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Over the last two decades, reading groups have become increasingly popular in the UK and the USA. More and more people seem to be interested in sharing their reading experiences and hearing other readers discuss their views on books, whether this is online, through the mass media, or in face-to-face contexts.
In light of this explosion in popularity of reading groups, this ethnographic study focuses on several reading groups based across a variety of settings: public libraries, public houses and in readers' homes. A range of methods are used to investigate the practices of the individual readers and the groups, including participant observation, interviews, and audio-recordings of meetings.
Reading groups are found to be highly ritualized and potentially competitive places in which matters of identity and taste are often at stake. The groups studied are conceptualized as communities of practice, and the literary interpretations and evaluations offered within each group are shown to be a product of shared norms established by this group.
Audio-visual Coverage Of Courts
Researched over a period of 15 years by an author who has personally participated in the debate internationally, Audio-Visual Coverage of Courts, first published in 2008, was the first book to undertake a comprehensive comparative study of televised court proceedings in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Exhaustive in his identification and analysis of relevant law and key developments, Daniel Stepniak draws on hitherto unpublished primary sources to undertake a largely unprecedented examination of the experiences of non-US courts.
Through analysis of the regulation of audio-visual reporting, the author outlines a theoretical framework and proven action plan for the attainment of the potential benefits of audio-visual coverage, arguing that technological advances, acknowledgement of legally enforceable rights and, above all, judicial recognition of courts' vested interest in facilitating coverage in order to promote greater public access and understanding of judicial proceedings, have led audio-visual coverage to be increasingly perceived as desirable.
About the Author
- It is the first book to comprehensively document and analyse the cameras in courts experiences which will broaden and enhance readers' understanding of the issue
- Provides reader with access to valuable previously unpublished information
- The book does not just document and analyse the issue - it outlines a persuasive and proven means for overcoming the impasse of the 'courts versus the media' debate.
Daniel Stepniak teaches law at the University of Western Australia.
Wee Gallery Activity Books : Cat's Playgroup
Join Cat on her first fun-packed day at playgroup!
Help Cat choose what to wear and help her little brother pick his favourite toy before she joins her friends for a day at playgroup. Play games, make masks, draw farm animals with Cat and her friends before going home for tea.
This stunning new range of books for pre-schoolers marries fresh design with engaging educational content. The result of a partnership between Wee Gallery and QED Publishing, the beautiful illustrations, high contrast black and white bold lines, whimsical animals, and repeating patterns are designed to stimulate visual development in young infants.
Family-run Wee Gallery have over 10 years experience in graphic design and education, and so these books are guaranteed to excite and engage little minds. QED is pleased to announce that this visually stimulating series will be available from April 2016.
About the Author
SURYA PINTO grew up in India, and graduated with a degree in Chemistry, Botany and Zoology before finding her passion in design. Surya has a wealth of experience in the industry and has worked for the prestigious Ray and Kehsavan Design. It was here where she trained under Sujata Keshavan, the only Indian designer to have been honoured as Graphic Designer of the Year at the Advertising and Marketing (A & M) awards. In 2003 Surya founded Wee Gallery with her husband, Dave Pinto, after their first child was born.
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