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Critical Intellectuals on Writing
Critical Intellectuals on Writing (July 2003)
Gary A. Olson - Editor
Lynn Worsham - Editor

A fascinating look at how some of the world's most eminent scholars conceive of their own relationship with writing and with the work of being a critical intellectual.

Writing is central to the work of all intellectuals, yet any given scholar's relationship to writing is a uniquely personal one. Gary A. Olson and Lynn Worsham bring together some of the world's leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to examine ho...(Read More)
 
 
Sporting Dystopias
Sporting Dystopias (March 2003)
The Making and Meanings of Urban Sport Cultures
Ralph C. Wilcox - Editor
David L. Andrews - Editor
Robert Pitter - Editor
Richard L. Irwin - Editor

Challenges the unexamined belief that sports stadiums, events, and teams in cities are always beneficial to the comunities.
Reaching beyond the popular celebration of commercial gains often associated with the proliferation of stadiums, events, and teams in the city, Sporting Dystopias explores the role of sport in the process of community building. Scholars from various fields, including anthropology, cultural studies, history, m...(Read More)
 
 
To the Extreme
To the Extreme (March 2003)
Alternative Sports, Inside and Out
Robert E. Rinehart - Editor
Synthia Sydnor - Editor

Insider and outsider narratives on the essence of modern “extreme” sports.

An international array of authors, including some prominent extreme athletes like Jake Burton and Arlo Eisenberg, look at a variety of issues and concerns within the new action extreme sports that are gaining popularity throughout the world. For each sport, an interpretation is presented through two essays: one written by a scholar act...(Read More)
 
 
Mighty Change, Tall Within
Mighty Change, Tall Within (February 2003)
Black Identity in the Hudson Valley
Myra B. Young Armstead - Editor

A history of African American presence in the Hudson Valley region from the colonial period to the present.

Using New York State's Hudson Valley as a backdrop, this book provides a regional perspective on black identity from the colonial period to the present. Through racialized struggles and varying experiences of black residents, a black presence in the region has persisted. Factors such as religious structures and...(Read More)
 
 
Boundaries of Privacy
Boundaries of Privacy (October 2002)
Dialectics of Disclosure
Sandra Petronio - Author
Irwin Altman - Foreword by

Explores new ways to think about privacy and disclosure.

Offering a practical theory for why people make decisions about revealing and concealing private information, Boundaries of Privacy taps into everyday problems in our personal relationships, our health concerns, and our work to investigate the way we manage our private lives. Petronio argues that in addition to owning our own private information, we also...(Read More)
 
 
If Life Is a Game, How Come I'm Not Having Fun?
If Life Is a Game, How Come I'm Not Having Fun? (April 2001)
A Guide to Life's Challenges
Paul Brenner - Author

Advocates applying a spirit of play to everyday life.

In this lively and enlightening book, Paul Brenner suggests that treating life's events and everyday activities as a game would lead to a more socially functional and effective society. Through compelling suggestions and dynamic anecdotes, he conceptualizes all our economic, political, social, and spiritual pursuits in terms of role-play, and demonstrates the ...(Read More)
 
 
One Nation...Indivisible?
One Nation...Indivisible? (January 2001)
Sara S. Chapman - Author
Ursula S. Colby - Author

A no-holds barred look at how ideology-based partisan politics is altering the Framers' vision of government and alienating Americans.

A wake-up call to all Americans, One Nation...Indivisible? urges all informed citizens to take action to protect our fragmenting democratic union. The authors claim that the U. S. has strayed too far from the Founders' and the Constitution's vision of federalist government, and th...(Read More)
 
 
Reinventing the Wheel
Reinventing the Wheel (July 1999)
A Buddhist Response to the Information Age
Peter D. Hershock - Author

Suggests that certain Buddhist notions may act as an antidote to the adverse effects of high-tech media.

By uniquely using Buddhist teachings, Reinventing the Wheel assesses the personal and communal costs of our global economic and technological commitments. Hershock urges reinvention of the technological "wheel," and, at the same time, acknowledges the need for new forms of practice suited to our rapidly evolving social, polit...(Read More)
 
 
The Work of Friendship
The Work of Friendship (April 1999)
Rorty, His Critics, and the Project of Solidarity
Dianne Rothleder - Author

Develops a theory of friendship as a space that is neither public nor private.

"The Work of Friendship goes right to the heart of current debates regarding the need for philosophers to overcome not only what Rorty criticizes as epistemology, but also what Rorty fails to address, namely the problem of philosophical detachment from social theory and praxis. The engaging style brings the personal into the political and beautifully...(Read More)
 
 
Home Front Soldier
Home Front Soldier (March 1999)
The Story of a GI and His Italian American Family During World War II
Richard Aquila - Author

CHOICE 1999 Outstanding Academic Book

Presents a multi-layered social history of a soldier and his Italian American family during World War II.

"This is one of the richest collections of primary sources I've seen for the study of war and ethnic family. What I like best is the detailed and rhythmic evocation the letters offer of everyday life during wartime. The reader gets to know the writer ...(Read More)
 
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