By Nana K. Poku, Anna Mdee
Democracy, prosperity and self-rule: this was once the imaginative and prescient of African independence. The founder of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, claimed: "with self govt, we'll rework Africa right into a paradise in ten years." a trifling 50 years later, Nkrumah's coverage turns out not more than a far off dream. around the continent, the "optimism" that characterised the instant post-independence interval has principally light. in the meantime, usual Africans lurch among undemocratic, unaccountable and unresponsive governments and a decaying conventional African previous.
• How did issues cross so flawed?
• Why has the continent lagged at the back of others in fiscal improvement regardless of its capability typical assets?
• Why are such a lot of African states at risk of clash? And why has democracy been gradual to take root in a majority of the international locations?
The solutions to those questions lie in complicated interconnections among politics and society, among household and exterior forces. Politics in Africa deals a clean viewpoint that makes the continent's difficulties extra comprehensible, much less wretched or even intensely hopeful. In doing so, it exhibits what number points of conventional African values undergo and that, regardless of incredible problem, the continent isn't a hopeless or perhaps a unhappy position.
By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
Acrimony and hyperpartisanship have seeped into all the pieces of the political method. Congress is deadlocked and its approval scores are at checklist lows. America’s major political events have given up their traditions of compromise, endangering our very method of constitutional democracy. And this sort of events has taken at the position of rebel outlier; the Republicans became ideologically severe, scornful of compromise, and ardently against the confirmed social and fiscal coverage regime. In It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, congressional students Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein establish overriding difficulties that experience led Congress—and the United States—to the edge of institutional cave in. the 1st is the intense mismatch among our political events, that have turn into as vehemently opposed as parliamentary events, and a governing process that, in contrast to a parliamentary democracy, makes it super tough for majorities to behave. moment, whereas either events perform tribal war, each side should not both culpable. The political approach faces what the authors name “asymmetric polarization,” with the Republican occasion implacably refusing to permit something that may aid the Democrats politically, irrespective of the cost. With disorder rooted in long term political tendencies, a coarsened political tradition and a brand new partisan media, the authors finish that there's no “silver bullet” reform that could clear up every little thing. yet they provide a panoply of priceless principles and reforms, endorsing a few ideas, like higher public participation and institutional restructuring of the home and Senate, whereas debunking others, like self reliant or third-party applicants. specially, they name at the media in addition to the general public at huge to target the real motives of disorder instead of simply throwing the bums out each election cycle. till citizens learn how to act strategically to gift challenge fixing and punish obstruction, American democracy will stay in critical danger.
By John Markert
In modern society, cinema has turn into a prime method during which humans achieve wisdom approximately occasions happening on this planet. motion pictures usually transcend information reviews via exhibiting in-depth, behind-the-scenes photos, no matter if in a documentary or recreated in fictional beneficial properties. greater than fleeting scenes of occasions proven at the nightly information, a movie can impact people's emotions approximately battle and what our political leaders should still do approximately it. This has definitely been the case because the assault on 11th of September and the following incursions into Iraq and Afghanistan.
In Post-9/11 Cinema: via a Lens Darkly, John Markert takes a detailed examine the movies depicting those occasions. protecting cinematic portrayals of 9-11 and the assaults that undefined, this e-book examines either dramas and documentaries that depict what a few have termed "Bush's war," in addition to rebuttal motion pictures, movies approximately terrorist actions, and movies noticeable from the vantage element of reporters and armed forces body of workers. Post-9/11 Cinema not just exhibits how movies replicate societal values but additionally how such works can impression social attitudes and hence advertise swap. moreover, Markert appraises the movie and evaluations how photographs are manipulated to sway the viewer to understand the aspect being advocated.
Examining such dramas as The Messenger, Stop-Loss, The fortunate Ones, In the Valley of Elah, and The damage Locker, in addition to documentaries together with Fahrenheit 9/11, Soldiers of Conscience, and Taxi to the darkish Side, Post-9/11 Cinema is a priceless learn for professors of media and mass communique, pop culture, and picture experiences, in addition to cultural sociologists.
By James Jay Carafano
In 2011, amid the preferred rebellion opposed to Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the govt. sought in useless to close down the Internet-based social networks of its people.
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been branded “public enemy quantity one” through a few within the usa for posting fabric at the world-wide-web that matters airstrikes in Iraq, US diplomatic communications, and different delicate matters.
In Wiki at War, James Jay Carafano explains why those and different Internet-born projects subject and the way they're prone to impact the long run face of conflict, international relations, and family politics.
“The battle for profitable dominance over social networks and utilizing that dominance to virtue is already underway,” Carafano writes during this tremendous well timed research of the techno-future of data and the impression of social networking through the web. Drawing on his broad wisdom of background and security process, Carafano creates a cogent research of what's actually new concerning the “new media,” and what's easily a recasting of human conflict in modern forms.
Wiki at War is written in a full of life, obtainable sort that would make this technological improvement understandable and interesting for normal readers with out sacrificing the book’s usefulness to experts. Outlining the stipulations lower than which a distinction in measure turns into a distinction in sort, detailing how historical knowledge can nonetheless follow to nationwide protection judgements, and studying the stipulations lower than which new services is needed to salary powerful international relations or profitable army process, Carafano casts in stark aid the problems that face political, army, and social leaders in attempting to deal with and keep watch over details, in either the foreign and household arenas. Wiki at War gives stimulating thought of and definitive dialogue of this important rising subject.
By John Storey
During this sixth version of his profitable Cultural thought and pop culture: An Introduction, John Storey has broadly revised the textual content all through. As earlier than, the ebook offers a transparent and demanding survey of competing theories of and diverse ways to pop culture. Its breadth and theoretical solidarity, exemplified via pop culture, implies that it may be flexibly and relevantly utilized throughout a couple of disciplines. additionally conserving the available process of prior variations, and utilizing applicable examples from the texts and practices of pop culture, this re-creation is still a key creation to the area.
New to this edition
• generally revised, rewritten and updated
• more desirable and elevated content material throughout
• New sections at the English Marxism of William Morris, Post-Feminism, and Whiteness
The re-creation is still crucial studying for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of cultural reviews, media reviews, conversation reviews, the sociology of tradition, pop culture and different comparable topics.
By Malcolm Gladwell
There's a tale that's often instructed approximately tremendous profitable humans, a narrative that makes a speciality of intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the genuine tale of luck is especially diverse, and that if we wish to know the way a few humans thrive, we should always spend extra time taking a look round them-at things like their relatives, their birthplace, or perhaps their start date. And in revealing that hidden common sense, Gladwell provides a desirable and provocative blueprint for profiting from human potential.
In The Tipping Point Gladwell replaced the best way we comprehend the area. In Blink he replaced the best way we predict approximately pondering. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way in which we comprehend success.
By Kierkegaard, Søren; Stewart, Jon Bartley; Kierkegaard, Søren
Reading Kierkegaard within the common context of Golden Age Denmark, this interdisciplinary anthology good points articles which deal with his a variety of kinfolk to his most famed Danish contemporaries. It goals to work out them now not as minor figures laboring in Kierkegaard's shadow yet particularly as major thinkers and artists of their personal correct. The articles light up either Kierkegaard's impact on his contemporaries and their diverse impacts on him. via the analyses of those a number of kinfolk, facets of Kierkegaard's authorship are introduced into new and insightful views. The featured essays deal with essentially the most vital figures from the time, representing the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, feedback and paintings
By Lene Arnett Jensen
The Oxford guide of Human improvement and tradition presents a entire synopsis of idea and study on human improvement, with each bankruptcy drawing jointly findings from cultures world wide. This encompasses a specialize in cultural range inside international locations, cultural swap, and globalization. Expertly edited via Lene Arnett Jensen, the instruction manual covers the whole lifespan from the prenatal interval to outdated age. It delves deeply into issues corresponding to the improvement of emotion, language, cognition, morality, creativity, and faith, in addition to developmental contexts comparable to kinfolk, neighbors, civic associations, university, media, and work.
Written via a world crew of eminent and state-of-the-art specialists, chapters show off the burgeoning interdisciplinary method of scholarship that bridges common and cultural views on human improvement. This "cultural-developmental approach" is a multifaceted, versatile, and dynamic solution to conceptualize thought and study that's consistent with the cultural and worldwide realities of human improvement within the twenty first century.
By Greg Allen
Tradition clever! presents crucial info on attitudes, ideals and behaviour in numerous nations, making sure that you just arrive at your vacation spot conscious of easy manners, universal courtesies, and delicate concerns. those concise courses let you know what to anticipate, how one can behave, and the way to set up a rapport together with your hosts. This within wisdom will assist you keep away from embarrassing gaffes and error, think convinced in strange occasions, and increase belief, friendships, and profitable enterprise relationships.
Culture shrewdpermanent! bargains illuminating insights into the tradition and society of a selected nation. it is going to assist you to show your visit-whether on company or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching adventure. Contents include
customs, values, and traditions
historical, spiritual, and political background
life at home
leisure, social, and cultural life
eating and drinking
do's, don'ts, and taboos
communication, spoken and unspoken
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