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Download E-books Mind, Modernity, Madness: The Impact of Culture on Human Experience PDF

By Liah Greenfeld

It’s the yank dream―unfettered freedom to stick with our goals, to forge our identities, to develop into self-made. yet what if our tradition of unlimited self-fulfillment is absolutely making hundreds of thousands desperately unwell? certainly one of our best interpreters of modernity and nationalism, Liah Greenfeld argues that we have got missed the relationship among egalitarian society and psychological affliction. Intellectually fearless, encompassing philosophy, psychology, and background, Mind, Modernity, Madness demanding situations the main loved assumptions in regards to the benefits of residing in a land of the free.

Modern nationalism, says Greenfeld, rests on bedrock rules of well known sovereignty, equality, and secularism. voters of the twenty-first century take pleasure in exceptional freedom to develop into the authors in their own destinies. Empowering as this can be, it additionally areas them less than huge, immense psychic pressure. they have to consistently appraise their identities, deal with their wishes, and calibrate their position inside of society. For susceptible members, this strain is simply too a lot. education her analytic eye on wide case histories in manic melancholy and schizophrenia, Greenfeld contends that those health problems are dysfunctions of selfhood because of society’s overburdening calls for for self-realization. In her rigorous analysis, insanity is a culturally constituted malady.

The culminating quantity of Greenfeld’s nationalism trilogy, Mind, Modernity, Madness is a travel de strength within the vintage culture of Émile Durkheim―and a daring foray into uncharted territory. usually counter-intuitive, regularly illuminating, Mind, Modernity, Madness provides a many-sided view of humanity, person who enriches our inner most realizing of who we're and what we aspire to be.

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Download E-books The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time PDF

By Karl Polanyi

During this vintage paintings of monetary heritage and social thought, Karl Polanyi analyzes the industrial and social adjustments led to through the "great transformation" of the commercial Revolution. His research explains not just the deficiencies of the self-regulating marketplace, however the almost certainly dire social effects of untempered industry capitalism. New introductory fabric unearths the renewed value of Polanyi's seminal research in an period of globalization and unfastened exchange.

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Download E-books Introducing Critical Theory: A Graphic Guide PDF

By Stuart Sim

The previous couple of many years have visible an explosion within the creation of serious theories, with deconstructionists, poststructuralists, postmodernists, second-wave feminists, new historicists, cultural materialists, postcolonialists, black critics and queer theorists, between a bunch of others, all vying for our awareness. the realm round us can glance very various at the severe conception utilized to it. This monstrous variety of interpretations can go away one feeling pressured and pissed off. This booklet presents a course during the tangled jungle of competing theories.

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Download E-books Theories of Social Remembering (Theorizing Society) PDF

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*Why does collective reminiscence matter?
*How is social reminiscence generated, maintained and reproduced?
*How can we clarify alterations within the content material and position of collective memory?

Through a synthesis of previous and new theories of social remembering, this ebook offers the 1st complete evaluation of the sociology of reminiscence. This speedily increasing box explores how representations of the previous are generated, maintained and reproduced via texts, photos, websites, rituals and reviews. the most goal of the booklet is to teach to what volume the research of reminiscence demanding situations sociological understandings of the formation of social identities and conflicts. It illustrates the hot prestige of reminiscence in modern societies by means of analyzing the complicated relationships among reminiscence and commemoration, reminiscence and id, reminiscence and trauma, and reminiscence and justice.

The ebook includes six chapters, with the 1st 3 dedicated to conceptualising the method of remembering by means of examining memory's functionality, prestige and heritage, in addition to through finding the research of reminiscence in a broader box of social technological know-how. the second one a part of the booklet at once explores and discusses theories and experiences of social remembering. After a quick end, which argues that examine of collective reminiscence is a vital a part of any exam of latest society, the word list deals a concise and recent evaluation of the advance of suitable theoretical ideas. the result's an important textual content for undergraduate classes in social idea, the sociology of reminiscence and a much wider viewers in cultural reviews, heritage and politics.

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Download E-books Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes PDF

The options of alienation and its overcoming are important to Marx's proposal. They underpin his critique of capitalism and his imaginative and prescient of destiny society. Marx's principles are defined in rigorous and transparent phrases. they're located within the context of the Hegelian rules that encouraged them and placed into discussion with modern debates.

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Download E-books First As Tragedy, Then As Farce PDF

By Slavoj Žižek

From the tragedy of Sept. 11 to the farce of the monetary meltdown.

Billions of bucks were rapidly poured into the worldwide banking procedure in a frantic test at monetary stabilization. So why has it now not been attainable to carry an identical forces to endure in addressing global poverty and environmental crisis?

In this take-no-prisoners research, Slavoj Zizek frames the ethical disasters of the fashionable global by way of the epoch-making occasions of the 1st decade of this century. What he unearths is the outdated one-two punch of background: the jab of tragedy, definitely the right hook of farce. within the assaults of 11th of September and the worldwide credits crunch, liberalism dies two times: as a political doctrine and as an financial theory.

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a choice for the Left to reinvent itself within the mild of our determined old state of affairs. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.

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Download E-books Nature and Society: Anthropological Perspectives (European Association of Social Anthropologists) PDF

The participants to this e-book concentrate on the connection among nature and society from quite a few theoretical and ethnographic views. Their paintings attracts upon contemporary advancements in social idea, biology, ethnobiology, epistemology, sociology of technology, and a wide range of ethnographic case reports -- from Amazonia, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, the Mollucan Islands, rural comunities from Japan and north-west Europe, city Greece, and laboratories of molecular biology and high-energy physics. The dialogue is split into 3 components, emphasising the issues posed through the nature-culture dualism, a few faulty makes an attempt to answer those difficulties, and capability avenues out of the present dilemmas of ecological discourse.

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Download E-books Luhmann Explained: From Souls to Systems (Ideas Explained) PDF

By Hans-Georg Moeller

What are structures? what's society? What occurs to people in a hypermodern international? Niklas Luhmann addressed those questions intensive. This publication introduces his social platforms concept and is the reason particular features like economic climate and mass media from a cybernetic viewpoint, integrating numerous faculties of concept together with sociology, philosophy, and biology. Luhmann Explained explores the good thinker’s radical research of “world society.” The booklet provides distinctive awareness to the present-day relevance of Luhmann's idea with appreciate to globalization, digital mass media, ethics, and new different types of protest.

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Download E-books Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition PDF

By Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Economics traces the heritage of cash from old present economies to fashionable capitalism, revealing how the money method has contributed to alienation, festival, and shortage, destroyed group, and necessitated unending development. at the present time, those tendencies have reached their extreme—but within the wake in their cave in, we may well locate nice chance to transition to a extra attached, ecological, and sustainable method of being.
 
This publication is set how the cash approach should change—and is already changing—to include this transition. A commonly built-in synthesis of idea, coverage, and perform, Sacred Economics explores avant-garde suggestions of the hot Economics, together with negative-interest currencies, neighborhood currencies, resource-based economics, reward economies, and the recovery of the commons. writer Charles Eisenstein additionally considers the private dimensions of this transition, talking to these excited by "right livelihood" and the way to dwell in keeping with their beliefs in a global doubtless governed by way of cash. Tapping right into a wealthy lineage of traditional and unconventional fiscal inspiration, Sacred Economics presents a imaginative and prescient that's unique but common sense, radical but mild, and more and more proper because the crises of our civilization deepen.

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