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Stayin' Alive

Stayin' Alive

  • Author: Jefferson R. Cowie
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
  • ISBN: 1459604237
  • Category:
  • Page: 880
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An epic account of how working-class America hit the rocks in the political and economic upheavals of the '70s, Stayin' Alive is a wide-ranging cultural and political history that presents the decade in a whole new light. Jefferson Cowie's edgy and incisive book - part political intrigue, part labor history, with large doses of American music, film, and TV lore - makes new sense of the '70s as a crucial and poorly understood transition from the optimism of New Deal America to the widening economic inequalities and dampened expectations of the present. Stayin' Alive takes us from the factory floors of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Detroit to the Washington of Nixon, Ford, and Carter. Cowie connects politics to culture, showing how the big screen and the jukebox can help us understand how America turned away from the radicalism of the '60s and toward the patriotic promise of Ronald Reagan. He also makes unexpected connections between the secrets of the Nixon White House and the failings of the George McGovern campaign, between radicalism and the blue-collar backlash, and between the earthy twang of Merle Haggard's country music and the falsetto highs of Saturday Night Fever. Cowie captures nothing less than the defining characteristics of a new era. Stayin' Alive is a book that will forever define a misunderstood decade.

Capital Moves

Capital Moves

RCA's Seventy-year Quest for Cheap Labor

  • Author: Jefferson Cowie
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • ISBN: 1565846591
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 279
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The highly acclaimed account of one renowned company's labor struggles in its rise to global power. Globalization is the lead story of the new century, but its roots reach back nearly one hundred years, to major corporations' quest for stable, inexpensive, and pliant sources of labor. Before the largest companies moved beyond national boundaries, they crossed state lines, abandoning the industrial centers of the Eastern Seaboard for impoverished rural communities in the Midwest and South. In their wake they left the decaying urban landscapes and unemployment rates that became hallmarks of late-twentieth-century America. This is the story that Jefferson Cowie, in "a stunningly important work of historical imagination and rediscovery" (Nelson Lichtenstein), tells through the lens of a single American corporation, RCA. Capital Moves takes us through the interconnected histories of Camden, New Jersey; Bloomington, Indiana; Memphis, Tennessee; and Juarez, Mexicofour cities radically transformed by America's leading manufacturer of records and radio sets. In a sweeping narrative of economic upheaval and class conflict, Cowie weaves together the rich detail of local history with the nationaland ultimately internationalstory of economic and social change. 22 black-and-white photographs.

Was ist mit Kansas los?

Was ist mit Kansas los?

wie die Konservativen das Herz von Amerika eroberten

  • Author: Thomas Frank
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783827006080
  • Category:
  • Page: 302
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The Great Exception

The Great Exception

The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics

  • Author: Jefferson Cowie
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 1400874416
  • Category: History
  • Page: 288
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Where does the New Deal fit in the big picture of American history? What does it mean for us today? What happened to the economic equality it once engendered? In The Great Exception, Jefferson Cowie provides new answers to these important questions. In the period between the Great Depression and the 1970s, he argues, the United States government achieved a unique level of equality, using its considerable resources on behalf of working Americans in ways that it had not before and has not since. If there is to be a comparable battle for collective economic rights today, Cowie argues, it needs to build on an understanding of the unique political foundation for the New Deal. Anyone who wants to come to terms with the politics of inequality in the United States will need to read The Great Exception. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

  • Author: Andrew C. Isenberg
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199394474
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 640
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The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations.

The Age of Acquiescence

The Age of Acquiescence

The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power

  • Author: Steve Fraser
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0316333743
  • Category: History
  • Page: 480
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A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th century to the present day, American resistance to our ruling elites has vanished. From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why? THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE seeks to solve that mystery. Steve Fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razorsharp, THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year.

Save Our Unions

Save Our Unions

  • Author: Steve Early
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • ISBN: 1583674292
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 304
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Save Our Unions: Dispatches From A Movement in Distress brings together recent essays and reporting by labor journalist Steve Early. The author illuminates the challenges facing U.S. workers, whether they’re trying to democratize their union, win a strike, defend past contract gains, or bargain with management for the first time. Drawing on forty years of personal experience, Early writes about cross-border union campaigning, labor strategies for organizing and health care reform, and political initiatives that might lessen worker dependence on the Democratic Party. Save Our Unions contains vivid portraits of rank-and-file heroes and heroines, both well-known and unsung. It takes readers to union conventions and funerals, strikes and picket-lines, celebrations of labor’s past and struggles to insure that unions still have a future in the 21st century. The book’s insight, analysis and advocacy make this an important contribution to the project of labor revitalization and reform.

Perspectives by Incongruity

Perspectives by Incongruity

First of the Year, Volume IV

  • Author: Benj DeMott
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 1412843111
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 332
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Diversity and “perspective by incongruity” dene the approach to changing times in this fourth volume of the First of the Year series. Insights come from interesting minds in unobvious juxtapositions. First's roster of irreverent—and holy!—regulars includes Amiri Baraka, Bernard Avishai, Uri Avnery, Chuck D, Diane di Prima, Fr. Rick Frechette, Donna Gaines, Lawrence Goodwyn, Roxane Johnson, W.T. Lhamon Jr., Philip Levine, Kanan Makiya, Bongani Madondo, Greil Marcus, Charles O'Brien, Judy Oppenheimer, Tom Smucker, Fredric Smoler, A.B. Spellman, Scott Spencer, Robert Farris Thompson, Richard Torres, David Waldstreicher, and Armond White.Their angles on history and history in the making are enhanced by contributions from new members of First's family of defamiliarizers such as Peter Brown, Wesley Brown, Mark Dudzic, Robert Hullot-Kentor, and Aram Saroyan. Perspectives by Incongruity touches down in Kashmir, Haiti, South Africa, and Indonesia. There's a vital section devoted to the Arab Spring. But the volume homes in on the U.S.A. as well, digging into race and class structures of feeling (and fantasy). It means to comprehend the Obama era in real time. Music is key to Perspectives by Incongruity's offbeat truth-telling. Contributors sound off on Jay Z and Kanye West, mambo and Afropop, Dylan and Coltrane, Sun Ra and Arcade Fire. First's meaning is (as ever) in the mix.

The Sources of Social Power: Volume 4, Globalizations, 1945–2011

The Sources of Social Power: Volume 4, Globalizations, 1945–2011

  • Author: Michael Mann
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107311225
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: N.A
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Distinguishing four sources of power – ideological, economic, military and political – this series traces their interrelations throughout human history. This fourth volume covers the period from 1945 to the present, focusing on the three major pillars of post-war global order: capitalism, the nation-state system and the sole remaining empire of the world, the United States. In the course of this period, capitalism, nation-states and empires interacted with one another and were transformed. Mann's key argument is that globalization is not just a single process, because there are globalizations of all four sources of social power, each of which has a different rhythm of development. Topics include the rise and beginnings of decline of the American Empire, the fall or transformation of communism (respectively, the Soviet Union and China), the shift from neo-Keynesianism to neoliberalism, and the three great crises emerging in this period – nuclear weapons, the great recession and climate change.

Hillbilly-Elegie

Hillbilly-Elegie

Die Geschichte meiner Familie und einer Gesellschaft in der Krise

  • Author: J. D. Vance
  • Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
  • ISBN: 3843715777
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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Seine Großeltern versuchten, mit Fleiß und Mobilität der Armut zu entkommen und sich in der Mitte der Gesellschaft zu etablieren. Doch letztlich war alles vergeblich. J. D. Vance erzählt die Geschichte seiner Familie — eine Geschichte vom Scheitern und von der Resignation einer ganzen Bevölkerungsschicht. Armut und Chaos, Hilflosigkeit und Gewalt, Drogen und Alkohol: Genau in diesem Teufelskreis befinden sich viele weiße Arbeiterfamilien in den USA — entfremdet von der politischen Führung, abgehängt vom Rest der Gesellschaft, anfällig für populistische Parolen. Früher konnten sich die »Hillbillys«, die weißen Fabrikarbeiter, erhoffen, sich zu Wohlstand zu schuften. Doch spätestens gegen Ende des 20sten Jahrhunderts zog der Niedergang der alten Industrien ihre Familien in eine Abwärtsspirale, in der sie bis heute stecken. Vance gelingt es wie keinem anderen, diese ausweglose Situation und die Krise einer ganzen Gesellschaft eindrücklich zu schildern. Sein Buch bewegte Millionen von Lesern in den USA und erklärt nicht zuletzt den Wahltriumph eines Donald Trump.

A New Dawn for the New Left

A New Dawn for the New Left

Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties

  • Author: B. Slonecker
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137280832
  • Category: History
  • Page: 267
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This book examines the underground Liberation News Service and the commune Montague Farm to trace the evolution of the New Left after 1968. In the process, it extends the chronological breadth of the long Sixties, rethinks the relationship between political and cultural radicalism, and explores the relationships between diverse social movements.

Country Soul

Country Soul

Making Music and Making Race in the American South

  • Author: Charles L. Hughes
  • Publisher: UNC Press Books
  • ISBN: 1469622440
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 280
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In the sound of the 1960s and 1970s, nothing symbolized the rift between black and white America better than the seemingly divided genres of country and soul. Yet the music emerged from the same songwriters, musicians, and producers in the recording studios of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama--what Charles L. Hughes calls the "country-soul triangle." In legendary studios like Stax and FAME, integrated groups of musicians like Booker T. and the MGs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section produced music that both challenged and reconfirmed racial divisions in the United States. Working with artists from Aretha Franklin to Willie Nelson, these musicians became crucial contributors to the era's popular music and internationally recognized symbols of American racial politics in the turbulent years of civil rights protests, Black Power, and white backlash. Hughes offers a provocative reinterpretation of this key moment in American popular music and challenges the conventional wisdom about the racial politics of southern studios and the music that emerged from them. Drawing on interviews and rarely used archives, Hughes brings to life the daily world of session musicians, producers, and songwriters at the heart of the country and soul scenes. In doing so, he shows how the country-soul triangle gave birth to new ways of thinking about music, race, labor, and the South in this pivotal period.

What's the Matter with White People?

What's the Matter with White People?

Finding Our Way in the Next America

  • Author: Joan Walsh
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1476733120
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 335
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Revised edition of: Indivisible: how America divided against itself. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, c2012.

Die Verdammten dieser Erde

Die Verdammten dieser Erde

  • Author: Frantz Fanon,Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783518371688
  • Category: Afrika - Entkolonialisierung
  • Page: 266
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Robert Downey Jr. from Brat to Icon

Robert Downey Jr. from Brat to Icon

Essays on the Film Career

  • Author: Erin E. MacDonald
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 1476617031
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 312
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Robert Downey Jr. may be best known as Iron Man, but his career as an actor stretches back to the 1970s and features several Oscar-quality roles. He has worked with a wide range of innovative directors from Oliver Stone and Robert Altman to Richard Linklater and Shane Black, and has played punk kids, detectives, journalists and even a serial killer. This collection of new essays examines, in roughly chronological order, more than 25 of Downey’s best performances in films as diverse as Less Than Zero, Chaplin, Natural Born Killers, A Scanner Darkly, The Soloist and Tropic Thunder. Including a biography, chronology and filmography, the book highlights the inseparability of the actor’s biography from his works and from the unique combination of talents he brings to his roles.

Dienstags bei Morrie

Dienstags bei Morrie

die Lehre eines Lebens

  • Author: Mitch Albom,Angelika Bardeleben
  • Publisher: Distribooks
  • ISBN: 9783442451753
  • Category: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Page: 217
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Der Soziologieprofessor Morrie Schwartz erfährt, dass er höchstens noch zwei Jahre zu leben hat. Die Diagnose, eine schwere Erkrankung des Nervensystems, lässt keine Hoffnung auf Heilung. Statt darüber zu verzweifeln und sich ganz in sich selbst zurückzuziehen, macht Morrie es sich zur Aufgabe, seine letzten Monate so sinnvoll und produktiv wie möglich zu verbringen. Während er den schleichenden Verfall seines Körpers erlebt, sprüht sein Geist vor Ideen. Sein Leben war immer vom Mitgefühl für andere bestimmt, und auch jetzt möchte er andere Menschen an seiner Erfahrung Teil haben lassen: an seiner Lebenserfahrung ebenso wie an der Erfahrung, dem Tod entgegen zu gehen, die ihn viele neue Einsichten über das Leben gewinnen lässt. Den Kontakt zu seinem Lieblingsprofessor hatte der erfolgreiche Sportjournalist Mitch Albom eigentlich aufrecht erhalten wollen. Sechzehn Jahre nach seinem Collegeabschluss erfährt er durch Zufall von Morries schwerer Krankheit und stattet dem alten Herrn einen Besuch ab. Ein Pflichttermin in dem prall gefüllten Kalender des Journalisten, der im Laufe der Zeit seine Träume gegen ein gut bezahltes Leben im fünften Gang eingetauscht hatte. Mitch verlässt das Haus tief beeindruckt von der Gelassenheit, ja sogar Heiterkeit, mit der Morrie seine Krankheit erlebt und seinem Tod entgegensieht - dieser feiert zum Beispiel seine Beerdigung zu Lebzeiten, um die Trauer und die ihm gebührende Anerkennung persönlich zu erfahren. Durch einen Streik an seiner Arbeit gehindert und zum Nachdenken gebracht, macht sich Mitch ein zweites Mal und schließlich regelmäßig jeden Dienstag auf den Weg zu seinem wiedergefundenen Professor. So beginnt der letzte gemeinsame Kurs. Die Gesprächsthemen zwischen Lehrer und Schüler berühren die fundamentalen Fragen unseres Daseins: Es geht um das Leben und seinen Sinn, das Sterben, die Liebe, den Erfolg, Gefühle wie Reue und Selbstmitleid, Familie, das Älterwerden ...

Weniger als nichts

Weniger als nichts

Hegel und der Schatten des dialektischen Materialismus

  • Author: Slavoj Žižek
  • Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
  • ISBN: 351873427X
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 1200
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Seit zwei Jahrhunderten operiert die westliche Philosophie im Schatten von Hegel. Es ist ein sehr langer Schatten, und jede neue Philosophengeneration ersinnt seither neue Wege, um aus ihm herauszutreten. Während die einen dies mittels neuer theoretischer Konzepte versuchen, überziehen die anderen sein Denken schlicht mit Hohn und Spott. Slavoj Žižek unternimmt in seinem monumentalen Buch erst gar nicht den Versuch, aus diesem Schatten herauszutreten, macht es sich aber auch keineswegs darin bequem. Seine Devise lautet nicht: Zurück zu Hegel! Sondern: Wir müssen hegelianischer sein als der Meister selbst, um wie er die Brüche und Verwerfungen in der Realität verstehen und kritisieren zu können. In dieser hyperhegelianischen Manier und mit gewohnt pointierten Abschweifungen in (fast) alle Bereiche von Philosophie, Kunst und Leben rettet Žižek Hegels radikal emanzipatorisches Projekt für unsere Zeit.

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

Masseninhaftierung und Rassismus in den USA

  • Author: Michelle Alexander
  • Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
  • ISBN: 3956141598
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 352
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Die Wahl von Barack Obama im November 2008 markierte einen historischen Wendepunkt in den USA: Der erste schwarze Präsident schien für eine postrassistische Gesellschaft und den Triumph der Bürgerrechtsbewegung zu stehen. Doch die Realität in den USA ist eine andere. Obwohl die Rassentrennung, die in den sogenannten Jim-Crow-Gesetzen festgeschrieben war, im Zuge der Bürgerrechtsbewegung abgeschafft wurde, sitzt heute ein unfassbar hoher Anteil der schwarzen Bevölkerung im Gefängnis oder ist lebenslang als kriminell gebrandmarkt. Ein Status, der die Leute zu Bürgern zweiter Klasse macht, indem er sie ihrer grundsätzlichsten Rechte beraubt – ganz ähnlich den explizit rassistischen Diskriminierungen der Jim-Crow-Ära. In ihrem Buch, das in Amerika eine breite Debatte ausgelöst hat, argumentiert Michelle Alexander, dass die USA ihr rassistisches System nach der Bürgerrechtsbewegung nicht abgeschafft, sondern lediglich umgestaltet haben. Da unter dem perfiden Deckmantel des »War on Drugs« überproportional junge männliche Schwarze und ihre Communities kriminalisiert werden, funktioniert das drakonische Strafjustizsystem der USA heute wie das System rassistischer Kontrolle von gestern: ein neues Jim Crow.

The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Virginia Quarterly Review

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: United States
  • Page: N.A
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Was ich sonst noch verpasst habe

Was ich sonst noch verpasst habe

Stories

  • Author: Lucia Berlin
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9783869523125
  • Category:
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