We Can Do Better Ideas for Changing Society

Politics, Sociology

We Can Do Better: Ideas for Changing Society by David Camfield
The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS by Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, Updated Edition by John J. Mearsheimer
Thriving in an All-Boys Club: Female Police and Their Fight for Equality by Cara Rabe-Hemp
Odile Maeght-Bournay, Egizio Valceschini, Pierre Cornu, “L’histoire de l’Inra, entre science et politique”

We Can Do Better: Ideas for Changing Society by David Camfield

English | August 14th, 2017 | ISBN: 1552669963 | 190 pages | EPUB | 0.78 MB

The view that capitalism is an inherently flawed, exploitative, crisis-prone, oppressive system is not new. But neoliberal capitalism’s flaws are increasingly dangerous in Western countries and globally as corporations exert growing influence on governments, as the endless pursuit of profits pushes our climate to the breaking point and as far-right politics dominate the media. Solutions are needed. Fast.
In We Can Do Better, David Camfield lays out a theoretical basis for political and social change that fuses critical Marxism with insights from anti-racist queer feminism. This reconstructed historical materialism treats capitalism and class as inextricably interwoven with gender, race and sexuality. After discussing today’s most influential social theories, Camfield uses this theory to analyze a range of issues that face our world today, including climate change, growing social insecurity and the persistence of sexism and racism. Camfield argues that the key to achieving change for the better is social struggle, and he offers ideas about moving from social theory to social action.

The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS by Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge

English | September 5th, 2017 | ASIN: B072FHLY5Q, ISBN: 1512600962 | 192 pages | EPUB | 12.76 MB

While everyone knows of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral craze that swept the nation in summer 2014, too few know the truly inspirational story behind it. Pete Frates was a man at war with his own body. A man whose love for others was unshakable.
A man who refused to fight alone, and in so doing mobilized a global army to combat one of the most devastating diseases on earth: ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. When disease crippled Frates, the former Boston College baseball star turned tragedy into inspiration. Pete’s story is a testament to the power of love, the steadfastness of family, the generosity of strangers, and the compassion of crowds.

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, Updated Edition by John J. Mearsheimer

English | January 17th, 2003 | ASIN: B0022Q8CVY, ISBN: 0393020258, 0393349276 | 592 pages | EPUB | 2.53 MB

The updated edition of this classic treatise on the behavior of great powers takes a penetrating look at the question likely to dominate international relations in the twenty-first century: Can China rise peacefully? In clear, eloquent prose, John Mearsheimer explains why the answer is no: a rising China will seek to dominate Asia, while the United States, determined to remain the world’s sole regional hegemon, will go to great lengths to prevent that from happening. The tragedy of great power politics is inescapable.

Thriving in an All-Boys Club: Female Police and Their Fight for Equality by Cara Rabe-Hemp

English | December 22nd, 2017 (2018 Edition) | ISBN: 1442274298 | 221 pages | PDF | 3.27 MB

In 1845 women entered the career of policing, and ever since it’s been an evolving history for them. There are countless stories of women shaping this career, adding particular gifts and abilities to the profession. There are, also, countless stories of their struggles to fit in and survive in this “all-boys club.”
Thriving in an All Boys Club: Female Police and Their Fight for Equality examines one of the most debated issues surrounding female police officers – their ability to find acceptance in the male subculture. Through the stories of women who joined policing in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, readers learn that women’s acceptance in policing is complex and officer’s experiences are wide-ranging. Stories of resistance and harassment by colleagues, the glass ceiling in promotion, and gender specific obstacles related to pregnancy and childcare are common. Their stories show a strong sense of determination and perseverance to perform the duties of police officer.
The potential for enduring change in the field of policing is growing as women continue to make strides in achieving high ranks, breaking down assignments barriers, and ensuring just opportunities for future generations of female police officers. Despite the struggles that women face to survive in the “all-boys club” of policing, women not only survive, most thrive in this almost exclusively male occupation.

Odile Maeght-Bournay, Egizio Valceschini, Pierre Cornu, “L’histoire de l’Inra, entre science et politique”

Quae | 2018 | ISBN: 2759226379 | French | EPUB | 463 pages | 43.2 MB

Alors que le monde industrialisé pensait en avoir fini avec la question des subsistances, la Seconde Guerre mondiale replace l’agriculture et l’alimentation au coeur des enjeux de la reconstruction. L’Europe de l’Ouest, ravagée et affaiblie, se tourne alors vers les États-Unis pour penser une modernisation capable de fonder une nouvelle expansion. En France, l’après-guerre est ainsi le théâtre d’une profonde transformation du monde rural sous l’effet de la diffusion volontariste du “progrès”, instrument d’une mise à niveau de la productivité agricole au service de la restauration de la position française dans le monde. Dans ce contexte, la création en 1946 de l’Inra constitue un moment crucial de la rencontre entre science et politique, dans la quête d’une voie de développement qui mobilise les outils des sciences du vivant pour en rationaliser l’exploitation.
D’abord conçu comme un institut de recherche et d’expérimentation dévolu à la seule agriculture, l’Inra élargit peu à peu ses missions, déployant des compétences nouvelles sur les industries agroalimentaires, la nutrition, la biologie moléculaire ou encore l’environnement.
Serviteur zélé des politiques publiques de modernisation, l’institut s’affirme dans le concert des grands opérateurs de recherche, aux côtés du CNRS, de l’Inserm et de l’Institut Pasteur. Mais confronté à l’essor de la recherche privée, à l’effacement du volontarisme d’État et à la montée de la contestation des sciences et des techniques, il se trouve précocement contraint, dans les années 1980 et surtout 1990, à repenser en profondeur son identité et son rôle, dans la prise de conscience croissante de l’interconnexion des questions agricoles, alimentaires et environnementales.
Au coeur des enjeux de l’économie de la connaissance du monde contemporain, la trajectoire historique de l’Inra représente une véritable énigme, observatoire privilégié de la genèse d’une gouvernance globale du vivant et de la sécurité alimentaire. Fondé sur une documentation originale et sur un recours à la mémoire des acteurs, le présent ouvrage constitue la première synthèse historique sur cet organisme de recherche.

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