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Socialism: An Essential Review by Shawn Henry Potter (Renatus Press®) Price verified 3 hours ago

All across America, political candidates for federal, state, and local office are proclaiming the principles of socialism. They offer revolutionary solutions to persistent social challenges, such as: income inequality, low wages, rising health care costs, student debt, racism, and climate change. But, would their policies lead to a reduction or expansion of human suffering? Do their principles rest on reality or fantasy? Father Bernard Vaughan, Priest of the Society of Jesus, answers these questions, and more, as he examines general principles of social justice, socialism, and capitalism in Socialism: An Essential Review. Inspired by the words of Pope Pius X, and the writings of Pope Leo XIII, Father Vaughan discusses, among other topics, the relationship between socialism and the individual, family, state, and church. This book is required reading for everyone who wishes to understand the foundations of the socialist movement in America and aspires to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity." The writer of Proverbs encourages everyone to: "Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy." (Prov 31:8-9)

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 272 Pages (6,692 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

What is Human Fitness? by Alan Reed 3.4 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

What is Human Fitness explores the meaning of our humanity by clarifying our common understanding of fitness and how this relates to living a fully human life.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 52 Pages (385 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Social Security Basic Income: A Safety Net for All Americans by Steven O. Richardson 4.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

I wrote this book to stimulate conversation about simultaneous solutions to two serious problems facing the U.S. For decades, we have ignored the looming bankruptcy of Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Meanwhile, as income inequality continues to grow, our President and Congress double down on policies that produced the imbalance - namely, negative real interest rates and income tax cuts. This is dangerous because it worsens two conflicts that transcend partisan competition - those between the ruling and working classes and between generations. My proposed solution is twofold. First, a radical tax reform proposal that I call Free to Work (FTW) would grant tax relief to workers by eliminating the payroll tax. We would pay for existing entitlement obligations by eliminating tax expenditures and making the income tax more progressive. The safety net - Social Security Basic Income, or SSBI - is a negative income tax type basic income guarantee that could be funded by additional progressive income taxes. It would provide a universal, unconditional benefit of $1000/month for adult citizens. With FTW, taxpayers gain control over our own retirement and health care. With SSBI, those in need obtain some assistance without being subjected to a judgmental bureaucratic maze.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 168 Pages (2,586 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 6 hours ago

"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 952 Pages (2,494 KB)
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Added: Jul 7th, 2020

Lao Tzu : Tao Te Ching : A Book About the Way and the Power of the Way by Lao Tzu (LT Press) 4.3 Stars (307 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching", or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the "Tao Te Ching" llods at the basic predicatment of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how wo work for the good with the efforless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love, to childrearing, business, and ecology. The Tao Te Ching is the most widely traslated book in world literature, after the Bible. Yet the gemlike lucidity of the original has eluded most previous translations, and they have obscured some of its central ideas.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 84 Pages (1,372 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

The History of Philosophy in Islam by T. J. De Boer (E-BOOKARAMA) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 6 hours ago

"The History of Philosophy in Islam" is a complete summary of the flowering of Islamic philosophy in the late middle ages. Medieval Islamic civilisation at its height was a centre of learning, and its philosophers were no exception. Islamic philosophers grappled with issues such as free-will, causality and the nature of reality. Some of these figures are still well-known, such as Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ibn Roshd (Averroes), the Sufi Gazali, and Kindi.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 221 Pages (1,797 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Dignity in the 21st Century: Middle East and West (SpringerBriefs in Philosophy) by Doris Schroeder (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY license. This book offers a unique and insightful analysis of Western and Middle Eastern concepts of dignity and illustrates them with examples of everyday life. Dignity in the 21st Century - Middle East and West is unique and insightful for a range of reasons. First, the book is co-authored by scholars from two different cultures (Middle East and West). As a result, the interpretations of dignity covered are broader than those in most Western publications. Second, the ambition of the book is to use examples from everyday life and fiction to debate a range of dignity interpretations supplemented by philosophical and theological theories. Thus, the book is designed to be accessible to a general readership, which is further facilitated because it is published with full open access. Third, the book does not defend one superior theory of dignity, but instead presents six Western approaches and one based on the Koran and then asks whether a common essence can be detected. The answer to the question whether a common essence can be detected between the Koranic interpretation of dignity and the main Western theories (virtue, Kant) is YES. The essence can be seen in dignity as a sense of self-worth, which persons have a duty to develop and respect in themselves and a duty to protect in others. The book ends with two recommendations. First, given the 7 concepts of dignity introduced in the book, meaningful dialogue can only be achieved if conversation partners clarify which variation they are using. Second, future collaborations between philosophers and psychologists might be helpful in moving theoretical knowledge on dignity as a sense of self-worth into practical action. The "scourges" of a sense of self-worth and dignity are identified by psychologists as violence, humiliation, disregard and embarrassment. To know more about how these can be avoided from psychologists, is helpful when protecting a sense of self-worth in others.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 118 Pages (1,487 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

The Oldest Vocation: Christian Motherhood in the Medieval West by Clarissa W. Atkinson (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 40 minutes ago

According to an old story, a woman concealed her sex and ruled as pope for a few years in the ninth century. Pope Joan was not betrayed by a lover or discovered by an enemy; her downfall came when she went into labor during a papal procession through the streets of Rome. From the myth of Joan to the experiences of saints, nuns, and ordinary women, The Oldest Vocation brings to life both the richness and the troubling contradictions of Christian motherhood in medieval Europe. After tracing the roots of medieval ideologies of motherhood in early Christianity, Clarissa W. Atkinson reconstructs the physiological assumptions underlying medieval notions about women's bodies and reproduction; inherited from Greek science and popularized through the practice of midwifery, these assumptions helped shape common beliefs about what mothers were. She then describes the development of "spiritual motherhood" both as a concept emerging out of monastic ideologies in the early Middle Ages and as a reality in the lives of certain remarkable women. Atkinson explores the theological dimensions of medieval motherhood by discussing the cult of the Virgin Mary in twelfth-century art, story, and religious expression. She also offers a fascinating new perspective on the women saints of the later Middle Ages, many of whom were mothers; their lives and cults forged new relationships between maternity and holiness. The Oldest Vocation concludes where most histories of motherhood begin -- in early modern Europe, when the family was institutionalized as a center of religious and social organization. Anyone interested in the status of motherhood, or in women's history, the cultural history of the Middle Ages, or the history of religion will want to read this book.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 310 Pages (888 KB)
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Added: Jul 6th, 2020

Democracy's Children: Intellectuals and the Rise of Cultural Politics by John McGowan (Cornell University Press) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 6 hours ago

How do American intellectuals try to achieve their political and social goals? By what means do they articulate their hopes for change? John McGowan seeks to identify the goals and strategies of contemporary humanistic intellectuals who strive to shape the politics and culture of their time. In a lively mix of personal reflection and shrewd analysis, McGowan visits the sites of intellectual activity (scholarly publications, professional conferences, the classroom, and the university) and considers the hazards of working within such institutional contexts to effect change outside the academy. Democracy's Children considers the historical trajectory that produced current intellectual practices. McGowan links the growing prestige of "culture" since 1800 to the growth of democracy and the obsession with modernity and explores how intellectuals became both custodians and creators of culture. Caught between fears of culture's irrelevance and dreams of its omnipotence, intellectuals pursue a cultural politics that aims for wide-ranging social transformations. For better or worse, McGowan says, the humanities are now tied to culture and to the university. The opportunities and frustrations attendant on this partnership resonate with the larger successes and failures of contemporary democratic societies. His purpose in this collection of essays is to illuminate the conditions under which intellectuals in a democracy work and at the same time to promote intellectual activities that further democratic ideals.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 262 Pages (1,313 KB)
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Added: Jul 5th, 2020

Improving Mental Health Outcomes Through Case Management Services: The Cog of the Wheel by Dr. Lorena Fulton 4.7 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Also available in paperback. Funders, community leaders, professionals, and people in need are looking for ways to improve the outcomes, or results, of services designed to help people who suffer from mental illness. Professional case management in mental health is the process of alleviating barriers so that people might effectively address their problems, with or without ongoing professional assistance. Professional case management is deliberate and strategic, whether on the micro level or on the macro level. This book details steps to setting a goal and planning a combination of methods and approaches in order to achieve that goal. Relevant stakeholders, which include service users, policy makers, program administrators, and neighborhood residents, are included.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 90 Pages (6,152 KB)
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Added: Jul 5th, 2020

Marginality: Addressing the Nexus of Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology by Joachim von Braun (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This book takes a new approach on understanding causes of extreme poverty and promising actions to address it. Its focus is on marginality being a root cause of poverty and deprivation. "Marginality" is the position of people on the edge, preventing their access to resources, freedom of choices, and the development of capabilities. The book is research based with original empirical analyses at local, national, and local scales; book contributors are leaders in their fields and have backgrounds in different disciplines. An important message of the book is that economic and ecological approaches and institutional innovations need to be integrated to overcome marginality. The book will be a valuable source for development scholars and students, actors that design public policies, and for social innovators in the private sector and non-governmental organizations.?

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 406 Pages (5,978 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Knowledge and Institutions (Knowledge and Space Book 13) by Johannes Glückler (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This open access book bridges the disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences to explore the role of social institutions in shaping geographical contexts, and in creating new knowledge. It includes theorizations as well as original empirical case studies on the emergence, maintenance and change of institutions as well as on their constraining and enabling effects on innovation, entrepreneurship, art and cultural heritage, often at regional scales across Europe and North America. Rooted in the disciplines of management and organization studies, sociology, geography, political science, and economics the contributors all take comprehensive approaches to carve out the specific contextuality of institutions as well as their impact on societal outcomes. Not only does this book offer detailed insights into current debates in institutional theory, it also provides background for scholars, students, and professionals at the intersection between regional development, policy-making, and regulation.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 322 Pages (6,841 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Empire’s Labor: The Global Army That Supports U.S. Wars by Adam Moore (Cornell University Press) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 9 hours ago

In a dramatic unveiling of the little-known world of contracted military logistics, Adam Moore examines the lives of the global army of laborers who support US overseas wars. Empire's Labor brings us the experience of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who perform jobs such as truck drivers and administrative assistants at bases located in warzones in the Middle East and Africa. He highlights the changes the US military has undergone since the Vietnam War, when the ratio of contractors to uniformed personnel was roughly 1:6. In Afghanistan it has been as high as 4:1. This growth in logistics contracting represents a fundamental change in how the US fights wars, with the military now dependent on a huge pool of contractors recruited from around the world. It also, Moore demonstrates, has social, economic, and political implications that extend well beyond the battlefields. Focusing on workers from the Philippines and Bosnia, two major sources of "third country national" (TCN) military labor, Moore explains the rise of large-scale logistics outsourcing since the end of the Cold War; describes the networks, infrastructures, and practices that span the spaces through which people, information, and goods circulate; and reveals the experiences of foreign workers, from the hidden dynamics of labor activism on bases, to the economic and social impacts these jobs have on their families and the communities they hail from. Through his extensive fieldwork and interviews, Moore gives voice to the agency and aspirations of the many thousands of foreigners who labor for the US military. Thanks to generous funding from UCLA and its participation in TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem), the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 250 Pages (4,183 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

The Public Mapping Project: How Public Participation Can Revolutionize Redistricting (Brown Democracy Medal) by Michael P. McDonald (Cornell Selects) 3.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

The Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal is an initiative of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Pennsylvania State University. It annually recognizes outstanding individuals, groups, and organizations that produce exceptional innovations to further democracy in the United States or around the world. Micah Altman and Michael P. McDonald unveil the Public Mapping Project, which developed DistrictBuilder, an open-source software redistricting application designed to give the public transparent, accessible, and easy-to-use online mapping tools. As they show, the goal is for all citizens to have access to the same information that legislators use when drawing congressional maps -- and use that data to create maps of their own. Thanks to generous funding from The Pennsylvania State University, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 120 Pages (1,672 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice by Susan Sniader Lanser (Cornell University Press) 3.7 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of attaining social power. She considers the dynamics in personal voice in authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jamaica Kincaid. In writers who attempt a "communal voice" -- including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joan Chase, and Monique Wittig -- she finds innovative strategies that challenge the conventions of Western narrative.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 304 Pages (595 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Proletarian Peasants: The Revolution of 1905 in Russia's Southwest by Robert Edelman (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

In this book, conceived and written for the general reader as well as the specialist, Robert Edelman uses a case study of peasant behavior during a particular revolutionary situation to make an important contribution to one of the major debates in contemporary peasant studies. Edelman's subject is the peasantry of the right-bank Ukraine, and he uses local and regional archives seldom available to Western scholars to give a detailed picture of the ways in which the inhabitants of one of Russia's most advanced agrarian regions expressed their discontent during the years 1905-1907. By the 1890s, the landlords of Russia's Southwest had organized a highly successful capitalist form of agriculture, and Edelman demonstrates that their peasants responded to these dramatic economic changes by adopting many of the forms of political and social behavior generally associated with urban proletarians.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 208 Pages (3,353 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Autobiographical Voices: Race, Gender, Self-Portraiture (Reading Women Writing) by Françoise Lionnet (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 40 minutes ago

Adopting a boldly innovative approach to women's autobiographical writing, Françoise Lionnet here examines the rhetoric of self-portraiture in works by authors who are bilingual or multilingual or of mixed races or cultures. Autobiographical Voices offers incisive readings of texts by Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Marie Cardinal, Maryse Condé, Marie-Thérèse Humbert, Augustine, and Nietzsche.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 280 Pages (1,172 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Drones and the Creative Industry: Innovative Strategies for European SMEs by Virginia Santamarina-Campos (Springer) 3.3 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

This open access, interdisciplinary book presents innovative strategies in the use of civil drones in the cultural and creative industry. Specially aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the book offers valuable insights from the fields of marketing, engineering, arts and management. With contributions from experts representing varied interests throughout the creative industry, including academic researchers, software developers and engineers, it analyzes the needs of the creative industry when using civil drones both outdoors and indoors. The book also provides timely recommendations to the industry, as well as guidance for academics and policymakers.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 171 Pages (21,788 KB)
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Added: Jul 4th, 2020

Not of Woman Born: Representations of Caesarean Birth in Medieval and Renaissance Culture by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

"Not of woman born, the Fortunate, the Unborn" -- the terms designating those born by Caesarean section in medieval and Renaissance Europe were mysterious and ambiguous. Examining representations of Caesarean birth in legend and art and tracing its history in medical writing, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski addresses the web of religious, ethical, and cultural questions concerning abdominal delivery in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Not of Woman Born increases our understanding of the history of the medical profession, of medical iconography, and of ideas surrounding "unnatural" childbirth. Blumenfeld-Kosinski compares texts and visual images in order to trace the evolution of Caesarean birth as it was perceived by the main actors involved -- pregnant women, medical practitioners, and artistic or literary interpreters. Bringing together medical treatises and texts as well as hitherto unexplored primary sources such as manuscript illuminations, she provides a fresh perspective on attitudes toward pregnancy and birth in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; the meaning and consequences of medieval medicine for women as both patients and practitioners, and the professionalization of medicine. She discusses writings on Caesarean birth from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, when Church Councils ordered midwives to perform the operation if a mother died during childbirth in order that the child might be baptized; to the fourteenth century, when the first medical text, Bernard of Gordon's Lilium medicinae, mentioned the operation; up to the gradual replacement of midwives by male surgeons in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Not of Woman Born offers the first close analysis of Frarnois Rousset's 1581 treatise on the operation as an example of sixteenth-century medical discourse. It also considers the ambiguous nature of Caesarean birth, drawing on accounts of such miraculous examples as the birth of the Antichrist. An appendix reviews the complex etymological ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 224 Pages (7,219 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories (Advancing Global Bioethics Book 11) by Dónal P. O’Mathúna (Springer) 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 40 minutes ago

This Open Access Book is the first to examine disasters from a multidisciplinary perspective. Justification of actions in the face of disasters requires recourse both to conceptual analysis and ethical traditions. Part 1 of the book contains chapters on how disasters are conceptualized in different academic disciplines relevant to disasters. Part 2 has chapters on how ethical issues that arise in relation to disasters can be addressed from a number of fundamental normative approaches in moral and political philosophy. This book sets the stage for more focused normative debates given that no one book can be completely comprehensive. Providing analysis of core concepts, and with real-world relevance, this book should be of interest to disaster scholars and researchers, those working in ethics and political philosophy, as well as policy makers, humanitarian actors and intergovernmental organizations..

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 258 Pages (1,138 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

The Purpose of Life by Parmeet Shah 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

The Purpose of Life is a short book that tackles the deepest questions about our life and existence. It puts forth insights from science to answer these questions, which have for too long been limited to realms of religion and spirituality. It sheds light on why we do the things we do; on the forces that drive all of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour and helps make sense of this crazy world we live in. It's written in easy to read language in order to be accessible to a wide audience and won't take you more than 1-2 hours to finish.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 83 Pages (3,290 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

Care in Healthcare: Reflections on Theory and Practice by Franziska Krause (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 40 minutes ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book examines the concept of care and care practices in healthcare from the interdisciplinary perspectives of continental philosophy, care ethics, the social sciences, and anthropology. Areas addressed include dementia care, midwifery, diabetes care, psychiatry, and reproductive medicine. Special attention is paid to ambivalences and tensions within both the concept of care and care practices. Contributions in the first section of the book explore phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches to care and reveal historical precursors to care ethics. Empirical case studies and reflections on care in institutionalised and standardised settings form the second section of the book. The concluding chapter, jointly written by many of the contributors, points at recurring challenges of understanding and practicing care that open up the field for further research and discussion. This collection will be of great value to scholars and practitioners of medicine, ethics, philosophy, social science and history.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 309 Pages (514 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out!: Voices from the Front Lines of the Educational Justice Movement by Mark R. Warren (Beacon Press) 4.1 Stars (11 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

Parents, young people, community organizers, and educators describe how they are fighting systemic racism in schools by building a new intersectional educational justice movement. Illuminating the struggles and triumphs of the emerging educational justice movement, this anthology tells the stories of how black and brown parents, students, educators, and their allies are fighting back against systemic inequities and the mistreatment of children of color in low-income communities. It offers a social justice alternative to the corporate reform movement that seeks to privatize public education through expanding charter schools and voucher programs. To address the systemic racism in our education system and in the broader society, the contributors argue that what is needed is a movement led by those most affected by injustice--students of color and their parents--that builds alliances across sectors and with other social justice movements addressing immigration, LGBTQ rights, labor rights, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Representing a diverse range of social justice organizations from across the US, including the Chicago Teachers Union and the Genders and Sexualities Alliance Network, the essayists recount their journeys to movement building and offer practical organizing strategies and community-based alternatives to traditional education reform and privatization schemes. Lift Us Up! will outrage, inform, and mobilize parents, educators, and concerned citizens about what is wrong in American schools today and how activists are fighting for and achieving change.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 216 Pages (3,092 KB)
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Added: Jul 3rd, 2020

Screenwriting: Creative Labor and Professional Practice by Bridget Conor (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

Screenwriting: Creative Labor and Professional Practice analyzes the histories, practices, identities and subjects which form and shape the daily working lives of screenwriters. Author Bridget Conor considers the ways in which contemporary screenwriters navigate and make sense of the labor markets in which they are immersed. Chapters explore areas including: • Screenwriting histories and myths of the profession • Screenwriting as creative labor • Screenwriters' working lives • Screenwriting work and the how-to genre • Screenwriting work and inequalities Drawing on historical and critical perspectives of mainstream screenwriting in the USA and UK, as well as valuable interviews with working screenwriters, this book presents a highly original and multi-faceted study of screenwriting as creative labor and professional practice.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 166 Pages (1,417 KB)
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Added: Jul 1st, 2020

The Attack of the Unexpected by Magnus Lindkvist (Marshall Cavendish Business) 4.5 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Everything in life is, in a sense, unexpected. From the people you meet to the events you experience. But sometimes the unexpected attacks. It eats at you and fundamentally changes where you are and where you are going. September 11, the credit crunch, and the rise of the World Wide Web are recent examples of agenda changing megaevents that we were forced to react to in some way or another. This book, by one of the world's leading trendspotters, is designed to help you understand the nature of unexpected events and how we are affected by it on an individual, corporate and societal basis. Building on studies of and interviews with people who have in some way been "attacked" and significantly affected by the unexpected, its aim is to help you stop fearing uncertainty and start embracing and leveraging it to your advantage. About the Author: Magnus Lindkvist is an acclaimed trendspotter and popular speaker around the world. He is the author of Everything We Know is Wrong (Marshall Cavendish, 2009) and was selected as Sweden's Business Speaker of the Year in 2009. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 160 Pages (2,465 KB)
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Added: Jul 1st, 2020

Suffering-Focused Ethics: Defense and Implications by Magnus Vinding (Ratio Ethica) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 40 minutes ago

The reduction of suffering deserves special priority. Many ethical views support this claim, yet so far these have not been presented in a single place. Suffering-Focused Ethics provides the most comprehensive presentation of suffering-focused arguments and views to date, including a moral realist case for minimizing extreme suffering. The book then explores the all-important issue of how we can best reduce suffering in practice, and outlines a coherent and pragmatic path forward. "An inspiring book on the world's most important issue. Magnus Vinding makes a compelling case for suffering-focused ethics. Highly recommended." -- David Pearce, author of The Hedonistic Imperative and Can Biotechnology Abolish Suffering? "We live in a haze, oblivious to the tremendous moral reality around us. I know of no philosopher who makes the case more resoundingly than Magnus Vinding. In radiantly clear and honest prose, he demonstrates the overwhelming ethical priority of preventing suffering. Among the book's many powerful arguments, I would call attention to its examination of the overlapping biases that perpetuate moral unawareness. Suffering-Focused Ethics will change its readers, opening new moral and intellectual vistas. This could be the most important book you will ever read." -- Jamie Mayerfeld, professor of political science at the University of Washington, author of Suffering and Moral Responsibility and The Promise of Human Rights "In this important undertaking, Magnus Vinding methodically and convincingly argues for the overwhelming ethical importance of preventing and reducing suffering, especially of the most intense kind, and also shows the compatibility of this view with various mainstream ethical philosophies that don't uniquely focus on suffering. His careful analytical style and comprehensive review of existing arguments make this book valuable reading for anyone who cares about what matters, or who wishes to better understand the strong rational ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 314 Pages (3,989 KB)
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Added: Jul 1st, 2020

Hands on Media History: A new methodology in the humanities and social sciences by Nick Hall (Routledge) Price verified one hour ago

Hands on Media History explores the whole range of hands on media history techniques for the first time, offering both practical guides and general perspectives. It covers both analogue and digital media; film, television, video, gaming, photography and recorded sound. Understanding media means understanding the technologies involved. The hands on history approach can open our minds to new perceptions of how media technologies work and how we work with them. Essays in this collection explore the difficult questions of reconstruction and historical memory, and the issues of equipment degradation and loss. Hands on Media History is concerned with both the professional and the amateur, the producers and the users, providing a new perspective on one of the modern era's most urgent questions: what is the relationship between people and the technologies they use every day? Engaging and enlightening, this collection is a key reference for students and scholars of media studies, digital humanities, and for those interested in models of museum and research practice.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 256 Pages (3,028 KB)
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Added: Jun 19th, 2020

Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie (Beacon Press) 4.7 Stars (19 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

"A passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence." -- Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. By placing the individual stories of Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, Andrea Ritchie documents the evolution of movements centered around women's experiences of policing. Featuring a powerful forward by activist Angela Davis, Invisible No More is an essential exposé on police violence against WOC that demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety -- and the means we devote to achieving it.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 362 Pages (7,229 KB)
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Added: Jun 16th, 2020

Long Time Walk On Water (Vol.2) by Joan Barbara Simon 3.5 Stars (50 Reviews)    Price verified 21 hours ago

A black woman and single mum, starting over. A white man who wants something more. Will they take a chance on each other? Everyting gonna be alright? London, 1960. Rose is looking for a new start. Thousands of miles away from her Caribbean home, she scrapes together money to send for her children while adjusting to a strange, new world. Jack's life is full of disillusionment. He cares little for his council flat, his town, or even his wife. The only thing that gives his life sparkle? His Jamaican friends down at the docks. When Jack meets Rose at a bus stop, a new and unexpected future unfolds... If you like rich settings and realistic characters: Long Time Walk on Water. This captivating multicultural historical novel with its splash of something quite unique, its touch of romance, reggae style, will win your heart forever. Told with pride, poise, humour and grace, this modern classic by Joan Barbara Simon, literary terrorist, will have you shouting about if from the rooftops! 'Rich, complex and beautifully written. It is something unlike anything I've read before and yet it's recognisable and resonant because all of life is in it. An absorbing and affecting read.' (online reviewer) 'Beautifully crafted (... ) will leave the reader as changed as Simon's characters. Highly, highly recommended.' (Dan Holloway)

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 300 Pages (1,150 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Jun 15th, 2020
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