by Michael J. Shapiro, Deforming American Political Thought Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Deforming American Political Thought books, By affirming the relativity of the American historical imagination, political theorist Michael J. Shapiro offers a powerful polemic against ethnocentric interpretations of American culture and politics. Deforming American Political Thought analyzes issues that range from the nature of Thomas Jefferson's vision of an egalitarian nation to the persistence of racial inequality. Shapiro offers a multifaceted argument that transcends the myopic scope of traditional political discourse. Deforming American Political Thought illustrates the various ways in which history, architecture, film, music, literature, and art provide approaches to the comprehension of diverse facets of American political thought from the founding to the present. Using these seemingly disparate disciplines as a framework, Shapiro paints a picture of American political philosophy that is as distinctive as it enlightening. Shapiro explores the historically vital role of dissenting points of view in American politics and asserts its continuing importance in today's political landscape. Exploring such diverse works as slave narratives, contemporary films, genre fiction, and blues and jazz music, Shapiro reveals that there have always been dissenting voices casting doubt on the moral purpose and exceptionalism of the American mind. An unprecedented inquiry into American politics, Deforming American Political Thought will surely serve to reinvigorate discussions about the essence of American political thought.
by Dean Kowalski, Steven Spielberg And Philosophy Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Steven Spielberg And Philosophy books, Without question, few directors have had such a powerful influence on the film industry and the moviegoing public as Steven Spielberg. This book investigates Spielberg's art to illuminate the nature of humanity. It explores themes such as cinematic realism, fictional belief, terrorism, family ethics, consciousness, and virtue and moral character.
by Michael J. Shapiro, The Cinematic Political Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Cinematic Political books, In this book, Michael J. Shapiro stages a series of pedagogical encounters between political theory, represented as a compositional challenge, and cinematic texts, emphasizing how to achieve an effective research paper/essay by heeding the compositional strategies of films. The text’s distinctiveness is its focus on the intermediation between two textual genres. It is aimed at providing both a conceptual introduction to the politics of aesthetics and a guide to writing strategies. In its illustrations of encounters between political theory and cinema, the book’s critical edge is its emphasis on how to intervene in cinematic texts with innovative conceptual frames in ways that challenge dominant understandings of life worlds. The Cinematic Political is designed as a teaching resource that introduces students to the relationship between film form and political thinking. With diverse illustrative investigations, the book instructs students on how to watch films with an eye toward writing a research paper in which a film (or set of films) constitutes the textual vehicle for political theorizing.
by Nolan Bennett, The Claims Of Experience Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download The Claims Of Experience books, Why have so many figures throughout American history proclaimed their life stories when confronted by great political problems? The Claims of Experience provides a new theory for what makes autobiography political throughout the history of the United States and today. Across five chapters, Nolan Bennett examines the democratic challenges that encouraged a diverse cast of figures to bear their stories: Benjamin Franklin amid the revolutionary era, Frederick Douglass in the antebellum and abolitionist movements, Henry Adams in the Gilded Age and its anxieties of industrial change, Emma Goldman among the first Red Scare and state opposition to radical speech, and Whittaker Chambers amid the second Red Scare that initiated the anticommunist turn of modern conservatism. These historical figures made what Bennett calls a "claim of experience." By proclaiming their life stories, these authors took back authority over their experiences from prevailing political powers, and called to new community among their audiences. Their claims sought to restore to readers the power to remake and make meaning of their own lives. Whereas political theorists and activists have often seen autobiography to be too individualist or a mere documentary source of evidence, this theory reveals the democratic power that life narratives have offered those on the margins and in the mainstream. If they are successful, claims of experience summon new popular authority to surpass what their authors see as the injustices of prevailing American institutions and identity. Bennett shows through historical study and theorization how this renewed appreciation for the politics of life writing elevates these authors' distinct democratic visions while drawing common themes across them. This book offers both a method for understanding the politics of life narrative and a call to anticipate claims of experience as they appear today.
by Michael J. Shapiro, Writing Politics Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Writing Politics books, Writing Politics is a methods book designed to instruct on politically focused literary inquiry. Exploring the political sensibilities that arise from the way literary fiction re-textualizes historical periods and events, the book features a series of violence-themed inquiries that emphasize forms of writing as the vehicles for politically attuned historiography. Each investigation treats the way the literary genre, historiographic metafiction enables political inquiry. It's a form of writing that inter-articulates history and fiction to rework a textual past and unsettle dominant understandings of events and situations. Central to the diverse chapter are fictional treatments of authoritarian, fascist, or zealous mentalities. Featured, for example, are Radovan Karadzic (the architect of the Bosnian genocide), Reinhard Heydrich (the architect of the Holocaust's "final solution"), and the Trotsky assassin Ramon Mercader. Michael J. Shapiro has produced another original and sophisticated bookshelf staple; the only contemporary investigation in Political Studies that instructs on method in this way.
by Gustave Le Bon, Psychologie Der Massen Book available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Download Psychologie Der Massen books, Der französische Sozialpsychologe Gustave Le Bon veröffentlichte sein bis heute einflussreiches Werk 1895 und begründete damit angesichts der entstehenden modernen Massengesellschaft die Massenpsychologie als eigenständiges Forschungsgebiet. Im Zentrum von Le Bons Untersuchung steht dabei das Unterbewusste, das den nicht als Individuum, sondern als Teil einer großen Menge agierenden Menschen empfänglich für Ideologien, Demagogie und irrationales Denken macht. Von charismatischen Führergestalten geschickt ausgenutzt, verliert der Massenmensch so die Fähigkeit zum rationalen Denken und wird anfällig für unkontrollierte Emotionen. Mit seinem Buch beeinflusste Le Bon zahlreiche Denker, nicht zuletzt Sigmund Freud, der sich in seinem Buch »Massenpsychologie und Ich-Analyse« ausdrücklich auf Le Bon bezieht.