Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions by Philippa Waring

By Philippa Waring

Initially released in 1978, this dictionary lines the possible origins of superstitions from around the world, discussing the symbolic context during which they nonetheless live to tell the tale and suggesting how they could aid take advantage of reliable success and steer clear of the undesirable.

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Unmarried daughters attended mixed-gender political meetings, worked in unsupervised settings (such as clinics), and stood guard duty alone at night. Yet there were no basic changes in the power structure. Women continued as bearers of cultural continuity through emphasis on traditional roles. ‘‘Mother of martyrs’’ remains a central symbol. But by engaging so many women in the political arena, some traditional restraints were relaxed. Reforms such as repudiation of polygamy occurred in Egypt and Tunisia in the 1950s through the 1970s; however, the 1980s saw a period of reIslamization of legal structures in Egypt, Sudan, and Algeria.

Generally, affirmative action is considered to be an active form of nondiscrimination that comprises identifying the underrepresentation in all conditions of employment of qualified women, racial/ethnic minorities, and other protected groups and then taking specific actions to enable an employer to utilize the protected groups according to their availability (that is, to achieve affirmative action goals). These actions may include, for example, additional recruitment and advertising for qualified members of protected groups as well as developing, implementing, and monitoring employment policies that are designed to encourage increased protected group representation.

Most women, children, and old people stayed home in the ‘‘reserves,’’ using age-old techniques to scratch a living out of infertile soils. Despite the reserves’ overcrowded, unproductive conditions, on the unrealistic presumption that the women really could support themselves and their families, the colonialists claimed they needed pay wages only sufficient to support the individual men—well below the minimum that Karl Marx suggested capitalists must pay to cover the costs of the next generation of labor power.

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