Teik, K., Hadiz, V., Nakanishi, Y. (eds.). Between Dissent and Power The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia. Palgrave, 2014
This study examines the collective progression of Islamic politics between points of dissent and positions of power. It brings about a more a serious understanding of Islamic politics by critically tracing the pathways by which Islamic politics has been transformed in the Middle East and Asia.
"In the context of the massive political upheavals in the Middle East triggered by the 2011 Arab Spring, this book offers a particularly timely contribution to the issue of Islamic politics. While there has been an abundance of specific case studies on the subject ... this volume is a remarkable contribution to the knowledge of the recent transformations in Islamic politics in the Middle East and Asia and proves essential for anyone studying the subject." (Gwenaël Njoto-Feillard, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 46 (1), 2016)
Shaoming Zhou (ed.). Teaching Chinese: Challenges in a Globalized World. Fudan University Press, 2014.
Chinese language has been predicted to become one of the two most important world languages alongside English. While some argue that the difficulty of Chinese linguistic features will make this vision impossible, others insist that China's growing economic might will make it equal to English in terms of world influence. This volume focuses on the globalization of Chinese language, the teaching and learning of Chinese language in a global village and the challenges teachers and students will face.
Ikuko Nakane. Interpreter-mediated Police Interviews: A Discourse-Pragmatic Approach. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
This book shows how the participation of interpreters as mediators changes the dynamics of police interviews, particularly with regard to power struggles and competing versions of events. Employing a range of approaches including conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics and legal narrative theory, Interpreter-mediated Police Interviews provides a detailed study of the impact of interpreter mediation on this area of the justice system. It reveals how turn-by-turn decisions of communication by all three participants, including the interpreter, affect the trajectory of the institutional discourse. By providing a better understanding of police interview discourse and exploring the practical implications of interpreter participation, this book contributes to the improvement of interpreter-mediated investigative interviews and will be of great interest to legal professionals as well as interpreters and their trainers.
Zoulei is an endangered language spoken by several hundred speakers in China's Guizhou Province and adjacent areas. It is a variety of the Ahou dialect of the highly diverse Gelao group within the Tai-Kadai language family. Zoulei is a typical isolating and analytic language, basically monosyllabic, particularly with verbs, with a number of striking features that are generally not found in other members of the Tai-Kadai family. In the opening chapters, the volume describes the social, cultural, and linguistic organisation of this group, outlines the main points of Zoulei phonology, and presents an overview of the grammar. In succeeding chapters, it examines a number of grammatical topics in greater detail, including phrase and clause structure, verbal syntax, discourse particles, among others. The volume also includes a vocabulary and several texts recorded from village elders.
The urbanisation of China over the last three decades has been a hugely significant development, both for China's reform process and for the world more generally. This book presents recent research findings on China's continuing urban transformation. Subjects covered include the decline of the rural-urban divide, the spatial restructuring of Chinese urban centres and urban infrastructure, migrant workers, new housing and new communities, and "green" responses to urban environmental problems. The book is particularly valuable in that it includes much new work by scholars based inside China.
Jiyoung Song and Alistair D. B. Cook (eds.,). Irregular Migration and Human Security in East Asia. Routledge, 2014.
With in-depth empirical country case studies from the region, including China, Japan, North Korea, the Philippines, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore, the contributors to this book develop a human security approach to the study of irregular migration. In cases of irregular migration, such as undocumented labour migrants, asylum seekers, internally displaced people, trafficked persons, and smuggled people, human security is the cause and/or effect of migration in both sending and receiving countries. By adopting a human security lens, the chapters provide striking insights into the motivations, vulnerabilities and insecurities of migrants; the risks, dangers and illegality they are exposed to during their journeys; as well as the potential or imagined threats they pose to the new host countries.