The IRA on Film and Television A History

Politics, Sociology

The IRA on Film and Television: A History by Mark Connelly
Struggle on Their Minds: The Political Thought of African American Resistance by Alex Zamalin
Renee Engeln, “Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women”
James Heartfield, “The Equal Opportunities Revolution”
The Politics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) by Paul Kelly

The IRA on Film and Television: A History by Mark Connelly

English | April 25, 2012 | ISBN: 0786447362 | PDF | 273 pages | 3.6 MB
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has for decades pursued the goal of unifying its homeland into a single sovereign nation, ending British rule in Northern Ireland. Over the years, the IRA has been dramatized in motion pictures directed by John Ford (The Informer), Carol Reed (Odd Man Out), David Lean (Ryan’s Daughter), Neil Jordan (Michael Collins), and many others. Such international film stars as Liam Neeson, James Cagney, Richard Gere, James Mason and Anthony Hopkins have portrayed IRA members alternately as heroic patriots, psychotic terrorists and tormented rebels.
This work analyzes celluloid depictions of the IRA from the 1916 Easter Rising to the peace process of the 1990s. Topics include America’s role in creating both the IRA and its cinematic image, the organization’s brief association with the Nazis, and critical reception of IRA films in Ireland, Britain and the United States.

Struggle on Their Minds: The Political Thought of African American Resistance by Alex Zamalin

English | May 23, 2017 | ISBN: 0231181108 | EPUB | 240 pages | 12.1 MB
American political thought has been shaped by those who fought back against social inequality, economic exclusion, the denial of political representation, and slavery, the country’s original sin. Yet too often the voices of African American resistance have been neglected, silenced, or forgotten. In this timely book, Alex Zamalin considers key moments of resistance to demonstrate its current and future necessity, focusing on five activists across two centuries who fought to foreground slavery and racial injustice in American political discourse. Struggle on Their Minds shows how the core values of the American political tradition have been continually challenged―and strengthened―by antiracist resistance, creating a rich legacy of African American political thought that is an invaluable component of contemporary struggles for racial justice.
Zamalin looks at the language and concepts put forward by the abolitionists David Walker and Frederick Douglass, the antilynching activist Ida B. Wells, the Black Panther Party organizer Huey Newton, and the prison abolitionist Angela Davis. Each helped revise and transform ideas about power, justice, community, action, and the role of emotion in political action. Their thought encouraged abolitionists to call for the eradication of slavery, black journalists to chastise American institutions for their indifference to lynching, and black radicals to police the police and to condemn racial injustice in the American prison system. Taken together, these movements pushed political theory forward, offering new language and concepts to sustain democracy in tense times. Struggle on Their Minds is a critical text for our contemporary moment, showing how the political thought that comes out of resistance can energize the practice of democratic citizenship and ultimately help address the prevailing problem of racial injustice.

Renee Engeln, “Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women”

ISBN: 0062469770 | 2017 | EPUB | 400 pages | 945 KB
An award-winning Northwestern University psychology professor reveals how the cultural obsession with women’s appearance is an epidemic that harms women’s ability to get ahead and to live happy, meaningful lives, in this powerful, eye-opening work in the vein of Naomi Wolf, Peggy Orenstein, and Sheryl Sandberg.
Today’s young women face a bewildering set of contradictions when it comes to beauty. They don’t want to be Barbie dolls but, like generations of women before them, are told they must look like them. They’re angry about the media’s treatment of women but hungrily consume the very outlets that belittle them. They mock modern culture’s absurd beauty ideal and make videos exposing Photoshopping tricks, but feel pressured to emulate the same images they criticize by posing with a “skinny arm.” They understand that what they see isn’t real but still download apps to airbrush their selfies. Yet these same young women are fierce fighters for the issues they care about. They are ready to fight back against their beauty-sick culture and create a different world for themselves, but they need a way forward.
In Beauty Sick, Dr. Renee Engeln, whose TEDx talk on beauty sickness has received more than 250,000 views, reveals the shocking consequences of our obsession with girls’ appearance on their emotional and physical health and their wallets and ambitions, including depression, eating disorders, disruptions in cognitive processing, and lost money and time. Combining scientific studies with the voices of real women of all ages, she makes clear that to truly fulfill their potential, we must break free from cultural forces that feed destructive desires, attitudes, and words—from fat-shaming to denigrating commentary about other women. She provides inspiration and workable solutions to help girls and women overcome negative attitudes and embrace their whole selves, to transform their lives, claim the futures they deserve, and, ultimately, change their world.

James Heartfield, “The Equal Opportunities Revolution”

ISBN: 191092492X | 2017 | EPUB | 244 pages | 3 MB
At the start of the 1980s no employer had heard of an “equal opportunities policy” – by the end three-quarters of all those in work were covered by one. This is the story of the “equal opportunities revolution” at work. It explains why bosses took equal opportunities on board just as they were tearing up union rights at work. It asks why greater rights led to greater inequality, and why advances in race and sex equality ran alongside social inequality. It shows how the equal opportunities revolution became the general model for workplace relations in the decades that followed, and how it did not challenge, but rather perfected the liberalisation of labour law. The right won the economic war, the left won the culture war – and this book explains how.

The Politics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained) by Paul Kelly

English | March 2nd, 2015 | ASIN: B00TK7U4GY, ISBN: 1465402144, 1465473904 | 352 Pages | AZW3 | 31.88 MB
An innovative and accessible guide to government, law and power! Learning about the vast concept of politics can be daunting but The Politics Book makes it easier than ever by giving you all the big ideas, simply explained. Step-by-step summaries, graphics and quotations help even the complete novice understand this fascinating subject.
More than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of politics are helpfully broken down so that abstract topics, such as theoretical foundations and practical applications become real. Topics span from ancient political thought and medieval politics all the way to world war and modern politics. Features a handy reference section complete with a glossary of political terms and a directory of political thinkers, such as Plato, John Locke and Karl Marx.
The Politics Book is the essential reference for students of politics and anyone with an interest in how government works.

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