Considering Cultural Difference (a Longman Topics Reader) by Pauline UchmanowiczConsidering Cultural Difference (a Longman Topics Reader) by Pauline Uchmanowicz

Considering Cultural Difference (a Longman Topics Reader)

byPauline Uchmanowicz

Paperback | November 25, 2003

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Part of the “Longman Topics” reader series, Considering Cultural Difference features multiethnic writing from contemporary U.S. authors centered around issues of ritual, representation, and rights.


 This brief collection of readings examines cultural identity and difference with respect to race, class, gender, and nationality. Thought-provoking selections ask students to think about timely and relevant issues: integration in schools; affirmative action in the workplace, women in sports; living in a multilingual society. Three main sites of cultural difference are addressed: Ritual, Representation, and Rights, each divided into two chapters of five or six essays apiece. Brief apparatus helps students write more thoughtfully in response to the selections.


“Longman Topics” are brief, attractive readers on a single complex, but compelling, topic. Featuring about 30 full-length selections, these volumes are generally half the size and half the cost of standard composition readers.

Title:Considering Cultural Difference (a Longman Topics Reader)Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:November 25, 2003Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0321115813

ISBN - 13:9780321115812

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Instant AutoCAD: Architectural Residential Drawing is the next text in the Instant AutoCAD series, and it continues with the tradition of delivering technical information in a quick and easy format. The purpose of this book is to instruct you in the methods of applying AutoCAD to generate architectural residential drawings. The book starts with a review of the essential elements of AutoCAD, from layers to plotting, to refresh your memory. After that, it goes into the conventions of producing architectural drawings. From there you move on to the various drawing types in their own chapters—floor plans, elevations, sections, plot plans, and presentation drawings. The last chapter introduces you to the world of 3D modeling. This textbook was written using AutoCAD 2000i, but will work just as well using AutoCAD 2000 or AutoCAD LT 2000 or 2000i. The differences are minimal in regard to this book. The exception is 3D modeling in Chapter 8. AutoCAD LT does not support some of these advanced features. The aim of this text is to give you information and hands-on practical experience so that you will be able to make use of this complex interface in the most efficient manner possible. It contains hundreds of figures to illustrate the various processes needed to move from a floor plan to a 3D model. For each new process concise theory is given, followed by a practical application to reinforce the newly obtained information. The layout of the book is explained in Chapter 1, but it is essential to understand the various components that comprise a chapter. The first section in each chapter lists key ideas that will be covered in that chapter. Throughout the chapter, you may see a variety of things: stylized print lifting an idea from the pages for emphasis, Tip boxes that stress a certain fact about the program, command sequences in very simple print that present the user's desired input in bold letters, and Hands-On Exercises to reinforce a new idea. At the end of each chapter you'll find a short answer test, a series of longer answer questions, and a number of assignments. Remember that the more you put into effort, study, and exercise completion, the more you'll take away from the experience in learning. It's up to you. An accompanying CD-ROM contains numerous exercises and models, so you can learn in record time. AutoCAD is a very complex and powerful program, but the experience of learning it shouldn't be dull or threatening. Rather, with lots of exercises, informal language, and friendly graphics it will be easier to learn. Some topics, those you need to perform the most basic operations, are explained more fully while others leave you to investigate on your own. We're sure this is the start of a journey that will bring wider horizons, lucrative results, and the pleasure that comes with mastery of a new tool.

Table of Contents

Each section includes an Introduction.



1. Schooling.

Anna Quindlen, “How Reading Changed My Life.”

Nathan McCall, “Alford J. Mapp.”

Heinz Insu Fenkl, “Seoul American Elementary School.”

Richard Rodriguez, “Aria.”

David Brooks, “The Next Ruling Class: Meet the Organization Kid.”

2. Sports.

Hunki Yun, “Trail Blazer.”

Darcy Frey, “The Last Shot.”

Timothy Harper, “The Best Pickup-Basketball Player in America.”

Colette Dowling, “Throwing Like a Guy: The Mystique of Innate Ability.”

Ruth Conniff, “Title IX: Political Football.”

Jack Newfield, “The Shame of Boxing.”

Ritual: Responding in Writing.


3. Media.

Ward Churchill, “Smoke Signals in Context.”

Julia Alvarez, “I Want to Be Miss América.”

Michael Massing, “Press Watch..”

John Nichols, “Huey Freeman: American Hero.”

Tim Wise, “Blinded by the White: Crime, Race and Denial at Columbine High.”

4. Visibility.

Michael Bronski, “Queering the Vast Wasteland.”

Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

Robert S. Boynton, “The New Intellectuals.”

Ali Hossaini, “A ‘Hyphenated Perspective.’”

Rudolph Chelminski, “Turning Point.”

Jesse Levine, “Turnabout Map of the Americas.”

Representation: Responding in Writing.


5. Language.

Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Patterson Public Library.”

Committee on CCCC Language Statement, “Students' Right to Their Own Language.”

Amy Tan, “Mother Tongue.”

Luc Sante, “Living in Tongues.”

Robert King, “Should English Be the Law?”

6. Workplace.

Ellis Cose, “Affirmative Action and the Dilemma of the ‘Qualified’.”

Bob Muldoon, “White-Collar Man in a Blue-Collar World.”

Martìn Espada, “The Foreman's Wallet.”

Barbara Ehrenreich, “Serving in Florida.”

Marc Peyser (with Keith Naughton, Peg Tyre, Tamara Lipper, T. Trent Gegax, and Lisa Bergtaum), “The Insiders.”

Rights: Responding in Writing.