Strange Future

Pessimism and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots

Author: Min Hyoung Song

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822387492

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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Sometime near the start of the 1990s, the future became a place of national decline. The United States had entered a period of great anxiety fueled by the shrinking of the white middle class, the increasingly visible misery of poor urban blacks, and the mass immigration of nonwhites. Perhaps more than any other event marking the passage through these dark years, the 1992 Los Angeles riots have sparked imaginative and critical works reacting to this profound pessimism. Focusing on a wide range of these creative works, Min Hyoung Song shows how the L.A. riots have become a cultural-literary event—an important reference and resource for imagining the social problems plaguing the United States and its possible futures. Song considers works that address the riots and often the traumatic place of the Korean American community within them: the independent documentary Sa-I-Gu (Korean for April 29, the date the riots began), Chang-rae Lee’s novel Native Speaker, the commercial film Strange Days, and the experimental drama of Anna Deavere Smith, among many others. He describes how cultural producers have used the riots to examine the narrative of national decline, manipulating language and visual elements, borrowing and refashioning familiar tropes, and, perhaps most significantly, repeatedly turning to metaphors of bodily suffering to convey a sense of an unraveling social fabric. Song argues that these aesthetic experiments offer ways of revisiting the traumas of the past in order to imagine more survivable futures.
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Strange Future

A 23rd Century Guide for the 21st Century Cynic

Author: Joshua Smith

Publisher: Joshua Smith

ISBN: 1448615496

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

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Thomas Gordon's life in the city was going just fine. He had a decent job, a nice condo, and was generally content with life. One day, however, his boss was in a particularly foul mood, and a chain of inexplicable mishaps resulted in Thomas getting fired. Fed up with the world, he begins to search for an escape to a better life. While sitting at the Realtor's office, he stumbles upon a flyer on a bulletin board that asks a simple question: "Fed Up?" After calling the number on the pull tab, he meets a group of scientists with an interesting proposition: human cryogenic preservation... Thomas and his companions Vera and Doug emerge into the strange future of the twenty-third century: a world full of amazing technological advances and equally amazing people. Upon digging a little further below the surface, though, they quickly discover that this future isn't exactly the "better world" that everyone thought it would be...
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Susan Strange and the Future of Global Political Economy

Power, Control and Transformation

Author: Randall Germain

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317239342

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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This edited volume addresses the 2007/2009 financial crisis as the occasion to engage critically with the corpus of Susan Strange’s work, in order to consider what changes (if any) this crisis portends for the structural organization of the global political economy. The contributors use Strange’s rich conceptual framework to explore the financial crisis and its aftermath, and reflect critically on the broader contributions which her work has made to the discipline of IPE. The volume makes three valuable contributions for scholars and students. First, it raises the profile of Susan Strange, a unique and powerful contributor to the field of IPE whose ideas matter to our current circumstance and can provide deep and enduring insights into important questions and issues. Secondly, each contributor to this volume combines her work and ideas with that of other traditions or individual theorists in ways that extend and/or deepen Strange’s own efforts. Finally, this volume leaves us with a judicious optimism about the future of both IPE and the world as it actually is, on the ground. This book will be of interest to scholars and students who are interested in the dynamics shaping contemporary and future developments in the global political economy, as well as those who are interested in the theoretical debates about how to study IPE.
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Strange Weather

Culture, Science, and Technology in the Age of Limits

Author: Andrew Ross

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860915676

Category: Science

Page: 275

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Who speaks for science in a technologically dominated society? In his latest work of cultural criticism Andrew Ross contends that this question yields no simple or easy answer. In our present technoculture a wide variety of people, both inside and outside the scientific community, have become increasingly vocal in exercising their right to speak about, on behalf of, and often against, science and technology. Arguing that science can only ever be understood as a social artifact, Strange Weather is a manifesto which calls on cultural critics to abandon their technophobia and contribute to the debates which shape our future. Each chapter focuses on an idea, a practice or community that has established an influential presence in our culture: New Age, computer hacking, cyberpunk, futurology, and global warming. In a book brimming over with intelligence—both human and electronic—Ross examines the state of scientific countercultures in an age when the development of advanced information technologies coexists uneasily with ecological warnings about the perils of unchecked growth. Intended as a contribution to a "green" cultural criticism, Strange Weather is a provocative investigation of the ways in which science is shaping the popular imagination of today, and delimiting the possibilities of tomorrow.
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Strange Visitors

Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876

Author: Keith D. Smith

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442605685

Category: History

Page: 512

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Covering topics such as the Indian Act, the High Arctic relocation of 1953, and the conflict at Ipperwash, Keith D. Smith draws on a diverse selection of documents including letters, testimonies, speeches, transcripts, newspaper articles, and government records. In his thoughtful introduction, Smith provides guidance on the unique challenges of dealing with Indigenous primary sources by highlighting the critical skill of "reading against the grain." Each chapter includes an introduction and a list of discussion questions, and helpful background information is provided for each of the readings. Organized thematically into fifteen chapters, the reader also contains a list of key figures, along with maps and images.
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The Church Made Strange for the Nations

Essays in Ecclesiology and Political Theology

Author: Paul G. Doerksen,Karl Koop

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877220

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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Christians have sometimes professed that the church ought to be in the world but not of it, yet the meaning and significance of this conviction has continued to challenge and confound. In the context of persecution, Christians in the ancient world tended to distance themselves from the social and civic mainstream, while in the medieval and early modern periods, the church and secular authorities often worked in close relationship, sharing the role of shaping society. In a post-Christendom era, this latter arrangement has been heavily critiqued and largely dismantled, but there is no consensus in Christian thought as to what the alternative should be. The present collection of essays offers new perspectives on this subject matter, drawing on sometimes widely disparate interlocutors, ancient and modern, biblical and secular. Readers will find these essays challenging and thought-provoking.
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Common Purse, Uncommon Future

The Long, Strange Trip of Communes and Other Intentional Communities

Author: Joseph C. Manzella

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313384622

Category: Philosophy

Page: 202

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This book documents the wide range of contemporary communes and other intentional communities providing sanctuaries for like-minded people to pursue cooperative alternatives to media-stoked consumerism and the relentless tempo of change that characterizes mainstream life in 21st-century America and Europe.
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Future Christ

A Lesson in Heresy

Author: Francois Laruelle

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441118330

Category: Religion

Page: 151

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One of the most exciting names in contemporary French philosophy explores the lessons of heresy to construct a new understanding of "belief."
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The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice and Other Classic Essays on Science

Author: Peter Brian Medawar

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192861931

Category: Science

Page: 236

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Described by The Washington Post as a "genuinely brilliant popularizer" of science, Nobel Prize-winning immunologist Sir Peter Medwar writes essays that are remarkable for their clarity and wit. This entertaining selection presents the very best of his writing and a new Foreword by bestselling author and Professor of Zoology at Harvard Stephen Jay Gould, one of his most ardent admirers.
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A Very Strange Way to Go to War

The Canberra in the Falklands

Author: Andrew Vine

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1845138465

Category: History

Page: 320

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DIV Vast and brilliant white, P&O's flagship the SS Canberra was a final salute to a bygone era of opulence even as she embarked on her maiden voyage, For a decade she carried passengers between Britain and Australia, a 90-day voyage of pampering and decadence. But in March 1982, Britain went to war to defend the Falkland Islands and the SS Canberra found herself, surreally, requisitioned as a troop ship to carry the Marines and Paratroops into battle. Against all odds she surived, playing a vital role as a hospital ship, At the end of the war she arrived back in Southampton to a heroes welcome, where she became fondly known as the Great White Whale. This is the extraordinary and, as yet, untold story of how the crew of a luxury ocean liner: waiters, cooks, nurses and cleaners, found themselves suddenly thrust onto the front line. A Very Strange Way to Go to War is a candid and captivating story, drawing from first hand accounts and previously unpublished archives, of the heroic courage of ordinary British men and women in the face of great adversity, at the outpost of empire. /div
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Strange Death of Labour Scotland

Author: Gerry Hassan

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748655573

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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Analyses the last 30 years of Scottish Labour, from the arrival of Thatcherism in 1979 to the aftermath of the party's defeat in the 2007.
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The History of Man's Future

A Space Epic

Author: Daniel Ontengco Jr.

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465325573

Category: Fiction

Page: 294

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There was once a man who wanted to be more than he was. Even though the man had a heartbroken soul, he hoped that one day he would again have a chance to prove himself. In time, the man got his chance when alien invaders attacked his homeland, Earth. In response, he went on an epic journey through space and his own mind and eventually discovered the secret to the origins of mankind. With his newfound knowledge and powers, the man learned that the meaning of life is to be as selfless as possible. In his quest to save the world, he was forced to overcome great hardships. Eventually, this man of the future became a true hero. Adversity did not build his character, it revealed it. This is his story.
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The Strange Fiction of Devon Pitlor

Author: Devon Pitlor

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496913973

Category: Fiction

Page: 534

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Romance, Historical, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Mystery, and the Supernatural. A new voice in strange, otherworldly fiction. A compelling and original read.
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A Strange and Formidable Weapon

British Responses to World War I Poison Gas

Author: Marion Girard

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 080322205X

Category: History

Page: 294

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The advent of poison gas in World War I shocked Britons at all levels of society, yet by the end of the conflict their nation was a leader in chemical warfare. Although never used on the home front, poison gas affected almost every segment of British society physically, mentally, or emotionally, proving to be an armament of total war. Through cartoons, military records, novels, treaties, and other sources, Marion Girard examines the varied ways different sectors of British society viewed chemical warfare, from the industrialists who promoted their toxic weapons while maintaining private contro.
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Exiles from a Future Time

The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left

Author: Alan M. Wald

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469608677

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 432

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With this book, Alan Wald launches a bold and passionate account of the U.S. Literary Left from the 1920s through the 1960s. Exiles from a Future Time, the first volume of a trilogy, focuses on the forging of a Communist-led literary tradition in the 1930s. Exploring writers' intimate lives and heartfelt political commitments, Wald draws on original research in scores of archives and personal collections of papers; correspondence and interviews with hundreds of writers and their friends and families; and a treasure trove of unpublished memoirs, fiction, and poetry. In fashioning a "humanscape" of the Literary Left, Wald not only reassesses acclaimed authors but also returns to memory dozens of forgotten, talented writers. The authors range from the familiar Mike Gold, Langston Hughes, and Muriel Rukeyser to William Attaway, John Malcolm Brinnin, Stanley Burnshaw, Joy Davidman, Sol Funaroff, Joseph Freeman, Alfred Hayes, Eugene Clay Holmes, V. J. Jerome, Ruth Lechlitner, and Frances Winwar. Focusing on the formation of the tradition and the organization of the Cultural Left, Wald investigates the "elective affinity" of its avant-garde poets, the "Afro-cosmopolitanism" of its Black radical literary movement, and the uneasy negotiation between feminist concerns and class identity among its women writers.
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Strange Sounds

Music, Technology & Culture

Author: Timothy Dean Taylor

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415936842

Category: Music

Page: 278

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Clearly technology has added a voice to music, but how does that voice affect the traditional human craftsmanship of music? Timothy Taylor addresses the anxieties provoked by the use of technology in music.
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Strange Good Fortune: Essays on Contemporary Poetry (p)

Essays on Contemporary Poetry

Author: N.A

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781610754057

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Strange Good Fortune is a collection of fifteen essays on the state of American verse, written by a well-known American poet whose criticism has also attracted considerable attention. Passionate in his engagement with both the practice of poetry and in the observation of verse as it exists within an increasingly professionalized and sometimes perplexing scene, Wojahn follows in the tradition of poet-critics such as Randall Jarrell and Delmore Schwartz, offering provocative and insightful observations about such topics as the persistence of autobiographical poetry, poetry and politics, the creative writing industry, American poets and travel, recent literary hoaxes, and the poetry of depression and invective. The essays discuss not only familiar figures such as Elizabeth Bishop, James Wright, and Robert Lowell but also under-appreciated poets such as Weldon Kees, Frederick Seidel, and Armand Schwerner, as well as younger poets such as Mark Doty, Susan Mitchell, and Denis Johnson. Wojahn's is a humanistic and practical criticism, devoid of theoretical cant, and capable of both acute analysis of individual poems and larger generalizations about poetic method. Forceful, readable, and unflappable, Strange Good Fortune is the work of a poet writing about what he cares about; it is not hobbled by jargon or addled by theory.
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How Might We Live? Global Ethics in the New Century

Author: Ken Booth,Tim Dunne,Michael Cox

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521005203

Category: Philosophy

Page: 237

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This volume looks outward to the new century and to the dynamics of this first truly global age. It asks the fundamental question: how might human societies live? The contributors believe that there is nothing more political than ethics. By exploring in the newest context some of the oldest questions about duties and obligations within and beyond humanly constructed boundaries, the essays help us ponder the most profound question in world politics today: who will the twenty-first century be for?
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