Avoiding Politics

How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life

Author: Nina Eliasoph

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521587594

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

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Nina Eliasoph's vivid portrait of American civic life reveals an intriguing culture of political avoidance. Despite the importance for democracy of open-ended political conversation among ordinary citizens, many Americans try hard to avoid appearing to care about politics. To discover how, where and why Americans create this culture of avoidance, the author accompanied suburban volunteers, activists, and recreation club members for over two years, listening to them talk - and avoid talking - about the wider world, together and in encounters with government, media, and corporate authorities. She shows how citizens create and express ideas in everyday life, contrasting their privately expressed convictions with their lack of public political engagement. Her book challenges received ideas about culture, power and democracy, while exposing the hard work of producing apathy.

Politics Online

Blogs, Chatrooms, and Discussion Groups in American Democracy

Author: Richard Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135433631

Category: Computers

Page: 184

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Despite the growth of various forms of online discussion, their impact on American political life is only beginning to be examined systematically. In Politics Online Richard Davis provides a thorough analysis detailing the political attitudes, behavior, and demographic nature of the electronic discussion community contrasting that community with the general public.

Kingdom Politics

In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today's Church

Author: Kristopher Norris,Sam Speers

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498269893

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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American Christians, weary of decades of entrenched partisan feuding, are increasingly distancing themselves from politics. Some, however, continue to turn toward the state and public policy to find solutions to the world's problems. The problem is that both responses allow a narrow vision of politics to determine the church's mission and ministries, which often ends up separating its commitment to personal faith from the pursuit of social justice--the King from the kingdom. Christians too easily forget that the church is inherently political, a community defined by its allegiance to a King, its citizenship in a new world, and its call to work alongside others in pursuit of a new way of life. The church needs a political vision that is more than blind acceptance or mere rejection of past models. It needs a positive vision that takes its cues about politics not from the nation-state but from another political reality: the kingdom of God. This book tells the stories of the visits of two researchers to five diverse congregations across the United States. From the megachurch energy of Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California, to a young Emergent community in Minneapolis, to the politically active home of Martin Luther King in Atlanta, these stories illuminate the vastly different ways congregations understand and approach politics--and offer a glimpse of a new political imagination for today's church. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

Secrets to Winning at Office Politics

How to Achieve Your Goals and Increase Your Influence at Work

Author: Marie G. McIntyre, Ph.D.

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429967129

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Get Ahead, Gain Influence, Get What You Want Office politics are an unavoidable fact of life in every workplace. To accomplish your personal and business goals, you must learn to successfully play the political game in your organization. Whether you are a new player or a seasoned veteran, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics can help you increase your personal power without compromising your integrity or taking advantage of others. This smart, practical guide shows you how to stop wasting energy on things you can't change and start taking steps to get what you want. Written by an organizational psychologist and corporate consultant, Marie G. McIntyre's Secrets to Winning at Office Politics uses real-life examples of political winners and losers to illustrate the behaviors that contribute to success or failure at work. You will be shown techniques for managing your boss more effectively, improving your influence skills, changing the way you are perceived, and dealing with difficult people. Using these proven strategies for political success, you will then be able to create a Political Game Plan that outlines the steps necessary to accomplish your own individual goals.

The Struggle of Hungarian Lutherans under Communism

Author: H. David Baer

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603449906

Category: History

Page: 172

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What does a religious community do when confronted by a political regime determined to eliminate a religion? Under communism, Hungary’s persecuted Lutheran Church tried desperately to find a strategy for survival while remaining faithful to its Christian beliefs. Appealing to the Lutheran Confessions, many argued that the church can do whatever is necessary to survive provided it does not compromise on its essential ministry, while others appealing to the witness of the confessor Bishop Lajos Ordass, argued that the church must uncompromisingly witness to the truth even if that means ecclesiological extinction. In The Struggle of Hungarian Lutherans under Communism, H. David Baer draws upon the disciplines of theology, history, ethics, and politics to provide a comprehensive analysis of the different strategies developed by the church to preserve its integrity. Relying on previously unnoted archival documents and other primary sources, Baer has made a substantial contribution to Eastern European studies. Vigorously written, his telling of the history is also a sensitive and moving account of courage and cowardice in the face of religious persecution. This book should be of interest not only to students of religion in Eastern Europe but also to anyone concerned about the problems that arise wherever there is religious persecution.

The Politics of Principle

The First South African Constitutional Court, 1995–2005

Author: Theunis Roux

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110732839X

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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Under its first chief justice, Arthur Chaskalson, the South African Constitutional Court built an unrivalled reputation in the comparative constitutional law community for technically accomplished and morally enlightened decision-making. At the same time, the Court proved remarkably effective in asserting its institutional role in post-apartheid politics. While each of these accomplishments is noteworthy in its own right, the Court's simultaneous success in legal and political terms demands separate investigation. Drawing on and synthesising various insights from judicial politics and legal theory, this study offers an interdisciplinary explanation for the Chaskalson Court's achievement. Rather than a purely political strategy of the kind modelled by rational choice theorists, the study argues that the Court's achievement is attributable to a series of adjudicative strategies in different areas of law. In combination, these strategies allowed the Court to satisfy institutional norms of public reason-giving while at the same time avoiding political attack.

The Politics of Volunteering

Author: Nina Eliasoph

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745669565

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

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Many of us may have participated in grassroots groups, changing the world in small and big ways, from building playgrounds and feeding the homeless, to protesting wars and ending legal segregation. Beyond the obvious fruits of these activities, what are the broader consequences of volunteering for the participants, recipients of aid, and society as a whole? In this engaging new book, Nina Eliasoph encourages readers to reflect on their own experiences in civic associations as an entry point into bigger sociological, political, and philosophical issues, such as class inequality, how organizations work, differences in political systems around the globe, and the sources of moral selfhood. Claims about volunteering tend to be astronomical: it will create democracy, make you a better person, eliminate poverty, protect local cultures, and even prevent illness. Eliasoph cuts through these assertions by drawing on empirical studies, key data, real-life case studies, and a range of theoretical analyses. In doing so, the book provides students of sociology, political science, and communications studies with a framework for evaluating the role of civic associations in social and political life, as well as in their own lives as active citizens.

Christianity and Politics

The Attempted Seduction of the Bride of Christ

Author: Christopher R. Petruzzi

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620326523

Category: Religion

Page: 172

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As the Bride of Christ, the body of Christian believers has been called to serve Him. One aspect of this calling is that we are God's instrument to change the world. This book addresses the question of how Christians should go about facilitating that calling.Politics is the process through which some people attempt to prevail over others for the control of government. Is that what Christ wants for his holy people, or is the lure of politics an attempt to bring us into Satan's world?Christianity and Politics presents a logically developed analysis of this question using the Bible, history, and modern theories of economics and political science. Christians from all political and theological backgrounds are likely to find that this book changes their thinking about the church and political involvement.

Militarism and Politics in Latin America

Peru from Sánchez Cerro to Sendero Luminoso

Author: Daniel M. Masterson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313272134

Category: History

Page: 345

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This is the only comprehensive case study in English of the highly complex Peruvian military and its place in Peruvian society. Covering the early 1930s to present, it is based on extensive Latin American and U.S. archival sources and personal interviews. Emphasis is placed on the impact of French and U.S. military theory; revolutionary politics up to and including Sendero Luminoso; the rationale behind General Alvarado's reforms (1968-75); Velasco's legacy; and an examination of the Soviet Union's involvement in Peru. For students and scholars of contemporary Latin America.

The Politics of the New Europe

Atlantic to Urals

Author: Ian Budge,Kenneth Newton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317892399

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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A pioneering textbook which explains the dynamics of politics across Europe in the post-Cold war era. Comparing democratisation, transition to a market economy and increasing economic and political integration in the countries of central and eastern Europe with experiences in Scandinavia, and southern and western Europe, the book provides a wealth of information and analysis on the state of Europe at the end of a momentous century of European and World history.

Women and the Irish Nation

Gender, Culture and Irish Identity, 1890-1914

Author: J. MacPherson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137284587

Category: History

Page: 214

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At the turn of the twentieth century women played a key role in debates about the nature of the Irish nation. Examining women's participation in nationalist and rural reform groups, this book is an important contribution to our understanding of Irish identity in the prelude to revolution and how it was shaped by women.

Henry Fielding, Political Writer

A Political Writer

Author: Thomas R. Cleary

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 0889201315

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 347

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An accurate and comprehensive study of the political aspects of Fielding’s art has been sorely needed. As a result of decades of work by literary scholars and a series of great historians, such a study is finally possible. This volume addresses that need, and, in the light of a recent revival of interest in Fielding’s work, it arrives most opportunely. The author offers here a wide-ranging focus and a firm grip on the shifting complexities of Fielding’s political situations—the loyalties and enmities, factional alignments and fractious rhetoric—that allow a satisfactory understanding of Fielding’s political writing. Political writing in Fielding’s day, as in ours, was topical, concerned with evanescent problems and day-to-day needs that were familiar to contemporaries, but that are now recaptured only with greatest difficulty. This study constitutes a thorough reconstruction of Fielding’s political context and extricates from the context Fielding’s own political endeavours. Cleary’s work will make many of Felding’s previously unstudied work accessible to students and scholars of eighteenth-century English literature. A necessary point of reference to both literary specialists and historians concerned with eighteenth-century England.

Socialization to Civil Society

A Life History Study of Community Leaders

Author: Peter Robert Sawyer

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791461853

Category: Political Science

Page: 204

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Using a life history approach, looks at what influences citizens to participate in the voluntary associations that comprise and promote civil society.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Author: R. A. W. Rhodes,Sarah A. Binder,Bert A. Rockman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199275694

Category: Political Science

Page: 816

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The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science is a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. Each volume focuses on a particular part of the discipline, with volumes on Public Policy, Political Theory, Political Economy, Contextual Political Analysis, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Law and Politics, Political Behavior, Political Institutions, and Political Methodology. The project as a whole is under the General Editorship of Robert E. Goodin, with each volume being edited by a distinguished international group of specialists in their respective fields. The books set out not just to report on the discipline, but to shape it. The series will be an indispensable point of reference for anyone working in political science and adjacent disciplines. The study of political institutions is among the founding pillars of political science. With the rise of the 'new institutionalism', the study of institutions has returned to its place in the sun. This volume provides a comprehensive survey of where we are in the study of political institutions, covering both the traditional concerns of political science with constitutions, federalism and bureaucracy and more recent interest in theory and the constructed nature of institutions. The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions draws together a galaxy of distinguished contributors drawn from leading universities across the world. Authoritative reviews of the literature and assessments of future research directions will help to set the research agenda for the next decade.

Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town

Author: Rogers Brubaker

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691128344

Category: History

Page: 439

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Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania is now part of Romania, but was once a Hungarian town, and still retains many ethnic Hungarians. This book examines nationalist politics - in Cluj, Transylvania, and the wider region - and also the more fluid terrain on which ethnicity and nationhood are experienced and understood in everyday life.

The Vietnam War in American Memory

Veterans, Memorials, and the Politics of Healing

Author: Patrick Hagopian

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 1558499024

Category: History

Page: 553

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A study of American attempts to come to terms with the legacy of the Vietnam War, this book highlights the central role played by Vietnam veterans in shaping public memory of the war. Tracing the evolution of the image of the Vietnam veteran from alienated dissenter to traumatized victim to noble warrior, Patrick Hagopian describes how efforts to commemorate the war increasingly downplayed the political divisions it spawned in favor of a more unifying emphasis on honoring veterans and promoting national "healing."

The Chinese Contract

Avoiding Political Hassles

Author: Mary Ranieri

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1491863617

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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A traumatic year awaits the international team with Moa Zedong needing engineers and opening the door to let in his paper tigers. Barney and Allie Smith of the United States arrive in Peking at gunpoint and finally make their way south by rail to the friendship house in Tsangchow, the duplicate of Mao’s compound. Allie is a proverbial whipping boy, not only for the face-saving Chinese but also for internal squabbles such as intended sleeping quarters and special orders of food from Hong Kong. She uses her background in psychology as well as Jung’s dream interpretation to iron out some dissention. Ch’in, her childhood land of dreams has become a grown-up nightmare. She must tolerate the negative side of the typical entrepreneur leaving his troubles at home but dumping his emotions onto foreign soil. A loud-mouthed drunk named Charlie has arrived on New Year; his ranting recorded, and replayed at breakfast for an embarrassing lesson. His recorder in turn suffers a broken leg from more toasting, but his mending lies beyond Chinese herbal medicine. Alley must explain a Dutch procurer’s black book and a list of expletives for Barney’s interpreter, Ma le and her class of interpreters. Tours are unplanned surprises...blessings in disguise. Allie is an artist as well as a history teacher in a land that does not fully pay the engineer-bourgeon until he returns home. Although secrecy seems the best way to resolve differences, her stalker gets his just due after the May Day Parade in this reconstructive year of the dragon. Massive earthquakes bisect the ground once divided by foreigners of the infamous Boxer Revolt. Jobbers demand another form of construction--tent city! Outdoor life is another blessing in disguise. After letting off liquor-barrels of steam, true confessions are therapeutic. The corporate develops a respect for communism and the communist becomes more democratic upon the demise of Chairman Mao Zedong. This unforgettable year of the dragon is 1976. Achievements: Creative writing courses at the University of Houston and Long Ridge Writers Group. Scholarship poetry as well as short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies with honors won in national contests