2.5 ‘Difference’ and identity

If differences on the basis of gender, ethnicity and disability are socially constructed, how should people view their identities, for example as men, or disabled people, or people of African–Caribbean origin? Where do such identities come from, and how useful are they in explaining people's experience of communication in care services?

Foucault’s ideas about changing discourses, and the ways in which they construct people's view of the world, can be applied to issues of ethnicity a
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17.3 Choosing appropriate materials and manufacturing process

The choice of materials and manufacturing process for a particular new product is an important aspect of the innovation process. It is not necessarily the case that the materials chosen for the early prototypes of an invention are those best suited for the larger-scale manufacture of the innovation. Choice of materials can affect the performance, quality and economic manufacture of most new products, so it's important to choose wisely.

While inventors and designers usually need to seek
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After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • discuss processes upon and within, and internal structure of, differentiated icy bodies (primarily large satellites) in comparison with the terrestrial planets

  • describe the conditions that may be required to originate and foster life in an icy body and discuss the likelihood of their having occurred

  • recognise the moral and ethical issues of landing spacecraft on potential life-bearing worlds and app
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2.1 Introduction

Every receptor has to be able to recognize its particular ligand in a specific manner, and become activated by it in such a way that it transmits the signal to the cell. We shall deal with receptor specificity and activation mechanisms. Then we shall see how the same principles of specificity and activation also apply to intracellular receptors.


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"The Road Not Taken" Poem by Robert Frost
Here is a black and white virtual movie of the head (photograph) of Robert Frost "reading" probably his best known poem, "The Road Not Taken."
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Spanish Listening Comprehension for Advanced Learners #1 - A Mexican Business Presentation
Learn Mexican Spanish with SpanishPod101.com! Do you find yourself missing the nuances in Mexican Spanish conversations? Would you like to understand more of what’s happening around you in daily life in Mexico? Then this Mexican Spanish Listening Comprehension for Advanced Learners series is for you! In each lesson of this five-part series, you’ll see an [...]
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2.2.2 Precision

Measuring the same sample should give the same result every time if the equipment is precise. In practice, the information displayed by a measuring device can depend on several factors (such as temperature and humidity) and can drift slightly over time. Nevertheless, during the time it takes to complete a measurement sequence, all measurements ought to remain within a specified, small margin of error, often marked on the equipment. We will see later on, in Author(s): The Open University

4.1 Race and place

The following poem was written by Jackie Kay who was born in Glasgow in 1961. Her mother was a white Scottish woman and her father was a black Nigerian student. She has written extensively about the subject of identity in the context of her own experience – for example, of being an adopted child, brought up in Glasgow.

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POL310 Session 12 Summer 2012
Current Issues in American Government with Brenda Riddick 07/24/12
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Technical Paper 3 - The Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project: Contextualising
This paper looks at the impact of recent government initiatives on early childhood care and education for 3 to 5-year olds in the full range of pre-school centres in the study. This was based on interviews conducted with 135 heads of pre-school settings and 12 local authority co-ordinators in six local authorities. At a time of rapid policy development and because of the diversity in pre-school provision, the EPPE study recorded how recent changes in local authority under-fives provision might b
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After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • identify the different approaches and contributions staff make to care for health in a hospital setting;

  • evaluate the interpersonal relationships of those working together for health in a hospital setting;

  • appreciate how patients might experience care for health in a hospital setting.


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1.2.1 A different definition

Click on the 'view document' link to read the interview excerpt with Reg Martin

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3.19 Key ethical issues for CAM practitioners: professional etiquette and whistleblowing

In the past, professional bodies cautioned their members against disparaging other members of the same profession in front of a user. In the UK many codes of ethics still discuss professional etiquette from the perspective of safeguarding the interests of the practitioner rather than the user. Sensitivity is required when treating a user who is dissatisfied with a previous practitioner, but this should not prevent a practitioner being critical of someone else's obviously unacceptable treatmen
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Human Embryology and Bioethics
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How Social Security Numbers are Given
Introduced in 1936, Social Security numbers have become increasingly vital. But the nine-digit number can tell you about the person as well. This video shows how each number means something. This is a good video to show students when teaching them about identity theft.
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After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain how and why the optical spectrum of an active or starburst galaxy differs from that of a normal galaxy

  • explain how and why the broadband spectrum of an active or starburst galaxy differs from that of a normal galaxy

  • describe briefly the observed features of starburst galaxies and the four main classes of active galaxies (quasars, radio galaxies, Seyfert galaxies and blazars)

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The Ocean Waves of Hawaii
So often students are asked study information about oceans, read about oceans, and understand oceans.  Yet, what if they have never taken a trip to actually SEE the ocean?  This video will allow you to take a beach break with the relaxing sounds of these ocean waves. No narration, simply the sounds of nature. (08:11)
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5.1 Pollution and loss of biodiversity

Unfortunately, halting the disappearance of species cannot be achieved simply by measures such as putting fences around special habitats and asking people not to pick the flowers or disturb the breeding birds. Many species are vanishing because of pollution. You probably have a good understanding of the meaning of this term, but it is variously defined. The Open University has a course on environmental control and public health, in which pollution is defined as the introduction into th
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The Perfect Machine
The author takes a semi-serious look at the world of computers, robots and androids in an attempt to find a recipe for the perfect machine. Described in this article are the possible attributes of the perfect machine and some of the problems it might raise
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