Category: Cultural Studies

  • House of Cards and Philosophy: Underwood's Republic (The


    Is Democracy overrated?

    Does strength corrupt? Or do corrupt humans search power?

    Do company puppet masters pull politicians’ strings?

    Why does Frank consult the camera?

    Can politics convey at the promise of justice?

    House of playing cards depicts our worst fears approximately politics at the present time. Love him or detest him, Frank Underwood has charted an inimitable path via Washington politics. He and his cohorts depict the darkest dealings in the sparkling halls of our such a lot respected political institutions.

    These 24 unique essays research key philosophical concerns in the back of the critically-acclaimed series—questions of fact, justice, equality, chance, and privilege. The amoral machinations of Underwood, the final word anti-hero, function an excellent backdrop for a dialogue of the political theories of philosophers as varied as Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Marx. From political and company ethics, race relatives, and ruthless paragmatism to mass media collusion and sexual politics, those essays take on quite a number concerns very important not just to the sequence yet to our realizing of society today.
    Table of Contents

    Introduction: considering a home of playing cards 1

    Part I Socrates, Plato, and Frank 3

    1 Of Sheep, Shepherds, and a Wolf in Sheep’s garments: The Cynical View of Politics in condominium of playing cards and Plato’s Republic 5
    James Ketchen and Michael Yeo

    2 Being as opposed to Seeming: Socrates and the teachings of Francis Underwood’s Asides 16
    John Scott Gray

    Part II Imagining chances: American beliefs in apartment of playing cards 29

    3 Frank Underwood provides the best Society a truth money 31
    Brian Kogelmann

    4 “What do we depart Behind?” Claire Underwood’s American Dream 42
    Sarah J. Palm and Kenneth W. Stikkers

    Part III Characterizing Frank: U¨ bermensch or the Prince 53

    5 Underwood as U¨ bermensch: A Postmodern Play of energy 55
    Leslie A. Aarons

    6 Why Underwood Is Frankly now not an Overman 68
    Matt Meyer

    7 American Machiavelli 81
    Greg Littmann

    8 Machiavelli wouldn't Be inspired 92
    Don Fallis

    9 Is Frank the guy for the activity? residence of playing cards and the matter of soiled palms 102
    Tomer J. Perry

    Part IV Classical Liberalism and Democracy 113

    10 Frank the Foole, Upon a home of playing cards 115
    Shane D. Courtland

    11 Hobbes and Frank on Why Democracy Is hyped up 128
    Steven Michels

    12 “Democracy Is So Overrated”: The Shortcomings of well known Rule 141
    Brendan Shea

    13 “Money provides energy . . . good, a Run for Its Money”: Marx’s Observations on Why Capital and never Frank is actually accountable for the White residence 152
    Chris Byron and Nathan Wood

    14 Freedom and Democracy in a home of worry 163
    Roberto Sirvent and Ian Diorio

    Part V Intrapersonal Relationships, Sexuality, and Race in condo of playing cards 173

    15 below the Covers with the Underwoods: The Sexual Politics of the Underwood Marriage 175
    Jason Southworth and Ruth Tallman

    16 The Spice of White lifestyles: Freddy and Racist Representations 187
    Stephanie Rivera Berruz

    17 damaged Friendships and the Pathology of company Personhood in residence of playing cards 197
    Myron Moses Jackson

    Part VI Existential Realities: Self-Love and Freedom 207

    18 Praying to One’s Self, for One’s Self: Frank’s Ethics and Politics of Autoeroticism 209
    Kody W. Cooper

    19 Existential Freedom, Self-Interest, and Frank Underwood’s Underhandedness 219
    J. Edward Hackett

    Part VII enable Me Be Frank with You: organization, Aesthetics, and goal 227

    20 Rooting for the Villain: Frank Underwood and the shortcoming of resourceful Resistance 229
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    21 Frank Underwood’s Intentions 237
    Angelica Kaufmann

    22 Francis Underwood’s Magical Political secret journey Is death to Take You Away; demise to Take You Away, Take You this present day 245
    Austin Dressen and Charles Taliaferro

    Part VII advantage and personality in apartment of playing cards 255

    23 Frank Underwood and the advantage of Friendship 257
    Katherine ok. Johnson

    24 have you ever No Decency? who's Worse, Claire or Frank? 265
    Randall Auxier

    President Frank Underwood’s White condominium employees (Contributors) 282

    Index 289
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  • Nazi 'Chic'?: Fashioning Women in the Third Reich (Dress, by Irene Guenther

    By Irene Guenther

    We're all conversant in the stereotype of the German lady as both a Brunhilde in uniform or a obese farmer's spouse. besides the fact that, in the course of the interwar interval type was once one in every of Germany's biggest industries and German ladies ranked one of the so much elegantly wearing all of Europe. This e-book explores the failed test by way of the Nazi kingdom to build a feminine photograph that may replicate legitimate gender rules, instill emotions of nationwide satisfaction, advertise a German victory at the style runways of Europe, and aid a Nazi-controlled eu type undefined. How did the few ladies with strength continue variety and style? How did the bulk adventure the elevated standardization of garments attribute of the Nazi years? How did ladies take care of the critical garments regulations led to by means of Nazi rules and the exigencies of struggle? Nazi 'Chic'? addresses those questions etc, together with the function of anti-Semitism, "aryanization," and the hypocrisy of Nazi regulations. the result's the 1st ebook in English to deal comprehensively with German style from international conflict I via to the top of the 3rd Reich.
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  • Amazing Maya inventions you can build yourself by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

    By Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

    The impressive accomplishments of the traditional Maya in addition to the Maya presently dwelling in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula are highlighted during this number of 25 inventive, academic, hands-on initiatives. masking every thing from the 20-base numbering procedure to the Maya's extensive exchange relationships, kids know about appeasing the gods with a "jade" ceremonial masks, language development with a screen-fold ebook for drawings and hieroglyphs, and Maya astronomy with a sand paintings photo of the cosmos. Informative textual content and sidebars teach about the Maya's awesome achievements in technology, math, language, tune, medication, and structure; and their day-by-day actions and administration of normal resources.
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  • The Trauma Question by Roger Luckhurst

    By Roger Luckhurst

    During this ebook, Roger Luckhurst either introduces and advances the fields of cultural reminiscence and trauma reports, tracing the ways that principles of trauma became an incredible point in modern Western conceptions of the self.

    The Trauma Question outlines the origins of the concept that of trauma throughout psychiatric, felony and cultural-political resources from the 1860s to the coining of Post-Traumatic tension disease in 1980. It additional explores the character and volume of ‘trauma culture’ from 1980 to the current, drawing upon quite a number cultural practices from literature, memoirs and confessional journalism via to images and picture. The examine covers a various diversity of cultural works, together with writers akin to Toni Morrison, Stephen King and W. G. Sebald, artists Tracey Emin, Christian Boltanski and Tracey Moffatt, and film-makers David Lynch and Atom Egoyan.

    The Trauma Question bargains an important and interesting leap forward for these looking a better figuring out of the arguable and ever-expanding box of trauma learn.
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  • Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White by Shannon Sullivan

    By Shannon Sullivan

    Argues for the necessity of a brand new ethos for middle-class white anti-racism.

    Building on her e-book Revealing Whiteness, Shannon Sullivan identifies a constellation of attitudes universal between well-meaning white liberals that she sums up as “white middle-class goodness,” an orientation she opinions for being extra enthusiastic about setting up anti-racist bona fides than with confronting systematic racism and privilege. Sullivan untangles the complicated relationships among type and race in modern white id and descriptions 4 methods this orientation is expressed, each one helping identify one’s loss of racism: the denigration of lower-class white humans as answerable for ongoing white racism, the demonization of antebellum slaveholders, an emphasis on colorblindness—especially within the context of white childrearing—and the cultivation of attitudes of white guilt, disgrace, and betrayal. to maneuver past those distancing techniques, Sullivan argues, white humans desire a new ethos that recognizes and transforms their whiteness within the pursuit of racial justice instead of looking a self-righteous distance from it.

    “…Sullivan posits that it's white liberals’ personal ‘anti-racism’ that really perpetuates racism via shutting down frank or nuanced discussions not just of race, yet of white privilege, which created racial difficulties and nonetheless sustains them … In advising white liberals easy methods to truthfully reside their whiteness, instead of disown it or fake it doesn’t exist, Sullivan expertly deconstructs the well-known defenses … Like W.E.B. DuBois and James Baldwin earlier than her, Sullivan sees white domination as a non secular challenge that afflicts one staff in specific yet that touches us all.” — Ms. Magazine
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  • Hinduism and the 1960s: The Rise of a Counter-culture by Paul Oliver

    By Paul Oliver

    The West has drawn upon Hinduism on a large scale, from hatha yoga and meditation suggestions, to pop culture in track and type, but the contribution of Hinduism to the counter-culture of the Nineteen Sixties has no longer been analysed in full.

    Hinduism and the Nineteen Sixties seems on the adolescence tradition of the Sixties and early Seventies, and how within which it was once encouraged through Hinduism and Indian tradition. It examines the origins of the Sixties counter-culture within the Beat stream of the Nineteen Fifties, and their curiosity in jap faith, significantly Zen. whilst the Beatles visited India to review transcendental meditation, there has been a fast growth in curiosity in Hinduism. youth have been already heading east at the so-called 'Hippie Trail', searching for religious enlightenment and an break out from the fabric way of life of the West. Paul Oliver examines the life-style which they followed, from residing in ashrams to experimenting with medications, sexual liberation, ayurvedic medication and yoga.

    This attractive ebook analyses the interplay among Hinduism and the West, and how within which each one affected the opposite. It demonstrates the ways that modern Western society has discovered from the traditional faith of Hinduism, and integrated such teachings as yoga, meditation and a typical holistic way of life, into lifestyle. each one bankruptcy encompasses a precis and additional interpreting advice, and a thesaurus is incorporated on the finish of the booklet, making this perfect analyzing for classes on Hinduism, Indian religions, and faith and pop culture.
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  • 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L.

    By Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein

    50 nice Myths of well known Psychology makes use of well known myths as a automobile for supporting scholars and laypersons to differentiate technological know-how from pseudoscience.
    * makes use of universal myths as a motor vehicle for exploring tips to distinguish real from fictional claims in well known psychology
    * Explores subject matters that readers will relate to, yet frequently misunderstand, similar to "opposites attract", "people use merely 10% in their brains", and "handwriting unearths your personality"
    * offers a "mythbusting kit" for comparing people psychology claims in daily life
    * Teaches crucial severe considering talents via particular discussions of every delusion
    * contains over two hundred extra mental myths for readers to explore
    * comprises an Appendix of beneficial websites for analyzing mental myths
    * incorporates a postscript of outstanding mental findings that sound like myths yet which are actual
    * enticing and available writing sort that appeals to scholars and lay readers alike

    Five enormous Myths of renowned Psychology
    Amazon-exclusive content material from Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, and Barry L. Beyerstein, the authors of 50 nice Myths of well known Psychology

    Virtually each day, the scoop media, tv exhibits, movies, and net bombard us with claims relating to a number of mental themes: psychics, out of physique studies, recovered thoughts, and lie detection, to call in basic terms a couple of. Even an informal walk via our local bookshop unearths dozens of self-help, courting, restoration, and dependancy books that serve up beneficiant parts of recommendation for directing our paths alongside life’s rocky highway. but many well known psychology assets are rife with misconceptions. certainly, in today’s fast paced global of knowledge overload, misinformation approximately psychology is at the very least as frequent as actual details. Self-help authorities, tv speak exhibit hosts, and self-proclaimed psychological well-being specialists repeatedly dispense mental suggestion that’s a bewildering mixture of truths, half-truths, and outright falsehoods. with out a liable journey consultant for checking out mental fable from truth, we’re in danger for changing into misplaced in a jungle of “psychomythology.”

    In our new e-book, 50 nice Myths of well known Psychology: Shattering common Misconceptions approximately Human Nature, we study extensive 50 frequent myths in well known psychology (along with nearly 250 different myths and “mini-myths”), current learn proof demonstrating that those ideals are fictional, discover their ramifications in pop culture and lifestyle, and hint their mental and sociological origins. the following, in David Letterman-like kind, we current - in no specific order – our personal applicants for 5 substantial myths of renowned psychology.

    Myth # 1: Most humans use simply 10% in their mind power
    There are a number of purposes to doubt that ninety% of our brains lie silent. At an insignificant 2-3% of our bodyweight, our mind consumes over 20% of the oxygen we breathe. It’s unbelievable that evolution might have accredited the squandering of assets on a scale essential to construct and hold this kind of vastly underutilized organ. furthermore, wasting a ways lower than ninety% of the mind to twist of fate or affliction in most cases has catastrophic outcomes (Kolb & Whishaw, 2003).

    How did the ten% fable start? One clue leads again a few century to psychologist William James, who as soon as wrote that he doubted that ordinary people in achieving greater than approximately 10% in their intellectual potential. even supposing James talked when it comes to underdeveloped power, a slew of confident considering specialists remodeled “10% of our capacity” into “10% of our brain” (Beyerstein, 1999).

    Myth # 2: It’s larger to specific anger than to carry it in
    If you’re like most folks, you suspect that freeing anger is more healthy than bottling it up. in a single survey, sixty six% of undergraduates agreed that expressing pent-up anger--sometimes known as “catharsis”--is a good technique of decreasing one’s chance for aggression (Brown, 1983).

    Yet greater than forty years of analysis unearths that expressing anger at once towards someone else or not directly (such as towards an item) really turns up the warmth on aggression (Bushman, Baumeister, & Stack, 1999; Tavris, 1988). examine means that expressing anger is beneficial basically while it’s observed by way of confident problem-solving designed to handle the resource of the anger (Littrell, 1998).

    Why is that this delusion so well known? in all probability, humans usually mistakenly characteristic the truth that they think larger when they exhibit anger to catharsis, instead of to the truth that anger often subsides by itself after awhile (Lohr, Olatunji, Baumeister, & Bushman, 2007).

    Myth # 3: Low vainness is a massive reason behind mental Problems
    Many well known psychologists have lengthy maintained that low vainness is a chief perpetrator in producing dangerous behaviors, together with violence, melancholy, anxiousness, and alcoholism. the vanity stream has chanced on its method into mainstream academic practices. a few athletic leagues award trophies to all schoolchildren to prevent making wasting rivals believe inferior (Sommers & Satel, 2005). additionally, the net is chock filled with academic items meant to spice up children’s vainness.

    But there’s a fly within the ointment: study indicates that low self worth isn’t strongly linked to terrible psychological health and wellbeing. In a painstakingly - and possibly painful! - assessment, Roy Baumeister and his colleagues (2003) canvassed over 15,000 experiences linking vainness to nearly each achieveable mental variable. they discovered that vanity is minimally regarding interpersonal good fortune, and never continuously with regards to alcohol or drug abuse. possibly so much magnificent of all, they discovered that “low vanity is neither priceless nor adequate for depression” (Baumeister et al., 2003, p. 6).

    Myth # 4: Human reminiscence works like a tape recorder or video digicam, and thoroughly documents the occasions we’ve experienced
    Despite the occasionally all-too-obvious failings of daily reminiscence, surveys exhibit that many of us think that their thoughts function a great deal like tape recorders, video cameras, or DVDs. It’s actual that we frequently remember tremendous emotional occasions, also known as flashbulb memories simply because they appear to have a photographic caliber (Brown & Kulik, 1977). however, examine exhibits that even those thoughts wither over the years and are vulnerable to distortions (Krackow, Lynn, & Payne, 2005-2006).

    Today, there’s vast consensus between psychologists that reminiscence isn’t reproductive—it doesn’t replica accurately what we’ve experienced—but reconstructive. What we bear in mind is usually a blurry mix of actual and faulty reminiscences, besides what jells with our ideals and hunches. instead of viewing our reminiscence as a tape recorder, we will be able to extra aptly describe our reminiscence as an ever-changing medium that highlights our skill to create fluid narratives of our reports.

    Myth # 5: Hypnosis is a different “trance” kingdom that differs in sort from wakefulness
    Popular videos and books painting the hypnotic trance nation as so robust that another way common humans will dedicate an assassination (The Manchurian Candidate); devote suicide (The backyard Murders); understand just a person’s inner good looks (Shallow Hal); and our favourite, fall sufferer to brainwashing through alien preachers who use messages embedded in sermons (Invasion of the distance Preachers).

    But examine indicates that hypnotized humans can withstand or even oppose hypnotic feedback (Lynn, Rhue, & Weekes, 1990; Nash, 2001), and won’t do issues which are out of personality, like harming humans they dislike. moreover, hypnosis bears not more than a superficial resemblance to sleep: mind wave experiences demonstrate that hypnotized individuals are conscious.

    So there’s no cause to think that hypnosis differs in type from general wakefulness. as a substitute, hypnosis seems to be just one technique between many for expanding people’s responses to feedback.

    More information regarding every one of those myths and a whole checklist of references are available 50 nice Myths of well known Psychology.
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  • A Book of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho) by Miyamoto Musashi

    By Miyamoto Musashi

    The ebook of 5 jewelry (Go Rin No Sho) is a textual content on kenjutsu and the martial arts regularly, written by means of the samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi circa 1645. it's thought of a vintage treatise on army process, very similar to sunlight Tzu's The artwork of conflict and Chanakya's Arthashastra. there were a number of translations revamped the years, and it enjoys an viewers significantly broader than simply that of martial artists: for example, a few enterprise leaders locate its dialogue of clash and taking the virtue to be correct to their paintings. The modern day Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu employs it as a guide of method and philosophy. Musashi establishes a "no-nonsense" subject matter through the textual content. for example, he again and again feedback that technical prospers are over the top, and contrasts caring approximately such issues with the primary that each one strategy is just a style of scaling down one's opponent. He additionally always makes the purpose that the understandings expressed within the e-book are very important for wrestle on any scale, even if a one-on-one duel or a tremendous conflict. Descriptions of rules are frequently by means of admonitions to "investigate this thoroughly" via perform, instead of attempt to examine by way of purely studying. Excerpted from Wikipedia, the unfastened encyclopedia.
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  • Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American by Curtis A. Keim

    By Curtis A. Keim

    For plenty of american citizens the point out of Africa instantly inspires photographs of safaris, ferocious animals, surprisingly dressed “tribesmen,” and impenetrable jungles. even if the occasional newspaper headline indicators us to genocide, AIDS, malaria, or civil conflict in Africa, so much people recognize little or no in regards to the continent. even though we nonetheless hold powerful psychological photographs of Africa, that are mirrored in American ads, video clips, entertainment parks, cartoons, and plenty of different corners of our society.
    Few imagine to question those perceptions or how they got here to be so deeply lodged within the collective American recognition. Curtis Keim’s Mistaking Africa seems to be on the ancient evolution of this attitude and examines the function that renowned media play within the construction of our psychological pictures of Africa. Keim addresses the main everyday myths and preconceptions and demonstrates how those hinder a real realizing of the drastically diversified peoples and cultures of Africa. up-to-date all through, the second one version contains a completely revised bankruptcy on Africa in pictures, which analyzes portrayals of Africa in well known media, together with print advertisements by way of enterprises corresponding to Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, IBM, Vogue journal, Honda, and Snapple. New to the second one variation besides is an appendix on studying extra approximately Africa.
    Part One: Introduction
    1. altering Our brain approximately Africa
    2. How We Learn
    Part : Evolutionism
    3. The Origins of “Darkest Africa”
    4. “Our dwelling Ancestors”: Twentieth-Century Evolutionism
    5. genuine Africa, clever Africa
    6. we should always aid Them
    Part 3: additional Misperceptions
    7. Cannibalism: No Accounting for Taste
    8. Africans dwell in Tribes, Don’t They?
    9. Safari: past Our Wildest Dreams
    10. Africa in Images
    Part 4: New Directions
    11. Race and tradition: a similar and the Other
    12. From mind's eye to Dialogue
    Appendix: studying extra
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