The Sociological Ambition: Elementary Forms of Social and by Chris Shilling

By Chris Shilling

This ebook situates sociology in its old, philosophical and theological contexts and examines how the founders of the self-discipline built competing analyses of the approaches uncomplicated to social and ethical existence via their distinct sociological contributions. Surveying a variety of sociological analyses from Comte to feminism, postmodernism and rational selection concept, this booklet examines many of the makes an attempt which have been made to reconstruct the self-discipline during the last century, and the demanding situations dealing with it at the present time. person chapters research `Human Sociology', `Sacred Sociology', `Tragic Sociology', `Heroic Sociology' and `Normative Sociology'. The e-book strikes directly to speak about post-classical concept, and the tried reconstruction o

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The Wire and Philosophy: This America, Man (Popular Culture by Seth Vannatta, David Bzdak, Joanna Crosby

By Seth Vannatta, David Bzdak, Joanna Crosby

By means of many debts, HBO’s The cord was once and continues to be the best and most crucial tv drama of all time. Conceived by means of writers David Simon and ex-Baltimore murder detective Ed Burns, this five-season, sixty-episode journey de strength has raised the bar for compelling, clever tv construction. With every one season addressing a distinct area of lifestyles within the urban of Baltimore, and every season’s narratives tapping into these from past seasons, The cord used to be in a position to demonstrate the overlapping, criss-crossing, and colliding realities that shape—if now not control—the humans, associations, and tradition of the fashionable American city.

The twine and Philosophy celebrates this show’s realism in addition to its highbrow and philosophical readability. chosen philosophers who're lovers of The cord faucet into those conflicts and interconnections to show the underlying philosophical matters and assumptions and pursue questions, reminiscent of, Can law enforcement officials quite inform whether or not they are smarter than their perps? Or do they fall sufferer to highbrow vainness? Do contributors quite have unfastened will to withstand the temptations—of gangs, of substances, or corruption—that encompass them? Is David Simon a modern day Marx who sees capitalism best finally to its personal cave in, or is Baltimore’s tale uniquely its personal?

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Our Superheroes, Ourselves

Superhero enthusiasts are in all places, from the teeming halls of comedian Con to suburban motion picture theaters, from children captivated via their first comedian books to the die-hard creditors of classic memorabilia. Why are such a lot of humans serious about superheroes? during this considerate, enticing, and every now and then eye-opening quantity, Robin Rosenberg--a author and famous authority at the psychology of superheroes--offers readers a wealth of perception into superheroes, drawing at the contributions of a most sensible staff of psychologists and different students. The ebook levels commonly and tackles many fascinating questions. How do comedian characters and tales mirror human nature? Do great powers by myself make a hero large? Are superhero tales reliable for us? so much individuals resolution that ultimate query within the affirmative. Psychologist Robert J. Sternberg, for example, argues that all of us can study much from superheroes-and what we will be able to research such a lot of all is the worth of knowledge and a moral stance towards lifestyles. nevertheless, restorative justice student Mikhail Lyubansky decries the truth that justice within the comic-book global is sort of totally punitive, noting severe examples equivalent to "Rorschach" within the Watchmen and the aptly named "The Punisher, who embody a strict eye-for-an-eye experience of justice, brought immediately and with out mercy. finally, the allure of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and legions of others is easy and elemental. Superheroes offer drama, pleasure, suspense, and romance and their tales exhibit ethical dilemmas, villains we like to hate, and protagonists who encourage us. probably as vital, their tales let us recapture classes of our early life while our imaginations have been cranked as much as the maximum--when we actually believed shall we fly, or knock down the undesirable man, or shop the town from catastrophe.

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The Journal of Popular Culture (May/June 2011)

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“Before Abduction: The Contactee Narrative of the 1950s” by way of Angela Hague.

“‘I recognize the place you retain Your Gun’: Daniel Craig because the Bond-Bond lady Hybrid in on line casino Royale” by means of Lisa Funnell.

“The Republic within the Metropolis” by means of Thomas Halper and Douglas Muzzio.

“Transnationalization and the increase of ‘Pop Nationalism’ in Korea” through Jeongsuk Joo.

“‘White and Nerdy’: pcs, Race, and the Nerd Stereotype” through Lori Kendall.

“‘Katrina That Bitch!’ Hegemonic Representations of Women’s Sexuality on typhoon Katrina memento T-Shirts” by way of Kris Macomber, Christine Mallinson, and Elizabeth Seale.

“Inventing Australia for americans: the increase of the Outback Steakhouse eating place Chain within the USA” through Shirleene Robinson.

“Buying Me Love: '80s Class-Clash youngster Romances” via Timothy Shary.

“White men preferring to not: From Passive Resistance (“Bartleby”) To Terrorist Acts (Fight Club)” via Robert T. Schultz.

“‘Let’s Rap With Cap’: Redefining American Patriotism via well known Discourse and Letters” through J. Richard Stevens.

“White Mutants of hetero aspect: The Avant-Garde of Abstinence” through Gabriel Smith.

“Movies, version Ts and Morality: the effect of expertise on criteria of habit within the Early 20th Century” by means of Melissa Weinbrenner.

“‘Why might you do this, Larry?’: identification Formation and Humor in cut down Your Enthusiasm” via Benjamin Wright.

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Truth and Rumors: The Reality Behind TV's Most Famous Myths by Bill Brioux

By Bill Brioux

When you first heard it, you could not think it: Jerry Mathers, from TV's go away It To Beaver , were killed in Vietnam. Then notice got here that Abe Vigoda, the actor who performed the curmudgeonly cop Fish on Barney Miller , used to be useless; and that Mikey, who might devour whatever because the lifestyles Cereal tyke, had eaten too many Pop Rocks and exploded. in addition to exposing us to objects we could not differently think, tv can persuade us of items that by no means really occurred. yet how did those outrageous television legends start? How did they unfold from school rooms to boardrooms throughout North the US and past? And, most crucial, what do those rumors, so speedy reworked into proof and customary wisdom, show approximately our courting to truth in the course of the medium of tv? installed different phrases, what precisely is it that have been doing while have been dealing in those superb rumors—are we chasing after stunning truths or just extra terrific entertainment?

To take one telling instance: Jerry Mathers was once now not really killed in Vietnam—but the elemental experience of this lie wasn't a long way faraway from the feelings factually expressed within the two-page unfold of the faces of the lifeless in Time journal. during this compelling work—which is supplemented with interviews with the various humans implicated in those rumors—author invoice Brioux exposes the truth at the back of the various tales that at the moment movement in our tradition. via those tales (both real and false), he sheds a revealing mild on simply what position those rumors play in modern society—and what position our society performs in regard to those rumors as well.

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Anywhere Art Guide: 75 Ways to Appreciate Art Wherever You by Magda Lipka Falck

By Magda Lipka Falck

Appropriate for exploring paintings wherever (galleries, museums, or out-and-about), this convenient deck of seventy five playing cards bargains a distinct method of artwork appreciation. With a mixture of concrete activities and kooky prompts—from "Stop in entrance of a portray that you simply like. name anyone you pass over and describe it" to "Imagine you lived within a bit of artwork. Which piece may you decide and why?"—this inventive consultant will attract an individual seeking to event paintings in new and alternative ways.

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Golf and Philosophy: Lessons from the Links (The Philosophy by Andy Wible

By Andy Wible

In a online game the place avid gamers are anticipated to name their very own consequences and scoring the least issues results in victory, decorum takes priority over showmanship and philosophical questions develop into par for the direction. Few different activities are as suited to moral and metaphysical exam as golfing. it's a video game outlined by means of dichotomies -- enjoyable, but troublesome, social, but solitary -- and among those extremes there's room for far philosophical inquiry.

In golfing and Philosophy: classes from the hyperlinks, a clubhouse filled with expert individuals tee off on more than a few philosophical subject matters in the framework of the green. The book's chapters are prepared within the sort of an eighteen-hole golfing direction, with front 9 exploring moral concerns of rationality and social civility in a global of ethical risks and roughs. The again 9 pries even deeper, cutting into issues of the metaphysical, together with chapters on mysticism, idealism, identification, and meaning.

Taken jointly, the gathering examines the highbrow nature of this liked hobby, contemplating the numerous nuances of a recreation that calls for excessive degrees of focus, endurance, and consistency, in addition to upstanding ethical personality. golfing and Philosophy celebrates the fun and complexities of the sport, demonstrating that golfing has a lot to coach either its spectators and members approximately glossy life.

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Jeopardy! and Philosophy: What Is Knowledge in the Form of a by Shaun P. Young

By Shaun P. Young

Because its debut in 1964, Jeopardy! has been one in every of America’s favourite and longest-running daylight hours quiz exhibits. It turns the question-answer layout of conventional quiz exhibits on its head and calls for contestants to pose right inquiries to solutions in chosen different types. whereas mining details and evidence from Alchemy to Zoology, Jeopardy!, is a uniquely highbrow, erudite, and not easy sunlight hours tv application. a long way past pleasing its lovers with nail-biting contests of information, reminiscence, and pace, all of it yet calls for them to take part. Few humans watch Jeopardy! with out urgent an invisible button and blurting out inquiries to their television screen.

Because of this own and highbrow funding, such a lot Jeopardy! fanatics are religious. gazing the convey is valued as a regular ritual during which actual highbrow ability and encyclopedic wisdom (as against skinny Hollywood depictions resembling these in Big Bang Theory or Rain Man) aren't merely revered and positioned within the highlight, but in addition rewarded with nationwide status and prize winnings. Champion Ken Jennings (who contributes to this quantity) has gained over 3 million money and remained champion seventy-four instances. if you include Jeopardy! as an highbrow oasis within the arid wilderness of pop culture, it's the geeks who shall inherit the earth.

Jeopardy!’s party of mind and forward-thinking is easily famous all through pop culture and between all age teams. Ken Jennings, Chuck Forrest, and different all-time champions are close to celebrities, whereas the exhibit itself frequently reaches out via certain tournaments to diversified segments of yankee tradition, similar to actors and musicians (Celebrity Jeopardy!), high-school and faculty scholars (Teen match and faculty Championship Jeopardy!) and senior electorate (Senior match Jeopardy!). nonetheless, regardless of its frequent recognize and, a few may perhaps bitch, boastful self-respect, neither the express nor its enthusiasts take themselves too heavily. Jokes approximately host Alex Trebek’s hair and recognized parodies of Jeopardy! on Saturday evening Live are as widespread as bizarre Al Yankovic’s MTV-mainstay “I misplaced on Jeopardy!” (to the music of “Our Love’s in Jeopardy”):

Don't understand what i used to be thinkin' of,
I bet I simply wasn't too bright.
Well, I definite wish I do better
Next weekend on The cost Is Right.

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The Rolling Stones and Philosophy: It's Just a Thought Away by George A. Reisch, Luke Dick

By George A. Reisch, Luke Dick

From their commanding function within the so-called British Invasion of the early Sixties to their prestige because the elder statesmen (and British Knight) of rock and roll, the Stones became greater than an evanescent phenomenon in popular culture. they've got turn into a touchstone not just for the heritage of our times—their functionality on the Altamont Raceway marked the "end of the sixties," whereas their 1990 live performance in Prague helped Czechoslovakia and different japanese bloc countries have a good time their newfound freedom (and pride) out from less than Moscow’s thumb. due to their durability, the song and profession of the Stones—much greater than The Beatles—stand as touchstones within the own lives of even informal Stones lovers. everybody of a definite age recalls the Stones on Ed Sullivan, the loss of life of founder Brian Jones, their favourite songs, concert events, or video clips, and their stance within the vintage “Beatles as opposed to Stones” debates. within the wake of Keith Richards’s bestselling autobiography, existence (2010), many at the moment are reliving those occasions and a long time from the point of view of the band’s endearing and possible death-defying guitarist.

The chapters in The Rolling Stones and Philosophy rejoice the Stones’ position in our lives via digging into the controversies, the symbols, and meanings the band and its songs have for thus many. What may well you suggest (and what did Mick suggest) by way of “sympathy for the Devil”? Did the Stones percentage any of the blame for the deaths at Altamont, as critic Lester Bangs charged they did in Rolling Stone journal? What theories of ethics and character lay at the back of the good-boy photograph of the Beatles and the bad-boy acceptance the Stones bought? If Keith Richards relatively had his blood changed 4 separate occasions, does that make him a zombie? How do the Glimmer Twins support us refine our knowing of friendship? Written via a dozen philosophers and students who adore the Rolling Stones not just for his or her tune, this booklet becomes required examining for an individual looking greatest delight from "the world's maximum rock and roll band."

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