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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"--

Friendship in Politics

Friendship in Politics

Theorizing Amity in and between States

  • Author: Preston King,Graham M. Smith
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1317969677
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 200
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Previously published as a special issue of the Critical Review of Social and Political Philosophy, this volume throws light on the place of friendship in politics by connecting theoretical questions to empirical answers. Today, friendship and politics are most commonly viewed as distinct and mutually opposed concerns. Politics tends to be seen as general and impersonal, to do with power and hierarchy. Friendship, by contrast, is conceived as particular and intimate, relating to equality and fraternity. Ancient Greek and Roman thought tended to bring the two together, locating friendship as the moral foundation of the political. But is this view sound? Ought not Friendship to be dismissed by moderns as primitive, inefficient, nepotistic (Freud)? Or ought it to be promoted as a vital moral constraint on power and the consuming egotism of rulers (Plutarch and others)? The contributors seek to answer these questions, directly and indirectly, by supplying: analyses of the concept critical reconstructions of some crucial modern accounts (Kierkegaard, Arendt and Schmitt) concrete accounts of the actual play of friendship both within and between states.

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.

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.

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.

Toward socio-criticism

Toward socio-criticism

selected proceedings of the conference "Luso-Brazilian literatures, a socio-critical approach"

  • Author: Roberto Reis
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 236
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Politics and Religion in the White South

Politics and Religion in the White South

  • Author: Glenn Feldman
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 0813137225
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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Politics, while always an integral part of the daily life in the South, took on a new level of importance after the Civil War. Today, political strategists view the South as an essential region to cultivate if political hopefuls are to have a chance of winning elections at the national level. Although operating within the context of a secular government, American politics is decidedly marked by a Christian influence. In the mostly Protestant South, religion and politics have long been nearly inextricable. Politics and Religion in the White South skillfully examines the powerful role that religious considerations and influence have played in American political discourse. This collection of thirteen essays from prominent historians and political scientists explores the intersection in the South of religion, politics, race relations, and southern culture from post--Civil War America to the present, when the Religious Right has exercised a profound impact on the course of politics in the region as well as the nation. The authors examine issues such as religious attitudes about race on the Jim Crow South; Billy Graham's influence on the civil rights movement; political activism and the Southern Baptist Convention; and Dorothy Tilly, a white Methodist woman, and her contributions as a civil rights reformer during the 1940s and 1950s. The volume also considers the issue of whether southerners felt it was their sacred duty to prevent American society from moving away from its Christian origins toward a new, secular identity and how this perceived God-given responsibility was reflected in the work of southern political and church leaders. By analyzing the vital relationship between religion and politics in the region where their connection is strongest and most evident, Politics and Religion in the White South offers insight into the conservatism of the South and the role that religion has played in maintaining its social and cultural traditionalism.

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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Materializing democracy

Materializing democracy

toward a revitalized cultural politics

  • Author: Russ Castronovo
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 427
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Investigates the complex histories and conflicting desires that are generally concealed behind the term “democracy.”

The rhythms of Black folk

The rhythms of Black folk

race, religion, and pan-Africanism

  • Author: Jon Michael Spencer
  • Publisher: Africa World Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 206
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In this book, Jon Michael Spencer argues that African rhythm, particularly African rhythm in the New World, gives rise to the distinctive qualities of black cultures. These rhythms especially undergird and distinguish black music, dance and religion, each of which is a means by which Afro-peoples absorb these rhythms and concretize them in other aesthetic ways. Since black music has been the primary carrier of African rhythms (both black religion and dance are dependent on black music), Spencer contends that it is from black music that black people glean what he calls "rhythmic confidence", a phenomenon he describes as essentially equivalent to "soul". He explains how this rhythmic confidence is sometimes casual and calm and at other times explicit and insurgent, such as in rap music. Spencer's intent for reading the cultural history of Afro-peoples through this rhythmic lens is to clarify the cultural relationship people of African descent have to one another.