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Otherworldly Politics

Otherworldly Politics

The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica

  • Author: Stephen Benedict Dyson
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 1421417162
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 176
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"To the extent that politics involves decision-making amidst an array of competing values, most of human interaction may be understood as political. For students of international relations and political science, it can be a daunting task to evaluate value propositions in debate and discussion of issues with equally compelling opposing sides. Fictions found in storybooks, on the stage, and on the silver screen, however, offer scenarios in which value propositions may be sorted out as low-stakes case studies. To help his students think critically about international relations and politics, Stephen Benedict Dyson has found that using the fictional realities of three different television and cable programs, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Game of Thrones, so thoroughly engages his students in the classrooms that conversations frequently spill out into the hallways after class and onto Blackboard discussion groups. Students' strong grasp of these shows' events, themes, characters, and plot lines allow them to more easily understand the theory of international relations and politics and then translate that theory into contemporary political scenarios"--

The Interplay Between Political Theory and Movies

The Interplay Between Political Theory and Movies

  • Author: Ulrich Hamenstädt
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 331990731X
  • Category:
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Stranger Gods

Stranger Gods

Salman Rushdie's Other Worlds

  • Author: Roger Young Clark
  • Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • ISBN: 0773521070
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 226
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A study of Salman Rushdie's seven published novels, with a special focus on his earliest, "Grimus", and his most provocative, "Midnight's Children", "Shame" and "The Satanic Verses". It shows how Rushdie employs cosmology, mythology and mysticism to structure otherworldly dramas.

Political Science Fiction

Political Science Fiction

  • Author: Donald M. Hassler,Clyde Wilcox
  • Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 9781570031137
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 256
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This text examines the close relationship between politics and science fiction and shows how much of the former is grounded in the latter. It is both an exploration of futuristic literature and a spectrum of ideas, from libertarianism to feminism.

Poli Sci Fi

Poli Sci Fi

An Introduction to Political Science through Science Fiction

  • Author: Michael A. Allen,Justin S. Vaughn
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317266765
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 238
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Poli Sci Fi: An Introduction to Political Science through Science Fiction allows readers, students, and instructors to explore the multiple worlds of science fiction while gaining a firm grasp of core political science concepts. This carefully composed text is comprised of sixteen brief chapters, each of which takes a prominent science fiction film or television episode and uses it to explore fundamental components of political science. The book is designed to serve as a supplemental text for undergraduate political science courses, especially Introduction to Political Science. The structure and content of the volume is shaped around the organization and coverage of several leading texts in this area, and includes major parts devoted to theory and epistemology, political behavior, institutions, identity, states, and inter-state relations. Its emphasis on science fiction—and particularly on popular movies and television programs—speaks to the popularity of the genre as well as the growing understanding that popular culture can be an extraordinarily successful vehicle for communicating difficult yet foundational concepts, especially to introductory level college students.

Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously

Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously

Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground

  • Author: Barbara A. McGraw,Jo Renee Formicola
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • ISBN: 1932792333
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 344
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The clash between the religious right and the secular left undermines any serious debate about the role of religion in American public life. Such strident cultural rhetoric often ignores the positive contributions of America's many religions. By contrast, this volume celebrates America's religious diversity, demonstrating that religious pluralism is actually one of democracy's basic building blocks. Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously expands on Barbara A. McGraw's framework for understanding religious participation in public life—a two-tiered public forum, consisting of the civic public forum and the conscientious public forum. The chapters explore how diverse religious communities and traditions, including “newer” and marginalized religions, can make a meaningful contribution to American society and politics.

Worldly Ethics

Worldly Ethics

Democratic Politics and Care for the World

  • Author: Ella Myers
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822353997
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 212
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What is the spirit that animates collective action? What is the ethos of democracy? Worldly Ethics offers a powerful and original response to these questions, arguing that associative democratic politics, in which citizens join together and struggle to shape shared conditions, requires a world-centered ethos. This distinctive ethos, Ella Myers shows, involves care for "worldly things," which are the common and contentious objects of concern around which democratic actors mobilize. In articulating the meaning of worldly ethics, she reveals the limits of previous modes of ethics, including Michel Foucault's therapeutic model, based on a "care of the self," and Emmanuel Levinas's charitable model, based on care for the Other. Myers contends that these approaches occlude the worldly character of political life and are therefore unlikely to inspire and support collective democratic activity. The alternative ethics she proposes is informed by Hannah Arendt's notion of amor mundi, or love of the world, and it focuses on the ways democratic actors align around issues, goals, or things in the world, practicing collaborative care for them. Myers sees worldly ethics as a resource that can inspire and motivate ordinary citizens to participate in democratic politics, and the book highlights civic organizations that already embody its principles.

The Blair Identity

The Blair Identity

Leadership and Foreign Policy

  • Author: Stephen Benedict Dyson
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0719079993
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 165
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Why did Tony Blair take Britain to war with Iraq? Because, this book argues, he was following the core political beliefs and style - the Blair identity - manifest and consistent throughout his decade in power. It traces his personal influence on British foreign policy and international politics during his tumultuous tenure.

Ghosts of Futures Past

Ghosts of Futures Past

Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America

  • Author: Molly McGarry
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 0520274539
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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“Ghosts of Futures Past is a path-breaking book of vast learning and scrupulous scholarship by a gifted writer. With an impressive command of a variety of cultural domains, Molly McGarry brilliantly rethinks and reframes the relations of gender and intellectual culture, of spiritualism and secularism, and of rationalization and modernity in ways that realign our understanding of the American cultural landscape in the nineteenth century.”—Thomas Bender, author of The Unfinished City: New York and the Metropolitan Idea "In discussing the transfiguration of bodies and genders in American Spiritualism, McGarry provides a fascinating critique of the secularist bias of much of the history of sexuality. This is perhaps the weightiest, the most thoughtful, the most powerfully original, of all the many contributions her book makes."—Henry Abelove, author of The Evangelist of Desire: John Wesley and the Methodists and Deep Gossip “What might American history of the nineteenth century look like if we were not in such a rush to declare religious faith supplanted by science? McGarry's book provides tantalizing answers, inviting us to consider a nineteenth-century America where Spiritualists persisted and where people had good reasons to mourn. She not only shows us the popularity and centrality of connecting the living to the dead, she argues convincingly that this spiritual practice shaped a whole host of other cultural narratives: gender, sexuality, medicine, race, and ethnicity.”—Kathi Kern, author of Mrs. Stanton's Bible

Out of Whiteness

Out of Whiteness

Color, Politics, and Culture

  • Author: Vron Ware,Les Back
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226873411
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 326
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What happens when people in societies stratified by race refuse to accept the privileges inherent in whiteness? What difference does it make when whites act in a manner that contradicts their designated racial identity? Out of Whiteness considers these questions and argues passionately for an imaginative and radical politics against all forms of racism. Vron Ware and Les Back look at key points in recent American and British culture where the "color line" has been blurred. Through probing accounts of racial masquerades in popular literature, the growth of the white power music scene on the Internet, the meteoric rise of big band jazz during the Second World War, and the pivotal role of white session players in crafting rhythm and blues classics by black artists, Ware and Back upset the idea of race as a symbol of inherent human attributes. Their book gives us a timely reckoning of the forces that continue to make people "white," and reveals to us the polyglot potential of identities and cultures.

Conflict in JP's Politics

Conflict in JP's Politics

  • Author: Bhola Chatterji
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: India
  • Page: 396
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On the political philosophy of Jai Prakash Narain, 1902-1979, Indian statesman.

A World of Becoming

A World of Becoming

  • Author: William E. Connolly
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822348799
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 215
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Considers how non-linear notions of causality and time--where multiple, interacting, and partially open systems coexist--could transform the way we imagine political action.

Torture and Eucharist

Torture and Eucharist

Theology, Politics, and the Body of Christ

  • Author: William T. Cavanaugh
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • ISBN: 9780631211198
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 304
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In this engrossing analysis, Cavanaugh contends that the Eucharist is the Church's response to the use of torture as a social discipline.

Black Politicians and Reconstruction in Georgia

Black Politicians and Reconstruction in Georgia

A Splendid Failure

  • Author: Edmund L. Drago
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • ISBN: 9780820314389
  • Category: History
  • Page: 211
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This widely hailed study examines the reasons behind the quick demise of Radical Reconstruction in Georgia. Edmund L. Drago shows that a primary factor was, ironically, the extraordinary fairness on the part of the state's black leaders in dealing with their former masters. Lacking the sizable and experienced antebellum free-black class that existed in such states as South Carolina and Louisiana, Georgia's former slaves turned to their ministers for political leadership. Otherworldly and fatalistic, the ministers preached a message in which all people, even slaveholders, were deserving of God's mercy. Translated into politics, this message quickly and predictably brought disaster. Shortly after the black delegation to the state constitutional convention of 1867-1868 refused to support a provision guaranteeing blacks the right to hold office, blacks were expelled from the state legislature. Only then did the minister-politicians realize that they would have to become more militant and black-oriented if they were to challenge white supremacy. Propelled by this newfound toughness, they were soon able to achieve a limited success by bringing about the Second Reconstruction of Georgia. In the preface to this new edition, Drago surveys recent writing on Reconstruction and, drawing upon his own research on black leadership in South Carolina, compares experiences in that state to those in Georgia. It is time, he says, to give greater consideration to the role black women played in shaping politics and to the emergence of a black conservative political tradition. He also suggests that revisionists, in reacting to the racism in traditional histories, have sometimes glossed over issues of corruption and the black politician.

Richard Hooker and the politics of a Christian England

Richard Hooker and the politics of a Christian England

  • Author: Robert K. Faulkner
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 190
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Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars

Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars

An Anthology

  • Author: Douglas Brode,Leah Deyneka
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press
  • ISBN: 0810885158
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 192
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In 1977, Star Wars blazed across the screen to become one of the highest grossing and most beloved movies of all time. In Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars: An Anthology, Douglas Brode and Leah Deyneka have assembled a provocative collection of essays that explore such hot topics as race and racism in the Star Wars galaxy, Judeo-Christian and Eastern religious themes, homosexual romance, and philosophical and political implications—earthbound and otherworldly. The wide range of essays collected here will engross readers, both fans and scholars alike.

Material Feminisms

Material Feminisms

  • Author: Stacy Alaimo,Susan Hekman,Susan J. Hekman
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 0253219469
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 434
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Acknowledgments p. xi Introduction: Emerging Models of Materiality in Feminist Theory Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekman p. 1 Part 1 Material Theory 1 Darwin and Feminism: Preliminary Investigations for a Possible Alliance Elizabeth Grosz p. 23 2 On Not Becoming Man: The Materialist Politics of Unactualized Potential Claire Colebrook p. 52 3 Constructing the Ballast: An Ontology for Feminism Susan Hekman p. 85 4 Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter Karen Barad p. 120 Part 2 Material World 5 Otherworldly Conversations, Terran Topics, Local Terms Donna J. Haraway p. 157 6 Viscous Porosity: Witnessing Katrina Nancy Tuana p. 188 7 Natural Convers(at)ions: Or, What if Culture was Really Nature all Along? Vicki Kirby p. 214 8 Trans-Corporeal Feminisms and the Ethical Space of Nature Stacy Alaimo p. 237 9 Landscape, Memory, and Forgetting: Thinking Through (my Mother’s) Body and Place Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands p. 265 Part 3 Material Bodies 10 Disability Experience on Trial Tobin Siebers p. 291 11 How Real Is Race? Michael Hames-Garcia p. 308 12 From Race/Sex/Etc. To Glucose, Feeding Tube, and Mourning: The Shifting Matter of Chicana Feminism Suzanne Bost p. 340 13 Organic Empathy: Feminism, Psychopharmaceuticals, and the Embodiment of Depression Elizabeth A. Wilson p. 373 14 Cassie’s Hair Susan Bordo p. 400 List of Contributors p. 425 Index p. 429

The Water Cure

The Water Cure

  • Author: Sophie Mackintosh
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 073523535X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
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*LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018* "An extraordinary otherworldly debut... [Mackintosh] is writing the way that Sofia Coppola would shoot the end of the world: everything is luminous, precise, slow to the point of dread." --The Guardian The Handmaid's Tale meets The Virgin Suicides in this dystopic feminist revenge fantasy about three sisters on an isolated island, raised to fear men. King has tenderly staked out a territory for his wife and three daughters, Grace, Lia, and Sky. He has lain the barbed wire, he has anchored the buoys in the water; he has marked out a clear message: Do not enter. Or viewed from another angle: Not safe to leave. Here women are protected from the chaos and violence of men on the mainland. The cult-like rituals and therapies they endure fortify them from the spreading toxicity of a degrading world. But when their father, the only man they've ever seen, disappears, they retreat further inwards until the day three strange men wash ashore. Over the span of one blistering hot week, a psychological cat-and-mouse game plays out. Sexual tensions and sibling rivalries flare as the sisters are forced to reckon with the amorphous threat the strangers represent. Can they survive the men? A haunting, riveting debut about the capacity for violence and the potency of female desire, The Water Cure both devastates and astonishes as it reflects our own world back at us.

Socratic Citizenship

Socratic Citizenship

  • Author: Dana Richard Villa
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780691086927
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 370
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Many critics bemoan the lack of civic engagement in America. Tocqueville's ''nation of joiners'' seems to have become a nation of alienated individuals, disinclined to fulfill the obligations of citizenship or the responsibilities of self-government. In response, the critics urge community involvement and renewed education in the civic virtues. But what kind of civic engagement do we want, and what sort of citizenship should we encourage? In Socratic Citizenship, Dana Villa takes issue with those who would reduce citizenship to community involvement or to political participation for its own sake. He argues that we need to place more value on a form of conscientious, moderately alienated citizenship invented by Socrates, one that is critical in orientation and dissident in practice. Taking Plato's Apology of Socrates as his starting point, Villa argues that Socrates was the first to show, in his words and deeds, how moral and intellectual integrity can go hand in hand, and how they can constitute importantly civic--and not just philosophical or moral--virtues. More specifically, Socrates urged that good citizens should value this sort of integrity more highly than such apparent virtues as patriotism, political participation, piety, and unwavering obedience to the law. Yet Socrates' radical redefinition of citizenship has had relatively little influence on Western political thought. Villa considers how the Socratic idea of the thinking citizen is treated by five of the most influential political thinkers of the past two centuries--John Stuart Mill, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, and Leo Strauss. In doing so, he not only deepens our understanding of these thinkers' work and of modern ideas of citizenship, he also shows how the fragile Socratic idea of citizenship has been lost through a persistent devaluation of independent thought and action in public life. Engaging current debates among political and social theorists, this insightful book shows how we must reconceive the idea of good citizenship if we are to begin to address the shaky fundamentals of civic culture in America today.