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Poems of a Mountain Homeby Saigyo
Synopses & Reviews
Activism is alive and well in the United States, according to Melissa Checker and Maggie Fishman. It exists on large and small scales and thrives in unexpected places. Finding activism in backyards, art classes, and urban areas branded as ghettos, these anthropologists explore the many routes people take to work toward social change.
Ten absorbing studies present activist groups across the country — from transgender activists in New York City, to South Asian teenagers in Silicon Valley, to evangelical Christians and Palestinian Americans. Each one examines a social change effort as it unfolds on the ground. Through their anthropological approach these portraits of American society suggest the inherent possibilities in identity-based organizing and offer crucial in-depth perspectives on such hotly debated topics as multiculturalism and the culture wars, the environment, racism, public education, Native American rights, and the Christian right.
Moving far beyond the walls of academia, the contributors address the complex issues that arise when researchers have stakes in the subjects they study. Scholars can play multiple roles in the activist struggles they recount, and these essays illustrate how ethnographic research itself can become a tool for activism.
Book News Annotation:
Saigyo (1118-1190) is one of the best known and most influential of the traditional Japanese poets. The nonpareil Burton Watson has here translated 200 of Saigyo's poems, almost all written in the 31-syllable tanks form. The initial sections on the four seasons are followed by a group of poems on the subject of romantic love, and religious and philosophical themes. The volume closes with striking experimental poems from the poet's last years. Watson's translations are accompanied by a romanized version of the Japanese original and identification of its location in Japanese anthologies. A splendid achievement.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
Introduction — Spring — Summer — Autumn — Winter — Love — Miscellaneous — Poems from the Kikigaki shu.
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