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Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Deep Economy
The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Paperback      ISBN: 0805087222

The bestselling author of The End of Nature issues an impassioned call to arms for an economy that creates community and ennobles our lives

In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, "more" is no longer synonymous with "better"--indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value.

McKibben's animating idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment. He shows this concept blossoming around the world with striking results, from the burgeoning economies of India and China to the more mature societies of Europe and New England. For those who worry about environmental threats, he offers a route out of the worst of those problems; for those who wonder if there isn't something more to life than buying, he provides the insight to think about one's life as an individual and as a member of a larger community.

McKibben offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future. Deep Economy makes the compelling case that the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
Deep Down Dark
The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
Paperback      ISBN: 1250074851

Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Antonio Banderas
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A Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award
A Finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book

When the San Jos mine collapsed outside of Copiap , Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist H ctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in Deep Down Dark, he brings them to haunting, visceral life. We learn what it was like to be imprisoned inside a mountain, understand the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and experience the awe of working in such a place-one filled with danger and that often felt alive. A masterwork of narrative journalism and a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit, Deep Down Dark captures the profound ways in which the lives of everyone involved in the catastrophe were forever changed.

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
Deep Down Dark
The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374280606

When the San Jos mine collapsed outside of Copiap , Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners' experiences below the Earth's surface--and the lives that led them there--has never been heard until now.

For Deep Down Dark, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist H ctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales. These thirty-three men came to think of the mine, a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, as a kind of coffin, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive, they would share their story only collectively. H ctor Tobar was the person they chose to hear, and now to tell, that story.

The result is a masterwork or narrative journalism--a riveting, at times shocking, emotionally textured account of a singular human event. A New York Times bestseller, Deep Down Dark brings to haunting, tactile life the experience of being imprisoned inside a mountain of stone, the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and the spiritual and mystical elements that surrounded working in such a dangerous place. In its stirring final chapters, it captures the profound way in which the lives of everyone involved in the disaster were forever changed.

Just One Question: A Road Trip Memoir
Just One Question
A Road Trip Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 1545601372

Smack in the middle of a crossroads in his life, Ty Sassaman embarked on a cross-country journey to find himself and come to terms with his past. He ventured into the world with a single question, one he hoped would help him uncover a fundamental truth of his own--not knowing it would continually reveal the honesty, humor, and thoughtfulness of the Americans he met along the way.Combining the intimacy of the PostSecret postcard project with the reflective candor of "A Walk Across America," Ty Sassaman's "Just One Question" deftly weaves together a unique blend of memoir and travel writing. In their recommended review, Kirkus called "Just One Question" "a compelling journey across the continent and into the author's own past." Forward author and explorer John Huston agreed, saying Just One Question is "a wonderful book of many layers, a road story on one level, a portrait of a certain cultural zeitgeist and a spiritual journey all rolled into one." From Boston to Burning Man, into the wilds of Minnesota's Boundary Waters and out to the beaches of sunny California, readers are invited along on Sassaman’s expansive, free-wheeling road trip, all in the pursuit of "Just One Question."

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Deep Economy
The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805076263

The bestselling author of "The End of Nature" issues an impassioned call to arms for an economy that creates community and ennobles our lives
In this powerful and provocative manifesto, Bill McKibben offers the biggest challenge in a generation to the prevailing view of our economy. For the first time in human history, he observes, "more" is no longer synonymous with "better"--indeed, for many of us, they have become almost opposites. McKibben puts forward a new way to think about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all. Our purchases, he says, need not be at odds with the things we truly value.
McKibben's animating idea is that we need to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and pursue prosperity in a more local direction, with cities, suburbs, and regions producing more of their own food, generating more of their own energy, and even creating more of their own culture and entertainment. He shows this concept blossoming around the world with striking results, from the burgeoning economies of India and China to the more mature societies of Europe and New England. For those who worry about environmental threats, he offers a route out of the worst of those problems; for those who wonder if there isn't something more to life than buying, he provides the insight to think about one's life as an individual and as a member of a larger community.
McKibben offers a realistic, if challenging, scenario for a hopeful future. As he so eloquently shows, the more we nurture the essential humanity of our economy, the more we will recapture our own.

15 Disturbing Things We Need to Know
15 Disturbing Things We Need to Know
Paperback      ISBN: 1412990556
15 Disturbing Things We Need to Know is a supplementary anthology of 15 'disturbing' articles on topics designed to pique the students' interests and launch great class discussions. The book is also designed to serve as a resource to help students becoming aware of the not-so-pleasant things in life, society, and the world. The topics are related to typical introductory sociology courses, including gender, race, class, sexual orientation, sexuality, cultures, deviance, crime, groups, organizations, globalization, interaction, social mobility, social change, and social movements.
Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice
Affective Equality
Love, Care and Injustice
Hardcover      ISBN: 0230212492

This groundbreaking work provides a new perspective on equality by highlighting and exploring affective equality, that aspect of equality that is concerned with relationships of love, care and solidarity. Drawing on interrelated studies of intimate caring - termed here 'love labouring' - by a diverse set of carers and care recipients, this collection provides a new and insightful understanding of the complexity and multidimensionality, as well as the gendered and classed character, of affective inequality.

Building on the foundations of the ambitious interdisciplinary study of egalitarian theory Equality: From Theory To Action (Palgrave, 2009, 2nd edition) this research demonstrates the importance of intimate care for egalitarian thinking, as well as the centrality of nurturing, love labouring relationships for personal identities. It shows how care can be undermined by inequalities of material support, time and public recognition, and how inequalities in economic, political and cultural relations generate and reinforce inequalities in the affective system itself.

This agenda-setting work will be essential reading for students, researchers and professionals across the social sciences who care about equality.
Affective Equality: Love, Care and Injustice
Affective Equality
Love, Care and Injustice
Paperback      ISBN: 0230227198

This groundbreaking book provides a new perspective on equality by highlighting and exploring affective equality, the aspect of equality concerned with relationships of love, care and solidarity. Drawing on studies of intimate caring, or 'love labouring', it reveals the depth, complexity and multidimensionality of affective inequality.

An Afrocentric Manifesto: Toward an African Renaissance
An Afrocentric Manifesto
Toward an African Renaissance
Hardcover      ISBN: 0745641024

Molefi Kete Asante's Afrocentric philosophy has become one of the most persistent influences in the social sciences and humanities over the past three decades. It strives to create new forms of discourse about Africa and the African Diaspora, impact on education through expanding curricula to be more inclusive, change the language of social institutions to reflect a more holistic universe, and revitalize conversations in Africa, Europe, and America, about an African renaissance based on commitment to fundamental ideas of agency, centeredness, and cultural location.


In An Afrocentric Manifesto, Molefi Kete Asante examines and explores the cultural perspective closest to the existential reality of African people in order to present an innovative interpretation on the modern issues confronting contemporary society.


Thus, this book engages the major critiques of Afrocentricity, defends the necessity for African people to view themselves as agents instead of as objects on the fringes of Europe, and proposes a more democratic framework for human relationships.

An Afrocentric Manifesto completes Asante's quartet on Afrocentric theory. It is at the cutting edge of this new paradigm with implications for all disciplines and fields of study. It will be essential reading for urban studies, philosophy, African and African American Studies, social work, sociology, political science, and communication.

Afrocentric Manifesto: Toward an African Renaissance
Afrocentric Manifesto
Toward an African Renaissance
Paperback      ISBN: 0745641032

Molefi Kete Asante's Afrocentric philosophy has become one of the most persistent influences in the social sciences and humanities over the past three decades. It strives to create new forms of discourse about Africa and the African Diaspora, impact on education through expanding curricula to be more inclusive, change the language of social institutions to reflect a more holistic universe, and revitalize conversations in Africa, Europe, and America, about an African renaissance based on commitment to fundamental ideas of agency, centeredness, and cultural location.


In An Afrocentric Manifesto, Molefi Kete Asante examines and explores the cultural perspective closest to the existential reality of African people in order to present an innovative interpretation on the modern issues confronting contemporary society.


Thus, this book engages the major critiques of Afrocentricity, defends the necessity for African people to view themselves as agents instead of as objects on the fringes of Europe, and proposes a more democratic framework for human relationships.

An Afrocentric Manifesto completes Asante's quartet on Afrocentric theory. It is at the cutting edge of this new paradigm with implications for all disciplines and fields of study. It will be essential reading for urban studies, philosophy, African and African American Studies, social work, sociology, political science, and communication.