This moving and challenging book by Simon Charlesworth deals with the personal consequences of poverty and class and the effects of growing up as part of a poor and stigmatized group. Charlesworth examines these themes by focussing on a particular town - Rotherham - in South Yorkshire, England, and using the personal testimony of disadvantaged people who live there, acquired through recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to these life stories the interpretative tools of philosophy and social theory, drawing in particular on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty, in order to explore the social relations and experiences of a distinct but largely ignored social group. The culture described in this book is not unique to Rotherham and Charlesworth argues that the themes and problems identified in this book will be familiar to economically powerless and politically dispossessed people everywhere.
The seven chakras allow life energy to flow into our aura and are associated with our physical, mental and emotional interactions. Healers observe that the majority of dis-ease is caused by an energy imbalance in our bodies, usually a reduced flow of pranic life-force throughout the chakras.This fascinating book and CD provide you with a personalised, practical and direct experience of chakras and their powerful healing properties. Going far beyond a reference guide, The Chakra Experience is more like a personal tutor, explaining how to work with your chakras and access benefits such as improved health, stress reduction and spiritual development. Featuring case studies throughout, this holistic, integrated and practical guide is your own personal chakra workshop in a book.
From the PREFACE.
John Lothrop Motley was a 19th century American diplomat and writer who wrote at length about historical topics and reviews of others' writings, from the Civil War era to reviews of Honore de Balzac's fiction.
The remains of Tai Fu's lost collection Kuang-i chi ('The Great Book of Marvels') preserve three hundred short tales of encounters with the other world. This study develops a style of close reading through which those tales give access to the lives of individuals in eighth-century China. Through the eyes of a mid-century county official the picture emerges of a complex lay society, served by a mixed priesthood of ritual practitioners, whose members' lives at all levels were profoundly shaped by their perceived experience of contact with the other world. It was a society embarking on fundamental change, and this book uses the sharp historical focus of Tai Fu's collection to study the dynamics of that change. The work gracefully reveals the transition from the beliefs and institutions of early mediaeval China towards those we now recognize as modern.
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