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The Theory Of Communicative Action

Author : J?rgen Habermas
ISBN : 9780745694467
Genre : Philosophy
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This study offers a systematic reconstruction of the theoretical foundations and framework of critical social theory. It is Habermas' "magnum opus", and it is regarded as one of the most important works of modern social thought. In this second and final volume of the work, Habermas examines the relations between action concepts and systems theory and elaborates a framework for analyzing the developmental tendencies of modern societies. He discusses in detail the work of Marx, Durkheim, G.H. Mead and Talcott Parsons, among others. By distinguishing between social systems and what he calls the "life-world", Habermas is able to analyze the ways in which the development of social systems impinges upon the symbolic and subjective dimensions of social life, resulting in the kind of crises, conflicts and protest movements which are characteristic of advanced capitalist societies in the late-20th century.
Category: Philosophy

Public Administration In Perspective

Author : David John Farmer
ISBN : 9781317461906
Genre : Business & Economics
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Throughout its history, public administration has used a number of different perspectives for analyzing the discipline's theory and practice, and both mainstream and alternative lenses have produced valuable insights and prescriptions. At the same time, an individual way of looking at PA can be misleading. Alone, a solitary lens can miss critical aspects and often gives only part of the picture. Public Administration in Perspective has been specifically crafted to give new life to public administration theory and practice by helping readers view the discipline through a variety of perspectives. Designed for the capstone course in public administration programs, as well as a fresh approach for courses in PA theory and organizational theory, this unique book provides a culminating experience--bringing together what has been learned in previous MPA courses without simply rehashing old content. It offers a comprehensive guide to eleven major approaches to PA, and synthesizes them to deepen our understanding of the discipline. Each chapter in Part I describes the key features of the selected perspective--history, content, and proponents--and discusses the strengths and weaknesses related to PA theory and practice. Part II synthesizes the various perpectives, with specific implications for PA management and practice. Part III concludes with a complete overview, identifying ways in which readers can think more creatively and productively about PA, putting the perspectives themselves into perspective.
Category: Business & Economics

The Neo Generalist

Author : Richard Martin
ISBN : 9781911498063
Genre : Business & Economics
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Category: Business & Economics

Participation And Social Learning In Church Based Organizations

Author : Peter Obele Abue
ISBN : IND:30000125246201
Genre : Religion
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Developing countries are increasingly faced with the lack of alternative institutions to counter the social processes entrenched in local settings that lead to poverty. In this book, the author investigates the potentials of Churchbased organizations (CBOs) as alternative mechanisms, and suggests a communitarian approach to poverty eradication as a back up to the past and present approaches offered by modernism and post modernism respectively. Both the upcoming theory of Social Learning and the age-old principle of Participation are used as a theoretical framework, with empirical data from the diocese of Ogoja, Nigeria. The author investigates key research questions such as: How do churches learn to build on the capacity of individuals and groups as stakeholders that influence poverty eradication at the local level? How do Churches as organizations learn to become social change agents? This book enunciates a new dimension to the development discourse and the ongoing fight against poverty and it is highly recommended for scholars of international development in their effort to proffer a holistic solution to the problem of poverty and its eradication. The third approach to poverty according to the author is a communitarian approach that examines the organizational dynamics of a diocese in relation to the Social Justice Agenda of the Roman Catholic Church. I recommend this book to pastors of churches, local church communities and their leaders both in developed and developing countries who seek a sincere approach to sustainable development. Most Rev. Dr. John E. Ayah: Catholic Bishop of Ogoja, Nigeria. In this book the author ascribes another perspective to poverty eradication by focusingon social praxis, thus giving a practical dimension to the role of religion especially for communities in developing countries. As a scientist, I recommend this book to researchers in general, in a quest for the meaning of development. Derek Cabrera: PhD in Human Ecology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.
Category: Religion

Beyond The Comparative

Author : John C. Weidman
ISBN : 9789460917226
Genre : Education
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We are pleased to introduce this inaugural volume in the PSCIE Series—Beyond the Comparative: Advancing Theory and Its Application to Practice—which expands on the life work of University of Pittsburgh Professor Rolland G. Paulston (1929-2006). Recognized as a stalwart in the field of comparative and international education, Paulston’s most widely recognized contribution is in social cartography. He demonstrated that mapping comparative, international, and development education (CIDE) is no easy task and, depending on the perspective of the mapper, there may be multiple cartographies to chart. The 35 contributors to this volume, representing a range of senior and junior scholars from various CIDE backgrounds and perspectives, celebrate the life and work of Paulston by addressing issues, perspectives and approaches related to charting the future course of the field. The volume reports on new research in several genres as well as conceptual analysis. As the title suggests, authors were encouraged to go “beyond” established canons of CIDE. The cover art, The CIDE Theoretical Compass, was conceptualized by the editors and depicts that theory selection and theory generation are an ongoing and important process in comparative, international, and development education (CIDE). The image was designed by artist Natalie Jacob, which positions the CIDE Theoretical Compass over Rolland G. Paulston’s 1993 concentric circle map.
Category: Education

Systems Education For A Sustainable Planet

Author : Ockie Bosch
ISBN : 9783038427896
Genre : Social Science
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This book is a printed edition of the Special Issue "Systems Education for a Sustainable Planet" that was published in Systems
Category: Social Science

The Meanings Of Social Life

Author : Jeffrey C. Alexander
ISBN : 9780195306408
Genre : Social Science
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Presents an approach to how culture works in societies. Exposing our everyday myths and narratives in a series of empirical studies that range from Watergate to the Holocaust, this work shows how these unseen cultural structures translate into concrete actions and institutions.
Category: Social Science

Democracy Bytes

Author : J. Bessant
ISBN : 9781137308269
Genre : Social Science
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This study is about new media, the crisis of democracy and political renewal. It asks: What is the political? How can we understand politics in a network age? Can we talk sensibly about generational change? Analysing four international case studies, this book gives an optimistic assessment of how digital media supports new forms of politics
Category: Social Science