Download E-books The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes PDF

By Patrick Keiller

“Robinson believed that, if he checked out it not easy adequate, he may cause the skin of town to bare to him the molecular basis of historic occasions, and during this method he was hoping to determine into the future.”

In his series of movies, Patrick Keiller retraces the hidden tale of the locations the place we are living, the towns and landscapes of our daily lives. Now, during this fantastic choice of essays, he bargains a brand new standpoint on how Britain works and sees itself. He discusses the heritage to his paintings and its improvement – from surrealism to post-2008 fiscal disaster – and expands on what the movies reveal.

Referencing writers together with Benjamin and Lefebvre, the essays stick with his occupation because the past due Nineteen Seventies, exploring subject matters together with the surrealist notion of town; the connection of structure and picture; how towns swap over the years, and the way motion pictures characterize this; in addition to money owed of cross-country trips related to ancient figures, unforeseen rules and an pressing portrait of post-crash Britain.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books The Mong Oral Tradition: Cultural Memory in the Absence of Written Language PDF

By Yer J. Thao

In 1975, after years of fight, Communists seized regulate of the govt of Laos. participants of the Mong tradition who had helped the U.S. critical Intelligence enterprise of their quest to halt the unfold of Communism have been compelled to maneuver to the United States as political refugees. The Mong, with their powerful tradition of oral traditions and ideology, have been plunged right into a multicultural society the place the written notice was once known. accordingly, their oral customs are actually being slowly eroded and changed with a written culture. wanting to carry directly to their cultural id and proceed the traditions in their ancestors, the Mong nonetheless fight with the hindrance this variation in literary conception has prompted. Compiled from a variety of interviews, this quantity explores the lives of thirteen Mong elders. With emphasis on their detailed oral culture and cultural practices, the ebook discusses Mong rituals, tribal customs, non secular ideals and academic reports. the main target of the paintings, notwithstanding, is the life-style the elders maintained whereas dwelling within the mountains of Laos. of their personal phrases, they describe their adolescence, groups, spiritual rituals and cultural traditions in addition to the continuing fight of adjustment to their new place of origin. The paintings additionally delves into the Mong perceptions of industrialization and the generational clash that immersion right into a literate society has brought on. the writer himself is a member of the Mong tradition and brings a private point of view to protecting the oral traditions of this particular ethnicity. The paintings can be listed.

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Download E-books Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts PDF

By Zygmunt Bauman

The creation of 'human waste' - or extra accurately, wasted lives, the 'superfluous' populations of migrants, refugees and different outcasts - is an inevitable end result of modernization. it really is an unavoidable side-effect of monetary growth and the search for order that is attribute of modernity.

so long as huge components of the realm remained completely or partially unaffected through modernization, they have been handled by way of modernizing societies as lands that have been capable of take up the surplus of inhabitants within the 'developed countries'. international options have been sought, and quickly stumbled on, to in the community produced overpopulation difficulties. yet as modernization has reached the furthest lands of the planet, 'redundant inhabitants' is produced all over the place and all localities need to endure the results of modernity's international triumph. they're now faced with the necessity to search - in useless, it kind of feels - neighborhood suggestions to globally produced difficulties. the worldwide unfold of the modernity has given upward thrust to turning out to be amounts of people who're disadvantaged of enough technique of survival, however the planet is speedy working out of areas to place them. as a result the hot anxieties approximately 'immigrants' and 'asylum seekers' and the growing to be function performed by means of diffuse 'security fears' at the modern political agenda.

With attribute brilliance, this new e-book by means of Zygmunt Bauman unravels the effect of this modification on our modern tradition and politics and exhibits that the matter of dealing with 'human waste' offers a key for figuring out a few another way baffling positive factors of our shared existence, from the recommendations of worldwide domination to the main intimate features of human relationships.

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Download E-books Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex PDF

By Joel Best, Kathleen A. Bogle

Winner of the 2015 Brian McConnell publication Award offered by way of the overseas Society for modern Legend Research

To listen mainstream media assets inform it, the intercourse lives of recent little ones outpace even the smuttiest of cable tv indicates. teenager ladies “sext” specific photographs to boys they prefer; they put on “sex bracelets” that symbolize what sexual actions they've got performed, or will do; they staff up with different ladies at “rainbow events” to accomplish intercourse acts on teams of prepared youngster boys; they shape “pregnancy pacts” with their top girlfriends to all develop into teenager moms whilst. From The at the present time exhibit, to CNN, to the New York Times, tales of those occasions were featured commonly within the media. yet are so much teenage—or younger—children fairly going to intercourse events and having a number of sexual encounters in an orgy-like model?
 
Researchers say no—teen intercourse is really now not rampant and teenage being pregnant is at low degrees. yet why do tales like those locate such media site visitors, exploiting mom and dad’ worst fears? How do those rumors start, and the way do they shuttle round the state or even around the globe?
 
In Kids long past Wild, best-selling authors Joel most sensible and Kathleen A. Bogle use those tales in regards to the fears of the becoming sexualization of youth to discover what we all know approximately modern legends and the way either conventional media and the web perpetuate those rumors whereas, now and then, debating their authenticity. top and Bogle describe the method wherein such tales unfold, hint how and to the place they've got moved, and tune how they could morph as they commute from one medium to a different. finally, they locate that our society’s view of youngsters raging uncontrolled has drastic and unexpected effects, fueling the controversy on intercourse schooling and affecting coverage judgements on every thing from the supply of the morning after capsule to who's integrated on intercourse criminal registries.
 
A dazzling examine the reality in the back of the sensationalism in our tradition, Kids long past Wild is a much-needed take-heed call for a society made up our minds to think the worst approximately its kids.

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Download E-books The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland PDF

With this Dickensian story from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing but uplifting tale of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient crew of guys with highbrow incapacity, and the heroic efforts of these who helped them to discover justice and reclaim their lives.

In the tiny Iowa farm city of Atalissa, dozens of fellows, all with highbrow incapacity and all from Texas, lived in an outdated schoolhouse. earlier than sunrise every one morning, they have been bussed to a close-by processing plant, the place they eviscerated turkeys in go back for foodstuff, accommodation, and $65 a month. They lived in close to servitude for greater than thirty years, enduring expanding overlook, exploitation, and actual and emotional abuse—until nation social employees, neighborhood reporters, and one tenacious hard work legal professional helped those males in attaining freedom.

Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the lads, recording their thoughts of ache, loneliness and fleeting pleasure, in addition to the timeless wish they maintained regardless of their anxious conditions. Barry explores how a small Iowa city remained oblivious to the plight of those males, analyzes the various reasons for such profound and protracted negligence, and lays out the effect of the men’s dramatic court docket case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for simply pay and more advantageous operating stipulations for individuals dwelling with disabilities.

A luminous paintings of social justice, instructed with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys within the Bunkhouse is greater than simply encouraged storytelling. it's a clarion demand a vigilance that guarantees inclusion and dignity for all.

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Download E-books Five Thousand Years of Slavery PDF

By Marjorie Gann, Janet Willen

Once they have been too impoverished to elevate their households, historic Sumerians bought their childrens into bondage. Slave girls in Rome confronted endless loved ones drudgery. The ninth-century Zanj have been transported from East Africa to paintings the salt marshes of Iraq. Cotton pickers labored lower than bad duress within the American South.

Ancient background? Tragically, no. In our time, slavery wears many faces. James Kofi Annan's mom and dad in Ghana offered him simply because they can no longer feed him. Beatrice Fernando needed to paintings nearly round the clock in Lebanon. Julia Gabriel was once trafficked from Arizona to the cucumber fields of South Carolina.

Five Thousand Years of Slavery offers the suspense and emotional engagement of a good novel. it truly is a superb source with its entire ancient narrative, firsthand bills, maps, archival photographs, work and posters, an index, and proposals for additional analyzing. even more than a reference paintings, it's a tremendous exploration of the worst - and the easiest - in human society.

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Download E-books Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America PDF

By Barbara Ehrenreich

Our sharpest and most unique social critic is going "undercover" as an unskilled employee to bare the darkish aspect of yank prosperity.

Millions of american citizens paintings complete time, 12 months around, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich determined to affix them. She was once encouraged partly via the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised activity -- any activity -- may be the price tag to a greater lifestyles. yet how does an individual continue to exist, not to mention prosper, on $6 an hour? to determine, Ehrenreich left her domestic, took the most affordable accommodations she may well locate, and approved no matter what jobs she used to be provided. relocating from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she labored as a waitress, a lodge maid, a cleansing girl, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart revenues clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential lodges. in a short time, she came upon that no task is actually "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require laborious psychological and muscular attempt. She additionally realized that one task isn't sufficient; you would like at the least if you happen to int to dwell indoors.

Nickel and Dimed finds low-rent the US in all its tenacity, anxiousness, and fabulous generosity -- a land of huge packing containers, quickly nutrition, and 1000 determined stratagems for survival. learn it for the smoldering readability of Ehrenreich's viewpoint and for an extraordinary view of ways "prosperity" seems to be from the ground. you are going to by no means see whatever -- from a hotel rest room to a restaurant meal -- in fairly an identical means again.

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Download E-books Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society PDF

By Peter N. Stearns

Within the 20th and twenty-first centuries, smooth city, business, prosperous societies have made nice strides in the direction of solving the various difficulties that plagued different societies for hundreds of years: nutrients shortages are approximately eradicated, little one and maternal mortality has fallen dramatically, contraception is either on hand and potent, schooling degrees are greater, and inner violence is considerably diminished. Modernity’s advantages are many and bountiful—but has modernity rather made us happy?

Satisfaction now not Guaranteed is a publication in regards to the sleek situation, and why the earnings of dwelling in smooth city, business, prosperous societies haven't proved extra pleasant than they've got. It examines why actual effects that paralleled previous anticipations of growth haven't generated the benefit and contentment that an identical forecasters assumed may follow to trendy existence. utilizing his trademark inquiry of feelings in American historical past, Peter N. Stearns asks why, if sleek lifestyles has been in most cases characterised by way of measurable subject matters of growth, abundance, and development, are humans no longer happier or extra content material with their lot in existence? Why is there an elevated occurrence of mental melancholy, anxiousness, and the feel that not anyone has ever reached a top of happiness or contentment? It’s now not lots that modernity went flawed, yet quite that it has no longer long past as swimmingly as was once expected. Satisfaction Not Guaranteed makes use of concrete examples from either heritage and the current, akin to happiness surveys, to debate how as a society we'd larger juggle the calls for of recent lifestyles with the pursuit of happiness.

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Download E-books Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace PDF

By Nikil Saval

You suggest this position we visit 5 days every week has a background? Cubed unearths the unexplored but astonishing tale of the areas the place lots of the world's work--our work--gets performed. From "Bartleby the Scrivener" to The place of work, from the steno pool to the open-plan cubicle farm, Cubed is an engaging, frequently humorous, and occasionally stressful anatomy of the white-collar global and the way it got here to be how it is--and what it can become.

In the mid-nineteenth century clerks labored in small, dank areas referred to as "counting-houses." those have been all-male enclaves, the place paintings was once simply forms. such a lot americans thought of clerks to be questionable dandies, who didn't do "real work." however the shaggy dog story used to be on them: because the nice old shifts from agricultural to commercial economies came about, after which from commercial to details economies, the association of the office advanced besides them--and the clerks took over. workplaces grew to become rationalized, designed for either higher potency within the accomplishments of clerical paintings and the enhancement of employee productiveness. girls entered the place of work by way of the thousands, and revolutionized the social global from inside of. Skyscrapers jam-packed with workplace area got here to tower over towns all over. Cubed opens our eyes to what's a really "secret history" of adjustments so noticeable and ubiquitous that we've hardly ever spotted them. From the wood-paneled government suite to the appearance of the compartments the place 60% of american citizens now paintings (and ninety three% of them dislike it) to a not-too-distant destiny the place we'd paintings at any place at any time (and probably the entire time), Cubed excavates from renowned books, video clips, comedian strips (Dilbert!), and an enormous quantity of administration literature and enterprise heritage, the explanations why our places of work are the best way they are--and how they could be larger.

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Download E-books Thunder on the Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets Behind Big Coal PDF

By Peter A. Galuszka

"Scathing exposé of the coal industry."
--The ny occasions booklet Review

On April five, 2010, an explosion ripped via Massey Energy's top large department Mine, killing twenty-nine coal miners. This tragedy was once the deadliest mine catastrophe within the usa in 40 years―a catastrophe that by no means must have occurred. those deaths have been rooted within the cynical company tradition of Massey and its infamous former CEO Don Blankenship, and have been a part of an never-ending cycle of poverty, exploitation, and environmental abuse that has ruled the Appalachian coalfields given that coal used to be first stumbled on there. And the cycle maintains unabated as coal businesses bury the main insidious risks deep underground, all looking for larger earnings, and conceal the real expenses from regulators, unions, and traders alike.

But the catastrophe at higher enormous department is going past the coalfields of West Virginia. It casts an international shadow, calling into sour query why coal miners within the usa are sacrificed to erect towns at the different part of the realm, why the coal wars were allowed to rage, polarizing the rustic, and the way the world's voracious urge for food for power is happy at such horrendous cost.

With Thunder at the Mountain, Peter A. Galuszka items jointly the real tale of greed and negligence in the back of the tragedy on the top significant department Mine, and in doing so he has created a devastating portrait of a complete that exposes the coal-black motivations that ended in the demise of twenty-nine miners and gas the continued warfare for the world's power future.

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