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High Heels & Beetle Crushers The Life, Losses and Loves of an Officer and Lady

High Heels & Beetle Crushers The Life, Losses and Loves of an Officer and Lady

Author: Jackie Skingley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/12/2019

A compelling memoir of post-war Britain. Jackie Skingley grew up with limited career choices but joining the Women's Royal Army Corps offered her a different life, living and working in a military world, against the backdrop of the Cold War. Packed full of stories reflecting the changing sexual attitudes prior to the arrival of the pill and the sexual revolution of the mid 60s, Skingley's memoir denotes a shift in the political and social fabric of the era. Follow her relationships with the men in her life from finding her first true love, which through a cruel act of fate was denied her, to embarking on a path of recovery.

White-Collar Crime in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Britain

White-Collar Crime in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Author: John (University of Wolverhampton UK) Benson Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2019

This book throws new light on white-collar crime, criminals and criminality in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. It does so by considering the life of one man, Jesse Varley (1869-1929), who embezzled more than GBP80,000 from Wolverhampton's Corporation, and for a decade and more enjoyed an ostentatiously extravagant lifestyle. He was discovered, and despite serving a period of penal servitude, he turned again to white-collar crime (this time in Sheffield). Sentenced again to penal servitude, he died a few years later in Liverpool in what were said to be 'very poor circumstances'.

Unreconciled From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Christian Evangelicalism

Unreconciled From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Christian Evangelicalism

Author: Andrea Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/12/2019

In the 1990s, many Evangelical Christian organizations and church leaders began to acknowledge their long history of racism and launched efforts at becoming more inclusive of people of color. While much of this racial reconciliation movement has not directly confronted systemic racism's structural causes, there exists a smaller counter-movement within Evangelicalism, primarily led by women of color who are actively engaged in antiracism and social justice struggles. In Unreconciled Andrea Smith examines these movements through a critical ethnic studies lens, evaluating the varying degrees to which Evangelical communities that were founded on white supremacy have addressed racism. Drawing on Evangelical publications, sermons, and organization statements, as well as ethnographic fieldwork and participation in Evangelical events, Smith shows how Evangelicalism is largely unable to effectively challenge white supremacy due to its reliance upon discourses of whiteness. At the same time, the work of progressive Evangelical women of color not only demonstrates that Evangelical Christianity can be an unexpected place in which to find theoretical critique and social justice organizing; it also shows how critical ethnic studies' interventions can be applied broadly across political and religious divides outside the academy.

Unreconciled From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Christian Evangelicalism

Unreconciled From Racial Reconciliation to Racial Justice in Christian Evangelicalism

Author: Andrea Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2019

In the 1990s, many Evangelical Christian organizations and church leaders began to acknowledge their long history of racism and launched efforts at becoming more inclusive of people of color. While much of this racial reconciliation movement has not directly confronted systemic racism's structural causes, there exists a smaller counter-movement within Evangelicalism, primarily led by women of color who are actively engaged in antiracism and social justice struggles. In Unreconciled Andrea Smith examines these movements through a critical ethnic studies lens, evaluating the varying degrees to which Evangelical communities that were founded on white supremacy have addressed racism. Drawing on Evangelical publications, sermons, and organization statements, as well as ethnographic fieldwork and participation in Evangelical events, Smith shows how Evangelicalism is largely unable to effectively challenge white supremacy due to its reliance upon discourses of whiteness. At the same time, the work of progressive Evangelical women of color not only demonstrates that Evangelical Christianity can be an unexpected place in which to find theoretical critique and social justice organizing; it also shows how critical ethnic studies' interventions can be applied broadly across political and religious divides outside the academy.

Futurins The Future of Ruins and Ruins of the Future

Futurins The Future of Ruins and Ruins of the Future

Author: Dimitri Ozerkov Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2019

The ethics and aesthetics of ruins are a crucial element in the history of civilisations: it symbolises the presence of the past, but at the same time embodies the potential for future developments. In fact, a ruin is never neutral: caught between nature and culture, suspended between catastrophe and reconstruction, it is immersed in the flow of time while suggesting eternity. In order to give an idea of the historical complexity of the concept, the book which was created and edited by Dimitri Ozerkov will range thematically over centuries, focusing on salient points: from the first mythologies of destruction, the effect of divine wrath (Deucalion and Pyrrha, Tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorra, etc.) to the iconoclastic terrorism of Palmyra, while also including ancient Egypt, Greco-Roman antiquity, the instauratio Romae , the ruine du Louvre , and twentieth-century destructions by war and the ruins of the Twin Towers.

The Jazz War Radio, Nazism and the Struggle for the Airwaves in World War II

The Jazz War Radio, Nazism and the Struggle for the Airwaves in World War II

Author: Will (Independent Scholar, UK) Studdert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

During World War II, jazz embodied everything that was appealing about a democratic society as envisioned by the Western Allied powers. Labelled `degenerate' by Hitler's cultural apparatus, jazz was adopted by the Allies to win the hearts and minds of the German public. It was also used by the Nazi Minister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, to deliver a message of Nazi cultural and military superiority. When Goebbels co-opted young German and foreign musicians into `Charlie and his Orchestra' and broadcast their anti-Allied lyrics across the English Channel, jazz took centre stage in the propaganda war that accompanied World War II on the ground. The Jazz War is based on the largely unheard oral testimony of the personalities behind the German and British wartime radio broadcasts, and chronicles the evolving relationship between jazz music and the Axis and Allied war e orts. Studdert shows how jazz both helped and hindered the Allied cause as Nazi soldiers secretly tuned in to British radio shows while London party-goers danced the night away in demimonde `bottle parties', leading them to be branded a `menace' in Parliament. This book will appeal to students of the history of jazz, broadcasting, cultural studies, and the history of World War II.

Disney's Land Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World

Disney's Land Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World

Author: Richard Snow Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2019

A propulsive history chronicling the conception and creation of Disneyland, the masterpiece California theme park that became at once the greatest piece of urban design in the United States and the world's most prosperous tourist attraction, as told like never before by popular historian Richard Snow. When Walt Disney imagined a theme park where his audience could live among Mickey Mouse and Snow White in a world still powered by steam and fire for a day or a week or (if the visitor is slightly mad) forever, there was nothing like Disneyland in the world. Now, sixty years later, theme park rights have become a staple of every entertainment contract. On the way to achieving greatness, Walt Disney, his brother Roy, and a small group of artists, engineers, and designers (none of whom had ever built a theme park) endured setback after setback and engineered their way over and through countless impasses with a signature on-the-fly approach, culminating in an opening day in July 1955 that was nothing short of a disaster. This is a spectacular story of error and innovation, a wild ride from a vision to the realization of an iconic cultural landscape. It reflects the park's uniqueness, but just as strongly that of the man who built it with a watchmaker's precision, an artist's conviction, and the desperate, high-hearted recklessness of a riverboat gambler.

Being Brown Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question

Being Brown Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question

Author: Lazaro Lima Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question tells the story of the country's first Latina Supreme Court Associate Justice's rise to the pinnacle of American public life at a moment of profound demographic and political transformation. While Sotomayor's confirmation appeared to signal the greater acceptance and inclusion of Latinos-the nation's largest minority majority -the uncritical embrace of her status as a possibility model and icon paradoxically erased how her success was due to civil rights policies and safeguards that no longer existed. Being Brown analyzes Sotomayor's story of success and accomplishment, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, in order to ask: What do we lose in democratic practice when we allow symbolic inclusion to supplant the work of meaningful political enfranchisement? In a historical moment of resurgent racism, unrelenting Latino bashing, and previously unimaginable blood and soil Nazism, Being Brown explains what we stand to lose when we allow democratic values to be trampled for the sake of political expediency, and how understanding the Latino question can fortify democratic practice. Being Brown provides the historical vocabulary for understanding why the Latino body politic is central to the country's future and why Sonia Sotomayor's biography provides an important window into understanding America, and the country's largest minority majority, at this historical juncture. In the process, Being Brown counters alternative facts with historical precision and ethical clarity in order to invigorate the best of democratic practice at an historical moment where we need it most.

Being Brown Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question

Being Brown Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question

Author: Lazaro Lima Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Being Brown: Sonia Sotomayor and the Latino Question tells the story of the country's first Latina Supreme Court Associate Justice's rise to the pinnacle of American public life at a moment of profound demographic and political transformation. While Sotomayor's confirmation appeared to signal the greater acceptance and inclusion of Latinos-the nation's largest minority majority -the uncritical embrace of her status as a possibility model and icon paradoxically erased the fact that her success was due to civil rights policies and safeguards that no longer existed. Being Brown analyzes Sotomayor's story of success and accomplishment, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, in order to ask: What do we lose in democratic practice when we allow symbolic inclusion to supplant the work of meaningful political enfranchisement? In a historical moment of resurgent racism, unrelenting Latino bashing, and previously unimaginable blood and soil Nazism, Being Brown explains what we stand to lose when we allow democratic values to be trampled for the sake of political expediency, and demonstrates how understanding the Latino question can fortify democratic practice. Being Brown provides the historical vocabulary for understanding why the Latino body politic is central to the country's future and why Sonia Sotomayor's biography provides an important window into understanding America, and the country's largest minority majority, at this historical juncture. In the process, Being Brown counters alternative facts with historical precision and ethical clarity to invigorate the best of democratic practice at a historical moment when we need it most.

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger

Author: Julie Sze Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

We are living in a precarious environmental and political moment. In the United States and in the world, environmental injustices have manifested across racial and class divides in devastatingly disproportionate ways. What does this moment of danger mean for the environment and for justice? What can we learn from environmental justice struggles? Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger examines mobilizations and movements, from protests at Standing Rock to activism in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Environmental justice movements fight, survive, love, and create in the face of violence that challenges the conditions of life itself. Exploring dispossession, deregulation, privatization, and inequality, this book is the essential primer on environmental justice, packed with cautiously hopeful stories of struggle for the future.

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger

Author: Julie Sze Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2019

We are living in a precarious environmental and political moment. In the United States and in the world, environmental injustices have manifested across racial and class divides in devastatingly disproportionate ways. What does this moment of danger mean for the environment and for justice? What can we learn from environmental justice struggles? Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger examines mobilizations and movements, from protests at Standing Rock to activism in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Environmental justice movements fight, survive, love, and create in the face of violence that challenges the conditions of life itself. Exploring dispossession, deregulation, privatization, and inequality, this book is the essential primer on environmental justice, packed with cautiously hopeful stories of struggle for the future.

The Internationalisation of the Labour Question Ideological Antagonism, Workers' Movements and the ILO since 1919

The Internationalisation of the Labour Question Ideological Antagonism, Workers' Movements and the ILO since 1919

Author: Stefano Bellucci Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/12/2019

This edited collection is a global history of workers' organisations since 1919, the year when the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Comintern and the International Federation of Trade Unions were formed. This historical moment represents a caesura in labour history as it epitomises the beginning of what the editors and the contributors in this book call the internationalisation of the labour question. The case studies in this centenary volume analyse the relationship between global workers' organisations and the new ideological confrontation between liberal capitalism, socialism and communism since the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Workers' organisations, trade unions in particular, grew in importance and managed to organise internationally, forming alliances cemented by ideology and sustained by international institutional bodies or centrals. In the nascent capitalist versus communist struggle, trade unions thrived. Is it mere coincidence that today's decline of unionism coincides with the end of ideological antagonism? This book emphasises important global labour issues such as gender as well as international workers' histories from Latin America, Asia and Africa.