asia-a-cultural-social-and-political-history-volume-ii-from-1600.
  • ISBN: 9781111808143
  • Release Date:
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Patricia Buckley Ebrey
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning



Designed for the East Asian history course, this text features the latest scholarship on the region's cultural, political, economic, and intellectual history. Coverage is balanced among East Asian countries, with approximately 20 percent of the text focus

Edo and Paris

  • Filename: edo-and-paris.
  • ISBN: 080148183X
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 483
  • Author: James L. McClain
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press



'Edo and Paris marks a watershed in Western-language historical scholarship on Japan...From within the comparative thematic framework the editors have provided, the reworkings of our understanding of Paris may help us rewrite history (and histories) from more inclusive perspectives.'-Eighteenth-Century Studies--

Dance Sex and Gender

  • Filename: dance-sex-and-gender.
  • ISBN: 0226315517
  • Release Date: 1988-05-15
  • Number of pages: 311
  • Author: Judith Lynne Hanna
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press



"Ambitious in its scope and interdisciplinary in its purview. . . . Without doubt future researchers will want to refer to Hanna's study, not simply for its rich bibliographical sources but also for suggestions as to how to proceed with their own work. Dance, Sex, and Gender will initiate a discussion that should propel a more methodologically informed study of dance and gender."—Randy Martin, Journal of the History of Sexuality

Emperor of Japan

  • Filename: emperor-of-japan.
  • ISBN: 9780231518116
  • Release Date: 2013-08-13
  • Number of pages: 928
  • Author: Donald Keene
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press



This is the extraordinary story of how Japan was dramatically transformed during the long reign of Emperor Meiji, from an isolated island nation to one of the five great powers of the world, poised as a rival in Asia to Russia and the European colonial powers.

Sanctuaries of the City

  • Filename: sanctuaries-of-the-city.
  • ISBN: 9781317059561
  • Release Date: 2016-04-01
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Author: Anni Greve
  • Publisher: Routledge



This book proposes that we can learn from Tokyo about the instrinsic importance of in-between realms to an international culture: the sanctuaries. It argues that certain urban societies are more robust than others because they offer socio-spatial capacities that enable the development of skills for coping with modern forms of living. It studies places that may open the way to an international culture, namely market places, venues for performing arts and religious sites, which - with particular reference to the Durkheimian tradition - are considered here in their quality as sanctuaries. From its empirical analysis of such sanctuaries in Tokyo, this book develops a more general theory about mega-cities, urban sociability and identity.

Postsecular Cities

  • Filename: postsecular-cities.
  • ISBN: 9781441199409
  • Release Date: 2011-06-16
  • Number of pages: 296
  • Author: Justin Beaumont
  • Publisher: A&C Black



This book reflects the wide-spread belief that the twenty-first century is evolving in a significantly different way to the twentieth, which witnessed the advance of human rationality and technological progress, including urbanisation, and called into question the public and cultural significance of religion. In this century, by contrast, religion, faith communities and spiritual values have returned to the centre of public life, especially public policy, governance, and social identity. Rapidly diversifying urban locations are the best places to witness the emergence of new spaces in which religions and spiritual traditions are creating both new alliances but also bifurcations with secular sectors. Postsecular Cities examines how the built environment reflects these trends. Recognizing that the 'turn to the postsecular' is a contested and multifaceted trend, the authors offer a vigorous, open but structured dialogue between theory and practice, but even more excitingly, between the disciplines of human geography and theology. Both disciplines reflect on this powerful but enigmatic force shaping our urban humanity. This unique volume offers the first insight into these interdisciplinary and challenging debates.

The Modern Epidemic

  • Filename: the-modern-epidemic.
  • ISBN: 0674579127
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: William Johnston
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Asia Center



Through a historical and comparative analysis of modern Japan's epidemic of tuberculosis, William Johnston illuminates a major but relatively unexamined facet of Japanese social and cultural history. He utilizes a broad range of sources, including medical journals and monographs, archaeological evidence, literary works, ethnographic data, and legal and government documents to reveal how this and similar epidemics have been the result of social changes that accompanied the process of modernization. Johnston also shows the ways in which modern states, private organizations, and individual citizens have responded to epidemics, and in the process reexamines the concept of the epidemic itself, showing that epidemics must be thought of not only in medical and biological terms but in political, social and cultural terms as well.

East Asia A Cultural Social and Political History

  • Filename: east-asia-a-cultural-social-and-political-history.
  • ISBN: 9781285528670
  • Release Date: 2013-01-01
  • Number of pages: 600
  • Author: Patricia Buckley Ebrey
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning



Written by top scholars in the field, EAST ASIA: A CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL HISTORY, 3E delivers a comprehensive cultural, political, economic, and intellectual history of East Asia, while focusing on the narratives and histories of China, Japan, and Korea in a larger, global context. Full color inserts on such topics as food, clothing, and art objects illustrate the rich artistic heritage of East Asia. A range of primary source documents spotlights women's independence, students-turned-soldiers, and other stirring issues, while intriguing biographical sketches throughout highlight the lives of popular figures and ordinary people alike. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Civilization Past and Present

  • Filename: civilization-past-and-present.
  • ISBN: 0321053060
  • Release Date: 2000-07-01
  • Number of pages: 672
  • Author: Robert Edgar
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group



Treats the development and growth of civilization as a global experience through which all the great culture systems have interacted to produce the contemporary world. This text considers all types of history as it examines that global interaction, through pedagogical aids, Discovery Through Maps feature, source documents, and website URLs.

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