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2007-08

The Culture War in the Civil Rights Movement
Joe Street

From Aretha Franklin and James Baldwin to Dick Gregory and Martin Luther King, the civil rights movement deliberately used music, art, theatre, and literature as political weapons to broaden the struggle and legitimize its appeal.

Joe Street places these cultural forms at the centre of the civil rights struggle, and argues that the time has come to recognize the extent to which African American history and culture were vital elements of the movement, calculated to broaden the movement’s appeal within the larger black community. He places considerable emphasis on Amiri Baraka’s interpretation of the importance of music and art to the development of black nationalist thought in the 1960s, especially as expressed in his jazz criticism and plays.

Drawing upon a wide variety of sources, from the Free Southern Theater to freedom songs, from the Cuban radio broadcasts of Robert F. Williams to the art of the Black Panther Party, Street encourages us to consider the breadth of forces brought to bear as weapons in the struggle for civil rights. Doing so also allows us to reconsider the roots of Black Power, recognizing that it emerged both from within and as a critique of the southern integrationist movement.

Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty
Edited by Jens O. Zinn

Written by leading experts in the field, Social Theories of Risk and Uncertainty is an introduction to mainstream theorizing on risk and uncertainty in sociology. It provides an overview of the historical developments and conceptual aspects of risk. It identifies why theorizing on risk is necessary and highlights specific sociological contributions to this field of research and explores key topics including risk society and reflexive modernization, culture and risk, governmentality and risk, systems theory and risk, and edgework and voluntary risk taking. Finally it offers a comprehensive look at the promises, pitfalls, and perspectives of risk theorizing.

Uncanny Modernity Cultural Theories, Modern Anxieties
Edited by Jo Collins and John Jervis

The uncanny is an experience of disorientation, of something disturbing, so that our ordinary world seems suddenly strange, eerie. We ask – where does the uncanny come from? Why has it become a favourite figure for our simultaneous experience of the present as homeless and the past as haunting? And could it be that the uncanny is a peculiarly modern experience?

Challenging conventional disciplinary boundaries, this wide-ranging and illuminating collection of essays by scholars in literary, film and cultural studies pursues these issues through the modern city, the night, gender, trauma, modernism, early cinema, the ghost film, contemporary fiction, and terrorism. Opening up the debate beyond Freud, the essays suggest that the uncanny both testifies to a distinctive sensibility, calling for a cultural aesthetics of the modern experience, while inevitably subverting the serene confidence of any explanatory framework that seeks to capture it.

Refugee Children: Towards the Next Horizon
Charles Watters

The last 20 years have seen unprecedented numbers of refugee children entering Western countries. Many of these children will have experienced the atrocities of war and issues concerning their care and treatment are high on the agenda of research bodies, policy makers and service providers.

Refugee Children is the first book to offer a wide ranging analysis of the context of care and the measures taken by nation states and intergovernmental bodies to address perceived problems. Drawing on a detailed examination of practices, the book outlines a model of good practice in the care of refugee children.

With a series of case studies examining practices from a number of countries, Refugee Children makes a vital contribution both to the social care literature in this field and to theory and research in refugee and migration studies.

Francis Klingender 1907-1955: A Marxist Art Historian Out of Time
Grant Pooke

Following the centenary year of his birth, this biographical study explores the life and cultural contribution of the Marxist art historian, cineaste and economist, Francis Klingender. Based on previously closed material held in the MI5 archives and from research undertaken in Goslar’s Stadt Archiv, the BFI, Courtauld, and the LSE, this book explores Klingender’s work and legacy. One of the first British Marxist art historians to realise the political and social potential of film, Klingender was closely involved with John Grierson and the documentary film movement, working with Stuart Legg to author Money Behind the Screen (1937), an intervention which explored American hegemony over the British film industry. A series of texts including Marxism and Modern Art (1943) radicalised the discipline of British art history, then very much an elitest pursuit.

Klingender’s most well-known work, Art and the Industrial Revolution (1947) became an iconic text within the nascent discipline of cultural studies. A passionate and driven Marxist, a friend of Anthony Blunt and a contemporary of Guy Burgess, the trajectory and achievements of Klingender’s life mirrored the aspirations and betrayals of Popular Front and Comintern history.

Autism and Loss
Dr Rachel Forrester-Jones, Sarah Broadhurst

Autism and Loss is an essential, first-ofits- kind resource for carers working with people with autism who are coping with any kind of loss. The book covers a variety of kinds of loss, including bereavement, loss of friends or staff, loss of home or possessions, and loss of health. Rooted in the latest research and written in an accessible style, Autism and Loss also includes a wealth of factsheets and practical tools that provide formal and informal carers with authoritative tried and tested guidance. Dr Forrester-Jones, Senior Lecturer in Community Care at the Tizard Centre said: ‘People with autism often experience difficulty in understanding and expressing their emotions and react to losses in different ways or in ways that carers do not understand. In order to provide effective support, carers need to have the understanding, the skills and appropriate resources to work through these emotional reactions with them.’

The Archaeology of Ritual
Edited by Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis

The Archaeology of Ritual is the culmination of a Cotsen Advanced Seminar at UCLA and includes contributions by a wide range of scholars including historians, art historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, cognitive scientists and linguists.

The book is a thought-provoking and at times controversial reflection on ancient rituals and their study in archaeology. Topics covered include: sacrifice and ritualisation in inner Mongolia; problems encountered by archaeologists in identifying ritual; its political dimensions in Aegean archaeology as well as in Africa; Indian Odissi classical dances; and ritual and technology.

Dr Kyriakidis said: ‘Rituals can be seen as mechanisms for the shaping of beliefs, ideologies and identities or as sources of social power for those that take part in them, as well as those who control or create them, thus revealing a great deal about the given society and its dynamics. They can also be seen as focal nodes of social networks, or as illuminations of the needs and desires of a given society.

‘This book aims to be an accurate reflection of the current debates and will bring fresh ideas to the study of ritual in archaeology.’

The Letters of Theophilus Lindsey (1723-1808)
Grayson Ditchfield

The letters of Theophilus Lindsey illuminate the career and opinions of one of the most prominent and controversial clergymen of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His petitions for liberalism within the Church of England in 1772-3, his subsequent resignation from the Church and his foundation of a separate Unitarian chapel in London in 1774 all provoked profound debate in the political as well as the ecclesiastical world. His chapel became a focal point for the theologically and politically disaffected and, during the 1770s and early 1780s, attracted the interest of many critics of British policy towards the American colonies. Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Priestley and Richard Price were among Lindsey's many acquaintances.

This first volume covers the period from 1747 to the eve of the French Revolution. The letters cover subjects such as religious and political debate, campaigns for ecclesiastical and political reform, and the emergence of a theologically distinct Unitarian denomination. The letters are accompanied by full notes and introduction.

Multi-professional Handbook of Social Exclusion
Dominic Abrams, Julie Christian and David Gordon (Editors)

The cross-disciplinary approach offered in the Multiprofessional Handbook of Social Exclusion gives the book broad appeal across a range of professions and disciplines. Social exclusion is a key problem for policy makers, researchers and professionals worldwide but despite this, the debate lacks a dominant disciplinary focus. The book covers evidence from key research and policy to offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on major areas of social exclusion. It is structured in a common framework that relates available evidence to the state of social exclusion and the mechanisms by which social exclusion can be tackled. Contributors also offer connections between different national and international approaches to social exclusion shedding further light on the complexities of social exclusion in society.

It provides a great reference source for academics and practitioners working across disciplines including housing, education, psychology, political science, healthcare, sociology and law.

Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown
Frank Furedi

Virtually everyone agrees that terrorism is defined by its impact on the public it targets. Yet there seems to be very little open discussion about how society has responded to it and how people are affected by it. In this thought-provoking book Professor Frank Furedi argues that what we really need to worry about is not what terrorists do but our reaction to it. He argues that Western society lacks the cultural and intellectual resources to deal with this threat. For example, politicians who frequently claim that our way of life faces an existential threat find it difficult to explain just what that way of life is and why it is worth defending.

Professor Furedi also explores how, as society has become increasingly apprehensive about the future, it has reached the point where it regards itself as a vulnerable target. This defensive response is influenced by many causes the most important of which is the difficulty society has in endowing conflict and the threat it faces with meaning. The words used to describe the threat of terrorism – unimaginable, incomprehensible, beyond meaning – serve to deflect our understanding of the issues at stake. The good news, Professor Furedi argues, is that it is not very difficult to diminish the impact of this threat through changing the way we engage with it.

Art History: The Basics
Dr Grant Pooke and Dr Diana Newall

Art History: The Basics is a concise and accessible introduction for interested general readers and for undergraduates approaching the subject for the first time at college or university.

Based on teaching and research at Kent, the Open University and the Courtauld Institute of Art, subjects explored include globalisation and postmodernity; psychoanalysis and art; issues of sex, gender and representation; semiotics and Marxism. Each chapter introduces key ideas, issues and debates in art history, including information on relevant websites and image archives. Fully illustrated, there are also subject summaries, further reading ideas, and a glossary for easy reference.

The Future for Older Workers: New Perspectives
Edited by Wendy Loretto, Sarah Vickerstaff and Philip J White

The authors deal exclusively with the issue of older workers, bringing together up-to-the minute research findings by many of the leading researchers and writers in the field and exploring key issues that will influence public policy in the UK and beyond. The duration and quality of working lives and the timing and circumstances of retirement are of growing concern. This volume focuses upon measures taken by the state and employers to foster the employment of older workers in Britain, mainland Europe, the US and Japan.

The book is aimed at all those interested in contemporary issues within social policy, the sociology of ageing and human resource and diversity management. It will also be of interest to older workers themselves.

 

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