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When Parties Fail: Emerging Alternative Organizations

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Kay Lawson and Peter H. Merkl, "When Parties Fail: Emerging Alternative Organizations"
English | ISBN: 069160553X, 0691077584 | 2014 | 606 pages | PDF | 32 MB

When Parties Fail: Emerging Alternative Organizations
Throughout history parties have faltered and new groups have emerged, but rarely has this process been so accelerated, so widespread, and so conducive to dramatic political change as in our present era. When Parties Fail explores alternative organizations in depth and comparatively. Among the organizations discussed are environmentalist groups, such as the West German and Swedish Greens, the Italian Radicals, and local protest groups in Japan, Switzerland, and the United States. Also considered are new groups seeking attention in unresponsive party systems, such as the Danish Gilstrup party, the British SDP, and American PACs; community parties and movements in Israel, India, Britain, and the American South; and antiauthoritarian movements in Poland (Solidarity), Taiwan, and Ghana. The case of France provides an example of major party survival. Three broadly comparative chapters consider the reasons for major party persistence in some nations and the causes and impact of their decline in others.

The contributors to the book are David Apter, Myron J. Aronoff, Liang-shing Fan, Frank B. Feigert, Zvi Gitelman, Ronald J. Herring, Jon Kraus, Kay Lawson, Tom Mackie, Peter H. Merkl, Raffaela Y. Nanetti, Angelo Panebianco, Mogens N. Pedersen, Geoffrey Pridham, Peter Pulzer, Richard Rose, Donald Schoonmaker, Frank Sorauf, Robert C. A. Sorensen, Evert Vedung, Hanes Walton, Jr., and Frank L. Wilson.

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Identity Complex: Making the Case for Multiplicity

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Identity Complex: Making the Case for Multiplicity by Michael Hames-García
English | 2011-06-23 | ISBN: 0816649855, 0816649863 | PDF | 304 pages | 1,3 MB

Identity Complex: Making the Case for Multiplicity
In seemingly exhaustive arguments about identity as a category of analysis, we have made a critical error-one that Michael Hames-García sets out to correct in this revisionary look at the making and meaning of social identities. We have asked how separate identities-of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality-come to intersect. Instead, Hames-García proposes, we should begin by understanding such social identities as mutually constituting one another.

Grounded in both theoretical and political practices-in the lived realities of people's experience-Identity Complex reinvigorates identity as a key concept and as a tool for the pursuit of social justice. Hames-García draws on a wide range of examples to show that social identities are central to how exploitation works, such as debates about the desirability of sexual minority identities in postcolonial contexts, questions about the reality of race, and the nature of the U.S. prison crisis.

Unless we understand precisely how identities take shape in relation to each other and within contexts of oppression, he contends, we will never be able to eradicate discrimination and social inequality. By analyzing the social interdependence of identities, Hames-García seeks to enable the creation of deep connections of solidarity across differences.
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The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy

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The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning) by Andrea Muehlebach
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0226545393 , 0226545407 | 288 pages | PDF | 1,2 MB
Morality is often imagined to be at odds with capitalism and its focus on the bottom line, but in The Moral Neoliberal morality is shown as the opposite: an indispensible tool for capitalist transformation.

The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy
Set within the shifting landscape of neoliberal welfare reform in the Lombardy region of Italy, Andrea Muehlebach tracks the phenomenal rise of voluntarism in the wake of the state's withdrawal of social service programs. Using anthropological tools, she shows how socialist volunteers are interpreting their unwaged labor as an expression of social solidarity, with Catholic volunteers thinking of theirs as an expression of charity and love. Such interpretations pave the way for a mass mobilization of an ethical citizenry that is put to work by the state.

Visiting several sites across the region, from Milanese high schools to the offices of state social workers to the homes of the needy, Muehlebach mounts a powerful argument that the neoliberal state nurtures selflessness in order to cement some of its most controversial reforms. At the same time, she also shows how the insertion of such an anticapitalist narrative into the heart of neoliberalization can have unintended consequences.

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The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy

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The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning) by Andrea Muehlebach
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0226545393 , 0226545407 | 288 pages | PDF | 1,2 MB
Morality is often imagined to be at odds with capitalism and its focus on the bottom line, but in The Moral Neoliberal morality is shown as the opposite: an indispensible tool for capitalist transformation.

The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare and Citizenship in Italy
Set within the shifting landscape of neoliberal welfare reform in the Lombardy region of Italy, Andrea Muehlebach tracks the phenomenal rise of voluntarism in the wake of the state's withdrawal of social service programs. Using anthropological tools, she shows how socialist volunteers are interpreting their unwaged labor as an expression of social solidarity, with Catholic volunteers thinking of theirs as an expression of charity and love. Such interpretations pave the way for a mass mobilization of an ethical citizenry that is put to work by the state.

Visiting several sites across the region, from Milanese high schools to the offices of state social workers to the homes of the needy, Muehlebach mounts a powerful argument that the neoliberal state nurtures selflessness in order to cement some of its most controversial reforms. At the same time, she also shows how the insertion of such an anticapitalist narrative into the heart of neoliberalization can have unintended consequences.

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Oxford English for Careers: Tourism 2: Student’s Book

Robin Walker, Keith Harding, "Oxford English for Careers: Tourism 2: Student's Book"
2009 | pages: 145 | ISBN: 0194551032 | PDF | 10,6 mb
Tourism 2 teaches pre-work students to communicate accurately in English, within the context of a career in tourism.

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Water Ethics: Marcelino Botin Water Forum 2007

M. Ramon Llamas, Manuel Ramn Llamas, "Water Ethics: Marcelino Botin Water Forum 2007"
English | 2009-03-12 | ISBN: 0415473039 | 382 pages | PDF | 3 mb
In the context of the current financial crisis, and at a time of deep global change, growing attention is paid to the global norms and ethical values that could underpin future global policy. Water is a key global resource. At the 3rd Marcelino Botin Foundation Water Workshop, held in Santander, Spain, June 12-14, 2007, the role of ethics in the deep roots, values, and the potential commonalities of the global water policy were discussed.

Experts from different cultural, geographic and religious backgrounds considered the different ethical points of view to enhance the debate on how ethical considerations can play a more significant and explicit role in water development and management.
Common ground for all contributing authors was considered to be the UN Declaration of 1948, and more specifically the basic aspects related to water ethics: 1. the dignity of every human being and 2. the necessity of solidarity among all human beings.

The book is divided in 8 sections which correspond to the papers presented at the Workshop:
– Some Cultural Traditional Approaches on Water Ethics;
– Some Ethical Aspects of New Water Management;
– Water as a Human Right and as an Economic Resource;
– Water and Poverty;
– Groundwater Use and its Ethical Aspects;
– Ethics of Water Ownership and Management;
– Corruption, Transparency and Participation in the Water Sector;
– Ethical Aspects of Unforeseen and Extreme Events Management such as Floods and Droughts;

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