Forbidden Football in Ceausescu’s Romania

Author: László Péter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319707094

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 162

View: 1286


This book presents an ethnographic description and sociological interpretation of the ‘football gatherings’ that evolved out of central Romania in the late twentieth century. In the 1980's, Romanian public television did not broadcast football mega-events for economic and political reasons. In response, masses of people would leave their homes and travel into the mountains to pick-up the TV broadcast from neighbouring countries. The phenomenon grew into a social institution with a penetrating force: it produced an alternative social space and a dissident public that pointed to a form of resistance taking place through football. Forbidden Football in Ceausescu’s Romania provides an insight into the everyday life under the pressure of dictatorship and, through the special patterns of sports consumption, it tells a social history through small individual stories related to football.

The Appointment

A Novel

Author: Herta M. Ller,Michael Hulse,Philip Boehm

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312420543

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 6971


In an intense novel set against the backdrop of Ceausescu's totalitarian regime, a young Romanian factory worker--so desperate to escape the betrayal and hardships of her life that she sews notes offering marriage into the linings of suits bound for Italy--is summoned for interrogation by members of the regime. Reprint.

Marginal Europe

The Contribution of Marginal Lands Since the Middle Ages

Author: Sidney Pollard

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Art

Page: 327

View: 579


The momentum of the British industrial revolution arose mostly in regions poorly endowed by nature, badly located and considered backward and poor by contemporaries. Sidney Pollard examines the initially surprising contribution made by the population of these and other `marginal areas' (mountains, forests and marshes) to the economic development of Europe since the Middle Ages. He provides case studies of periods in which marginal areas took the lead in economic development, such as theDutch economy in its Golden Age, and in the British industrial revolution. The traditional perception of the populations inhabiting these regions was that they were poor, backward, and intellectually inferior; but Sidney Pollard shows how they also had certain peculiar qualities which predisposed them to initiate progress. Healthy living, freedom, a martial spirit, and the hardiness to survive in harsh conditions enabled them to contribute a unique pioneering ability to pivotal economic periods; illustrating some of the effects of geography upon the development of societies.

Food at Work

Workplace Solutions for Malnutrition, Obesity and Chronic Diseases

Author: Christopher Wanjek

Publisher: International Labour Organization

ISBN: 9789221170150

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 448

View: 6642


This volume establishes a clear link between good nutrition and high productivity. It demonstrates that ensuring that workers have access to nutritious, safe and affordable food, an adequate meal break and decent conditions for eating is not only socially important and economically viable but a profitable business practice too. Through case studies from a variety of enterprises in 28 industrialized and developing countries, the book offers valuable and practical food solutions which can be adapted to workplaces of different sizes and with different budgets. It also addresses an often-overlooked issue in nutrition: access to clean drinking water. Relevant laws, regulations and guides pertaining to meal breaks and workplace nutrition are also highlighted in this volume, and an extensive section containing checklists and other useful resources for unions, employers and governments is included.

The Global Gym

Gender, Health and Pedagogies

Author: J. Andreasson,T. Johansson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137346620

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

View: 3186


By participating in the everyday life of fitness professionals, gym-goers and bodybuilders, The Global Gym explores fitness centres as sites of learning. The authors consider how physical, psychological and cultural knowledge about health and the body is incorporated into people's identity in a local and global gym and fitness context.

Stalinism and Nazism

Dictatorships in Comparison

Author: Ian Kershaw

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521565219

Category: History

Page: 369

View: 1160


Several distinguished historians present the first comprehensive comparison of Nazism and Stalinism.

Roma in an Expanding Europe

Breaking the Poverty Cycle

Author: Dena Ringold,Mitchell Alexander Orenstein,Erika Wilkens

Publisher: World Bank Publications

ISBN: 9780821354575

Category: Political Science

Page: 237

View: 7689


Following the enlargement of the European Union in May 2004, Roma (or gypsies) are now the largest minority group in Europe. They are also one of the poorest and most vulnerable groups, living mainly in Central and Eastern Europe, suffering poverty levels as high as ten times that found within majority populations. The lack of information about the living conditions and needs of Roma people compound these stark gaps in human development outcomes. This publication, prepared for a conference held in Budapest, Hungary in June 2003, brings together original sociological research, evaluations of programme initiatives, and the first comparative cross-country household survey on ethnicity and poverty. It finds that Roma poverty is multi-faceted and can only be addressed by a inclusive policy approach which respects their diversity.

France and Its Empire Since 1870

Author: Alice L. Conklin,Sarah Fishman,Robert Zaretsky

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199384444

Category: History

Page: 453

View: 2127


Providing an up-to-date synthesis of the history of an extraordinary nation--one that has been shrouded in myths, many of its own making--France and Its Empire Since 1870 seeks both to understand these myths and to uncover the complicated and often contradictory realities that underpin them. It situates modern French history in transnational and global contexts and also integrates the themes of imperialism and immigration into the traditional narrative. Authors Alice L. Conklin, Sarah Fishman, and Robert Zaretsky begin with the premise that while France and the U.S. are sister republics, they also exhibit profound differences that are as compelling as their apparent similarities. The authors frame the book around the contested emergence of the French Republic--a form of government that finally appears to have a permanent status in France--but whose birth pangs were much more protracted than those of the American Republic. Presenting a lively and coherent narrative of the major developments in France's tumultuous history since 1870, the authors organize the chapters around the country's many turning points and confrontations. They also offer detailed analyses of politics, society, and culture, considering the diverse viewpoints of men and women from every background including the working class and the bourgeoisie, immigrants, Catholics, Jews and Muslims, Bretons and Algerians, rebellious youth, and gays and lesbians.


Author: Gregory Stock

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

ISBN: 9780385253802

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3639


Hitler's Forgotten Ally

Ion Antonescu and his Regime, Romania 1940-1944

Author: D. Deletant

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230502091

Category: History

Page: 379

View: 4495


This book is the first complete study in English of Antonescu's part in the Second World War. Antonescu was a major ally of Hitler and Romania fielded the third largest Axis army, joined the Tripartite Pact in November 1940 as a sovereign state and participated in the attack on the Soviet Union of 22 June 1941 as an equal partner of Germany.

Sport, Protest and Globalisation

Stopping Play

Author: Jon Dart,Stephen Wagg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137464925

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 373

View: 5586


This volume is built around three assumptions - first, that for huge numbers people around the world, including many sport lovers, there are more important things in life than sport; second, that the governance of sport is in many ways problematic and needs to be confronted; and, third, that contrary to the still-popular belief that sport and politics don't mix, sport often provides an ideal theatre for the enacting of political protest. The book contains studies of a range of protests, stretching back to the death of suffragist Emily Davison at the Derby of 1913 and encompassing subsequent protests against the exclusion of women from the sporting arena; the Berlin Olympics of 1936; Western imperialism; the Mexico Olympics, 1968; the state racism of apartheid in South Africa; the effect of the global golf industry on ecosystems; Israeli government policy; resistance to the various attempts to bring the Olympic Games to Canadian and American cities; the cutting of welfare benefits for disabled British citizens; class privilege in the UK; Russian anti-gay laws; and high public spending on sport mega-events in Brazil. The collection will be of interest to scholars and students with an interest in Sports Studies, History, Politics, Geography, Cultural Studies and Sociology.

Workers Against Lenin

Labour Protest and the Bolshevik Dictatorship

Author: Jonathan Aves

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781860640674

Category: Political Science

Page: 220

View: 5073


This work challenges the view, widely held among historians of the Bolshevik revolution, that the upsurge of labour unrest of 1920-22 was the result of the appalling living conditions caused by the Civil War, had little significant content and was largely a sideshow to the huge conflict between the Bolsheviks and the peasants. Based on a wide reading of the contemporary Soviet press, archive sources and first-hand accounts by Bolsheviks and non-Bolsheviks, this work shows how rank and file opposition to the leadership in the Bolshevik-dominated trade unions grew, and how support for non-Bolshevik trade unions and political parties developed fast.

Communism Unwrapped

Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe

Author: Paulina Bren,Mary Neuburger

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199827664

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 1031


Communism Unwrapped reveals the complex world of consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe, exploring the ways people shopped, ate, drank, smoked, cooked, acquired, assessed and exchanged goods. These everyday experiences, the editors and contributors argue, were central to the way that communism was lived in its widely varied contexts in the region. From design, to production, to retail sales and black market exchange, Communism Unwrapped follows communist goods from producer to consumer, tracing their circuitous routes. In the communist world this journey was rife with its own meanings, shaped by the special political and social circumstances of these societies. In examining consumption behind the Iron Curtain, this volume brings dimension and nuance to understandings of the communist period and the history of consumerism.

Esau's Tears

Modern Anti-Semitism and the Rise of the Jews

Author: Albert S. Lindemann

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521795388

Category: History

Page: 568

View: 6759


Tracing the development of modern anti-Semitism from the 1870s to the Nazi takeover, the author maintains that it was less sinister and less influential over the lives of Jews and gentiles than some historians have suggested. UP.

Robben Island

Author: Chinedu Ahaiwe

Publisher: Partridge Africa

ISBN: 1482804042

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 92

View: 3133


It was not a sheer coincidence that the Apartheid regime in South Africa collapsed after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall represented the clear divide between the west and the east, and its fall meant a harmonization of both extremes, ushering in an environment of genuine peace and development for all humanity. It is then unfortunate that some persons want to take humanity through those tortuous paths again, as seen in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine. The book traces the Journey of Mr. Mandela in prison and the suffering of the black community during the Apartheid regimea regime sustained by Western capitalists in their quest to silence a suspected or full-blown Communist agenda led by ANC and other freedom fighters. Innocent human beings suffered while the war of ideologies lasted, and that is why this book is to remind us of the many sufferings humanity went through while the Cold War lasted and would want all to stand up and say no to these new attempts to rekindle that war by the Kremlin.

Split Signals

Television and Politics in the Soviet Union

Author: Ellen P. Mickiewicz

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195063198

Category: Philosophy

Page: 286

View: 8356


Television has changed drastically in the Soviet Union over the last three decades. In 1960, only five percent of the population had access to TV, but now the viewing population has reached near total saturation. Today's main source of information in the USSR, television has become Mikhail Gorbachev's most powerful instrument for paving the way for major reform. Containing a wealth of interviews with major Soviet and American media figures and fascinating descriptions of Soviet TV shows, Ellen Mickiewicz's wide-ranging, vividly written volume compares over one hundred hours of Soviet and American television, covering programs broadcast during both the Chernenko and Gorbachev governments. Mickiewicz describes the enormous significance and popularity of news programs and discusses how Soviet journalists work in the United States. Offering a fascinating depiction of the world seen on Soviet TV, she also explores the changes in programming that have occurred as a result of glasnost.

The London Olympics of 2012

Politics, Promises and Legacy

Author: Stephen Wagg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137326344

Category: Social Science

Page: 211

View: 4130


Analysing the politics of the 2012 London Olympics, Stephen Wagg examines the framing of London's bid to host the Games, arguments about the Games' likely impact and the establishment of 'Fortress London' to protect the Games. The book asks who won, and who lost out, in this important event as well as exploring its media coverage and legacy.