At Day's Close: Night in Times Past by A. Roger Ekirch PDF

By A. Roger Ekirch

ISBN-10: 0393344584

ISBN-13: 9780393344585

Bringing gentle to the shadows of historical past via a "rich weave of quotation and archival evidence" (Publishers Weekly), pupil A. Roger Ekirch illuminates the features of lifestyles almost always missed by way of different historians—those that spread at evening.

In this "triumph of social history" (Mail on Sunday), Ekirch's "enthralling anthropology" (Harper's) exposes the nightlife that spawned a different tradition and a shelter from day-by-day life.

Fear of crime, of fireplace, and of the supernatural; the significance of moonlight; the elevated prevalence of ailment and dying at evening; night gatherings to spin wool and tales; masqued balls; hotels, taverns, and brothels; the suggestions of thieves, assassins, and conspirators; the protecting makes use of of incantations, meditations, and prayers; the character of our predecessors' sleep and dreams—Ekirch unearths these types of and extra in his "monumental study" (The Nation) of sociocultural historical past, "maintaining all through an infectious feel of wonder" (Booklist).

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Racist discourse was used here intentionally not only to undermine her legitimacy as a professional authority in a very public manner, but also to weaken the strength of her contribution as a knowledge producer and so to erode her personal confidence. Her other experiences within the same institution also reveal how the exclusionary aspects of societal racism are sometimes reflected in staff relations within the academy: You assume some basic courtesy and respect in the university—and racial remarks or attitudes are generally not that blatant—but in South Carolina it was a different story…my colleagues would not acknowledge me.

Does affirmative action in reality overcome racial disadvantage? What is its relative value with regard to shaping the self-concept of the beneficiaries? A study conducted in the USA (Leonard, 1988) concluded that, whilst minority group productivity did increase significantly during the 1970s because of the enforcement of affirmative action policies in the work place, there was also evidence of more discrimination against women than against ethnic minority groups per se. With regard to the 1980s, the study concluded that ‘the fact that more women are in the labor force owes more to a massive shift in the female labor supply, and perhaps the threat of lawsuits under Title VII, than to the impact of AA during the 1980s’ (Leonard, 1988:132).

Thus it is that concepts of ‘racial otherness’ may be constructed within the organization in terms of ‘commonsense’ or 30 FEMINIST ACADEMICS: stereotypic understandings of ‘ethnic or gender specific’ behaviours, temperament and disposition which would ostensibly undermine individuals’ ability to make rational decisions—and which, in turn, would influence their ‘credibility’ in positions of authority. This was reflected by the experience in the UK of one of the respondents who, as part-time tutor responsible for in-service teacher training, also worked in an advisory role as acting head of a support service department in a Local Education Authority (LEA).

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