A Guidebook to Governance and Civic Duty
Robert Irons and Jim Twombly
From Peter the Great to Karl Marx
Edited by William Benton Whisenhunt
Professor James Cracraft is an established specialist on early modern Russian history, particularly the era of Peter the Great (1682-1725), tsar and first Russian emperor. This volume gathers some of the many key articles and reviews published by him over the last forty years and more in a wide variety of scholarly venues, some of which are not readily accessible. They constitute in sum important contributions not only to Russian history broadly understood, but also to the study of history itself. The collection will include a preface by the editor and an introduction by the author, where he will sum up his decades of historical work and point to new avenues of needed research, all the while emphasizing that "history" properly understood does not exist somewhere on its own but is the creation, however imperfect, of professional historians (as "chemistry", say, is properly understood as the work, however imperfect, of professional chemists).
Marx, Foucault, Neo-Zapatismo
Carlos Antonio Aguirre Rojas
Extensions of Their Users
Robert K. Logan and Mira Rawady
The purpose of this book is to understand the nature of social media and the impact they are having on almost all aspects of modern-day existence from family life and social interactions to education and commerce. Just as fish are unaware of the water they swim in and we humans are unaware of the air that we breathe so it is that the users of social media are unaware of the effects of these media and take their existence as a natural part of their environment. The authors make use of Marshall McLuhan’s media ecology approach to understanding media in order to reveal the effects of social media on their users, how they are changing the nature of our social interactions and how we through our interaction with social media have become actual extensions of our social media, the reverse of McLuhan’s notion that media are extensions of mankind.
The authors analyze the major social media apps including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tinder, YouTube, TikTok, Twitter and blogs as well as examining the Splinternet and the social media scene in Russia, China, North Korea, Vietnam and the Islamic world. Understanding Social Media studies the impacts of social media monopolies, the nature of advertising and branding in social media apps and the social media front in cyberwarfare and concludes with an analysis of the social media counter revolution waged by players who actually helped to create social media.
From the East to the West, and Then Whither?
How to Cultivate Empowered Identities and Educational Persistence in Struggling Schools
Despite recent efforts toward urban school reform, there has been a general failure to examine the complex socio-cultural contexts in which Black female students are situated and the ways in which their subordination is perpetuated in schools. While vestiges of a culturally responsive pedagogical movement are apparent in some schools, endeavors to engage urban African-American female youth often translate into curricula that reinforces controlling, stereotypical images of Black femininity—and therefore remains disengaging for these students. As an African-American female high school teacher working at her alma mater, the author recognized how the simultaneity of oppressions that young Black women face results in disassociation with school. As a result, Dr. Lane sought to create a safe space for these learners to develop their social and intellectual agency beyond the traditional classroom walls. She founded an organization at King High School (a pseudonym) entitled Black Girls United (BGU). The program was grounded in Black feminist theory and borrowed from the major tenets of Black feminist pedagogy. For two academic years, African-American female students were empowered through the use of critical feminist literature, popular cultural texts, and student-facilitated analytical discourse.
Through an analysis of two years of field notes, classroom video footage, student artifacts, in-depth interviews with former participants, and the author's Black feminist curriculum, Engendering #BlackGirlJoy examines how the pedagogical structure of Black Girls United fostered within participants the skill set to circumvent prescribed notions of African-American femininity and engendered within students an authentic craving for intellectual rigor.