The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark [EPUB]
03 November 2016, 18:33
2016 | EPUB | 2.65MB
The Liberal Rednecks—a three-man stand-up comedy group doing scathing political satire—celebrate all that’s good about the South while leading the Redneck Revolution and standing proudly blue in a sea of red.
Smart, hilarious, and incisive, the Liberal Rednecks confront outdated traditions and intolerant attitudes, tackling everything people think they know about the South—the good, the bad, the glorious, and the shameful—in a laugh-out-loud funny and lively manifesto for the rise of a New South. Home to some of the best music, athletes, soldiers, whiskey, waffles, and weather the country has to offer, the South has also been bathing in backward bathroom bills and other bigoted legislation that Trae Crowder has targeted in his Liberal Redneck videos, which have gone viral with over 50 million views.
Perfect for fans of Stuff White People Like and I Am America (And So Can You), The Liberal Redneck Manifesto skewers political and religious hypocrisies in witty stories and hilarious graphics—such as the Ten Commandments of the New South—and much more! While celebrating the South as one of the richest sources of American culture, this entertaining book issues a wake-up call and a reminder that the South’s problems and dreams aren’t that far off from the rest of America’s.
Embedded Racism: Japan's Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination [EPUB]
02 November 2016, 09:41
2016 | EPUB | 2.45MB
Despite domestic constitutional provisions and international treaty promises, Japan has no law against racial discrimination. Consequently, businesses around Japan display “Japanese Only” signs, denying entry to all 'foreigners' on sight. Employers and landlords routinely refuse jobs and apartments to foreign applicants. Japanese police racially profile 'foreign-looking' bystanders for invasive questioning on the street. Legislators, administrators, and pundits portray foreigners as a national security threat and call for their segregation and expulsion. Nevertheless, Japan’s government and media claim there is no discrimination by race in Japan, therefore no laws are necessary.
How does Japan resolve the cognitive dissonance of racial discrimination being unconstitutional yet not illegal? Embedded Racism carefully untangles Japanese society’s complex narrative on race by analyzing two mutually-supportive levels of national identity maintenance. Starting with case studies of hundreds of individual “Japanese Only” businesses, it carefully analyzes the construction of Japanese identity through legal structures, statute enforcement, public policy, and media messages. It reveals how the concept of a “Japanese” has been racialized to the point where one must look “Japanese” to be treated as one.
The product of a quarter-century of research and fieldwork by a scholar living in Japan as a naturalized Japanese citizen, Embedded Racism offers an unprecedented perspective on Japan’s deeply-entrenched, poorly-understood, and strenuously-unacknowledged discrimination as it affects people by physical appearance.
The Fractious Path: Pakistan's Democratic Transition [EPUB]
01 November 2016, 20:54
2016 | EPUB | 2.17MB
Since its inception, Pakistan has oscillated between authoritarianism and democratic spells. An anthology of news commentaries, The Fractious Path makes an attempt at tracing Pakistan's political trajectory during the years 2008-2013. These years mark Pakistan's transition from General Pervez Musharraf's authoritarian regime to a democratic order. The books tells us about the powerful civil-military government that ruled the country for almost three decades and it was around this time, 2007 precisely, that Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, the 2008 elections returned her party to power and a hybrid military-democratic government was put in place. The Pakistani Taliban, jihadism, a fragile economy coupled with Afghanistan's regional conflict deterred the country's overall growth.