Free politics and current events Kindle books for 02 Jul 18

A Short History of Greek Philosophy (Illustrated)

by John Marshall

John Marshall’s A Short History of Greek Philosophy spans the time between Thales of Milete up till the Stoics, covering School of Miletes (Thales et al), Pythagoras, The Eleatics (Xenophanes et al), The Atomists, The sophists, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, The Sceptics and Epicureans and Zeno and the Stoics.

This new digital edition of A Short History of Greek Philosophy includes an image gallery.

A miragem da pós-modernidade: democracia e políticas sociais no contexto da globalização (Portuguese Edition)

by Silvia Gerschman

Oferece uma nova dimensäo às relaçöes entre democracia e questäo social, entre políticas de ajuste e reformas governamentais, conduzindo ao urgente “re-pensar” acerca das possibilidades e alcances do Estado em gerar o bem-estar da sociedade e dos indivíduos num mundo globalizado.

Foucault in Tahrir Square: Discourse Analysis And The Social Construction of Crowd

by Shady Lewis

The way in which the crowd is constructed has been shown to be the site of power struggles between the status quo and political change. However, there is little qualitative research on how crowd members construct their experiences of participation in crowd activity. This study examines how the crowd in the Tahrir square sit-in during the 2011 Egyptian revolution was constructed by crowd members themselves. Based on semi-structured interviews with five Egyptian demonstrators regarding their experiences of this sit-in, a Foucauldian discourse analysis indicated that crowd members were subject to a set of discourses that served to normalise or problematise the crowd by constructing its processes as either compatible or problematic compared with the values of the neoliberal agenda respectively. Drawing on Foucault’s ideas on governmentality, the discursive repertoires available to crowd members were shown to regulate the ways in which they constructed their subjectivity and social action, governing their conduct in line with the neoliberal ideal of the autonomous, responsible individual. It was shown that in constructing crowd self-regulatory practices, crowd members legitimised or resisted techniques of social control internal to the crowd that limited their ability to bring about political change. Possible recommendations for crowd activism and implications for research are discussed.

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