In The Twilight of the Social, Henry A. Giroux looks at the decline of social spaces which enable grievances to be dealt with and considers new ways in which citizens can create social spaces today. After decades of neoliberalism, today's young people lack a voice and are saddled with economic, political, and social conditions that have rendered them marginalised and ultimately disposable. Giroux covers a broad range of topics - from youth and the promise of new media technologies, the economic Darwinism of globalisation, and the need for a renewed democratic culture. The Twilight of the Social is a compelling account of the erosion in recent decades of the very idea of 'the social' in America and other societies.
On April 28, 1986, the explosion of Reactor Number Four dwarfed the bombs dropped a quarter century earlier at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Chernobyl's shadow looms larger than those nuclear events that ended humanity's bloodiest war. When the thinnest of Chernobyl's nuclear reactor casings cracked, it pumped into the atmosphere thirty to forty times more radiation than both bombs put together. That hot spray continued burning unabated for three days, creating a radiating cloud which eventually circled the globe. The Swedish saw it first, then the wind reversed and easterly winds shrouded most of the northern hemisphere. The lifetime of that radiation is gauged not in days but in epochs. Its legacy will carry forward half-lives demarked in tens of thousands of years.
This book is a happy response to the National News (Nightline's Ted Koppel, Oprah, etc.) incident at Jasper, TX a few years ago when a man was chained to, and dragged behind a truck. Featured are The Bowie-Bluitt Family of Jasper, TX, friends and neighbors of The Huff Creek subdivision.I am fortunate to have been exposed to this hard working family, standing as leaders in the community.Charged with a desire to share the stories of their community and the love of their collective hearts with the world, they are on a mission to reverse the adverse effects of the unforgettable James Byrd incident.Pulling together, they have started to bring the vibrant life back into this once self sustaining proud community. It is hoped that these seeds of exposure will yield a harvest of beneficial and changed perceptions.I thank the people featured in this book; allowing me to photograph and document their lives so that you see a glimpse of what they stand for. Exemplifying the best that community life has to offer, they use their time and love to help others.Thanks especially for your time, resources and information provided to put this book together. Being a recipient of your love and kindness, and watching you in action as you impart it on others has been an extraordinary delight. It is this creative energy that has enabled, and will continue to enable The Huff Creek community of Jasper, TX to be an institution to be reckoned with.Of course, none of this is possible without you, the reader. I hope that this book and the profiles it contains are inspirational to you in helping you find your way through life with a more positive outlook.To contact the author, go to the contact page at: http: //www.adharris.net May God bless you and keep you.
The book discusses the notion of knowledge cultures in relation to claims for the new economy and the 'communicative turn', as well as cultural economy and the politics of postmodernity. It focuses on national policy constructions of the knowledge economy, 'fast knowledge' and the role of the so-called 'new pedagogy' and social learning under these conditions to argue for knowledge networks as development possibilities in educational policy futures.
"Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying of hands by the council of elders" (1Tim. 4:14). Members of the church today can comprehend Paul's sentiment to Timothy. While not all ordained, all baptized Christians have experienced the laying on of hands in baptism. They have been touched by that mysterious mix of charism, initiated into the Body of Christ through the Holy Spirit, as well as launched into the life with Christ through the institution of the Church with all its concreteness, ambiguity, sinfulness and goodness. They live in the institution of the church which suffers much criticism and uncertainty in our day, yet are infused with the gift of "charism" of the Spirit which is an intangible, sanctifying fire within each member.
Through the lens of Christian theology, along with the sociology of Max Weber in his study of charism and institution in modern society, Judith Merkle analyzes the interaction and tautness between the two in the life of modern church. Weber asserts that freedom and creativity in modern society only become manifest within social relations. Since these highly valued modern experiences do not exist outside the institutional framework, they exist in tension with the constrictive and creative aspects of the institution. Judith Merkle offers the reader perspective on this contemporary experience in the church.