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The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy by James Morcan (Sterling Gate Books) 4.1 Stars (47 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

The Orphan Conspiracies: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy, written by novelists and filmmakers James Morcan & Lance Morcan with a foreword by leading scientist Dr. Takaaki Musha and an afterword by renowned historian Professor Richard Spence, contains hard-to-find knowledge. This non-fiction book is based on the political, scientific and financial insights in the Morcans' bestselling international thriller series The Orphan Trilogy (novels that merge fact with fiction by incorporating real-world theories on public figures and major organizations). Now the authors provide detailed analysis for each one of those controversial theories. In many ways, this exhaustively-researched work is the secret history of the 20th and 21st Centuries. But more than a history, it reveals what is happening right now behind the scenes - in underground bunkers, in the corridors of power, in prime banks and meetings of the world's elite. The Morcans connect the dots between many nefarious events in recent times and strip away the seemingly infinite classified layers of governments and intelligence agencies. Shockingly, they expose a splinter civilization operating in our midst that has at its disposal extraordinary suppressed technologies, unlimited resources and enormous black budgets - all inadvertently financed by everyday taxpayers. Garnering evidence from court cases, declassified government files and mainstream media reports, the authors disclose little-known facts on a wide range of topics. Diverse subjects such as mind control, eugenics, false flag operations, The Queen's hidden assets, secret prisons, The Catcher in the Rye enigma, political assassinations, medical cover-ups, genius learning techniques, Yamashita's Gold, the Jonestown mystery, Americanized Nazis, the bankrupting of Third World nations, underground bases, the US Federal Reserve, the New World Order, forbidden science, the War on Drugs, subliminal messages and even extraterrestrials. The ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 384 Pages (2,997 KB)
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Added: May 27th, 2020

Experience Is Divinity: Matter as Metaphor (Return to Grace Book 8) by Michael Adzema (Gonzo Sage Media) 5.0 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

There are an infinite number of poignant dramas... infinite horrors and heroines and tragic figures and heroic figures and demonic and angelic people. There are all of the characters beyond imagining, and they are all God. This is the way God continues not just experiencing Himself, but experiences Himself as multiple. We are all God, each acting our part, but, being human, forgetting who we are and fully identifying with our characters. The part of ourselves who is God, She knows She is God still. She knows She's God... playing all these parts. Life, Experience, That Which Is is perfect in its seeming imperfection. It is fantastic and wonderful. Ultimately, as Sathya Sai Baba said, All of Reality is God's divine leela or play. More than anything else, Existence is fun.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 368 Pages (1,469 KB)
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Added: May 27th, 2020

Stoic Six Pack (Illustrated): Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Golden Sayings, Fragments and Discourses of Epictetus, Letters from a Stoic and The ... by Marcus Aurelius (Enhanced Media Publishing) 4.2 Stars (98 Reviews)    Price verified 16 hours ago

"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. Stoic Six Pack brings together the six essential texts of Stoic Philosophy: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius The Golden Sayings of Epictetus Fragments of Epictetus Selected Discourses of Epictetus Seneca's Letters from a Stoic The Enchiridion of Epictetus In addition to these six master texts, there is also: *Biography of Marcus Aurelius. *Link to free audio recording of Seneca's Letters. *Seneca Image gallery. *Epictetus Image gallery. For students of Stoicism, there is the convenience of having all six texts in one searchable volume. People new to the ideas of Zeno, Seneca, Aurelius et al could ask for no better introduction than this awesome anthology. *Two image galleries. *Dynamic Table of Contents.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 520 Pages (2,537 KB)
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Added: May 26th, 2020

Theodicy: Essays of Theodicy on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man and the Origin of Evil by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (e-artnow) 3.8 Stars (25 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

"Theodicy" is a book of philosophy by the German polymath Gottfried Leibniz published in 1710, whose optimistic approach to the problem of evil is thought to have inspired Voltaire's "Candide". Much of the work consists of a response to the ideas of the French philosopher Pierre Bayle, with whom Leibniz carried on a debate for many years. The "Theodicy" tries to justify the apparent imperfections of the world by claiming that it is optimal among all possible worlds. It must be the best possible and most balanced world, because it was created by an all powerful and all knowing God, who would not choose to create an imperfect world if a better world could be known to him or possible to exist. In effect, apparent flaws that can be identified in this world must exist in every possible world, because otherwise God would have chosen to create the world that excluded those flaws. Leibniz distinguishes three forms of evil: moral, physical, and metaphysical. Moral evil is sin, physical evil is pain, and metaphysical evil is limitation. God permits moral and physical evil for the sake of greater goods, and metaphysical evil is unavoidable since any created universe must necessarily fall short of God's absolute perfection.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 427 Pages (1,683 KB)
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Added: May 20th, 2020

Revolution: Ice Age Re-Entry by Carlton Brown (Atitlan Press) 4.4 Stars (18 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

FREE e-Book: Mitigating the Risks of a 21st Century Climate Switch to a Global Cooling Phase before Running Out of Proven Oil and Gas Reserves in the Cold and Famine-prone Decades ahead: There is an urgent need to prepare the world for a 21st-century climate switch to a cooling phase, and this current grand solar minimum is a prime time for that switch. The world will face natural climate change-related risks during the current grand solar minimum period -- risks dismissed or ignored by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) because of its constraining UNFCCC Articles 1 and 2. Solar scientists expert in climate change are warning us of a 21st-century global cooling, but the IPCC process has dismissed their science and that of other climate sub-disciplines. Climate-forcing volcanism, Arctic glacier expansion, rapid climate change, and the climate- and volcanic-related catastrophes that occurred during the Little Ice Age are risks that were also dismissed by the IPCC. The World Health Organization also ensures humans are left fully vulnerable to major pandemic influenza threats (H5N1, H7N9, etc.) during this high-risk grand solar minimum period by promoting an obsolete global vaccine strategy (no prepandemic immunization), despite the lessons of the 2009 swine flu pandemic and the current COVID19 pandemic. Earth actually entered a new Ice Age after the Holocene Climate Optimum between 8 and 10.5 millennia ago, in the Arctic and the Antarctic respectively. Since the Holocene Climate Optimum, Greenland's temperature declined by 4.9°C and the Antarctic temperature declined by 4.6°C to their lowest troughs in the early 1700s. These temperature declines represented 20% (Arctic) and 36% (Antarctic) of their interglacial temperature rise, in absolute terms. The subsequent 1700-2016 trough-to-peak temperature rise is the largest temperature increase in 8,000 years (Greenland). Glacier ice accumulation also started approximately 5,000 years ago, reaching its ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 313 Pages (12,706 KB)
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Added: May 15th, 2020

Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement: Stories from the Frontline by Steven K. Kapp (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book marks the first historical overview of the autism rights branch of the neurodiversity movement, describing the activities and rationales of key leaders in their own words since it organized into a unique community in 1992. Sandwiched by editorial chapters that include critical analysis, the book contains 19 chapters by 21 authors about the forming of the autistic community and neurodiversity movement, progress in their influence on the broader autism community and field, and their possible threshold of the advocacy establishment. The actions covered are legendary in the autistic community, including manifestos such as "Don't Mourn for Us", mailing lists, websites or webpages, conferences, issue campaigns, academic project and journal, a book, and advisory roles. These actions have shifted the landscape toward viewing autism in social terms of human rights and identity to accept, rather than as a medical collection of deficits and symptoms to cure.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 349 Pages (3,079 KB)
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Added: May 8th, 2020

Réflexions sur la violence (French Edition) by Georges Sorel 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 18 hours ago

Ce livre est une oeuvre du domaine public éditée au format numérique par Norph-Nop. L'achat de l'édition Kindle inclut le téléchargement via un réseau sans fil sur votre liseuse et vos applications de lecture Kindle

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 368 Pages (439 KB)
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Added: Apr 28th, 2020

Une agronomie pour le XXIe siècle (QUAE GIE) (French Edition) by Guy Richard (Quae) Price verified one day ago

L'enjeu des agricultures est aujourd'hui de produire en réduisant drastiquement les émissions de gaz à effet de serre, sur des espaces agricoles limités où doivent être préservés la biodiversité, la qualité des ressources, les sols, les eaux, l'air... Cet ouvrage collectif, publié à l'occasion des vingt années d'existence du département Environnement et Agronomie de l'Inra, fait le point sur les avancées réalisées dans ce sens.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 583 Pages (14,769 KB)
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Added: Apr 23rd, 2020

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change by Melissa R. Marselle (Springer) Price verified one day ago

This open access book identifies and discusses biodiversity's contribution to physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the book identifies the implications of this relationship for nature conservation, public health, landscape architecture and urban planning - and considers the opportunities of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation. This transdisciplinary book will attract a wide audience interested in biodiversity, ecology, resource management, public health, psychology, urban planning, and landscape architecture. The emphasis is on multiple human health benefits from biodiversity - in particular with respect to the increasing challenge of climate change. This makes the book unique to other books that focus either on biodiversity and physical health or natural environments and mental wellbeing. The book is written as a definitive 'go-to' book for those who are new to the field of biodiversity and health.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 746 Pages (19,989 KB)
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Added: Apr 22nd, 2020

Advancing Equality: How Constitutional Rights Can Make a Difference Worldwide by Jody Heymann (University of California Press) Price verified one day ago

In a world where basic human rights are under attack and discrimination is widespread, Advancing Equality reminds us of the critical role of constitutions in creating and protecting equal rights. Combining a comparative analysis of equal rights in the constitutions of all 193 United Nations member countries with inspiring stories of activism and powerful court cases from around the globe, the book traces the trends in constitution drafting over the past half century and examines how stronger protections against discrimination have transformed lives. Looking at equal rights across gender, race and ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, social class, and migration status, the authors uncover which groups are increasingly guaranteed equal rights in constitutions, whether or not these rights on paper have been translated into practice, and which nations lag behind. Serving as a comprehensive call to action for anyone who cares about their country's future, Advancing Equality challenges us to remember how far we all still must go for equal rights for all. A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 417 Pages (4,506 KB)
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Added: Apr 22nd, 2020

Vigilantism against Migrants and Minorities (OPEN ACCESS) (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right) by Tore Bjørgo (Routledge) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This edited volume traces the rise of far right vigilante movements - some who have been involved in serious violence against minorities, migrants and other vulnerable groups in society, whereas other vigilantes are intimidating but avoid using violence. Written by an international team of contributors, the book features case studies from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, and Asia. Each chapter is written to a common research template examining the national social and political context, the purpose of the vigilante group, how it is organised and operates, its communications and social media strategy and its relationship to mainstream social actors and institutions, and to similar groups in other countries. The final comparative chapter explores some of the broader research issues such as under which conditions such vigiliantism emerges, flourishes or fails, policing approaches, masculinity, the role of social media, responses from the state and civil society, and the evidence of transnational co-operation or inspiration. This is a groundbreaking volume which will be of particular interest to scholars with an interest in the extreme right, social movements, political violence, policing and criminology.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 369 Pages (3,267 KB)
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Added: Apr 22nd, 2020

Der Untergang des Abendlandes - Zweiter Band (German Edition) by Oswald Spengler 4.4 Stars (12 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Bei diesem Werk handelt es sich um eine urheberrechtsfreie Ausgabe. Der Kauf dieser Kindle-Edition beinhaltet die kostenlose, drahtlose Lieferung auf Ihren Kindle oder Ihre Kindle-Apps.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 576 Pages (1,034 KB)
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Added: Apr 21st, 2020

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos by Amelie G. Ramirez (Springer) Price verified 5 hours ago

This open access book gives an overview of the sessions, panel discussions, and outcomes of the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference, held in February 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and hosted by the Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. Latinos - the largest, youngest, and fastest-growing minority group in the United States - are expected to face a 142% rise in cancer cases in coming years. Although there has been substantial advancement in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment over the past few decades, addressing Latino cancer health disparities has not nearly kept pace with progress. The diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists brought together at the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference provided in-depth insights as well as progress and actionable goals for Latino-focused basic science research, clinical best practices, community interventions, and what can be done by way of prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in Latinos. These insights have been translated into the chapters included in this compendium; the chapters summarize the presentations and include current knowledge in the specific topic areas, identified gaps, and top priority areas for future cancer research in Latinos. Topics included among the chapters: • Colorectal cancer disparities in Latinos: Genes vs. Environment • Breast cancer risk and mortality in women of Latin American origin • Differential cancer risk in Latinos: The role of diet • Overcoming barriers for Latinos on cancer clinical trials • Es tiempo: Engaging Latinas in cervical cancer research • Emerging policies in U.S. health care Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos proves to be an indispensable resource offering key insights into actionable targets for basic science research, suggestions for clinical best practices and community interventions, and novel strategies ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 329 Pages (4,985 KB)
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Added: Apr 19th, 2020

Standardization and Risk Governance: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (Routledge New Security Studies) by Odd Einar Olsen (Routledge) Price verified 24 hours ago

This multi-disciplinary book conceptualizes, maps, and analyses ongoing standardization processes of risk issues across various sectors, processes, and practices. Standards are not only technical specifications and guidelines to support efficient risk governance, but also contain social, political, economic, and organizational aspects. This book presents a variety of standardization processes and applications of standards that may influence our judgements of risk, the organizing of risk governance, and, accordingly, our behaviour. Standardization and standards can impact risk governance in different ways. The most important lessons drawn from the present volume can be summarized in three areas: (1) how standardization might impact on power relations and interests; (2) how standardization may change flexibility in decision-making, communication, and cooperation; and (3) how standardization could (re)direct attention and risk perception. The volume's aim is to present an analysis of standardization processes and how it affects our thinking about risk, how we organize risk governance, and how standardization may influence risk management. In so doing, it contributes to a more informed discourse regarding the use of standards and standardization in contemporary risk management. Standardization and Risk Governance will be of great interest to students of risk, standardization, global governance, and critical security studies.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 305 Pages (2,499 KB)
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Added: Apr 11th, 2020

The Hackable City: Digital Media and Collaborative City-Making in the Network Society by Michiel de Lange (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This open access book presents a selection of the best contributions to the Digital Cities 9 Workshop held in Limerick in 2015, combining a number of the latest academic insights into new collaborative modes of city making that are firmly rooted in empirical findings about the actual practices of citizens, designers and policy makers. It explores the affordances of new media technologies for empowering citizens in the process of city making, relating examples of bottom-up or participatory practices to reflections about the changing roles of professional practitioners in the processes, as well as issues of governance and institutional policymaking.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 302 Pages (29,817 KB)
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Added: Apr 5th, 2020

Creativity/Anthropology (The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues) by Smadar Lavie (Cornell University Press) Price verified 8 hours ago

Creativity and play erupt in the most solemn of everyday worlds as individuals reshape traditional forms in the light of changing historical circumstances. In this lively volume, fourteen distinguished anthropologists explore the life of creativity in social life across the globe and within the study of ethnography itself. Contributors include Barbara A. Babcock, Edward M. Bruner, James W. Fernandez, Don Handelman, Smadar Lavie, José E. Limon, Barbara Myerhoff, Kirin Narayan, Renato Rosaldo, Richard Schechner, Edward L. Schieffelin, Marjorie Shostak, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, and Edith Turner.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 368 Pages (2,916 KB)
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Added: Mar 23rd, 2020

Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective (Research for Development) by Stefano Della Torre (Springer) Price verified 11 hours ago

This open access book explores the strategic importance and advantages of adopting multidisciplinary and multiscalar approaches of inquiry and intervention with respect to the built environment, based on principles of sustainability and circular economy strategies. A series of key challenges are considered in depth from a multidisciplinary perspective, spanning engineering, architecture, and regional and urban economics. These challenges include strategies to relaunch socioeconomic development through regenerative processes, the regeneration of urban spaces from the perspective of resilience, the development and deployment of innovative products and processes in the construction sector in order to comply more fully with the principles of sustainability and circularity, and the development of multiscale approaches to enhance the performance of both the existing building stock and new buildings. The book offers a rich selection of conceptual, empirical, methodological, technical, and case study/project-based research. It will be of value for all who have an interest in regeneration of the built environment from a circular economy perspective.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 386 Pages (47,927 KB)
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Added: Mar 18th, 2020

American Government 2e by Glen Krutz (OpenStax) 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

American Government 2e is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the single-semester American Government course. This title includes innovative features designed to enhance student learning, including Insider Perspective features and a Get Connected module that shows students how they can get engaged in the political process. The book provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of American Government and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and the world around them. This kindle edition is best viewed in single column format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 1,355 Pages (61,577 KB)
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Added: Mar 15th, 2020

Girlhood and the Politics of Place by Claudia Mitchell (Berghahn Books) Price verified one day ago

Examining context-specific conditions in which girls live, learn, work, play, and organize deepens the understanding of place-making practices of girls and young women worldwide. Focusing on place across health, literary and historical studies, art history, communications, media studies, sociology, and education allows for investigations of how girlhood is positioned in relation to interdisciplinary and transnational research methodologies, media environments, geographic locations, history, and social spaces. This book offers a comprehensive reading on how girlhood scholars construct and deploy research frameworks that directly engage girls in the research process.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 356 Pages (4,761 KB)
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Added: Mar 5th, 2020

Overcome Yourself: How to Be Human pt. 2 by Jacob Kilgore Price verified 13 hours ago

This second installment to the How to Be Human series includes insights that will help you to refine yourself even further. In order to help you overcome false efficiency, Jacob Kilgore has provided alphabetically ordered essays with insights gained from pushing off our primordial impulses to do no more than remain simple and survive. A must read for any who aim to put into the world the beauty that humans are capable of.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 426 Pages (7,635 KB)
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Added: Feb 12th, 2020

The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume II: Logic, Loyalty, and Community (American Philosophy Book 17) by John J. McDermott (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Now back in print, and in paperback, these two classic volumes illustrate the scope and quality of Royce's thought, providing the most comprehensive selection of his writings currently available. They offer a detailed presentation of the viable relationship Royce forged between the local experience of community and the demands of a philosophical and scientific vision of the human situation. The selections reprinted here are basic to any understanding of Royce's thought and its pressing relevance to contemporary cultural, moral, and religious issues.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 612 Pages (5,051 KB)
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Added: Feb 8th, 2020

Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives (Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies) by Anthony Good (Palgrave Macmillan) Price verified 16 hours ago

Drawing on new research material from ten European countries, Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives brings together a range of detailed accounts of the legal and bureaucratic processes by which asylum claims are decided. The book includes a legal overview of European asylum determination procedures, followed by sections on the diverse actors involved, the means by which they communicate, and the ways in which they make life and death decisions on a daily basis. It offers a contextually rich account that moves beyond doctrinal law to uncover the gaps and variances between formal policy and legislation, and law as actually practiced. The contributors employ a variety of disciplinary perspectives - sociological, anthropological, geographical and linguistic - but are united in their use of an ethnographic methodological approach. Through this lens, the book captures the confusion, improvisation, inconsistency, complexity and emotional turmoil inherent to the process of claiming asylum in Europe.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 320 Pages (1,972 KB)
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Added: Feb 3rd, 2020

Moral Foods: The Construction of Nutrition and Health in Modern Asia (Food in Asia and the Pacific) by Angela Ki Che Leung (University of Hawaii Press) Price verified one day ago

Moral Foods: The Construction of Nutrition and Health in Modern Asia investigates how foods came to be established as moral entities, how moral food regimes reveal emerging systems of knowledge and enforcement, and how these developments have contributed to new Asian nutritional knowledge regimes. The collection's focus on cross-cultural and transhistorical comparisons across Asia brings into view a broad spectrum of modern Asia that extends from East Asia, Southeast Asia, to South Asia, as well as into global communities of Western knowledge, practice, and power outside Asia. The first section, "Good Foods," focuses on how food norms and rules have been established in modern Asia. Ideas about good foods and good bodies shift at different moments, in some cases privileging local foods and knowledge systems, and in other cases privileging foreign foods and knowledge systems. The second section, "Bad Foods," focuses on what makes foods bad and even dangerous. Bad foods are not simply unpleasant or undesirable for aesthetic or sensory reasons, but they can hinder the stability and development of persons and societies. Bad foods are symbolically polluting, as in the case of foreign foods that threaten not only traditional foods, but also the stability and strength of the nation and its people. The third section, "Moral Foods," focuses on how themes of good versus bad are embedded in projects to make modern persons, subjects, and states, with specific attention to the ambiguities and malleability of foods and health. The malleability of moral foods provides unique opportunities for understanding Asian societies' dynamic position within larger global flows, connections, and disconnections. Collectively, the chapters raise intriguing questions about how foods and the bodies that consume them have been valued politically, economically, culturally, and morally, and about how those values originated and evolved. Consumers in modern Asia are not simply eating to satisfy ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 361 Pages (1,716 KB)
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Added: Jan 29th, 2020

The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne (Pandora's Box Classics) 4.3 Stars (90 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

Michel de Montaigne was one of the most influential figures of the Renaissance, singlehandedly responsible for popularising the essay as a literary form. In 1572, Montaigne retired to his estates in order to devote himself to leisure, reading and reflection. There he wrote his constantly expanding 'essays', inspired by the ideas he found in books from his library and his own experience. He discusses subjects as diverse as war-horses and cannibals, poetry and politics, sex and religion, love and friendship, ecstasy and experience. Above all, Montaigne studied himself to find his own inner nature and that of humanity. The Essays are among the most idiosyncratic and personal works in all literature. An insight into a wise Renaissance mind, they continue to engage, enlighten and entertain modern readers. Born in 1533, Michel de Montaigne studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. He died in 1586.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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Added: Jan 21st, 2020

Re-Inventing Africa's Development: Linking Africa to the Korean Development Model by Jong-Dae Park (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book analyses the development problems of sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) from the eyes of a Korean diplomat with knowledge of the economic growth Korea has experienced in recent decades. The author argues that Africa's development challenges are not due to a lack of resources but a lack of management, presenting an alternative to the traditional view that Africa's problems are caused by a lack of leadership. In exploring an approach based on mind-set and nation-building, rather than unity - which tends to promote individual or party interests rather than the broader country or national interests - the author suggests new solutions for SSA's economic growth, inspired by Korea's successful economic growth model much of which is focused on industrialisation. This book will be of interest to researchers, policymakers, NGOs and governmental bodies in economics, development and politics studying Africa's economic development, and Korea's economic growth model.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 449 Pages (5,152 KB)
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Added: Dec 30th, 2019

MetroGreen: Connecting Open Space in North American Cities by Donna Erickson (Island Press) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 9 hours ago

In metropolitan areas across the country, you can hear the laments over the loss of green space to new subdivisions and strip malls. But some city residents have taken unprecedented measures to protect their open land, and a growing movement seeks not only to preserve these lands but to link them in green corridors. Many land-use and urban planning professionals, along with landscape architects and environmental advocates, have joined in efforts to preserve natural areas. MetroGreen answers their call for a deeper exploration of the latest thinking and newest practices in this growing conservation field. In ten case studies of U.S. and Canadian cities paired for comparative analysis-Toronto and Chicago, Calgary and Denver, and Vancouver and Portland among them-Erickson looks closely at the motivations and objectives for connecting open spaces across metropolitan areas. She documents how open-space networks have been successfully created and protected, while also highlighting the critical human and ecological benefits of connectivity. MetroGreen's unique focus on several cities rather than a single urban area offers a perspective on the political, economic, cultural, and environmental conditions that affect open-space planning and the outcomes of its implementation.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 349 Pages (18,700 KB)
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Added: Dec 13th, 2019

Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals by Peter G. Brown (Island Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Having manipulated water for irrigation, energy, and burgeoning urban centers, humans are facing the reality that although fresh water is renewable, it is as finite as any other resource. Countries, states, and cities are now scrambling to develop an intelligent, well-informed approach to mitigate the growing global water crisis. Water Ethics is based on the belief that responding to contemporary water problems requires attending to questions of value and culture. How should we capture, store, and distribute water? At what cost? For whom? How do we reconcile water's dual roles as a practical resource and spiritual symbol? According to the editors of this collection of foundational essays, questions surrounding water are inherently ethical. Peter Brown and Jeremy Schmidt contend that all approaches to managing water, no matter how grounded in empirical data, involve value judgments and cultural assumptions. Each of the six sections of the book discuses a different approach to thinking about the relationship between water and humanity, from utilitarianism to eco-feminism to religious beliefs, including Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. Contributors range from Bartholemew, Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Church to Nobel Laureate economist Elinor Ostrom and water policy expert Sandra Postel. Each section is framed by an original introductory essay written by the editors. Water Ethics will help readers understand how various moral perspectives, even when unstated, have guided and will continue to guide water policy around the globe.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 320 Pages (2,810 KB)
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Added: Dec 5th, 2019

Biodiversity Change and Human Health: From Ecosystem Services to Spread of Disease (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) ... by Osvaldo E. Sala (Island Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Biodiversity Change and Human Health brings together leading experts from the natural science and social science realms as well as the medical community to explore the explicit linkages between human-driven alterations of biodiversity and documented impacts of those changes on human health. The book utilizes multidisciplinary approaches to explore and address the complex interplay between natural biodiversity and human health and well-being. The five parts examine health trade-offs between competing uses of biodiversity (highlighting synergistic situations in which conservation of natural biodiversity actually promotes human health and well-being); relationships between biodiversity and quality of life that have developed over ecological and evolutionary time; the effects of changing biodiversity on provisioning of ecosystem services, and how they have affected human health; the role of biodiversity in the spread of infectious disease; native biodiversity as a resource for traditional and modern medicine Biodiversity Change and Human Health synthesizes our current understanding and identifies major gaps in knowledge as it places all aspects of biodiversity and health interactions within a common framework. Contributors explore potential points of crossover among disciplines (both in ways of thinking and of specific methodologies) that could ultimately expand opportunities for humans to both live sustainably and enjoy a desirable quality of life.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 321 Pages (3,433 KB)
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Added: Dec 5th, 2019

Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence by Peter Newman (Island Press) 3.3 Stars (7 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Sustainability and Cities examines the urban aspect of sustainability issues, arguing that cities are a necessary focus for that global agenda. The authors make the case that the essential character of a city's land use results from how it manages its transportation, and that only by reducing our automobile dependence will we be able to successfully accommodate all elements of the sustainability agenda. The book begins with chapters that set forth the notion of sustainability and how it applies to cities and automobile dependence. The authors consider the changing urban economy in the information age, and describe the extent of automobile dependence worldwide. They provide an updated survey of global cities that examines a range of sustainability factors and indicators, and, using a series of case studies, demonstrate how cities around the world are overcoming the problem of automobile dependence. They also examine the connections among transportation and other issues -- including water use and cycling, waste management, and greening the urban landscape -- and explain how all elements of sustainability can be managed simultaneously. The authors end with a consideration of how professional planners can promote the sustainability agenda, and the ethical base needed to ensure that this critical set of issues is taken seriously in the world's cities. Sustainability and Cities will serve as a source of both learning and inspiration for those seeking to create more sustainable cities, and is an important book for practitioners, researchers, and students in the fields of planning, geography, and public policy.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 464 Pages (7,322 KB)
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The Spectator, Volume 2. by Joseph Addison (Public Domain Books) Price verified one day ago

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 370 Pages (1,934 KB)
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Added: Oct 2nd, 2019

The Spectator, Volume 1 Eighteenth-Century Periodical Essays by Joseph Addison 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 903 Pages (2,044 KB)
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Added: Oct 2nd, 2019

Supermundane by Agni Yoga Society 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 9 hours ago

Supermundane is the fourteenth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books. In them is found a synthesis of ancient Eastern beliefs and modern Western thought and a bridge between the spiritual and the scientific. Unlike previous yogas, Agni Yoga is a path not of physical disciplines, meditation, or asceticism -- but of practice in daily life. It is the yoga of fiery energy, of consciousness, of responsible, directed thought. It teaches that the evolution of the planetary consciousness is a pressing necessity and that, through individual striving, it is an attainable aspiration for mankind. It affirms the existence of the Hierarchy of Light and the center of the Heart as the link with the Hierarchy and with the far-off worlds. Though not systematized in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good. For this reason Agni Yoga has been called a "living ethics." Agni Yoga Society, Inc., New York

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 330 Pages (1,177 KB)
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Added: Sep 12th, 2019

Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests by John Lynam (International Food Policy Research Institute) Price verified 2 hours ago

This book -- prepared by Agricultural Science and Technology Indicators (ASTI), which is led by IFPRI -- offers a comprehensive perspective on the evolution, current status, and future goals of agricultural research and development in Africa, including analyses of the complex underlying issues and challenges involved, as well as insights into how they might be overcome. Agriculture in Africa south of the Sahara is at a prospective tipping point. Growth has accelerated in the past decade, but is unsustainable given increasing use of finite resources. The yield gap in African agriculture is significant, and scenarios on feeding the world's population into the future highlight the need for Africa to expand its agricultural production. Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests discusses the need to shift to a growth path based on increased productivity -- as in the rest of the developing world -- which is essential if Africa is to increase rural incomes and compete in both domestic and international markets. Such a shift ultimately requires building on evolving improvements that collectively translate to deepening rural innovation capacity.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 634 Pages (38,341 KB)
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Added: Aug 20th, 2019

Sons of the Gods, Children of Earth: Ideology and Literary Form in Ancient Greece by Peter W. Rose (Cornell University Press) Price verified one day ago

In this ambitious and venturesome book, Peter W. Rose applies the insights of Marxist theory to a number of central Greek literary and philosophical texts. He explores major points in the trajectory from Homer to Plato where the ideology of inherited excellence -- beliefs about descent from gods or heroes -- is elaborated and challenged. Rose offers subtle and penetrating new readings of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Pindar's Tenth Pythian Ode, Aeschylus's Oresteia, Sophokles' Philoktetes, and Plato's Republic. Rose rejects the view of art as a mere reflection of social and political reality -- a view that is characteristic not only of most Marxist but of most historically oriented treatments of classical literature. He applies instead a Marxian hermeneutic derived from the work of the Frankfurt School and Fredric Jameson. His readings focus on illuminating a politics of form within the text, while responding to historically specific social, political, and economic realities. Each work, he asserts, both reflects contemporary conflicts over wealth, power, and gender roles and constitutes an attempt to transcend the status quo by projecting an ideal community. Following Marx, Rose maintains that critical engagement with the limitations of the utopian dreams of the past is the only means to the realization of freedom in the present. Classicists and their students, literary theorists, philosophers, comparatists, and Marxist critics will find Sons of the Gods, Children of Earth challenging reading.

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Length: 522 Pages (1,036 KB)
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WHEN THE EAGLE SCREAMS - America's Vulnerability to Terrorism by Stephen Bowman (Carol Publishing Group, NY) 3.7 Stars (18 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Bowman is the author of "Morning Ran Red" and "Operation Monarch", historical mystery thrillers based on fact. When The Eagle Screams is Bowman's non-fiction work, written to warn America that the age of terrorism is upon us. Written in 1993 and published in 1994, today it is notable as the first work by an American writer to recognize the threat of terrorism, having predicted both the domestic and foreign terrorist attacks, our response and the resultant economic and religious war.

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Length: 324 Pages (682 KB)
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Added: Jul 29th, 2019

Scotland's Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland by Scottish Government, The (The Scottish Government) 3.2 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Scotland's referendum on 18 September 2014 is a choice between two futures. If we vote Yes, we take the next step on Scotland's journey. We will move forward with confidence, ready to make the most of the many opportunities that lie ahead. The most important decisions about our economy and society will be taken by the people who care most about Scotland, that is by the people of Scotland. The door will open to a new era for our nation. Scotland's future will be in Scotland's hands. If we vote No, Scotland stands still. A once in a generation opportunity to follow a different path, and choose a new and better direction for our nation, is lost. Decisions about Scotland would remain in the hands of others. We, the people who live here, have the greatest stake in making Scotland a success. With independence we can make Scotland the fairer and more successful country we all know it should be. We can make Scotland's vast wealth and resources work much better for everyone in our country, creating a society that reflects our hopes and ambition. Being independent means we will have a government that we choose - a government that always puts the people of Scotland first. This is what being independent can deliver for Scotland and it is why the Scottish Government believes the people of Scotland, individually and collectively, will be better off with independence.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 565 Pages (22,568 KB)
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Added: Jul 27th, 2019

How To Save Jobs: Reinventing Business, Reinvigorating Work, and Reawakening the American Dream by David Gewirtz (ZATZ Publishing) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

A shocking and disturbing look into how changes worldwide have created enormous disruption in the very nature of jobs in America. Ideas, strategies, and innovative approaches for policy change that could make a real difference and help save and create jobs in America. Powerfully effective hands-on tips, techniques, and strategies that you personally can take to keep and create jobs, without waiting for politicians to get their act together.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 474 Pages (1,345 KB)
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Added: Jul 27th, 2019

Letters of Helena Roerich I: 1929-1935 by Helena Roerich (Agni Yoga Society) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Helena Roerich was an unusually gifted woman, author of many books. Her collected Letters, in two volumes, are an example of the wisdom, spiritual insight, and simple advice she shared with a multitude of correspondents -- friends, foes, and co-workers alike.

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Length: 554 Pages (1,409 KB)
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Added: Jul 26th, 2019

Agni Yoga by Agni Yoga Society 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

Agni Yoga is the fourth book from the Agni Yoga Series which is composed of fourteen books. In them is found a synthesis of ancient Eastern beliefs and modern Western thought and a bridge between the spiritual and the scientific. Unlike previous yogas, Agni Yoga is a path not of physical disciplines, meditation, or asceticism -- but of practice in daily life. It is the yoga of fiery energy, of consciousness, of responsible, directed thought. It teaches that the evolution of the planetary consciousness is a pressing necessity and that, through individual striving, it is an attainable aspiration for mankind. It affirms the existence of the Hierarchy of Light and the center of the Heart as the link with the Hierarchy and with the far-off worlds. Though not systematized in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good. For this reason Agni Yoga has been called a "living ethics." Agni Yoga Society, Inc., New York

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 326 Pages (481 KB)
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Added: Jul 25th, 2019

Annals of Bioethics: Regional Perspectives in Bioethics (Routledge Annals of Bioethics) by Mark J. Cherry (Taylor & Francis) Price verified 18 hours ago

Regional Perspectives in Bioethics" illustrates the ways in which the national and international political landscape encompasses persons from diverse and often fragmented moral communities with widely varying moral intuitions, premises, evaluations and commitments.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 403 Pages (806 KB)
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Added: Jul 19th, 2019

Energy, Wealth and Governance in the Caucasus and Central Asia: Lessons not learned (Central Asia Research Forum) by Richard Auty (Routledge) Price verified 12 hours ago

Drawing upon recent progress in development economics and political science, the book provides fresh analysis of the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) countries transition to a market economy by tracing the impact of natural resource endowment. The book examines the synergies between energy-rich and energy-poor states and highlights the practical consequences of both well-managed and poorly-managed deployment of energy. Featuring contributions from prominent specialists on resource-driven economies, the book argues that unless CCA elites change the way in which they deploy natural resource, revenues regional development will fall short of its potential with possible disastrous consequences. The contributors apply the experience of the developing market economies to demonstrate that the region still holds considerable potential to become an important, stable supplier of raw materials and a source of industrial demand to the global economy. However, the CCA is equally likely to become a threat to the global economy as a consequence of the misuse of energy revenues to promote the interests of predatory political elites.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 305 Pages (2,427 KB)
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Competition and Cooperation in Social and Political Sciences: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Depok, ... by Isbandi Rukminto Adi (Routledge) Price verified 10 hours ago

The book contains essays on current issues in Social and Political Sciences, such as the issues of governance and social order; social development and community development; global challenges and inequality; civil society and social movement; IT-based community and social transformation; poverty alleviation and corporate social responsibility; and gender issues. Asia and the Pacifi c are the particular regions that the conference focuses on as they have become new centers of social and political development. Therefore, this book covers areas that have been traditionally known as the social and political areas such as communication studies, political studies, governance studies, criminology, sociology, social welfare, anthropology and international relations.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 329 Pages (5,387 KB)
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Information—Consciousness—Reality: How a New Understanding of the Universe Can Help Answer Age-Old Questions of Existence (The Frontiers ... by James B. Glattfelder (Springer) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book chronicles the rise of a new scientific paradigm offering novel insights into the age-old enigmas of existence. Over 300 years ago, the human mind discovered the machine code of reality: mathematics. By utilizing abstract thought systems, humans began to decode the workings of the cosmos. From this understanding, the current scientific paradigm emerged, ultimately discovering the gift of technology. Today, however, our island of knowledge is surrounded by ever longer shores of ignorance. Science appears to have hit a dead end when confronted with the nature of reality and consciousness. In this fascinating and accessible volume, James Glattfelder explores a radical paradigm shift uncovering the ontology of reality. It is found to be information-theoretic and participatory, yielding a computational and programmable universe.

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Length: 662 Pages (25,068 KB)
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Diversity in Unity: Perspectives from Psychology and Behavioral Sciences: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, ... by Amarina Ashar Ariyanto (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The book highlights both the challenges and opportunities in the field of psychology and behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on identifying practical implications for professionals, educators and administrators, and researchers in Asia and Pacific regions. Societies in the said regions have experienced massive changes to their social system, changes that are endured by societies worldwide, such as those related to globalization, new technologies, and new norms regarding respect for individual diversity and well-being. Although the changes offer a wealth of new opportunities, they also act as potential sources of tension and apprehension. The book discusses the state-of-the-art topics, on critical issues, in various sub-fields of psychology and the behavioral sciences, such as Clinical Psychology, Child & Developmental Psychology, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Educational Psychology. This is an Open Access ebook, and can be found on www.taylorfrancis.com.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 625 Pages (22,850 KB)
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Social Innovation [Open Access]: Comparative Perspectives (Routledge Studies in Social Enterprise & Social Innovation) by Helmut Anheier (Routledge) 4.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

Social Innovation: Comparative Perspectives investigates socio-economic impact. Since it is hard to establish causality and to measure social properties when investigating impact, especially at the level of society, the book narrows down impact to one priority aspect: social innovation - understood as organizations' capacity to generate novel ideas, ways and means of doing things, of addressing public and social problems of many kinds. This volume's primary assertion is that the Third Sector, specifically through stimulating civic involvement, is best placed to produce social innovation, outperforming business firms and state agencies in this regard. By investigating actor contributions to social innovation across seven fields of activity, Social innovation: Comparative Perspectives develops our understanding of why and how the Third Sector is central to functioning, cohesive and viable societies. This volume is based on contributions of the project "ITSSOIN - Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation" funded by the European Commission under the 7th framework programme. It will be of insight across disciplines, in particular to the growing social innovation community, innovation researchers more generally and to non-profit scholars. The practical relevance of the book will be of interest to European and national policy makers and practitioners across different sectors.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 318 Pages (11,851 KB)
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Added: May 29th, 2019

Hate Speech Law (Open Access): A Philosophical Examination (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy) by Alex Brown (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Hate speech law can be found throughout the world. But it is also the subject of numerous principled arguments, both for and against. These principles invoke a host of morally relevant features (e.g., liberty, health, autonomy, security, non-subordination, the absence of oppression, human dignity, the discovery of truth, the acquisition of knowledge, self-realization, human excellence, civic dignity, cultural diversity and choice, recognition of cultural identity, intercultural dialogue, participation in democratic self-government, being subject only to legitimate rule) and practical considerations (e.g., efficacy, the least restrictive alternative, chilling effects). The book develops and then critically examines these various principled arguments. It also attempts to de-homogenize hate speech law into different clusters of laws/regulations/codes that constrain uses of hate speech, so as to facilitate a more nuanced examination of the principled arguments. Finally, it argues that it is morally fitting for judicial and legislative judgments about the overall warrant of hate speech law to reflect principled compromise. Principled compromise is characterized not merely by compromise over matters of principled concern but also by compromise which is itself governed by ideals of moral duty or civic virtue (e.g., reciprocity, equality, and mutual respect). The Open Access version of this book, available at https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315714899, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 378 Pages (2,482 KB)
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Added: May 24th, 2019

Franz Kafka: The Necessity of Form by Stanley Corngold (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 9 hours ago

In Stanley Corngold's view, the themes and strategies of Kafka's fiction are generated by a tension between his concern for writing and his growing sense of its arbitrary character. Analyzing Kafka's work in light of "the necessity of form," which is also a merely formal necessity, Corngold uncovers the fundamental paradox of Kafka's art and life. The first section of the book shows how Kafka's rhetoric may be understood as the daring project of a man compelled to live his life as literature. In the central part of the book, Corngold reflects on the place of Kafka within the modern tradition, discussing such influential precursors of Cervantes, Flaubert, and Nietzsche, whose works display a comparable narrative disruption. Kafka's distinctive narrative strategies, Corngold points out, demand interpretation at the same time they resist it. Critics of Kafka, he says, must be aware that their approaches are guided by the principles that Kafka's fiction identifies, dramatizes, and rejects.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 348 Pages (707 KB)
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Anthropology of Tobacco [Open Access]: Ethnographic Adventures in Non-Human Worlds by Andrew Russell (Routledge) Price verified 11 hours ago

Tobacco has become one of the most widely used and traded commoditites on the planet. Reflecting contemporary anthropological interest in material culture studies, Anthropology of Tobacco makes the plant the centre of its own contentious, global story in which, instead of a passive commodity, tobacco becomes a powerful player in a global adventure involving people, corporations and public health. Bringing together a range of perspectives from the social and natural sciences as well as the arts and humanities, Anthropology of Tobacco weaves stories together from a range of historical, cross-cultural and literary sources and empirical research. These combine with contemporary anthropological theories of agency and cross-species relationships to offer fresh perspectives on how an apparently humble plant has progressed to world domination, and the consequences of it having done so. It also considers what needs to happen if, as some public health advocates would have it, we are seriously to imagine 'a world without tobacco'. This book presents students, scholars and practitioners in anthropology, public health and social policy with unique and multiple perspectives on tobacco-human relations.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 380 Pages (10,989 KB)
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Origin of Why: The Proven Purpose and Meaning of Life by Vito Grigorov (Prosperist Publishers) 4.9 Stars (37 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Can it be that you only have 5 years left to live? Studies show only 1 hour daily is free to do what you want to do, and the rest you must do: Sleep, work, eat, email. On average, only 12% of our lifetime is actually free. Sound nice? No, but what's the alternative? Have you ever asked "What's the point?" or "why am I here?". That was the meaning of life you were trying to find. Using the latest evidence & facts at each step, this book reveals a surprising answer which you can read now risk free with a 7 day money back guarantee (see down below) When you're finished you'll know... - Why the answer to the meaning of life changes EVERY other question in your life. - Why those who live the answer are HAPPIER and live some of the LONGEST lives. - Why for centuries the answer has been ILLEGAL. (No it's not a conspiracy theory) We exist but we rarely live as we react to what distracts and lie to hide painful facts. One of the results of this is that over 350 Million people are part of the world's largest growing disability of depression. As you read you'll discover the opposite and much more: -How to ELIMINATE 80% of distractions and rapidly increase your free time by 33% -How ONE action REDUCES stress quickly, letting you FULFILL the meaning of life daily -How to BULLETPROOF yourself from unpredictable economic change and job loss. Challenging the old Guys of philosophy, Gods of religion, frauds of Psychology, and get-rich-quick snake oil salesmen. Origin of Why: The Proven Purpose and Meaning of Life adds to the tradition of Viktor Frankl, Simon Senik, Tim Ferriss and Gary Keller in opening the way you see the world. Did you know there is a 7 day money back guarantee on kindle books you buy? Some authors fear you'll be so greedy to grab a refund they try to hide this from their readers. But i want to be fair and honest because i think you're a fair and honest reader who knows effort and value when you see it. Please read this book. If you find nothing ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 395 Pages (9,285 KB)
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Added: Mar 6th, 2019

Railway Ecology by Luís Borda-de-Água (Springer) Price verified one day ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book provides a unique overview of the impacts of railways on biodiversity, integrating the existing knowledge on the ecological effects of railways on wildlife, identifying major knowledge gaps and research directions and presenting the emerging field of railway ecology. The book is divided into two major parts: Part one offers a general review of the major conceptual and theoretical principles of railway ecology. The chapters consider the impacts of railways on wildlife populations and concentrate on four major topics: mortality, barrier effects, species invasions and disturbances (ranging from noise to chemical pollution). Part two focuses on a number of case studies from Europe, Asia and North America written by an international group of experts.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 320 Pages (8,420 KB)
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Added: Feb 19th, 2019

The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI by Ida Husted Harper Price verified one day ago

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 1,376 Pages (1,456 KB)
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Added: Feb 17th, 2019

The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V by Ida Husted Harper Price verified one day ago

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 380 Pages (1,548 KB)
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Added: Feb 17th, 2019

Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation: Re-thinking Spatial Policies in Europe (New Geographies of Europe) by Thilo Lang (Palgrave Macmillan) Price verified 14 hours ago

Despite the emphasis of the European Regional Policy on territorial cohesion, regional disparities have been increasing within Europe in the past years. The metropolitan areas in almost all countries are considerably growing while regions outside of agglomerations are stagnating or even declining. Against this background this book aims to provide an understanding of the underlying processes of polarisation and related regional and local policies. This open access volume contributes to the debates about polarisation and regional development by focussing on questions of spatial justice, power distribution and policy transfer. Theoretical and empirically grounded contributions show that European policies are indeed reproducing socio-spatial inequalities instead of challenging them. The book shows further the existing potentials and limits of individuals, economic, political and civil society actors to respond to polarisation on the regional and local level. In this book conceptual thoughts on polarisation, regional policy and regional development are combined with empirical research and resulting implications for policymaking. As such, it is a valuable source for early career students and researchers as well as professionals in the field of regional and economic development, policy consultants, and policy makers.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 382 Pages (10,522 KB)
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Qualitative Freedom - Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility by Claus Dierksmeier (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

In the light of growing political and religious fundamentalism, this open access book defends the idea of freedom as paramount for the attempt to find common ethical ground in the age of globality. The book sets out to examine as yet unexhausted ways to boost the resilience of the principle of liberalism. Critically reviewing the last 200 years of the philosophy of freedom, it revises the principle of liberty in order to revive it. It discusses many different aspects that fall under its three main topics: the metaphysics of freedom, quantitative freedom and qualitative freedom. Open societies worldwide have come under increasing pressure in the last decades. The belief that politics and markets fare best when guided by the principle of liberty presently faces multiple challenges such as terrorism, climate warming, inequality, populism, and financial crises. In the view of its critics, the idea of freedom no longer offers adequate guidance to meet these challenges and should be partially corrected or even entirely replaced by countervailing values. Against the reduction of freedom to the merely quantitative question as to how much liberties individuals call their own, this book draws attention to the qualitative concerns which and whose opportunities society should foster. It argues that, correctly understood, the idea of liberty commits us to defend as well as advance the freedom of each and every world citizen.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 365 Pages (1,276 KB)
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Urban Studies: Border and Mobility: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Urban Studies (ICUS 2017), December 8-9, 2017, Universitas ... by Thor Kerr (Routledge) Price verified 11 hours ago

This work contains a selection of papers from the International Conference on Urban Studies (ICUS 2017) and is a bi-annual periodical publication containing articles on urban cultural studies based on the international conference organized by the Faculty of Humanities at the Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia. This publication contains studies on issues that become phenomena in urban life, including linguistics, literary, identity, gender, architecture, media, locality, globalization, the dynamics of urban society and culture, and urban history. This is an Open Access ebook, and can be found on www.taylorfrancis.com.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 376 Pages (25,263 KB)
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The Practical Anarchist: Writings of Josiah Warren (American Philosophy) by Crispin Sartwell (Fordham University Press) 3.1 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

The Practical Anarchist brings to light the work of Josiah Warren, eccentric American genius. Devoting his life to showing the practicality of an astonishing ideal, Warren devoted equal industry to the question of how to make a pair of shoes and how to remake the social world into an individualist paradise. This will be the first chance for many readers to encounter Warren's writings, and in many cases their first publication since their original appearance in obscure, self-published periodicals, including The Peaceful Revolutionist (1833), the first American anarchist periodical. Moreover, they often appeared in a bizarre experimental typography. This volume presents, out of the welter of bewildering writings left by Warren, a reading text designed for today' readers and students. It seeks to convey the practical value of many of Warren's ideas, their continuing relevance.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 304 Pages (4,981 KB)
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Celebrated Crimes (Complete) by Alexandre Dumas père 3.3 Stars (14 Reviews)    Price verified 34 minutes ago

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 306 Pages (2,081 KB)
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Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor by Michael Curtin (University of California Press) Price verified 9 hours ago

At free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press's new open access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Precarious Creativity examines the seismic changes confronting media workers in an age of globalization and corporate conglomeration. This pathbreaking anthology peeks behind the hype and supposed glamor of screen media industries to reveal the intensifying pressures and challenges confronting actors, editors, electricians, and others. The authors take on pressing conceptual and methodological issues while also providing insightful case studies of workplace dynamics regarding creativity, collaboration, exploitation, and cultural difference. Furthermore, it examines working conditions and organizing efforts on all six continents, offering broad-ranging and comprehensive analysis of contemporary screen media labor in such places as Lagos, Prague, Hollywood, and Hyderabad. The collection also examines labor conditions across a range of job categories that includes, for example, visual effects, production services, and adult entertainment. With contributions from such leading scholars as John Caldwell, Vicki Mayer, Herman Gray, and Tejaswini Ganti, Precarious Creativity offers timely critiques of media globalization while also intervening in broader debates about labor, creativity, and precarity.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 336 Pages (1,988 KB)
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The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume I: Culture, Philosophy, and Religion (American Philosophy Book 17) by John J. McDermott (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Now back in print, and in paperback, these two classic volumes illustrate the scope and quality of Royce's thought, providing the most comprehensive selection of his writings currently available. They offer a detailed presentation of the viable relationship Royce forged between the local experience of community and the demands of a philosophical and scientific vision of the human situation. The selections reprinted here are basic to any understanding of Royce's thought and its pressing relevance to contemporary cultural, moral, and religious issues.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 656 Pages (4,743 KB)
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The Politics of Survival: Peirce, Affectivity, and Social Criticism (American Philosophy) by Lara Trout (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

How can sincere, well-meaning people unintentionally perpetuate discrimination based on race, sex, sexuality, or other socio-political factors? To address this question, Lara Trout engages a neglected dimension of Charles S. Peirce's philosophy - human embodiment - in order to highlight the compatibility between Peirce's ideas and contemporary work in social criticism. This compatibility, which has been neglected in both Peircean and social criticism scholarship, emerges when the body is fore-grounded among the affective dimensions of Peirce's philosophy (including feeling, emotion, belief, doubt, instinct, and habit). Trout explains unintentional discrimination by situating Peircean affectivity within a post-Darwinian context, using the work of contemporary neuroscientist Antonio Damasio to facilitate this contextual move. Since children are vulnerable, naïve, and dependent upon their caretakers for survival, they must trust their caretaker's testimony about reality. This dependency, coupled with societal norms that reinforce historically dominant perspectives (such as being heterosexual, male, middle-class, and/or white), fosters the internalization of discriminatory habits that function non-consciously in adulthood. The Politics of Survival brings Peirce and social criticism into conversation. On the one hand, Peircean cognition, epistemology, phenomenology, and metaphysics dovetail with social critical insights into the inter-relationships among body and mind, emotion and reason, self and society. Moreover, Peirce's epistemological ideal of an infinitely inclusive community of inquiry into knowledge and reality implies a repudiation of exclusionary prejudice. On the other hand, work in feminism and race theory illustrates how the application of Peirce's infinitely inclusive communal ideal can be undermined by non-conscious habits of exclusion internalized in childhood by members belonging to historically dominant groups, such as the economically privileged, ...

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Housing Estates in Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Segregation and Policy Challenges (The Urban Book Series) by Daniel Baldwin Hess (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book explores the formation and socio-spatial trajectories of large housing estates in Europe. Are these estates clustered or scattered? Which social groups originally had access to residential space in housing estates? What is the size, scale and geography of housing estates, their architectural and built environment composition, services and neighbourhood amenities, and metropolitan connectivity? How do housing estates contribute to the urban mosaic of neighborhoods by ethnic and socio-economic status? What types of policies and planning initiatives have been implemented in order to prevent the social downgrading of housing estates? The collection of chapters in this book addresses these questions from a new perspective previously unexplored in scholarly literature. The social aspects of housing estates are thoroughly investigated (including socio-demographic and economic characteristics of current and past inhabitants; ethnicity and segregation patterns; population dynamics; etc.), and the physical composition of housing estates is described in significant detail (including building materials; building form; architectural and landscape design; built environment characteristics; etc.). This book is timely because the recent global economic crisis and Europe's immigration crisis demand a thorough investigation of the role large housing estates play in poverty and ethnic concentration. Through case studies of housing estates in 14 European centers, the book also identifies policy measures that have been used to address challenges in housing estates throughout Europe.

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Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology by Daniel J. Nicholson (OUP Oxford) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 9 hours ago

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. Everything Flows explores the metaphysical thesis that the living world is not made up of substantial particles or things, as has often been supposed, but is rather constituted by processes. The biological domain is organised as an interdependent hierarchy of processes, which are stabilized and actively maintained at different timescales. Even entities that intuitively appear to be paradigms of things, such as organisms, are actually better understood as processes. Unlike previous attempts to articulate processual views of biology, which have tended to use Alfred North Whitehead's panpsychist metaphysics as a foundation, this book takes a naturalistic approach to metaphysics. It submits that the main motivations for replacing an ontology of substances with one of processes are to be found in the empirical findings of science. Biology provides compelling reasons for thinking that the living realm is fundamentally dynamic, and that the existence of things is always conditional on the existence of processes. The phenomenon of life cries out for theories that prioritise processes over things, and it suggests that the central explanandum of biology is not change but rather stability, or more precisely, stability attained through constant change. This edited volume brings together philosophers of science and metaphysicians interested in exploring the prospects of a processual philosophy of biology. The contributors draw on an extremely wide range of biological case studies, and employ a process perspective to cast new light on a number of traditional philosophical problems, such as identity, persistence, and individuality.

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21st Century Cooperation: Regional Public Goods, Global Governance, and Sustainable Development by Antoni Estevadeordal (Routledge) Price verified 15 hours ago

This edited volume explains the importance of regional public goods (RPGs) for sustainable development and shows why they are particularly important in the context of 21st-century international relations. By presenting a new and original data set and by presenting original essays by renowned scholars, this book lays the foundation for what will become an increasingly important focus for both economic development and international relations as well as for their intersection. The volume contains four parts. The first introduces the core issues and concepts that are explored throughout the book as well as a new and original data set on RPGs. The second part further develops specific concepts important for understanding 21st-century RPGs: regional leadership, alliances, networks, and outcomes. The third examines how cooperation takes place worldwide for a range of important RPGs. Finally, the fourth part discusses how public goods are produced in specific regions, stressing that each region has a distinct context and that these contexts overlap in a decentered "multiplex" manner. Global economic cooperation will be different in the 21st century, and this volume will be of interest to students and scholars of global governance, economic development, international political economy, sustainable development, and comparative regionalism.

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New Methods for Measuring and Analyzing Segregation (The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis Book 42) by Mark Fossett (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license. This book introduces new methods for measuring and analyzing residential segregation. It begins by placing all popular segregation indices in the "difference of group means" framework wherein index scores can be obtained as simple differences of group means on individual-level residential attainments scored from area racial composition. Drawing on the insight that in this framework index scores are additively determined by individual residential attainments, the book shows that the level of segregation in a given city can be equated to the effect of group membership (e.g., race) on individual residential attainments. This unifies separate research traditions in the field by joining the analysis of segregation at the aggregate level with the analysis of residential attainments for individuals. Next it shows how segregation analysis can be extended by using multivariate attainment models to assess the impact of group membership (i.e., the level of segregation for a city) while including controls for other relevant individual characteristics (e.g., income, education, language, nativity, etc.). It then illustrates how one can use these models to quantitatively assess the extent to which segregation traces to impacts of group membership on residential attainments versus other factors such as group differences in income. The book then shows how micro-level attainment models can be used to study macro-level variation in segregation; specifically, by estimating multi-level models of individual residential attainments to assess how the effect of group membership (i.e., segregation index scores) vary with city characteristics. Finally, the book introduces refined versions of popular indices that are free of the vexing problem of upward bias. This improves the quality of segregation measurement directly at the level of individual cases and expanding the number of cases that can be safely included in empirical studies.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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Asian Politics in Development: Essays in Honour of Gordon White by Robert Benewick (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This volume adopts a multidisciplinary and comparative approach to development that brings together issues that are characteristic of the lifelong scholarship of Professor Gordon White. These include a focus on the state, civil society, welfare and globalization.

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The Planning Polity: Planning, Government and the Policy Process (RTPI Library Series) by Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Routledge) Price verified one day ago

Planning is not a technical and value free activity. Planning is an overt political system that creates both winners and losers. The Planning Polity is a book that considers the politics of development and decision-making, and political conflicts between agencies and institutions within British town and country planning. The focus of assessment is how British planning has been formulated since the early 1990s, and provides an in-depth and revealing assessment of both the Major and Blair governments' terms of office. The book will prove to be an invaluable guide to the British planning system today and the political demands on it. Students and activists within urban and regional studies, planning, political science and government, environmental studies, urban and rural geography, development, surveying and planning, will all find the book to be an essential companion to their work.

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The Non-Western World: Environment, Development and Human Rights by Pradyumna P. Karan (Routledge) 4.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 11 hours ago

Through a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary approach, this introductory textbook focuses on critical issues of development, environment, and cultural conflicts facing most area of the non-Western world. Areas covered include China, Japan, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Awe for the Tiger, Love for the Lamb: A Chronicle of Sensibility to Animals by Rod Preece (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Length: 447 Pages (999 KB)
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Added: May 16th, 2018

Pathways to Industrialization and Regional Development by Allen J. Scott (Routledge) Price verified 9 hours ago

The world has seen a shift in socio-economic relations, in the patterns and processes of industrialization and regional development. The social regulation of the economic order, flexible production organization and industrial district formation have brought periods, places and pathways to the heart of economic debate. Pathways to Industrialization and Regional Development provides a platform from which to address a new economic order. All the major schools of thought are represented. Focussing upon the interactions between economic logic and political institutions at both the local and global levels, the authors set the agenda for the 1990s.

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Environmental Change in South-East Asia: People, Politics and Sustainable Development (Global Environmental Change Series) by Raymond Bryant (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Environmental Change in South-East Asia brings together scholars, journalists, consultants and NGO activists to explore the interaction of people, politics and ecology. Ostensibly "green" activities - plantation forestry, eco-tourism, hydro-electricity - are revealed as guises used by elites to promote their own political and economic interests. Highlighting fatal flaws in presently exclusive economic and ecological approaches, the authors stress that neither the quest for sustainable development nor the process of environmental change itself can be understood without reference to political processes.

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Added: May 15th, 2018

New Genetics, New Social Formations (Genetics and Society) by Peter Glasner (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 9 hours ago

New genetic technologies cut across a range of public regulatory domains and private lifeworlds, often appearing to generate an institutional void in response to the complex challenges they pose. As a result, a number of new social formations are being developed to legitimate public engagement and avoid the perceived democratic deficit that may result. Papers in this volume discuss a variety of these manifestations in a global context, including: • genetic data banks • committees of inquiry • non-governmental organisations (NGOs) • national research laboratories. These institutions, across both health and agriculture, are explored in such diverse locations as Amazonia, China, Finland, Israel, the UK and the USA. This volume exhibits a clear thematic coherence around the impact of the new genetics and their associated technologies on new social formations, and the case studies included have a significant international focus, showing a balance between theoretical and empirical approaches in this rapidly changing field. This innovative new volume will be of interest to postgraduates and professionals in the fields of sociology, social anthropology, science and technology studies, and environmental studies.

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The Frightened Land: Land, Landscape and Politics in South Africa in the Twentieth Century by Jennifer Beningfield (Routledge) 4.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 14 hours ago

An investigation into the spatial politics of separation and division in South Africa, principally during the apartheid years, and the effects of these physical and conceptual barriers on the land. In contrast to the weight of literature focusing on post-apartheid South Africa, the focus of this book includes the spatial, political and cultural landscape practices of the apartheid government and also refers to contemporary work done in Australia, England and the US. It probes the uncertainty and ambiguity of identities and cultures in post-apartheid society in order to gain a deep understanding of the history that individuals and society now confront. Drawing on a wealth of research materials including literature, maps, newspapers, monuments, architectural drawings, government legislation, tourist brochures, political writing and oral histories, this book is well illustrated throughout and is a unique commentary on the spatial politics of a time of enormous change.

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Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory: Second Edition (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities Book 1845) by Ian Tattersall (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Praise for the first edition: "The most up-to-date and wide-ranging encyclopedia work on human evolution available."--American Reference Books Annual "For student, researcher, and teacher... the most complete source of basic information on the subject."--Nature "A comprehensive and authoritative source, filling a unique niche... essential to academic libraries... important for large public libraries." --Booklist/RBB

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Cities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts: Proceedings of the International Conference on Cities' Identity through Architecture and Arts (CITAA ... by Anna Catalani (Routledge) Price verified 14 hours ago

Every city has its unique and valuable identity, this identity is revealed through its physical and visual form, it is seen through the eyes of its residents and users. The city develops over time, and its identity evolves with it. Reflecting the rapid and constant changes the city is subjected to, Architecture and Arts, is the embodiment of the cultural, historical, and economical characteristics of the city. This conference was dedicated to the investigation of the different new approaches developed in Architecture and Contemporary arts. It has focused on the basis of urban life and identities. This volume provides discussions on the examples and tendencies in dealing with urban identities as well as the transformation of cities and urban cultures mentioned in terms of their form, identity, and their current art. Contemporary art, when subjected to experiments, continues to be produced in various directions, to be consumed and to put forward new ideas. Art continuously renews itself, from new materials to different means of communication, from interactive works to computer games, from new approaches to perceptional paradigms and problems of city and nature of the millennium. This is an Open Access ebook, and can be found on www.taylorfrancis.com.

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One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare: Research, Deployment, Consequences by Bretislav Friedrich (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 2.5 license. On April 22, 1915, the German military released 150 tons of chlorine gas at Ypres, Belgium. Carried by a long-awaited wind, the chlorine cloud passed within a few minutes through the British and French trenches, leaving behind at least 1,000 dead and 4,000 injured. This chemical attack, which amounted to the first use of a weapon of mass destruction, marks a turning point in world history. The preparation as well as the execution of the gas attack was orchestrated by Fritz Haber, the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry in Berlin-Dahlem. During World War I, Haber transformed his research institute into a center for the development of chemical weapons (and of the means of protection against them). Bretislav Friedrich and Martin Wolf (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, the successor institution of Haber's institute) together with Dieter Hoffmann, Jürgen Renn, and Florian Schmaltz (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) organized an international symposium to commemorate the centenary of the infamous chemical attack. The symposium examined crucial facets of chemical warfare from the first research on and deployment of chemical weapons in WWI to the development and use of chemical warfare during the century hence. The focus was on scientific, ethical, legal, and political issues of chemical weapons research and deployment -- including the issue of dual use -- as well as the ongoing effort to control the possession of chemical weapons and to ultimately achieve their elimination. The volume consists of papers presented at the symposium and supplemented by additional articles that together cover key aspects of chemical warfare from 22 April 1915 until the summer of 2015.

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Length: 408 Pages (6,315 KB)
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Mobilities of Knowledge (Knowledge and Space Book 10) by Heike Jöns (Springer) Price verified 9 hours ago

This collection of essays examines how spatial mobilities of people and practices, technologies and objects, knowledge and ideas have shaped the production, circulation, and transfer of knowledge in different historical and geographical contexts. Targeting an interdisciplinary audience, Mobilities of Knowledge combines detailed empirical analyses with innovative conceptual approaches. The first part scrutinizes knowledge circulation, transfer, and adaption, focussing on the interpersonal communication process, early techniques of papermaking, a geographical text, indigenous knowledge in exploration, the genealogy of spatial analysis, and different disciplinary knowledges about the formation of cities, states, and agriculture. The second part analyses the interplay of mediators, networks, and learning by studying academic careers, travels, and collaborations within the British Empire, public internationalism in Geneva, the global transfer of corporate knowledge through expatriation, graduate mobility from the global south to the global north, and the international mobility of degree programs in higher education.This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

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Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe (Public Health Ethics Analysis Book 3) by Drue H. Barrett (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This Open Access book highlights the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in the practice of public health. It is also a tool to support instruction, debate, and dialogue regarding public health ethics. Although the practice of public health has always included consideration of ethical issues, the field of public health ethics as a discipline is a relatively new and emerging area. There are few practical training resources for public health practitioners, especially resources which include discussion of realistic cases which are likely to arise in the practice of public health. This work discusses these issues on a case to case basis and helps create awareness and understanding of the ethics of public health care. The main audience for the casebook is public health practitioners, including front-line workers, field epidemiology trainers and trainees, managers, planners, and decision makers who have an interest in learning about how to integrate ethical analysis into their day to day public health practice. The casebook is also useful to schools of public health and public health students as well as to academic ethicists who can use the book to teach public health ethics and distinguish it from clinical and research ethics.

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Compositionality and Concepts in Linguistics and Psychology (Language, Cognition, and Mind Book 3) by James A. Hampton (Springer) 3.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

By highlighting relations between experimental and theoretical work, this volume explores new ways of addressing one of the central challenges in the study of language and cognition. The articles bring together work by leading scholars and younger researchers in psychology, linguistics and philosophy. An introductory chapter lays out the background on concept composition, a problem that is stimulating much new research in cognitive science. Researchers in this interdisciplinary domain aim to explain how meanings of complex expressions are derived from simple lexical concepts and to show how these meanings connect to concept representations. Traditionally, much of the work on concept composition has been carried out within separate disciplines, where cognitive psychologists have concentrated on concept representations, and linguists and philosophers have focused on the meaning and use of logical operators. This volume demonstrates an important change in this situation, where convergence points between these three disciplines in cognitive science are emerging and are leading to new findings and theoretical insights. This book is open access under a CC BY license.

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History and Power in the Study of Law: New Directions in Legal Anthropology (The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues) by June Starr (Cornell University Press) Price verified 8 hours ago

Building on earlier work in the anthropology of law and taking a critical stance toward it, June Starr and Jane F. Collier ask, "Should social anthropologists continue to isolate the 'legal' as a separate field of study?" To answer this question, they confront critics of legal anthropology who suggest that the subfield is dying and advocate a reintegration of legal anthropology into a renewed general anthropology. Chapters by anthropologists, sociologists, and law professors, using anthropological rather than legal methodologies, provide original analyses of particular legal developments. Some contributors adopt an interpretative approach, focusing on law as a system of meaning; others adopt a materialistic approach, analyzing the economic and political forces that historically shaped relations between social groups. Contributors include Said Armir Arjomand, Anton Blok, Bernard Cohn, George Collier, Carol Greenhouse, Sally Falk Moore, Laura Nader, June Nash, Lawrence Rosen, June Starr, and Joan Vincent.

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Happiness is the Wrong Metric: A Liberal Communitarian Response to Populism (Library of Public Policy and Public Administration Book 11) by Amitai Etzioni (Springer) 5.0 Stars (8 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This timely book addresses the conflict between globalism and nationalism. It provides a liberal communitarian response to the rise of populism occurring in many democracies. The book highlights the role of communities next to that of the state and the market. It spells out the policy implications of liberal communitarianism for privacy, freedom of the press, and much else. In a persuasive argument that speaks to politics today from Europe to the United States to Australia, the author offers a compelling vision of hope. Above all, the book offers a framework for dealing with moral challenges people face as they seek happiness but also to live up to their responsibilities to others and the common good. At a time when even our most basic values are up for question in policy debates riddled with populist manipulation, Amitai Etzioni's bold book creates a new frame which introduces morals and values back into applied policy questions. These questions span the challenges of jobless growth to the unanswered questions posed by the role of artificial intelligence in a wide range of daily life tasks and decisions. While not all readers will agree with the communitarian solutions that he proposes, many will welcome an approach that is, at its core, inclusive and accepting of the increasingly global nature of all societies at the same time. It is a must read for all readers concerned about the future of Western liberal democracy. Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution and College Park Professor/University of Maryland In characteristically lively, engaging, and provocative style Etzioni tackles many of the great public policy dilemmas that afflict us today. Arguing that we are trapped into a spiral of slavish consumerism, he proposes a form of liberal communitarian that, he suggests, will allow human beings to flourish in changing circumstances. Jonathan Wolff, Blavatnik Chair of Public ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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