• Philosophy


Political Change in the Digital Utopia
Author: César Rendueles
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231544375
Category: Philosophy
Page: 208
View: 4003
The great ideological cliché of our time, César Rendueles argues in Sociophobia, is the idea that communication technologies can support positive social dynamics and improve economic and political conditions. We would like to believe that the Internet has given us the tools to overcome modernity's practical dilemmas and bring us into closer relation, but recent events show how technology has in fact driven us farther apart. Named one of the ten best books of the year by Babelia El País, Sociophobia looks at the root causes of neoliberal utopia's modern collapse. It begins by questioning the cyber-fetishist dogma that lulls us into thinking our passive relationship with technology plays a positive role in resolving longstanding differences. Rendueles claims that the World Wide Web has produced a diminished rather than augmented social reality. In other words, it has lowered our expectations with respect to political interventions and personal relations. In an effort to correct this trend, Rendueles embarks on an ambitious reassessment of our antagonistic political traditions to prove that post-capitalism is not only a feasible, intimate, and friendly system to strive for but also essential for moving past consumerism and political malaise.

    • Psychology

The Psychology of Politics

Author: William F. Stone,Paul E. Schaffner
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461238307
Category: Psychology
Page: 331
View: 2992
The Psychology of Politics is an introduction to political psychology. The field has a long past, but as an organized discipline, it has a short history. The long past is detailed in Jaap van Ginneken's historical first chapter of the book. The short history of political psychology as an organized disci pline dates from 1978, when the International Society of Political Psychol ogy (ISPP) was founded (Stone, 1981, 1988). The formal establishment of an interdiscipline drawing upon various social sciences had numerous predecessors in the 20th century: Wallas's (1908) Human Nature in Politics, Harold Lasswell's Psychopathology and Politics in 1930, a book with the present title by Eysenck (1954), and The Handbook of Political Psychology, edited by the founder of the ISPP, Jeanne Knutson. Her Handbook defined the field at the time of its publication in 1973 (see espe cially Davies' chapter). The present revision of Stone's (1974) work is more modest in its aspira tions. It provides a selective introduction to the field, emphasizing topics that the authors believe to be representative and important. Many psycho logically relevant topics, such as political socialization, participation, voting behavior, and leadership, are not represented among our chapter titles.

    • Political Science

Mind the Gap

Political Participation and Representation in Belgium
Author: Kris Deschouwer
Publisher: Studies in European Political
ISBN: 9781786605412
Category: Political Science
Page: 324
View: 3701
This book draws a picture of a parliamentary and representative democracy that faces multiple tensions and multiple gaps.

    • Social Science

Empires of Speed

Time and the Acceleration of Politics and Society
Author: Robert Hassan
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004175903
Category: Social Science
Page: 254
View: 612
The beginning of the 21st century is witnessing the emergence of a social, political and technological revolution in networked computing. We now live in a networked society, but it functions and develops at such an accelerating rate that it becomes increasingly difficult to adequately understand the nature of this radical society. "Empires of Speed" is the first book to analyse the far-reaching transformations of speed-filled everyday life. In a compelling study Hassan shows that we are leaving behind a modern world based upon the time of the clock, and are entering a new and volatile phase where an accelerating network time poses fundamental economic and political challenges in our postmodern world, challenges we barely comprehend and are thus woefully unprepared for.

    • Psychology

The Trouble with Therapy

Sociology and Psychotherapy
Author: Peter Morrall
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 033523688X
Category: Psychology
Page: 267
View: 9138
An increasing number of people are engaging in therapy. As a consequence there is a growing debate about the benefits of therapy and its place in global society. In this exciting and engaging new text Peter Morrall argues that therapy should be treated with healthy scepticism and provides a compelling, contemporary, and controversial argument as to how we should construct a sceptical view. In an engaging style akin to authors such as Oliver Burkeman, Stan Ferudi and Alain de Botton, the author offers a sociology of psychotherapy as well as placing sociology in therapy. The author explores the links between therapy and science, therapy and power, therapy and reality, madness and normality, and personal misery and the values of global society. The author asks questions about therapy and the "therapy culture" of the modern day. Is therapy dysfunctional, arrogant, selfish, abusive, infectious, insane and deceitful? The author illustrates different aspects of therapy using a troubled character called Heather, who undergoes therapy and features in vignettes throughout the book. This innovative, engaging, and compelling analysis of therapy is a wake-up call about therapy. It is essential reading for anyone interested in psychotherapy, counselling, sociology or the human condition.

    • History

Catching History on the Wing

Race, Culture and Globalisation
Author: Ambalavaner Sivanandan
Publisher: Pluto Pr
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 5184
The definitive collection of A. Sivanandan's writing.

    • Poetry

Poems to Read on a Streetcar

Author: Oliverio Girondo,Heather Cleary
Publisher: New Directions
ISBN: 9780811221771
Category: Poetry
Page: 64
View: 5132
Part of the New Directions Poetry Pamphlet series, the first English publication by a Latin American legend

    • Social Science

The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems:

Author: A. Javier Treviño
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108623344
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
View: 8636
The introduction of the Affordable Care Act in the United States, the increasing use of prescription drugs, and the alleged abuse of racial profiling by police are just some of the factors contributing to twenty-first-century social problems. The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems offers a wide-ranging roster of the social problems currently pressing for attention and amelioration. Unlike other works in this area, it also gives great consideration to theoretical and methodological discussions. This Handbook will benefit both undergraduate and graduate students eager to understand the sociology of social problems. It is suitable for classes in social problems, current events, and social theory. Featuring the most current research, the Handbook provides an especially useful resource for sociologists and graduate students conducting research.

    • Nature

Do it yourself

a handbook for changing our world
Author: Trapese Collective
Publisher: Pluto Pr
Category: Nature
Page: 306
View: 4635
Not a book about what's wrong with the world, but a collection of dynamic ideas which explore how we can build radical and meaningful social change, ourselves, here and now. Covering nine themes, the book weaves together analysis, stories and experiences. It combines in-depth analytical chapters followed by easy to follow "How to Guides" with practical ideas for organising collectively for change. Do It Yourself is part of a growing response from the global social justice movement. Written and edited by activists and grassroots campaigners from across the world, the book reflects on their experiments in taking back control of their lives from governments and corporations.

    • History

After Spanish Rule

Postcolonial Predicaments of the Americas
Author: Mark Thurner,Andrés Guerrero
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822331940
Category: History
Page: 357
View: 1446
Insisting on the critical value of Latin American histories for recasting theories of postcolonialism, After Spanish Rule is the first collection of essays by Latin Americanist historians and anthropologists to engage postcolonial debates from the perspective of the Americas. These essays extend and revise the insights of postcolonial studies in diverse Latin American contexts, ranging from the narratives of eighteenth-century travelers and clerics in the region to the status of indigenous intellectuals in present-day Colombia. The editors contend that the construction of an array of singular histories at the intersection of particular colonialisms and nationalisms must become the critical project of postcolonial history-writing. Challenging the universalizing tendencies of some postcolonial theorists, the contributors are attentive to the crucial ways in which the histories of Latin American countries--with their creole elites, subjugated ethnic groups, and complicated relationships with their neighbor to the north--are different from those of other former colonies in the southern hemisphere. Yet, while acknowledging such differences, the volume shows that valuable insights can still be gained by exploring, for example, how Spanish approaches to colonialism influenced later French and British colonialisms or how nationalist movements in Asia drew upon Latin American models for inspiration. Contributors Thomas Abercrombie Shahid Amin Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra Peter Guardino Andrés Guerrero Marixa Lasso Javier Morillo-Alicea Joanne Rappaport Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo Mark Thurner

    • Religion

Reincarnation in America

An Esoteric History
Author: Lee Irwin
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498554083
Category: Religion
Page: 486
View: 6831
This book presents a history of reincarnation, from ancient times to the present; it is written for a diverse readership interested in theories of life after death. The survey offers an exciting journey through a maze of fascinating ideas that all contribute to an underlying theory that after death comes rebirth.

    • Science

Medicinal Plants in Australia Volume 1

Bush Pharmacy
Author: Cheryll Williams
Publisher: Rosenberg Publishing
ISBN: 1925078051
Category: Science
Page: 640
View: 7772
The discovery of the pharmacy of the Australian bush began when humankind first set foot on the continent. Later, the first European visitors found a plethora of plants new to science, with a resultant fervour for unique and unusual finds that erupted into botanical circles. The records of those pioneers, combined with Aboriginal experience, led to the formation of an extensive, if informal, Australian materia medica with widespread practical and clinical appeal. In many instances, the value of the medicinal discoveries of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries has been enhanced by contemporary research, summarised in each chapter, which lends increasing support to their traditional uses.

    • Fiction

A Pre-Book and A Victim's Guide to Surviving the Narcissist/Sociopath Updated

Author: Sereena Nightshade
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493117971
Category: Fiction
Page: 1074
View: 1108
The Victim's Guide to Surviving the Narcissist/Sociopath Updated and its first position 300-plus page Pre-Book is a two books-in-one book designed to assist victims of covert spousal predators and their support persons understand the reality of the covert spousal predator (i.e. the narcissist, malignant narcissist, sociopath/psychopath, dual diagnosed/dual diagnosable, narcopath). This material delves into the worst case scenario possible for the spousal victim as well as common red flags, exploitation, strip-mining, predatory take-ALL agenda and abuse patterns perpetrated by the covert spousal predator in his/her hunting prime and afterward when the predator decompensates. Many valuable references are provided throughout this book for further education/research and understanding. Readers are strongly encouraged to continue their review of material created by all of the referenced educators and authors listed in this book. Moreover, the top mistakes made by victims, support persons for victims, professionals, law enforcement and others are detailed in the hopes that readers will avoid making as many of these errors as they face various scenarios with the predator or predators in their lives or in the lives of others they are attempting to assist. For spousal victims in the worst case scenario with an empowered/aided and abetted covert spousal predator (i.e. situations where common minor children are involved) this book covers topics typically not touched in the material of others. This book is not about overt spousal predators (i.e. abusers whose victims can effectively use the system and/or domestic violence shelter assistance to flee) though overt predators perpetrate many of the same abuse patterns minus the skill of becoming aided and abetted via abuse by proxy scams, which are commonly the mainstay of the covert predator's take-ALL agenda.

    • History

Patriot of Persia

Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup
Author: Christopher de Bellaigue
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062196626
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 402
Christopher de Bellaigue, a former contributor to The Economist, brings to light the fascinating story of one of the great anti-colonial heroes of the twentieth century: Muhammad Mossadegh, the great Iranian leader whose untimely demise resulted in the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and a man who has been demonized, ridiculed, and misunderstood in the West while remaining an icon and an inspiration across the Middle East. Patriot of Persia, a new biography exploring his life and impact, opens a crucial new window into Mossadegh—whose role in the evolution of Iran’s political climate cannot be overemphasized—providing a resource that will prove equally invaluable to academics, newshounds, and activists as they struggle to understand Mideast politics, Iran, Ahmadinejad, and the future of the region—and the world.

    • Architecture

No More Secondhand God

Author: R. Buckminster Fuller
Publisher: Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller
ISBN: 0809302470
Category: Architecture
Page: 176
View: 6749
Vernon Sternberg of the S.I.U Press was responsible for bringing out the first edition of this collection of occasional pieces. In addition to the title piece, written in 1940, it includes other blank verses: “Machine Tools,” 1940; “The Historical Attempt by Man to Convert His Evolution from a Subjective to an Objective Process,” 1948; “Universal Requirements of a Dwelling Advantage,” 1917–62; “The Fuller Research Foundation,” 1946–51; A Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science,” 1956; and two prose essays with geometrical diagrams and tables, “Introduction to Omnidirectional Halo,” 1959, and “omnidirectional Halo,” 1960. I once asked Fuller whether No More Secondhand God meant secondhand as in clothes or second hand as in watch? He seemed bemused by the question and answered with a casualness I found suspect—”Now that you mention it,” he said, “I suppose both.” Description by Ed Applewhite, courtesy of The Estate of Buckminster Fuller

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Blessing Legacy

Author: Odile Koudou
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 1619965550
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 292
View: 5702
The Blessing Legacy A Memoir of Africa, a Father's Faith, and a Destiny Fulfilled "I speak of a true story, my living testimony..." So begin the words of The Blessing Legacy: A Memoir of Africa, a Father's Faith, and a Destiny Fulfilled, the tale of a young woman raised in poverty in Ivory Coast, but bolstered by a father whose faith taught her to dream big and never say "never." Odile Koudou invites us to walk the village paths where she was raised, experience the sights, sounds, and real nature of Africa, and relive the story of a remarkable man who inspired her to become more than she ever dreamed she could be. With his words whispering in her spirit, she rose from her humble beginnings to a position of honor and wealth in America, married into a prominent family, and now uses her "blessing" to enrich the lives of others. Through her example, anyone raised in poverty will see that it is possible to "reverse the curse" and lead a life of extraordinary excellence. Odile Koudou has several years of experience in the banking industries. She has worked as a stockbroker, bank manager, and mortgage banker, and currently she is a real estate investor. She and her husband are blessed with two wonderful daughters, Cynthia and Leslie.

    • Education

From the Margins to the Mainstream

Enhancing Social Awareness in the Social Studies Classroom
Author: Kenneth Cushner,Joanne Dowdy
Publisher: R & L Education
ISBN: 9781475808933
Category: Education
Page: 184
View: 2460
Understanding and addressing social justice concerns has become a central focus in an increasing number of schools as well as teacher education programs. The activities in this book are grounded in the recognition that personal experience and engagement is essential for meaningful intercultural learning and social justice awareness to occur. The authors of these activities, themselves teachers and teacher educators representing a wide range of disciplines, share their favorite and most engaging strategies they have found to be effective at helping students acquire a level of comfort and insight in what can oftentimes be contentious, challenging and sensitive issues. These hands-on activities actively engage pre-service and practicing teachers in real-life and simulated experiences, raising awareness and providing a foundation for introspection, reflection and discussion around these critically important issues in the safety of the classroom setting.

    • Philosophy

Game Theory and Pragmatics

Author: A. Benz,G. Jäger,R. Van Rooij,Robert Van Rooij
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230285899
Category: Philosophy
Page: 290
View: 9508
Rooted in Gricean tradition, this book concentrates on game- and decision-theoretic (GDT) approaches to the foundations of pragmatics. An Introduction to GDT, with an overview of GDT pragmatics research to date and its relation to semantics and to Gricean pragmatics is followed by contributions offering a high-level survey of current GDT pragmatics and the field of its applications, demonstrating that this approach provides a sound basis for synchronic and diachronic explanations of language use.

    • Philosophy

The Religion of Tomorrow

A Vision for the Future of the Great Traditions - More Inclusive, More Comprehensive, More Complete
Author: Ken Wilber
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 083484074X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 720
View: 2477
A provocative examination of how the great religious traditions can remain relevant in modern times by incorporating scientific truths learned about human nature over the last century. A single purpose lies at the heart of all the great religious traditions: awakening to the astonishing reality of the true nature of ourselves and the universe. At the same time, through centuries of cultural accretion and focus on myth and ritual as ends in themselves, this core insight has become obscured. Here Ken Wilber provides a path for reenvisioning a religion of the future that acknowledges the evolution of humanity in every realm while remaining faithful to that original spiritual vision. For the traditions to attract modern men and women, Wilber asserts, they must incorporate the extraordinary number of scientific truths learned about human nature in just the past hundred years—for example, about the mind and brain, emotions, and the growth of consciousness—that the ancients were simply unaware of and thus were unable to include in their meditative systems. Taking Buddhism as an example, Wilber demonstrates how his comprehensive Integral Approach—which is already being applied to several world religions by some of their adherents—can avert a “cultural disaster of unparalleled proportions”: the utter neglect of the glorious upper reaches of human potential by the materialistic postmodern worldview. Moreover, he shows how we can apply this approach to our own spiritual practice. This, his most sweeping work since Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, is a thrilling call for wholeness, inclusiveness, and unity in the religions of tomorrow.

    • Self-Help

World War-D

The Case Against Prohibitionism. A Roadmap to Controlled Re-legalization
Author: Jeffrey Dhywood
Publisher: Columbia Communications Inc
ISBN: 0984690409
Category: Self-Help
Page: 448
View: 9023
"World War-D" revolves around the simple but fundamental question: "Can organized societies do a better job than organized crime of managing and controlling psychoactive substances?" Jeffrey Dhywood obviously thinks they can, and explains why and how."World War-D" clearly demonstrates that prohibition is the worst possible form of control. The so-called "controlled substances" are effectively controlled by the underworld at a staggering and ever-growing human, social, economic, and geopolitical cost to the world."World War-D" lays out a concrete, pragmatic, and realistic roadmap to global re-legalization under a multi-tiered "legalize, tax, control, prevent, treat, and educate" regime with practical and efficient mechanisms to manage and minimize societal costs.