On Suicide

Author: Emile Durkheim

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014191534X

Category: Psychology

Page: 480

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Emile Durkheim's On Suicide (1897) was a groundbreaking book in the field of sociology. Traditionally, suicide was thought to be a matter of purely individual despair but Durkheim recognized that the phenomenon had a social dimension. He believed that if anything can explain how individuals relate to society, then it is suicide: Why does it happen? What goes wrong? Why do certain social, religious or racial groups have higher incidences of suicide than others? As Durkheim explored these questions he became convinced that abnormally high or low levels of social integration lead to an increased likelihood of suicide. On Suicide was the result of his extensive research. Divided into three parts - individual reasons for suicide, social forms of suicide and the relation of suicide to society as a whole - Durkheim's revelations have fascinated, challenged and informed readers for over a century.
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The Search for Meaning in Film and Television

Disenchantment at the Turn of the Millennium

Author: M. Maloney

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113749929X

Category: Social Science

Page: 185

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This book is concerned with the difficulties faced by modern Westerners in their search for a meaningful life. It sheds light on this enduring cultural dilemma through a close reading of four popular film and television narratives.
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The Future of the Professions

How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Author: Richard Susskind,Daniel Susskind

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198713398

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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This book predicts the decline of today's professions and introduces the people and systems that will replace them. In an internet-enhanced society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century. The Future of the Professions explains how increasingly capable technologies - from telepresence to artificial intelligence - will place the 'practical expertise' of the finest specialists at the fingertips of everyone, often at no or low cost and without face-to-face interaction. The authors challenge the 'grand bargain' - the arrangement that grants various monopolies to today's professionals. They argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of their best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose five new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. The book raises profound policy issues, not least about employment (they envisage a new generation of 'open-collared workers') and about control over online expertise (they warn of new 'gatekeepers') - in an era when machines become more capable than human beings at most tasks. Based on the authors' in-depth research of more than a dozen professions, and illustrated by numerous examples from each, this is the first book to assess and question the future of the professions in the 21st century.
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Everyday Languaging

Collaborative Research on the Language Use of Children and Youth

Author: Lian Malai Madsen,Martha Sif Karrebæk,Janus Spindler Møller

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 1614514801

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 283

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This book contributes to current theory building within applied linguistics and sociolinguistics by looking at the role of language in the lives, realities, and understandings of real children and youth in an urban setting. Collectively the studies amount to a comprehensive account of how urban children and youth construct, reactivate, negotiate, contest, and navigate between different linguistic and sociocultural norms and resources.
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The Solitary Vice

Against Reading

Author: Mikita Brottman

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 233

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An exploration of the value of reading challenges the notion that nonreaders are doomed to lives of mental decay, asserting instead that reading is ultimately a vessel for self-exploration that is not without its dangers.
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Deadly Decisions

How False Knowledge Sank the Titanic, Blew Up the Shuttle and Led America Into War

Author: Christopher Burns

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

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Essentials of Sociology

Author: Mitchell Duneier,Richard P. Appelbaum

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 506

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Regarded as the most authoritative introduction to contemporary sociology, Essentials of Sociology adds a new author to its team with the Second Edition.
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