It has long been accepted that the social and cultural meanings of the car far exceed the practical need for mobility. This book marks the first attempt to contribute to road safety, considering, in depth, these meanings and the cultures of driving that are shaped by them. In the Company of Cars examines the perspectives that young people have on cars, and explores the broader social and cultural meanings of the car, the potential it is supposed to fulfil, and the anticipated benefits it offers to young drivers. From focus-group research conducted in Australia, the book takes up the views of young people on a range of topics, from media to car use to gender performance. The author looks at the ways in which driving has been defined by articulations of the car that emphasize valued features of the car-driver, such as gender, youthfulness, status, age, power, raciness, sexiness, ruggedness and competitiveness. The book takes a global perspective on mobility, considering the impact of cars and road safety policy on quality of life, and the value and significance of other modes of travel, in a range of countries.
Performance Anxiety Strategies: A Musician's Guide to Managing Stage Fright offers readers an approachable, comprehensive reference guide to the current research on music performance anxiety and stage fright therapies. Divided by area of therapeutic interest, the authors present relevant and noteworthy research and insight into some of the most popular-and many lesser known-therapies, including holistic, exposure, cognitive and behavioral therapies, and medicinal treatments. Each chapter also features self-guided activities and journaling exercises, words of wisdom from established performing artists and athletes, and suggestions for music teachers, as well as first-person narratives by the authors in which they share their personal journeys with music performance anxiety both onstage and in the classroom. With a diverse wealth of offerings and approaches, this book is meant to be a resource for anyone who has ever experienced anxiety about musical performing, from the aspiring classical musician to the garage band guitarist.
Christopher Carson, or as he was familiarly called, Kit Carson, was a man whose real worth was understood only by those with whom he was associated or who closely studied his character. He was more than hunter, trapper, guide, Indian agent and Colonel in the United States Army. He possessed in a marked degree those mental and moral qualities which would have made him prominent in whatever pursuit or profession he engaged. His lot was cast on the extreme western frontier, where, when but a youth, he earned the respect of the tough and frequently lawless men with whom he came in contact. Integrity, bravery, loyalty to friends, marvelous quickness in making right decisions, in crisis of danger, consummate knowledge of woodcraft, a leadership as skilful as it was daring; all these were distinguishing traits in the composition of Carson and were the foundations of the broader fame which he acquired as the friend and invaluable counselor of Fremont, the Pathfinder, in his expeditions across the Rocky Mountains.
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