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Social Democracy in the 21st Century

Social Democracy in the 21st Century

Author: Nik. Brandal Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2021

Social democrats in the Western world look back on a century where growth and expansion of centre-left values seemed, during certain periods of time, to be a law of nature. Today, the so-called golden era from the 1940s to the 1970s is just a distant memory for the social democratic movement. Volume 35 of Comparative Social Research challenges this narrative of the post-war glory of social democracy. It argues that social democracy has been associated too tightly with the specific context of post-1945 and explores the margin for manoeuvre for the social democratic movement, both now and in the future. Contributors to this book explore essential questions for contemporary social democrats, such as; What does social democracy constitute as a set of ideas in the 21st century experiencing rapid technological, economic and demographic change? Is the narrative of the decline of social democracy warranted, and is there an opportunity for transformation or even rejuvenation? Social Democracy in the 21st Century is an essential reading for academics and researchers of political science and sociology.

An Unnatural Order

An Unnatural Order

Author: Jim (Jim Mason) Mason Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2021

Studienbuch Geschichte der Gemeinwesenarbeit

Studienbuch Geschichte der Gemeinwesenarbeit

Author: Stefan Koengeter, Christian Reutlinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/01/2021

Das Studienbuch macht in Originaltexten der US-amerikanischen Debatte zur Bedeutung der 'Community' zentrale Quellen zuganglich, aus denen sich neue Perspektiven auf die Geschichte der Gemeinwesenarbeit ergeben. Die Auseinandersetzung mit den Texten aus den Jahren zwischen 1890 und 1935 ermoeglicht Studierenden ebenso wie Fachwissenschaftler_innen einen differenzierten Einblick in die historische Entwicklung des Handlungsfelds Sozialer Arbeit und eine historische Rekonstruktion von heute vergessenen Zusammenhangen und internationalen Verbindungslinien. Durch kurze Analysen und Rahmungen fuhren die Autoren in den Kontext der englischsprachigen Texte ein, geben jedoch keine definierten Lesarten oder Festschreibungen in der Spurensuche des historischen Diskurses um Gemeinschaft und Sozialraum vor.

Die Transformation von Lehrerwissen.

Die Transformation von Lehrerwissen.

Author: Clemens Wieser Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2021

Das Buch nimmt Foucaults Konzept der Sorge um das Selbst zum Ausgangspunkt und entwickelt ein bildungswissenschaftliches Modell zur Expertise-Entwicklung. Das Modell rahmt die Entwicklung von Lehrkompetenz als Entwicklung von Wissen, und lenkt den Blick auf reflexive Technologien der Lehrenden. Der Band legt auf Basis dieser Rahmung eine Langsschnittstudie vor, welche die Arbeit eines Lehrers in der Sekundarstufe begleitet.

On Practice and Institution

On Practice and Institution

Author: Deborah Anderson Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2021

The concepts of practice and institution are of longstanding importance across the social sciences. This double-volume builds directly on the scholarship of Theodore Schatzki and Roger Friedland, to map out new theoretical and empirical directions at the interface between the practice and institutional logics literatures in organizational sociology, bridging the two perspectives. Volume 71 of Research in the Sociology of Organizations highlights a multitude of empirical directions suggesting particularly intriguing focal points for the emergent research agenda. The enclosed chapters grapple with issues related to the relationship of the symbolic and material aspects of culture and draw on a variety of empirical contexts (e.g. Islamic banking, Chinese manufacturing, and social innovation) to suggest different ways in which we might study social change at the interface of practice and institution.

COVID-19

COVID-19

Author: Dylan Howard, Dominic Utton Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/12/2020

In the final days of 2019, a new and deadly virus was quietly spreading through the city of Wuhan, China. Within six months it would kill half a million people worldwide, infect a further 10 million, and change the way all of us live, work and play forever. Now, for the first time, the real story of the greatest global crisis of the age can be told. Reporters Dylan Howard and Dominic Utton, collaborating from New York and London-infection hotspots in what would become two of the worst-hit nations on Earth-have together mapped the rise, spread and impact of the virus . . . and uncovered some explosive revelations. COVID-19: The Greatest Cover-Up in History-From Wuhan to the White House delivers the unfettered truth about what is undoubtedly the biggest political scandal of our time. It shows in unprecedented detail how governments in China, the UK, and the US not only failed to protect their citizens from the threat of the disease, but actively conspired to put their own political and economic ideologies above the lives of ordinary people. From early attempts by Beijing to silence any reports of the new virus to the inability of the WHO to act decisively; from warnings received and ignored by President Trump to decisions taken by the UK government that directly led to the loss of tens of thousands of lives; from whispers of military experiments to outlandish 5G conspiracy theories, Howard and Utton separate fact from fiction, science from hysteria, and expose a trail of dead bodies, wilful mismanagement, incompetence, arrogance, deliberate cover-ups, and outrageous lies that raise serious questions about who is really responsible for the hundreds of thousands killed by COVID-19. Through vigorous investigations, dedicated reporting, and exclusive first-person sourcing, COVID-19 unearths a more complex understanding of the rise, spread, and consequences of the first six months of the pandemic than has yet been seen, and exposes shocking revelations about the roles and motivations of the American and British governments in the crisis. The true story of COVID-19 is not just that of a silent killer that suddenly invaded the world . . . it's the scandal of a global tragedy that could have-and should have-been prevented. The real number of deaths and infections from the virus will never be known. The figures have not only been underreported in China, but by supposedly transparent governments in the West for reasons less connected with public safety and more to do with their own mendacity, incompetence, and corruption. Written with the urgency and tension of a thriller novel but grounded in rigorously factual reporting, COVID-19 is the essential read on the most horrifying scandal of our age.

Sociologic

Sociologic

Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture is a contemporary introduction to sociology. You will learn about sociological concepts through examining a variety of theories and theorists, all the while relating and applying this knowledge to your own experiences of everyday life. This book is about studying contemporary society - a fascinating challenge because we are studying something that we are actually part of: that is, we have to look at our everyday experiences and ask, 'why do we consider this normal?'. With such understanding, we can have informed discussions about what traditions of our society are important for us to protect and keep, and what parts we believe we should change. This new edition has been completely revised, and includes five new chapters: Australia in the World; Environment; Science, Technology and Society; Social Movements, and Religion and Contemporary Society. Editor James Arvanitakis has assembled a stellar author team who collectively give students the tools to analyse how society functions, operates and changes... and lay down a challenge to change it for the better.

Organizational Hybridity

Organizational Hybridity

Author: Marya Besharov Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/12/2020

This book contains Open Access chapters. As complex, intractable social problems continue to intensify, organizations respond with novel approaches that bridge multiple institutional spheres and combine forms, identities, and logics that would conventionally not go together, creating hybridity. Scholarly research on this phenomenon has expanded in tandem, drawing on varied theoretical lenses and exploring a widening array of empirical contexts.This edited volume takes stock of recent developments in the literature and sets a foundation for the next generation of research on organizational hybridity. It offers a multi-level, dynamic approach for capturing and explaining heterogeneity in how hybridity manifests and evolves within organizations and fields over time. The chapters included in the volume cover institutional logics, organizational identity, social categories, and paradox approaches to hybridity, and they examine settings ranging from social enterprise, microfinance, and impact investing to business sustainability, health care, and government. Taken as a whole, the volume provides both inspiration and analytical tools for developing timely and relevant insights to address pressing societal challenges. It is essential reading for organizational scholars, as well as leaders in business, non-profit, and public sector organizations.

Gendered Domestic Violence and Abuse in Popular Culture

Gendered Domestic Violence and Abuse in Popular Culture

Author: Shulamit Ramon Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

As binge-watching and streaming lead to increasing amounts of content and screen time, understanding how domestic violence and abuse is portrayed in popular culture and its impact on DVA in our society is more important than ever. Amid current international attention on sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation initiated by the #MeToo movement, this collection demonstrates how networked communication is influencing activism, both online and in the real-world. The term gendered DVA recognises the wider gender inequality underpinning DVA, and intersecting inequalities such as race, social class, sexuality, age and disability. International contributors from Europe, the USA and Australia examine how DVA is represented in different media forms comprising film, television, newspapers, digital and social media, and TED lectures. The collection examines intimate partner abuse, child abuse, grooming and sexual exploitation, elder abuse and neglect, and abuse in LGBT relationships. Authors also analyse policy changes in relation to DVA, both progressive and regressive, together with topics such as moral panic in the media and trial by media. An in-depth and wide-ranging resource, this collection will be a valuable text for health and social care professionals, researchers, academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and people with lived experience of DVA.

Boy on a String

Boy on a String

Author: Joseph Jacoby, Martin Scorsese Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Australian Social Policy and the Human Services

Australian Social Policy and the Human Services

Author: Ed Carson, Lorraine Kerr Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 30/11/2020

Social policy encompasses the study of social needs, policy development and administrative arrangements aimed at improving citizen wellbeing and redressing disadvantage. Australian Social Policy and the Human Services introduces readers to the mechanisms of policy development, implementation and evaluation. This third edition emphasises the complexity of practice, examining the links and gaps between policy development and implementation and encouraging readers to develop a critical approach to practice. The text now includes an overview of Australia's political system and has been expanded significantly to cover contemporary issues across several policy domains, including changes in labour market structure, homelessness, mental health and disability, child protection and family violence, education policy, Indigenous initiatives, conceptualisations of citizenship, and the rights of diverse groups and populations. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Australian Social Policy and the Human Services is an indispensable resource for students and practitioners alike.