Professors, Politics and Pop

Author: Jon Wiener

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860916727

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 966

"It is frightening to think the [Jon Wiener] teaches history at a university ... "—Jacques Derrida "Wiener takes the modern university as his beat, and covers it like a police reporter ... Wiener's mean streets are the think tank, the scholarly symposium, and the faculty lounge. And when he's had enough of this academic low life, he listens to Elvis, Springsteen and the Beatles. He even listens to Frank Sinatra."—John Leonard "In this book, Jon Wiener demonstrates his great skill as guerrilla sharpshooter in the forty-year war that the National Security State has been conducting against the American people. These reports from the field—the resistance—illuminate Nixon and Watergate as never before, reveal in fascinating detail the turbulence within Academe, invoke pity if not awe for that unexpected victim of state, Frank Sinatra."—Gore Vidal "Wiener is good at spotting, and blasting, paranoid fantasy and incompetence in high (and low) places and his range of targets is impressively wide ... [his] surveys are lucid, trenchant and brief."—Observer

Race and Politics

New Challenges and Responses for Black Activism

Author: James Jennings

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841983

Category: Political Science

Page: 202

View: 1481

In a sequel to his widely read RACE, POLITICS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, Jennings here assembles case studies of cities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago, with practical discussions of programs designed to establish more effective Black politics. The book draws comparisons between racial politics on both sides of the Atlantic and includes two comparative studies of racial politics in Britain.

Red Dirt

Growing Up Okie

Author: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859848562

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 8545

The author describes her childhood in rural Oklahoma, from the Dust Bowl days to the end of the Eisenhower era

Historians in Trouble

Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower

Author: Jon Wiener

Publisher: New Press, The

ISBN: 1595581596

Category: History

Page: 260

View: 3044

Examines twelve recent cases involving history scandals and historian misconduct, arguing that media spectacles are ending careers with the support of the Republican Party, in a volume that includes coverage of the cases of Michael Bellesiles, Joseph Ellis, and Stephan Thernstrom. 13,000 first printing.

Interpretations of American History Vol. I

Patterns and Perspectives [Vol. I Through Reconstruction], Seventh Edition

Author: Francis G. Couvares

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684867737

Category: History

Page: 452

View: 2865

Contrary to conventional wisdom, no area of study is outdated more quickly than history, and no time has been more turbulent for the discipline than our own. This classic point/counterpoint reader in American history, now in a completely revised and updated seventh edition, takes note of history's impermanence, giving voice to the new without disposing of the old. In ten lively chapters, essays by the editors introduce dialectical readings by distin-guished historians on topics from the Puritans through Reconstruction. The essays and readings address history's timeless questions: "The American Revolution: Social or Ideological?," "The Constitution: Conflict or Consensus?," and "Slave Culture: African or American?" New readings are included on African Americans, women, and immigrants. In the fray of debate, eminent historians from Perry Miller and Allan Nevins to Eric Foner, Gordon Wood, and Carol Sheriff struggle to interpret the past. The editors' essays moderate these passionate arguments and offer a clear, distanced vision of the changing character of history. They explain how history has usually been viewed through the lens of the present and demonstrate with sparkling historiography that the discipline is as contemporary as the headlines of today, as vital as the problems of tomorrow.

Cynicism in British Post-War Culture

Ignorance, Dust and Disease

Author: K. Curran

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137444355

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

View: 3436

This book is the first academic text to examine cynicism as a driving force in the context of post-war British culture. It maps a sensibility that transcends divisions between high and low culture, and encompasses figures such as Philip Larkin, John Lennon and Stephen Patrick Morrissey.

I Told You So: Gore Vidal Talks Politics

Interviews with Jon Wiener

Author: Gore Vidal

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619021749

Category: Political Science

Page: 128

View: 3240

“I exist to say, ‘No, that isn’t the way it is,’ or ‘What you believe to be true is not true for the following reasons.’ I am a master of the obvious. I mean, if there’s a hole in the road, I will, viciously, outrageously, say there’s a hole in the road and if you don’t fill it in you’ll break the axle of your car. One is not loved for being helpful.” Gore Vidal, one of America’s foremost essayists, screenwriters, and novelists, died July 31, 2012. He was, in addition, a terrific conversationalist. Dick Cavett once described him as “the best talker since Oscar Wilde.” And Vidal was never more eloquent, or caustic, than when let loose on his favorite topic, the history and politics of the United States. This book is made up from four interviews conducted with his long-time interlocutor, the writer and radio host Jon Wiener, in which Vidal grapples with matters evidently close to his heart: the history of the American Empire, the rise of the National Security State, and his own life in politics, both as a commentator and candidate. The interviews cover a twenty-year span, from 1988 to 2008, when Vidal was at the height of his powers. His extraordinary facility for developing an argument, tracing connections between past and present, and drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of America’s place in the world, are all on full display. And, of course, it being Gore Vidal, an ample sprinkling of gloriously acerbic one-liners is also provided.

Campus Politics

What Everyone Needs to Know?

Author: Jonathan Zimmerman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190627417

Category: Education

Page: 192

View: 8277

Universities are usually considered bastions of the free exchange of ideas, but a recent tide of demonstrations across college campuses has called this belief into question, and with serious consequences. Such a wave of protests hasn't been seen since the campus free speech demonstrations of the 1960s, yet this time it is the political Left, rather than the political Right, calling for restrictions on campus speech and freedom. And, as Jonathan Zimmerman suggests, recent campus controversies have pitted free speech against social justice ideals. The language of trauma--and, more generally, of psychology--has come to dominate campus politics, marking another important departure from prior eras. This trend reflects an increased awareness of mental health in American society writ large. But it has also tended to dampen exchange and discussion on our campuses, where faculty and students self-censor for fear of insulting or offending someone else. Or they attack each other in periodic bursts of invective, which run counter to the "civility" promised by new speech and conduct codes. In Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know?, Jonathan Zimmerman breaks down the dynamics of what is actually driving this recent wave of discontent. After setting recent events in the context of the last half-century of free speech campus movements, Zimmerman looks at the political beliefs of the US professorate and students. He follows this with chapters on political correctness; debates over the contested curriculum; admissions, faculty hires, and affirmative action; policing students; academic freedom and censorship; in loco parentis administration; and the psychology behind demands for "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces." He concludes with the question of how to best balance the goals of social and racial justice with the commitment to free speech.

The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship

A Fourth Movements in Entrepreneurship Book

Author: Daniel Hjorth,Chris Steyaert

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1848446071

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 2620

Stylish, bold, fiery, and full of zest, this book could well have been called Embodying Entrepreneurship . . . for perhaps the first time, we have a cultured, scholarly, in-the-flesh treatment of entrepreneurial life. Ranging from striptease to de Sade, the aboriginal to Christo, and the grotesque to the sublime, The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship is a tantalizing and critically refreshing work throughout. This one could easily become the bad boy book of entrepreneurial studies, given how strongly it challenges (slaps?) existing entrepreneurship studies. Daved Barry, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert make a unique contribution to management education. Their ability to illustrate complex ideas through theatre and visual media is outstanding and much appreciated by a wide audience. This book is no exception. Their insights into the nature of entrepreneurship are fresh and original. Their style of presentation is both rich and rewarding. This is a book to surprise you and it will. Heather Höpfl, University of Essex, UK . . . the four books comprising the series would certainly be a valuable addition to any entrepreneurship library. However, each book also stands alone as an individual purchase. Lorraine Warren, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research This fourth book in the New Movements in Entrepreneurship series focuses on the politics and aesthetics of entrepreneurial processes, in order to shed light on entrepreneurial creation itself. Presenting original empirical material, the eminent contributors examine control and entrepreneurship in various organizational contexts. They go on to demonstrate how control can be exercised entrepreneurially, how art brings an entrepreneurial force into society, and how entrepreneurship operates by aesthetic moves. The need to move beyond the traditional focus on the economic and business implications of entrepreneurship is also discussed, as is the relevance of political and aesthetic theory to our understanding of entrepreneurship as a creative force. The book provides entrepreneurship studies with a new language, that in itself is an aesthetic effort with political implications, resulting in new theoretical, empirical and practical possibilities. It will prove a fascinating read for students, academics and researchers with an interest in entrepreneurship and management and creativity and aesthetics.

Entertainment & Politics

The Influence of Pop Culture on Young Adult Political Socialization

Author: David James Jackson

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781433106439

Category: Drama

Page: 226

View: 9380

Now in its second edition, Entertainment & Politics is an essential text for understanding how young people acquire and hold political beliefs over time. In this updated and expanded edition, the author reaches beyond the U.S., including research on Canada, Great Britain, and Ireland to investigate a broader international picture of the effect the entertainment media has on the socio-political beliefs of young people. The book examines the many ways that the entertainment media influence young people, and the extent to which young people’s beliefs differ from those of their parents, teachers, and peers. Findings indicate that media’s influence does not fit into neat «conservative» and «left/liberal» patterns, but interacts with parental and peer influence in heretofore unexamined ways. This up-to-date text is designed for undergraduates, graduate students, professors, and interested lay readers.

Classrooms and Barrooms

An American in Poland

Author: David J. Jackson

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761843849

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 140

View: 8953

In Classrooms and Barrooms, David J. Jackson recounts his experiences during a semester-long Fulbright Fellowship in Poland where he taught classes at the university level and learned more about Poland and himself than he expected. From the trepidation associated with learning he was assigned to teach in a city considered by most to be an unpleasant wasteland to meeting American and Polish colleagues for the first time, Jackson's worries vanished as he quickly learned to accept the challenges Poland presented. Halfway through his time in Poland he stumbled into a bar populated with an ever-changing cast of eccentric locals who welcomed him into their world. Each visit led him to another revelation about Polish history and culture. Alternating among hilarious, somber, and uplifting, Jackson's experiences in the classrooms and barrooms of Poland aim both to inform and entertain.

Public Access

Literary Theory and American Cultural Politics

Author: Michael Bérubé

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860916789

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 4519

In the years of the Reagan–Bush era, the controversy over “political correctness” erupted on American campuses, spreading to the mainstream media as right-wing pundits like Dinesh D'Souza and Roger Kimball prosecuted their publicity campaign against progressive academics. Michael Bérubé's brilliant new book explains how and why the political correctness furore emerged, and how the right's apparent stranglehold on popular opinion about the academy can be loosened. Traversing the terrain of contemporary cultural criticism, Bérubé examines the state of cultural studies, the significance of postmodernism, the continuing debate over multicultural curricula, and the recent revisions of literary history in American studies. Also included is Bérubé's witty and self-deprecating autobiographical reflection on why interpretive theory has emerged as an indispensable part of education in the humanities over the past decade. Public Access insists that academics must exercise more responsibility towards the publics who underwrite but often misunderstand their work and its significance. Taken seriously as a potential audience, Bérubé argues, such publics can be weaned from their present inclination to believe the distortions and half-truths peddled by the right's ideologues. The goal of such “public access” criticism is not just a better environment for teachers and scholars, but a world in which education itself achieves its proper place in a society committed to equality of opportunity and true critical thinking.

Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea:

Expeditionary Operations in World Politics

Author: James Kraska

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019987767X

Category: Law

Page: 484

View: 513

In Maritime Power and the Law of the Sea: Expeditionary Operations in World Politics, Commander James Kraska analyzes the evolving rules governing freedom of the seas and their impact on expeditionary operations in the littoral, near-shore coastal zone. Coastal state practice and international law are developing in ways that restrict naval access to the littorals and associated coastal communities and inshore regions that have become the fulcrum of world geopolitics. Consequently, the ability of naval forces to project expeditionary power throughout semi-enclosed seas, exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and along the important sea-shore interface is diminishing and, as a result, limiting strategic access and freedom of action where it is most needed. Commander Kraska describes how control of the global commons, coupled with new approaches to sea power and expeditionary force projection, has given the United States and its allies the ability to assert overwhelming sea power to nearly any area of the globe. But as the law of the sea gravitates away from a classic liberal order of the oceans, naval forces are finding it more challenging to accomplish the spectrum of maritime missions in the coastal littorals, including forward presence, power projection, deterrence, humanitarian assistance and sea control. The developing legal order of the oceans fuses diplomacy, strategy and international law to directly challenge unimpeded access to coastal areas, with profound implications for American grand strategy and world politics.

Religion, Politics, Media in the Broadband Era

Author: Alice Bach

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press

ISBN: 9781905048076

Category: Broadband communication systems

Page: 190

View: 1674

Religion has gone public; and the much-discussed political pendulum has been swinging widely in its effort to keep up with the eruptions of faith swelling the broadband. Private faith finds very public outlets through the media's appetite for voices and choices. Faith-based networks have become media-savvy, urging their members to send barrages of emails, faxes, telephone calls, letters of praise or outrage to politicians. Those same politicians return the volley, using the broadcast media with great skill, wooing the faithful, convincing the cynical that God is on their side. Only a deity could be on so many sides simultaneously. Alice Bach's new book reflects her long-time focus on the Bible, religion and culture. Popular religion is expressed within our culture in rock videos, televangelism, political rhetoric, children's books, films and animations. Every sort of media from print to electronic to broadband is imbued with subtle and blatant religious imagery. The media are new; the message is not. The tightly woven pattern of religion, politics and media has been part of the American fabric since the country was founded. When one examines this cultural cloth, threads of varying colours are revealed, threads whose twists reflect both media coverage of religion and religious views of the media.

Johnson's New Universal Cyclopædia

A Scientific and Popular Treasury of Useful Knowledge

Author: Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard

Publisher: N.A


Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

View: 6480


China and the Jewish People

Old Civilizations in a New Era : Strategy Paper

Author: Salomon Wald

Publisher: Gefen Publishing House Ltd

ISBN: 9789652293473

Category: Political Science

Page: 120

View: 7610

The Jewish people and world Jewish leadership are facing critical dilemmas, opportunities and challenges. These create a need for systematic thinking to examine the range of decisions that may affect the standing of world Jewry in the decades to come. The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) was established as an independent think tank whose mission is to contribute to the continuity of the Jewish people and Judaism, and their thriving future. “China and the Jewish People' is the first document in a series of strategy papers dedicated to improving the standing of the Jewish people in emerging superpowers without biblical tradition.China and Jewish People: Old Civilizations in a New Era by Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald, is a crucial book that addresses the Jewish people and their issues with China.



Author: Richard Scott Bakker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453524583


Page: 447

View: 6812