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Taal: engels

Auteur: Glenn Beck

Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck deploys his wildly distinctive humor to take on the political landscape. THE FACTS. THE FUTURE. THE FIGHT TO FIX AMERICA-BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. In the words of Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, the United States is an empire on the edge of chaos. Why? Glenn Beck thinks the answer is pretty simple: Because we've turned our backs on the Constitution. Yes, our country is financially broke, but that's just a side effect of our broken spirit, our broken faith in government, the broken promises by our leaders, and a broken political system that has centralized power at the expense of individual rights. There is a lot of work ahead, but we can't move forward until we first understand how we got here. Starting with the American Revolution, Glenn takes readers on an express train through 234 years of history, culminating with the Great Recession and the bipartisan recklessness of Presidents Bush and Obama. It's the history lesson we all wished we'd had in school. (Did you know, for example, that FDR once made a key New Deal policy decision based on his lucky number?) Along the way, you'll see how everything you thought you knew about the political parties is a lie, how Democrats and Republicans alike used to fight for minimum government and maximum freedom, and how both parties have been taken over by a cancer called progressivism. By the end, you'll understand why no president, no congress and no court can fix this problem alone. Looking toward them for answers is like looking toward the ocean for drinking water- it looks promising, but the end result is catastrophic. After revealing the trail of lies that brought us here, Broke exposes the truth about what we're really facing. Most people have seen pieces of the puzzle, but very few have ever seen the whole picture-and for very good reason: Our leaders have done everything in their power to hide it. If Americans understood how dire things really are, they would be demanding radical reform right now. Despite the rhetoric, that's not the kind of change our politicians really believe in. Finally, Broke provides the hope that comes with knowing the truth. Once you see what we're really up against, it's much easier to develop a realistic plan. To fix ourselves financially, Glenn argues, we have to fix ourselves first. That means some serious introspection and, ultimately, a series of actions that will unite all Americans around the concept of shared sacrifice. After all, this generation may not be asked to storm beaches, but we are being asked to do something just as critical to preserving freedom. Packed with great stories from history, chalkboard-style teachable moments, custom illustrations, and Glenn Beck's trademark combination of entertainment and enlightenment, Broke makes the case that when you're traveling in the wrong direction, slight course corrections won't cut it-you need to take drastic action. Through a return to individual rights, an uncompromising adherence to the Constitution, and a complete rethinking about the role of government in a free society, Glenn exposes the idea of transformation for the progressive smokescreen that it is, and instead builds a compelling case that restoration is the only way forward.

Care, Culture And Citizenship

Auteur: Carla Risseeuw, Rajni Palriwala, and Kamala Ganesh
Revisiting the politics of the Dutch welfare state

Carla Risseeuw, Rajni Palriwala, and Kamala Ganesh with a special contribution by Maithreyi Krishnaraj, have brought together their expertise to explore a European welfare state, the Netherlands. They deal with the public and private domains, the public arrangements of the welfare state and the private social arrangements of family, friendship, and care relations. They focus on two categories of people for whom care arrangements and policy are crucial to their everyday lives: the elderly and the single parents. The book analyzes public discourses on care in general. For those working in the area of the state and the provision of care in a comparative perspective this book is innovative and inspiring. Its methodological approach and emphasis on the importance of the cultural context and the way citizens "live" relationships of care, deserve widespread attention and following. The book appeals to a wide range of readers: scholars on the welfare state, policy makers and other professionals working in the care sector, feminists and researchers, teachers and students from various fields of political science, sociology, economics, and anthropology. And those concerned with issues in the arenas of care, welfare, gender, family, friendship, parenting, and ageing.

Taal: engels

Catfight - women and competition

Auteur: Leora Tanenbaum

A sociological examination of competitive behavior between women considers its unique factors, the reasons and benefits of female competition, and the converse possibilities that can occur when women unite, citing historical examples of women working together.

Taal: engels

Choose Hope

Auteur: David J. Krieger

Taal: engels

Your role in waging peace in the nuclear age
Ordinary people can and must guide their leaders to create a future free from a nuclear menace. This compelling dialogue between two prominent peace philosophers and activists—one American, one Japanese—will raise your awareness of the very real nuclear threat to our world and offer you new perspectives about what can be done about it. Choose Hope, a balance of Western and Eastern perspectives, shows that nuclear weapons need not be part of our future if we, the people, employ the power of human imagination and choose to eliminate them. Inspiring examples of individuals working for peace highlight the role everyday people can play in this quest.

This moving dialogue between an American author and a Japanese peace activist makes the compelling argument that ordinary people can and must guide their leaders to a safer future free from nuclear menace.

Civic hopes and political realities

Auteur: S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and lrene Bloemraad (red)
Immigrants, community organizations and political engagement

For many Americans, civic participation lays the groundwork for future political engagement. Community organizing often leads to political action. But how does this model of civic life relate to the experiences of today’s immigrants? Do community organizations help immigrants gain political influence in their communities? In Civic Hopes and Political Realities, experts from a wide range of disciplines explore how civic groups across the country and around the world are shaping immigrants’ quest for political recognition.

Civic Hopes and Political Realities bridges the fields of civic engagement and immigrant adaptation for the first time. S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and lrene Bloemraad examine community organizations in six cities across California and find that even in areas with high rates of immigrant organizing, local policymakers remain unaware of the interests of ethnic organizations. Kristi Andersen examines new immigrant destinations, and finds that with political parties no longer serving as the primary vehicle for newcomers’ political incorporation, community organizations are increasingly stepping in to fill this void. However, the success of civic groups in connecting their members to the local political machinery depends on their ability to forge connections with mainstream organizations. Floris Vermeulen and Maria Berger document how government policies lead to very different civic and political outcomes for ethnic organizations. Amsterdam’s more welcoming multicultural policies help immigrant community groups attain a level of political clout that similar organizations in Berlin lack. Janelle Wong, Kathy Rim, and Haven Perez report on a study of Latino and Asian American evangelical churches. While the church shapes members’ views on issues such as abortion and same— sex marriage, church members may also question the evangelical movement’s position on such issues as civil rights and immigration. Els de Graauw finds that many non-partisan service organizations play a crucial role in advancing the political interests of immigrants. Recent cuts in non-profit funding, she argues, block not only the provision of key social services, but also an important avenue for immigrants’ political voice.

Many observers worry that America’s increasing diversity is detrimental to civic life and political engagement. Civic Hopes and Political Realities boldly advances an alternative mode of thinking: if civic life is declining in an age of increasing immigration, it may well be due to the fact that America’s civic playing field is alarmingly unequal.


Auteur: Ted Conover

Disguised as an illegal alien, the author explores the outlaw realm of illegal immigration at the Mexican-American border and describes the role of the coyotes--mercenaries who sneak Mexican laborers into America

Crimineel jaarboek 2008


Het Crimineel Jaarboek 2008 neemt de lezer chronologisch aan de hand langs de opvallendste misdrijven, de meest in het oog springende berichten en de meest spraakmakende rechtszaken van het afgelopen jaar. Dit jaar begon al uiterst sensationeel met de internationaal beroemd geworden uitzending van Peter R. de Vries over Natalee Holloway, met daarin de bekentenissen van Joran van der Sloot. Andere zaken die zeker uitgebreid aan bod zullen komen zijn de herziening van het vonnis van Lucia de B., de ontknoping in de Putttense moordzaak, de hogerberoepszaak van Willem Holleeder van dit najaar en natuurlijk het proces met betrekking tot de liquidaties in de Amsterdamse onderwereld. Ook de trends en de ontwikkelingen op het terrein van misdaad en misdaadbestrijding worden duidelijk en overzichtelijk gesignaleerd en besproken.Het jaaroverzicht wordt afgewisseld met reportages en essays van bekende misdaadjournalisten en advocaten over bovenstaande en andere geruchtmakende zaken, zoals bijvoorbeeld het drama van de 'Bijenkorfmoeder', en bevat een groot aantal nieuwsfoto's.

Cultuur in beweging

Auteur: J. van der Hoek

In Cultuur in beweging. Een andere kijk op je klas staat een dynamische opvatting van cultuur centraal. Niet alle ouders binnen eenzelfde etnische groep hebben dezelfde opvoedingsdenkbeelden en opvoedingspraktijken. Het boek gaat in tegen het hardnekkige beeld van culturele stagnatie onder allochtone Nederlandse gezinnen. De auteur wil laten zien dat de populaire uitdrukking:'dat is nu eenmaal hun cultuur' niet opgaat.

Uitgaande van concrete praktijksituaties beschrijft Cultuur in beweging. Een andere kijk op je klas de uiteenlopende veranderingsprocessen die migranten en hun nakomelingen aangaan en ondergaan. De beschrijving vindt plaats op een crossculturele manier, namelijk door de ontwikkelingen in allochtone Nederlandse gezinnen door de jaren heen te plaatsen naast de ontwikkelingen in autochtone Nederlandse gezinnen. Hierdoor komen ook de overeen-komsten tussen allochtone en autochtone Nederlandse opvoedingspatronen naar voren en zijn de achtergronden van de verschillen duidelijker.

Het boek is gericht op de lerarenopleidingen en pabo's. Bij deze opleidingen bleek behoefte te bestaan aan gedifferentieerde informatie over de gezinsachtergronden van allochtone leerlingen. Cultuur in beweging. Een andere kijk op je klas is zo opgezet dat het (aanstaande) docenten aanzet tot vergelijkend en kritisch denken over de grote diversiteit aan opvoedingssituaties die in multicultureel Nederland voorkomen en de plaats van cultuur daarin.