Released on 2020-10-08Categories Fiction

The Paris Predicament

The Paris Predicament

Author: Sasha Lauren

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

ISBN: 9781684335527

Category: Fiction

Page: 395

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Ooh-la-la! This magical first-person novel poignantly captures the quest for love, truth, and meaning in a tumultuous world. Chances are, you know someone like Camille: tenderhearted and ambitious, yet free-as-the-breeze. An American portrait artist in Paris, Camille Portraro leads an enchanting existence until her life forever changes when everything she loves crashes in a flash. Camille’s life is entangled with a foreigner who mirrors lost parts of her life; as the narrative sweeps these strangers together, you will find yourself doing a double take. Sasha Lauren’s dramatic debut novel The Paris Predicament is a playful, thrilling, and unpredictable page-turner; it will take you for a wondrous ride around the world without ever leaving your seat. The whimsical words lilt and roll off the page, beckoning you on.
Released on 2009-02-25Categories Political Science

Islam's Predicament with Modernity

Islam's Predicament with Modernity

Author: Bassam Tibi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134013401

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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Islam's Predicament with Modernity presents an in-depth cultural and political analysis of the issue of political Islam as a potential source of tensions and conflict, and how this might be peacefully resolved. Looking at the issue of modernity from an Islamic point of view, the author examines the role of culture and religion in Muslim society under conditions of globalisation, and analyses issues such as law, knowledge and human rights. He engages a number of significant studies on political Islam and draws on detailed case studies, rejecting the approaches of both Orientalists and apologists and calling instead for a genuine Islamic pluralism that accepts the equality of others. Situating modernity as a Western product at the crux of his argument, he argues that a separation of religion and politics is required, which presents a challenge to the Islamic worldview. This critical analysis of value conflicts, tensions and change in the Islamic world will be of interest to scholars and advanced students of international relations, social theory, political science, religion, Islamic studies and Middle Eastern studies.
Released on 2013Categories History

The View from Above

The View from Above

Author: Jeanne Haffner

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262018791

Category: History

Page: 221

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The role of aerial photography in the evolution of the concept of social space"and its impact on French urban planning in the mid-twentieth century. In mid-twentieth century France, the term "social space" ( l'espace social)--the idea that spatial form and social life are inextricably linked--emerged in a variety of social science disciplines. Taken up by the French New Left, it also came to inform the practice of urban planning. In The View from Above, Jeanne Haffner traces the evolution of the science of social space from the interwar period to the 1970s, illuminating in particular the role of aerial photography in this new way of conceptualizing socio-spatial relations. As early as the 1930s, the view from above served for Marcel Griaule and other anthropologists as a means of connecting the social and the spatial. Just a few decades later, the Marxist urban sociologist Henri Lefebvre called the perspective enabled by aerial photography--a technique closely associated with the French colonial state and military--"the space of state control." Lefebvre and others nevertheless used the notion of social space to recast the problem of massive modernist housing projects (grands ensembles) to encompass the modern suburb (banlieue) itself--a critique that has contemporary resonance in light of the banlieue riots of 2005 and 2007. Haffner shows how such "views" permitted new ways of conceptualizing the old problem of housing to emerge. She also points to broader issues, including the influence of the colonies on the metropole, the application of sociological expertise to the study of the built environment, and the development of a spatially oriented critique of capitalism.
Released on 2014-07-14Categories Social Science

Modernist Anthropology

Modernist Anthropology

Author: Marc Manganaro

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400861415

Category: Social Science

Page: 350

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Recent insights into the nature of representation and power relations have signaled an important shift in perspective on anthropology: from a fieldwork-based "science" of culture to an interpretive activity bound to the discursive and ideological process called "text-making." This collection of essays reflects the ongoing cross-fertilization between literary criticism and anthropology. Focusing on texts written or influenced by anthropologists between 1900 and 1945, the work relates current perspectives on anthropology's discursive nature to the literary period known as "Modernism.". The essays, each demonstrating anthropology's profound influence on this important cultural movement, are organized according to discourse type: from the comparativist text of Frazer, to the ethnographies of Boas, Benedict, Mead, and Hurston, and on to the surrealist experiments of the College de Sociologie. Meanwhile the book's orientation shifts from essays that approach anthropology from the vantage points of literariness and textual power to those that contemplate what bearing the junction of cultural theory and anthropology can have upon present and future social institutions. In addition to the editor, contributors include Vincent Crapanzano, Deborah Gordon, Richard Handler, Arnold Krupat, Francesco Loriggio, Michele Richman, Marty Roth, Marilyn Strathern, Robert Sullivan, John B. Vickery, and Steven Webster. Originally published in 1990. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Released on 1988-05-18Categories Social Science

The Predicament of Culture

The Predicament of Culture

Author: James Clifford

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674503731

Category: Social Science

Page: 395

View: 806

The Predicament of Culture is a critical ethnography of the West in its changing relations with other societies. Analyzing cultural practices such as anthropology, travel writing, collecting, and museum displays of tribal art, Clifford shows authoritative accounts of other ways of life to be contingent fictions, now actively contested in postcolonial contexts. In discussions of ethnography, surrealism, museums, and emergent tribal arts, Clifford probes the late twentieth-century predicament of living simultaneously within, between, and after culture.
Released on 2005Categories Political Science

The Predicaments of Publicness

The Predicaments of Publicness

Author: Udo Pesch

Publisher: Eburon Uitgeverij B.V.

ISBN: 9789059720824

Category: Political Science

Page: 218

View: 975

As governmental goods and resources continue to undergo privatization, many wonder just what is “public” about public administration. The Predicaments of Publicness traces the development of this dilemma in modern political and social thought and then applies those theoretical findings to some of the most relevant practical issues in current public administration. Some organizations, Pesch asserts, remain outside of the public/private schism, and The Predicaments of Publicness will provide readers—both citizens and civil servants—with essential guideposts for negotiating these new arenas.
Released on 2021-01-18Categories Social Science

People, Predicaments and Potentials in Africa

People, Predicaments and Potentials in Africa

Author: Takehiko Ochiai

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9789956551200

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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The term 'African Potentials' refers to the knowledge, systems, practices, ideas and values created and implemented in African societies that are expected to contribute to overcoming various challenges and promoting people's wellbeing. This collection of articles, focused on African societies, is based on the idea that 'Africa is People'. In this book, African people are placed at the centre of the discussion. The book's contributors, all of whom believe in African people and their potentials, consider women, minors and young people, people with disabilities, entrepreneurs, herders, farmers, mine workers, refugees, migrants, traditional rulers, militiamen and members of the political elite, and examine their predicaments and potentials in detail. Africa is people, and African potentials can be found only in African people themselves.
Released on 2020-07-10Categories Philosophy

Puppets

Puppets

Author: Steven Colborne

Publisher: Tealight Books

ISBN: 9781838087951

Category: Philosophy

Page: 862

View: 932

Puppets is a compilation of four major book releases by philosopher and author Steven Colborne. This 800+ page collection offers a feast of philosophical and theological insight and gives readers the opportunity to own many of Colborne's most important works in a single volume. Readers will finish this collection understanding the full depth and beauty of Colborne's philosophy, which depicts God as in sovereign control of all events in existence, including all human activity — hence the title, 'Puppets'. The following books are included in the compilation: THE PHILOSOPHY OF A MAD MAN Part spiritual memoir, part philosophical exposition, this was Colborne's debut book release and offers a compelling insight into the man behind the philosophy. THE GOD ARTICLES A diverse selection of Colborne's dialogues, discourses, prayers, poems, and reflections on matters of spirituality and religion. Includes fascinating accounts of major events in Colborne's spiritual life such as his Holy Spirit baptism and miraculous street healing. GOD'S GRAND GAME This is Colborne's magnum opus and is a comprehensive presentation of his philosophical worldview. The book is the result of more than 10 years of research and reflection in relation to the divine sovereignty versus human free will predicament. A COLLECTION OF ESSAYS Includes twelve essays spanning Colborne's career, from his first class undergraduate thesis on musical meaning, to his Heythrop essays discussing leading figures from the history of philosophy, and several of his later essays, including An Almighty Predicament: A Discourse on the Arguments For and Against Christianity and The Only Question You Ever Need Ask. Download a free sample or buy your copy today.
Released on 2021-12-24Categories Architecture

Architecture, Aesthetics, and the Predicaments of Theory

Architecture, Aesthetics, and the Predicaments of Theory

Author: Amir H Ameri

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000511109

Category: Architecture

Page: 232

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Architecture, Aesthetics, and the Predicaments of Theory offers a critical analysis of the methodological constants and shared critical strategies in the history of theoretical discourse on Western architecture. Central to these constants is the persistent role of aesthetics as a critical tool for the delimitation of architecture. This book analyzes the unceasing critical role aesthetics is given to play in the discourse of architecture. The book offers a close and critical reading of three seminal texts from three different periods in the history of theoretical discourse on Western architecture—the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and 19th-century Romanticism. The first text is Leone Battista Alberti's Ten Books on Architecture of 1452, the next Marc-Antoine Laugier’s An Essay on Architecture of 1753, and last, John Ruskin’s The Seven Lamps of Architecture of 1849. Additional influential texts from, among others, the 20th and 21st centuries are engaged with along the way to locate and contextualize the arguments within the broader discursive tradition of Western architecture. The book will interest scholars and students of architecture, architectural history and theory, as well as scholars and students of cultural studies, aesthetic philosophy, art history, literary criticism, and related disciplines.
Released on 2016-08-30Categories Political Science

African Predicaments & the Method of solving them effectively

African Predicaments & the Method of solving them effectively

Author: Fekadu Bekele

Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH

ISBN: 9783832543075

Category: Political Science

Page: 179

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The author of this book identifies the causes of African predicaments and gives solutions to the complicated challenges the continent faces. He shows how slavery and colonialism devastated the evolutionary development of the continent. Both slavery and colonialism had destroyed until hitherto existed forms of social organizations and division of labor. After political independence many African governments were pursued to implement free market economic policies. However, the different policies that have been applied for the past six decades could not wipe out the structural crises of the continent. Instead the different policies have deepened the social and the economic crises of the continent. After 50 years of political independence, many African countries are still exporters of raw materials and cash crops. Almost all African countries do not have an integrated market structure that is based on vast division of labor. The market sizes of many African countries are very narrow. To this day many African countries practice the so-called import substitution industrialization which cannot solve the continent's complex problems. After the author has examined the failure of the economic policies of the past six decades and their negative impacts he proposes that African countries must introduce a holistic program that effectively solves all the challenges that the continent faces. For that they must introduce political and institutional reforms. The author believes that without wide range political and institutional reforms and without changing the mindset of the political and economic elite there cannot be any social and economic progress.
Released on 2016-06-22Categories Self-Help

Human Predicaments

Human Predicaments

Author: John Kekes

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226359595

Category: Self-Help

Page: 274

View: 859

The philosopher and author of How Should We Live? presents “a clear and provocative discussion of issues such as boredom, hypocrisy, evil, and innocence” (Stephen Mulhall, University of Oxford). In this book, John Kekes draws on anthropology, history, and literature to offer practical insights into the common predicaments we all face in our daily lives. Each chapter offers new ways of thinking about a common, fundamental problem, such as facing difficult choices, uncontrollable contingencies, complex evaluations, the failures of justice, the miasma of boredom, and the inescapable hypocrisies of social life. In each case, Kekes discusses how others in different times and cultures have approached similar issues. Kekes examines what is good, bad, instructive, and dangerous in the Hindu caste system, Balinese role-morality, the sexually charged politics of the Shilluk, the religious passion of Cortes and Simone Weil, the fate of Colonel Hiromichi Yahara during and after the battle for Okinawa, the ritual human sacrifices of the Aztecs, and the tragedies to which innocence may lead. In doing so, he enlarges our understanding of the possibilities available to us as we struggle with the common obstacles of modern life.
Released on 2014-08-23Categories Social Science

Cameroon's Predicaments

Cameroon's Predicaments

Author: Angwafo, Peter Tse

Publisher: Langaa RPCIG

ISBN: 9789956792382

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

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This book deals with a variety of socio-cultural, economic and political problems facing Cameroon and the rest of Africa, with particular reference to unemployment, corruption, poverty, criminality, violence, insecurity, and moral decadence. It presents a critical analysis of government policies from the colonial era to the present time; arguing that most of these policies have been stalled by an uncommitted leadership. The regime in Cameroon has drifted away from basic managerial and democratic principles in in favour of the ethnicisation of politics, sterile consumption, clientelism and patronage. The book contends that corruption has become the main instrument of governance whereby the political and economic elites control the wealth of the nation at the expense of a majority who wallow in abject poverty and misery. Faced with the difficult economic and political situation, most youth and the intelligentsia have adopted 'official and 'unofficial' means to circumvent all immigration rules to travel to affluent Western countries, the consequences notwithstanding. Brain drain is often the outcome. Further, it examines issues of social exclusion, political representation and marginalization with special focus on the predicament of Anglophone Cameroonians as a socio-cultural community. The inclusion of examples and case studies based on empirical and secondary data from Africa is intended to foreground the importance of comparison, and attract the interest of both academic and non-academic readership.