Une histoire de la langue de bois by Christian Delporte

By Christian Delporte

Les Allemands parlent de langue de béton, les Chinois de langue de plomb, les Cubains du tac-tac… Quel que soit le nom coloré qui los angeles désigne, l. a. langue de bois prospère sous toutes les latitudes. Comme si elle était devenue, à nos yeux fatigués, l’expression même de l. a. politique. Courte vue ! los angeles langue de bois a bel et bien une histoire, que Christian Delporte fait commencer en 1789 : avec l. a. Révolution française, pour l. a. première fois, les mots deviennent infâmes ou nobles indépendamment de leur sens, suscitant un paintings oratoire magnifique d’ennui.

En URSS, en Allemagne nazie comme dans les démocraties populaires, l. a. langue de bois connaît des développements virtuoses, avec des variantes très efficaces en Afrique et au Maghreb. Quel que soit le régime politique, elle s’épanouit particulièrement en temps de guerre : de Napoléon à George Bush, en passant par 14-18 et les « événements » d’Algérie, le bourrage de crânes recourt aux mêmes thoughts pour voiler une défaite ou déguiser une retraite en victoire. Et en période de crise, l. a. langue de bois sait déployer des ressources insoupçonnées pour tourner autour du pot, qu’elle invite pudiquement à los angeles rigueur ou claironne l. a. sortie du tunnel. Sa dernière invention, qui fera date, c’est le parler-vrai : l. a. langue de bois finira bien par nous persuader qu’elle est morte, tant nos politiques font d’efforts pour parler aujourd’hui, disent-ils, comme tout le monde…

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Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks

By bell hooks

Drawing on either her roots in Kentucky and her adventures with big apple Coop forums, Where We Stand is a profitable black woman's reflection--personal, uncomplicated, and carefully honest--on how our dilemmas of sophistication and race are intertwined, and the way we will locate how one can imagine past them.

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Rational Choice Theory: Advocacy and Critique by James Samuel Coleman, Thomas J. Farraro

By James Samuel Coleman, Thomas J. Farraro

Rational selection thought in sociology has its adherents and detractors. yet as one of many few common theories of the way participants, teams, firms and social strucutres behave, its influence on sociological theorizing has been huge, immense. during this quantity, the various top figures within the debate, either advocates and critics, current their perspectives of the worth and boundaries of rational selection thought. many of the adherents hyperlink it to related wide theoretical versions constructed through different sociologists - trade thought and harmony conception, for instance. Its critics assault it on its weak spot in explaining person emotional behaviour or organizational behaviour. different students debate its explanatory energy. no matter if supporter or sceptic, sociologists and different social scientists will locate themselves immersed in an inventive dialogue of the benefits and problems of the version, and its applicability to either macro and micro point social matters.

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Tuamaka: The Challenge of Difference in Aotearoa New Zealand by Joan Metge

By Joan Metge

'Tuamaka' is the rope that Maui and his brothers used to snare the sunlight. Plaited with flax, the rope won its strengths from the bringing jointly of its varied strands. In her new booklet, Tuamaka, popular anthropologist Dame Joan Metge asks what kind of rope we have to forge our multicultural destiny. She identifies the Treaty, the phrases and the tales with which all New Zealanders can achieve the power that comes from twining humans and ideas jointly. The Treaty is our founding narrative, Metge indicates – and she or he tells a narrative of cultures assembly, arguing after which facing range. Maori and English, more and more utilized in an identical sentence, are our languages and Metge exhibits how Maori phrases are used and abused in daily speech and the media. eventually, the artwork of storytelling – from myths of Maui and James cook dinner to give day whakapapa – is how we comprehend the land and ourselves. Dame Joan ends Tuamaka with a private mirrored image on her lifestyles as a brand new Zealander and as an anthropologist dwelling deeply inside of cultures over six many years of box paintings. Tuamaka indicates us all how as a country we will be able to flip the problem of distinction into certainly one of our nice nationwide resources. during this relocating e-book, our prime anthropologist gives you a fascinating manifesto for dwelling jointly in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Die klassische Moderne: Moderne Gesellschaften Erster Band by Ditmar Brock

By Ditmar Brock

Dieses Lehrbuch folgt der Unterscheidung zwischen klassischer und radikalisierter Moderne. In diesem Band zur klassischen Moderne werden soziologische Theorien behandelt, die die Herausbildung der modernen Gesellschaft zu erklären suchen. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei Weber, Parsons und Luhmann. Diese Positionen werden in eine Darstellung des soziologischen Denkens zur modernen Gesellschaft von Saint Simon bis Durkheim und Simmel eingebettet. Weiterhin werden wichtige thematische Ergänzungen, aber auch Debatten und Kritik an der klassischen Modernisierungstheorie verfolgt. Diese Darstellung der Theorie wird durch einen sozialhistorischen Teil ergänzt, der wichtige institutionelle Entwicklungen vor der Industrialisierung sowie den Industrialisierungsprozess behandelt.

Dieser Band wird durch einen zweiten Band zur radikalisierten Moderne ergänzt werden. Der Aspekt der Globalisierung wurde bereits in dem Lehrbuch Globalisierung. Wirtschaft – Politik – Kultur – Gesellschaft (Brock 2008) ausführlich dargestellt.

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In Praise of Doubt: How to Have Convictions Without Becoming by Peter Berger, Anton Zijderveld

By Peter Berger, Anton Zijderveld

Modernity was once purported to herald a rational secular international the place faith used to be marginalized. a few even estimated it is going to disappear. yet faith has not just survived—it is starting to be and thriving within the sleek global. Defying predictions, we are living this present day in a global of plurality the place assorted teams reside less than stipulations of civic peace and in social interplay. besides the fact that, this association isn't with out tensions. How can we deal with ethical matters, resembling abortion or homosexuality, while diverse teams have strongly held yet opposing viewpoints? and the way does tradition continue its concord while faced with the problem of an competitive fundamentalism?

The solution, in keeping with world-renowned sociologists Peter Berger and Anton Zijderveld, is doubt. now not the stupefying doubt of relativism the place we turn into incapable of any selection simply because we're crushed by means of thoughts, yet a virtuous use of doubt that enables us to maneuver ahead boldly with robust ethical convictions with out caving in to the fanatic's temptation of seeing everybody who disagrees with you because the enemy. How we as members and as a society can locate this perfect stability is the topic of this deceptively easy yet progressive work.

In compliment of Doubt takes the reader on an exhilarating whirlwind travel of the historical past of modernity, faith, the increase of psychology, Marxism, and the highbrow problem of relativism, the failure of totalitarianism, fundamentalism as a latest invention, and the startling end explaining why fact, even non secular fact, wishes doubt to outlive and thrive.

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The Cosmopolites: The Coming of the Global Citizen by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

The cosmopolites are actually "citizens of the world," from the Greek notice kosmos, that means "world," and polites, or "citizen." Garry Davis, aka international Citizen No. 1, and author of the area Passport, used to be a former Broadway actor and international warfare II bomber pilot who renounced his American citizenship in 1948 as a kind of protest opposed to nationalism, sovereign borders, and warfare. this day there are cosmopolites of all stripes, wealthy or negative, intentional or unwitting, from 1-percenters who personal 5 passports because of tax-havens to the Bidoon, the stateless humans of nations just like the United Arab Emirates. Journalist Atossa Abrahamian, herself a cosmopolite, travels worldwide to fulfill the folks who've come to embrace an more and more fluid, without borders world.
Along how you are brought to a colourful forged of characters, together with passport-burning atheist hackers, the hot Knights of Malta, California libertarian "seasteaders," who're citizens of floating city-states, Bidoons, who've been compelled to be electorate of the island kingdom Comoros, marketers within the enterprise of shopping for and promoting passports, cosmopolites who live to tell the tale a luxurious cruise send known as The World, and shady businessmen with ties to Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad.

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Unberechenbare Umwelt: Zum Umgang mit Unsicherheit und by Roderich von Detten, Fenn Faber, Martin Bemmann

By Roderich von Detten, Fenn Faber, Martin Bemmann

Nicht erst in Zeiten raschen Wandels der natürlichen Lebensbedingungen, der allgemein als krisenhaft empfunden wird, wird Zukunft zum challenge: Menschliches Handeln im Umgang mit natürlichen Ökosystemen wird spätestens seit der Moderne unter dem Aspekt von zahlreichen Unsicherheiten und Risiken gesehen. Die Häufigkeit und Dringlichkeit, mit der Begriffe wie „Nachhaltigkeit“ oder „Zukunftsfähigkeit“ in gesellschaftlichen Debatten verwendet werden, markiert offenbar die Sehnsucht danach, über verlässliche Handlungsvorgaben und Richtlinien im Umgang mit natürlichen Ressourcen zu verfügen, die Umweltprobleme und -risiken verhindern bzw. reduzieren helfen. In diesem Sammelband wird die Frage untersucht, wie damit in konkreten Entscheidungszusammenhängen umgegangen wird.

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Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and by Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler

By Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler

Your colleague's husband's sister could make you fats, no matter if you don't recognize her. a cheerful neighbor has extra effect in your happiness than a contented wife. those startling revelations of the way a lot we actually impact each other are printed within the experiences of Drs. Christakis and Fowler, that have again and again made front-page information nationwide.

In Connected, the authors clarify why feelings are contagious, how healthiness behaviors unfold, why the wealthy get richer, even how we discover and select our companions. exciting and interesting, Connected overturns the inspiration of the person and gives a innovative paradigm-that social networks impact our rules, feelings, future health, relationships, habit, politics, and masses extra. it's going to switch the way in which we expect approximately each point of our lives.

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