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Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics
Environmental Activism and World Civic Politics (January 1996)
Paul Wapner - Author

A theoretical study of the politics of transnational environmental activist groups such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the World Wildlife Fund that argues that environmental activists practice world civic politics and play a central role in the way the world addresses environmental issues.

"Grounded in a detailed examination of the actions of several leading environmental non governmental organizations (NGOs), the argument of...(Read More)
 
 
Community, Culture, and Economic Development
Community, Culture, and Economic Development (November 1995)
The Social Roots of Local Action
Meredith Ramsay - Author

A comparative study of economic development policy, and its relationship with local power structures and cultural and social relations, in two Maryland towns that have rejected development.

"This is a fascinating and sophisticated account of rural politics that is much more than anecdotal. The book is unique in applying theories developed in the study of urban policy (market, growth machine, regime) to the politics of ru...(Read More)
 
 
The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense
The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense (November 1995)
A Gandhian Approach
Robert J. Burrowes - Author

Addresses the question of whether nonviolent defense can be an effective strategy against military violence. Drawing from the strategic theory of Carl von Clausewitz, the nonviolence of Mahatma Gandhi, and recent human needs and conflict theory, Burrowes develops a new strategic theory of nonviolent defense.
"The author does an exceptional job at questioning underlying assumptions (for example patriarchy, political realism, and the elitis...(Read More)
 
 
Oil on the Edge
Oil on the Edge (November 1995)
Offshore Development, Conflict, Gridlock
Robert Gramling - Author

"This book beautifully interweaves stories of technology, institutions, localities, environment, politics, and international gaming. The story of oil development is a difficult one to tell well, precisely because it involves so many intricately woven micro-stories, so to say that Gramling has done a great job is to say he's accomplished something significant. The stories are told with grace and clarity, even occasional wit, so the reader flows throu...(Read More)
 
 
Removing College Price Barriers
Removing College Price Barriers (November 1995)
What Government Has Done and Why it Hasn't Worked
Michael Mumper - Author

Presents the political, economic, and demographic factors that interact to produce and perpetuate increasing college price barriers.

The dream of college education is one of the central aspirations of American families and the cost of college is one of their central concerns. Removing College Price Barriers explores federal and state governmental efforts to achieve universal college affordability, and explains why...(Read More)
 
 
Ecological Resistance Movements
Ecological Resistance Movements (October 1995)
The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism
Bron Raymond Taylor - Editor

"The authors pay serious, systematic attention to a social and political phenomenon (grassroots ecological resistance) of global importance. Taylor is correct in his claim in the Preface that insufficient scholarly attention has been paid to grassroots environmentalism. This book takes a big step in the right direction. It will appeal to a wide audience within the academy and without." -- Steve Breyman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"Shafir has produced a sensitive, analytically astute comparative historical study of ethnic nationalism in two Spanish provinces and the Baltic...(Read More)
 
 
Economic Transition and Political Legitimacy in Post-Mao China
Economic Transition and Political Legitimacy in Post-Mao China (September 1995)
Ideology and Reform
Feng Chen - Author

Traces the role of ideas in Chinese economic reform from 1978 to the present, exploring the conversion of China's policymakers to capitalist economic thinking.
"This book discusses an important topic--how economic reforms have undermined the Chinese Communist Party's legitimacy--that many scholars have mentioned in passing but which no one, to my knowledge, has examined as systematically as this author. The contradiction between necessary...(Read More)
 
 
Mass Enlightenment
Mass Enlightenment (September 1995)
Critical Studies in Rousseau and Diderot
Julia Simon - Author

Using the writings of the critical theorists of the Frankfurt School as a framework, this book uncovers the tensions and contradictions associated with the rise of capitalism as manifested in the writings of Rousseau and Diderot.
"This is an intriguing and provocative study of two major French Enlightenment philosophes from the Marxian perspective of Frankfurt School thinkers Weber, Adorno, Horkheimer, and Habermas. The picture of...(Read More)
 
 
Metaphysics as Rhetoric
Metaphysics as Rhetoric (September 1995)
Alfarabi's Summary of Plato's "Laws"
Joshua Parens - Author

Parens argues that Alfarabi, the tenth-century Muslim philosopher, demonstrated that Plato is not the originator of Western metaphysics, and that what appears to be Plato's metaphysics was intended as a rhetorical defense of his politics.
"Parens's scholarship is sound, persuasive, utterly interesting, and compelling. In many ways, this book may even be described as pathbreaking. The breadth of the author's reading in the history of philo...(Read More)
 
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