Global Catastrophic Risks [EPUB]
05 February 2016, 04:01
2008 | EPUB | 4.44MB
A global catastrophic risk is a risk that has the potential to inflict serious damage to human well-being on a global scale. This text focuses on global catastrophic risks arising from natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, biological weapons, advanced nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and social collapse.
- Chapters from leading experts and thinkers covering some of the biggest risks facing the world today
- Covers astronomical and Earth-based natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, biological weapons, totalitarianism, advanced nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and social collapse
- Highly topical area with frequent media coverage
- Addresses the key methodological, ethical, and policy issues arising from the study of Global Catastrophic Risks
- Includes a comprehensive introductory section
Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism after the War on Terror [EPUB]
05 February 2016, 04:00
2015 | EPUB | 1.84MB
An examination of how mainstream feminism has been mobilized in support of racist measures
Feminist Christine Delphy co-founded the journal Nouvelles questions féministes with Simone de Beauvoir in the 1970s and became one of the most influential figures in French feminism. Today, Delphy remains a prominent and controversial feminist thinker, a rare public voice denouncing the racist motivations of the government’s 2011 ban of the Muslim veil. Castigating humanitarian liberals for demanding the cultural assimilation of the women they are purporting to “save,” Delphy shows how criminalizing Islam in the name of feminism is fundamentally paradoxical.
Separate and Dominate is Delphy’s manifesto, lambasting liberal hypocrisy and calling for a fluid understanding of political identity that does not place different political struggles in a false opposition. She dismantles the absurd claim that Afghanistan was invaded to save women, and that homosexuals and immigrants alike should reserve their self-expression for private settings. She calls for a true universalism that sacrifices no one at the expense of others. In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, her arguments appear more prescient and pressing than ever.
How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century [EPUB]
02 February 2016, 08:54
2015 | EPUB | 1.55MB
A close-up examination and exploration, How We Live Now challenges our old concepts of what it means to be a family and have a home, opening the door to the many diverse and thriving experiments of living in twenty-first century America.
Across America and around the world, in cities and suburbs and small towns, people from all walks of life are redefining our “lifespaces”—the way we live and who we live with. The traditional nuclear family in their single-family home on a suburban lot has lost its place of prominence in contemporary life. Today, Americans have more choices than ever before in creating new ways to live and meet their personal needs and desires.
Social scientist, researcher, and writer Bella DePaulo has traveled across America to interview people experimenting with the paradigm of how we live. In How We Live Now, she explores everything from multi-generational homes to cohousing communities where one’s “family” is made up of friends and neighbors to couples “living apart together” to single-living, and ultimately uncovers a pioneering landscape for living that throws the old blueprint out the window.
Through personal interviews and stories, media accounts, and in-depth research, How We Live Now explores thriving lifespaces, and offers the reader choices that are freer, more diverse, and more attuned to our modern needs for the twenty-first century and beyond.