The Big Necessity

The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters

Author: Rose George

Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780805090833

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 5912

"One smart book . . . delving deep into the history and implications of a daily act that dare not speak its name." —Newsweek Acclaimed as "extraordinary" (The New York Times) and "a classic" (Los Angeles Times), The Big Necessity is on its way to removing the taboo on bodily waste—something common to all and as natural as breathing. We prefer not to talk about it, but we should—even those of us who take care of our business in pristine, sanitary conditions. Disease spread by waste kills more people worldwide every year than any other single cause of death. Even in America, nearly two million people have no access to an indoor toilet. Yet the subject remains unmentionable. Moving from the underground sewers of Paris, London, and New York (an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen) to an Indian slum where ten toilets are shared by 60,000 people, The Big Necessity breaks the silence, revealing everything that matters about how people do—and don't—deal with their own waste. With razor-sharp wit and crusading urgency, mixing levity with gravity, Rose George has turned the subject we like to avoid into a cause with the most serious of consequences.

Eine Schachtel Streichhölzer

Author: Nicholson Baker

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644030219

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 4447

33 Streichhölzer – 33 Skizzen über die kleinen Wunder des Alltags Aus kleinen Geschichten, Gedankensplittern und Erinnerungsblitzen beim frühmorgendlichen Kaminanzünden entsteht das Bild einer Familie, zu der außer dem wunderlichen Familienvater Emmett Ehefrau Claire (am Geldautomaten kamen sie sich näher), Tochter Phoebe (14, lebensklug), Sohn Henry (8, praktisch veranlagt) und die Ente Greta gehören. Bis das letzte Streichholz abgebrannt ist, gehen dem Leser eine Menge Lichter auf. «Wirkt wie ein Glücks-Cookie.» (Literaturen) «Diesem wunderlichen Frühaufsteher ist fortan ein Platz in der Schublade ‹Helden, die man nicht vergisst› sicher.» (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) «‹Eine Schachtel Streichhölzer› leuchtet vor Schönheit.» (Tages-Anzeiger) «Gäbe es mehr solche Bücher wie ‹Eine Schachtel Streichhölzer›, dann wäre die Welt besser.» (taz)

Planet der Slums

Author: Mike Davis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783935936569

Category: City and town life

Page: 247

View: 590

Mike Davis konstatiert in diesem ambitionierten und verstörenden Buch eine" Kopernikansche Wende"der menschlichen Siedlungsgeschichte. Denn nie zuvor überstieg der Anteil der Stadtbevölkerung den Anteil der auf dem Land Wohnenden und nie zuvor sah sich eine ungeheure Anzahl von über einer Milliarde Menschen gezwungen, ihr Überleben in Armut, im Schmutz der Müllhalden, ohne (sauberes) Wasser, ohne Toiletten, ohne irgendeine Art der Gesundheits- oder Sozialversorgung zu organisieren. Die Megaslums des" Südens"sind Ausdruck einer im höchsten Maße ungleichen und instabilen urbanen Welt. Hier treffen die sozialen Fronten der Globalisierung in radikaler Weise aufeinander.

Stille Örtchen

ein Besuch auf den Toiletten der Welt

Author: Morna E. Gregory,Sian James

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783896603920

Category:

Page: 256

View: 5831


Toxin

Roman

Author: Robin Cook

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442351572

Category:

Page: 477

View: 6940


Steve Jobs. Think different – die Welt anders denken

Author: Karen Blumenthal

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827075920

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 7957

Ein kompliziertes Genie, das die Einfachheit liebte: Steve Jobs - Querdenker, Visionär und Gründer von Apple. Wie konnte dieser Mann, der weder Ingenieur noch Computerfreak war, unsere digitale Welt so beeinflussen, dass wir uns nach jedem seiner Produkte verzehren? Kompakt und anschaulich erzählt Karen Blumenthal das außergewöhnliche Leben eines begnadeten Erfinders, der mit seinem mitreißenden und kompromisslosen Führungsstil Apple an die Spitze gebracht und gleichzeitig das Produktdesign einer ganzen Epoche geprägt hat. Blumenthals reich illustriertes Buch ist die faszinierende Biographie eines modernen Technik-Pioniers und zugleich ein überraschender Blick hinter die Kulissen der Computerindustrie. Ein Lesevergnügen ersten Ranges - nicht nur für Apple-Enthusiasten.

Cook

die Entdeckung eines Entdeckers

Author: Tony Horwitz

Publisher: mareverlag

ISBN: 9783936384895

Category:

Page: 703

View: 7132

Als James Cook 1769 zur ersten seiner drei großen Reisen aufbrach, war die Erde gerade einmal zu zwei Dritteln kartiert. Zehn Jahre später hatte Cook nicht nur auf dem Wasserweg die Welt entschleiert, sondern auch umfangreiche kulturelle und wissenschaftliche Studien vorgenommen, die das neuzeitliche Bild der Erde entscheidend prägten. Zwar ist viel über Cooks Leistungen bekannt, doch verstellten die Fakten bisher den ungeschönten Blick auf diese außergewöhnliche Figur. Tony Horwitz lenkt die Aufmerksamkeit des Betrachters nicht nur auf die dunklen Seiten des großen Forschers, sondern auch auf die zum Teil entsetzlichen Konsequenzen, die dessen Entdeckungen für einfache Kulturen nach sich zogen.

An Introduction to Global Studies

Author: Patricia J. Campbell,Aran MacKinnon,Christy R. Stevens

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444329588

Category: Political Science

Page: 440

View: 4177

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, An Introduction to Global Studies presents readers with a solid introduction to the complex, interconnected forces and issues confronting today's globalized world. Introduces readers to major theories, key terms, concepts, and notable theorists Equips readers with the basic knowledge and conceptual tools necessary for thinking critically about the complex issues facing the global community Includes a variety of supplemental features to facilitate learning and enhance readers' understanding of the material

Aus Angst wird Mut

Grundlagen buddhistischer Psychologie ; fünfzig Verse über die Natur des Bewusstseins

Author: Thích-Nhá̂t-Hạnh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783899012392

Category:

Page: 287

View: 7358


Sustainable Compromises

A Yurt, a Straw Bale House, and Ecological Living

Author: Alan Boye

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803265026

Category: Self-Help

Page: 208

View: 6980

Living simply isn’t always simple. When Alan Boye first lived in sustainable housing, he was young, idealistic, and not much susceptible to compromise—until rattlesnakes, black widow spiders, and loneliness drove him out of the utilities-free yurt he’d built in New Mexico. Thirty-five years later, he decided to try again. This time, with an idealism tempered by experience and practical considerations, Boye and his wife constructed an off-the-grid, energy-efficient, straw bale house in Vermont. Sustainable Compromises chronicles these two remarkable attempts to live simply in two disparate American eras. Writing with hard-won authority and humor, Boye takes up the “how-to” practicalities of “building green,” from finances to nuts and bolts to strains on friends and family. With Walden as a historical and philosophical touchstone and his own experience as a practical guide, he also explores the ethical and environmental concerns that have framed such undertakings from Thoreau’s day to our own. A firsthand account of the pleasures and pitfalls of living simply, his book is a deeply informed and engaging reflection on what sustainability really means—in personal, communal, ethical, and environmental terms.

Organische Chemie

Author: Jonathan Clayden,Nick Greeves,Stuart Warren

Publisher: Springer Spektrum

ISBN: 9783642347153

Category: Science

Page: 1366

View: 4025

Ein neuer Stern am Lehrbuch-Himmel: Organische Chemie von Clayden, Greeves, Warren - der ideale Begleiter für alle Chemiestudenten. Der Schwerpunkt dieses didaktisch durchdachten, umfassenden vierfarbigen Lehrbuches liegt auf dem Verständnis von Mechanismen, Strukturen und Prozessen, nicht auf dem Lernen von Fakten. Organische Chemie entpuppt sich als dabei als ein kohärentes Ganzes, mit zahlreichen logischen Verbindungen und Konsequenzen sowie einer grundlegenden Struktur und Sprache. Dank der Betonung von Reaktionsmechanismen, Orbitalen und Stereochemie gewinnen die Studierenden ein solides Verständnis der wichtigsten Faktoren, die für alle organisch-chemischen Reaktionen gelten. So lernen sie, auch Reaktionen, die ihnen bisher unbekannt waren, zu interpretieren und ihren Ablauf vorherzusagen. Der direkte, persönliche, studentenfreundliche Schreibstil motiviert die Leser, mehr erfahren zu wollen. Umfangreiche Online-Materialien führen das Lernen über das gedruckte Buch hinaus und vertiefen das Verständnis noch weiter.

Jesus' Sohn

Erzählungen

Author: Denis Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783499245244

Category:

Page: 175

View: 1727


You Will Die

The Burden of Modern Taboos

Author: Robert Arthur

Publisher: Feral House

ISBN: 1936239469

Category: Social Science

Page: 418

View: 1618

Taboos are a burden on society. By protecting irrational views they hinder progress towards greater happiness.

The Drug Company Next Door

Pollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico

Author: Alexa S. Dietrich

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814724841

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 9280

"This fascinating and most timely critical medical anthropology study successfully binds two still emergent areas of contemporary anthropological research in the global world: the nature and significant impact of multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers on human social life everywhere, and the contribution of corporations to the fast-paced degradation of our life support system, planet Earth. . . . Focusing on a pharmaceutically-impacted town on the colonized island of Puerto Rico, Dietrich ably demonstrates the value of ethnography carried out in small places in framing the large issues facing humanity." —Merrill Singer, University of Connecticut The production of pharmaceuticals is among the most profitable industries on the planet. Drug companies produce chemical substances that can save, extend, or substantially improve the quality of human life.However, even as the companies present themselves publicly as health and environmental stewards, their factories are a significant source of air and water pollution--toxic to people and the environment. In Puerto Rico, the pharmaceutical industry is the backbone of the island’s economy: in one small town alone, there are over a dozen drug factories representing five multinationals, the highest concentration per capita of such factories in the world. It is a place where the enforcement of environmental regulations and the public trust they ensure are often violated in the name of economic development. The Drug Company Next Door unites the concerns of critical medical anthropology with those of political ecology, investigating the multi-faceted role of pharmaceutical corporations as polluters, economic providers, and social actors. Rather than simply demonizing the drug companies, the volume explores the dynamics involved in their interactions with the local community and discusses the strategies used by both individuals and community groups to deal with the consequences of pollution. The Drug Company Next Door puts a human face on a growing set of problems for communities around the world. Accessible and engaging, the book encourages readers to think critically about the role of corporations in everyday life, health, and culture.

Remaking the John

The Invention and Reinvention of the Toilet

Author: Francesca Davis DiPiazza

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 1467747947

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 1254

Did you know that about 40 percent of the world's population lives without toilets? That's more than two billion people, most of whom live in rural areas or crowded urban slums. And according to the World Health Organization, diseases spread by the lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. In particular, diarrheal diseases kill more than two million people each year, most of them children. Everyone needs to go to the bathroom, and from the citizens of the world's earliest human settlements to astronauts living on the International Space Station, the challenge has been the same: how to safely and effectively dispose of human body wastes. Toilet history includes everything from the hunt for the causes of infectious disease to twenty-first-century marvels of engineering. In Remaking the John, you'll explore the many ways people across the globe and through the ages have invented—and reinvented—the toilet. You will learn about everything from ancient Roman sewers to the world's first flush toilets. You'll also find out about the twenty-first-century Reinvent the Toilet Challenge—an engineering contest designed to spur creation of an ecologically friendly, water-saving, inexpensive, and sanitary toilet. And while you're at it, mark World Toilet Day on your calendar. Observed every November 19, this international day of action works to raise awareness about the modern world's many sanitation challenges.

American Exodus

Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

Author: Giles Slade

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550925482

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 9186

As temperatures rise, declines in agricultural production and freshwater supply will diminish US carrying capacity by 2/3, and rising sea levels will impact the country's most densely populated regions. A frightening survey of what's to come, American Exodus argues that mankind can survive the coming century of climate chaos if we act quickly to preserve our shelter of last resort.

Toilet

Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing

Author: Harvey Molotch,Laura Noren

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814761205

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 2897

View "Public Restrooms": A Photo Gallery in The Atlantic Monthly. So much happens in the public toilet that we never talk about. Finding the right door, waiting in line, and using the facilities are often undertaken with trepidation. Don’t touch anything. Try not to smell. Avoid eye contact. And for men, don’t look down or let your eyes stray. Even washing one’s hands are tied to anxieties of disgust and humiliation. And yet other things also happen in these spaces: babies are changed, conversations are had, make-up is applied, and notes are scrawled for posterity. Beyond these private issues, there are also real public concerns: problems of public access, ecological waste, and—in many parts of the world—sanitation crises. At public events, why are women constantly waiting in long lines but not men? Where do the homeless go when cities decide to close public sites? Should bathrooms become standardized to accommodate the disabled? Is it possible to create a unisex bathroom for transgendered people? In Toilet, noted sociologist Harvey Molotch and Laura Norén bring together twelve essays by urbanists, historians and cultural analysts (among others) to shed light on the public restroom. These noted scholars offer an assessment of our historical and contemporary practices, showing us the intricate mechanisms through which even the physical design of restrooms—the configurations of stalls, the number of urinals, the placement of sinks, and the continuing segregation of women’s and men’s bathrooms—reflect and sustain our cultural attitudes towards gender, class, and disability. Based on a broad range of conceptual, political, and down-to-earth viewpoints, the original essays in this volume show how the bathroom—as a practical matter—reveals competing visions of pollution, danger and distinction. Although what happens in the toilet usually stays in the toilet, this brilliant, revelatory, and often funny book aims to bring it all out into the open, proving that profound and meaningful history can be made even in the can. Contributors: Ruth Barcan, Irus Braverman, Mary Ann Case, Olga Gershenson, Clara Greed, Zena Kamash,Terry Kogan, Harvey Molotch, Laura Norén, Barbara Penner, Brian Reynolds, and David Serlin.

In Stereotype

South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

Author: Mrinalini Chakravorty

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023153776X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

View: 8097

In Stereotype confronts the importance of cultural stereotypes in shaping the ethics and reach of global literature. Mrinalini Chakravorty focuses on the seductive force and explanatory power of stereotypes in multiple South Asian contexts, whether depicting hunger, crowdedness, filth, slums, death, migrant flight, terror, or outsourcing. She argues that such commonplaces are crucial to defining cultural identity in contemporary literature and shows how the stereotype's ambivalent nature exposes the crises of liberal development in South Asia. In Stereotype considers the influential work of Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Michael Ondaatje, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, and Chetan Bhagat, among others, to illustrate how stereotypes about South Asia provide insight into the material and psychic investments of contemporary imaginative texts: the colonial novel, the transnational film, and the international best-seller. Probing circumstances that range from the independence of the Indian subcontinent to poverty tourism, civil war, migration, domestic labor, and terrorist radicalism, Chakravorty builds an interpretive lens for reading literary representations of cultural and global difference. In the process, she also reevaluates the fascination with transnational novels and films that manufacture global differences by staging intersubjective encounters between cultures through stereotypes.

Längengrad

Die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies, welches das größte wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit löste

Author: Dava Sobel

Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827072360

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 9416

John Harrison, ein schottischer Uhrmacher, setzte sich ein ehrgeiziges und unmöglich erscheinendes Ziel: eine Methode zu ersinnen, die es Seeleuten ermöglicht, den genauen Längengrad ihrer Position auf See zu bestimmen. Über vierzig Jahre arbeitete Harrison wie besessen an der Herstellung eines perfekten Chronometers und kam schließlich — trotz Missgunst und zahlreicher Anfeindungen — zum Erfolg. Dava Sobels in luzider Prosa erzählte Geschichte dieser wissenschaftlichen Gralssuche wurde ein überwältigender internationaler Erfolg.