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Speaking of Abortion - Television and Authority in the Lives of Women (Paperback, New edition): Andrea L. Press, Elizabeth R.... Speaking of Abortion - Television and Authority in the Lives of Women (Paperback, New edition)
Andrea L. Press, Elizabeth R. Cole
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"I just always had this vision of me being ...well, Donna Reed, you know. (Laughter) Donna Reed, only I never had the pearls." This comment is one of the many recorded in this book, a study of how women's views of television and the media relate to their personal stance on abortion. Over four years, Andrea Press and Elizabeth Cole watched television with women, visiting city houses, suburban subdivisions, modern condominiums, and public housing projects. They found that television depicts abortion as a problem for the poor and the working classes, and that viewers invariably referred to class when discussing abortion. Pro-life women from various classes were unified in their rejection of materialist values. Like the woman who identified with Donna Reed minus the pearls, this group strongly believed that a reduced family income was worth the sacrifice in order to stay home with children. Pro-life women also shared a general suspicion of the media as a source of information, turning to science instead to validate their biblically derived worldview. Pro-choice women's beliefs, however, were divided along class lines. Working-class women defended choice because they viewed themselves as a group whose interests are continually threatened by legal authorities. In contrast, middle-class women argued for individual rights and thought abortion necessary for those who aren't financially ready. Many middle-class pro-choice women, the authors argue, share the same point of view as displayed on television. This book seeks to clarify the rhetoric surrounding the abortion debate and allows the reader to hear how ordinary women discuss one of America's most volatile issues.

Treatment for Crime - Philosophical Essays on Neurointerventions in Criminal Justice (Hardcover): David Birks, Thomas Douglas Treatment for Crime - Philosophical Essays on Neurointerventions in Criminal Justice (Hardcover)
David Birks, Thomas Douglas
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Preventing recidivism is one of the aims of criminal justice, yet existing means of pursuing this aim are often poorly effective, highly restrictive of basic freedoms, and significantly harmful. Incarceration, for example, tends to be disruptive of personal relationships and careers, detrimental to physical and mental health, restrictive of freedom of movement, and rarely more than modestly effective at preventing recidivism. Crime-preventing neurointerventions (CPNs) are increasingly being advocated, and there is a growing use of testosterone-lowering agents to prevent recidivism in sexual offenders, and strong political and scientific interest in developing pharmaceutical treatments for psychopathy and anti-social behaviour. Future neuroscientific advances could yield further CPNs; we could ultimately have at our disposal a range of drugs capable of suppressing violent aggression and it is not difficult to imagine possible applications of such drugs in crime prevention. Neurointerventions hold out the promise of preventing recidivism in ways that are both more effective, and more humane. But should neurointerventions be used in crime prevention? And may the state ever permissibly impose CPNs as part of the criminal justice process, either unconditionally, or as a condition of parole or early release? The use of CPNs raises several ethical concerns, as they could be highly intrusive and may threaten fundamental human values, such as bodily integrity and freedom of thought. In the first book-length treatment of this topic, Treatment for Crime, brings together original contributions from internationally renowned moral and political philosophers to address these questions and consider the possible issues, recognizing how humanity has a track record of misguided, harmful and unwarrantedly coercive use of neurotechnological 'solutions' to criminality. The Engaging Philosophy series is a new forum for collective philosophical engagement with controversial issues in contemporary society.

How Ethical Systems Change: Abortion and Neonatal Care (Paperback): Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Elyshia Aseltine How Ethical Systems Change: Abortion and Neonatal Care (Paperback)
Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Elyshia Aseltine
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Roe v. Wade came like a bolt from the blue, but support had been building for years. For many, the idea that life in the womb was not fully protected under the Constitution was simply not acceptable. Political campaigns were organized and protests launched, including the bombing of clinics and the killing of abortion providers. Questions about the protection and support of life continued after birth. This book is based on a hugely popular undergraduate course taught at the University of Texas, and is ideal for those interested in the social construction of social worth, social problems, and social movements. This book is part of a larger text, Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415892476/

Women and Violence - The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Heather Widdows, Herjeet Marway Women and Violence - The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Heather Widdows, Herjeet Marway
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Chapter 4 of this book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via link.springer.com. This edited collection explores the agency of women who do violence and have violence done to them. Topics covered include rape, pornography, prostitution, suicide bombing and domestic violence. The volume contributes to the philosophical and theoretical debate, as well as offering practical, social and political responses to the issues examined.

Cybercrime Risks and Responses - Eastern and Western Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Russell G. Smith, Ray Cheung,... Cybercrime Risks and Responses - Eastern and Western Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Russell G. Smith, Ray Cheung, Laurie Yiu-Chung Lau
R2,315 Discovery Miles 23 150 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book examines the most recent and contentious issues in relation to cybercrime facing the world today, and how best to address them. The contributors show how Eastern and Western nations are responding to the challenges of cybercrime, and the latest trends and issues in cybercrime prevention and control.

The Vulnerable in International Society (Paperback, New): Ian Clark The Vulnerable in International Society (Paperback, New)
Ian Clark
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Who are the vulnerable, and what makes them so? Through an innovative application of English School theory, this book suggests that people are vulnerable not only to natural risks, but also to the workings of international society. This replicates the approach of those studies of natural disasters that now commonly present a social vulnerability analysis, showing how people are differentially exposed by their social location. Could international society have similar effects? This question is explored through the cases of political violence, climate change, human movement, and global health. These cases provide rich detail on how, through its social practices of the vulnerable, international society constructs the vulnerable in its own terms, and sets up regimes of protection that prioritize some forms at the expense of others. What this demonstrates above all is that, even if only a 'practical' association, international society inevitably has moral consequences in the way it influences the relative distribution of harm. As a result, these four pressing policy issues now present themselves as fundamentally moral problems. Revising the arguments of E. H. Carr, the author points out the essentially contested normative nature of international order. However, instead of as a moral clash between revisionist and status quo powers, as Carr had suggested, the problem is instead one about the contested nature of vulnerability, insofar as vulnerability is an expression of power relations, but also gives rise to a moral claim. By providing a holistic treatment in this way, the book makes practical sense of the vulnerable, while also seeking to make moral sense of international society.

Saving One More (Paperback): Janetta Harvey Saving One More (Paperback)
Janetta Harvey
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The three dogs dozed in the cool shade of the river bank under the brilliant blue skies of an August afternoon in south-west France. Just months earlier, one had been trapped in the hell of a puppy farm nursing her final litter of puppies. Happily for Twinkle, she escaped the misery and cruelty of that life to join her two sisters and live the life she could have always had if only fate had been kinder.One sister, Susie-Belle, knew only too well what she had suffered, having endured much the same for years. Both had once been nothing more than breeding machines in puppy farms, experiencing shocking abuse and neglect.This book explores the dark, dirty world of commercial dog breeding. It is an industry that is based on greed and cruelty. It is also the moving story of how two dogs survived human wickedness and learnt how to become normal dogs, helped by their canine sister, Renae and now enjoy lives rich in love, kindness and good experiences.

Guantanamo and Other Cases of Enforced Medical Treatment - A Biopolitical Analysis (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015): Mirka Daniel... Guantanamo and Other Cases of Enforced Medical Treatment - A Biopolitical Analysis (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015)
Mirka Daniel Garasic
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This volume presents a number of controversial cases of enforced medical treatment from around the globe, providing for the first time a common, biopolitcal framework for all of them. Bringing together all these real cases guarantees that a new, more complete understanding of the topic will be within grasp for readers unacquainted with the aspects involved in these cases. On the one hand, readers interested mainly in the legal and medical dimensions of cases like those considered will benefit from the explanation of the biopolitical framework within which each case develops. On the other hand, those focusing on only one of the situations presented here will find the parallels between the cases an interesting expansion of the complexity of the problem. Despite the book's ambitious goal, for those willing to use it as supplemental material or interested in only one of the cases, the chapters can function as self-standing pieces to be read separately. This volume will be a valuable tool for both academics and professionals. Bioethicists in both the analytic and continental traditions, will find the book interesting for not only the specific concepts and issues considered, but also for its constructive bridging of the two schools of thought. In addition to philosophers, the structure of this work will also appeal to lawyers, doctors, human rights activists, and anyone concerned in the most disparate way with real-life cases of enforced medical treatment.

Applied Ethics - A Non-Consequentialist Approach (Paperback): David S. Oderberg Applied Ethics - A Non-Consequentialist Approach (Paperback)
David S. Oderberg
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Recent years have seen the revival of the application of moral philosophy to contemporary practical problems, and a corresponding explosion of books on the subject. Most of these books, however, defend approaches that are consequentialist or specifically utilitarian in nature.

"Applied Ethics," and its companion volume" Moral Theory," provide a viable alternative to consequentialist orthodoxy. "Applied Ethics" focuses the central concepts of traditional morality - rights, justice, the good, virtue, and the fundamental value of human life - on a number of pressing contemporary problems, including abortion, euthanasia, animals, capital punishment, and war.

"Applied Ethics" and "Moral Theory," make an important contribution to contemporary ethical debates, which will be useful both to undergraduates and professional philosophers.

The New States of Abortion Politics (Paperback): Joshua C. Wilson The New States of Abortion Politics (Paperback)
Joshua C. Wilson
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The 2014 Supreme Court ruling on McCullen v. Coakley striking down a Massachusetts law regulating anti-abortion activism marked the reengagement of the Supreme Court in abortion politics. A throwback to the days of clinic-front protests, the decision seemed a means to reinvigorate the old street politics of abortion. The Court's ruling also highlights the success of a decades' long effort by anti-abortion activists to transform the very politics of abortion. The New States of Abortion Politics, written by leading scholar Joshua C. Wilson, tells the story of this movement, from streets to legislative halls to courtrooms. With the end of clinic-front activism, lawyers and politicians took on the fight. Anti-abortion activists moved away from a doomed frontal assault on Roe v. Wade and adopted an incremental strategy-putting anti-abortion causes on the offensive in friendly state forums and placing reproductive rights advocates on the defense in the courts. The Supreme Court ruling on Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt in 2016 makes the stakes for abortion politics higher than ever. This book elucidates how-and why.

The abuse of history - The powers being used to manipulate the past (Paperback): Rachael Jolley The abuse of history - The powers being used to manipulate the past (Paperback)
Rachael Jolley
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The latest magazine explores how a new phase in the use and abuse of history is happening around the world, how leaders are manipulating historical narratives to bolster their political support or build up their image. With reports from South Africa, Colombia, Japan, China, Spain and Turkey among others. Includes interviews with Margaret McMillan, Neil Oliver and Lucy Worsley, plus how history is back in schools in Colombia, and how families of the forgotten victims of Spain's General Franco are still fighting for recognition. Plus an interview with comedian Mark Thomas, an article by actor Simon Callow about censorship in theatre, and a new short story by award-winning novelist Christie Watson.

Priestdaddy - A Memoir (Paperback): Patricia Lockwood Priestdaddy - A Memoir (Paperback)
Patricia Lockwood 1
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'Glorious' Sunday Times 'Laugh-out-loud funny' The Times 'Extraordinary' Observer 'Exceptional' Telegraph 'Electric' New York Times 'Snort-out-loud' Financial Times 'Dazzling' Guardian 'Do yourself a favour and read this memoir!' BookPage The childhood of Patricia Lockwood, the poet dubbed' The Smutty-Metaphor Queen of Lawrence, Kansas' by The New York Times, was unusual in many respects. There was the location: an impoverished, nuclear waste-riddled area of the American Midwest. There was her mother, a woman who speaks almost entirely in strange riddles and warnings of impending danger. Above all, there was her gun-toting, guitar-riffing, frequently semi-naked father, who underwent a religious conversion on a submarine and found a loophole which saw him approved for the Catholic priesthood by the future Pope Benedict XVI, despite already having a wife and children. When an unexpected crisis forces Lockwood and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, she must learn to live again with the family's simmering madness, and to reckon with the dark side of her religious upbringing. Pivoting from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the serious, Priestdaddy is an unforgettable story of how we balance tradition against hard-won identity - and of how, having journeyed in the underworld, we can emerge with our levity and our sense of justice intact. 'Destined to be a classic . . . this year's must-read memoir' Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club 'Irrepressible . . . joyous, funny and filthy . . . Lockwood blows the roof off every paragraph' Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine 'Beautiful, funny and poignant. I wish I'd written this book' Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy 'A revelatory debut . . . Lockwood's prose is nothing short of ecstatic . . . her portrait of her epically eccentric family is funny, warm, and stuffed to bursting with emotional insight' Joss Whedon 'Praise God, this is why books were invented' Emily Berry, author of Dear Boy and Stranger, Baby

The Reinvention of Obscenity - Sex, Lies and Tabloids in Early Modern France (Paperback): Joan Dejean The Reinvention of Obscenity - Sex, Lies and Tabloids in Early Modern France (Paperback)
Joan Dejean
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The concept of obscenity is an ancient one. But as Joan DeJean suggests, its modern form, the same version that today's politicians decry and savvy artists exploit, was invented in seventeenth-century France.
"The Reinvention of Obscenity" casts a fresh light on the mythical link between sexual impropriety and things French. Exploring the complicity between censorship, print culture, and obscenity, DeJean argues that mass market printing and the first modern censorial machinery came into being at the very moment that obscenity was being reinvented--that is, transformed from a minor literary phenomenon into a threat to society. DeJean's principal case in this study is the career of Moliere, who cannily exploited the new link between indecency and female genitalia to found his career as a print author; the enormous scandal which followed his play "L'ecole des femmes" made him the first modern writer to have his sex life dissected in the press.
Keenly alert to parallels with the currency of obscenity in contemporary America, "The Reinvention of Obscenity" will concern not only scholars of French history, but anyone interested in the intertwined histories of sex, publishing, and censorship.

Beyond Abortion - <i>Roe v. Wade</i> and the Battle for Privacy (Hardcover): Mary Ziegler Beyond Abortion - <i>Roe v. Wade</i> and the Battle for Privacy (Hardcover)
Mary Ziegler
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For most Americans today, Roe v. Wade concerns just one thing: the right to choose abortion. But the Supreme Court's decision once meant much more. The justices ruled that the right to privacy encompassed the abortion decision. Grassroots activists and politicians used Roe-and popular interpretations of it-as raw material in answering much larger questions: Is there a right to privacy? For whom, and what is protected? As Mary Ziegler demonstrates, Roe's privacy rationale attracted a wide range of citizens demanding social changes unrelated to abortion. Movements questioning hierarchies based on sexual orientation, profession, class, gender, race, and disability drew on Roe to argue for an autonomy that would give a voice to the vulnerable. So did advocates seeking expanded patient rights and liberalized euthanasia laws. Right-leaning groups also invoked Roe's right to choose, but with a different agenda: to attack government involvement in consumer protection, social welfare, racial justice, and other aspects of American life. In the 1980s, seeking to unify a fragile coalition, the Republican Party popularized the idea that Roe was a symbol of judicial tyranny, discouraging anyone from relying on the decision to frame their demands. But Beyond Abortion illuminates the untapped potential of arguments that still resonate today. By recovering the diversity of responses to Roe, and the legal and cultural battles it energized, Ziegler challenges readers to come to terms with the uncomfortable fact that privacy belongs to no party or cause.

Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown - Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library (Paperback, New edition): L.S. Robbins Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown - Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library (Paperback, New edition)
L.S. Robbins
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In 1950 Ruth W. Brown, librarian at the Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Public Library, was summarily dismissed from her job after thirty years of exemplary service, ostensibly because she had circulated subversive materials. In truth, however, Brown was fired because she had become active in promoting racial equality and had helped form a group affiliated with the Congress of Racial Equality.

Louise S. Robbins tells the story of the political, social, economic, and cultural threads that became interwoven in a particular time and place, creating a strong web of opposition. This combination of forces ensnared Ruth Brown and her colleagues-for the most part women and African Americans-who championed the cause of racial equality.

This episode in a small Oklahoma town almost a half-century ago is more than a disturbing local event. It exemplifies the McCarthy era, foregrounding those who labored for racial justice, sometimes at great cost, before the civil rights movement. In addition, it reveals a masking of concerns that led even Brown's allies to obscure the cause of racial integration for which she fought. Relevant today, Ruth Brown's story helps us understand the matrix of personal, community, state, and national forces that can lead to censorship, intolerance, and the suppression of individual rights.

Street Girls in Khartoum, Sudan (Paperback): Soha O.A. Eltai Street Girls in Khartoum, Sudan (Paperback)
Soha O.A. Eltai
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The Freedom Trap - Reclaiming Liberty and Wellbeing (Paperback): Craig Hassed The Freedom Trap - Reclaiming Liberty and Wellbeing (Paperback)
Craig Hassed
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In many ways we have never been more 'free'. We are freer to follow our dreams, set goals and live the life we choose. Yet mental health issues are sky-rocketing. Anxiety and depression are rife and more people feel overwhelmed by daily living. We are more addictive, distracted and pressured. This is a world that increasingly seems to breed discontent. So, is all our so-called freedom nothing more than a trap of our own making? Are we, as the saying goes, simply decorating the cage that keeps us imprisoned? Does everything that flies under the banner of freedom actually promote it? What can we do to change the status quo? The Freedom Trap is an inspiring call for clear thinking and a fresh appraisal of what our freedoms mean and can become. In this challenging, confronting and eye-opening look at what freedom actually is - examined from philosophical, psychological, political, social, legal, ethical, scientific, historical and neurological perspectives - mindfulness expert Associate Professor Craig Hassed explores how we can alleviate our burdens (our worries, regrets and material desires) and find a life of peace, happiness and harmony - true freedom. Including practical thinking steps to help further your understanding of what freedom really means, this book is essential reading for anyone who has ever thought 'there has to be more to life than this'.

The Ethics of Memory in a Digital Age - Interrogating the Right to be Forgotten (Hardcover): Angela Pereira, Alessia Ghezzi,... The Ethics of Memory in a Digital Age - Interrogating the Right to be Forgotten (Hardcover)
Angela Pereira, Alessia Ghezzi, Lucia Vesnic-Alujevic
R1,647 Discovery Miles 16 470 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This edited volume documents the current reflections on the 'Right to be Forgotten' and the interplay between the value of memory and citizen rights about memory. It provides a comprehensive analysis of problems associated with persistence of memory, the definition of identities (legal and social) and the issues arising for data management.

Designing Prostitution Policy - Intention and Reality in Regulating the Sex Trade (Hardcover): Hendrik Wagenaar, Helga... Designing Prostitution Policy - Intention and Reality in Regulating the Sex Trade (Hardcover)
Hendrik Wagenaar, Helga Amesberger, Sietske Altink
R1,785 R1,602 Discovery Miles 16 020 Save R183 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is the first to offer a detailed analysis of the design and implementation of prostitution policy at the local level and carefully situates local policy practices in national policy making and transnational trends in labour migration and exploitation. Based on comparisons with countries such as Austria, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden, it analyses the policy instruments employed by local administrators to control prostitution and sex workers, highlighting more effective policies on prostitution, migration and labour exploitation.

Legal Marijuana - Perspectives on Public Benefits, Risks and Policy Approaches (Paperback): Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Mickey P.... Legal Marijuana - Perspectives on Public Benefits, Risks and Policy Approaches (Paperback)
Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III, Mickey P. Mcgee
R981 R860 Discovery Miles 8 600 Save R121 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The legalization of marijuana has spread rapidly throughout the US, from just a handful of states ten years ago to now more than half, as well as the nation's capital. In Canada, it is legal to use and distribute nationally. Thousands of cities and towns are following suit. Legalization seems to be a win-win - people who use cannabis for health and recreation are served, business is brisk, and many governments welcome the much-needed boost in tax revenue. But not everyone thinks so. The rapid pace of legalization has spurred debate among citizens, cities, states and the federal government. This collection of essays explains the benefits and concerns, the policies and actions, and the future of this controversial issue.

Debating Civilisations - Interrogating Civilisational Analysis in a Global Age (Paperback): Jeremy C. A. Smith Debating Civilisations - Interrogating Civilisational Analysis in a Global Age (Paperback)
Jeremy C. A. Smith
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Debating civilisations offers an up-to-date evaluation of the re-emerging field of civilisational analysis, tracing its main currents and comparing it to rival paradigms such as Marxism, globalisation theory and postcolonial sociology. The book suggests that civilisational analysis offers an alternative approach to understanding globalisation, one that focuses on the dense engagement of societies, cultures, empires and civilisations in human history. Building on Castoriadis's theory of social imaginaries, it argues that civilisations are best understood as the products of routine contacts and connections carried out by anonymous actors over the course of long periods of time. It illustrates this argument through case studies of modern Japan, the Pacific and post-Conquest Latin America (including the revival of indigenous civilisations), exploring discourses of civilisation outside the West within the context of growing Western imperial power. -- .

Exiting Prostitution - A Study in Female Desistance (Paperback): Roger Matthews, Helen Easton, L. Reynolds, Lisa Young, Julie... Exiting Prostitution - A Study in Female Desistance (Paperback)
Roger Matthews, Helen Easton, L. Reynolds, Lisa Young, Julie Bindel
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Exiting Prostitution provides a critical re-examination of the growing body of literature on exiting and desistance. Moving beyond accounts which are mainly centred on men desisting from crime, this book focuses on female desistance, particularly in relation to prostitution and the exiting process.With interviews from over one hundred women involved in prostitution, the authors uniquely examine the exiting process considering not only the barriers and obstacles that women face when trying to leave prostitution, but also their individual strengths, capacities and aspirations. In this way, this book aims to present an approach that is more positive and progressive. It also provides a guide to best practice through an examination of the types of support that are currently available to those women involved in both on-street and off-street prostitution, and develops an outline model of support.Written by a highly experienced team of experts in the field, this book provides useful guidelines for practitioners and policymakers on types of intervention and ways in which to further develop exiting programmes.

Black And White And Blue - Adult Cinema from the Victorian Age to the VCR (Paperback): Dave Thompson Black And White And Blue - Adult Cinema from the Victorian Age to the VCR (Paperback)
Dave Thompson
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In the 1920s they were called stags," "smokes," " or blue movies; today it's adult films. But until now, apart from brief summaries in film histories and scholarly articles, there has been no complete history of the pornographic film industry. That gap is filled by this lively and insightful book that provides commentary on individual movies and traces the evolution of film styles and storylines through nearly a century of X-rated material. All the research for the book is based on viewings of the movies--many of the oldest are now archived on DVDs--and on interviews with living actors and producers. Tracing an arc from the masks and dim lighting of the earliest days to the realism and absence of trick photography in the 1920s and 1930s, the account then ponders the obsession with close-ups of body parts in later decades. The overview ends in the late 1970s, when the advent of home videos changed adult entertainment completely.

Mendel's Ark - Biotechnology and the Future of Extinction (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Amy Lynn Fletcher Mendel's Ark - Biotechnology and the Future of Extinction (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Amy Lynn Fletcher
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Does extinction have to be forever? As the global extinction crisis accelerates, conservationists and policy-makers increasingly use advanced biotechnologies such as reproductive cloning, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and bioinformatics in the urgent effort to save species. Mendel's Ark considers the ethical, cultural and social implications of using these tools for wildlife conservation. Drawing upon sources ranging from science to science fiction, it focuses on the stories we tell about extinction and the meanings we ascribe to nature and technology. The use of biotechnology in conservation is redrawing the boundaries between animals and machines, nature and artifacts, and life and death. The new rhetoric and practice of de-extinction will thus have significant repercussions for wilderness and for society. The degree to which we engage collectively with both the prosaic and the fantastic aspects of biotechnological conservation will shape the boundaries and ethics of our desire to restore lost worlds.

The Suppression of ""Salt of the Earth - How Hollywood, Big Labor and Politicians Blacklisted a Movie in Cold War America... The Suppression of ""Salt of the Earth - How Hollywood, Big Labor and Politicians Blacklisted a Movie in Cold War America (Paperback, illustrated edition)
James L. Lorence
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This impassioned history tells a story of censorship and politics during the early Cold War. The author recounts the 1950 Empire Zinc Strike in Bayard, New Mexico, the making of the extraordinary motion picture 'Salt of the Earth' by Local 890 of the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers, and the films suppression by Hollywood, federal and state governments, and organised labour. This disturbing episode reflects the intense fear that gripped America during the Cold War and reveals the unsavoury side of the rapprochement between organised labour and big business in the 1950s. In the face of intense political opposition, blackballed union activists, blacklisted Hollywood artists and writers, and Local 890 united to write a script, raise money, hire actors and crews, and make and distribute the film. Rediscovered in the 1970s, Salt of the Earth is a revealing celluloid document of socially conscious unionism that sought to break down racial barriers, bridge class divisions, and emphasise the role of women. Lorence has interviewed participants in the strike and film such as Clinton Jencks and Paul Jarrico and has consulted private and public archives to reconstruct the story of this extraordinary documentary and the co-ordinated efforts to suppress it.

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