Liquid Times

Author: Zygmunt Bauman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745673288
Release Date: 2013-04-16
Genre: Social Science


Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Age

Author: Anna Maria Guasch Ferrer
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443869966
Release Date: 2014-10-17
Genre: Art

Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Age poses fundamental questions and pinpoints topical discussions central to the field of contemporary art studies in the global age. Resulting from a series of conversations that took place at the international conference ""Critical Cartography of Art and Visuality in the Global Age"" (Barcelona 2013), the volume brings together current debates in cultural and identity-based art histories as a means of expanding the territory of contempor...

Making Sense of Change Management

Author: Esther Cameron
Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN: 9780749464363
Release Date: 2012-05-03
Genre: Business & Economics

Written for students and professionals alike, Making Sense of Change Management is the classic text in the field of change management. It is aimed at anyone who wants to understand why change happens, how it happens and what needs to be done to make change a welcome rather than a dreaded concept. It offers considered insights into the many frameworks, models and ways of approaching change and helps the reader to apply the right approach to each unique situation. This completely revised and fully updated new edition includes new chapters on managing change in tough and uncertain times and the deeper skills of becoming a true agent of change.

We Have Never Been Postmodern

Author: Steve Redhead
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748688975
Release Date: 2011-06-29
Genre: Art

This book sets out a variety of reasons why we should move away from seeing the recent era as 'postmodern' and our culture as 'postmodernist' through a series of analyses of contemporary culture.

The Dark Side of Prosperity

Author: Mark Horsley
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781472436597
Release Date: 2015-03-28
Genre: Social Science

This book offers a critical analysis of consumer credit markets and the growth of outstanding debt, presenting in-depth interview material to explore the phenomenon of mass indebtedness through the life trajectories of self-identified debtors struggling with the pressures of owing money. A rich and original qualitative study of the close relationship between financial capitalism, consumer aspirations, social exclusion and the proliferation of personal indebtedness, The Dark Side of Prosperity examines questions of social identity, subjectivity and consumer motivation in close connection with the socio-cultural ideals of an ‘enjoyment society’ that binds the value of the lives of individuals to the endless acquisition and disposal of pecuniary resources and lifestyle symbols. Critically engaging with the work of Giddens, Beck and Bauman, this volume draws on the thought of contemporary philosophers including Žižek, Badiou and Rancière to consider the possibility that the expansion of outstanding consumer credit, despite its many consequences, may be integral to the construction of social identity in a radically indeterminate and increasingly divided society. A ground-breaking work of critical social research this book will appeal to scholars of social theory, contemporary philosophy and political and economic sociology, as well as those with interests in consumer credit and cultures of indebtedness.

Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics Volume 35 2015

Author: Manfred Diehl, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826196521
Release Date: 2014-12-20
Genre: Medical

How do individuals perceive the experience of aging? Can this perception predict such developmental outcomes as functional health or mortality? The 35th volume of ARGG encompasses the most current and fruitful research findings about the subjective experience of aging and describes how they fit within a theoretical framework. It reflects a new and advanced stage of development in the discipline of subjective aging and will be a building block for future theoretical and empirical work in this area of study. The book integrates presentations from a series of recent workshops attended by an international cadre of subjective aging researchers, the results of several longitudinal studies from across the globe, and theoretical propositions from studies that are ongoing. Chapters-reviewed by independent scholars for "quality control"-- address major conceptual approaches and key challenges to subjective aging research; research designs, empirical findings, and methodological issues; and the implications of subjective aging research on interventions, society, and the changing contexts of aging. Key Topics: Subjective aging and awareness of aging Connections between research on subjective aging and age stereotypes and stigma Linking subjective aging to changing social meanings of age and the life course Psychological and social resources and subjective aging across the adult life span Experimental research on age stereotypes Domain-specific approaches and implications for addressing issues of developmental regulation Subjective aging as a predictor of major endpoints of aging and development Exploring new contexts and connections for subjective aging measures Changing negative views of aging Subjective aging research from a cross-cultural perspective Subjective aging research and gerontological practice Future directions for subjective aging research

Global Families

Author: Meg Wilkes Karraker
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412998635
Release Date: 2012-05-08
Genre: Political Science

In Global Families, author Meg Karraker provides family scholars with a methodical introduction to the interdisciplinary field of globalization. Global Families then examines the ways in which globalization impinges on families throughout the world in four major areas: demographic transitions, world-wide culture, international violence, and transnational employment. The book concludes with a discussion of supra-national policies and other efforts to position families in this global landscape.

From Agamben to Zizek

Author: Jon Simons
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 9780748686742
Release Date: 2010-09-10
Genre: Literary Criticism

In these 15 taster essays you will discover the key concepts and critical approaches of the theorists who have had the most significant impact on the humanities since 1990.

Pr dikat Heritage

Author: Dorothee Hemme
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
ISBN: 9783825898922
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Cultural property

Die kulturellen Praktiken der Heritage-ifizierung - der Herausbildung und Nutzung von kulturellem Erbe - sind es, die in diesem Band in ethnographischer und historischer Perspektive einer Bestandsaufnahme unterzogen werden. Ein interdisziplinäres Autorenfeld untersucht Fallbeispiele vom Baltikum bis nach Südmexiko und durchleuchtet die spätmoderne Konjunktur des kulturellen Erbes auf ihre historische Genese und gegenwärtige Ausprägung. Die Beiträge erkunden die Rolle der Wissenschaften in der Produktion von kulturellem Erbe und fragen nach analytischen Zugangsweisen an das Thema heritage.

Futures of Modernity

Author: Michael Heinlein
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 9783839420768
Release Date: 2014-03-31
Genre: Social Science

Global risks, mobilities and interdependencies transnationalize local life and working worlds. These processes lead to an inner globalization of societies in which worldwide constellations of »reflexive« (Ulrich Beck), »multiple« (Shmuel N. Eisenstadt), »entangled« (Shalini Randeria) and »global« (Arjun Appadurai) modernities simultaneously and immediately clash in social action: a process of cosmopolitanization in which »the global« is localized and »the local« is globalized in radical new ways. In this book, an international selection of prominent critical thinkers address this premise and provide their interpretations of imminent challenges, concomitant social dynamics and political implications. With contributions by Arjun Appadurai, Zygmunt Bauman, Ulrich Beck, Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim, Edgar Grande, Maarten Hajer, Ronald Hitzler, Wolf Lepenies, Anna Tsing, Angela McRobbie, Bruno Latour, Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger, Hans-Georg Soeffner, Natan Sznaider, Anja Weiß and Yunxiang Yan.

Beyond the Consumption Bubble

Author: Karin M. Ekström
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136859458
Release Date: 2010-12-14
Genre: Business & Economics

Research on consumption can shed light on many fundamental questions, such as the character of society, including social and cultural dimensions; the relations between the generations; dependency on technology and the risks involved; the rise of Asia and its potential consumption preferences; the question of whether we must continuously increase our consumption to avoid a recession and whether this is ecologically sustainable. In the field of consumption research there is need for analytical rigor based on theory and empirical evidence as well as discussions that will inspire readers to ask important questions regarding future development. The contributors to this innovative volume are scholars and experts in the field of consumption representing a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, economics, history, marketing, political science, and sociology. This book not only provides readers with a nuanced picture of consumption, but intends to enrich and sharpen the general debate about society today.

Ethics and Desire in the Wake of Postmodernism

Author: Graham Matthews
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781441134394
Release Date: 2012-04-26
Genre: Literary Criticism

What is the significance of writing in the wake of postmodernism? The previous decade has seen a growing interest in criticism of postmodern ethics and aesthetics from theorists and writers. This book begins to answer what art form or critical methodology might take its place. Exploring the work of six contemporary novelists - Bret Easton Ellis, J.G. Ballard, Will Self, Michel Houellebecq, Tama Janowitz and Chuck Palahniuk - Ethics and Desire in the Wake of Postmodernism delivers a series of interventions into six key areas of contemporary debate: fear, nihilism, revolution, ethics, enjoyment and feminism. The book goes on to develop an innovative critical methodology which reinvigorates the ability of art and literature to engage in ideological critique. Rather than valorising separatism, plurality or indeterminacy, this approach delivers a critical framework which enacts a radical de-centering of the fundamental coordinates of contemporary society.

The New Politics of Social Work

Author: Mel Gray
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137327123
Release Date: 2013-10-30
Genre: Social Science

With contributions from those at the forefront of modern social work thought, this edited volume reflects the growing eminence of critical social work in the 21st Century. Taking a truly global outlook, this text advocates the promotion of equality through a range of radical perspectives and provides a blueprint for the future of practice

National Museums and Nation building in Europe 1750 2010

Author: Peter Aronsson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317569145
Release Date: 2014-12-05
Genre: Social Science

Europe’s national museums have since their creation been at the centre of on-going nation making processes. National museums negotiate conflicts and contradictions and entrain the community sufficiently to obtain the support of scientists and art connoisseurs, citizens and taxpayers, policy makers, domestic and foreign visitors alike. National Museums and Nation-building in Europe 1750-2010 assess the national museum as a manifestation of cultural and political desires, rather than that a straightforward representation of the historical facts of a nation. National Museums and Nation-building in Europe 1750-2010 examines the degree to which national museums have created models and representations of nations, their past, present and future, and proceeds to assess the consequences of such attempts. Revealing how different types of nations and states – former empires, monarchies, republics, pre-modern, modern or post-imperial entities – deploy and prioritise different types of museums (based on art, archaeology, culture and ethnography) in their making, this book constitutes the first comprehensive and comparative perspective on national museums in Europe and their intricate relationship to the making of nations and states.