Politics, Philosophy and Social Sciences
Adult Bestsellers, Countries and Regions, Government and Politics, Politics, Philosophy and Social Sciences
Karachi Vice: Life and Death iRated 0 out of 5
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the WeekA fast-paced journey around Karachi in the company of those who know the city inside out – from an electrifying new voice in narrative non-fiction.’I was completely gripped by it’- Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire’Heart-breaking and compelling’- Ben Rawlence, author of City of ThornsKarachi. Pakistan’s largest city is a sprawling metropolis of 20 million people. It is a place of political turbulence in which those who have power wield it with brutal and partisan force, a place in which it pays to have friends in the right places and to avoid making deadly enemies. It is a society where lavish wealth and absolute poverty live side by side, and where the lines between idealism and corruption can quickly blur.It takes an insider to know where is safe, who to trust, and what makes Karachi tick, and in this powerful debut, Samira Shackle explores the city of her mother’s birth in the company of a handful of Karachiites. Among them is Safdar the ambulance driver, who knows the city’s streets and shortcuts intimately and will stop at nothing to help his fellow citizens. There is Parveen, the activist whose outspoken views on injustice corruption repeatedly lead her towards danger. And there is Zille, the hardened journalist whose commitment to getting the best scoops puts him at increasing risk. As their individual experiences unfold, so Shackle tells the bigger story of Karachi over the past decade: a period in which the Taliban arrive in Pakistan, adding to the daily perils for its residents and pushing their city into the international spotlight.Writing with intimate local knowledge and a global perspective, Shackle paints a nuanced and vivid portrait of one of the most complex, most compelling cities in the world.
Chomsky: Ideas and IdealsPaperRated 0 out of 5
Chomsky has had a major influence on linguistics, psychology, and philosophy. In this rigorous yet accessible account of Chomsky’s work, Neil Smith analyses Chomsky’s key contributions to the study of both language and the mind. He gives a detailed exposition of Chomsky’s linguistic theorizing, and examines the ideas for which he is best known. Smith discusses the psychological and philosophical implications of Chomsky’s work, and argues that he has fundamentally changed the way we think of ourselves. Smith examines Chomsky’s political ideas and how these fit intellectually with his scholarly work. The final chapter spells out the themes – rationality, creativity and modularity – that unite the disparate strands of his vast output. Throughout, Smith explores the controversy surrounding Chomsky’s work, and explains why he has been both adulated and vilified.
Democracy May Not Exist But WeRated 0 out of 5
Democracy is in crisis. In every major company it has been stole by elites or in the hands of strong men. In democracy’s name we see a raft of policies that spread inequality and xenophobia worldwide. It is clear that democracy – the principle of government by and for the people – is not living up to its promise.
Females (Verso Pamphlets): A CRated 0 out of 5
‘Everyone is female, and everyone hates it.’ So begins Andrea Long Chu s genre-defying investigation into sex and lies, desperate artists and reckless politics, the smothering embrace of gender and the punishing force of desire. Drawing inspiration from a forgotten play by Valerie Solanas the woman who wrote the SCUM Manifesto and shot Andy Warhol Chu aims her searing wit and surgical intuition at targets ranging from performance art to psychoanalysis, incels to porn, and even feminists like herself. Each step of the way she defends the indefensible claim that femaleness is less a biological state of women and more a fatal existential condition that afflicts the entire human race men, women, and everyone else. Or maybe she s just projecting. A thrilling new voice who has been credited with launching the second wave of trans studies, Chu shows readers how to write for your life, baring herself with a morbid sense of humor and a mordant kind of hope.
Sight and Sensibility: EvaluatRated 0 out of 5
Looking at pictures, we see in them the scenes they depict, and any value they have springs from these experiences of seeing-in. Sight and Sensibility presents the first detailed and comprehensive theory of evaluating pictures. Dominic Lopes confronts the puzzle of how the value of seeing anything in a picture can exceed that of seeing it face to face–his solution pinpoints how seeing-in is like and unlike ordinary seeing. Moreover, since part of what we see in pictures is emotional expressions, his book also develops a theory of expression especially tailored to pictures. Not all evaluations of pictures as opportunities for seeing-in are aesthetic–others are cognitive or moral. Lopes argues that these evaluations interact, for some imply others. His argument entails novel conceptions of aesthetic and cognitive evaluation, such that aesthetic evaluation is distinguished from art evaluation as essentially tied to experience, and that cognitive evaluations assess cognitive capacities, including perceptual ones. Ultimately, Lopes defends images against the widespread criticism that they thwart serious thought, especially moral thought, because they merely replicate ordinary experience. He concludes by presenting detailed case studies of the contribution pictures can make to moral reflection. Sight and Sensibility will be essential reading for anyone working in aesthetics and art theory, and for all those intrigued by the power of images to affect our lives.
What’s Wrong with EconomRated 0 out of 5
A passionate and informed critique of mainstream economics from one of the leading economic thinkers of our time This insightful book looks at how mainstream economics’ quest for scientific certainty has led to a narrowing of vision and a convergence on an orthodoxy that is unhealthy for the field, not to mention the societies which base policy decisions on the advice of flawed economic models. Noted economic thinker Robert Skidelsky explains the circumstances that have brought about this constriction and proposes an approach to economics which includes philosophy, history, sociology, and politics. Skidelsky’s clearly written and compelling critique takes aim at the way that economics is taught in today’s universities, where a focus on modelling leaves students ill-equipped to grapple with what is important and true about human life. He argues for a return to the ideal set out by John Maynard Keynes that the economist must be a “mathematician, historian, statesman, [and] philosopher” in equal measure.
The Magazine Novels of PaulineRated 0 out of 5
First published in May 1900, the Colored American Magazine provided a pioneering forum for black literary talent previously stifled by lack of encouragement and opportunity. Not only a prolific writer for the journal, Pauline Hopkins also served as one of its powerful editorial forces. This volume of her magazine novels, which appeared serially in the journal between March 1901 and November 1903, reveals Hopkins’ commitment to fiction as a vehicle for social change. She weaves important political themes into the narrative formulas of nineteenth-century dime-store novels and story papers, which emphasize suspense, action, complex plotting, multiple and false identities, and the use of disguise. Offering both instruction and entertainment, Hopkins’ novels also expose the limitations of popular American narrative forms when telling the stories of black characters.
Bread for All: The Origins ofRated 0 out of 5
SHORTLISTED FOR THE LONGMAN-HISTORY TODAY PRIZE 2018LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2018 ‘Makes a gripping human story out of the wisest and most progressive policy achievement of any government in the history of the world … the welfare state deserves books this good’ Stuart Maconie, New Statesman, Books of the Year’A brilliant book, full of little revelations’ Jon Cruddas, Prospect’Carefully argued, deftly balanced and wittily written, with countless lovely details’ Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday TimesA landmark book from a remarkable new historian, on a subject that has never been more important – or imperilledToday, everybody seems to agree that something has gone badly wrong with the British welfare state. In the midst of economic crisis, politicians and commentators talk about benefits as a lifestyle choice, and of ‘skivers’ living off hard-working ‘strivers’ as they debate what a welfare state fit for the twenty-first century might look like. This major new history tells the story of one the greatest transformations in British intellectual, social and political life: the creation of the welfare state, from the Victorian workhouse, where you had to be destitute to receive help, to a moment just after the Second World War, when government embraced responsibilities for people’s housing, education, health and family life, a commitment that was unimaginable just a century earlier. Though these changes were driven by developments in different and sometimes unexpected currents in British life, they were linked by one over-arching idea: that through rational and purposeful intervention, government can remake society. It was an idea that, during the early twentieth century, came to inspire people across the political spectrum. In exploring this extraordinary transformation, Bread for All explores and challenges our assumptions about what the welfare state was originally for, and the kinds of people who were involved in creating it. In doing so, it asks what the idea continues to mean for us today.
To be a Kid: 1 (Global Fund foRated 0 out of 5
Celebrate the universality and diversity of childhood and the adventures of growing up around all the world. With a forward by Chris and Martin Kratt of PBS fame, To Be a Kid invites readers to share in the commonality of families, school, play, creativity, animals, and friends worldwide. Ajmera and Ivanko’s powerful text, paired with colorful and expressive photography, unites children as they play, learn, and spend time with family and friends. From Botswana to Haiti, Mongolia to Cuba, To Be a Kid, captures everyday moments across the globe. Kids, no matter where they are from, share these same wonderful adventures because at the heart of it a kid is just a kid.
The Etymologicon: A Circular SRated 0 out of 5
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER Witty and erudite … stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless. Nick Duerden, Independent Particularly good … Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our, murky history William Leith, Evening Standard The Etymologicon is an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? Mark Forsyth s riotous celebration of the idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd connections between words isa classic of its kind: a mine of fascinating information and a must-read for word-lovers everywhere. Highly recommended. Spectator
A Map of the Dark (The SearcheRated 0 out of 5
If you’re lost she’ll find youBut who will save her?A thrilling new FBI series for fans of Tess Gerritsen and Karin Slaughter. FBI Agent Elsa Myers has a secret…Elsa Myers is smart, determined, and gifted with an extraordinary ability to find missing children. When vulnerable teenager Ruby disappears from Queens, she is put on the case.But Elsa’s skills are rooted in her own troubled past. She is haunted by her mother’s murder, her father is dying, and her relationship with her sister is crumbling. As the case begins to look hopeless, it becomes more and more personal, tangling with the traumatic history she has worked so hard to hide.As the darkness gathers around her, Elsa has to make a choice: can she save Ruby, if it means losing herself?’Compellingly told, with a striking sting in the tail.’ Daily Mail’A triumph!’ Karen Dionne, author of Home’A perfect, deeply satisfying thriller that grips right to the end.’ Jane Casey, author of Let the Dead Speak