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WTF! A Celebration of the Popular Arts in Sociology by Robert Khoury 5.0 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Sociology celebrates the popular arts! TV, Sunday comics, monster movies, professional wrestling, dumpstering, college football, bathroom graffiti, strippers, telephone pranksters, Peeping Toms, class clowns, the college sorority, the streetcorner preacher, the drive-in movie, good and evil, and more -- see familiar, everyday people and things in an offbeat, surprising way, and blow your mind to what sociologists have discovered about how you shape the world, and how the world shapes you.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 430 Pages (3,787 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: May 24th, 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 8 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)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: May 20th, 2020

Autistic Community and the Neurodiversity Movement: Stories from the Frontline by Steven K. Kapp (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 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)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: May 8th, 2020

The Life and Lies of Paul Crouch: Communist, Opportunist, Cold War Snitch by Gregory S. Taylor (University Press of Florida) 4.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Paul Crouch (1903-1955) was the quintessential anticommunist paid government informer. A naïve, ill-educated recruit who found a family, a livelihood, and a larger romantic cause in the Communist Party, he spent more than fifteen years organizing American workers, meeting with Soviet leaders, and trying to infiltrate the U.S. military with Communist soldiers. He left the party in 1941, in part because of a growing conviction that the leadership had become dictatorial, but also in part out of vengeance for perceived wrongs. As public perceptions of Communism shifted during the Cold War, Crouch's economic failures, desire for fame, and greed morphed him into a vehement ideologue for the anti-Communist movement. During five years of testimony, he named Robert Oppenheimer, Charlie Chaplin, and many others as Communists and claimed the civil rights movement was Communist inspired. In 1954, much of Crouch's testimony was exposed as perjury, but he remained defiant to the end. How, and why, one southerner could become a loyal foot soldier on both sides of the Cold War ideological divide is the subject of Gregory Taylor's incisive biography. Relying on personal papers, FBI records, and official Communist Party files, Taylor weaves through the seemingly contradictory life of the individual once known as the most dangerous man in America.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 340 Pages (1,979 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: May 2nd, 2020

Interregional Interaction in Ancient Mesoamerica by Joshua Englehardt (University Press of Colorado) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

Interregional Interaction in Ancient Mesoamerica explores the role of interregional interaction in the dynamic sociocultural processes that shaped the pre-Columbian societies of Mesoamerica. Interdisciplinary contributions from leading scholars investigate linguistic exchange and borrowing, scribal practices, settlement patterns, ceramics, iconography, and trade systems, presenting a variety of case studies drawn from multiple spatial, temporal, and cultural contexts within Mesoamerica. Archaeologists have long recognized the crucial role of interregional interaction in the development and cultural dynamics of ancient societies, particularly in terms of the evolution of sociocultural complexity and economic systems. Recent research has further expanded the archaeological, art historical, ethnographic, and epigraphic records in Mesoamerica, permitting a critical reassessment of the complex relationship between interaction and cultural dynamics. This volume builds on and amplifies earlier research to examine sociocultural phenomena -- including movement, migration, symbolic exchange, and material interaction -- in their role as catalysts for variability in cultural systems. Interregional cultural exchange in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica played a key role in the creation of systems of shared ideologies, the production of regional or "international" artistic and architectural styles, shifting sociopolitical patterns, and changes in cultural practices and meanings. Interregional Interaction in Ancient Mesoamerica highlights, engages with, and provokes questions pertinent to understanding the complex relationship between interaction, sociocultural processes, and cultural innovation and change in the ancient societies and cultural histories of Mesoamerica and will be of interest to archaeologists, linguists, and art historians. Contributors: Philip J. Arnold III, Lourdes Budar, José Luis Punzo Diaz, Gary Feinman, David Freidel, Elizabeth Jiménez Garcia, Guy ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 426 Pages (7,710 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: May 1st, 2020

Réflexions sur la violence (French Edition) by Georges Sorel 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one day 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)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Apr 28th, 2020
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