This edited volume brings together perspectives on embodied queerness within the complicated parameters of hegemonic normativities, biopolitics and social-religious governmentalities. Queering Paradigms VI offers queer interventions, explores value-production in socio-corporeal normative frameworks, and exemplifies and highlights the complexity of queering in the global-local continuum. Queer maintains its revolutionary subversive functionality as an impulse and catalyst for cultural shifts challenging status quos, advancing cultural philosophy and activism/artivism and subverting harmful discourses at work among communities of practice and academic disciplines. The authors of this volume demonstrate the discoursive power of value-production and show pathways of global-local queer resistance, virtuosity and failure in the fields of philosophy, pedagogy, psychology, art, criminology, health, social media, history, religion and politics.The volume features a particular South Asia focus and a balanced mix of early career researchers and established scholars, which reflects Queering Paradigms ' ethos for fostering a genial academic community of practice and to proffer intergenerational support and voice.
United Nations Security Council reform has been hotly debated since the end of the Cold War, which unleashed a global geopolitical realignment. But since 2007, the push to update the Security Council to reflect the power-sharing realities of our modern age – giving for example Germany a seat on the coveted panel – has largely stalled. Finding a Cue through “Q” chronicles the history, key initiatives and major players in this important discussion, while focusing on U.S. and German involvement on the council, and reboots the debate through political discourse analysis and intensive Q-methodology. Diplomats from Germany and the United States were asked to rank their agreement with statements made by stakeholders from government, business, academia and media in both countries. Instead of presenting a priori categories and foregone conclusions, this method describes the parameters of the debate through typologies derived from fresh diplomatic assessments. Social perspective narratives were created from the results, leading to the surfacing of two dominant discourses: Convinced Institutionalism and Cautious Institutionalism. Andreas Schwenk’s innovative approach provides new insight into the thinking of German and U.S. diplomats, and offers a valuable contribution to overcoming the stalemate. “Considering the growing number of attacks on multilateralism, Mr. Schwenk’s meticulous study clearly illustrates the need for reform of what is designed to be the world’s pivotal multilateral organization. A lack of reform of the U.N. Security Council might lead to future challenges to its primacy. It was my great pleasure to contribute to this fascinating book.”Doris Hertrampf, German Ambassador (Ret.)“I enjoyed participating in Mr. Schwenk‘s rigorous and systematic study of the vexed issue of U.N. Security Council reform. His analysis demonstrates broad commitment to keeping the Security Council effective, while the diversity of views confirms that changes to the number, regional distribution, or powers of its members will continue to be difficult.”William B. Wood, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)
Sleater-Kinney's 1997 album Dig Me Out is built on Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein's competing guitars, Janet Weiss's muscular rhythms, and layered vocals that teeter between an urgent, banshee-like vibrato and a lower accompaniment. Dig Me Out was the band's third studio album, but the first one written and recoded with Weiss. It inaugurated Sleater-Kinney into a lineup that would span its two-decade career.This 33 1/3 follows the narrative of Dig Me Out from its inception in Olympia to its recording in Seattle and its reception across the United States. It's anchored in a short period of time - roughly from mid-1996 to mid-1998 - but it encompasses a series of battles over meaning that continued to preoccupy Sleater-Kinney in the coming decades. The band wrestled with the media about how they would be presented to the public, it contended with technicians about how their sound would be heard in clubs, and they struggled with pervasive social hierarchies about how their work would be understood in popular culture. The only instance where the band didn't have to put up much of a fight was when it came to their fans. The acclaim Sleater-Kinney received from their listeners in the late 1990s, and continue to receive today, speaks to a need for icons who challenged normative notions of culture and gender. This story of Dig Me Out chronicles how Sleater-Kinney won the fight to define themselves on their own terms - as women and as musicians - and, in the process, how they redefined the parameters of rock.
Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject Business economics - Marketing, Corporate Communication, CRM, Market Research, Social Media, grade: 1,7, University of Münster, language: English, abstract: In today's virtual era, the power of word-of-mouth has grown dramatically. Online customer-to-customer articulations have been proven to impact consumer attitudes and behavior and have therefore direct impact on a product's success and a company's performance. The aim of this paper is to approach a response to the question how companies should deal with negative electronic Word-of-Mouth (eWOM). After a brief introduction to prior research of eWOM and its valence, the development and consequences of negative online articulations will be dis-cussed. Following the relevant eWOM and company parameters are identified that determine the impact of negative eWOM on a brand. The first step in approaching a response decision which is tracing and measuring online articulations is ex-plained and resulting coping strategies in form of direct and indirect reactions to negative eWOM are illustrated. Finally, the paper explains how companies can guard against negative eWOM.
Master's Thesis from the year 2012 in the subject Business economics - Marketing, Corporate Communication, CRM, Market Research, Social Media, University of Dar es Salaam (College of Engineering & Technolgy), course: Master of Engineering Management, language: English, abstract: The existence of national ICT policy would indicate demand for indicators; however, no sufficient information on indicators used in the national policy is available yet. This poses the challenge in monitoring and evaluation of ICT Projects and not only that, but it is also difficult to measure the status quo of ICT development and digital divide among societies. This dissertation was both exploratory and descriptive in nature; therefore, it utilized both quantitative and qualitative research approaches. A survey conducted used purposive sampling with informants being stakeholders with basic IT knowledge and IT personnel. Data was collected through a survey of 45 organizations in both techniques of face-to-face and online, with a total of 80 respondents. Data collected examined the level of importance or applicability of 90 ICT indicators in their respective 10 sector parameter. Findings indicated that, 50 indicators (55%) out of 90 are significant and confirmed to be highly correlated with new 6 ICT categories (sector parameters) out 10 (60%) which were proposed in the literature review. Infrastructure Readiness category with 17 indicators, ICT education category with 11 indicators, ICT penetration category with 7 indicators, Digital Access category with 7 indicators, ICT policy & Implementation with 5 indicators and Information Access with 3 indicators. The study also found that ICT Policy exists in Tanzania with only 10 key ICT statistical indicators. The study recommends revision of ICT indicators, to include ICT Security Policy, M&E program in the Policy and to undertake Situational Analysis.
''Religion and ecology'' has arrived. What was once a niche interest for a few academics concerned with environmental issues and a few environmentalists interested in religion has become an established academic field with classic texts, graduate programs, regular meetings at academic conferences, and growing interest from other academics and the mass media. Theologians, ethicists, sociologists, and other scholars are engaged in a broad dialogue about the ways religious studies can help understand and address environmental problems, including the sorts of methodological, terminological, and substantive debates that characterize any academic discourse. This book recognizes the field that has taken shape, reflects on the ways it is changing, and anticipates its development in the future. The essays offer analyses and reflections from emerging scholars of religion and ecology, each addressing her or his own specialty in light of two questions: (1) What have we inherited from the work that has come before us? and (2) What inquiries, concerns, and conversation partners should be central to the next generation of scholarship? The aim of this volume is not to lay out a single and clear path forward for the field. Rather, the authors critically reflect on the field from within, outline some of the major issues we face in the academy, and offer perspectives that will nurture continued dialogue. ''While map is not territory, Inherited Land is a splendid guide to the expanding field of Religion and Ecology. Tracking the shifting contexts, complexities, and promise of Religion and Ecology will grow even more important in the days and decades ahead. These essays show the way.'' -Larry Rasmussen Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics Union Theological Seminary, New York City ''This splendid essay collection decisively moves religion and ecology studies beyond present parameters, convincingly demonstrating how solutions to the present ecological crisis depend not only on moral and spiritual reform but also on social, environmental, and cross-cultural relationships. In short, on 'knowing one's place.' This requires embodied knowledge situated in networks of relations, practices, and space/place and consequently, the rejection of any assumption that the natural world must conform to our ends and desires.'' -Anne Primavesi, author of Cultivating Unity Within the Biodiversity of God (2011) ''This is the first collection of essays by a new generation of scholars who have focused on religion and nature from the beginning of their careers. It helps both to define the field as it now stands and to identify new directions for the future. In particular, the authors call attention to the centrality of lived practice, to the tensions between scholarship and advocacy, and to the need to consider not only ecological but also social issues, including technology. Their criticisms are constructive, their research careful, and their ideas well worth reading, discussing, and teaching.'' -Anna Peterson Department of Religion University of Florida Whitney A. Bauman is Assistant Professor of Religion and Science at Florida International University in Miami. He is the author of Theology, Creation, and Environmental Ethics (2009) and coeditor with Richard R. Bohannon II and Kevin J. O'Brien of Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology (2010). Richard R. Bohannon II teaches at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Minnesota. He is coeditor, along with Whitney A. Bauman and Kevin J. O'Brien, of Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology (2010). Kevin J. O'Brien is Assistant P
Film for Change is a cross disciplinary tool for the self-representation, self-determination and self-mediation of people who find themselves marginalised from processes of globalization and the democratization of communication. The book seeks to find an answer to the question of how film for change works as a method to empower disadvantaged inhabitants in three villages in Tanzania, where fieldwork was carried out. The book tracks parameters that connect the visual communication experience to social reality and bear the potential to change it. The use of visual communication technology, interactive and horizontal communication practices, fictionalizations and empowerment strategies enable processes among participants that permit them to reframe or reconsider 'truths'. Film for change reaches beyond the community and through convergence with Web 2.0 into the global public sphere. As citizens' media, Film for Change enables media users to become producers of self-communicated alternatives to the global flows of information. In this way film for change connects to the right to communicate and becomes a tool for citizens to influence power relations and advocate social change.
This book offers a new way of thinking about communication that moves beyond normative perspectives. Exhibiting postmodern theory, communicology is an idea whose time has come. Working within the European human science tradition and the philosophy of American pragmatism, the authors included in this first anthology of its kind applies a synthesis of semiotics and phenemology to the study of the cultural and social conditions of communicative praxis. Framed by the themes of human agency and efficacy, these essays focus on the realms of conscious experience in intrapersonal communicology (the self-domain), interpersonal communicology (self-other domain), social communicology (group-organization domain), and cultural communicology (group-to-group domain, including mass media and trans-cultural communication). It is the usual case in the social sciences that communication is ignored or treated as a means to more substantative ends. More-over, much work within discourse study proceeds on implicit, deeply held, culturally embedded ontological and epistemological assumptions about communication that are positivistic. Hence, uncritical and non-reflexive approaches to communication and discourse prevail. This book provides an alternative to readers curious about the fundamental nature of human communication rather than viewing this phenomenon as a mere vehicle for referents or thoughts. A designation first introduced in the United States in the 1950s by founders of the International Communication Association, the term communicology is now used to define parameters of a unique research endeavor. At its heart is the refusal of the dominant logos of discourse as the only legitimate expression of the humane. Broadly defined as the study of human discourse, this critical-interpretive approach interrogates the reversible, reciprocal, and reflexive nature of the 'expressive and perceptive body,' understood as the point of mediation between us and the cultural signs and codes of discourse in which we live. Communicology i
After postmodern critique has deconstructed, decentered, and displaced order and identity on all levels, we are faced with the Humpty Dumpty question of how to put the pieces back together again. This book brings together the seldom associated discourses of hermeneutics, actor-network theory, and new media in order to formulate a theory of a global network society. Hermeneutics re-opens the question of unity in a fragmented world. Actor-network theory reinterprets the construction of meaning as networking. New media studies show how networking is done. Networks arise, are maintained, and are transformed by communicative actions that are governed by network norms that make up a social operating system. The social operating system offers an alternative to the imperatives of algorithmic logic, functionality, and systemic closure that dominate present day solutions to problems of over-complexity in all areas. The world of meaning constructed by the social operating system is a mixed reality in which filters and layers replace the physical restraints of space and time as parameters of knowing and acting. Society and nature, humans and non-humans come together in a socio-sphere consisting of hybrid, heterogeneous actor-networks. This book proposes reinterpreting hermeneutics as networking and networking as guided by a social operating system whose norms are based on new media. There emerges a theory for a global network society described by different concepts than those typical of Western modernity.