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A House In The Sky
The inspiring story of a woman who survived kidnap and being held captive for a year in war-torn Somalia . . .
Amanda Lindhout loved to travel. She backpacked around the world, crossing borders, enthralled by what she encountered. This led her to becoming a reporter, working in war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq. In August 2008, she travelled to Somalia - 'the most dangerous place on earth'. Along a dusty road on her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked gunmen.
Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converted to Islam as a way to survive. Moved between a series of derelict desert houses, she was given 'wife lessons' by one of her captors and kept herself sane by invoking memories of the world she'd experienced before captivity. At her most desperate she'd visit a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being totured. She survived on strategy, fortitude, and hope - and risked everything on a daring escape.
Vivid and suspenseful, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.
About the Author
Amanda Lindhout (born June 12, 1981) is a Canadian humanitarian and journalist. In 2008, she and members of her entourage were kidnapped by Islamist insurgents in southern Somalia. She was released 15 months later on November 25, 2009, and has since embarked on a philanthropic career. In 2013, she released the New York Times bestseller A House in the Sky: A Memoir, in which she recounts her hostage experience.
Social And Cultural Diversity In A Sporting World
This book brings together some of the leading authors in sport and sociocultural diversity. Social and cultural diversity becomes a key conceptual framework and lens through which to examine and understand a wide range of cultural issues related to: nationalism, gender, race, ethnicity, indigenous culture, sexuality, (dis)ability and even religiosity. This volume explores the dimensions of cultural diversity that relate to many of the aforementioned dimensions as they are located within the broad context of sport. The chapters are grounded in a variety of concepts and theories, and deal with policy, inclusion, affirmative action legislations, identity, and equity in all aspects of sports organisations as well as related issues that have emerged within the context of social and cultural diversity.Topics covered include: Politics of Identity and Representation, Theorising Sport and Inclusion Practices, Accommodation and Resistance to Diversity/Equality, Symbolic Construction of Sports Communities, Ethnocentrism and Whiteness, Ethnic Identities and Corporate Managerialism, Exploration of Alternative Leadership Paradigms, and Affirmative Action.
Themes considered include: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Indigeneity, Sexuality, (Dis)Ability, and Religiosity. The volume provides accounts from authors throughout the world in examining current ideas about social and cultural diversity in sporting worlds.
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