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ISBN 978-9985-58-836-9
Hard cover
726 pages

Information Sciences in Theory and Practice (in Estonian)
Infoteadused teoorias ja praktikas
Sirje Virkus, Aira Lepik, Elviine Uverskaja, Tiiu Reimo, Silvi Metsar, Raivo Ruusalepp, Aile Möldre and Merle Laurits
Edited by Sirje Virkus, Tiiu Reimo and Aira Lepik

19.80 €

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The aim of the first textbook of information science in Estonian is to present the most important issues in information science, and to create a context for understanding them. The book consists of three parts: in the first part, general definitions are introduced; the second part concentrates on theoretical approaches, and the third part considers practical applications. The first part of the book explains concepts such as data, information, knowledge, tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge, information behaviour, information literacy, information management, knowledge management, knowledge circulation and the information society, knowledge-based society, information politics and information strategy. The five chapters of the second part clarify the essence and development of information science, theories, models and approaches of information behaviour, information seeking and retrieval, and information literacy, approaches of knowledge management, models of assessing the productivity of information activities, and introduce some research trends that are topical today. The third part clarifies how information resources and information services are organized, how information activities are analyzed and assessed, and how information and knowledge management is implemented.The final chapter of the textbook is dedicated to teaching information science and introduces the activities of professional international associations.

The textbook will create a general understanding of information science and provides a pathway for readers to further extend their knowledge by providing extensive references.The concepts discussed in the book also contribute to the convergence of speciality-specific terminology in Estonian. The book is intended primarily for students of information science, and information and knowledge management, but can also be useful for information specialists, librarians, information technology specialists and everyone interested in the theory and practice of information science.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-838-3
Paperback
363 pages

Body and Soul on the Internet: How to Understand Social Media? (in Estonian)
Ihu ja hingega internetis: Kuidas mõista sotsiaalmeediat?
Katrin Tiidenberg

17.90 €

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Body and Soul on the Internet (“Ihu ja hingega internetis”) is a book for  everyone interested in being human in the networked, digitally saturated world. This book offers a clear and approachable take on key concepts of digital life, discussing platform affordances, networked visual culture, mediated self-expression and identity work, communities, relationships and embodiment at the intersection of people’s everyday practices and changing cultural norms. Questions of why and how people use social media can’t be universally and timelessly answered in the context of rapidly changing networked technologies, however in “Body and Soul" the author offers a useful overview of existing research, recommends fruitful analytical frameworks for understanding the complex topic and illustrates everything with analyses of her own empirical data. “Body and Soul on the Internet” is a human-centeric social sciences approach to understanding the experiences and outcomes of living in a networked world.


Dr. Katrin Tiidenberg is associate professor of social media and visual culture at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia and post-doctoral researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research interests include sexuality, gender and normative ideologies as mediated through social media practices and visual culture. Tiidenberg contributes to the development of visual research methods and research ethics, and is an internationally acknowledged researcher of the selfie-culture. She is the founding member of Estonian Young Academy of Sciences, board member of the Estonian Association of Sociologists, and a member of the Ethics Working Committee of the Association of Internet Researchers.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-835-2 
Paperback
230 pages

Selected Letters (in Estonian)
Valik kirju

Hildegard of Bingen
Compiled and translated from Latin by Riina Ruut

9.50 €

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This book offers a kaleidoscopic look into the world of Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval nun and mystic, mediating a selection of her extensive correspondence. The letters enable to follow Hildegard’s life events and communication style for approximately thirty years, and provide an overview of the subjects that were dear to her and her characteristic thought patterns. One can find allegorical visions, theological discussions, seeing through people’s conditions, hints to political problems and problems within the church, debates with the Cathars, personal relationships of attachment, prophesies, etc.

The letters reflect her journey from an unknown nun to an acknowledged seer who was contacted for solving personal issues as well as complex theological questions. Besides admiration, however, the letters also reveal controversies and setbacks, leaving it for the reader to decide whether Hildegard was more of a conservative or a reformer, deliberative pragmatist or a gentle saint.

The correspondence offers the most direct insight into the mind of this charismatic woman – in so far as possible from such a long distance in temporal and cultural terms. Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179), one of the most outstanding women in medieval Occident, is primarily known for her grandiose visions. These were not accompanied by the sentimentality characteristic of later female mystics, but amaze us with their scope and depth. Hildegard’s creative legacy also includes books on nature and therapy, liturgical songs, musical drama, representations of an unknown language and letters that are still enigmatic, and smaller theological treatises.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-834-5
Paperback
240 pages

The Price of Monotheism (in Estonian)
Monoteismi hind
Jan Assmann
Translated from German by Olavi Teppan

10 €

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Nothing else has so radically transformed the world as the distinction between true and false religion. In this nuanced consideration of his own controversial Moses the Egyptian, renowned Egyptologist Jan Assmann answers his critics, extending and building upon ideas from his previous book. Maintaining that it was indeed the Moses of the Hebrew Bible who introduced the true-false distinction in a permanent and revolutionary form, Assmann reiterates that the price of this monotheistic revolution has been the exclusion, as paganism and heresy, of everything deemed incompatible with the truth it proclaims. This exclusion has exploded time and again into violence and persecution, with no end in sight. Here, for the first time, Assmann traces the repeated attempts that have been made to do away with this distinction since the early modern period. He explores at length the notions of primary versus secondary religions, of "counter-religions," and of book religions versus cult religions. He also deals with the entry of ethics into religion's very core. Informed by the debate his own work has generated, he presents a compelling lesson in the fluidity of cultural identity and beliefs.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-832-1
Paperback
328 pages


Methods for Researching Society: Intro and Outro (in Estonian)
Sotsiaalteaduste uurimismeetodid: Sisse- ja väljajuhatus
Mikko Lagerspetz
11,20 €

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This textbook provides an overview of the methods of data collection and analysis in social sciences. The most commonly used qualitative and quantitative methods are discussed with respect to their practical merits and constraints, but also as inseparable from the overall research design. There is a thorough discussion on methodology, including research ethics, and a separate chapter on scientific writing. The author’s main message is that the empirical methods should be chosen in accordance with the research problem, which is the result of a process of translating a theoretical problem into the language of empirical research. This, in turn, generates the research strategy. The amount of possible methods is in fact indefinite, as pointed out by the book’s last chapter, the ”Outro”.

This is the first general textbook in Estonian language on the methods of social sciences. It includes exercises and examples of the works of sociologists from Estonia and elsewhere. This approach with a strong basis in methodology and philosophy of science should be of interest also for the more experienced social scientists. 

The author, Mikko Lagerspetz, is currently Professor of Sociology at the Åbo Akademi University, Finland. He has previously worked at the Estonian Institute of Humanities and at Tallinn University. He has also been the president of the Estonian Association of Sociologists. Much of his research focuses the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. 

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ISBN 978-9985-58-829-1
Paperback
620 pages

Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (in Estonian)
Anti-Oidipus. Kapitalism ja skisofreenia
Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari
translated from French by Mart Kangur
Edited by Margus Ott

16,80 €

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Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia is a 1972 book by French authors Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, respectively a philosopher and a psychoanalyst. It is the first volume of Capitalism and Schizophrenia, the second being A Thousand Plateaus (1980).

Deleuze and Guattari analyse the relationship of desire to reality and to capitalist society in particular; they address human psychology, economics, society, and history. They outline a 
“materialist psychiatry” modeled on the unconscious in its relationship with society and its productive processes, introduce the concept of “desiring-production” (which inter-relates “desiring machines” and a “body without organs”), offer a critique of Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis that focuses on its theory of the Oedipus complex, and re-write Karl Marx's materialist account of the history of society's modes of production as a development through “primitive”,  “despotic”,  and “capitalist” societies, and detail their different organisations of production, “inscription” (which corresponds to Marx's “distribution” and “exchange”), and consumption. Additionally, they develop a critical practice that they call “schizoanalysis”.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-830-7
Paperback
333 pages

 

Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television (in Estonian)
Töö näitlejaga: Unustamatute osatäitmiste loomine filmis ja teles
Judith Weston
Translated from English by Anu Lamp

10,90 €

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Directing Actors (“Töö näitlejaga”), a book written by an internationally recognized acting teacher and a filmmaker Judith Weston (b. 1946) was first published in 1996.It turned instantly into a bestseller and still holds the status of a cult book in the field of drama. In this book Weston shares the principles of her methodology that was inspired by a wish to make the atmosphere at the film set more comfortable and pleasant for all parties, to grow the mutual empathy between actors and directors, and to encourage them to listen to their own unique voices and the voices of their characters.

Weston’s methodology has grown immensely popular and has influenced many contemporary actors and filmmakers. Among others, Oscar nominees Alejandro González Iñárritu and Steve McQueen have attended her classes. Also, some Estonian filmmakers (e.g Tanel Toom, Moonika Siimets and Martti Helde) have had a chance to meet Judith Weston in person and attend her classes, calling it a life-changing experience.

Weston has improved, developed and introduced her methodology in different places around the world. So far, she has published two books – “Directing Actors”, 1996, which has become a classic by now, and “The Film Director’s Intuition” ("Filmirežissööri vaist”, 2003).

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Paperback
528 pages

Dedicated to Zara Mints on Her 90th Anniversary of Birth. Letters, Memories, Articles.
(in Russian)
Edited by Tatjana Kuzovkina, Mihhail Lotman and Maija Halturina

12,40 €

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This collection is a tribute to Zara Mints (1927–1990), professor of the University of Tartu and an outstanding researcher of the Silver Age of Russian culture. The collection consists of four parts: materials from the Yuri Lotman and Zara Mints archive in Estonian Semiotics Repository Foundation, Zara Mints’ letters from other archives and private collections, memories and articles inspired by the works of Zara Mints. Texts provide an opportunity for the reader of the collection to get an idea of the charming personality of Zara Mints, her significant role in the development of the special atmosphere in Tartu and her influence on the students of many generations.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-828-4
Paperback
420 pages 

Between Self and Societies: Creating Psychology in a New Key (in English)
Jaan Valsiner
Edited by Maaris Raudsepp 

24,20 €

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“Between Self and Societies: Creating Psychology in a New Key” contains a collection of unpublished texts by Dr. Jaan Valsiner, an innovative researcher in the field of cultural psychology. The papers included in this book enable the reader to trace the unfolding of Valsiner´s central ideas and are organized into six thematic chapters, according to the main focus of the texts (I Trajectories of psychology in societal context, II How to study qualitative developmental phenomena?, III Focus of cultural psychology: culture as a process within and between persons, IV Semiotic processes: how meanings are made?, V Cultural-semiotic regulation in societal and interpersonal processes,VI Cultural-semiotic self-regulation). The articles are accompanied by retrospective comments and two interviews that uncover Valsiner’s unique personal perspective.

Jaan Valsiner (born in 1951 in Tallinn, Estonia) is one of the founders of the re-birth of cultural psychology at the end of the 20th century. Among many varieties of cultural psychology, which all focus on the meaningfulness and cultural nature of psychological phenomena, he has inititated and is developing a cultural psychology of semiotic dynamics, providing thorough theoretical innovations to psychological science. Since 2013 Jaan Valsiner is the Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark, where he leads Europe’s first Research Centre on Cultural Psychology. Among his numerous works “Culture and the Development of Children's action” (1987, 1997) “The Guided Mind”, “The Social Mind” (2000), “Culture in Minds and Societies”(2007), “A Guided Science” (2012), “An Invitation to Cultural Psychology” (2014) could be named. In spring 2017 he was honoured with the Hans Kilian Award.

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ISBN 978-9985-58-827-7 
Paperback
278 pages

Strangers to Ourselves (in Estonian)
Võõrad iseendale
Julia Kristeva
Translated from French by Kaia Sisask

12,70 €

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In her essay „Strangers to Ourselves” (1968) French philosopher, writer and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva addresses an increasingly important question of the contemporary world: how to relate to people who have come from elsewhere, how to relate to strangers.

Kristeva deals with the issue of xenophobia both from the historical and modern perspective: she examines the understanding of foreigners in antiquity, in the Middle Ages, in the Age of Enlightenment, in the days of the French Revolution, and in contemporary Europe. She discusses the legal status of foreigners throughout history, gaining perspective on our own civilization.

Also, she looks at great individuals who have contemplated what it means to be a foreigner (e.g Rabelais, Montaigne, Erasmus, Montesquieu, Diderot, Kant, Herder, Camus and Nabokov).