Evil Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism

By Mike Davis

Evil Paradises, edited by means of Mike Davis and Daniel Bertrand Monk, is an international guidebook to phantasmagoric yet actual places—alternate realities being built as "utopias" in a capitalist period unfettered through unions and kingdom rules. those developments—in towns, deserts, and in the midst of the sea—are worlds the place intake and inequality surpass our worst nightmares.

Although they learn like technological know-how fiction, the case stories are shockingly actual. In Dubai, the place baby slavery existed until eventually very lately, a gilded archipelago of non-public islands often called "The global" is actually being additional to the sea. In Medellín and Kabul, drug lords—in many ways textbook capitalists—are redefining conspicuous intake in fortified palaces. In Hong Kong, Cairo, or even the Iranian desolate tract, burgeoning groups of nouveaux riches have taken safeguard in delusion Californias, whole with Mickey Mouse statues, whereas their maids sleep in rooftop fowl coops. in the meantime, Ted Turner rides herd over his bison in 2 million acres of personal parkland.

Davis and Monk have assembled a unprecedented crew of urbanists, architects, historians, and visionary thinkers to mirror upon the trajectory of a civilization whose inner most ethos looks to eat all of the assets of the earth inside a unmarried lifetime.

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Pot Planet: Adventures in Global Marijuana Culture

By Brian Preston

Marijuana is cultivated in approximately each quarter of the realm, from the jungles of Laos to the arid hills of northern California. it truly is smoked and loved for medicinal, religious, and leisure reasons by way of an expected two hundred million humans around the world. In Pot Planet, journalist Brian Preston units out on an international ganja safari to discover unusual new hashish cultures, to find new growers, activists, and different reefer revolutionaries ... and to boldly get baked with every one of them. Preston's trips take him throughout each strata of pot cultivation and pleasure. within the Canadian Kootenays he meets hemp farmers suffering to reap their crop at the fringes of legitimacy. In Cambodia and Morocco he explores the ultimate frontiers of 3rd international weed lovers. In northern California he is taking a clear-eyed examine the medicinal marijuana circulate, seeing either its gives you and its difficulties. In England, Switzerland, and Spain he observes grudging governments catching as much as public tolerance. And on the hashish Cup in Amsterdam he joins within the raucous multiday tasting pageant and occasion on the overseas summit of the simplest breeders, growers, and connoisseurs on the planet. half investigative travelogue, half cultural heritage, half polemic for the unfettered delight in nature's such a lot excellent and unique herb, Pot Planet is an unforgettable odyssey into the multifaceted international of hemp, packed with wit, perception, and inspiration.

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Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk

By Melinda Chateauvert

A provocative historical past that unearths how intercourse employees were on the leading edge of social justice routine for the earlier fifty years whereas development a stream in their personal that demanding situations our rules approximately hard work, sexuality, feminism, and freedom
Documenting 5 many years of sex-worker activism, Sex employees Unite is a clean heritage that areas prostitutes, hustlers, escorts, name women, strippers, and porn stars within the heart of America’s significant civil rights struggles. even though their presence has principally been neglected and obscured, during this provocative background Melinda Chateauvert recasts intercourse employees as savvy political organizers—not as helpless sufferers wanting rescue.
Even ahead of transgender intercourse employee Sylvia Rivera threw a brick and sparked the Stonewall rebellion in 1969, those trailblazing activists and allies challenged legal intercourse legislation and “whorephobia,” and have been energetic in struggles for homosexual liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, union organizing, and criminal abolition.
even if the multibillion-dollar overseas intercourse flourishes, the U.S. is still one of many few industrialized countries that maintains to criminalize prostitution, and those discriminatory legislation positioned staff in danger. In reaction, intercourse staff have geared up to enhance their operating stipulations and to problem police and structural violence. via person confrontations and collective campaigns, they have driven the limits of traditional organizing, known as for decriminalization, and feature reframed intercourse employees’ rights as human rights.
Telling tales of intercourse staff, from the frontlines of the Nineteen Seventies intercourse wars to the modern day streets of SlutWalk, Chateauvert illuminates an underrepresented flow, introducing expert activists who've prepared an international crusade for self-determination and sexual freedom that's as multifaceted because the intercourse and as varied as human sexuality. 

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Online Gaming in Context: The social and cultural significance of online games (Routledge Advances in Sociology)

There is no doubt of the social, cultural and financial significance of games on the planet this present day, with gaming now rivalling the motion picture and song sectors as an incredible relaxation and past-time. the importance of games inside our daily lives has definitely been elevated and formed via new applied sciences and gaming styles, together with the increase of home-based video games consoles, advances in cellular mobilephone know-how, the increase in additional 'sociable' different types of gaming, and naturally the appearance of the web.

This publication explores the possibilities, demanding situations and styles of gameplay and sociality afforded through the web and on-line gaming. Bringing jointly a sequence of unique essays from either prime and rising lecturers within the box of video game reviews, a lot of which hire new empirical paintings and cutting edge theoretical techniques to gaming, this e-book considers key concerns the most important to our knowing of on-line gaming and linked social family, together with: styles of play, felony and copyright concerns, participant construction, id building, gamer groups, verbal exchange, styles of social exclusion and inclusion round faith, gender and incapacity, and destiny instructions in on-line gaming.

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The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (Haymarket Series)

By David R. Roediger

Combining classical Marxism, psychoanalysis, and the recent exertions background pioneered by way of E. P. Thompson and Herbert Gutman, David Roediger’s broadly acclaimed e-book presents an unique examine of the adolescence of working-class racism within the usa. This, he argues, can't be defined easily almost about financial virtue; particularly, white working-class racism is underpinned via a posh sequence of mental and ideological mechanisms that make stronger racial stereotypes, and hence support to forge the identities of white staff against Blacks.

In a brand new preface, Roediger displays at the reception, effect, and important reaction to The Wages of Whiteness, whereas Kathleen Cleaver’s insightful advent hails the significance of a piece that has develop into a vintage.

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The Projects: Gang and Non-Gang Families in East Los Angeles

By James Diego Vigil

The Pico Gardens housing improvement in East l. a. has a excessive percent of resident households with a historical past of chronic poverty, gang involvement, and crime. In a few households, individuals of 3 generations have belonged to gangs. Many different Pico Gardens households, despite the fact that, have controlled to prevent the cycle of gang involvement.

In this paintings, Vigil provides to the culture of poverty learn and elaborates at the organization of kinfolk dynamics and gang club. the most goal of his examine used to be to find what components make a few households extra liable to gang club, and why gang resistance used to be evidenced in equally located non-gang-involved households. supplying wealthy, in-depth interviews and observations, Vigil examines the vast diversifications in source of revenue and social capital that exist one of the ostensibly bad, commonly Mexican American citizens. Vigil records how households attach and have interaction with social organizations in larger East l. a. to aid chart the exercises and rhythms of the lives of public housing citizens. He provides kin existence histories to reinforce and supply texture to the quantitative information.

By learning lifestyles in Pico Gardens, Vigil feels we will higher know the way human employer interacts with structural components to provide the truth that households residing in all public housing advancements needs to deal with daily.

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The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature

By Gad Saad

During this hugely informative and interesting publication, the founding father of the colourful new box of evolutionary intake illuminates the relevance of our organic background to our day-by-day lives as shoppers. whereas tradition is necessary, the writer indicates that innate evolutionary forces deeply impression the meals we devour, the presents we provide, the cosmetics and garments types we decide to make ourselves extra beautiful to strength friends, or even the cultural items that stimulate our imaginations (such as paintings, song, and religion).

The e-book demonstrates that the majority acts of intake may be mapped onto 4 key Darwinian drives—namely, survival (we desire meals excessive in calories); replica (we use items as sexual signals); family members choice (we evidently alternate presents with kin members); and reciprocal altruism (we get pleasure from providing presents to shut friends). the writer additional highlights the analogous behaviors that exist among human shoppers and quite a lot of animals.

For someone attracted to the organic foundation of human habit or just in what makes shoppers tick—marketing pros, advertisers, psychology experts, and shoppers themselves—this is an interesting learn.

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Studies in Ethnomethodology

By Harold Garfinkel

This is often the 1st visual appeal in paper again of 1 of the foremost classics of latest Sociology. reports in Ethnomethodology has encouraged quite a lot of very important theoretical and empirical paintings within the social sciences and linguistics. it's some of the most unique and debatable works in glossy social technology and it continues to be on the centre of discussion concerning the present developments and projects of sociology and social conception.

Ethnomethodology - the research of the ways that usual humans build a reliable social international via daily utterances and activities - is now a massive component to all sociology and linguistics classes. Garfinkel's ambitious attractiveness as one of many worlds top sociologists leisure mostly at the paintings contained during this ebook.

reviews in Ethnomethodology was once initially released by way of Prentice corridor in 1967 and has remained in print ever when you consider that. it truly is familiar as a textual content publication during this kingdom and within the usa. This new paperback is a unique scholar version of Garfinkel's glossy vintage.

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