Language : English
Published : 2017-12-22
Pages : 224
Sonic Agency: Sound and Emergent Forms of Resistance
A timely exploration of whether sound and listening can be the basis of political change.In a world dominated by the visual, could contemporary resistances be auditory? This timely and important book from Goldsmiths Press highlights sound’s invisible, disruptive, and affective qualities and asks whether the unseen nature of sound can support a political transformation. In Sonic Agency, Brandon LaBelle sets out to engage contemporary social and political crises by way of sonic thought and imagination. He divides sound’s functions into four figures of resistance — the invisible, the overheard, the itinerant, and the weak — and argues for their role in creating alternative “unlikely publics” in which to foster mutuality and dissent. He highlights existing sonic cultures and social initiatives that utilize or deploy sound and listening to address conflict, and points to their work as models for a wider movement. He considers issues of disappearance and hidden culture, nonviolence and noise, creole poetics, and networked life, aiming to unsettle traditional notions of the “space of appearance” as the condition for political action and survival.By examining the experience of listening and being heard, LaBelle illuminates a path from the fringes toward hope, citizenship, and vibrancy. In a current climate that has left many feeling they have lost their voices, it may be sound itself that restores it to them.
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Fully revised and updated, the second edition of Introduction to Global Politics places an increased emphasis on the themes of continuity and change. It continues to explain global politics using an historical approach, firmly linking history with the events of today. By integrating theory and political practice at individual, state, and global levels, students are introduced to key developments in global politics, helping them make sense of major trends that are shaping our world.
This is a highly illustrated textbook with informative and interactive boxed material throughout. Chapter opening timelines contextualise the material that follows, and definitions of key terms are provided in a glossary at the end of the book. Every chapter ends with student activities, cultural materials, and annotated suggestions for further reading that now include websites.
Key updates for this edition:
- New chapter on ‘The causes of war and the changing nature of violence in global politics’
- New chapter on ‘Technology and global politics’
- Enhanced coverage of theory including post-positivist theories
- Uses ‘levels of analysis’ framework throughout the text
- New material on the financial crisis, BRIC and Iran
Introduction to Global Politics continues to be essential reading for students of political science, global politics and international relations.
Singapore’s success story has been widely read. How and why this transformation came about, however, has seldom been publicly analyzed and articulated. Very few insiders with firsthand experience have chosen to illuminate the fundamental public policies guiding Singapore’s social and economic growth. Yet it is this aspect of the Singapore story that most intrigues outside observers.
Based on his rich, forty-year experience as a senior Singapore civil servant, Ngiam Tong Dow manages to present a clear picture in this book of Singapore’s path toward success. It is a collection of his speeches, interviews, and articles delivered and written between 2004 and 2010. According to Ngiam, what lies behind Singapore’s spectacular achievements from 1959 onward is the island nation s relentless pursuit of knowledge as the critical lever for development. Singapore is the forerunner of knowledge-based economies emerging in this new millennium.
(1) Retells the Singapore success story from the perspective of knowledge-based economy
(2) Unveils Singapore’s public-policy decisions in the early days
(3) Provides an insider’s perspective on how Singapore evolved from Third World to First
(4) Written by Singapore’s retired top civil servant, Mr Ngiam Tong Dow
A conceptual framework for analyzing social welfare policy
Dimensions of Social Welfare Policy provides a comprehensive and widely-used framework for analyzing social welfare policies. The text encourages readers to develop their own thoughts on social welfare policy and to explore policy alternatives. Theoretical points are illustrated with examples from a cross-section of program areas including income maintenance, child welfare, model cities, day care, community action, and mental health. The text familiarizes students with the content of major social welfare programs such as TANF, OASDHI, SSI, and Title XX.
Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
- Understand current policy issues
- Reflect on where they stand in regard to controversial policy issues
- Understand major social welfare programs
- Better understand CSWE’s core competencies and practice behaviors
About the Author
Neil Gilbert is Chernin Professor of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, and Co-Director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy. His publications include thirty books and over 100 articles. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Italian. His work, Capitalism and the Welfare State (Yale University Press) was a New York Times notable book. His most recent book, A Mother’s Work: How Feminism, the Market and Policy Shape Family Life, was a Society notable book and an Atlantic Monthly selection. Gilbert served as a Senior Research Fellow for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva. He was twice awarded Fulbright Fellowship to study European Social Policy as a Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics and at the University of Stockholm. He has also served as a Visiting Scholar at the International Social Security Association in Geneva.
Paul Terrell is a Lecturer at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley where he also served as the Coordinator of Academic Programs. He has recently taught at the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Beijing Normal University, Beijing. Terrell served as Research Co-Director, Proposition 13 Monitoring Project, National Association of Social Workers and was Associate Director, Regional Research Institute in Social Welfare, University of Southern California. He has coauthored The Social Impact of Revenue Sharing: Planning, Participation, and The Purchase of Service (Praeger Publishers) and Social Services Contracting in the Bay Area (Institute of Governmental Studies: U.C., Berkeley). His articles include studies of advocacy in social work, financing social services and privatization.
The authors cover topics such as: understanding global governance, the challenges of governance, the theoretical foundations of global governance and the need for global governance.