The global economy isn't working for most people. Instead, it lifts a few ever higher, while the rest fight to get by. These essays look at rampant and growing disparities around a number of challenges, including economic inequality, access to opportunities, education, income, race, wealth, and more. It also offers ideas towards creating more just, sustainable outcomes. Essays from a diverse group of contributors, including academics, activists, artists, business & NGO leaders, economists, and journalists offer the reader an array of perspectives to help them develop a broader understanding of the challenges while giving them the opportunity to evolve their own views.
This book will challenge your thinking as it encourages you to reconsider long-held positions. We won't ask you to agree with any one of us, but that you do consider each of our positions and in the end that you refashion your own. Hopefully, our book will tilt you towards action in a world and a society that's in ...
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 Length: 406 Pages (5,978 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
Life Is a Song, to be Played Again... and Again...
What is the 'stuff' of which our universe is made? Quarks or atoms? God or consciousness? An as yet undiscovered something? Is it 'made' of any 'thing' at all?
In this remarkable book, author Johnny R. O'Neill describes a universe made, yes, of 'stuff,' but also, and just as importantly, made of the ever-changing relationship between that stuff and those who experience it.
'Relationship'? Think of it as 'feeling.' We exist as the feeling of life, and living.
Using a well-reasoned and insightful mix of science and philosophy, spirituality and religion, the author maps previously uncharted territory on our understanding of ourselves. Within are pathways of thought leading to fresh ideas on consciousness, awareness, free will; to new intersections with old ideas, the Golden Rule, personal responsibility; as well as expansive, clear-eyed vistas on faith, morality, truth, and indeed, eternity.
It's a new metaphor the author ...
Karl Philipp Moritz (d. 1793) was one of the most innovative writers of the late Enlightenment in Germany. A novelist, travel writer, editor, and teacher he is probably best known today for his autobiographical novel Anton Reiser (1785-90) and for his treatises on aesthetics, foremost among them Über die bildende Nachahmung des Schönen (On the Formative Imitation of the Beautiful) (1788). In this treatise, Moritz develops the concept of aesthetic autonomy, which became widely known after Goethe included a lengthy excerpt of it in his own Italian Journey (1816-17). It was one of the foundational texts of Weimar classicism, and it became pivotal for the development of early Romanticism.
In The Topography of Modernity, Elliott Schreiber gives Moritz the credit he deserves as an important thinker beyond his contributions to aesthetic theory. Indeed, he sees Moritz as an incisive early observer and theorist of modernity. Considering a wide range of Moritz's work including his novels, ...
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 194 Pages (1,478 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
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) ...
Genre: Politics & Social Sciences Length: 250 Pages (4,183 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
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 Length: 120 Pages (1,672 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
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.
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 Length: 304 Pages (595 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
The truth is liberating at the same time paralysing. Laurence Mountford.
Just read it. Every word in this document is true, and it is the most important document to ever reach the internet. This document is written to empower good people of the world against the tyranny which exists all around us in our world today. Effectively, the document presented here discloses concealed information about the extent to which medicine, science, and technology has advanced in our current era. Moreover, I am disclosing this information because I have been extensively abused, and I am victim of current advances in medicine, science, and technology, which I describe in detail below. There are many, many, other victims of abuse, including myself, and therefore it is our plea that you read this document with an open mind and you investigate ALL statements which may initially irk you and appear 'suspect' to begin with (the circumstantial evidence is available all around you); because as a ...
Are your social skills in need of updating?
Do you sometimes find yourself in situations where you are out of your depth?
Would you like to improve the way you conduct yourself in a variety of situations?
Being able to interact and communicate with people on several different levels is a desirable skill in many walks of life but are essential when it comes to conducting yourself in business situations and when making new friends. Some are born with this innate ability, while for others it can be learned.
In this book's collection on social skills, you can learn some of the basics around these abilities, which can then be built upon as you progress and become more confident, with chapters that explore:
• Interpersonal skills
• The art of persuasion
• Why active listening is important
• Becoming a good negotiator
• The causes of shortfalls in social behavior
• How you can improve your social skills set
• And much more...
If you are someone who needs to improve ...
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 Length: 208 Pages (3,353 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
A SPIRITUAL AND POLITICAL MANIFESTO FOR AMERICA AT THIS CRITICAL TIME IN HISTORY. INSPIRATIONAL AND FAST PACED. How can our nation overcome polarization and animosity? How can our nation be reborn spiritually, morally and ethically? These are two of the important questions addressed by this work. Cale Sloane has lived in many parts of America. His earliest years were spent in small towns and the country. Through all the years he was growing up, his parents were regarded as having an income below the poverty level. After he became an adult, Cale has been laid off from a job, and lost a house to foreclosure. His family has experienced severe illness, and large medical bills. He uses his experience and understanding of hardship to navigate the important issues raised within this book.
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 Length: 280 Pages (1,172 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
Right now across the globe the news cycle is filled with stories of governmental corruption, revolt and the reemergence of Neo-fascism. After those headlines are the debates on propaganda, social media and tribalism new and old. This book touches them all. This a examination for the here and now. Dissecting everything from the motives of government to the motives of our subconscious and how they play off of each other. This book is an effort to make all of the noise make a little more sense.
Human history mirrors the slow incremental movements of the earth which itself is periodically disrupted by sudden upheaval. Grab your dictionary and a glass of whisky for within these pages is a crash course on what the world actually is and where it really needs to be. This is a modern examination of government, religion, culture and the economy, where it all goes wrong, and how we can get it right.
When his classic Pontiac is abducted by a deity who lives in the depths of Lake Michigan, Petronius Jablonski is offered Enlightenment in compensation. To obtain it he must decipher the coded features of an odyssey. He neglects to share these minor details with his longsuffering girlfriend, Sandy, who accompanies him. Home-schooled by an eccentric father, Petronius holds the modern world in contempt, the demise of polytheism and eighteenth century English in general, the plague of democracy and "internets" in particular.
Despairing of his ability to understand the journey and rarely paying attention, he engages the Reader's assistance. His propensity for digressions complicates the search for a solution while making a mockery of first person narration. He anticipates absurd questions and adds chapters in response, he accuses the Reader of being smitten with Sandy and makes her less attractive, and he revolutionizes Philosophy by superseding Occam's overrated Razor and Plato's ...
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 Length: 171 Pages (21,788 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Jul 4th, 2020
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN 2020? YOU GET TO DECIDE!
America is heading for a civil war, with guns, bombs, and Twitter trolls. The 2020 election is also coming up. Fortunately, you have lots of choices!
If you support the Democrats, go to page 4.
If you can't decide, go to page 5.
If you're an independent and do something different every time, go to page 6.If you're voting third party, great! Go to page 7.
If politics drives you to drink and maybe take a hit of a mysterious substance known only as "Purple Sunshine," go to page 8.
If you are a horrible deplorable and support the Republicans, go to page 9.
What happens next to the U.S.? It all depends on the choices you make. Only you will know the outcome of the election before everyone else! But will you like what you find out?
A Decide the Fate of America novel.