This is an impressive work: carefully structured, researched and written . . . a refreshingly lucid account that is both intellectually stimulating and professionally helpful.-Janet McCalman Addicts are generally regarded with either pity or grave disapproval. But is being addicted to something necessarily bad? These attitudes are explicit both in contemporary medical literature and in popular, self-help texts. We categorise addiction as unnatural, diseased and self-destructive. We demonise pleasure and desire, and view the addict as physically and morally damaged. Helen Keane's thought-provoking text examines these assumptions in a new light. In asserting that the 'wrongness' of addiction is not fixed or indeed obvious, she presents a refreshing challenge to more conventional accounts of addiction. She also investigates the notion that people can be addicted to eating, love and sex, just as they are to drugs and alcohol. What's Wrong with Addiction? shows that most of our ideas about addiction take certain ideals of health and normality for granted. It exposes strains in our society's oppositions between health and disease, between the natural and the artificial, between order and disorder, and between self and other.
The "packing, promotion and reception" of contemporary art troubles Peter Timms. Market demands dominate and art has been corrupted and trivialized. The problem, he argues, extends to the way art is taught in art schools, the art that artists make, the collecting and curatorial methodologies of galleries and museums, funding criteria, the way that art is written about and the media's depiction of art.
Detailed full spread scenes each feature five out-of-place or "wrong" things to find. Lively text provides facts and clues as well as key information about the wrong... and the right things included in the scenes. Designed to challenge your children and push them to work things out for themselves, they'll also be encouraged to think about where the "wrong" things do belong.
Search each beautifully illustrated scenes of places from around the world to find the five out-of-place or 'wrong' things. Featuring fascinating facts and humorous illustrations, this search-and-find book with a twist is a fun way to learn about geography and culture. Answers are included at the back of the book as well as 'strange but true' facts about things that look wrong, but are actually right! Designed to challenge children and push them to work things out for themselves, they’ll also be encouraged to think about where the 'wrong' things do belong.
Abraham Drassinower presents a new way to balance the needs of creators and users of authored works. Disentangling copyright theory from its focus on the economic value of a work as a commodity, he views a work instead as a communicative act. Infringement, according to this perspective, is an unauthorized appropriation of another’s speech.
Are natural rights 'nonsense on stilts', as Jeremy Bentham memorably put it? Must the very notion of a right be individualistic, subverting the common good? Should the right against torture be absolute, even though the heavens fall? Are human rights universal or merely expressions of Western neo-imperial arrogance? Are rights ethically fundamental, proudly impervious to changing circumstances? Should judges strive to extend the reach of rights from civil Hamburg to anarchical Basra? Should judicial oligarchies, rather than legislatures, decide controversial ethical issues by inventing novel rights? Ought human rights advocates learn greater sympathy for the dilemmas facing those burdened with government? These are the questions that What's Wrong with Rights? addresses. In doing so, it draws upon resources in intellectual history, legal philosophy, moral philosophy, moral theology, human rights literature, and the judgments of courts. It ranges from debates about property in medieval Christendom, through Confucian rights-scepticism, to contemporary discussions about the remedy for global hunger and the justification of killing. And it straddles assisted dying in Canada, the military occupation of Iraq, and genocide in Rwanda. What's Wrong with Rights? concludes that much contemporary rights-talk obscures the importance of fostering civic virtue, corrodes military effectiveness, subverts the democratic legitimacy of law, proliferates publicly onerous rights, and undermines their authority and credibility. The solution to these problems lies in the abandonment of rights-fundamentalism and the recovery of a richer public discourse about ethics, one that includes talk about the duty and virtue of rights-holders.
Computer science is all around us, at school, at home, and in the community. This book gives readers the essential tools they need to understand the computer science concept of debugging. Brilliant color photographs and accessible text will engage readers and allow them to connect deeply with the concept. The computer science topic is paired with an age-appropriate curricular topic to deepen readers’ learning experience and show how debugging works in the real world. In this book, readers will find out why a magnet isn't sticking to a certain surface. This nonfiction title is paired with the fiction title My Magnet (ISBN: 9781538351468). The instructional guide on the inside front and back covers provides: Vocabulary, Background knowledge, Text-dependent questions, Whole class activities, and Independent activities.
At least six million American children have difficulties that are diagnosed as serious mental disorders, according to government surveys - a number that has tripled since the early 1990s. But there is little convincing evidence that the rates of illness have increased in the past few decades. Rather, many experts say it is the frequency of diagnosis that is going up, in part because doctors are more willing to attribute behavior problems to mental illness, and in part because the public is more aware of childhood mental disorders (NY Times, 2006). According to the US Attorney General, "Mental disorders are characterized by abnormalities in cognition, emotion or mood, or the highest integrative aspects of behavior, such as social interactions or planning of future activities." The process of diagnosing these disorders comes with a great deal of controversy. Before a diagnosis is accepted the practitioner must be able to explain how the behaviors differ from normal developmental behaviors. In Hope's case medical treatment would not be effective in reducing symptoms because her environment never changed. The sexual abuse never stopped and Hope was merely medicated into submission. Once the need for medications for such a young girl reached three the psychiatrist should have started asking other questions. However, since psychiatry categorizes the individual, once labeled, it stops questioning the diagnosis as being potentially 'false' and, thereby, confines treatment to the social standard of normal.
This is one man’s coming to terms with all the negative decisions he’s made throughout his life, as well as the influence his culture has had on these decisions in his life. He attempts to dissect and analyze some of the prevalent and erroneous mindsets within the Black community, where they come from, as well as how they are holding African American men and women back today. The way in which he relates his experiences in his life through the lens of his culture makes this a deep and honest examination of Black culture as a whole. This is guaranteed to resonate with anyone concerned with the state of large swathes of the African American communities throughout the country. This isn’t a story of “the man” is holding us down. This is a story of how these men and women became and are holding us back from being the men and women we were destined to be. Jason Banks asks himself the hard questions to come up with the answers contained in this book. It is an open, honest, at times uncomfortable insight into one Black man’s life that took the wrong fork in the road. This book is an attempt to influence his culture for the better so others may succeed where he failed. Readers will be afforded the same insight by simply reading and taking the journey with him.