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Media Culture And Human Violence

Author : Jeff Lewis
ISBN : 1783485140
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This book examines the role of media and culture in shaping contemporary conditions of violence. It argues that the collective pursuit and expression of our economic, sexual, social and political desires has catalyzed significant social transformations in human history.

Identity Rights And Awareness

Author : Jeremy A. Rinker
ISBN : 9781498541947
Genre : Social Science
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Identity, Rights, and Awareness opens a much needed critical analysis of subaltern Dalit voice in India. Filling a lacuna in comparative analysis of the connections between anticaste social movement, communal identities, and marginalized voice, Jeremy Rinker’s book argues for the important role of narrative strategy in contending against oppressive systems.
Category: Social Science

Interpretive Social Science

Author : Mark Bevir
ISBN : 9780198832942
Genre : Political Science
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In this book Mark Bevir and Jason Blakely set out to make the most comprehensive case yet for an 'interpretive' or hermeneutic approach to the social sciences. Interpretive approaches are a major growth area in the social sciences today. This is because they offer a full-blown alternative to the behavioralism, institutionalism, rational choice, and other quasi-scientific approaches that dominate the study of human behavior. In addition to presenting a systematic case for interpretivism and a critique of scientism, Bevir and Blakely also propose their own uniquely 'anti-naturalist 'notion of an interpretive approach. This anti-naturalist framework encompasses the insights of philosophers ranging from Michel Foucault and Hans-Georg Gadamer to Charles Taylor and Ludwig Wittgenstein, while also resolving dilemmas that have plagued rival philosophical defenses of interpretivism. In addition, working social scientists are given detailed discussions of a distinctly interpretive approach to methods and empirical research. The book draws on the latest social science to cover everything from concept formation and empirical inquiry to ethics, democratic theory, and public policy. An anti-naturalist approach to interpretive social science offers nothing short of a sweeping paradigm shift in the study of human beings and society. This book will be of interest to all who seek a humanistic alternative to the scientism that overwhelms the study of human beings today.
Category: Political Science

Religious Knives

Author : Jouni Suistola
ISBN : 9781634311311
Genre : Political Science
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In this timely multidimensional study, historian Jouni Suistola and psychoanalyst Vamik D. Volkan draw on their respective disciplines and their own personal and professional experiences to investigate the historical and psychological roots of terrorism. Specifically, what is it in human nature that allows people to terrorize and kill the other, and what societal factors—whether political, economic, or religious—lead to terrorism? And, in turn, how might terrorist ideologies and groups be defeated, especially when a society's realistic fears are contaminated with xenophobia, racism, and fantasized dangers? Focusing specifically on modern-day radical Islamist terrorism, the authors argue that studying the minds of individual terrorists can tell us something about those individuals, but that only by examining the deeper historical, political, and society-wide psychological processes at work will we be able to uncover the core causes of terrorism. Only through such understanding, they conclude, will the world be positioned to prevent further radicalization and create lasting and peaceful solutions to the seemingly intractable problem of terrorist violence.
Category: Political Science

Handbook Of Children S Rights

Author : Martin D. Ruck
ISBN : 9781317660040
Genre : Psychology
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While the notion of young people as individuals worthy or capable of having rights is of relatively recent origin, over the past several decades there has been a substantial increase in both social and political commitment to children’s rights as well as a tendency to grant young people some of the rights that were typically accorded only to adults. In addition, there has been a noticeable shift in orientation from a focus on children’s protection and provision to an emphasis on children’s participation and self-determination. With contributions from a wide range of international scholars, the Handbook of Children’s Rights brings together research, theory, and practice from diverse perspectives on children’s rights. This volume constitutes a comprehensive treatment of critical perspectives concerning children’s rights in their various forms. Its contributions address some of the major scholarly tensions and policy debates comprising the current discourse on children’s rights, including the best interests of the child, evolving capacities of the child, states’ rights versus children’s rights, rights of children versus parental or family rights, children as citizens, children’s rights versus children’s responsibilities, and balancing protection and participation. In addition to its multidisciplinary focus, the handbook includes perspectives from social science domains in which children’s rights scholarship has evolved largely independently due to distinct and seemingly competing assumptions and disciplinary approaches (e.g., childhood studies, developmental psychology, sociology of childhood, anthropology, and political science). The handbook also brings together diverse methodological approaches to the study of children’s rights, including both quantitative and qualitative perspectives, and policy analysis. This comprehensive, cosmopolitan, and timely volume serves as an important reference for both scholarly and policy-driven interest in the voices and perspectives of children and youth.
Category: Psychology

Transnational Migrations In The Asia Pacific

Author : Catherine Gomes
ISBN : 1786605538
Genre : Political Science
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This book uses digital ethnography to study critically the impact of digital media on transnational migrations, using case studies on diverse topics including transient migrants, gender and religion, ethnic migrants, refugees, intergenerational relationships, and transnational relationships across the borders of space and time
Category: Political Science

The Tastes And Politics Of Inter Cultural Food In Australia

Author : Sukhmani Khorana
ISBN : 1786602180
Genre : Ethnic restaurants
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Using food-oriented case studies centred on Australian cities and media, this book argues for a processual understanding of cosmopolitanism that approaches everyday practices as a site of potentially ethical and/or reflexive inter-cultural exchanges.
Category: Ethnic restaurants

Life Adrift

Author : Andrew Baldwin
ISBN : 1786601206
Genre : Climatic changes
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Explores the expanding debate on the influence of climate change on human migration. As climate change stands to alter the distribution of humans and material across the globe, this book offers a set of critical resources for analysing this relationship and reimaging what it might mean to be political in a fully immanent world of bodies in flux.
Category: Climatic changes

Why We Love Serial Killers

Author : Scott Bonn
ISBN : 9781632201898
Genre : True Crime
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For decades now, serial killers have taken center stage in the news and entertainment media. The coverage of real-life murderers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer has transformed them into ghoulish celebrities. Similarly, the popularity of fictional characters such as Hannibal "The Cannibal” Lecter or Dexter demonstrates just how eager the public is to be frightened by these human predators. But why is this so? Could it be that some of us have a gruesome fascination with serial killers for the same reasons we might morbidly stare at a catastrophic automobile accident? Or it is something more? In Why We Love Serial Killers, criminology professor Dr. Scott Bonn explores our powerful appetite for the macabre, while also providing new and unique insights into the world of the serial killer, including those he has gained from his correspondence with two of the world’s most notorious examples, David Berkowitz ("Son of Sam”) and Dennis Rader ("Bind, Torture, Kill”). In addition, Bonn examines the criminal profiling techniques used by law enforcement professionals to identify and apprehend serial predators, he discusses the various behaviors—such as the charisma of the sociopath— that manifest themselves in serial killers, and he explains how and why these killers often become popular cultural figures. Groundbreaking in its approach, Why We Love Serial Killers is a compelling look at how the media, law enforcement agencies, and public perception itself shapes and feeds the "monsters” in our midst.
Category: True Crime

Contemporary Protest And The Legacy Of Dissent

Author : Stuart Price
ISBN : 1783481757
Genre : Political Science
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Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent offers an insight into modern European protest movements, focusing on the strategies, activities, and developments associated with the current wave of public dissent.
Category: Political Science