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Book Beat: December 1999

The Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective

The Angry EarthEdited by Anthony Oliver-Smith, Department of Anthropology , and Susanna M. Hoffman
(Routledge Press, 1999)
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"This collection is the first to adequately represent the cultural, historical, and geographical scope and complexities of the problem of disaster. It introduces a range of useful perspectives and arguments, with compelling examples. One wishes such a collection had been available to help define the agenda for the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, now ending."

—Kenneth Hewitt, editor of Interpretations of Calamity

Excerpt

Similar to disaster research in other fields, almost all aspects of anthropological investigation of disaster implicitly carry an applied consideration. Virtually every focus of the investigation in some measure expounds the problems of individuals, communities, and societies engrossed in disaster. However, a growing corpus of work in anthropological research explicitly addresses applied concerns and methods. Work has varied depending on the type and scope of disaster, but applied anthropologists have directed attention and action to issues of prediction, prevention, and mitigation. They have been concerned with warning systems, the construction of habitat and workplace and relief efforts.

Wilhelm Hausenstein: Ausgewählte Briefe 1904-1957

Ausgewählte Briefe Edited by Hal H. Rennert,
Department of German & Slavic Languages & Literatures
(Igel Verlag Literatur, 1999)
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Wilhelm Hausenstein was born July 17, 1882 in Hornberg in the Black Forest in Germany. He received his doctorate from the University of Munich in 1905 and lived in that city as an art writer almost all of his life. He published more than eighty books. Among his friends were Rainer Maria Rilke, Annette Kolb, Paul Klee, Alfred Kubin, Max Beckmann, Karl Valentin and the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Theodor Heuss. He was an editor of the famous "Frankfurter Zeitung" from 1934 until 1943, when the Nazis prohibited this paper and all of his publications. Upon the urging of Konrad Adenauer, he accepted the difficult position of the first ambassador of Germany to France after World War II. In this position he and his wife Margot Hausenstein contributed significantly to the reconciliation of these two countries. He died in Munich on June 3, 1957. [The personal library of Wilhelm Hausenstein was acquired by the University of Florida Library in the early 1980s and is now housed in Special Collections. His papers (Nachlass) are located at the German Literary Archive in Marbach, Germany.]

- translated from the book cover

Up the Political Ladder: Career Paths in US Politics

Up the Political LadderWayne L. Francis, Department of Political Science, and Lawrence W. Kenny, Department of Economics
(Sage Publications, 1999)
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Those interested in American politics, political careers and legislatures will marvel at this down-to-earth, straightforward book. Authors Wayne L. Francis and Lawrence W. Kenny examine why states differ in ease of entry into state and national political office and analyze the strategic decision making behavior of politicians in their attempts to move up the political ladder. The authors take a look at the careers of US presidents, showing how they successfully climbed the political ladder after starting at the bottom and working their way up.

- from book cover

Excerpt

The traditional solution to poor performance in office is for citizens to vote legislators or chief executives out of office. But for many offices, voters have difficulty perceiving who, for example, has become responsive only to special interests at the cost of the larger majority. That is, voters may have difficulty perceiving whether their representative is casting the votes they would like cast. Incumbents have clear information advantages. They can send out a stream of positive messages during their term and can command greater campaign resources to offset negative information from challengers. A citizen would need to be very attentive to public affairs to objectively monitor the representative's official behavior.

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