Download E-books Ideas That Matter: The Concepts That Shape the 21st Century PDF

By A. C. Grayling

Ideas can, and do, swap the realm. simply as Marxism, existentialism, and feminism formed the final century, so are fundamentalism, globalization, and bioethics remodeling our global now. In Ideas That Matter, well known thinker A. C. Grayling presents a private and heartfelt advisor to the ideas—past and present—that will form our destiny. With common wit, fireplace, and erudition, Grayling levels around the gamut of crucial theories, activities, and philosophies—from animal rights to neurophilosophy to battle crimes—to carry a wealthy, elucidating publication meant either to arm readers with important wisdom and to interact them in provocative philosophical debate.

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Download E-books Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film PDF

By Marc Spitz

New York instances, Spin, and Vanity Fair contributor Marc Spitz explores the 1st nice cultural stream considering Hip Hop: an old style and but hugely sleek aesthetic that’s embraced the world over by way of teenagers, twenty and thirty-somethings or even a few child Boomers; growing hybrid new release referred to as Twee. through specific interviews and years of study, Spitz lines iteration Twee’s roots from the put up conflict 50s to its dominance in pop culture today.

Vampire Weekend, Garden State, Miranda July, Belle and Sebastian, Wes Anderson, Mumblecore, McSweeney’s, Morrissey, beards, artisanal pickles, meals vehicles, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kittens and Zooey Deschanel—all are examples of a cultural aesthetic of calculated precocity referred to as Twee.

In Twee, journalist and cultural observer Marc Spitz surveys the emerging Twee circulation in track, artwork, movie, style, nutrients and politics and examines the cross-pollinated iteration that embodies it—from getting older hipsters to nerd ladies, indie snobs to idealistic industrialists. Spitz outlines the background of twee—the first robust, various, and wildly influential early life circulate due to the fact that Punk within the ’70s and Hip Hop within the ’80s—showing how awkward glamour and fierce independence has turn into a part of the zeitgeist.

Focusing on its origins and hallmarks, he charts the increase of this pattern from its forefathers like Disney, Salinger, Plath, Seuss, Sendak, Blume and Jonathan Richman to its underground roots within the post-punk uk, throughout the late’80s and early ’90s of ok documents, Whit Stillman, Nirvana, Wes Anderson, Pitchfork, This American Life, and Belle and Sebastian, to the present (and occasionally polarizing) charm of Girls, Arcade hearth, Rookie magazine, and hellogiggles.com.

Revealing a stream outlined by means of passionate fandom, bespoke tastes, a rebellious loss of irony or swagger, the championing of the underdog, and the vanquishing of bullies, Spitz uncovers the secrets and techniques of recent formative years tradition: how Twee turned pervasive, why it has such a lot of haters and the place, in a post-Portlandia global, can it cross from here?

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Download E-books Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age PDF

By Larry M. Bartels

Using an enormous swath of knowledge spanning the prior six many years, Unequal Democracy debunks many myths approximately politics in modern the USA, utilizing the widening hole among the wealthy and the negative to shed worrying gentle at the workings of yankee democracy. Larry Bartels indicates the space among the wealthy and terrible has elevated vastly lower than Republican administrations and lowered just below Democrats, leaving the USA grossly unequal. this isn't easily the results of monetary forces, however the made from broad-reaching coverage offerings in a political procedure ruled by way of partisan ideologies and the pursuits of the wealthy.

Bartels demonstrates that elected officers reply to the perspectives of prosperous parts yet forget about the perspectives of negative humans. He exhibits that Republican presidents specifically have continually produced less source of revenue development for middle-class and working-poor households than for prosperous households, drastically expanding inequality. He offers revealing case experiences of key coverage shifts contributing to inequality, together with the big Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 and the erosion of the minimal salary. ultimately, he demanding situations traditional reasons for why many citizens appear to vote opposed to their very own financial pursuits, contending that working-class electorate haven't been lured into the Republican camp by means of "values concerns" like abortion and homosexual marriage, as generally believed, yet that Republican presidents were remarkably winning in timing source of revenue progress to cater to short-sighted voters.

Unequal Democracy is social technological know-how at its absolute best. It presents a deep and looking research of the political reasons and results of America's becoming source of revenue hole, and a sobering evaluate of the potential of the yankee political method to dwell as much as its democratic ideals.

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Download E-books The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923-1950 (Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism) PDF

By Martin Jay

Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Max Horkheimer, Franz Neumann, Theodor Adorno, Leo Lowenthal—the impression of the Frankfurt institution at the sociological, political, and cultural considered the 20 th century has been profound. The Dialectical Imagination is a tremendous heritage of this enormous cultural and highbrow firm in the course of its early years in Germany and within the usa. Martin Jay has supplied a considerable new preface for this version, within which he displays at the carrying on with relevance of the paintings of the Frankfurt School.

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Download E-books Dictionnaire du romantisme PDF

By Alain Vaillant

À l’aube de notre modernité, le romantisme a transformé l. a. littérature, l. a. musique, les Beaux-Arts. Mais, plus généralement, il a bouleversé notre manière de penser, d’aimer, de percevoir los angeles nature ou l’Histoire – en un mot, de vivre.

Né en terre germanique, il a brillé d’un éclat ambitious dans l. a. France postrévolutionnaire,

avant d’essaimer dans l’Europe entière et, au-delà, dans les empires coloniaux et en Amérique, où il a toujours accompagné l. a. naissance des États nationaux.

Ce dictionnaire, le most well known à en présenter une imaginative and prescient globale, suggest en 649 articles de tout connaître des poètes, artistes, penseurs ou hommes politiques qui ont fait le romantisme : Byron, Hugo, Beethoven, Novalis, Chopin, Turner, Delacroix, Pouchkine, Garibaldi… Le lecteur y découvrira également les idées, les motifs, les modes qui dessinent les contours de los angeles tradition romantique et permettent d’en saisir les multiples visages à travers le monde.

Un ouvrage exceptionnel qui restitue le mouvement romantique dans toute sa complexité.

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Download E-books Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (California Studies in Food and Culture) PDF

By Marion Nestle

Calories—too few or too many—are the resource of illnesses affecting billions of individuals in today’s globalized global. even supposing energy are necessary to human future health and survival, they can't be visible, smelled, or tasted. also they are not easy to appreciate. In Why energy Count, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim clarify in transparent and available language what energy are and the way they paintings, either biologically and politically. As they take readers throughout the concerns which are primary to our figuring out of nutrition and foodstuff, weight achieve, loss, and weight problems, Nestle and Nesheim variety via loads of the incorrect information placed forth by way of nutrients brands and vitamin application promoters. They elucidate the political stakes and exhibit how federal and company guidelines have come jointly to create an “eat extra” atmosphere. eventually, having armed readers with the mandatory info to interpret foodstuff labels, overview nutrition claims, and comprehend proof as offered in well known media, the authors provide a few candid suggestion: Get geared up. devour much less. consume larger. stream extra. Get political.

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Download E-books The Way of Men PDF

By Jack Donovan

What's masculinity? Ask ten males and you will get ten imprecise, conflicting solutions. in contrast to any ebook of its variety, the way in which of fellows deals an easy, trouble-free answer-without getting slowed down in faith, morality, or politics. it is a consultant for knowing who males were and the demanding situations males face at the present time. the way in which of fellows captures the silent, stifling rage of guys far and wide who locate themselves at odds with the over-regulated, over-civilized, politically right glossy international. If you have ever closed your eyes and needed for at some point as a lion, this booklet is for you.

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Download E-books The Idea of a Social Science and Its Relation to Philosophy (Routledge Classics) PDF

In the 50th anniversary of this book’s first liberate, Winch’s argument continues to be as an important as ever. initially released in 1958, The inspiration of a Social technological know-how and Its Relation to Philosophy was once a landmark exploration of the social sciences, written at a time whilst that box used to be nonetheless younger and had now not but joined the arts and the traditional Sciences because the 3rd nice area of the Academy. 

A passionate defender of the significance of philosophy to a whole realizing of 'society' opposed to those that may deem it an beside the point 'ivory towers' pursuit, Winch attracts from the works of such thinkers as Ludwig Wittgenstein, J.S. Mill and Max Weber to make his case. In so doing he addresses the prospect and perform of a accomplished 'science of society'.

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Download E-books International Encyclopedia of Social & Behavioral Sciences PDF

This Encyclopedia is the 1st try in a new release to map the social and behavioral sciences on a grand scale. no longer because the e-book in 1968 of the overseas Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, edited via David L. Sills, has there been such an bold venture to explain the state-of-the-art in all of the fields encompassed in the social and behavioral sciences.

to be had in either print (26 volumes) and on-line variants, it includes 4,000 articles, commissioned by way of fifty two part Editors, and contains 90,000 bibliographic references in addition to finished identify and topic indexes.

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