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Men, Women And Property In England, 1780-1870

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This is an innovative study of middle-class behaviour and property relations in English towns in Georgian and Victorian Britain. Through the lens of wills, family papers, property deeds, account books and letters, the author offers a reading of the ways in which middle-class families survived and surmounted the economic difficulties of early industrial society. He argues that these were essentially 'networked' families created and affirmed by a 'gift' network of material goods, finance, services and support, with property very much at the centre of middle-class survival strategies. His approach combines microhistorical studies of individual families with a broader analysis of the national and even international networks within which these families operated. The result is a significant contribution to the history, and to debates about the place of structural and cultural analysis in historical understanding.


Asian American Women And Gender

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Women have shaped immigrant families, reared new generations, and pioneered significant changes in their communities. These essays illuminate the complex and changing roles of Asian American women, examing such diverse subjects as war brides, international marriages, split households, stereotyping, women-centered kin networks, employment, immigrant prostitution, conflict with patriarchal attitudes, feminism, and lesbianism.


The Coach's Guide For Women Professors

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This is a practical guide for women in academe - whether adjuncts, professors or administrators - who often encounter barriers and hostility, especially if women of color, and generally carry a heavier load of service, as well as household and care responsibilities, than their male colleagues. Rena Seltzer, a respected life coach and trainer who has worked with women professors and academic leaders for many years, offers succinct advice on how you can prioritize the multiplicity of demands on your life, negotiate better, create support networks, and move your career forward.

Using telling but disguised vignettes of the experiences of women she has mentored, Rena Seltzer offers insights and strategies for managing the situations that all women face - such as challenges to their authority - while also paying attention to how they often play out differently for Latinas, Black and Asian women. She covers issues that arise from early career to senior administrator positions.

This is a book you can read cover to cover or dip into as you encounter concerns about time management; your authority and influence; work/life balance; problems with teaching; leadership; negotiating better; finding time to write; developing your networks and social support; or navigating tenure and promotion and your career beyond.


Queueing Networks

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<body><p><span>This handbook aims to highlight fundamental, methodological and computational aspects of networks of queues to provide insights and to unify results that can be applied in a more general manner.<span>ÿ </span>The handbook is organized into five parts:</span></p><p><span /></p><p><span>Part 1 considers exact analytical results such as of product form type</span><span>. Topics include</span><span> </span><span>characterization of product forms by physical balance concepts and simple traffic flow equations,</span><span> </span><span>classes of service and queue disciplines that allow a product form,</span><span> </span><span>a unified description of product forms for discrete time queueing networks,</span><span> </span><span>insights for insensitivity, and aggregation and decomposition results that allow sub networks to be aggregated into single nodes to reduce computational burden.</span></p><p><b><i><span /></i></b></p><p><span>Part 2 looks at monotonicity and comparison results such as for computational simplification by either of two approaches: </span><span>stochastic monotonicity and ordering results based on the ordering of the process generators, and comparison results and explicit error bounds based on an underlying Markov reward structure leading to ordering of expectations of performance measures.</span></p><p><b><i><span /></i></b></p><p><span>Part 3 presents diffusion and fluid results. It specifically looks at<span>ÿ </span></span><span>the fluid regime and the diffusion regime. Both of these are illustrated through fluid limits for the analysis of system stability, diffusion approximations for multi-server systems, and a system fed by Gaussian traffic.</span></p><p><span /></p><p><span>Part 4 illustrates computational and approximate results through</span><span> the classical MVA (mean value analysis) and QNA (queueing network analyzer) for computing mean and variance of performance measures such as queue lengths and sojourn times; numerical approximation of response time distributions; and approximate decomposition results for large open queueing networks.</span></p><p><b><i><span /></i></b></p><p><span>Part 5 enlightens selected applications as </span><span>loss networks originating from circuit switched telecommunications applications, capacity sharing originating from packet switching in data networks, and a hospital application that is of growing present day interest.</span></p><p><span /></p><p><span>The book shows that</span> <span>the intertwined progress of theory and practice<span>ÿ </span>will remain to be most intriguing and will continue to be the basis of further developments in queueing networks.</span></p></body>


Women Imagine Change

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"Women Imagine Change" shows how women all over the world, across a span of twenty-six hundred years, have found ways to resist oppression and gain power over their lives.
Organized around themes of concern to contemporary readers, this genuinely global, multicultural anthology presents women from some thirty countries, speaking from their vivid, diverse life experiences. The relationships between sexuality and spirituality are described by a feminist rabbi's account of her struggle with religious tradition and a thirteenth-century French peasant explaining her self-invented doctrine of free love to the Inquisition. In a section on women's attempts to control their labor and education, we hear a North Carolina stenographer tell how "I Did the Work and They Drew the Pay" (1897) and a Muslim educator in India recount her struggle getting girls to school in the nightmarish heat of a "purdah bus." Other sections describe women reshaping cultural representations of gender and translating their knowledge into transformative power--in experience ranging from Florence Nightingale's silent anger in an English drawing room to military officer Halide Edip Adivar's encounter with a prostitute sent to dance for her in a Turkish village. Introductions enhance the writings with historical and biographical information, enabling the readers to see each writer in her unique situation.
Anyone who has asked what needs to change for women will find this volume indispensable. Not only do the writings show women's resistance from an historical perspective; they also offer crucial insight into questions women are posing today about the relationships between their own power, the power of the various groups to which they belong, and the larger systems of power they confront in the world around them.



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