Politics & Social Sciences

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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02New York Times Bestseller

From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that may forever affect the way we examine poverty in America

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into your poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to express to the story of eight families about the edge. Arleen can be a single mother attempting to raise her two sons within the $20 per month she has left after investing in their rundown apartment. Scott is usually a gentle nurse consumed using a heroin addiction. Lamar, a person with no legs as well as a neighborhood filled with boys to tend, attempts to work his solution of debt. Vanetta participates within a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost anything they have on rent, and all of have fallen behind.

The fates of those families are at the disposal of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, an old schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs among the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. Read the rest of this entry »


Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

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01Have you ever made a nerve-racking challenge and immediately desired a do over? Maybe after the job interview, a performance, or perhaps a difficult conversation? The very moments that need us being genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives’ biggest hurdles with dread, execute these with anxiety, and leave all of them with regret.

By accessing our personal power, we are able to achieve “presence,” hawaii in which we stop worrying in regards to the impression we’re making on others and instead adjust the impression were making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy’s revolutionary book reveals, and we don’t need to start on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the potency of presence. Instead, we ought to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking the body language, behavior, and mind-set inside our day-to-day lives.

Amy Cuddy has galvanized ten million viewers worldwide with her TED speak about “power poses.” Read the rest of this entry »

Energy, Society and Environment (Routledge Introductions to Environment: Environment and Society Texts)

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08Society’s utilization of energy and technology is in heart of several of the most significant environmental problems of latest years, including problems of health, our planets atmosphere and acid rain. Use of technology has been an important cause of environmental problems but new technology offers many solutions.
Energy, Society and Environment is definitely an introduction to energy and use, plus the interactions between technology, society and also the environment. The book is clearly structured to look at:
* key environmental issues, and also the harmful impacts of your energy use
* new technological ways of environmental problems
* implementation of possible solutions
* implications for society in having a sustainable method of energy use.
Social processes and strategic methods to problems are located inside a clear, technological context with topical case studies and informative diagrams illustrating key issues.
Energy, Society and Environment examines the wide ranging and limits of technical approaches to environmental problems and suggests the social, economic and political changes needed to avoid serious environmental damage in the foreseeable future.

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Newer Ideals of Peace

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07In this her second book, Jane Addams moves beyond humanitarian interests sensibility and prudence, advancing a aggressive, positive notion of peace to be a dynamic social process emerging out from the poorer quarters of cosmopolitan cities. Her deep analysis of relations among diverse groups in U.S. society, exemplified by inter-ethnic and labor relations in Chicago, draws widely useful lessons for both domestic and global peace, in a early formulation of today’s “globalization from below.”

In an unprecedented, revolutionary critique in the pervasive militarization of society, Addams applies her scathing pen to traditional advocates and philosophers of “negative” peace, founders from the U.S. constitution, militarists, bigots, imperialists, and theories of “democratic peace” and liberal capitalism. Instead she sees a sluggish, powerful emergence of forces from below–the poor, the despised, workers, women, ethnic and racial communities, oppressed groups at home and abroad–that would invent moral substitutes for war and gradually shape a just, peaceful, and varied social order. Read the rest of this entry »

My Disillusionment in Russia

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06About the Author
Emma Goldman (1869 – 1940) was an anarchist renowned for her political activism, writing and speeches. She played a pivotal role within the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe inside the first 1 / 2 of the twentieth century. Born in Kovno inside Russian Empire (now Kaunas in Lithuania), Goldman emigrated towards the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement. Attracted to anarchism following your Haymarket affair, Goldman became a writer and also a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women’s rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands. She and anarchist writer Alexander Berkman, her lover and lifelong friend, planned to assassinate Henry Clay Frick for an act of propaganda with the deed. Though Frick survived the attempt on his life, Berkman was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison. Goldman was imprisoned several times within the years that followed, for “inciting to riot” and illegally distributing information regarding birth control. Read the rest of this entry »

Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms: The Militarization of Aesthetics in Japanese History

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05Why did almost 1,000 highly educated “student soldiers” volunteer to offer in Japan’s tokkotai (kamikaze) operations near to the end of World War II, though Japan was losing the war? In this fascinating study from the role of symbolism and aesthetics in totalitarian ideology, Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney shows that this state manipulated the time-honored Japanese symbol with the cherry blossom to convince individuals who it was their honor to “die like beautiful falling cherry petals” with the emperor.

Drawing on diaries nothing you’ve seen prior published in English, Ohnuki-Tierney describes these young men’s agonies as well as defiance contrary to the imperial ideology. Passionately dedicated to cosmopolitan intellectual traditions, the pilots saw the cherry blossom not in militaristic terms, but as a symbol with the painful beauty and unresolved ambiguities of these tragically brief lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Standing Ovation: Performing Social Science Research About Cancer (Ethnographic Alternatives)

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Standing Ovation is less a how-to guide for other research-based theatre than an inspiration for such work. Each project, the authors realize, must discover its own way; there is absolutely no method. But listed here is a look backstage with the fears, frustrations, and ultimately the triumphs of production. (Arthur W. Frank, through the Foreword)

Hats away and off to these investigators for reflecting both physician and patient perspectives with humor, in a way that is neither reductive nor competitive, and then for honoring profound needs. (Barbara Mains Medscape Women’s Health Ejournal (Posted 10/03/2002))

It is usually a compelling, informative, and uplifting experience to witness this performance as well as read the way it was constructed… The book and videotape are valuable addendums to the small but lively performance ethnography scene. . . . In addition to bringing forth very useful ideas about precisely how to do performative/research work, they are also very provocative regarding helping people experience disease and connect with others who are afflicted. (Gergen, Mary Forum: Qualitative Social Research Vol. 4, No. 3, Sept. ’03)

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