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Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China

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Enze Han, "Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China"
2013 | ISBN-10: 0199936293 | 240 pages | PDF | 13 MB

Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China
Contestation and Adaptation unravels the complexities of national-identity contestation among various ethnic minority groups in China. It focuses on the interactions between domestic and international forces that inform ethnic groups' national-identity contestation, positing a theoretical framework where international factors play a significant role in determining why and when ethnic groups will contest the national identities imposed on them by central governments as part of the nation-building process.

Simmering grievances and occasional outbursts of social unrest among ethnic minority populations in China challenge not only the ruling party's legitimacy and governance, but also contemporary Chinese national identity and the territorial integrity of the Chinese state. But, as Enze Han points out, of the fifty-five ethnic minority groups in China, only the Tibetans and Uyghurs have forcefully contested the idea of a Chinese national identity. He argues that whether ethnic groups contest those national identities depends on whether they perceive a better, achievable alternative. In particular, Han argues that ethnic groups with extensive external kinship networks are most likely to perceive a capacity to achieve better circumstances and are, therefore, more likely to politically mobilize to contest national identity. In the absence of such alternatives ethnic groups are more likely to cope with their situation through emigration, political ambivalence, or assimilation. Using this theoretical framework, the book compares the way that five major ethnic minority groups in China negotiate their national identities with the Chinese nation-state: Uyghurs, Chinese Koreans, Dai, Mongols, and Tibetans. Overall, Contestation and Adaptation sheds light on the nation-building processes in China over the past six decades and the ways that different groups have resisted or acquiesced in their dealings with the Chinese state and majority Han Chinese society.
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High Noon in the Automotive Industry

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High Noon in the Automotive Industry by Helmut Becker
English | 2006 | ISBN: 3540258698 | 273 Pages | PDF | 3 MB
This book was born from curiosity. To begin with, it was the curiosity of an economist who studied in the 60's in an environment which has subsequently developed from national into global economics.

High Noon in the Automotive Industry
Who has to recognize that politicians, scholars and large segments of society oblivious to supranational authorities and e- nomic globalization forces continue to labour under the notion that they are still fully autonomous and sovereign when shaping national economic policy. And pretend as though their own national state were still the "m- ter in its own house" that despite unbridled market economics could c- tinue to dictate to the economy and companies how to live and in which "rooms". All that has become fiction. The laws of globalization diminish the – noeuvring space for shaping national economic policy. Even if many folks today don't want to hear it: The issue is no longer achieving what is soc- politically desirable for the own society but rather the optimal adaptation of society and social benefits to the politically practicable.
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Smart Technologies for Safety Engineering

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Jan Holnicki-Szulc, "Smart Technologies for Safety Engineering"
2008 | ISBN-10: 0470058463 | 350 pages | PDF | 16 MB

Smart Technologies for Safety Engineering
Smart technologies comprise a dynamic new interdisciplinary research field that encompasses a wide spectrum of engineering applications including, but not limited to, intelligent structures and materials, actuators, sensors and structural observability, control systems and software tools for the design of adaptive structures. Smart technologies focus on the issues surrounding the safety and integrity of engineering systems. presents the achievements of ten years of research from the Smart-Tech Centre applied to some of the key issues of safety engineering. Results presented include: Original methods and software tools for modelling, design, simulation and control of adaptive structures and applicability of the adaptive concept to the design of structures for extreme loads; Application of the smart-tech concept to hot research topics and emerging engineering issues including health monitoring of structures and engineering systems, monitoring of loading conditions, automatic structural adaptation to unpredictable, randomly changing dynamic conditions and the optimal design of adaptive structures and engineering systems; Numerically efficient and original software packages that can be used for the design of adaptive, as well as passive (without control devices) structures. The Virtual Distortion Method, which has been developed especially for fast reanalysis of structures and systems and exact sensitivity analysis, allowing for effective modelling, design, health monitoring and control of smart engineering systems. The original research and practical applications in will appeal to a broad spectrum of engineers, researchers, professors and graduate students involved in the research, design and development of widely understood adaptronics and mechatronics, including smart structures and materials, adaptive impact absorption, health and load monitoring, vibration control, vibroacoustics and related issues.
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From Animals to Animats 11

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Stephane Doncieux, Benoit Girard, "From Animals to Animats 11"
Sp..ger | 2010 | ISBN: 3642151922 | 678 pages | PDF | 22 MB

From Animals to Animats 11
This volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Simulation and Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2010, held in Paris and Clos Lucé, France, in August 2010. The articles cover all main areas in animat research, including perception and motor control, action selection, motivation and emotion, internal models and representation, collective behavior, language evolution, evolution and learning. The authors focus on well-defined models, computer simulations or robotic models, that help to characterize and compare various organizational principles, architectures, and adaptation processes capable of inducing adaptive behavior in real animals or synthetic agents, the animats.
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Animal Domestication and Behavior (Cabi) by CABI

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Animal Domestication and Behavior (Cabi) by CABI
English | Nov 27, 2002 | ISBN: 0851995977 | 308 Pages | PDF | 21 MB
This book synthesizes existing knowledge of the process of domestication and how it has affected the behavior of captive wild and domesticated animals. Three broad themes are addressed: genetic contributions to the process of domestication, experimental contributions to the process of domestication, the process of feralization (i.e. the adaptation of domesticated animals when returned to their natural habitat)

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The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today: Ethnography, Ethnology, and Change in a Complex Region

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The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today: Ethnography, Ethnology, and Change in a Complex Region by Robert L. Winzeler professor emeritus of anthropology University of Nevada
English | 2011-01-16 | ISBN: 0759118620, 0759118639 | PDF | 336 pages | 3,8 MB

The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today: Ethnography, Ethnology, and Change in a Complex Region
The Peoples of Southeast Asia Today offers an anthropological treatment of the ethnography and ethnology of Southeast Asia, covering both the mainland and the insular regions. Based on the proposition that Southeast Asia is a true culture area, the book offers background information on geography, languages, prehistory and history, with a particular emphasis on the role of colonialism and the development of ethnic pluralism. It then turns to classic anthropological topics of interest including modes of adaptation, ways of life, and religion, all illustrated with relevant case studies and all brought up to date to show what is happening now. Students will find well-supported discussions of subjects ranging from the development of agriculture and language dispersals, to fantasy and reality in hunter-gatherer studies, to disputed interpretations of Thai Buddhism and Javanese Islam, to ongoing government efforts to manage religion, create proper citizens, resettle and assimilate indigenous populations, end shifting cultivation and promote modernization.
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Learning Across Sites: New Tools, Infrastructures and Practices

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Learning Across Sites: New Tools, Infrastructures and Practices (New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction) by Sten R. Ludvigsen, Andreas Lund, Ingvill Rasmussen and Roger Säljö
English | ISBN: 0415581761 | 2010 | PDF | 400 pages | 3,5 MB
The ever evolving, technology-intensive nature of the twenty-first century workplace has caused an acceleration in the division of labour, whereby work practices are becoming highly specialised and learning and the communication of knowledge is in a constant state of flux.

Learning Across Sites: New Tools, Infrastructures and Practices
This poses a challenge for education and learning: as knowledge and expertise increasingly evolve, how can individuals be prepared through education to participate in specific industries and organisations, both as newcomers and throughout their careers?

Learning Across Sites brings together a diverse range of contributions from leading international researchers to examine the impacts and roles which evolving digital technologies have on our navigation of education and professional work environments. Viewing learning as a socially organised activity, the contributors explore the evolution of learning technologies and knowledge acquisition in networked societies through empirical research in a range of industries and workplaces. The areas of study include public administration, engineering, production, and healthcare and the contributions address the following questions:

How are learning activities organised?

How are tools and infrastructures used?

What competences are needed to participate in specialised activities?

What counts as knowledge in multiple and diverse settings?

Where can parallels be drawn between workplaces?

Addressing an emerging problem of adaptation in contemporary education, this book is essential reading for all those undertaking postgraduate study and research in the fields of educational psychology, informatics and applied information technology.
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Between Orality and Literacy: Communication and Adaptation in Antiquity

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Ruth Scodel, "Between Orality and Literacy: Communication and Adaptation in Antiquity"
English | ISBN: 9004269126 | 2014 | 384 pages | PDF | 6 MB

Between Orality and Literacy: Communication and Adaptation in Antiquity
The essays in Between Orality and Literacy address how oral and literature practices intersect. Their topics range from Homer and Hesiod to the New Testament and Gaius Institutes, from epic poetry and drama to vase painting, historiography, mythography, and the philosophical letter.
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