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Waiting for Hard Balancing?

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Balancing Behaviour towards China

Moch Faisal Karim and Tangguh Chairil

distribution of power. 4 Contrary to their prediction, those who study international security are puzzled by the continuity of stable peace in East Asia since the end of the Cold War. For realists, one of the major questions regarding East Asia is: why is no apparent hard balancing behaviour being conducted

Liliana Lizarazo-Rodríguez and Philippe De Lombaerde

1 Introduction Colombia’s Constitution of 1991 is an ambitious constitutional text which, among other things, tried to strike a balance between laying a strong foundation for economic modernization, liberalization and opening up the economy (the Apertura program), on the one hand, and the

Christine Bacareza Balance

horizons of study set by us Empire and its cultural aftermaths. Christine Bacareza Balance is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at uc Irvine. Her writing on former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, Asian American YouTube artists, Bruno Mars, Glee ’s karaoke aesthetics, and spree killer

Regulating Religion in Italy

Constitution Does (not) Matter

Pietro Faraguna

government, judges, and the Constitutional Court in particular) tried to balance and develop the potentially conflicting principles included in the 1948 Constitution in the field of religious freedom, equality, and state-church relations. The article elaborates on three particularly controversial examples

The Balancing Act

International Higher Education in the 21st Century

Mary Gene Saudelli

Why is it important to learn about higher education in international contexts? Why learn about curriculum, teaching, and learning at Dubai Women’s College of the Higher Colleges of Technology? Global education systems have remarkable contributions to make to understandings of 21st century curriculum, teaching, and learning.
Adult educators across the globe are exploring how to make learning meaningful in a world that is experiencing change, global migration, rapid development, cross-cultural communication demands, and systems with mandates for accountability and international standardized measures of quality. Dubai is an Emirate in the United Arab Emirates that has experienced these issues, which have had a profound impact on higher education for Emirati women.
The international educators who contributed to this book reveal how they designed and implemented a curriculum that represented a complex balancing act replete with recognition of local, global, religious, cultural, and societal implications. There is no other book like The Balancing Act: International Higher Education in the 21st Century. It reveals the nature of a highly devoted team of international educators who designed a contextually and globally relevant transdisciplinary, 21st century curriculum.

Mark D. Rosen

Approaches  133 3.4 No Strict Priority  135 3.5 Does Soft Monism Offer Additional Guidance?  137 3.6 Beyond Balancing: Introducing the Metaphor of Orchestration  139 4 Conclusion and Prologue to Future Work 144 1 Introduction There are two possible ways to conceptualize the relationship

Restoring the Balance

Performing Healing in West Papua


Ien Courtens

Who made Mama Raja ill? This question, buzzing around the village, starts off this anthropological study on healing performances in the context of religious change. The fascinating case is presented of a seriously ill woman of high standing in northwest Ayfat, located in the interior of the Bird’s Head in West Papua. By unravelling the various explanations of the cause of the illness, and the path Mama Raja followed in search of healing, the author documents how, why, and when Papuan people make their choices in their search for healing.
The study offers an ethnographically rich journey through the variety of healing methods in current Ayfat society: indigenous (obtained during female and male initiation rites), biomedical (the missionary hospital), and Christian (created by ritual healers since the coming of the missionaries). Likewise, the causes ascribed to illness range from sorcery, witchcraft, violation of ancestral or biblical rules, to biomedical conditions, a multiplicity of ways of understanding illness and healing that emerged in the context of religious change. Making choices among the variety of healing performances, and the creation of new performances, are shown to be dynamic processes.
At the core are the innovative contributions of local healers, particularly women, who chose to create new performances in the face of religious change. Restoring the Balance looks at indigenous and Christian religious practices, and how people in northwest Ayfat have found a way to integrate the two and bring both sides into balance.
This book will be hightly useful to anthropologists and others interested in Melanesian and eastern Indonesian cultures, healing, spiritual healing, or religious change. It would make an attractive case study for university courses at any level.


MESOPOTAMIAN MENSURATION BALANCE PAN WEIGHTS FROM NIPPUR 1 BY W.B. HAFFORD* Abstract Balance pan weights are used in both manufacture and trade and therefore are a correlate of economic activity. Ancient examples can provide insight into the nature and extent of ancient economies. Many ancient

Darrell Addison Posey

The 'Balance Sheet' and the 'Sacred Balance': Valuing the Knowledge of Indigenous and Traditional Peoples1 DARRELL ADDISON POSEY Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society Mansfield College University of Oxford Oxford OX1 3TF, UK ABSTRACT Indigenous and traditional peoples, who often

Itzchak Weismann

departure the early modern Salafī perspective rather than its medieval or contemporary versions, my argument is threefold: (1) that the modernist Salafī intellectual network (rather than movement) had grounded its Islamic reform in a balance between a (mythic) authenticity and (quasi-) liberal modernity; (2