Book Beat: October 2000

Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Shiv'aa (Mourning): A Memoir

Shiv'aa (Mourning): A MemoirAvraham Balaban, Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures
(Hakibutz Hameuhad, 2000)
Available through Amazon

"I have read Shiv'aa with great interest and I was emotionally very moved and touched. I consider it an important, sensitive, very well written work. Essentially this is an elegy with broadening spheres: the narrator, the family, the community. This condensed elegy is written with restraint, keen sight, and impressive narrative and descriptive capacity."

- Professor Dan Miron (Columbia University) 

Excerpt translated by Yael Lotan

I should have found some opportunity to cry. If not for the loss of a beloved father, then for the loss of a father. And if not in grief, at least in anger, pity and loss. If not for being orphaned by father's death, then for being orphaned by the death of a non-father. And if his death was no cause for tears, his wasted life certainly was. If not for him, I could have wept for the civilization of my childhood, whose cracking, rusting remnants lay scattered all over the place. I had been a child of a dream, of a laboratory. To this day I wake some mornings with a melody from those dreams echoing in my mind, as if I were a music box, an old dream box. If I couldn't tap into the tears at the cemetery, before the watchful eyes of the gathering, I could have wept in private, in Mom's place, or in the apartment that the kibbutz had given us for the week of mourning. I should have found some opportunity to cry, but I didn't.

Generalized Linear Models: A Unified Approach

Generalized Linear Models: A Unified ApproachJeff Gill, Department of Political Science
(Sage, 2000)
Available through Amazon

Excerpt from Introduction

Social scientists employ a vast array of data-analytic techniques to explore and explain various empirical phenomenon. Many, if not most, of these tools are imported wholesale from applied statistics. This has been a productive research strategy since a large number of the problems encountered by social sciences researchers can be solved by well-developed and readily available statistical methodologies. Unfortunately, it is sometimes the case that in this diffusion of intellectual material, techniques are unnecessarily treated as distinct and particular. This is certainly true of [the] class of regression techniques that include: logit and probit regression, truncated distribution models, event count models, probability outcome models, and the basic linear model. All of these (and more) are actually special cased of the Generalized Linear Model: a single methodology for producing model parameter estimates.

Aging and Everyday Life

Aging and Everyday LifeEdited by Jaber F. Gubrium, Department of Sociology and James A. Holstein
(Blackwell, 2000)
Available through Amazon

Aging and Everyday Life presents a balanced and penetrating view of the aging experience. The research in this book reveals that many, if not most, of the triumphs and trials experienced in later years are not unlike those confronted at other points in life. Just like younger people, the elderly experience change and stability, shedding old roles and entering new ones. The process takes place in varied spheres of life: the worlds of home and family, work, and friendship.

- Publisher


Our data bases in areas such as health and aging, work and retirement, nursing and social services, and the older family, have grown in astronomical proportions. Not only can we compare experiences across lifetimes, but cross-cultural and historical research has extended comparison across societies and across historical time. What is missing is a distinct view of the everyday life of older people.

This perspective focuses on the ordinary ways the elderly experience daily living, how they manage both successes and failures, and on the manner they construct their pasts and futures in relation to present events and developments. This comprises a field of meanings centered on how people themselves interpret and discern what it's like to grow older and be old in today's world.

Jaqaru: A Grammar

Jaqaru: A GrammarM.J. Hardman, Department of Anthropology
(Lincom Europa, 2000)

Jaqaru, a member of the Jaqi family of languages (Jaqaru, Kawki, Amara), is spoken in the Andes Mountains of Perú by a few thousand people resident both in Tupe and nearby villages and as migrants in cities. Children today are all bilingual in Jaqaru and Spanish. Access to Tupe is by a foot and pack animal road.

- Publisher


When I first began my study of the Jaqaru language in 1959 there still were monolingual speakers of Jaqaru and quite a few people who had learned Spanish only very late in life, whose knowledge of Spanish was limited. Today all of the young people of Tupe are bilingual and a number of children now do not speak Jaqaru although they do understand. There are no living monolingual speakers, even the oldest living bilinguals are fully fluent in both languages. Jaqaru is, therefore, an endangered language. Some people, including the high school students in Tupe itself, are hoping that bilingual education can be used to preserve the language as part of the cultural heritage, but as of 1999 no such program was as yet implemented.

Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football

Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida FootballKevin M. McCarthy, Department of English
(Tempus Publishing, 2000)
Available through Amazon

Attracting 85,000 fans to each of its home games, the Gators' football program has become a vital part of the University of Florida.

When the team won the national championship in 1996, no one could have predicted such success just 90 years earlier. Fortunately, that fascinating journey through the last century has been captured in great photographs that include formal portraits of teams; action shots on the field; views of "The Swamp"; and snapshots of fans from every decade. These images tell the story of the birth and growth of a football team, a team that has brought enjoyment to millions and national recognition to the University of Florida.

In Fightin' Gators, author and professor Kevin M. McCarthy has compiled the first photo-history of the popular team. Illustrating the history of intercollegiate football at UF from its beginnings, when the school struggled to field a respectable team, to its recent past, when the Gators won the national championship, the pictorial retrospective draws on vintage images from university and state archives. Fans, students, and alumni alike will enjoy this glowing tribute to the team that has brought them pride and its distinctive heritage.

- Publisher

Page 10

Page 10: The Florida Agricultural College had a football team in the 1901-1902 season. What may have been the first "unofficial" game of the UF football team occurred on November 22, 1901, when it played Stetson University in Jacksonville. UF lost, 6-0, partly because a stump in the middle of the field prevented a drive that might have led to a UF touchdown. (Courtesy Florida State Archives.)

Page 107

Page 107: Tailgating became a popular pre-game ritual for Gator fans as they gathered in the same spot and discussed the upcoming game with longtime acquaintances. Other rituals were doing the wave throughout the whole stadium and joining the players after a home game in the singing of the school's alma mater. (Courtesy UF News & Public Affairs: Ray Carson.)

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