Fences and Windows

Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate

Author: Naomi Klein

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307366537

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate brings together two years of Naomi Klein’s writings and tracks the globalization conflict from Seattle to September 11th and beyond. Since the publication of No Logo, Naomi Klein has continued tirelessly as a brilliant and informed contributor to contemporary debate. Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate, intended as a companion to No Logo, includes her most notable essays, speeches and articles on issues from NAFTA to Genetically Modified Organisms to the violence in Genoa. It offers introduction and explanation, looking at where the movement has come from and where it is going. More than any other single voice, Naomi Klein articulates the concerns and complaints of a generation: about economic fundamentalism, the criminalization of dissent and the effects of Free Trade. But this book also reflects on the nature of resistance: the street protests that shocked and energized millions, carnival-style subversion and the apparent disorganization that is anti-globalization’s great strength. Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate is provocative, intelligent and passionate, a document, in its own right, of a unique time in our history. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Svend Robinson

A Life in Politics

Author: Graeme Truelove

Publisher: New Star Books

ISBN: 1554200849

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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Few politicians have enraged opponents, frustrated colleagues and polarized Canadians like Svend Robinson but few embraced the causes he did. Over his twenty-five years as a New Democrat MP, Robinson was imprisoned for blocking loggers from clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound, assaulted by police while protesting at the 2001 Summit of the Americas, expelled from foreign countries for defending human rights, and harassed after coming out as Canada's first openly gay MP. Robinson always took his ideals to the front lines, helping to define the Canadian left. Though his brash tactics dominated headlines, Robinson's full story has not yet been told. In this in-depth biography, Graeme Truelove explores an accomplished life and career, including Robinson's difficult childhood, his growing realization of his own sexuality, and the bipolar diagnosis which followed his baffling, career-ending theft of a diamond ring. A portrait emerges of a complex figure driven, gifted, visionary and flawed who challenged his country and continues to make his indelible mark on the world.

Globalization and Media

Global Village of Babel

Author: Jack Lule

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742568369

Category: Political Science

Page: 175

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This lively and accessible book argues for the central role of media in understanding globalization. Indeed, Jack Lule convincingly shows that globalization could not have occurred without media. From earliest times, humans have used media to explore, settle, and globalize their world. In our day, media has made the world progressively "smaller" as nations and cultures come into increasing contact. Yet despite optimistic predictions, the world has not become flat, with playing fields leveled and opportunities for all. Instead, the author argues, globalization and media are combining to create a divided world of gated communities and ghettos, borders and boundaries, suffering and surfeit, beauty and decay. By breaking down the economic, cultural, and political impact of media, and through a rich set of case studies from around the globe, Lule describes a global village of Babel-invoking the biblical town punished for its vanity by seeing its citizens scattered, its language confounded, and its destiny shaped by strife.

Holding Fast to an Image of the Past

Explorations in the Marxist Tradition

Author: Neil Davidson

Publisher: Haymarket Books

ISBN: 1608463559

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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Davidson explores classic themes in historical materialism as he explains: the moments of transition from the dominance of one mode of production to another; the process of social revolution which accompany these transitions; and the problem of nationalism, both as a theoretical challenge to Marxism's capacity for historical explanation and as a practical obstacle to socialist consciousness.

Global Values One Hundred and One

Author: Kate Holbrook,Ann S. Kim,Brian Palmer

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807003053

Category: Philosophy

Page: 276

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Growing out of a popular Harvard undergraduate religion course, provides transcripts of sixteen conversations with notables including Noam Chomsky, Lani Guinier, Peter Singer, and Robert Reich about living "deliberately" in the world.

Die Schock-Strategie

der Aufstieg des Katastrophen-Kapitalismus

Author: Naomi Klein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783100396112

Category: Capitalism

Page: 763

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Erst Schock durch Krieg oder Katastrophe, dann der so genannte Wiederaufbau. So lautet die immer gleiche Strategie. Ob in Bagdad oder Afghanistan nach der Invasion, ob in New Orleans nach "Katrina" oder in Sri Lanka nach dem Tsunami: Während die Menschen noch gelähmt von der Katastrophe sind, werden sie einer weiteren, diesmal ökonomischen "SchockBehandlung" nach den neoliberalen Vorstellungen unterzogen. Existenzen werden durch den Ausverkauf an westliche Konzerne vernichtet, es herrscht WildWestKapitalismus der reinsten Sorte. Naomi Klein erzählt die Geschichte einer der wirkmächtigsten Ideologien unserer Zeit, Milton Friedmans ökonomischer Doktrin des freien Marktes. Sie zeigt, wie deren Siegeszug in den letzten dreißig Jahren auf extremer Gewalt und auf Katastrophen beruht, um die Mechanismen der ungezügelten Marktwirtschaft rund um die Welt von Lateinamerika über Osteuropa und Russland bis nach Südafrika und in den Irak durchzusetzen.

Occupy Time

Technoculture, Immediacy, and Resistance after Occupy Wall Street

Author: J. Adams

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137275596

Category: Philosophy

Page: 122

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While secondary texts on Paul Virilio typically see no way out of the tempo- and techno-dystopia he articulates, Occupy Time engages the events of Occupy Wall Street to fix attention on what such readings circumvent: Virilio's elusive theory of resistance.

Revolution and Rebellion in Mexican Film

Author: Niamh Thornton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441168540

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Revolution and Rebellion in Mexican Film examines Mexican films of political conflict from the early studio Revolutionary films of the 1930-50s up to the campaigning Zapatista films of the 2000s. Mapping this evolution out for the first time, the author takes three key events under consideration: the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920); the student movement and massacre in 1968; and, finally, the more recent Zapatista Rebellion (1994-present). Analyzing films such as Vamanos con Pancho Villa (1936), El Grito (1968), and Corazon del Tiempo (2008), the author uses the term 'political conflict' to refer to those violent disturbances, dramatic periods of confrontation, injury and death, which characterize particular historical events involving state and non-state actors that may have a finite duration, but have a long-lasting legacy on the nation. These conflicts have been an important component of Mexican film since its inception and include studio productions, documentaries, and independent films.

Outsourcing to India

The Offshore Advantage

Author: Mark Kobayashi-Hillary

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540247944

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Introduction to key background information on India, its culture and its history as well as its industry. Step-by-step guide through the whole outsourcing process. Guidance from leading managers and industry experts. Each chapter can be used as a primer on a particular subject. Updated information on companies and the Indian market.

No Logo

No Space, No Choice, No Jobs

Author: Naomi Klein

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0006530400

Category: Advertising

Page: 490

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This study examines the power of the logo, noting its increasing capacity for making the product subservient. It then reaches its core argument - the now uneasy struggle between corporate power and anti-corporate activism - via sweatshop labour, submerged identity and subversive action.

The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Author: Naomi Klein

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 9780307371300

Category: Political Science

Page: 672

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The shock doctrine is the unofficial story of how the "free market" came to dominate the world, from Chile to Russia, China to Iraq, South Africa to Canada. But it is a story radically different from the one usually told. It is a story about violence and shock perpetrated on people, on countries, on economies. About a program of social and economic engineering that Naomi Klein calls "disaster capitalism." Based on breakthrough historical research and 4 years of reporting in disaster zones, Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically, and that unfettered capitalism goes hand-in-hand with democracy. Instead, she argues it has consistently relied on violence and shock, and reveals the puppet strings behind the critical events of the last 40 years. "The shock doctrine" is the influential but little understood theory that in order to push through profoundly unpopular policies that enrich the few and impoverish the many, there must be a collective crisis or disaster—real or manufactured. Klein vividly traces the origins of modern shock tactics to the economic lab of the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman in the 60s, and beyond to the CIA-funded electroshock experiments at McGill in the 50s which helped write the torture manuals used today at Guantanamo Bay. She details the events of the recent past that have been deliberate theatres for the shock doctrine: among them, Pinochet’s coup in Chile in 1973, the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991; and, more recently, the September 11 attacks, the invasion of Iraq, the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. And she shows how—in the hands of the Bush Administration—the "war on terror" is a thin cover for a thriving destruction/reconstruction complex, with disasters, wars and homeland security fuelling a booming new economy. Naomi Klein has once again written a book that will change the way we see the world.

Dispersion of Meaning

The Fading Out of the Doctrinaire World?

Author: Matko Meštrović

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 173

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This book present interdisciplinary research in the social sciences and humanities by connecting seemingly disparate sources through a sensitivity to endangered human values. It links reflections on the contemporary relationship between art and technology in a post-modern context, seeing art in terms of crossing boundaries and exploring virtuality. It deals with the consequences of economics colonising other disciplines, in terms of the processes by which the "social" becomes the "economic". Using Jantsch's evolutionary paradigm, the concept of self-transcendence is seen as crucial for the understanding of human beings and their social systems. Incorporating recent thinking from the natural sciences, the learning process can be conceived as the life and activity of all complex systems, including those once conceived as organisms, machines, cultures or economies. Without the societal embrace of scientific and technological development no collective or individual meaning can be assigned to the production of new knowledge. The book seeks to recognise the point where a collective learning process becomes the heart of productivity, and where the shift from the hegemony of material labour to immaterial labour becomes fundamental. The author brings new understandings of art, the social, and technology together, based on the idea that history is not a story told in separate physical, social and spiritual spaces and that the most fundamental problem of today is how to find some shared meaning in a fractured world. "The author analyses, at a global level, the process of the co-production of scientific and social order, of culture and technology, of life sciences and economic and political regimes. It rightly identifies the rise of the role of knowledge and the move of capital into life sciences as a new stage in the history of capitalism: what we can qualify as cognitive capitalism or biocapitalism. In this new era of capitalism, what is being manufactured and sold are not just tangible and non-tangible goods, whose increasing importance, as the author shows, poses unsurmountable theoretical problems to the theoretical apparatus of economic science. The increasing mercantilisation of the world appears at the same time as a bio-power, i.e. a set of instruments creating and controlling different forms of life, forms of communication, standards of socialisation, education, the individual and collective imaginary, etc. More fundamentally, the encounter of life sciences and the information technology integrates and subjects the most essential mechanisms of biological and social reproduction to the logic of capital valorization. To understand the complexity of these changes and the ethical and philosophical questions that the development of technology and sciences poses to the future of mankind one must break through the disciplinary barriers delineating different disciplines in social sciences and those separating social sciences from natural sciences. Professor Matko Mestrovic manages to tackle this challenge not only because of his impressive and masterful knowledge of different disciplines in the social and natural sciences, but he does it also owing to his capacity for theoretical elaboration that allows him to lay the foundations of a new transdisciplinary paradigm. This is why his work can raise the awareness of the general public on two issues: on a global and profound vision of the challenges posed by the new millennium; and on the need for a radical theoretical innovation bringing into question the disciplinary certitudes in develop a social science able to better understand the movement and the ambiguity of history." Carlo Vercellone, Universitè de Paris 1, Panthèon-Sorbonne "MeÅ¡troviÄ++ provides a unique insight into the often forgotten relation between economics on the one hand and arts and culture on the other, demonstrating that these âeždomains" function as a total social facticity and not as separate, entirely independent elements thereof. In doing so he is dispelling the illusions about the disciplinary self-containdness of individual forms of knowledge and is relying on those paradigms of contemporary scientific thought whose âežepistemiological programs" are based on close cooperation and âežopening up" and not on the persuasion about one's own positions and dispositions." Prof. dr. Rade Kalanj, Redovni profesor na Odjelu za sociologiju

The New Science of Sustainability

Building a Foundation for Great Change

Author: Sally J. Goerner,Robert G. Dyck,Dorothy Lagerroos

Publisher: New Society Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

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Modem civilisation is self-destructing. This book views our society through the lens of history and uses cutting-edge science to demonstrate why justice is an economic necessity and "great change" can be a reality.

Fifty Key Thinkers on Globalization

Author: William Coleman,Alina Sajed

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113616393X

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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Fifty Key Thinkers on Globalization is an outstanding guide to often-encountered thinkers whose ideas have shaped, defined and influenced this new and rapidly growing field. The authors clearly and lucidly survey the life, work and impact of fifty of the most important theorists of globalization including: Manuel Castells Joseph Stiglitz David Held Jan Aart Scholte Each thinker’s contribution to the field is evaluated and assessed, and each entry includes a helpful guide to further reading. Fully cross-referenced throughout, this remarkable reference guide is essential reading for students of politics and international relations, economics, sociology, history, anthropology and literary studies.

Soundings

A Journal of Politics and Culture

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Capitalism

Page: N.A

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Braving the New World

Readings in Contemporary Politics

Author: Thomas Michael Joseph Bateman,Roger Epp

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780176415662

Category: Political Science

Page: 316

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No Borders

Immigration and the Politics of Fear

Author: Emma Bell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Emigration and immigration

Page: 187

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It is often asserted that neoliberal globalisation has had the liberating effect of breaking clown traditional borders as barriers to free trade are swept away. Yet, in practice, recent decades have seen the erection of a host of new boundarics and the reinforcement of old ones. Boundaries continue to be a salient feature of the contemporary political, geographical and social landscape. National and extra-national boundaries have been reinforced, particularly in the European security state and beyond as ever-stricter immigration controls are adopted. Through an analysis of immigration policies in Europe, the United States and Australia, this book aims to challenge both the physical and metaphorical borders that divide citizens from migrants, `bogus' asylum-seekers from the `genuine', `legal' from `illegal' migrants... Rather than seeing immigration as problematic in itself, this collection instead regards barriers to immigration as problematic to the extent that they contribute to the marginalisation, criminalisation and even death of those who seek to make a better life for themselves in another country and tend to obfuscate the cultural, social and economic benefits which migration might bring to host countries.