Humor (Humour) by Stefan Kjerkegaard, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, is the is the 52nd in the in the Tænkepauser (Reflections) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays intended to introduce laypersons to assorted academic topics, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This semi-philosophical cultural essay focuses on the topic of the purposes and benefits of humour in our daily lives and wellbeing and surrounding society, beyond just joking around.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through October 9th, available directly from the university’s website.
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Tradition and Agency: Tracing cultural continuity and invention edited by Ton Otto, a Professor in the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, & [Poul Pedersen][coeditor-link], an associate professor at the same, is a collection of anthropology essays, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for September.
This anthology of ethnographic essays looks at various contemporary cultures around the world, covering both traditions maintained throughout the generations as well as nearly-forgotten ones revived in modern times and/or invented to fill a cultural need, with case studies as diverse as Papua New Guinean artifacts to cheesemaking in France.
Offered DRM-free worldwide through September, available directly from the university’s website.
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Why Women Fail: The consequences of female evolution by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is her vintage accessibly-written pop psychology text, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1979 by Wildwood House Ltd.
This was written at the time (circa the 1970s) to be a combination psychology explanation and self-help book to aid women to realize their potential by understanding the author’s premise that the then-recent social freedoms gained by women paradoxically resulted in greater restrictions on their personal expressions of them, for a variety of reasons the reader is encouraged to overcome.
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Becoming a Marihuana User by Howard S. Becker, an influential sociologist and professor at Northwestern University for decades before he retired, is his vintage sociology article, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for July.
The article, which is an in-depth look exploring the users and culture and various other issues surrounding marijuana during the 1950s, was originally published in the American Journal of Sociology in 1953, and this edition includes a new preface.
Offered worldwide through the month of July, directly from the University Press’ website.
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Mobile Bodies, Mobile Souls: Family, Religion and Migration in a Global World edited by Mikkel Rytter, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Aarhus University, & Karen Fog Olwig, a professor in the Anthropology Institute at the University of Copenhagen is the is the 7th title in the in the Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus series of mixed historical archaelogical and current cultural anthropology studies, free for a limited time courtesy of Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection for June. This volume contains ethnographic essays focusing on modern culture and the how the intermingling subtitular factors affect each other and shape the domestic and social lives of migrating persons.
The essays cover not only the experiences of immigrants from the Middle East to the Nordic countries, as one might expect, but also people in areas like the Caribbean and Peru, and focused subgroups such as women and the families of “guest workers” imported for labour who later became middle-class in ensuing generations.
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Alder (Age) by Suresh Rattan, a gerontology researcher at Aarhus University, is the the 45th in the Tænkepauser series of accessibly-written Danish-language short introductory essays on various academic topics meant for a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This Danish-language essay covers the topic of ageing and age-related scientific research, with a semi-philosophical look into the view of ageing in society and contemplation of the potential for life extension in our modern age.
Offered as a DRM-free ebook and accompanying MP3 audiobook, available worldwide through January 9th.
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Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl H. Nightingale, an associate professor of urban and world history at the University of Buffalo, is his book providing an overview and analysis of historical and modern-day human tendency to divide the inhabitants of cities up by sometimes fairly arbitrary and rather discriminatory criteria, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is part of the UCP’s Historical Studies of Urban America series, and is an accessibly-written academic examination of contemporary trends around the world in urban city segregation by class, race, and other divisions and their roots in historical attitudes and practices as well as modern viewpoints. Despite the series name, this book actually devotes a great deal of space to global regions throughout time and space, from British and French colonialism in India and Southeast Asia to apartheid in South Africa, even going as far back as Ancient Babylon.
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Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones, a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii, is his non-fiction sociopolitical book about the current refugee crisis, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.
This is an accessibly-written pop academic title which covers the various recent crises involving refugees, examining the global responses to and underlying contributing factors of, with a special focus on cross-border mobility as related to economic disparity.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through midnight GMT on November 19th. ETA: this offer appears to have been quietly extended through the weekend.
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