One Less Car

Author: Zack Furness
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781592136148
Release Date: 2010-03-12
Genre: Political Science

Although millions of people in the United States love to ride bicycles for exercise or leisure, statistics show that only 1% of the total U.S. population ride bicycles for transportation—and barely half as many use bikes to commute to work. In his original and exciting book, One Less Car, Zack Furness examines what it means historically, culturally, socioeconomically, and politically to be a bicycle transportation advocate/activist. Presenting an underground subculture of bike enthusiasts who aggressively resist car culture, Furness maps out the cultural trajectories between mobility, technology, urban space and everyday life. He connects bicycling to radical politics, public demonstrations, alternative media production (e.g., ‘zines), as well as to the development of community programs throughout the world. One Less Car also positions the bicycle as an object with which to analyze and critique some of the dominant cultural and political formations in the U.S.—and even breaks down barriers of race, class and gender privilege that are interconnected to mobility. For Furness, bicycles not only liberate people from technology, they also support social and environmental justice. So, he asks, Why aren’t more Americans adopting them for their transportation needs?

The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City

Author: Setha Low
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317296973
Release Date: 2018-10-03
Genre: Social Science

The Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and the City provides a comprehensive study of current and future urban issues on a global and local scale. Premised on an ‘engaged’ approach to urban anthropology, the volume adopts a thematic approach that covers a wide range of modern urban issues, with a particular focus on those of high public interest. Topics covered include security, displacement, social justice, privatisation, sustainability, and preservation. Offering valuable insight into how anthropologists investigate, make sense of, and then address a variety of urban issues, each chapter covers key theoretical and methodological concerns alongside rich ethnographic case study material. The volume is an essential reference for students and researchers in urban anthropology, as well as of interest for those in related disciplines, such as urban studies, sociology, and geography.

Playing as if the World Mattered

Author: Gabriel Kuhn
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629630977
Release Date: 2015-06-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The world of sports is often associated with commercialism, corruption, and reckless competition. Liberals have objected to sport being used for political propaganda, and leftists have decried its role in distracting the masses from the class struggle. Yet, since the beginning of organized sports, athletes, fans, and officials have tried to administer and play it in ways that strengthen, rather than hinder, progressive social change. From the workers' sports movement in the early 20th century to the civil rights struggle transforming sports in the 1960s to the current global network of grassroots sports clubs, there has been a glowing desire to include sports in the struggle for liberation and social justice. With the help of numerous full-color illustrations—from posters and leaflets to paintings and photographs—Playing as if the World Mattered makes this history tangible and introduces an understanding of sports beyond chauvinistic jingoism, corporate-media chat rooms, and multibillion-dollar business deals.

Why Would Anyone Do That

Author: Stephen C. Poulson
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813564456
Release Date: 2016-04-19
Genre: Psychology

Triathlons, such as the famously arduous Ironman Triathlon, and “extreme” mountain biking—hair-raising events held over exceedingly dangerous terrain—are prime examples of the new “lifestyle sports” that have grown in recent years from oddball pursuits, practiced by a handful of characters, into multi-million-dollar industries. In Why Would Anyone Do That? sociologist Stephen C. Poulson offers a fascinating exploration of these new and physically demanding sports, shedding light on why some people find them so compelling. Drawing on interviews with lifestyle sport competitors, on his own experience as a participant, on advertising for lifestyle sport equipment, and on editorial content of adventure sport magazines, Poulson addresses a wide range of issues. He notes that these sports are often described as “authentic” challenges which help keep athletes sane given the demands they confront in their day-to-day lives. But is it really beneficial to “work” so hard at “play?” Is the discipline required to do these sports really an expression of freedom, or do these sports actually impose extraordinary degrees of conformity upon these athletes? Why Would Anyone Do That? grapples with these questions, and more generally with whether lifestyle sport should always be considered “good” for people. Poulson also looks at what happens when a sport becomes a commodity—even a sport that may have begun as a reaction against corporate and professional sport—arguing that commodification inevitably plays a role in determining who plays, and also how and why the sport is played. It can even help provide the meaning that athletes assign to their participation in the sport. Finally, the book explores the intersections of race, class, and gender with respect to participation in lifestyle and endurance sports, noting in particular that there is a near complete absence of people of color in most of these contests. In addition, Poulson examines how concepts of masculinity in triathlons have changed as women’s roles in this sport increase.

The Cycling City

Author: Evan Friss
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226210919
Release Date: 2015-11-04
Genre: History

As Evan Friss shows in his mordant history of urban bicycling in the late nineteenth century, the bicycle has long told us much about cities and their residents. In a time when American cities were chaotic, polluted, and socially and culturally impenetrable, the bicycle inspired a vision of an improved city in which pollution was negligible, transport was noiseless and rapid, leisure spaces were democratic, and the divisions between city and country blurred. Friss focuses not on the technology of the bicycle but on the urbanisms that bicycling engendered. Bicycles altered the look and feel of cities and their streets, enhanced mobility, fueled leisure and recreation, promoted good health, and shrank urban spaces as part of a larger transformation that altered the city and the lives of its inhabitants, even as the bicycle's own popularity fell, not to rise again for a century.

The NFL

Author: Thomas Oates
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 1439909571
Release Date: 2014-07-11
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The National Football League is one of the most significant cultural engines in contemporary American life. Yet despite intense and near ubiquitous media coverage, commentators rarely turn a critical lens on the league to ask what material and social forces have contributed to its success, and how the NFL has influenced public life in the United States. The editors of and contributors to The NFL examine the league as a culturally, economically, and politically powerful presence in American life. The essays, by established and up-and-coming scholars, explore how the NFL is packaged for commercial consumption, the league's influence on American identity, and its relationship to state and cultural militarism. The NFL is the first collection of critical essays to focus attention on the NFL as a cultural force. It boldly moves beyond popular celebrations of the sport and toward a fuller understanding of football's role in shaping contemporary sport, media, and everyday life. Contributors include: David L. Andrews, Aaron Baker, Michael Butterworth, Jacob Dittmer, Dan Grano, Samantha King, Kyle Kusz, Toby Miller, Ronald L. Mower, Dylan Mulvin, Oliver J.C. Rick, Katie Rodgers, and the editors.

Lob des Fahrrads

Author: Marc Augé
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406690297
Release Date: 2016-03-08
Genre: Science

Radfahrer sind die neuen Flaneure, mit der Nase im Wind erfreuen sie sich am Duft der Kastanienbäume. Unbemerkt gleiten sie in eine poetische Geographie und stellen verwundert fest, dass die Stadt dazu da ist, angeschaut zu werden. Nicht nur in Kopenhagen und Amsterdam, auch in Frankfurt und Paris prägt das Fahrrad wieder das Straßenbild. Fasziniert beobachtet der Ethnologe Marc Augé die Auswirkungen dieser veritablen Fahrradrevolution. Er beschwört das freiheitstrunkene Glück des Kindes, das in die Pedale tretend die Kraft seines Körpers spürt. Wehmütig denkt er zurück an die heroischen Tage der Tour de France, als Radrennen Volkskult war. Und er blickt voller Enthusiasmus auf die Chancen der weltweiten Fahrradbewegung. Feinsinnig preist Augé eine ganz reale Utopie: den Humanismus des Radfahrens.

Utopien f r Realisten

Author: Rutger Bregman
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644001145
Release Date: 2017-08-18
Genre: Business & Economics

Was sind heute die großen Ideen? Historischer Fortschritt basierte fast immer auf utopischen Ideen: Noch vor 100 Jahren hätte niemand für möglich gehalten, dass die Sklaverei abgeschafft oder die Demokratie wirklich existieren würde. Doch wie begegnen wir den Herausforderungen der modernen Arbeitswelt, des Familienlebens, des gesamten globalen Gefüges? Der niederländische Vordenker Rutger Bregman sagt: «Das wahre Problem unserer Zeit ist nicht, dass es uns nicht gut ginge oder dass es uns in Zukunft schlechter gehen könnte. Das wahre Problem ist, dass wir uns nichts Besseres vorstellen können.» Wir müssen es wagen, das Unmögliche zu denken, denn nur so finden wir Lösungen für die Probleme unserer Zeit. Bregman macht deutlich, warum das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen eine echte Option ist und inwiefern die 15-Stunden-Woche eine Antwort auf die Digitalisierung der Arbeit sein kann. «Alternativlos» ist für Bregman keine Option, sogar die Armut kann abgeschafft werden, wie er am Beispiel einer kanadischen Stadt zeigt. Bregmans Visionen sind inspirierend, seine Energie ist mitreißend; er zeigt: Utopien können schneller Realität werden, als wir denken. «Rutger Bregman rüttelt uns wach.» The Times

Tote Wasser

Author: Ann Cleeves
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 9783644505315
Release Date: 2014-01-02
Genre: Fiction

Als in einem Fischerboot die Leiche des Journalisten Jerry Markham entdeckt wird, ruft man Hilfe vom Festland: Anstelle von Jimmy Perez, der noch unter dem Tod seiner Verlobten leidet, soll die junge Willow Reeves auf den Shetlands ermitteln. Trotz seiner Apathie regt sich Widerstand in dem Detective. Die junge Kollegin ist ihm entschieden zu forsch. Das ungleiche Paar begibt sich auf Spurensuche: Markham, Sohn aus reichem Haus, war als Frauenheld bekannt. Er hatte die Inseln nach einem Skandal verlassen müssen. Warum also war er zurückgekehrt? Die Spur führt zu den Ölfeldern in der Bucht Sullum Voe, über die der Tote einen Artikel schreiben wollte ... Die Fortsetzung der preisgekrönten Shetland-Serie. «Absolut fesselnd und eine spannende Entdeckung!» (Freundin)

kotopia

Author: Ernest Callenbach
Publisher:
ISBN: 3880222002
Release Date: 1978
Genre:


Driving Lessons

Author: John Peter Rothe
Publisher: University of Alberta
ISBN: 0888643705
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Political Science

Despite our best efforts, traffic injuries and fatalities continue to increase. Traditional solutions do not seem to fix the problem; perhaps we need to approach these problems in a new way. This collection attempts to expand thinking about traffic safety across a range of disciplines and seeks to open up the discussion.

Beckenboden

Author: Beate Carrière
Publisher: Georg Thieme Verlag
ISBN: 9783131703323
Release Date: 2012-09-19
Genre: Medical

Das Beckenboden-Buch: kompakt, komplett, praxisorientiert - Sicherheit in der Therapie: Internationale Experten erklären, wie man Beckenbodenbeschwerden effektiv mit Physiotherapie behandelt. - Symptome, Untersuchung und Behandlung aller Patientengruppen. - Zahlreiche Behandlungsmethoden: Von Biofeedback über Manualtherapie bis zu Übungsprogrammen und der Triggerpunktbehandlung. - Fundierte Darstellung aktueller Themen, z. B. Rückenschmerzen und Beckenboden oder Beckenbodenstörungen bei onkologischen Erkrankungen. Neu in der 2. Auflage - Alle Kapitel sind aktualisiert und überarbeitet. - Neue Kapitel: Rückenschmerzen und Beckenboden, Lymphdrainage bei Beckenbodenproblemen, Therapie bei Kindern, rektale und anale Dysfunktionen, Beckenboden und Onkologie.

Tod und Leben gro er amerikanischer St dte

Author: Jane Jacobs
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 9783035602128
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Architecture

In The Death and Life of Great American Cities durchleuchtet Jane Jacobs 1961 die fragwürdigen Methoden der Stadtplanung und Stadtsanierung in Amerika, der "New Yorker" nannte es das unkonventionellste und provozierendste Buch über Städtebau seit langem. Die deutsche Ausgabe wurde schnell auch im deutschsprachigem Raum zu einer viel gelesenen und diskutierten Lektüre. Sie ist jetzt wieder in einem Nachdruck zugänglich, mit einem Vorwort von Gerd Albers (1993), das nach der Aktualität dieser Streitschrift fragt.