Category: Social Theory

The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold by Robert D. Kaplan

By Robert D. Kaplan

From the bestselling writer of Balkan Ghosts and The Ends of the Earth comes a desirable new e-book at the approaching worldwide chaos that's as impressive because it is important, as unique because it is controversial.

The finish of the chilly battle has no longer ushered within the international peace and prosperity that many had expected. Environmental degradation is inflicting the rampant unfold of famine and ailment, and a emerging variety of international locations are being torn by way of violent wars of fierce tribalism and trenchant regionalism. Our most modern democracies, similar to Russia and Venezuela, are bloody maelstroms of violence and crime, whereas the USA is beset with an alarmingly excessive variety of apathetic electorate content material to situation themselves with issues of leisure and comfort. daring, erudite, and profoundly vital, the arrival Anarchy is a compelling must-read via certainly one of today's such a lot penetrating writers and provocative minds.

"Analytically daring.... expert via a rock-solid, unwavering realism and an utter absence of sentimentality.... Kaplan is a well informed and forceful polemicist who mixes the attributes of journalist and visionary." --The ny Times

"Ambitiously eclectic.... [Kaplan] is one in every of America's most tasty writers on modern foreign affairs." --The big apple instances booklet overview

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Marx and Whitehead: Process, Dialectics, and the Critique of by Anne Fairchild Pomeroy

By Anne Fairchild Pomeroy

A examining of Marx's critique of capitalism in the course of the lens of method philosophy.

Marx and Whitehead boldly asks us to re-examine capitalism, now not purely as an "economic system" yet as a essentially self-destructive mode that, by way of its very nature and operation, undermines the cohesive cloth of human lifestyles. writer Anne Fairchild Pomeroy asserts that it really is very unlikely to understand absolutely the effect of Marx's critique of capitalism with out figuring out the philosophical approach that underlies it. Alfred North Whitehead's paintings is used to forge a scientific hyperlink among strategy philosophy and dialectical materialism through the class of construction. Whitehead's procedure proposal brings Marx's philosophical imaginative and prescient into sharper concentration. This union presents the grounds for Pomeroy's declare that the guts of Marx's critique of capitalism is essentially ontological, and that hence the mandatory situation for real human flourishing lies in overcoming the capitalist kind of social relations.

“…a well timed and available instrument in our conceptual and genuine dismantlement of an inhuman financial system through the illuminating intersection of the philosophies of Marx and Whitehead.” — DIALOGUE

“…Pomeroy effectively deploys Whitehead’s paintings to maintain Marx’s texts opposed to fees of determinism or overly strict materialism, and to explain how either be capable to triumph over the society/nature dichotomy.” — Radical Philosophy

"Pomeroy's linking of Marx and Whitehead is a daring circulate that dramatically complements our knowing of either thinkers. it's a connection hardly tried via Marxists or Whiteheadians, and not sooner than in one of these sustained and targeted manner." — George Allan, writer of The styles of the current: examining the Authority of Form

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The Norms of Answerability: Social Theory Between Bakhtin by Greg Marc Nielsen

By Greg Marc Nielsen

Greg M. Nielsen brings Mikhail Bakhtin's ethics and aesthetics right into a discussion with social conception that responds to the experience of ambivalence and uncertainty on the center of contemporary societies. Nielsen situates a social conception among Bakhtin's norms of answerability and Jürgen Habermas's sociology, ethics, and discourse conception of democracy in a manner that emphasizes the inventive measurement in social motion with out lowering clarification to the emotional and volitional impulse of the person or collective actor. a few of the classical resources that aid this mediated place are traced to Alexander Vvedenskij's and Georg Simmel's evaluations of Kant's ethics, Hermann Cohen's philosophy of fellowship, and Max Weber's and George Herbert Mead's theories of motion. within the shift from Bakhtin's idea of interpersonal relatives to a dialogic conception of societal occasions that defends the daring declare that legislations and politics shouldn't be thoroughly separated from the specificity of moral and cultural groups, a learn of citizenship and nationwide identification is built.

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Value in Marx: The Persistence of Value in a by George Henderson

By George Henderson

Lengthy liable to dogmatic confrontation, the query of worth in Marx’s thought—what price is, the aim it serves, its software to real-world capitalism—requires renewal if Marx’s paintings is to stay shiny. In Value in Marx, George Henderson bargains a lucid rereading of Marx that strips price of its turgid theoretical aid and reframes it as an research into the tensions among social relatives and kinds as they're instead of as what they can another way become.

Drawing on Marx’s Capital and Grundrisse, Henderson exhibits how those volumes don't harbor a unmarried idea of price that equates price to capital. as an alternative, those books experimentally compose and recompose worth for an international that's greater than capitalist. At stake is how Marx conceives of human freedom, of balanced social preparations, and of keep an eye on over the issues humans produce. Henderson unearths that the bounds on social turning into, together with the tendency towards alienated life, hang-out Marx whilst he appears past the critique of capital to an emancipated society to come.

Can those limits be faced in an artistic, even pleased, means? Can they turn into points of what we wish, instead of being silenced and denied? so long as we persist in analyzing price generally, following it as an energetic and never a shut-down, predetermined function of Marx’s texts, Henderson eventually perspectives Marx as responding absolutely to those demanding situations and making use of worth as a strong software of the political imaginary.

“Marx’s writings have encouraged a rare corpus of writing designed to appreciate and alter capitalism. although, whereas many have attempted to put on his boots, few have journeyed in certainly new instructions whereas preserving Marx’s compass. Henderson the following reveals modern price in Marx’s writings in methods either trustworthy and surprising.” —Noel Castree, Manchester University

Value in Marx bargains a very unique reading—itself an extraordinary thing—backed by means of virtuosic textual research of Marx and a near-impeccable expertise of the broader literature. One can't ask for a lot more.” —David B. Clarke, Swansea University

“George Henderson’s Value in Marx is touted as a piece on Marx’s worth concept that not just elucidates its contents, yet is going past conventional readings of Marx to forge new methods of considering price and social family members. whereas exhibiting an information of the enormous literature on purposes of worth idea to genuine international historic and political phenomena, it develops theoretical insights that have hitherto remained underappreciated or missed inside of Marx’s belief of worth itself.” —Marx and Philosophy

“George Henderson’s booklet Value in Marx is an item of attractiveness either inside and outside. The lucidity of the prose, the arresting and sometimes very playful handle the writer pitches us, and the sheer boldness to try a re-reading of well-thumbed texts to squeeze out extra that means all upload as much as a shining instance of what shut textual research and an artistic spirit can achieve.” —Progress in Human Geography

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Luhmann Explained: From Souls to Systems (Ideas Explained) by Hans-Georg Moeller

By Hans-Georg Moeller

What are structures? what's society? What occurs to people in a hypermodern international? This e-book is an advent to Niklas Luhmann's social method idea and is the reason particular capabilities like economic system and mass media from a cybernetic point of view. Integrating a number of faculties of concept together with sociology, philosophy and biology Luhmann defined leads to an total research of "world society". exact consciousness is given to the present-day relevance of Luhmann's conception with appreciate to globalization, digital mass media, ethics, and new different types of protest.

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Tourism and Modernity: A Sociological Analysis (Tourism by Ning Wang

By Ning Wang

In western society it really is taken with no consideration that tourism is an important section of modern way of life, yet whereas many folks realize its significance, they're often extra occupied with its contribution to the economic climate than with its social, cultural, and political importance. As a social motion, tourism is a minimum of in part in response to the attraction of distance in time, area, and tradition, which bargains humans the chance to query stipulations they take with no consideration, and, by means of distancing themselves from way of life, to re-evaluate the which means in their lives. inside a conventional society, notwithstanding, the motion of distancing from normality is generally negatively sanctioned. against this, lower than modernity humans ordinarily have the required assets to go beyond the standard global via stories that are at a distance from their day-by-day lives. Tourism hence has a lot to do with the stipulations and effects of modernity and is, briefly, a trademark of the ambivalence of modernity. it truly is from this attitude that this ebook makes an attempt to increase the verified line of enquiry into the connection among tourism and modernity. The publication is split into 3 components. half 1 contextualizes tourism by way of the connection among Logos-modernity and Eros-modernity. half 2 then offers with the connection among modernity and the motivations and studies of visitors. eventually, half three makes a speciality of the stipulations of modernity that trap travelers in the direction of relaxation and enjoyment commute.

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Conversations with Žižek by Slavoj Žižek, Glyn Daly

By Slavoj Žižek, Glyn Daly

During this new booklet, Slavoj Žižek and Glyn Daly have interaction in a chain of enjoyable conversations which illustrate the originality of Žižek 's considering on psychoanalysis, philosophy, multiculturalism, popular/cyber tradition, totalitarianism, ethics and politics.Žižek is a Slovenian thinker who knowledgeable as a Lacanian. he's on the vanguard of philosophical, political and cultural debate and is understood for his theories, established principally on a Lacanian research, on quite a lot of topics, together with globalization, our on-line world, movie, track and opera. His paintings maintains to impress controversy and to rework the way in which we predict approximately those and different problems with pop culture and politics. In dialog with Glyn Daly, Žižek elaborates on more than a few issues which surround the aim of philosophy and psychoanalysis, the movies of Stanley Kubrick, the idea of pleasure, Marxism, de Sade, Nazism and masses more.This e-book will offer readers with a different glimpse at Žižek's humour and personality, and is a perfect advent to his paintings. even as it bargains new fabric and clean views, in order to be of curiosity to fans of his writings, beautiful to the final reader in addition to to undergraduates and graduates learning social thought, cultural experiences and politics.

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Thinking Identities: Ethnicity, Racism and Culture by Avtar Brah, Mary J. Hickman, Mairtin Mac an Ghaill

By Avtar Brah, Mary J. Hickman, Mairtin Mac an Ghaill

This booklet brings jointly examine a few varied variety of teams who're infrequently analysed jointly: Welsh, Irish, Jewish, Arab, White, African and Indian. the purpose of the ebook is to critique orthodox reasons within the box, drawing upon the simplest of 'old' and 'new' idea. Key modern questions contain: matters concerning the black-white version of racism; the underplaying of anti-semitism; the necessity to learn ethnic majorities, in addition to whiteness and the reconfiguration of the United Kingdom.

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