Marshall McLuhan

Author: Douglas Coupland

Publisher: Isbn Edizioni

ISBN: 8876383271

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 198

View: 8397

Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Sociology

Themes and Perspectives

Author: Michael Haralambos,Martin Holborn

Publisher: Collins Educational

ISBN: 9780007498826

Category: Sociology

Page: 1098

View: 8601

The new edition of this essential resource covers new and completely up-to-date sociological teaching, with the latest research, empirical studies and theoretical developments, includes new Chapter âe~Development and Globalisationâe(tm). Selling over a million copies world-wide over 30 years. This eighth edition has been fully updated to give all the detail and depth needed. The new edition of this essential resource will enable you to: - Deliver new and completely up-to-date sociological teaching, with the latest research, empirical studies and theoretical developments - Major new section âe~Globalisationâe(tm) - Informative, clear and concise explanations of all sociological concepts and theories - Raise standards and engagement in the subject with an easy-to-follow format that makes understanding sociology easier for all your students.
Posted in Sociology

Interaction Design

Beyond Human-Computer Interaction

Author: Jenny Preece,Yvonne Rogers,Helen Sharp

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119020751

Category: Computers

Page: 584

View: 7467

This is an ideal resource for learning the interdisciplinary skills needed for interaction design, human computer interaction, information design, web design and ubiquitous computing. This text offers a cross-disciplinary, practical and process-oriented introduction to the field, showing not just what principles ought to apply to interaction design, but crucially how they can be applied.
Posted in Computers

Brand Society

How Brands Transform Management and Lifestyle

Author: Martin Kornberger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521898269

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 308

View: 5034

"Think Coca-Cola. Think iPod. Think Nike. Think Google. Each of these names represents a successful product or service but, more importantly, they are all successful brands. Most attempts to explain the role of brands focus on brands either as managementtools (managerial perspective) or as symptoms of consumerism (sociological perspective). In Brand Society, Martin Kornberger combines these perspectives to show how brands have the power to transform both the organizations that develop them and the lifestyles of the individuals who consume them. This holistic approach shows how brands function as a medium between producers and consumers in a way that is rapidly transforming our economy and society. Using an array of practical case studies from a diverse set of organizations, this book provides a fascinating account of the way in which brands influence the lives of individuals and the organizations they work in"--Provided by publisher.
Posted in Business & Economics

Uncontrolled

The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society

Author: Jim Manzi

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465029310

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 9124

Entrepreneur and political commentator Jim Manzi argues for a radical new approach to our most pressing economic and social problems, using the scientific method--and its controlled experiments and skeptical mindset--to test what works in business and gover
Posted in Political Science

AQA A-Level Sociology -- Student

Author: Dave Aiken,Steve Chapman,Martin Holborn

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007597475

Category: Education

Page: 352

View: 3564

This 4th edition of Collins' respected AQA A-level Sociology series is updated for the 215 AQA Sociology specifications. Covering AS and Year 1 of A-level, it will help students master the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their study and engage with contemporary society. This Student Book has been entered into the AQA approval process. This textbook has been revised by our team of expert authors, who are practicing sociologists, teachers, and HE experts. It includes full coverage of Education with Methods in Context; Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Health; and Work, Poverty and Welfare. Tried and tested content works alongside new features to ensure that students: * Understand essential theories and perspectives with up-to-date explanations and key concepts defined on the page * Engage with the latest research with in-depth explorations of new and classic research studies and accompanying questions * Develop proficiency in critical analysis with up-to-date case studies and questions focused on analysis and evaluation * Acquire strong research skills with practical tasks that actively involve students in the research process * Reflect and evaluate with prompt questions integrated into the explanation * Assess progress and apply learning with extensive practice questions for every topic, including both short answer and extended writing
Posted in Education

The Condition of Postmodernity

An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change

Author: David Harvey

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780631162940

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

View: 2174

In this new book, David Harvey seeks to determine what is meant by the term in its different contexts and to identify how accurate and useful it is as a description of contemporary experience.
Posted in Social Science

Folk Devils and Moral Panics

Author: Stanley Cohen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136807047

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 9583

'Richly documented and convincingly presented' -- New Society Mods and Rockers, skinheads, video nasties, designer drugs, bogus asylum seeks and hoodies. Every era has its own moral panics. It was Stanley Cohen’s classic account, first published in the early 1970s and regularly revised, that brought the term ‘moral panic’ into widespread discussion. It is an outstanding investigation of the way in which the media and often those in a position of political power define a condition, or group, as a threat to societal values and interests. Fanned by screaming media headlines, Cohen brilliantly demonstrates how this leads to such groups being marginalised and vilified in the popular imagination, inhibiting rational debate about solutions to the social problems such groups represent. Furthermore, he argues that moral panics go even further by identifying the very fault lines of power in society. Full of sharp insight and analysis, Folk Devils and Moral Panics is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand this powerful and enduring phenomenon. Professor Stanley Cohen is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. He received the Sellin-Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology (1985) and is on the Board of the International Council on Human Rights. He is a member of the British Academy.
Posted in Social Science

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

Author: Emma Byrne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 1324000295

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 8512

An irreverent and impeccably researched defense of our dirtiest words. We’re often told that swearing is outrageous or even offensive, that it’s a sign of a stunted vocabulary or a limited intellect. Dictionaries have traditionally omitted it and parents forbid it. But the latest research by neuroscientists, psychologists, sociologists, and others has revealed that swear words, curses, and oaths—when used judiciously—can have surprising benefits. In this sparkling debut work of popular science, Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you. With humor and colorful language, she explores every angle of swearing—why we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, to lower anxiety, to prevent physical violence, to help trauma victims recover language, and to promote human cooperation. Taking readers on a whirlwind tour through scientific experiments, historical case studies, and cutting-edge research on language in both humans and other primates, Byrne defends cursing and demonstrates how much it can reveal about different cultures, their taboos and their values. Packed with the results of unlikely and often hilarious scientific studies—from the “ice-bucket test” for coping with pain, to the connection between Tourette’s and swearing, to a chimpanzee that curses at her handler in sign language—Swearing Is Good for You presents a lighthearted but convincing case for the foulmouthed.
Posted in Science

Year 2

Author: David Baker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780198412939

Category:

Page: 352

View: 598

This Student Book provides full support for the second year of AQA's new specification. Covering both the compulsory content (further pure) and all the optional content (mechanics, statistics and discrete maths), it offers dedicated problem-solving exercises, along with abundant worked examples.
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A Level Sociology

Author: Stephen Moore

Publisher: Letts & Londsale

ISBN: 9781857582345

Category: Sociology

Page: 346

View: 3136

This sociology studies text which is one of a series providing back-up to A and AS-Level courses. Features include study checklists based on the syllabus of each examining body, guidance on studying, revising, coursework and exam preparation. There is also a test run section at the end of the text, with a quiz, progress analysis and complete mock exam with suggested answers.
Posted in Sociology

Reinventing Organizations

A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

Author: Frederic Laloux,Ken Wilber

Publisher: Lightning Source Incorporated

ISBN: 9782960133509

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 360

View: 5579

The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies. The epidemic of organizational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation. Government agencies and nonprofits have a noble purpose, but working for these entities often feels soulless and lifeless just the same. All these organizations suffer from power games played at the top and powerlessness at lower levels, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless meetings and a seemingly never-ending succession of change and cost-cutting programs. Deep inside, we long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose. The solution, according to many progressive scholars, lies with more enlightened management. But reality shows that this is not enough. In most cases, the system beats the individual-when managers or leaders go through an inner transformation, they end up leaving their organizations because they no longer feel like putting up with a place that is inhospitable to the deeper longings of their soul. We need more enlightened leaders, but we need something more: enlightened organizational structures and practices. But is there even such a thing? Can we conceive of enlightened organizations? In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness in the past, it has invented a whole new way to structure and run organizations, each time bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration. A new shift in consciousness is currently underway. Could it help us invent a radically more soulful and purposeful way to run our businesses and nonprofits, schools and hospitals? The pioneering organizations researched for this book have already "cracked the code." Their founders have fundamentally questioned every aspect of management and have come up with entirely new organizational methods. Even though they operate in very different industries and geographies and did not know of each other's experiments, the structures and practices they have developed are remarkably similar. It's hard not to get excited about this finding: a new organizational model seems to be emerging, and it promises a soulful revolution in the workplace. "Reinventing Organizations" describes in practical detail how organizations large and small can operate in this new paradigm. Leaders, founders, coaches, and consultants will find this work a joyful handbook, full of insights, examples, and inspiring stories.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Understanding Material Culture

Author: Ian Woodward

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1848607261

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 5349

"In his interdisciplinary review of material culture, Ian Woodward goes beyond synthesis to offer a theoretically innovative reconstruction of the field. It is filled with gems of conceptual insight and empirical discovery. A wonderful book." - Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University "A well-grounded and accessible survey of the burgeoning field of material culture studies for students in sociology and consumption studies. While situating the field within the history of intellectual thought in the broader social sciences, it offers detailed and accessible case studies. These are supplemented by very useful directions for further in-depth reading, making it an excellent undergraduate course companion." - Victor Buchli, University College London Why are i-pods and mobile phones fashion accessories? Why do people spend thousands remodelling their perfectly functional kitchen? Why do people crave shoes or handbags? Is our desire for objects unhealthy, or irrational? Objects have an inescapable hold over us, not just in consumer culture but increasingly in the disciplines that study social relations too. This book offers a systematic overview of the diverse ways of studying the material as culture. Surveying the field of material culture studies through an examination and synthesis of classical and contemporary scholarship on objects, commodities, consumption, and symbolization, this book: introduces the key concepts and approaches in the study of objects and their meanings presents the full sweep of core theory - from Marxist and critical approaches to structuralism and semiotics shows how and why people use objects to perform identity, achieve social status, and narrativize life experiences analyzes everyday domains in which objects are important shows why studying material culture is necessary for understanding the social. This book will be essential reading for students and researchers in sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, consumer behaviour studies, design and fashion studies.
Posted in Social Science

Cinema and Television in Singapore

Resistance in One Dimension

Author: Kenneth Paul Tan

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004166432

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 9445

Through close readings of contemporary made-in-Singapore films (by Jack Neo, Eric Khoo, and Royston Tan) and television programs (Singapore Idol, sitcoms, and dramas), this book explores the possibilities and limitations of resistance within an advanced capitalist-industrial society whose authoritarian government skillfully negotiates the risks and opportunities of balancing its on-going nation-building project and its a oeglobal citya aspirations. This book adopts a framework inspired by Antonio Gramsci that identifies ideological struggles in art and popular culture, but maintains the importance of Herbert Marcusea (TM)s one-dimensional society analysis as theoretical limits to recognize the power of authoritarian capitalism to subsume works of art and popular culture even as they attempt consciouslya "even at times successfullya "to negate and oppose dominant hegemonic formations.
Posted in Social Science

On Saudi Arabia

Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future

Author: Karen Elliott House

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307960994

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3049

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing about Saudi Arabia—as diplomatic correspondent, foreign editor, and then publisher of The Wall Street Journal—an important and timely book that explores all facets of life in this shrouded Kingdom: its tribal past, its complicated present, its precarious future. Through observation, anecdote, extensive interviews, and analysis Karen Elliot House navigates the maze in which Saudi citizens find themselves trapped and reveals the mysterious nation that is the world’s largest exporter of oil, critical to global stability, and a source of Islamic terrorists. In her probing and sharp-eyed portrait, we see Saudi Arabia, one of the last absolute monarchies in the world, considered to be the final bulwark against revolution in the region, as threatened by multiple fissures and forces, its levers of power controlled by a handful of elderly Al Saud princes with an average age of 77 years and an extended family of some 7,000 princes. Yet at least 60 percent of the increasingly restive population they rule is under the age of 20. The author writes that oil-rich Saudi Arabia has become a rundown welfare state. The public pays no taxes; gets free education and health care; and receives subsidized water, electricity, and energy (a gallon of gasoline is cheaper in the Kingdom than a bottle of water), with its petrodollars buying less and less loyalty. House makes clear that the royal family also uses Islam’s requirement of obedience to Allah—and by extension to earthly rulers—to perpetuate Al Saud rule. Behind the Saudi facade of order and obedience, today’s Saudi youth, frustrated by social conformity, are reaching out to one another and to a wider world beyond their cloistered country. Some 50 percent of Saudi youth is on the Internet; 5.1 million Saudis are on Facebook. To write this book, the author interviewed most of the key members of the very private royal family. She writes about King Abdullah’s modest efforts to relax some of the kingdom’s most oppressive social restrictions; women are now allowed to acquire photo ID cards, finally giving them an identity independent from their male guardians, and are newly able to register their own businesses but are still forbidden to drive and are barred from most jobs. With extraordinary access to Saudis—from key religious leaders and dissident imams to women at university and impoverished widows, from government officials and political dissidents to young successful Saudis and those who chose the path of terrorism—House argues that most Saudis do not want democracy but seek change nevertheless; they want a government that provides basic services without subjecting citizens to the indignity of begging princes for handouts; a government less corrupt and more transparent in how it spends hundreds of billions of annual oil revenue; a kingdom ruled by law, not royal whim. In House’s assessment of Saudi Arabia’s future, she compares the country today to the Soviet Union before Mikhail Gorbachev arrived with reform policies that proved too little too late after decades of stagnation under one aged and infirm Soviet leader after another. She discusses what the next generation of royal princes might bring and the choices the kingdom faces: continued economic and social stultification with growing risk of instability, or an opening of society to individual initiative and enterprise with the risk that this, too, undermines the Al Saud hold on power. A riveting book—informed, authoritative, illuminating—about a country that could well be on the brink, and an in-depth examination of what all this portends for Saudi Arabia’s future, and for our own. From the Hardcover edition.
Posted in History

Alchemists of Loss

How modern finance and government intervention crashed the financial system

Author: Kevin Dowd,Martin Hutchinson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470689967

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 343

An engaging look at how modern finance almost destroyed our global economy Over the last thirty years, capital markets have been restructured through the tenets of modern finance. This has been enormously profitable for the financial services sector. However, these innovations, coupled with unsound risk and regulatory practices have proved disastrous for the global economy. In a clear and accessible style, ex-investment banker and financial journalist Martin Hutchinson, and highly respected academic, Kevin Dowd show how modern finance combined with easy money threatened to bring down the world financial system. At the heart of the book is modern finance as a U.S. invention, the theories and practices associated with them, and the changes they made in business models and risk management on Wall Street and other major financial centers. Breaks down the events involved in the 2007-08 financial collapse Reveals how botched policy response made a bad situation worse Focuses on lessons that the practice of finance must learn from recent events The Alchemists of Loss will help you to understand how our financial system crashed and show you what it will take to make sure this won't happen again as we move forward.
Posted in Business & Economics

AQA A-level Sociology - Student

Author: Dave Aiken,Steve Chapman,Martin Holborn,Stephen Moore

Publisher: Collins Educational

ISBN: 9780007597499

Category:

Page: 480

View: 6896

This 4th edition of Collins' respected AQA A-level Sociology series is updated for the 215 AQA Sociology specifications. Covering AS and Year 1 of A-level, it will help students master the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their study and engage with contemporary society. This Student Book has been entered into the AQA approval process. This textbook has been revised by our team of expert authors, who are practicing sociologists, teachers, and HE experts. It includes full coverage of Education with Methods in Context; Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Health; and Work, Poverty and Welfare. Tried and tested content works alongside new features to ensure that students: * Understand essential theories and perspectives with up-to-date explanations and key concepts defined on the page * Engage with the latest research with in-depth explorations of new and classic research studies and accompanying questions * Develop proficiency in critical analysis with up-to-date case studies and questions focused on analysis and evaluation * Acquire strong research skills with practical tasks that actively involve students in the research process * Reflect and evaluate with prompt questions integrated into the explanation * Assess progress and apply learning with extensive practice questions for every topic, including both short answer and extended writing
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Schooling in Capitalist America

Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life

Author: Samuel Bowles,Herbert Gintis

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 1608461319

Category: Education

Page: 340

View: 992

A classic work of radical educational theory and a progressive economic vision of equity and equality in America's schools.
Posted in Education

Writing from Sources

Author: Brenda Spatt

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312602901

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 545

View: 1481

Covering every step of research, writing, and documentation, Writing from Sources provides a complete guide to source-based writing. The book builds from fundamental skills -- such as annotating a passage -- to more demanding ones such as integrating sources smoothly into an original argument. Examples, exercises, and guidance throughout help students gain confidence with essential concepts, while numerous readings drawn from a variety of sources provide models and practice in every skill.
Posted in Language Arts & Disciplines