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xvi, 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Green Library

2. Brooklyn matters [2007]

Video
1 online resource (streaming video file) (57 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Brooklyn Matters reveals how a few powerful men tried to tilt the Brooklyn landscape in favor of big real estate at the expense of urban livability. Disregarding time-honored urban planning principles and manipulating a desperate need in the African-American community for jobs and affordable housing, they pushed their own interests forward--luxury housing and a 20,000 seat sports arena. The film poses vital, timely questions that are relevant to cities across the country: What is the proper use of eminent domain? What role does environmental and economic justice play in government-sponsored projects? Who does represent the community? Should traffic-intensive projects be approved without mandatory mitigation measures? Should taxpayer money go to acquire private property for a sports arena? What and who determines if an area is "blighted?" Does the public have a right to know about the use of public finances in large-scale real estate projects?
Book
xv, 226 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction-- 1. A brief political history and cast of characters-- 2. Building blocks of a moral universe-- 3. On human nature and the nature of politics-- 4. Order and freedom/liberation: purposes of politics-- 5. What is 'politics' and what constitutes 'participation'?-- 6. Discipline, rights, and morality: 'democracy' in contemporary Myanmar-- Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107155695 20170130
This is the first book to provide a broad overview of the ways in which Buddhist ideas have influenced political thinking and politics in Myanmar. Matthew Walton draws extensively on Burmese language sources from the last 150 years to describe the 'moral universe' of contemporary Theravada Buddhism that has anchored most political thought in Myanmar. In explaining multiple Burmese understandings of notions such as 'democracy' and 'political participation', the book provides readers with a conceptual framework for understanding some of the key dynamics of Myanmar's ongoing political transition. Some of these ideas help to shed light on restrictive or exclusionary political impulses, such as anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalism or scepticism towards the ability of the masses to participate in politics. Walton provides an analytical framework for understanding Buddhist influences on politics that will be accessible to a wide range of readers and will generate future research and debate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107155695 20170130
Green Library
Book
xix, 326 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Preface-- 1. China's approach to governance reform-- 2. Concept, chronology, and drivers of transparency reform-- 3. Transparency and corruption: analysis of variation within China and hypothesis testing-- 4. Comparing approaches to combatting corruption: the Guangdong and Chongqing models-- 5. Concept, chronology, and drivers of participation reform-- 6. Participation and compliance: analysis of variation and hypothesis testing-- 7. Making policy in public: a comparison of three Chinese provinces-- 8. The road ahead-- Works cited-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107122635 20170424
China is widely viewed as a global powerhouse that has achieved a remarkable economic transformation with little political change. Less well known is that China's leaders have also implemented far-reaching governance reforms designed to promote government transparency and increase public participation in official policymaking. What are the motivations behind these reforms and, more importantly, what impact are they having? This puzzle lies at the heart of Chinese politics and could dictate China's political trajectory for years to come. This extensive collaborative study not only documents the origins and scope of these reforms across China, but offers the first systematic assessment by quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing the impact of participation and transparency on important governance outcomes. Comparing across provinces and over time, the authors argue that the reforms are resulting in lower corruption and enhanced legal compliance, but these outcomes also depend on a broader societal ecosystem that includes an active media and robust civil society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107122635 20170424
Green Library
Book
viii, 270 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Series Editors Preface ix Acknowledgments x 1 Sparks of Resistance 1 2 Rethinking Movements from the Bottom Up 13 Part I The Birth of Immigrant Rights Activism 37 3 Making Space for Immigrant Rights Activism in Los Angeles 39 4 Radical Entanglements in Paris 54 5 Placing Protest in Amsterdam 71 Part II Urban Landscapes of Control and Contention 89 6 The Laissez ]Faire State: Re ]politicizing Immigrants in Los Angeles 91 7 The Uneven Reach of the State: The Partial Pacification of Paris 116 8 The Cooptative State: The Pacification of Contentious Immigrant Politics in Amsterdam 138 Part III New Geographies of Immigrant Rights Movements 157 9 Los Angeles as a Center of the National Immigrant Rights Movement 161 10 Paris as Head of Splintering Resistances 188 11 Divergent Geographies of Immigrant Rights Contention in the Netherlands 209 12 Conclusion: Sparks into Wildfires 227 Notes 239 References 245 Index 262.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781118750650 20170227
Through historical and comparative research on the immigrant rights movements of the United States, France and the Netherlands, Cities and Social Movements examines how small resistances against restrictive immigration policies do or don t develop into large and sustained mobilizations. * Presents a comprehensive, comparative analysis of immigrant rights politics in three countries over a period of five decades, providing vivid accounts of the processes through which immigrants activists challenged or confirmed the status quo * Theorizes movements from the bottom-up, presenting an urban grassroots account in order to identify how movement networks emerge or fall apart * Provides a unique contribution by examining how geography is implicated in the evolution of social movements, discovering how and why the networks constituting movements grow by tracing where they develop * Demonstrates how efforts to enforce national borders trigger countless resistances and shows how some environments provide the relational opportunities to nurture these small resistances into sustained mobilizations * Written to appeal to a broad audience of students, scholars, policy makers, and activists, without sacrificing theoretical rigor.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781118750650 20170227
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Book
x, 320 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm.
  • About the Authors List of Illustrations 1. Introduction: Citizenship and Democratization in Postcolonial Southeast Asia, Ward Berenschot, Henk Schulte Nordholt and Laurens Bakker Part I: Clientelism and Citizenship 2. Citizen Participation and Decentralization in the Philippines, Emma Porio 3. Everyday Citizenship in Village Java, Takeshi Ito 4. Elections and Emerging Forms of Citizenship in Cambodia, Astrid Noren-Nilsson 5. Sosialisasi, Citizenship and Street Vendors in Yogyakarta, Sheri Lynn Gibbings Part II: Identity and Citizenship 6. Militias, Security and Citizenship in Indonesia, Laurens Bakker 7. Custom and Citizenship in the Philippine Uplands, Oona Thommes Paredes 8. Citizenship and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia, David Kloos and Ward Berenschot Part III: Middle Classes Engaging the State 9. Digital Media and Malaysia's Electoral Reform Movement, Merlyna Lim 10. Citizenship, Rights and Adversarial Legalism in Thailand, Wolfram Schaffar 11. Defending Indonesia's Migrant Domestic Workers, Mary Austin 12. The Yellow Shirts versus the Red Shirts and the Rise of a New Middle Class in Thailand, Apichat Satitniramai.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004327771 20170130
This title is available in its entirety in Open Access. By providing various fascinating first-hand accounts of how citizens negotiate their rights in the context of weak state institutions, Citizenship and Democratization in Southeast Asia offers a unique bottom-up perspective on the evolving character of public life in democratizing Southeast Asia.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004327771 20170130
Green Library
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x, 207 pages ; 24 cm
  • Chapter 1: Sowing the Seeds of Civic Failure Chapter 2: A Primer on Republican Democracy Chapter 3: Taking the Parties Out Chapter 4: The Effects of Partisan Decline Chapter 5: The Semi-Sovereign Media Chapter 6: The State of the American Voter Chapter 7: The Dream and the Nightmare of Term Limits Chapter 8: The Promise and the Despair of Campaign Finance Reform Chapter 9: Leading By Following, or The Unreasonable Expectations on the Political Class Chapter 10: Look Forward, Angel Chapter 11: A Pathway to American Revival.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498514194 20170213
The greatest threat to American democracy is the voting public. Candidates for political office, organized interests, and political parties are often blamed for the ills of American democracy, but this book places the focus on the core issue in American politics: a disengaged, demanding, and often contradictory voting public. Structural reforms such as the direct primary, term limits, and campaign finance regime reforms make the problems worse rather than better because these structural reforms fail to address core issues that disengage the voting public from republican politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498514194 20170213
Green Library
Book
1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations.
Book
xxi, 204 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • 1. Corruption in Africa: The Health Sector and Policy Recommendations for Managing the Risks What is Corruption? Corruption in Africa Corruption Risks in the Delivery of Health Services in African Countries Managing the Corruption Risks for Health Services Delivery: Some PolicyRecommendations for Africa Conclusion 2. Corruption in Swaziland The Corruption Problem in Swaziland Consequences of Corruption in Swaziland The Anti-Corruption CommissionControlling Corruption in Swaziland: Some Suggested Policy Measures Conclusion 3. Corruption in Kenya The Causes and Nature of Corruption in KenyaConsequences of Corruption in KenyaControlling the Corruption Epidemic in KenyaConclusion 4. Corruption in Nigeria The Corruption Problem in Nigeria The Persistence of Corruption in Nigeria: Institutions and Culture <measures to=" control=" corruption=" in=" nigeria=" =" Conclusion 5. Controlling Corruption in Africa: A Governance Approach Institution Strengthening National Anti-Corruption Plans/Strategies Political Will and Leadership Final Thoughts.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319501901 20170530
This volume analyzes the corruption phenomenon in Africa and how to combat it from a governance perspective with illustrated case studies from three of the most corrupt of those nations covering, respectively, the Southern Africa region (Swaziland); the Eastern Africa region (Kenya); and the Western Africa region (Nigeria). Drawing on the available data, research literature, and field practice experience, the nature and extent of corruption are identified; the factors influencing the causes and determining the consequences of corruption are delineated; measures that have been put in place to control corruption are outlined and discussed; and new policy solutions are proposed and advocated to more effectively control the corruption menace in Africa.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319501901 20170530
Green Library
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vii, 384 pages ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: Beating Back the Varieties of Brigandage 1 I The Nature of Corruption 16 II Measuring and Assessing Corrupt Behavior 50 III Strong Laws and Other Watchdogs 78 IV The Virtue of Anticorruption Investigative Commissions: Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia 109 V African Investigative Commissions: From Integrity to Interference 130 VI The Most Improved: Results 176 VII Nordic, Antipodean, and Other Exceptionalism: How Did Anticorruption Take Root? 197 VIII The Gift of Political Will and Leadership 223 IX People Power, Social Media, and Corporate Rigor 257 X Curing Corruption: Lessons, Methods, and Best Practices 290 XI What Works: The Anticorruption Program 310 A Research Note and Acknowledgments 313 Notes 319 Select Bibliography: Essential Readings on Corruption and Anticorruption 351 Index 365.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691168906 20170612
Why leadership is key to ending political and corporate corruption globally Corruption corrodes all facets of the world's political and corporate life, yet until now there was no one book that explained how best to battle it. The Corruption Cure provides many of the required solutions and ranges widely across continents and diverse cultures--putting some thirty-five countries under an anticorruption microscope--to show exactly how to beat back the forces of sleaze and graft. Robert Rotberg defines corruption theoretically and practically in its many forms, describes the available legal remedies, and examines how we know and measure corruption's presence. He looks at successful and unsuccessful attempts to employ anticorruption investigative commissions to combat political theft and venal behavior. He explores how the globe's least corrupt nations reached that exceptional goal. Another chapter discusses the role of civil society in limiting corruption. Expressed political will through determined leadership is a key factor in winning all of these battles. Rotberg analyzes the best-performing noncorrupt states to show how consummate leadership made a telling difference. He demonstrates precisely how determined leaders changed their wildly corrupt countries into paragons of virtue, and how leadership is making a significant difference in stimulating political anticorruption movements in places like India, Croatia, Honduras, and Lebanon. Rotberg looks at corporate corruption and how it can be checked, and also offers an innovative fourteen-step plan for nations that are ready to end corruption. Curing rampant corruption globally requires strengthened political leadership and the willingness to remake national political cultures. Tougher laws and better prosecutions are not enough. This book enables us to rethink the problem completely--and solve it once and for all.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691168906 20170612
Green Library
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xi, 100 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Understanding the Internet
  • Internet exposure of Chinese university students
  • Internet exposure and political beliefs
  • Internet exposure and political resistance
  • Internet exposure and nationalism
  • Conclusions and new challenges.
Green Library
Book
1 online resource (421 pages) : illustrations.
  • Globalization and human rights: how globalization can be a tool to protect the human rights / Soumi Banerjee
  • Globalization as a new framework for human rights protection / Reannon Navaratnam, Isabelle Yeeun Lee
  • Human rights conditionality in the EU's newly concluded association agreements with the eastern partners / Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi
  • The evolution of cyberspace, the blogo-sphere, and their impact on political autonomy and political participation / Michael Wabomba Masinde
  • Free media and democracy in the age of globalization: an analysis of Turkish leading newspaper / Moazzam Naseer, Celalettin Aktas, Hassan Shehzad
  • Democracy and child rights protection: the problem of the Nigerian constitution / Oluwafifehan Ogunde
  • Environmentally forced migration and human rights / J. M. M. van der Vliet-Bakker
  • Refoulement and refugees / Jasper MacLennan Sugars
  • Recent developments in international relations in the light of the Syrian crisis / Alexia-Nefeli Douma
  • Rights of nature to protect human rights in times of environmental crisis / Susana Borràs
  • Language human rights: a new right rising in the era of globalization / Hossein Davari
  • Farmer suicides in India: a case of globalisation compromising on human rights / Saloni Jain, Khushboo Sukhwani
  • States' procedural obligations regarding private military and security companies' activities / Zafeiris Tsiftzis
  • Sports and human rights from an ethical perspective: the relevance of human rights for sports / Peter G. Kirchschlaeger.
The era of technology in which we reside has ushered in a more globalized and connected world. While many benefits are gained from this connectivity, possible disadvantages to issues of human rights are developed as well. Defending Human Rights and Democracy in the Era of Globalization is a pivotal resource for the latest research on the effects of a globalized society regarding issues relating to social ethics and civil rights. Highlighting relevant concepts on political autonomy, migration, and asylum, this book is ideally designed for academicians, professionals, practitioners, and upper-level students interested in the ongoing concerns of human rights.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781522507239 20161213
Book
376 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Book
xv, 237 pages ; 25 cm
  • Democracy, domination, and the challenge of economic governance
  • Managerialism and the new deal legacy
  • The progressive critique of the market
  • Economic domination and democratic action
  • Structuring democratic agency
  • Anti-domination as regulatory strategy
  • Democratic agency as regulatory process
  • Democratic freedom in the new gilded age.
In 2008, the collapse of the US financial system plunged the economy into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. In its aftermath, the financial crisis pushed to the forefront fundamental moral and institutional questions about how we govern the modern economy. What are the values that economic policy ought to prioritize? What institutions do we trust to govern complex economic dynamics? Much of popular and academic debate revolves around two competing approaches to these fundamental questions: laissez-faire defenses of self-correcting and welfare-enhancing markets on the one hand, and managerialist turns to the role of insulated, expert regulation in mitigating risks and promoting growth on the other. In Democracy Against Domination, K. Sabeel Rahman offers an alternative vision for how we should govern the modern economy in a democratic society. Drawing on a rich tradition of economic reform rooted in the thought and reform politics of early twentieth century progressives like John Dewey and Louis Brandeis, Rahman argues that the fundamental moral challenge of economic governance today is two-fold: first, to counteract the threats of economic domination whether in the form of corporate power or inequitable markets; and second, to do so by expanding the capacity of citizens themselves to exercise real political power in economic policymaking. This normative framework in turn suggests a very different way of understanding and addressing major economic governance issues of the post-crisis era, from the challenge of too-big-to-fail financial firms, to the dangers of regulatory capture and regulatory reform. Synthesizing a range of insights from history to political theory to public policy, Democracy Against Domination offers an exciting reinterpretation of progressive economic thought; a fresh normative approach to democratic theory; and an urgent hope for realizing a more equitable and democratically accountable economy through practical reforms in our policies and regulatory institutions.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190468538 20170130
Green Library
Book
xv, 237 pages ; 25 cm
  • Democracy, domination, and the challenge of economic governance
  • Managerialism and the new deal legacy
  • The progressive critique of the market
  • Economic domination and democratic action
  • Structuring democratic agency
  • Anti-domination as regulatory strategy
  • Democratic agency as regulatory process
  • Democratic freedom in the new gilded age.
In 2008, the collapse of the US financial system plunged the economy into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. In its aftermath, the financial crisis pushed to the forefront fundamental moral and institutional questions about how we govern the modern economy. What are the values that economic policy ought to prioritize? What institutions do we trust to govern complex economic dynamics? Much of popular and academic debate revolves around two competing approaches to these fundamental questions: laissez-faire defenses of self-correcting and welfare-enhancing markets on the one hand, and managerialist turns to the role of insulated, expert regulation in mitigating risks and promoting growth on the other. In Democracy Against Domination, K. Sabeel Rahman offers an alternative vision for how we should govern the modern economy in a democratic society. Drawing on a rich tradition of economic reform rooted in the thought and reform politics of early twentieth century progressives like John Dewey and Louis Brandeis, Rahman argues that the fundamental moral challenge of economic governance today is two-fold: first, to counteract the threats of economic domination whether in the form of corporate power or inequitable markets; and second, to do so by expanding the capacity of citizens themselves to exercise real political power in economic policymaking. This normative framework in turn suggests a very different way of understanding and addressing major economic governance issues of the post-crisis era, from the challenge of too-big-to-fail financial firms, to the dangers of regulatory capture and regulatory reform. Synthesizing a range of insights from history to political theory to public policy, Democracy Against Domination offers an exciting reinterpretation of progressive economic thought; a fresh normative approach to democratic theory; and an urgent hope for realizing a more equitable and democratically accountable economy through practical reforms in our policies and regulatory institutions.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190468538 20170508
Law Library (Crown)
Book
xxiv, 217 pages ; 23 cm
  • Moral and theoretical sources
  • Models of citizenship : virtual patriots and tea parties
  • Models of citizenship : a democratic bearing
  • Depth experience, faith and democratic life
  • Path for critical political theory
  • The consensus machine and "no-saying"
  • Suspicious conjectures and uneven injustice.
In this rich analysis of the changing ideals of citizenship, Stephen K. White offers a path for the renewal of democratic life in the twenty-first century. Looking beyond passive notions of citizenship defined in terms of voting or passport possession, White seeks a more aspirational portrait, both participatory and inclusive, that challenges citizens, especially in the middle class, to confront power structures to achieve greater justice. Using the Tea Party as a foil, he shows how that group's resentful and exclusivist conception of active citizenship undermines democratic aspirations. White explores how such deleterious influence might be effectively engaged by a robust counter-conception on the democratic left. The book makes this aspirational ideal conceptually clear, normatively compelling and aesthetically attractive.
Green Library
Book
xi, 293 pages ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Introduction: Dissent, Protest and Dispute Africa, Emmanuel M. Mbah and Toyin Falola 2. The Music of Heaven, the Music of Earth, and the Music of Brats: Tuareg Islam, the Devil, and Musical Performance, Susan J. Rasmussen 3. Finding Social Change Backstage and Behind the Scenes in South African Theatre, Nathanael Vlachos 4. Soccer and Political (Ex)pression in Africa: The Case of Cameroon, Alain Lawo-Sukam 5. "Child Labor Resistance in Southern Nigeria, 1916 - 1938", Adam Paddock 6. M'Fam Goes Home: African Soldiers in the Gabon Campaign of 1940, Mark Reeves 7. "Disgraceful Disturbances": TANU, the Tanganyikan Rifles, and the 1964 Mutiny, Charles Thomas 8. The Role of Ethnicity in Political Formation in Kenya: 1963-2007, Tade O. Okediji and Wahutu J. Siguru 9. Land, Boundaries, Chiefs and Wars, Toyin Falola 10. Borders and boundaries within Ethiopia: dilemmas of group identity, representation and agency, Alexander Meckelburg 11. Rural Agrarian Land Conflicts in Postcolonial Nigeria's Central Region, Sati Fwatshak 12. The Evolution of the Mungiki Militia in Kenya, 1990 to 2010, Felix Kiruthu 13. Refugee-Warriors and Other People's Wars in Post-Colonial Africa: The Experience of Rwandese and South African Military Exiles (1960-94), Tim Stapleton 14. Oiling the Guns and Gunning for Oil: The Youth and Niger Delta Oil Conflicts in Nigeria, Christian C. Madubuko.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138220034 20170220
This book provides unique and detailed perspectives on different aspects of dissent, protest and disputes and how these have, in turn, continued to pose challenges in Africa. The contributors argue that, dissent, protest and most forms of disputes in Africa are the result of daily challenges that its people have faced and continue to encounter to this day. These challenges include, amongst others, demands for transparency, good governance and accountability; waves of instability that have created insecurity in most parts of the continent, an unsustainable level of youth unemployment, rapid population growth, a continent-wide healthcare and poverty crises and numerous environmental challenges. The chapters elevate the debates on dissent, protest and disputes/conflict in Africa by adding new ideas and introducing new and useful interpretations. The book's strength lies in the contributors' ability to conflate colonial and postcolonial tendencies to show how challenges of the past are not so different from those of today, while also presenting important historical issues from various scholarly perspectives. Dissent, Protest and Dispute in Africa will be of interest for students and scholars of African history, politics, and culture as well as those interested in social movements and civil society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138220034 20170220
Green Library
Book
xvii, 275 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
  • Acknowledgments-- Part I. Introductory Themes: 1. Introduction-- Part II. The Discussion Tradition: 2. On 'strongly fortified minds': self-restraint and cooperation in the discussion tradition-- 3. The Knightian moment-- 4. The rise of new welfare economics: an end to endogenous goals?-- Part III. When Linear Models Fail: Two Cases: 5. Experts and eugenics: 'science' privileges a social goal-- 6. Expert judgment and Soviet growth-- Part IV. An End to Discussion: Secrecy and the Temptation to Bias: 7. Experts and the philosopher's stone: John Law's secret financial alchemy-- 8. The consequence of suppressing discussion: imprudence with biased experts-- Part V. Getting the Best out of Experts: 9. A revised code of ethics for experts-- 10. Mitigating the consequences of factional expertise-- 11. Inducing greater transparency-- Part VI. Conclusion: 12. Vox populi?
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107142398 20170220
The orthodox view of economic policy holds that public deliberation sets the goals or ends, and then experts select the means to implement these goals. This assumes that experts are no more than trustworthy servants of the public interest. David M. Levy and Sandra J. Peart examine the historical record to consider cases in which experts were trusted with disastrous results, such as eugenics, the regulatory use of security ratings, and central economic planning. This history suggests that experts have not only the public interest but also their own interests to consider. The authors then recover and extend an alternative view of economic policy that subjects experts' proposals to further discussion, resulting in transparency and ensuring that the public obtains the best insights of experts in economics while avoiding pitfalls such as expert bias.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107142398 20170220
Green Library
Book
232 pages ; 23 cm
  • Prelude: Myth and the Planetary 1 1. Sociocentrism, the Anthropocene, and the Planetary 15 2. Species Evolution and Cultural Creativity 37 3. Creativity and the Scars of Being 63 4. Distributed Agencies and Bumpy Temporalities 89 5. The Politics of Swarming and the General Strike 121 6. Postcolonial Ecologies, Extinction Events, and Entangled Humanism 151 Postlude: Capitalism and the Planetary 175 Acknowledgments 199 Notes 201 Bibliography 217 Index 225.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822363415 20170418
In Facing the Planetary William E. Connolly expands his influential work on the politics of pluralization, capitalism, fragility, and secularism to address the complexities of climate change and to complicate notions of the Anthropocene. Focusing on planetary processes-including the ocean conveyor, glacier flows, tectonic plates, and species evolution-he combines a critical understanding of capitalism with an appreciation of how such nonhuman systems periodically change on their own. Drawing upon scientists and intellectuals such as Lynn Margulis, Michael Benton, Alfred North Whitehead, Anna Tsing, Mahatma Gandhi, Wangari Maathai, Pope Francis, Bruno Latour, and Naomi Klein, Connolly focuses on the gap between those regions creating the most climate change and those suffering most from it. He addresses the creative potential of a "politics of swarming" by which people in different regions and social positions coalesce to reshape dominant priorities. He also explores how those displaying spiritual affinities across differences in creed can energize a militant assemblage that is already underway.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822363415 20170418
Green Library
Video
1 online resource (streaming video file) (25 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
This film goes beyond the news headlines to spotlight the impact of the devastating water contamination crisis on the people of Flint, Michigan. The film highlights the stories of residents who were personally injured, along with the work of local organizations and individuals that rallied to support them. Flint is a city of 100,000 people, with 41% living below the poverty line and an African-American majority. The city switched in 2014 to water from the polluted Flint River to save money, but the new water supply wasn't properly treated. Lead from aging lines leached into the local water supply, along with coliform bacteria and other contaminants, creating a serious health crisis. Up to 12,000 children may have been exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water. Some residents were also forced to abandon their homes without warning. Residents describe their personal struggles, including the serious medical issues that afflicted them -- seizures, rashes, problems affecting newborns and young children -- as well as their anger over a government that continually failed to protect them. The citizens of Flint make their displeasure known through emotional testimonies to officials about the impact on children and families, as well as through large, peaceful protests. The film also highlights how residents and local organizations have come together to help and support one another through the crisis. Ultimately, the Flint water crisis was a failure of government at every level, with important lessons for other cities and towns. From Flint concludes by noting the indictment of several officials responsible for the crisis and its mismanagement, though the impact of their actions irreversibly linger.

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