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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Dickens's urban vision

Kassman, John January 1987 (has links)
This thesis started as an exploration of my feeling that Dickens's later novels said something profoundly satisfying about urban life, which the early works failed to do. I found Dombey and Son to be the first of Dickens's works to attain this mature urban vision, and I have written a study showing how it differs from the early novels. The differences concern both his depiction of people and the representation of the social organization of city life. In investigating possible sources for these changes, I focused on Dickens's involvement with two social developments during the 1840s: the public health and what we may term the mental health, or "asylum", movements. Dickens's grasp of the ideas underlying these new movements, I argue, informed the depiction of people and of urban societies in his later fiction. That is, they made certains ways of thinking available to him. To discuss the movement of ideas from historical reality into fictional prose is to risk entering an often fruitless area of theoretical contention. However, as we know so much about Dickens's life and opinions, it is possible to be very specific about historical influences. His letters have proved the biggest single source for my research, as I found his involvement in these social fields pre-dates the more public pronouncements made in his journals during the 1850s. My greatest debt as a researcher is therefore to the editors of the Pilgrim Edition of the letters. The final chapter of the thesis is a study of Bleak House, which highlights the mental and public health issues in the novel, and relates them to the development of the detective as a fictional device. The working of this device is then discussed in relation to our experience of reading the novel and following the plot. My concern in this thesis has been to be as precise as possible in analysing my response to the novels. While two of the chapters contain much biographical material, my investigations into Dickens the citizen have been prompted by . a desire to come to grips with Dickens the artist. It is not, I think, a philistine position to suggest that a writer's public concerns can have a bearing on his artistic development.

Bara så du vet, äldre har också sex : En litteraturöversikt om äldres sexuella hälsa och attityd / By the way, older people also have sex : A literature review of older people's sexual health and attitude

Björnsson, Maria, Kleiven, Joffen January 2016 (has links)
Background: Research showed that older people's sexual health is not addressed adequately in the health sector. It is a subject that is very limited or non-existent during basic training for nursing students. Older peoples sexually health has improved and hence there will be an even more important area for the nurse, who is responsible for the patient's health. Existing prejudices about sexuality of elderly people means that more knowledge is needed. Aim: The aim was to describe: 1. elderly person's experience of their sexual health and the health care receptions. 2. health care workers' attitudes towards older patients' sexual health. Method: A literature overview. Four qualitative and six quantitative studies between the years 2000- 2015 were analyzed. Results: Three main themes were identified; older people's experiences, that showed that older patients are healthier and more sexually active than before. The second main theme; health care workers experience of older people's sexual health showed that the patient's greatest obstacles to exercising their sexuality is the lack of private spaces. The nurse usually had a negative attitude to the elderly persons' sexual health, which could be due to nurses' ignorance and that sexuality is a sensitive subject. The third theme showed factors which affect sexual health in elderly. Conclusion: More information is needed about the elderly person's sexual health for patients and more training in nursing. Many older suppress their sexuality because of different standards and taboos in society, which may lead to unnecessary suffering.

The Lovells of Titchmarsh : an English Baronial family, 1297-148?

Simon, Monika E. January 1999 (has links)
No description available.

Scottish saints cults and pilgrimage from the Black Death to the Reformation, c.1349-1560

Turpie, Thomas James Myles January 2011 (has links)
This thesis is an examination of the most important Scottish saints’ cults and pilgrimage centres in the period c.1349-1560. Specifically, this project locates the role of this group within the wider devotional practices of the late medieval kingdom. Through analysis of liturgical calendars, ecclesiastical dedications, contemporary literature and naming and pilgrimage patterns, it identifies and explains the distinctive features of the veneration of national saints in late medieval Scotland in the two centuries from the first appearance of the Black Death in 1349 to the Reformation in 1560. The key theme of this thesis is the consideration of the manner in which external factors, such as general Western European social and religious developments, and distinctly local phenomena such as the intermittent warfare with England and the varied agendas of interest groups like shrine custodians, the national church and the crown, impacted upon the saintly landscape of the late medieval kingdom and the popular piety of its people. The medieval cult of the saints is a subject of considerable value for historians because it was a movement in a constant state of flux. It adapted to the socio-religious context of the societies in which it operated. Although never neglected as an area of study, the cult of the saints in Scotland has received further attention in recent years through the influence of the Survey of Dedications to Saints in Medieval Scotland project carried out at the University of Edinburgh from 2004-7. However, studies on the role and function of national and local saints, those believed by contemporaries to have had a Scottish provenance or a hagiographical connection to the medieval kingdom, have tended to focus on two specific periods. These were the so called ‘age of the saints’, the period between the fourth and eighth centuries in which the majority of these men and women were thought to have been active, or the twelfth and thirteenth centuries from when the main Latin hagiographical sources originate. The role and function of this group in the later middle ages has been either neglected or subject to the pervasive influence of a 1968 article by David McRoberts which argued that church- and crown- sponsored patriotism was the main factor in shaping popular piety in this period. This thesis will question this premise and provide the first indepth study of the cults of St Andrew, Columba of Iona/Dunkeld, Kentigern of Glasgow and Ninian of Whithorn in a late medieval Scottish context, as well as the lesser known northern saint, Duthac of Tain.

Understanding The Meanings Created Around The Aging Body And Sports By Masters Athletes Through Media Data

Oghene, Patrick Odirin 10 October 2013 (has links)
There is literature based on masters athletes and their involvement in sports at the later stages of life. Masters athletes are exercise-trained individuals who compete in athletic events at a high level well beyond a typical retirement age (Tanaka & Seals, 2008). These athletes vary widely in age but are typically older than 35 years, with many more over the ages of 50 and well into old age. The research questions guiding this study included; (a) what are the media representation of masters athletes, and how are they used to generate meanings around aging, sports and the aging body and (b) what are the implications of these meanings on how the aging body is represented to the audience. A qualitative (i.e., case study) approach was used to explore what meanings were generated around aging and sports through media narratives in relation to aging successfully. Media data in the form of sports magazines (i.e., Runner’s World and Lexis-Nexis data base) were compiled for the data analysis. This research focused specifically on two cases, 81year old Ed Whitlock, a Canadian long distance marathon runner, and 77 year-old Jeanne Daprano, an American masters track and field athlete. The data included (n=41 Ed Whitlock, n= 17 Jeanne Daprano). The data were analyzed via an inductive thematic analysis (see Braun & Clarke, 2006). The following central themes emerged a) life-long involvement in sports (higher order themes: earlier sporting experience, triumphant return, uninterrupted engagement), (b) performance narratives (serious contenders, reasoning for performance, systematic training, an individualized approach), and (c) decline narratives (resistance to declines in old age, sports related injuries, maintenance of performance). This study highlights how both athletes were depicted in the media narratives, demonstrating that their involvement in sports in later life provided an alternate way to view the aging process. The findings from this study seek to extend the understanding of masters athletes, by contextualization how they challenge some of the decline narratives associated with old age.

Cultural Encounters in Iron Age Europe

Armit, Ian, Potrebica, H., Črešnar, M., Mason, P., Büster, Lindsey S. 09 1900 (has links)
no / Cultural encounters form a dominant theme in the study of Iron Age Europe. This was particularly acute in regions where urbanising Mediterranean civilisations came into contact with ‘barbarian’ worlds. This volume presents preliminary work from the ENTRANS Project, which explores the nature and impact of such encounters in south-east Europe, alongside a series of papers on analogous European regions. A range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches are offered in an effort to promote dialogue around these central issues in European protohistory. / HERA / Only the cover and contents pages are available on Bradford Scholars.

Over the ditch and far away : investigating Broxmouth and the landscape of South-East Scotland during the later prehistoric period

Reader, Rachael January 2012 (has links)
Hillforts have dominated interpretations of later prehistoric society, but these have been based on an uncritical acceptance of their military or symbolic role and a ‘big is best’ mentality. Using the exceptional archive from Broxmouth hillfort in East Lothian, the research presented in this thesis had the unique opportunity to examine the boundaries of that site in detail. Drawing on ideas that sites should not just be seen in their final form, episodes of enclosure creation, maintenance and abandonment are examined. Constructing a biography of Broxmouth has highlighted the relative infrequency of these creation events and how social relationships were intimately tied to the enclosure boundaries. These events are not isolated and investigating the contemporary landscape has shown that the coastal plain would have been densely settled, yet the bleak hills of the Lammermuirs appear to have been avoided. Mapping old routeways and pit alignments shows that this landscape may have been a draw for the practice of transhumance, primarily for sheep and cattle as demonstrated in the Broxmouth evidence. Combining GIS analyses with more experiential approaches, shows how some sites took advantage of the topographical surroundings and were instrumental in the practice of transhumance. Creation events at other sites also appear to be infrequent and examining further excavated sites in East Lothian has allowed the formation of a broad chronology of changing enclosure patterns. Contextualising Broxmouth has documented changes in how people interacted with their landscape, how social relationships were enacted and how these changed from the late Bronze Age, through to the Roman Iron Age.

Later Stone Age burial practice in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Pearce, David Gareth 16 February 2009 (has links)
No description available.

Social connections, cognitive reserve, and cognitive function in later life

Evans, I. January 2019 (has links)
Background: Good social connections have been identified as a factor that may be associated with healthy cognitive function in later life. In line with cognitive reserve theory, good social connections may provide mental stimulation through complex interaction with others and hence build cognitive reserve and maintain healthy cognitive function. However, there is considerable inconsistency in findings reported by studies that examine this association. Inconsistency in findings may be attributed to the heterogeneity of concepts potentially associated with social connections and to the variation in approaches to measuring and defining these concepts. Aims: To assess the association between aspects of social connections and cognitive function in later life. This thesis introduces a novel element by considering the moderating role of cognitive reserve in this association. Method: A scoping review was conducted to establish which concepts are used within the literature to describe social connections and how these are measured and defined. Next, a systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to identify evidence regarding the association between social isolation and cognitive function in published studies. Empirical work was conducted using cross-sectional and longitudinal data from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study-Wales (CFAS-Wales) to determine the associations between social isolation, cognitive reserve, and cognitive function in healthy older people. Extending this approach further, these associations were examined in two groups potentially at risk of social isolation: older people with depression or anxiety and older people living alone. Finally, empirical work was completed using the Platform for Research Online to investigate Genetics and Cognition in Ageing (PROTECT) to assess how satisfaction with social contact may be associated with cognitive function compared to a structural measure of isolation. Results: A lack of social connections was associated with poor cognitive function in later life. For people with depression or anxiety, these associations may be better explained by mood-related symptoms than social connections. People who live alone in later life were at no greater risk of poor cognitive function compared to those living with others. Satisfaction with social contact was associated with poor cognitive function but a structural measure of social isolation was not. Conclusions: Social connections play an important role in building cognitive reserve and protecting people against poor cognitive function in later life. People who are vulnerable to social isolation have different needs to those who are less vulnerable. Satisfaction with social contact is often neglected in measures that assess structural aspects of social connections but may be a better predictor of cognitive function.

Sprache als Be-w��gen: The Unfolding of Language and Being in Heidegger's Later Work, 1949-1976

Peduti, Douglas F. 08 December 2011 (has links)
Much neglected is Heidegger's latter work in favor of the fundamental ontology of Being and Time. Consequentially, conceptions of Heidegger's question of Being are oftentimes misconceived. Currently three main models have been proposed: (1) existential phenomenology, exemplified by Joseph Langan in the 1950s; (2) the popular thought of Being model in the 1960s as developed by William Richardson; (3) and in counter distinction to these unified models Joseph Kockelmans offers in the 1970s the many ways model, touting the end of systems. These misconstruals have spawned much Heideggerian dialogue, and in recent years, has had its effect upon Western continental scholarship from structuralism to post-structuralism. <br>Rather than usual conceptual models, this dissertation proposes a new model of Heideggerian scholarship seen through the lens of "Being as Saying." Neither mystical nor incomprehensible Heidegger's; unique linguistic turn negotiates the inadequacies of modern conceptions of the subject, object and cognition. Through a careful reading of Heidegger's work from 1949-1976, I trace Heidegger's utter reliance upon language as the way-making of Being, "Sprache als Be-wëgen." More originary than ordinary language, Heidegger's Being as Saying arises from Nietzsche's insights on nihilism. For Heidegger Being is no-thing, and as such reveals itself as unconcealment. We hear it as a deep, unsettling silence. From Being's two-fold character of concealing and revealing and humanity's subsequent discomfit, we derive all forms of communication, including thought and logic, even our world as a response to, and evasion from this pervasive silence. <br>Most notably Heidegger unseats the preeminent stature of thought and subject, only to reincorporate them within language. To achieve this he develops notions of Ereignis and Geviert, at once simple and complex, by which Being manifests itself, no longer through Dasein as prime discloser, but through a crossing of four regions. What emerges is a dynamic gathering-as-separated dialogue, a far richer, relational understanding of the world and the person. Heidegger's new way can best be described as a phenomenology of the inapparent, wherein Being and humanity are in a relational dialogue of unconcealing and revealing. With this insight we can reengage the Western philosophical tradition meditatively. / McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts / Philosophy / PhD / Dissertation

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