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Drawing on original research I conducted in the late 1980s, the book argues for a critical approach to the study of children and television. It begins with critical reappraisals of previous empiricist and interpretative studies to set the ground for a different theoretical inquiry which links biography with history. The situated activity of children's television viewing therefore has to be related to the broader historical and cultural formations in post-Mao China. By way of a methodological pluralism of questionnaire survey, in-depth interviews and observation, the book provides the reader with a thorough critical analysis of the rise of the new commercial ethic in Chinese society in general, and in the sector of media and communications in particular, at the very historical turning point of the late 1980s. Soon after that, Deng Xiaoping made his significant tour to south China, reckoning a big step forward towards further liberalization and started to form a brave new world in China ever since.?
A private security company, SPARO, is responsible to create Personal Security Teams in Mosul, Iraq. To fill the positions on those teams, SPARO turns to professional soldiers who have the warrior skills needed to handle the dangerous runs that they will make into the enemy-filled Red Zone SPARO's new teams, designated as "Spartans," find themselves in life-threatening challenges every time they roll through the gates of the Forward Operations Base and into the Red Zone. The Spartans are in a constant struggle to outthink, outmaneuver and outfight the enemy on a daily basis. The story focuses on one Spartan in particular, Jesse. Jesse left his foreign wife, Rini, and their son, Ronny, in Hawaii to go on this mission to Mosul. As Jesse deals with the stress of war and running on dangerous missions with the Spartans, his wife and son deal with the challenges of living in a foreign country. The extreme cultural differences, language barriers and being alone take their toll on the young and beautiful Rini. She struggles to learn the American way of life while at the same time living in fear that her Jesse may never come home.
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