Green Books Campaign: Bodies and Language
November 10, 2010 17 Comments
This review is part of the Green Books campaign.Today 200 bloggers take a stand to support books printed in an eco-friendly manner by simultaneously publishing reviews of 200 books printed on recycled or FSC-certified paper. By turning a spotlight on books printed using eco-friendly paper, we hope to raise the awareness of book buyers and encourage everyone to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books.
The campaign is organized for the second time by Eco-Libris, a green company working to make reading more sustainable. We invite you to join the discussion on “green” books and support books printed in an eco-friendly manner! A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris’ website.
I have noticed that certain books I buy are printed on FSC paper, but I haven’t really made a point of choosing a book especially for its more environmental-friendly qualities. Why not? It’s a great idea!
I often wander around the book store making a choice between this book and that (usually between several books), and if I can’t decide, I might as well take the book(s) that are printed on recycled FSC paper!
This campaign has certainly made me think about this more, and I hope you will also consider the environment when buying a book.
As a run-of-the-mill book blogger, I have way too many books at home. There are book case upon book case full of books (and overflowing). Knowing that I’m buying environmentally-friendly books will certainly make me feel less guilty about the number of books I own!
The book I chose to review for this campaign is Bodies and Language by Vaidehi Ramanathan (Channel View Publications/ Multilingual Matters). With a PhD in psycholinguistics and as a mother of two bilingual sons, I am very interested in all aspects of language and language usage.
Unfortunately, I can’t review the book yet, as it has not arrived. It was sent from the UK about 2.5 weeks ago and considering that The Netherlands (where I live) is a next-door country, that should be sufficient time for transport and delivery. But unfortunately: no book yet!
When I do receive the book, I will of course review it, but for now, I can but give you the summary of the publisher‘s:
This book critically addresses the role of language in our collective construction of ‘normal’ bodies. Addressing a range of concerns linked with visible and invisible, chronic and terminal conditions, the volume probes issues in and around patient and caregiver accounts.
Focussing on body conditions associated with breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, (type-1) diabetes, epilepsy, partial hearing and autism, the book draws on a range of critical theories to contest collectively assembled notions of ‘abnormality,’ ‘disability’ and ‘impairments.’
It also addresses the need for applied sociolinguists to take account of how our researching practices – the texts we produce, the orientations we assume, the theoretical grounds from which we proceed– create ‘meanings’ about bodies and ‘normalcy,’ and the importance of remaining ever vigilant and civically responsible in what we do or claim to do.
This book is written for Postgraduates and professionals in Sociolinguistics, but the topic is quite general and interesting for a wide range of people outside the direct professional area. I’m looking forward to learn how the use of certain terms may influence how we think of patients, their bodies and their illnesses.
Bodies and Language is printed on environmental-friendly paper! Check out other blogs in the Green Books Campaign HERE. There is a wide variety of subjects, such as Food, Family, Health, Sports and Social issues. Be part of the campaign and think about the paper your book is written on.
Please leave a comment and tell me whether you think it’s important to choose environmentally-friendly books.