Paul Clements - Author

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Paul Clements is a journalist and has worked for the BBC for more than twenty-five years in Belfast and London. He has written two travel books: Irish Shores, A Journey Round the Rim of Ireland (1993) and The Height of Nonsense, The Irish Road Trip (2005). His critical study Jan Morris was published by the University of Wales Press (1998). He has  written articles for the TLS, Planet - The Welsh Internationalist, The Irish Book Review and Fortnight arts magazine. He is a Fellow of Green Collage,  Oxford.

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The Creative Underground Art, Politics and Everyday Life

The Creative Underground Art, Politics and Everyday Life

Author: Paul Clements Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2016

Paul Clements champions the creative underground and expressions of difference through visionary avant-garde and resistant ideas. This is represented by an admixture of utopian literature, manifestos and lifestyles which challenge normality and attempt to reinvent society, as practiced for example, by radicals in bohemian enclaves or youth subcultures. He showcases a range of 'art' and participatory cultural practices that are examined sociopolitically and historically, employing key theoretical ideas which highlight their contribution to aesthetic thinking, political ideology, and public discourse. A reevaluation of the arts and progressive modernism can reinvigorate culture through active leisure and post-work possibilities beyond materialism and its constraints, thereby presenting alternatives to established understandings and everyday cultural processes. The book teases out the difficult relationship between the individual, culture and society especially in relation to autonomy and marginality, while arguing that the creative underground is crucial for a better world, as it offers enchantment, vitality and hope.

Wandering Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Wandering Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

Author: Paul Clements Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2016

Following the spirit of the world's longest coastal driving route, Paul Clements sets out to discover the real west of Ireland. Along the way he encounters memorable characters living on the Atlantic edge and presents a unique portrait of their lives. We meet the last man standing on a remote Galway island, listen to the banter at Puck Fair, and hear from a descendant of the original sixteenth-century wild Atlantic woman. Tagging along on his meandering journey is the swashbuckling presence of the Celtic sea god, Manannan Mac Lir. For his first travel book in 1991, Paul hitchhiked the same route. Now retracing his steps along the Wild Atlantic Way - this time by car and bike, on horseback and on foot - he looks at how Ireland has changed and realises everyone still has a story to tell. Laced with wry humour and endless curiosity, this is a distinctive mix of travel writing, social history and nature. Also by this author: `The Height of Nonsense: The Ultimate Irish Road Trip' Praise for this author: Stacks of free copies should be sent to all our tourist desks abroad. - The Irish Times. For sheer pleasure, nothing I read beat Paul Clements' `The Height of Nonsense'. - The Observer. A compulsive, educational, laugh-out-loud read. - Sunday Independent. A fascinating journey around the hidden corners of Ireland. - BBC Radio

The Height of Nonsense The Ultimate Irish Road Trip

The Height of Nonsense The Ultimate Irish Road Trip

Author: Paul Clements Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/03/2016

Paul Clements took to the road in search of the county tops, armed with his own rules of the road, 'Forsake all 21st century Celtic superhighways in favour of boreens'. Faced with leave he couldn't afford, Paul travelled the GMRs (Great Mountain Roads), exploring remote corners of little known counties, some very flat, and spent time with the eccentric and the quaint. Meet Cathy Rea who can see, and even smell, fairies! Listen to tales of druids, banshees, highwaymen and loose women. And learn how a poet stops Errigal's ego from deflating. P.S. Paul found only 28 tops!

Romancing Ireland Richard Hayward, 1892-1964

Romancing Ireland Richard Hayward, 1892-1964

Author: Paul Clements Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2015

A largely forgotten figure in the Irish cultural world, Hayward left behind a formidable body of work in books and recordings. He moved easily between parallel worlds of film making, the theatre, broadcasting and singing and writing, and his life touched many people. In this painstakingly researched account of an extraordinary life, Paul Clements has mastered a huge amount of material. The book covers all of his life, providing fresh insights through the lens of remarkable material from hitherto unknown archive resources, and a wealth of rare photographs. Paul Clements has scrutinised thousands of documents and literary fragments in archives throughout Ireland and Britain, producing a balanced reflection on Hayward's books, songs, films and ideas, which tell the extraordinary story of his four decades in the public spotlight. This absorbing and timely biography, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Hayward's death in 1964, draws on an array of primary sources, including previously unseen letters, and paints a refreshingly readable portrait of the man and his times.

Charles Bukowski, Outsider Literature, and the Beat Movement

Charles Bukowski, Outsider Literature, and the Beat Movement

Author: Paul Clements Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2013

This book uses cultural and psycho-social analysis to examine the beat writer Charles Bukowski and his literature, focusing on representations of the anti-hero rebel and outsider. Clements considers the complexities, ambiguities, and contradictions represented by the author and his work, exploring Bukowski's visceral writing of the cultural ordinary and everyday self-narrative. The study considers Bukowski's apolitical, gendered, and working-class stance to understand how the writer represents reality and is represented with regards to counter-cultural literature. In addition, Clements provides a broader socio-cultural focus that evaluates counterculture in relation to the American beat movement and mythology, highlighting the male cool anti-hero. The cultural practices and discourses utilized to situate Bukowski include the individual and society, outsiderdom, cult celebrity, fan embodiment, and disneyfication, providing a greater understanding of the beat generation and counterculture literature.

Rawlsian Political Analysis Rethinking the Microfoundations of Social Science

Rawlsian Political Analysis Rethinking the Microfoundations of Social Science

Author: Paul Clements Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2012

In Rawlsian Political Analysis: Rethinking the Microfoundations of Social Science, Paul Clements develops a new, morally grounded model of political and social analysis as a critique of and improvement on both neoclassical economics and rational choice theory. What if practical reason is based not only on interests and ideas of the good, as these theories have it, but also on principles and sentiments of right? The answer, Clements argues, requires a radical reorientation of social science from the idea of interests to the idea of social justice. According to Clements, systematic weaknesses in neoclassical economics and rational choice theory are due to their limited model of choice. According to such theories in the utilitarian tradition, all our practical decisions aim to maximize the satisfaction of our interests. These neo-utilitarian approaches focus on how we promote our interests, but Clements argues, our ideas of right, cognitively represented in principles, contribute independently and no less fundamentally to our practical decisions. The most significant challenge to utilitarianism in the last half century is found in John Rawls's Theory of Justice and Political Liberalism, in which Rawls builds on Kant's concept of practical reason. Clements extends Rawls's moral theory and his critique of utilitarianism by arguing for social analysis based on the Kantian and Rawlsian model of choice. To illustrate the explanatory power of his model, he presents three detailed case studies: a program analysis of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, a political economy analysis of the causes of poverty in the Indian state of Bihar, and a problem-based analysis of the ethics and politics of climate change. He concludes by exploring the broad implications of social analysis grounded in a concept of social justice. Paul Clements's Rawlsian Political Analysis mounts an important intervention into the philosophy of the social sciences, challenging the tired fact/value, empirical/normative binaries that continue to impoverish social analysis. His insistence that social analysis must engage both facts and norms, the empirical and the normative, the good and the right, interest and principle--and that empirical social scientists must engage constructively on questions of autonomy and social justice--is noble and ultimately essential if social science is to justify its place in the years to come. --Fonna Forman-Barzilai, University of California, San Diego

Burren Country

Burren Country

Author: Paul Clements Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2011

For 20 years Paul Clements has been tapping into the Burren's hidden crevices, drawn to its history, mystery and peculiarities. He writes absorbingly about the rocks, hills and walls, and the range of colours, the animals he rubs shoulders with, and about subjects which excite him, such as the exotic wild flowers, ancient ruins, early morning birdsong, and the smell of whiskey in historic pubs. A hunter and gatherer of information and lore on the Burren, the author ferrets out little-known facts and weaves them together to create these carefully distilled essays.

Documenting Software Architectures Views and Beyond

Documenting Software Architectures Views and Beyond

Author: Paul Clements, Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, David Garlan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2010

This new edition is brighter, shinier, more complete, more pragmatic, more focused than the previous one, and I wouldn't have thought it possible to improve on the original. As the field of software architecture has grown over these past decades, there is much more to be said, much more that we know, and much more that we can reflect upon of what's worked and what hasn't-and the authors here do all that, and more. -From the Foreword by Grady Booch, IBM Fellow Software architecture-the conceptual glue that holds every phase of a project together for its many stakeholders-is widely recognized as a critical element in modern software development. Practitioners have increasingly discovered that close attention to a software system's architecture pays valuable dividends. Without an architecture that is appropriate for the problem being solved, a project will stumble along or, most likely, fail. Even with a superb architecture, if that architecture is not well understood or well communicated the project is unlikely to succeed. Documenting Software Architectures, Second Edition, provides the most complete and current guidance, independent of language or notation, on how to capture an architecture in a commonly understandable form. Drawing on their extensive experience, the authors first help you decide what information to document, and then, with guidelines and examples (in various notations, including UML), show you how to express an architecture so that others can successfully build, use, and maintain a system from it. The book features rules for sound documentation, the goals and strategies of documentation, architectural views and styles, documentation for software interfaces and software behavior, and templates for capturing and organizing information to generate a coherent package. New and improved in this second edition: Coverage of architectural styles such as service-oriented architectures, multi-tier architectures, and data models Guidance for documentation in an Agile development environment Deeper treatment of documentation of rationale, reflecting best industrial practices Improved templates, reflecting years of use and feedback, and more documentation layout options A new, comprehensive example (available online), featuring documentation of a Web-based service-oriented system Reference guides for three important architecture documentation languages: UML, AADL, and SySML

Spirit of Slavery

Spirit of Slavery

Author: Paul Clements Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2005

Evaluating Software Architectures Methods and Case Studies

Evaluating Software Architectures Methods and Case Studies

Author: Paul Clements, Rick Kazman, Mark Klein Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2001

The foundation of any software system is its architecture. Using this book, you can evaluate every aspect of architecture in advance, at remarkably low cost -- identifying improvements that can dramatically improve any system's performance, security, reliability, and maintainability. As the practice of software architecture has matured, it has become possible to identify causal connections between architectural design decisions and the qualities and properties that result downstream in the systems that follow from them. This book shows how, offering step-by-step guidance, as well as detailed practical examples -- complete with sample artifacts reflective of those that evaluators will encounter. The techniques presented here are applicable not only to software architectures, but also to system architectures encompassing computing hardware, networking equipment, and other elements. For all software architects, software engineers, developers, IT managers, and others responsible for creating, evaluating, or implementing software architectures.

Jan Morris

Jan Morris

Author: Paul Clements Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/1998

This is the first full-length study of Jan Morris, one of Britain's foremost travel essayist and popular historians. It takes a critical look at a unique writer who after spending more than forty years as a man, underwent a sex-change in the 1970s and became a woman. The book outlines Morris's early life and education as James. It focuses on his early journalistic career when in 1953, as The Times correspondent, he took part in the British conquest of Everest and scooped the world with his reports. Morris's writings span nearly fifty years. Since the 1950s she has been a major figure in journalism and travel writing in both Britain and the United States. This book examines her writing technique and the style she uses in evoking the spirit of a place. It looks at her talent as a prolific author of romantic and imaginative prose in such books as The Matter of Wales, The Presence of Spain and Venice. As a historian she is best known for her trilogy on the British Empire, Pax Britannica, a powerful reconstruction of the empire and an enduring work of literary history. The book also looks at her most recent work Fifty Years of Europe. For those coming fresh to Jan Morris, it provides an introductory overview of her style - of the unique and peculiar words she uses - and her ability, through descriptive and imaginative prose, to capture the spirit of a place.

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