Black Lambs & Grey Falcons: Women Travellers in the Balkans

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John B. Allcock, Antonia Young
Berghahn Books, 2000 - History - 274 pages
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On the surface, naming is simply a way to classify people and their environments. The premise of this study is that it is much more — a form of social control, a political activity, a key to identity maintenance and transformation. Governments legislate and regulate naming; people fight to take, keep, or change their names. A name change can indicate subjugation or liberation, depending on the circumstances. But it always signifies a change in power relations. Since the late 1970s, the author has looked at naming and renaming, cross-culturally and internationally, with particular attention to the effects of colonisation and liberation. The experience of Inuit in Canada is an example of both. Colonisation is only part of the Nunavut experience. Contrary to the dire predictions of cultural genocide theorists, Inuit culture — particularly traditional naming — has remained extremely strong, and is in the midst of a renaissance. Here is a ground-breaking study by the founder of the discipline of political onomastics.


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In addition toundergraduateteaching in a wide variety of areas of the discipline, I became an internationally recognised specialist inn the study of the former Yugoslavia. I served as an advisor to Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, and as an expert witness to the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague

I. Mkwanazi is a nurse and principal at King Edward VIII Hospital College of Nursing. J. Mokoena is a community health nurse, midwife, and tutor. E. Chauke is a community health nurse, critical care nurse, and nurse educator. She has worked as a professional and senior professional nurse in pediatric wards as well as in an intensive care unit. S. Mogotlane is a nurse and professor at the Health Studies University of South Africa. A. Young is the academic head at the post-basic department at Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College.

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