Freedom in the Anthropocene: Twentieth-Century Helplessness in the Face of Climate Change

By Alexander M. Stoner, Andony Melathopoulos

Whereas it really is transparent that the Holocene/Anthropocene transition marks the extraordinary transformation of human societies, students haven't been in a position to account for what this transition includes, the way it might provide upward push to our present ecological hindrance, and the way we'd plausibly flow past it. with no such an realizing, we're left with an insufficient research that creates the for ill-informed coverage judgements and a self-sustaining cycle of unsuccessful makes an attempt to ameliorate societally brought about environmental degradation. Freedom within the Anthropocene illuminates our present ecological hindrance by way of concentrating on the difficulty of historical past and freedom and the way it pertains to our present lack of ability to render environmental threats and degradation recognizable, and through extension, topic to its unsleeping and loose overcoming through society. operating throughout the writings of 3 twentieth-century severe theorists (Lukács, Adorno, and Postone), the authors argue that the assumption of the Anthropocene is a traditionally particular mirrored image of helplessness, which basically turns into attainable on the shut of the 20th century.

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The Unfit: A History of a Bad Idea

By Elof Axel Carlson

The not worthy, via Elof Carlson, explores the resources of a movement--negative eugenics--that used to be used to justify the Holocaust, which claimed thousands of blameless lives in global conflict II. The name displays the approximately 3 centuries of trust that a few individuals are socially not worthy via advantage of a faulty biology, and echoes an past conception of degeneracy, courting to biblical antiquity, within which a few humans have been deemed not worthy due to a few transgression opposed to non secular legislation. the writer offers the 1st organic concept of degeneracy--onanism--and then follows the advance of degeneracy conception in the course of the 19th century and its program to numerous social periods. the main highbrow theories and their proponents shape the framework of this exploration, consisting of the strategies of evolution and heredity and the way they have been utilized to social difficulties. those rules are into the 20 th century with the advance of theories of confident and destructive eugenics, the institution of obligatory sterilization legislation, racism and anti-Semitism, and the Holocaust. This tale of misapplied technological know-how and know-how is one who nonetheless haunts humanity within the twenty-first century. The ghost of eugenics recurs in lots of guises in the course of debates and controversies approximately intelligence trying out, genetic screening, prenatal analysis, gene treatment, new reproductive concepts, and makes use of of our genomic details. Carlson ends his dialogue of the historical past of humanity during this area with an exploration of the way forward for genetics that's in line with new applied sciences and alertness of the Human Genome undertaking findings, in addition to a dialogue of the demise of the outdated eugenics and of the issues that won't leave, together with our ambivalence approximately our personal biology.

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Frontiers of Sociology (Annals of the International Institute of Sociology, Volume 11)

By Peter Hedström, Björn Wittrock

The thirty seventh global Congress of the IIS excited about thought and examine on the vanguard of sociology and the connection among sociology and its neighbouring disciplines. This quantity constitutes a sustained attempt through widespread sociologists and different social scientists to evaluate the present status of sociology. it's a stocktaking of the original nature of sociology within the gentle of advances in the self-discipline itself and inside a number neighbouring disciplines. a number of the chapters define institutional ideas for sociology within the new millennium. Others hint scholarly advances and suggest formidable learn programmes drawing on contemporary advancements not just inside conventional neighbouring disciplines akin to historical past, political technological know-how, and economics, but additionally in the cognitive, cultural and mathematical sciences.

Contributors include: Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Raymond Boudon, Richard Breen, Christofer R. Edling, S. N. Eisenstadt, Jack Goldstone, Philip Gorski, Peter Gärdenfors, Ulf Hannerz, Peter Hedström, Hans Joas, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Jens Rydgren, Neil Smelser, Aage B. Sørensen, Richard Swedberg, Piotr Sztompka, Peter Wagner and Björn Wittrock.

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Marx and Whitehead: Process, Dialectics, and the Critique of Capitalism (Suny Series in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences)

By Anne Fairchild Pomeroy

Marx and Whitehead boldly asks us to think again capitalism, now not in basic terms as an economy yet as a essentially self-destructive mode that, via its very nature and operation, undermines the cohesive cloth of human life. writer Anne Fairchild Pomeroy asserts that it really is very unlikely to understand totally the effect of Marx s critique of capitalism with no figuring out the philosophical method that underlies it. Alfred North Whitehead s paintings is used to forge a scientific hyperlink among method philosophy and dialectical materialism through the class of construction. Whitehead s strategy concept brings Marx s philosophical imaginative and prescient into sharper concentration. This union offers the grounds for Pomeroy s declare that the center of Marx s critique of capitalism is essentially ontological, and that accordingly the mandatory situation for real human flourishing lies in overcoming the capitalist kind of social relations."

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Counterrevolution and Revolt

During this booklet Herbert Marcuse makes transparent that capitalism is now reorganizing itself to fulfill the specter of a revolution that, if discovered, will be the such a lot radical of revolutions: the 1st really world-historical revolution. Capitalism's counterrevolution, despite the fact that, is essentially preventive, and within the Western international altogether preventive. but capitalism is generating its personal grave-diggers, and Marcuse means that their faces could be very diversified from these of the wretched of the earth. 

The destiny revolution may be characterised via its enlarged scope, for not just the industrial and political constitution, not just category relatoins, but additionally humanity's relation to nature (both human and exterior nature) have a tendency towards radical transformation. For the writer, the "liberation of nature" is the connecting thread among the economic-political and the cultural revolution, among "changing the area" and private emancipation.

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The Media and Social Theory (CRESC)

By David Hesmondhalgh

Media reports wishes richer and livelier highbrow assets. This booklet brings jointly significant and rising overseas media analysts to contemplate key approaches of media switch, utilizing a few serious views. Case experiences diversity from fact tv to expert journalism, from running a blog to regulate of copyright, from social networking websites to indigenous media, in Europe, North the USA, Asia and somewhere else. one of the theoretical methods and concerns addressed are:

  • critical realism
  • post-structuralist methods to media and culture
  • Pierre Bourdieu and box theory
  • public sphere conception – together with post-Habermasian versions
  • actor community idea
  • Marxist and post-Marxist theories, together with modern serious conception
  • theories of democracy, antagonism and difference.
  • This quantity is vital examining for undergraduate and postgraduate scholars and researchers of cultural stories, media reports and social concept.

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    The I in We: Studies in the Theory of Recognition

    By Axel Honneth

    During this quantity Axel Honneth deepens and develops his hugely influential conception of popularity, exhibiting the way it allows us either to reconsider the idea that of justice and to supply a compelling account of the connection among social copy and person identification formation.

    Drawing on his reassessment of Hegel’s sensible philosophy, Honneth argues that our belief of social justice may be redirected from a preoccupation with the foundations of dispensing items to a spotlight at the measures for growing symmetrical family members of popularity. This theoretical reorientation has far-reaching implications for the speculation of justice, because it obliges this thought to interact at once with difficulties in regards to the association of labor and with the ideologies that stabilize kinfolk of domination.

    within the ultimate a part of this quantity Honneth indicates how the idea of popularity presents a fruitful and illuminating means of exploring the relation among social replica and id formation. instead of seeing teams as regressive social types that threaten the autonomy of the person, Honneth argues that the ‘I’ relies on sorts of social attractiveness embodied in teams, considering the fact that neither self-respect nor vainness might be maintained with no the supportive event of working towards shared values within the group.

    this crucial new ebook by way of one of many best social philosophers of our time may be of significant curiosity to scholars and students in philosophy, sociology, politics and the arts and social sciences often.

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    The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War

    By Robert D. Kaplan

    From the bestselling writer of Balkan Ghosts and The Ends of the Earth comes a desirable new ebook at the impending worldwide chaos that's as wonderful because it is important, as unique because it is controversial.

    The finish of the chilly conflict has now not ushered within the worldwide peace and prosperity that many had expected. Environmental degradation is inflicting the rampant unfold of famine and illness, and a emerging variety of international locations are being torn via violent wars of fierce tribalism and trenchant regionalism. Our most modern democracies, akin to Russia and Venezuela, are bloody maelstroms of violence and crime, whereas the USA is beset with an alarmingly excessive variety of apathetic voters content material to situation themselves with issues of leisure and comfort. daring, erudite, and profoundly very important, The Coming Anarchy is a compelling must-read through one among trendy such a lot penetrating writers and provocative minds.

    "Analytically daring.... expert through a rock-solid, unwavering realism and an utter absence of sentimentality.... Kaplan is a well informed and forceful polemicist who mixes the attributes of journalist and visionary." —The long island Times

    "Ambitiously eclectic.... [Kaplan] is considered one of America's most tasty writers on modern foreign affairs." —The big apple occasions e-book Review

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    Adorno: The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture

    A suite of key articles at the irrational in mass tradition, correct to the certainty of phenomena akin to astrology and New Age cults, the facility of neo-fascist propaganda and the mental foundation of pop culture, displaying Theodor Adorno at his awesome and maddening top.

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