Beyond White Guilt [EPUB]
27 July 2014, 11:17
2011 | EPUB | 1.07MB
A deeply provocative call for white Australians to take personal responsibility for the ongoing impact of colonization on Aboriginal Australians, Sarah Maddison's bold and original take on the running sore of black-white relations offers a genuinely constructive alternative when so many other approaches have failed.
Deep in our hearts, Australians know that our nation was built on land that does not belong to us. Some of us now assert that Aboriginal people should simply take advantage of opportunities offered by white society. But many others feel guilt, often turning this guilt inwards, feeling helpless in the face of the appalling conditions in which many of the original inhabitants of this country now live. Successive government policies of obliteration, assimilation, cultural maintenance and intervention have manifestly failed to bridge the gulf between black and white Australians, and to improve the lives of many Aboriginal Australians. Efforts at reconciliation have stalled. In many ways, we are stuck.
Sarah Maddison argues that there is no point in looking again to governments for a solution to these challenges. Rather, it is up to us, all of us. We need to acknowledge our collective responsibility, change at a deep level, and develop a revitalized view of our national self. Only then will we develop policies and practical solutions that work.
Revolt on the Right [EPUB]
27 July 2014, 06:54
2014 | EPUB | 4.77MB
Since 2010, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has become the most successful challenger to the three main parties in postwar English politics. Yet important questions about this political insurgency, and support for the radical right more generally, remain unanswered.
- What trends have made the rise of UKIP possible?
- How has the party sought to connect with voters in terms of strategy and ideological appeals?
- Who is voting for the party, why, and what do these changing political loyalties tell us about the current state of British politics and society?
- To what extent, if at all, are these supporters the ‘mirror image’ of radical right voters elsewhere in Europe?
- And how far can UKIP go in a political system that is stacked against smaller parties?
Drawing on an unprecedented amount of data, from large-scale surveys of UKIP voters to extensive interviews with party insiders, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin take readers inside this political revolt and put its support under the microscope. The result is a data-rich but accessible account that is essential reading for anyone who is interested in British politics, the radical right and electoral behaviour.
One Nation Under Goods [EPUB]
27 July 2014, 06:50
2014 | EPUB | 7.83MB
Loved and hated, visited and avoided, seemingly everywhere yet endlessly the same, malls occupy a special place in American life. What, then, is this invention that evokes such strong and contradictory emotions in Americans? In many ways malls represent the apotheosis of American consumerism, and this synthetic and wide-ranging investigation is an eye-popping tour of American culture's values and beliefs.
Like your favorite mall, One Nation under Goods is a browser's paradise, and in order to understand America's culture of consumption you need to make a trip to the mall with Farrell. This lively, fast-paced history of the hidden secrets of the shopping mall explains how retail designers make shopping and goods "irresistible." Architects, chain stores, and mall owners relax and beguile us into shopping through water fountains, ficus trees, mirrors, and covert security cameras. From food courts and fountains to Santa and security, Farrell explains how malls control their patrons and convince us that shopping is always an enjoyable activity. And most importantly, One Nation Under Goods shows why the mall's ultimate promise of happiness through consumption is largely an illusion. It's all here--for one low price, of course.