Social Science

The Disuniting of America

Reflections on a Multicultural Society

Author: Arthur Meier Schlesinger

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393045802

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 2447

Examines the growing cult of ethnicity in the United States and discusses how it undermines a common American identity and results in ethnic and racial animosity
Social Science

The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society (Revised and Enlarged Edition)

Author: Arthur Meier Schlesinger

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393346021

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 7110

The New York Times bestseller that reminded us what it means to be an American is more timely than ever in this updated and enlarged edition, including "Schlesinger's Syllabus," an annotated reading list of core books on the American experience. The classic image of the American nation — a melting pot in which differences of race, wealth, religion, and nationality are submerged in democracy — is being replaced by an orthodoxy that celebrates difference and abandons assimilation. While this upsurge in ethnic awareness has had many healthy consequences in a nation shamed by a history of prejudice, the cult of ethnicity, if pressed too far, threatens to fragment American society to a dangerous degree. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner in history and adviser to the Kennedy and other administrations, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., is uniquely positioned to wave the caution flag in the race to a politics of identity. Using a broader canvas in this updated and expanded edition, he examines the international dimension and the lessons of one polyglot country after another tearing itself apart or on the brink of doing so: among them the former Yugoslavia, Nigeria, even Canada. Closer to home, he finds troubling new evidence that multiculturalism gone awry here in the United States threatens to do the same. "One of the most devastating and articulate attacks on multiculturalism yet to appear."—Wall Street Journal "A brilliant book . . . we owe Arthur Schlesinger a great debt of gratitude."—C. Vann Woodward, New Republic

Smart Casual

The Transformation of Gourmet Restaurant Style in America

Author: Alison Pearlman

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226651401

Category: Architecture

Page: 209

View: 7135

Explores the evolution of gourmet restaurant style in recent decades, which has led to an increasing informality in restaurant design, and examines what these changes say about current attitudes toward taste.

Contemporary Issues of Migration and Theology

Author: E. Padilla,P. Phan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137031492

Category: Religion

Page: 269

View: 8179

With a diverse list of contributors, this volume seeks to discuss in depth some of the key issues that migration poses to World Christianity in the fields of constructive theology, ethics, spirituality, mission, ministry, inculturation, interreligious dialogue, and theological education.
Performing Arts

The Prime-time Presidency

The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism

Author: Trevor Parry-Giles,Shawn J. Parry-Giles

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252030656

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 231

View: 1196

Contrasting strong women and multiculturalism with portrayals of a heroic white male leading the nation into battle, The Prime-Time Presidency explores the NBC drama The West Wing, paying particular attention to its role in promoting cultural meaning about the presidency and U.S. nationalism. Based in a careful, detailed analysis of the "first term" of The West Wing's President Josiah Bartlett, this criticism highlights the ways the text negotiates powerful tensions and complex ambiguities at the base of U.S. national identity--particularly the role of gender, race, and militarism in the construction of U.S. nationalism. Unlike scattered and disparate collections of essays, Trevor Parry-Giles and Shawn J. Parry-Giles offer a sustained, ideologically driven criticism of The West Wing. The Prime-time Presidency presents a detailed critique of the program rooted in presidential history, an appreciation of television's power as a source of political meaning, and television's contribution to the articulation of U.S. national identity.

Keine Götter mehr

das Ende der Erziehung

Author: Neil Postman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783827001702


Page: 247

View: 4501

Der amerikanische Medienexperte und Kulturkritiker beklagt eine Verflachung der öffentlichen Erziehung und versucht eine Antwort auf die Frage: Wozu sind Schulen da?
Political Science

The Implosion of American Federalism

Author: Robert F. Nagel

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195347975

Category: Political Science

Page: 347

View: 2982

At a time of unprecedented national power, why do so many Americans believe that our nationhood is fragile and precarious? Why the talk--among politicians, academics, and jurists--of "coups d'etat," of culture wars, of confederation, of constitutional breakdown? In this wide-ranging book, Robert Nagel proposes a surprising znswer: that anxiety about national unity is caused by centralization itself. Moreover, he proposes that this anxiety has dangerous cultural consequences that are, in an implosive cycle, pushing the country toward ever greater centralization. Carefully examining recent landmark Supreme Court cases that protect states' rights, Nagel argues that the federal judiciary is not leading and is not likely to lead a revival of the complex system called federalism. A robust version of federalism requires appreciation for political conflict and respect for disagreement about constitutional meaning, both values that are deeply antithetical to the Court's function. That so many believe this most centralized of our Nation's institutions is protecting, even overprotecting, state power is itself a sign of the depletion of those understandings necessary to sustain the federal system. Instead of a support for federalism, Nagel finds a commitment to radical nationalism throughout the constitutional law establishment. He traces this commitment to traditionally American traits like perfectionism, optimism, individualism, and legalism. Under modern conditions of centralization, these attractive traits are leading to unattractive social consequences, including tolerance, fearfulness, utopianism, and deceptiveness. They are degrading our political discourse. All this encourages further centralization and further cultural deterioration. This book puts the major federalism decisions within the framework of the Court's overall record, including its record on individual rights in areas like abortion, homosexuality, and school desegregation. And, giving special attention to public debate over privacy and impeachment, it places modern constitutional law in the context of political discourse more generally.

Social Justice and Social Work: Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

Author: Elizabeth D. Hutchison

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199804842


Page: 26

View: 9545

This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of social work find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In social work, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study and practice of social work. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit
Political Science

Public Administration and the State

A Postmodern Perspective

Author: Michael W. Spicer

Publisher: University Alabama Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 157

View: 4681

In this critical examination of public administration's pervasive vision of a powerful state, Spicer thoughtfully reconsiders the relationship between activities of governance and concepts of the state. Woodrow Wilson argued for a state led by a powerful government, guided by science and enlightened experts, for the accomplishment of a set of collective purposes—in other words, a purposive state. Michael Spicer contends that though Wilson and those who followed him have not typically explored questions of political and constitutional theory in their writing, a clear and strong vision of the state has emerged in their work nonetheless. Building upon the work of Dwight Waldo and others who have sought to explore and reveal the political theory behind the seemingly neutral language of administration, Spicer explores the roots—both historical and philosophical—of the purposive state. He considers the administrative experience of 18th-century Prussia and its relationship to the vision of the purposive state, and examines the ways this idea has been expressed in the 20th century. He then looks at the practical problems such a vision creates for public policy in a fragmented postmodern political culture. Finally, Spicer explores an alternative view of public administration—one based on a civil association model appropriate to our constitutional traditions and contemporary culture.
Political Science

Lovers and Knowers

Moments of the American Cultural Left

Author: Ulf Schulenberg

Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter


Category: Political Science

Page: 341

View: 1849

'Lovers and Knowers' discusses the development of the American cultural Left in the twentieth century. Seeking to contribute to the discussion of the relation between American Studies and the field of theory, the book focuses on the analysis of a specific theoretical problem. It attempts to elucidate the multilayered complexity of the relation between antifoundationalists and foundationalists, antitheorists and theorists, and (liberal) ironists and metaphysicians. Proposing the idea of an antifoundationalist and antiessentialist worldly and oppositional criticism, the study argues that it is possible to develop a postmetaphysical thinking whose notion of the political and whose understanding of the function of literary and cultural criticism clearly differ from those suggested by neopragmatists such as Richard Rorty and Stanley Fish. It is demonstrated that Cornel West's leftist version of neopragmatism, striving for consequences of theory in history, ought to be regarded as an oppositional and worldly criticism (in the Saidian sense) which dialectically uses the insights of (neo)pragmatist antifoundationalism.

Toward a new socialism

Author: Anatole Anton,Richard Schmitt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780739118627

Category: Philosophy

Page: 520

View: 8474

Toward a New Socialism offers a critical analysis of capitalism's failings and the imminent need for socialism as an alternative form of government. Dr. Richard Schmitt joins with Dr. Anatole Anton to compile a volume of essays exploring the benefits and consequences of a socialist system as an avenue of increased human solidarity and ethical principle.

Im Weltinnenraum des Kapitals

für eine philosophische Theorie der Globalisierung

Author: Peter Sloterdijk

Publisher: N.A


Category: Capitalism

Page: 415

View: 4034

Der Nationalstaat und die Volkswirtschaftspolitik

Author: Max Weber

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640239040


Page: 36

View: 7777

Klassiker aus dem Jahr 2008 im Fachbereich Politik - Politische Theorie und Ideengeschichte, Note: -, -, - Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Akademische Antrittsrede von Dr. Max Weber, o. o. Professor der Staatswissenschaft in Freiburg i. B., erstmalig erschienen 1895. Vorbemerkung: Nicht die Zustimmung, sondern der Widerspruch, welchen die nachstehenden Ausfuhrungen bei vielen ihrer Horer fanden, veranlassten mich, sie zu veroffentlichen. Sachlich Neues werden sie Fachgenossen wie Andern nur in Einzelheiten bringen, und in welchem speziellen Sinn allein sie den Anspruch auf das Pradikat der Wissenschaftlichkeit" erheben, ergiebt sich aus der Veranlassung ihres Entstehens. Eine Antrittsrede bietet eben Gelegenheit zur offenen Darlegung und Rechtfertigung des personlichen und insoweit subjektiven" Standpunktes bei der Beurteilung volkswirtschaftlicher Erscheinungen. Die Ausfuhrungen S. 20-24 hatte ich mit Rucksicht auf Zeit und Horerkreis fortgelassen, andere mogen beim Sprechen eine andere Form angenommen haben. Zu den Darlegungen im Eingang ist zu bemerken, dass die Vorgange hier naturgemass wesentlich vereinfacht gegenuber der Wirklichkeit dargestellt werden. Die Zeit von 1871- 1885 zeigt in den einzelnen Kreisen und Gemeinden Westpreussens keine einheitlichen, sondern charakteristisch wechselnde Bevolkerungsbewegungen, die keineswegs durchweg so durchsichtig sind wie die herausgegriffenen Beispiele. Die Tendenz, welche an diesen zu veranschaulichen versucht ist, wird in anderen Fallen durch andere Momente durchkreuzt. Darauf werde ich demnachst ausfuhrlicher an anderem Ort zuruckkommen. Dass die Resultate, welche diese Zahlen bieten konnen, auf unsichereren Fussen stehen als diejenigen, welche die verdienstlichen Veroffentlichungen mehrerer Schuler Neumanns uns uber die Nationalitatsverhaltnisse in Posen und Westpreussen geliefert haben, liegt auf der Hand. Aber in Ermangelung korrekten Materials mussen wir uns vorerst mit ihnen begn
Business & Economics

Diversity in Action

Multinationalität in globalen Unternehmen am Beispiel Ford

Author: Anja Frohnen

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839403774

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 246

View: 5132

Globale Unternehmen wollen die kulturelle Heterogenität ihrer Mitarbeiter als personalpolitische Ressource nutzen. Das internationale Management, das lange Zeit mit der Vorstellung einer kulturell homogenen Belegschaft gelebt hat, machte Diversity zum Bestandteil der offiziellen Konzernpolitik. Diversity Management - so der Fachausdruck - erhebt den Anspruch, die individuelle Verschiedenheit der Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter im Sinne einer positiven Wertschätzung wahrzunehmen und Chancengleichheit zu ermöglichen. So viel zum Anspruch von Diversity Management. Doch wie sieht die Realität von Diversity-Programmen in globalen Unternehmen aus? Die Studie von Anja Frohnen geht dieser Frage in einer ethnographisch dichten Beschreibung nach. Die alltägliche multinationale Praxis von Managern und Ingenieuren wird im Spannungsfeld einer forcierten Globalisierungsstrategie und Diversity-Programmen gezeigt. Auf innovative Weise überträgt die Autorin dazu das ethnomethodologische Doing-Gender-Konzept auf ein Doing-Nationality-Modell und analysiert mit einer systemtheoretischen Konzeption von Organisation die organisationalen Aspekte der Diversity-Praxis und Globalisierungsstrategie.