Prendendo come punto di partenza la condizione di gruppi storicamente discriminati come le donne disabili, le minoranze sessuali, le donne delle popolazioni aborigene del Canada, i rifugiati e i richiedenti asilo, il volume esplora il nesso tra ingiustizia e corporeità. La dimensione corporea ed emotiva dell'interazione e gli schemi di intelligibilità all’interno dei quali collochiamo i corpi determinano le condizioni che rendono possibile la visibilità e l'ascolto dell’altro e quelle che possono ostacolarli, costituendo così un serio ostacolo al raggiungimento della giustizia sociale.
Socialismo di frontiera
Author: Quirico Monica, Ragona Gianfranco
Publisher: Accademia University Press
Debolezza e discontinuità, sul piano progettuale come su quello organizzativo, paiono caratterizzare i movimenti antagonisti del XXI secolo; il capitalismo sembra eterno anche perché pare impossibile delineare i contorni di una società alternativa. Le ipotesi forti della sinistra di un tempo non riescono a ispirare le masse frustrate e, pur con modalità differenti, oppresse, nei diversi continenti. Tuttavia, se con “socialismo” si intende la costruzione di una comunità fondata sull’uguaglianza, il termine non ha perso la capacità di esprimere efficacemente, a distanza di un secolo dalla “madre di tutte le rivoluzioni”, le istanze di opposizione al vigente ordine mondiale e l’esigenza di un cambiamento. Il volume propone uno sguardo eccentrico sulla tradizione novecentesca, ricostruendo l’itinerario politico e culturale di intellettuali militanti (comunisti, socialisti, anarchici) capaci di declinare in maniera originale i temi fondamentali della critica del capitalismo (e insieme del modello sovietico), valorizzando nel contempo l’autorganizzazione e la democrazia radicale, con l’obiettivo di dare concretezza all’antico sogno, sempre rinnovato, di una società in cui il libero sviluppo di ciascuno sia condizione del libero sviluppo di tutti.
La materia che Karin Harrasser plasma in questo suo agile libro prende le mosse dai giochi di due fratelli consentiti dalle protesi molto speciali di uno di essi: il futuro campione paralimpico Oscar Pistorius. Da qui risale alla necessità delle protesi per restaurare o recuperare efficienza e capacità, perdute o anche mai avute (per difetti genetici, per malattia o incidente, per eventi bellici). Quindi, per ri-attivare il disabile o anche solo per restituirgli normalità sociale, registra la volontà di dotarsi di protesi non solo per compensare carenze (che possono essere sia naturali che indotte), ma anche per aumentarsi, per accrescersi, per migliorarsi. Contempla il “Cyborg” o le macchine ’patafisiche di Jarry, dialogando criticamente con Donna Haraway e con Peter Sloterdijk. Karin Harrasser illustra le fasi di quella che, partita da una privazione, da una deformazione della natura, sembra diventare un’autonoma evoluzione antropologica, ne esplora le pulsioni e le leggi, negando però la necessità di giungere a un paraumanesimo eterodiretto e straniante. Una lettura importante per capire il tempo nel quale viviamo e dove stiamo andando.
Come possiamo intendere il lavoro sociologico oggi? E quale contributo offre al benessere e all’innalzamento della qualità di vita delle persone? La pratica professionale fornisce conoscenze più applicative e pratiche che tuttora non vengono fornite nei percorsi universitari tradizionali. La pratica professionale, si caratterizza per un orientamento di ricerca e soluzioni per le persone e i gruppi che avvertono situazioni problematichesociale che offre sostegno alla crescita, al cambiamento, al superamento delle situazioni di crisi. La conseguenza di tutto ciò è il raggiungimento di un nuovo benessere e la riformulazione dei termini della qualità di vita più adeguata alle esigenze del “portatore di disagio”. Non si tratta solo, come operatori sociologici, di saper fare problem setting o problem solving, ma di inquadrare tutto questo nell’ambito di un progetto sociale superando il limite del riferimento ad un modello di buon funzionamento dell’organismo umano. Il testo che si propone cercherà di illustrare in che modo l’intervento sociologico-clinico possa essere inteso come approccio abilitante per valorizzare le risorse e le capacità progettuali delle persone, dei gruppi e delle organizzazioni al fine di conseguire un nuovo benessere, il “well being” ossia una congeniale qualità di vita.
Judith Butler elucidates the dynamics of public assembly under prevailing economic and political conditions. Understanding assemblies as plural forms of performative action, she extends her theory of performativity to show why precarity—destruction of the conditions of livability—is a galvanizing force and theme in today’s highly visible protests.
Author: Eyal Weizman
Publisher: MIT Press
In recent years, the group Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. Today, the group provides crucial evidence for international courts and works with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International, and the UN. Forensic Architecture has not only shed new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, but has also created a new form of investigative practice that bears its name. The group uses architecture as an optical device to investigate armed conflicts and environmental destruction, as well as to cross-reference a variety of evidence sources, such as new media, remote sensing, material analysis, witness testimony, and crowd-sourcing. In Forensic Architecture, Eyal Weizman, the group's founder, provides, for the first time, an in-depthintroduction to the history, practice, assumptions, potentials, and double binds of this practice. The book includes an extensive array of images, maps, and detailed documentation that records the intricate work the group has performed. Traversing multiple scales and durations, the case studies in this volume include the analysis of the shrapnel fragments in a room struck by drones in Pakistan, the reconstruction of a contested shooting in the West Bank, the architectural recreation of a secret Syrian detention center from the memory of its survivors, a blow-by-blow account of a day-long battle in Gaza, and an investigation of environmental violence and climate change in the Guatemalan highlands and elsewhere. Weizman's Forensic Architecture,stunning and shocking in its critical narrative, powerful images,and daring investigations, presents a new form of public truth, technologically, architecturally, and aesthetically produced. The practice calls for a transformative politics in which architecture as a field of knowledge and a mode of interpretation exposes and confronts ever-new forms of state violence and secrecy.
Author: Jorge E. Hardoy, David Satterthwaite
'one of the best contemporary statements of what is occurring in the growth of urban places in the Third World' Environment and Planning 'a book that should enjoy a wide appeal: as a plea for adoption of the 'popular approach'; as a text for student use; and as an accessible and stimulating guide to the urban problems of developing countries' Progress in Human Geography 'a very readable book, containing a lot of well documented information The book is especially relevant for interested lay people but many professionals will benefit from having a copy on the bookshelf' Third World Planning Review The true planners and builders of Third World cities are the poor. They organize, plan and build with no help from professionals. Drawing on their own skills, making the best use of limited resources and forming their own community organizations, they account for most new city housing. But the city, which thrives on their cheap labour, rejects them. Their houses are deemed illegal, because they do not conform to regulations and they are called 'squatters', because they cannot afford to buy sites legally. Their right to water, education and health care, even to vote, are often denied. This book challenges many common assumptions about the urban Third World - for example that urban citizens live in very large cities and that cities are growing rapidly, or that city dwellers benefit from 'urban bias' in government and aid policies. It is about the lives of the 'squatter citizens' and the problems they face in their struggle for survival.
A major scholarly collection of international research on the reception of James Joyce in Europe
Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century. Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protests around the world. Geary presents us with all the twists and turns, appeals and dubious evidence after presenting us the human face of the two men, demonized by many, turned to martyrs by many others in his usual unflappable way.
His to Take
Author: Shayla Black
New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black invites readers to explore the desires of her Wicked Lovers... Racing against time, NSA agent Joaquin Muñoz is searching for a little girl who vanished twenty years ago with a dangerous secret. Since Bailey Benson fits the profile, Joaquin abducts the beauty and whisks her to the safety of Club Dominion—before anyone can silence her for good. At first, Bailey is terrified, but when her kidnapper demands information about her past, she’s stunned. Are her horrific visions actually distant memories that imperil all she holds dear? Confined with Joaquin in a place that echoes with moans and breathes passion, he proves himself a fierce protector as well as a sensual Master who’s slowly crawling deeper into her head…and her heart. But giving in to him might be the most delicious danger of all. Because Bailey soon learns that her past isn’t the only mystery. Joaquin has a secret of his own—a burning vengeance in his soul. The exposed truth leaves her vulnerable and wondering how much about the man she loves is a lie, how much more is at risk than her heart. And if she can trust him to protect her long enough to learn the truth.
Author: Jackie Wang
Publisher: MIT Press
What we see happening in Ferguson and other cities around the country is not the creation of livable spaces, but the creation of living hells. When people are trapped in a cycle of debt it also can affect their subjectivity and how they temporally inhabit the world by making it difficult for them to imagine and plan for the future. What psychic toll does this have on residents? How does it feel to be routinely dehumanized and exploited by the police? -- from Carceral Capitalism In this collection of essays in Semiotext(e)'s Intervention series, Jackie Wang examines the contemporary incarceration techniques that have emerged since the 1990s. The essays illustrate various aspects of the carceral continuum, including the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, cybernetic governance, and algorithmic policing. Included in this volume is Wang's influential critique of liberal anti-racist politics, "Against Innocence," as well as essays on RoboCop, techno-policing, and the aesthetic problem of making invisible forms of power legible. Wang shows that the new racial capitalism begins with parasitic governance and predatory lending that extends credit only to dispossess later. Predatory lending has a decidedly spatial character and exists in many forms, including subprime mortgage loans, student loans for sham for-profit colleges, car loans, rent-to-own scams, payday loans, and bail bond loans. Parasitic governance, Wang argues, operates through five primary techniques: financial states of exception, automation, extraction and looting, confinement, and gratuitous violence. While these techniques of governance often involve physical confinement and the state-sanctioned execution of black Americans, new carceral modes have blurred the distinction between the inside and outside of prison. As technologies of control are perfected, carcerality tends to bleed into society.
The first comprehensive collection of Gustav Landauer’s writings in English, this valuable addition to the history of anarchism in the early 20th century gathers more than 40 influential works by one of Germany’s most prominent radical agitators. The readings presented here cover Landauer’s entire political biography, from his early anarchism of the 1890s and his philosophical reflections at the turn of the century to the subsequent establishment of the Socialist Bund and his tireless agitation against the coming Great War. Additional chapters on war and nationalism, the United States and Mexico, and opinion pieces and personal letters reveal the further scope of Landauer’s thinking with pieces on corporate capital, education, language, and Judaism.
This is a new view of the role of power in social evolution. It shows how, as human societies evolved, intersocietal conflicts necessarily developed, and how humanity can choose peace over war.
Author: Massimo Livi-Bacci
The arrival of Europeans in the Americas brought with it a demographic catastrophe of vast proportions for the native populations. What were the causes? The surviving documentation is extraordinarily rich: conquistadors, religious figures, administrators, officials, and merchants kept records, carried out inquiries, and issued edicts. The native world, for its part, has also left eloquent traces of events as well as direct testimony of its harsh subjugation at the hands of the Europeans. Drawing on these sources, Livi Bacci shows how not only the 'imported' diseases but also a series of economic and social factors played a role in the disastrous decline of the native populations. He argues that the catastrophe was not the inevitable outcome of contact with Europeans but was a function of both the methods of the conquest and the characteristics of the subjugated societies. This gripping narrative recounts one of the greatest tragedies of human history, one whose protagonists include figures like Columbus, Montezuma, Atahuallpa, Pizarro, Corts and Tupac Amaru.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS In a memoir of family bonding and cutting-edge physics for readers of Brian Greene’s The Hidden Reality and Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist?, Amanda Gefter tells the story of how she conned her way into a career as a science journalist—and wound up hanging out, talking shop, and butting heads with the world’s most brilliant minds. At a Chinese restaurant outside of Philadelphia, a father asks his fifteen-year-old daughter a deceptively simple question: “How would you define nothing?” With that, the girl who once tried to fail geometry as a conscientious objector starts reading up on general relativity and quantum mechanics, as she and her dad embark on a life-altering quest for the answers to the universe’s greatest mysteries. Before Amanda Gefter became an accomplished science writer, she was a twenty-one-year-old magazine assistant willing to sneak her and her father, Warren, into a conference devoted to their physics hero, John Wheeler. Posing as journalists, Amanda and Warren met Wheeler, who offered them cryptic clues to the nature of reality: The universe is a self-excited circuit, he said. And, The boundary of a boundary is zero. Baffled, Amanda and Warren vowed to decode the phrases—and with them, the enigmas of existence. When we solve all that, they agreed, we’ll write a book. Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn is that book, a memoir of the impassioned hunt that takes Amanda and her father from New York to London to Los Alamos. Along the way, they bump up against quirky science and even quirkier personalities, including Leonard Susskind, the former Bronx plumber who invented string theory; Ed Witten, the soft-spoken genius who coined the enigmatic M-theory; even Stephen Hawking. What they discover is extraordinary: the beginnings of a monumental paradigm shift in cosmology, from a single universe we all share to a splintered reality in which each observer has her own. Reality, the Gefters learn, is radically observer-dependent, far beyond anything of which Einstein or the founders of quantum mechanics ever dreamed—with shattering consequences for our understanding of the universe’s origin. And somehow it all ties back to that conversation, to that Chinese restaurant, and to the true meaning of nothing. Throughout their journey, Amanda struggles to make sense of her own life—as her journalism career transforms from illusion to reality, as she searches for her voice as a writer, as she steps from a universe shared with her father to at last carve out one of her own. It’s a paradigm shift you might call growing up. By turns hilarious, moving, irreverent, and profound, Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn weaves together story and science in remarkable ways. By the end, you will never look at the universe the same way again. Praise for Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn “Nothing quite prepared me for this book. Wow. Reading it, I alternated between depression—how could the rest of us science writers ever match this?—and exhilaration.”—Scientific American “To Do: Read Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn. Reality doesn’t have to bite.”—New York “A zany superposition of genres . . . It’s at once a coming-of-age chronicle and a father-daughter road trip to the far reaches of this universe and 10,500 others.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer From the Hardcover edition.