Unbowed

A Memoir

Author: Wangari Maathai

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780307492333

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 2145

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the Kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai continued to fight tirelessly to save Kenya’s forests and to restore democracy to her beloved country. Infused with her unique luminosity of spirit, Wangari Maathai’s remarkable story of courage, faith, and the power of persistence is destined to inspire generations to come. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Release

Afrika, mein Leben

Erinnerungen einer Unbeugsamen

Author: Wangari Maathai

Publisher: Dumont Buchverlag

ISBN: 3832184198

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 1621

»Unmittelbar, aufrichtig und wunderschön.« Bill Clinton Als Wangari Maathai mit dem Friedensnobelpreis geehrt wurde, feierte ganz Nairobi. 2006 schrieb sie dann die außergewöhnliche Geschichte ihres Lebens auf. 1940 in einem Kikuyu-Dorf am Fuße des Mount Kenya geboren, ergriff sie die Chance, in den USA und Deutschland zu studieren. Zurück in Kenia wurde sie die erste Professorin des Landes und die erste grüne Politikerin Afrikas. Sie gründete das Umweltschutzprogramm »Green Belt Movement«, das zu einer panafrikanischen Bewegung wurde. Doch ihr Engagement brachte ihr nicht nur Zustimmung ein. Präsident Arap Moi ließ sie viele Male verhaften, schickte seine Polizisten, wenn sie sich schützend vor den Regenwald stellte. Die Frauenverbände beschimpften sie, weil sie ihre Auflehnung gegen die Männer ungehörig fanden, und ihr Ehemann verließ sie und ihre drei Kinder, weil sie »zu eigensinnig und zu schwer zu kontrollieren« gewesen sei. ›Afrika, mein Leben‹ erzählt bildhaft und anekdotenreich die Lebensgeschichte einer charismatischen Frau, die Hoffnung in die Welt trug. Wangari Maathai wurde 1940 im Nyeri District, Kenia, geboren und starb 2011 in Nairobi. Sie studierte Biologie in den USA und Deutschland und gründete 1977 das Aufforstungsprojekt »Green Belt Movement«. Im Jahr 2002 wurde sie bei den ersten freien Wahlen Kenias ins Parlament gewählt, 2003 ernannte Präsident Mwai Kibaki sie zur stellvertretenden Ministerin für Umwelt. 2004 wurde sie als erste afrikanische Frau mit dem Friedensnobelpreis geehrt.
Release

Eines Tages werde ich über diesen Ort schreiben

Author: Binyavanga Wainaina

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783884234273

Category:

Page: 317

View: 1524

Binyavanga Wainaina nimmt seine Leser mit auf die Reise durch sein Leben von den 1970ern bis in die heutige Gegenwart. Er erzählt von einer Kindheit in der urbanen Mittelklasse Kenias, der Studienzeit im Südafrika des gesellschaftlichen Wandels, den ersten schriftstellerischen Versuchen bis zum literarischen Durchbruch. Starke sinnliche Erlebnisse mischen sich mit landschaftlichen Eindrücken, gleichzeitig wird die Bedeutung von Familie, Volk und Nation vor dem Hintergrund der sich wandelnden politischen Szenerie immer wieder in Frage gestellt. Ob Wainaina sich an den Haartrockner im Frisörladen seiner Mutter erinnert, an die Musik Michael Jacksons oder an ein Familientreffen in Uganda - er tut dies so liebevoll wie respektlos, so hinreissend komisch wie melancholisch und immer mit sprachlichem Witz und scharfem Blick auf die Brüche unserer Zeit. Binyavanga Wainaina, geboren 1971 in Kenia, studierte in Südafrika Wirtschaft und arbeitete anschliessend in Kapstadt als Journalist. Er gewann 2002 den Caine Prize for African Writing für die autobiografische Kurzgeschichte Discovering Home. 2006 absolvierte er an der University of East Anglia in Norwich ein Magister-Studium in Creative Writing und schrieb für National Geographic, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Granta und The New York Times. Er ist Herausgeber von Kwani?, einem führenden afrikanischen Literaturmagazin mit Sitz in Kenia. 2009 übernahm Wainaina die Leitung des Chinua Achebe Centers am Bard College, New York.
Release

Eco-critical Literature

Regreening African Landscapes

Author: Ogaga Okuyade

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 0979085888

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 353

View: 8292

Eco-Critical Literature: Regreening African Landscapescritically examines the representations, constructions, and imaginings of the relationship between the human and non-human worlds in contemporary African literature and culture. It offers innovative, incisive, and critical perspectives on the importance of sustaining a symbiotic relationship between humans and their environment. The book thus carries African scholarship beyond the mere analysis of themes and style to ethical and activist roles of literature having an impact on readers and the public. It is a scholarship geared towards rectifying ecological imbalance that is prevalent in many parts of the continent that forms the setting, context, and thematic discourse of the works or authors studied in this book. Besides sensitizing the African readership to the need for the restoration of harmony between man and the environment, this book equally aims to further familiarize scholars and students working on African literature and culture with the theoretical concerns of eco-criticism.
Release

Unbowed

Author: Wangari Maathai

Publisher: Longman

ISBN: 9781408263822

Category: Conservationists

Page: 78

View: 6044

Born in the Kenyan Highlands, Wangari Maathai never lost her connection with the land. She started the Green Belt Movement, which planted trees where forests were being destroyed. Maathai became an elected politician and this is her story.
Release

Mein Iran

Ein Leben zwischen Hoffnung und Revolution

Author: Shirin Ebadi

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492975437

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1893

Seit Jahrzehnten setzt sich Shirin Ebadi für Menschenrechte und eine Reform der iranischen Gesellschaft ein. In »Mein Iran« erzählt die Friedensnobelpreisträgerin von den frühen Jahren ihres politischen Engagements, ihrer Zeit als Richterin, den Demütigungen und Schikanen durch die islamische Revolution bis hin zu ihrer Verhaftung und ihrem dennoch fortwährenden Kampf. Ein beeindruckendes Zeugnis politischen Muts und ein tiefer Einblick in die Strukturen eines gespaltenen Landes.
Release

Social Entrepreneurship

What Everyone Needs to Know?

Author: David Bornstein,Susan Davis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199746079

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

View: 2353

In development circles, there is now widespread consensus that social entrepreneurs represent a far better mechanism to respond to needs than we have ever had before--a decentralized and emergent force that remains our best hope for solutions that can keep pace with our problems and create a more peaceful world. David Bornstein's previous book on social entrepreneurship, How to Change the World, was hailed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times as "a bible in the field" and published in more than twenty countries. Now, Bornstein shifts the focus from the profiles of successful social innovators in that book--and teams with Susan Davis, a founding board member of the Grameen Foundation--to offer the first general overview of social entrepreneurship. In a Q & A format allowing readers to go directly to the information they need, the authors map out social entrepreneurship in its broadest terms as well as in its particulars. Bornstein and Davis explain what social entrepreneurs are, how their organizations function, and what challenges they face. The book will give readers an understanding of what differentiates social entrepreneurship from standard business ventures and how it differs from traditional grant-based non-profit work. Unlike the typical top-down, model-based approach to solving problems employed by the World Bank and other large institutions, social entrepreneurs work through a process of iterative learning -- learning by doing--working with communities to find unique, local solutions to unique, local problems. Most importantly, the book shows readers exactly how they can get involved. Anyone inspired by Barack Obama's call to service and who wants to learn more about the essential features and enormous promise of this new method of social change, Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know? is the ideal first place to look. What Everyone Needs to Know? is a registered trademark of Oxford University Press.
Release

Democracy

A World History

Author: Temma Kaplan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199929963

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 4720

In our time, the term "democracy" is frequently evoked to express aspirations for peace and social change or particular governmental systems that claim to benefit more than a select minority of the population. In this book, Temma Kaplan examines attempts from ancient Mesopotamia to the early twenty first century to create democratic governments that allow people to secure food, shelter, land, water, and peace for their mutual benefit. Since early times, proponents of direct or participatory democracy have come into conflict with the leaders of representative institutions that claim singular power over democracy. Patriots of one form or another have tried to reclaim the initiative to determine what democracy should mean and who should manage it. Frequently, people in small communities, trade unions, or repressed racial, religious, and political groups have marched forward using the language of democracy to carve a space for themselves and their ideas at the center of political life. Sometimes they have reinterpreted the old laws, and sometimes they have formulated new laws and institutions in order to gain greater opportunities to debate the major issues of their time. This book examines the development of the democratic ideal from ancient Rome to the Cortes in Spain, the philosophies of Guru Nanak and the Castilian patriot Juan de Padilla, and such inspirational personalities as the Polish trade unionist Anna Walentnyowicz and Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi. Though few democracies have sustained themselves for significant lengths of time, their emergence nearly everywhere on earth over thousands of years indicates their resilience despite the fragility of the democratic ideal.
Release

The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies

Author: Michael Freeden,Lyman Tower Sargent,Marc Stears

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191663719

Category: Political Science

Page: 752

View: 6613

This is the first comprehensive volume to offer a state of the art investigation both of the nature of political ideologies and of their main manifestations. The diversity of ideology studies is represented by a mixture of the range of theories that illuminate the field, combined with an appreciation of the changing complexity of concrete ideologies and the emergence of new ones. Ideologies, however, are always with us. The Handbook is divided into three sections: The first is divided into three sections: The first reflects some of the latest thinking about the development of ideology on an historical dimension, from the standpoints of conceptual history, Marx studies, social science theory and history, and leading schools of continental philosophy. The second includes some of the most recent interpretations and theories of ideology, all of which are sympathetic in their own ways to its exploration and close investigation, even when judiciously critical of its social impact. This section contains many of the more salient contemporary accounts of ideology. The third focuses on the leading ideological families and traditions, as well as on some of their cultural and geographical manifestations, incorporating both historical and contemporary perspectives. Each chapter is written by an expert in their field, bringing the latest approaches and understandings to their task. The Handbook will position the study of ideologies in the mainstream of political theory and political analysis and will attest to its indispensability both to courses on political theory and to scholars who wish to take their understanding of ideologies in new directions.
Release

The Handbook of Community Practice

Author: Marie Weil,Michael S. Reisch,Mary L. Ohmer

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452289972

Category: Social Science

Page: 968

View: 3561

The Second Edition of The Handbook of Community Practice is expanded and updated with a major global focus and serves as a comprehensive guidebook of community practice grounded in social justice and human rights. It utilizes community and practice theories and encompasses community development, organizing, planning, social change, policy practice, program development, service coordination, organizational cultural competency, and community-based research in relation to global poverty and community empowerment. This is also the first community practice text to provide combined and in-depth treatment of globalization and international development practice issues—including impacts on communities in the United States and on international development work. The Handbook is grounded in participatory and empowerment practices, including social change, social and economic development, feminist practice, community-collaborative, and engagement in diverse communities. It utilizes the social development perspective and employs analyses of persistent poverty, asset development, policy practice, and community research approaches as well as providing strategies for advocacy and social and legislative action. The handbook consists of forty chapters which challenge readers to examine and assess practice, theory, and research methods. As it expands on models and approaches, delineates emerging issues, and connects policy and practice, the book provides vision and strategies for local to global community practice in the coming decades. The handbook will continue to stand as the central text and reference for comprehensive community practice, and will be useful for years to come as it emphasizes direction for positive change, new developments in community approaches, and focuses attention on globalization, human rights, and social justice. It will continue to be used as a core text for multiple courses within programs, will have long term application for students of community practice, and will provide practitioners with new grounding for development, planning, organizing, and empowerment and social change work.
Release

Airlift to America

How Barack Obama, Sr., John F. Kennedy, Tom Mboya, and 800 East African Students Changed Their World and Ours

Author: Tom Shachtman

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429960906

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 1004

This is the long-hidden saga of how a handful of Americans and East Africans fought the British colonial government, the U.S. State Department, and segregation to transport to, or support at, U.S. and Canadian universities, between 1959 and 1963, nearly 800 young East African men and women who would go on to change their world and ours. The students supported included Barack Obama Sr., future father of a U.S. president, Wangari Maathai, future Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as well as the nation-builders of post-colonial East Africa -- cabinet ministers, ambassadors, university chancellors, clinic and school founders. The airlift was conceived by the unusual partnership of the charismatic, later-assassinated Kenyan Tom Mboya and William X. Scheinman, a young American entrepreneur, with supporting roles played by Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The airlift even had an impact on the 1960 presidential race, as Vice-President Richard Nixon tried to muscle the State Department into funding the project to prevent Senator Jack Kennedy from using his family foundation to do so and reaping the political benefit. The book is based on the files of the airlift's sponsor, the African American Students Foundation, untouched for almost fifty years.
Release

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

Author: Andrew C. Isenberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199394474

Category: History

Page: 640

View: 5771

The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations.
Release

Reading Group Choices 2008

Selections for Lively Book Discussions

Author: Barbara Drummond Mead Mead

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780975974230

Category: Book clubs (Discussion groups)

Page: 160

View: 9879

Release

The Eagle Unbowed

Poland and the Poles in the Second World War

Author: Halik Kochanski

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674068165

Category: History

Page: 783

View: 1877

World War II gripped Poland as it did no other country. Invaded by Germany and the USSR, it was occupied from the first day of war to the last, and then endured 44 years behind the Iron Curtain while its wartime partners celebrated their freedom. The Eagle Unbowed tells, for the first time, the story of Poland’s war in its entirety and complexity.
Release

Mein letzter Seufzer

Erinnerungen

Author: Luis Buñuel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783895811128

Category:

Page: 413

View: 782

Release

Unbowed

An Algerian Woman Confronts Islamic Fundamentalism

Author: Khalida Messaoudi,Elisabeth Schemla

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812216578

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 166

View: 2721

2. The Islam of My Youth
Release

Ich bin, ich bin, ich bin

Siebzehn Berührungen mit dem Tod

Author: Maggie O'Farrell

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492991041

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 2101

Von Anfang an bestimmt der Tod ihr Leben: als Maggie O'Farrell im Alter von 8 Jahren beinah an einer unbekannten Virusinfektion starb. Als sie mit 15 aus Übermut und Freiheitsdrang einen törichten Fehler beging. Als sie in der Idylle des Lake District eine zutiefst verstörende Begegnung hatte. Oder als sie in einer unterbesetzten Klinik mit inkompetentem Personal bei der Geburt ihrer ersten Tochter fast gestorben wäre. An den unterschiedlichsten Orten, zu unterschiedlichen Zeiten lenkte der Tod Maggie O'Farrells Leben. Ihre tiefgründige, außergewöhnliche Geschichte stellt existenzielle Fragen: Wie würde ich handeln, wenn ich in tödliche Gefahr geriete? Was stünde für mich auf dem Spiel? Und, nicht zuletzt, wer würde ich danach sein? »Ich bin, ich bin, ich bin« ist ein Buch, das man mit einem neuen Gefühl der Verletzlichkeit aus der Hand legt, mit dem Gefühl, dass jeder neue Herzschlag zählt.
Release

Der goldene Sohn

Roman

Author: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462315196

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 769

Zwischen zwei Welten – ist deine Freiheit wichtiger als deine Familie? Anil wächst wohlbehütet im Kreis einer großen Familie in einem indischen Dorf auf. Als ältester Sohn soll er später die Rolle des Familienoberhaupts und Schiedsmanns einnehmen und Streitigkeiten in der Dorfgemeinschaft schlichten. Leena ist seine beste Freundin. Ein mutiges Mädchen und draufgängerischer Wildfang, das seine Familie und die freie Natur über alles liebt. In ihrer Kindheit sind Anil und Leena ein unzertrennliches Gespann, doch dann führen ihre Wege in verschiedene Richtungen. Anil verlässt das Dorf, um Medizin zu studieren und in den USA als Arzt zu arbeiten. Er genießt sein neues Leben dort und verliebt sich Hals über Kopf in eine Amerikanerin. Leena bleibt in Indien, heiratet und zieht zu der Familie ihres Mannes. Anils Leben gerät aus den Fugen: Ihm unterläuft ein schwerer medizinischer Fehler, seine Beziehung zerbricht und er stürzt in eine Krise. Bei einem Besuch in seiner Heimat trifft er Leena wieder, die Frau, die ihn besser kennt als jeder andere. Aber zwischen ihnen steht eine Entscheidung, die Jahre zuvor getroffen wurde. Bewegend, mitreißend, klug – Shilpi Somaya Gowdas glänzend erzählter neuer Roman ist eine ergreifende Geschichte über Unabhängigkeit und Liebe.
Release

Seeds of Change

Planting a Path to Peace

Author: Jen Cullerton Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 5718

"A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women's rights and her own Greenbelt Movement, an effort to restore Kenya's ecosystem by planting millions of trees"--Provided by publisher.
Release