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Society & culture: general

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Serfs, Peasants, and Socialists

Serfs, Peasants, and Socialists

Author: William Derman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1973.

Serfs, Peasants, and Socialists

Serfs, Peasants, and Socialists

Author: William Derman Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1973.

The Wheels of Society

The Wheels of Society

Author: Tony Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Written with verve and a mordant wit, 'The Wheels of Society' is a vivid, cogent, ground-breaking proposal for us to re-think ourselves in order to steer civilisation back to safety. As a species we seem to cling on to the power and influence of 'the old normal'. Forests and valleys are decimated so that businessmen can be in Manchester 30 minutes faster; thousands of airline seats are sold for the price of a free-range chicken so that hundreds of short-haul planes can devastate the atmosphere and enable drunken escapades in Barcelona rather than Soho; the rich get even richer and the poor get Covid 19. Bankers conspire in the fraudulent abuse of people's savings, yet can keep their loot, saved by governments supposed to protect their citizens but who fail to hold a single perpetrator to account. Is this how we are supposed to be? The biology of society becomes visible when hubris is side-stepped. First, natural selfishness must be overcome before individuals can assemble altruistically into a working group - a rather wonderful achievement. Our cooperating groups, which make up the hierarchy of society, are living things in their own right. Then, once assembled, the group must perform trial-and-error cycles to do life's vital functions. Wilson's 'assembly-and-performance thinking' combines these two mechanisms into a simple scientific theory of society which applies, with variations, to all cooperating creatures - not just to humans.

The Queens' English

The Queens' English

Author: Chloe O. Davis Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2021

Why We Can't Sleep

Why We Can't Sleep

Author: Ada (Author) Calhoun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

When Ada Calhoun found herself in the throes of a midlife crisis, she thought that she had no right to complain. She was married with children and a good career. So why did she feel miserable? And why did it seem that other Generation X women were miserable, too? Calhoun decided to find some answers. She looked into housing costs, HR trends, credit card debt averages and divorce data. At every turn, she saw a pattern: sandwiched between the Boomers and the Millennials, Gen X women were facing new problems as they entered middle age, problems that were being largely overlooked. Speaking with women across America about their experiences as the generation raised to 'have it all,' Calhoun found that most were exhausted, terrified about money, under-employed, and overwhelmed. Instead of their issues being heard, they were told instead to lean in, take 'me-time' or make a chore chart to get their lives and homes in order. In Why We Can't Sleep, Calhoun opens up the cultural and political contexts of Gen X's predicament and offers solutions for how to pull oneself out of the abyss - and keep the next generation of women from falling in. The result is reassuring, empowering and essential reading for all middle-aged women, and anyone who hopes to understand them.

From What Is to What If

From What Is to What If

Author: Rob Hopkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Big ideas that just might save the world -The Guardian The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it's more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it. In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a consensus about anything in the world, it is that the future is going to be awful. There is an epidemic of loneliness, an epidemic of anxiety, a mental health crisis of vast proportions, especially among young people. There's a rise in extremist movements and governments. Catastrophic climate change. Biodiversity loss. Food insecurity. The fracturing of ecosystems and communities beyond, it seems, repair. The future-to say nothing of the present-looks grim. But as Transition movement cofounder Rob Hopkins tells us, there is plenty of evidence that things can change, and cultures can change, rapidly, dramatically, and unexpectedly-for the better. He has seen it happen around the world and in his own town of Totnes, England, where the community is becoming its own housing developer, energy company, enterprise incubator, and local food network-with cascading benefits to the community that extend far beyond the projects themselves. We do have the capability to effect dramatic change, Hopkins argues, but we're failing because we've largely allowed our most critical tool to languish: human imagination. As defined by social reformer John Dewey, imagination is the ability to look at things as if they could be otherwise. The ability, that is, to ask What if? And if there was ever a time when we needed that ability, it is now. Imagination is central to empathy, to creating better lives, to envisioning and then enacting a positive future. Yet imagination is also demonstrably in decline at precisely the moment when we need it most. In this passionate exploration, Hopkins asks why imagination is in decline, and what we must do to revive and reclaim it. Once we do, there is no end to what we might accomplish. From What Is to What If is a call to action to reclaim and unleash our collective imagination, told through the stories of individuals and communities around the world who are doing it now, as we speak, and witnessing often rapid and dramatic change for the better.

Team Human

Team Human

Author: Douglas Rushkoff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2021

Team Human is a fiery distillation of preeminent digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff's most urgent thoughts on civilization, technology, and human nature. In one hundred concise statements, he argues that we are essentially social creatures who achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together?not as individuals. Yet today, an antihuman ethos has overtaken our society, undermining our ability to connect. Technologies that were meant to foster cooperation?from currency to computers?too often are used to exploit and divide us. If we are to adapt and survive these destructive forces, we must recognize that being human is a team sport. Rushkoff inspires us to find the others who understand this fundamental truth and reassert our humanity?together.

Immigrant Crossroads

Immigrant Crossroads

Author: Tarry Hum Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2021

Nearly half the 2.3 million residents of Queens, New York are foreign-born. Immigrants in Queens hail from more than 120 countries and speak more than 135 languages. As an epicenter of immigrant diversity, Queens is an urban gateway that exemplifies opportunities and challenges in shaping a multi-racial democracy. The editors and contributors to Immigrant Crossroads examine the social, spatial, economic, and political dynamics that stem from this fast-growing urbanization. The interdisciplinary chapters examine residential patterns and neighborhood identities, immigrant incorporation and mobilizations, and community building and activism.Essays combine qualitative and quantitative research methods to address globalization and the unprecedented racial and ethnic diversity as a result of international migration. Chapters on incorporation focus on immigrant participation and representation in electoral politics, and advocacy for immigrant inclusion in urban governance and service provision. A section of Immigrant Crossroads concerns placemaking, focusing on the production of neighborhood spaces and identities as well as immigrant activism and community development and control.Based on engaged and robust analysis, Immigrant Crossroads highlights the dynamics of this urban gateway.

Immigrant Crossroads

Immigrant Crossroads

Author: Tarry Hum Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/01/2021

Nearly half the 2.3 million residents of Queens, New York are foreign-born. Immigrants in Queens hail from more than 120 countries and speak more than 135 languages. As an epicenter of immigrant diversity, Queens is an urban gateway that exemplifies opportunities and challenges in shaping a multi-racial democracy. The editors and contributors to Immigrant Crossroads examine the social, spatial, economic, and political dynamics that stem from this fast-growing urbanization. The interdisciplinary chapters examine residential patterns and neighborhood identities, immigrant incorporation and mobilizations, and community building and activism.Essays combine qualitative and quantitative research methods to address globalization and the unprecedented racial and ethnic diversity as a result of international migration. Chapters on incorporation focus on immigrant participation and representation in electoral politics, and advocacy for immigrant inclusion in urban governance and service provision. A section of Immigrant Crossroads concerns placemaking, focusing on the production of neighborhood spaces and identities as well as immigrant activism and community development and control.Based on engaged and robust analysis, Immigrant Crossroads highlights the dynamics of this urban gateway.

Sex, Culture and Identity in Taiwan

Sex, Culture and Identity in Taiwan

Author: Hoi Yan Yau Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This book, based on extensive original research, explores the formation of sexual identity and the sexual self of Taiwanese individuals. Including the findings of in-depth interview research, the book considers individuals with a range of different sexual orientations and partnership situations, and relates sexual identity to other components of identity, including national, moral, religious, ethnic and occupational factors. Throughout, the book relates the sexual identities discussed to social and cultural theories.

Representations of Japanese Nature

Representations of Japanese Nature

Author: Dolores Martinez Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Scholars have long recognised that nature is mediated, constructed and represented by culture, as also is technology, nature's unnatural counterpart. This book explores how changes, potential and actual, in conceptualizations of nature and technology are mediated and represented in Japan. It considers Japanese reactions to natural disasters, examines the tensions between traditional ways of life, rooted in nature, and the technologies of modernity, and discusses various art forms and literature which focus on nature and technology. Overall, the book assesses how far Japanese people see Japan itself as being in harmony with, or at odds with, nature.

Japanese Animation

Japanese Animation

Author: Wong Heung Wah Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Anime , involving hand drawn or computer animation, often characterized by colourful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes, is a quintessentially Japanese art form. Distributed through cinema, television and over the internet it has an enormous following, both in Japan and more widely in East Asia. This book provides a comprehensive survey of the historical development, industrial structure and technical features of Japanese animation, and of the overall dynamics of its globalization. Specific chapters cover production techniques, anime as an emotion industry and the involvement of a range of East Asia countries both in the production of and consumption of Japanese animation.