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08/31/2017: Canada before Confederation: Maps at the Exhibition [Hardback] by Lauren Beck, Chet Van Duzer

Canada before Confederation: Maps at the Exhibition [Hardback] Each of the maps featured in this book was showcased in the exhibition “Canada before Confederation: Early Exploration and Mapping,” which took place in several locations, both in Canada and abroad, in Fall of 2017. The authors provide a scholarly study highlighting the importance and unique features of each of these jewels of cartographic history, with particular attention paid to how they demonstrate the development of Canadian identity at the same time that they reveal Indigenous knowledge of the lands now known as Canada.
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07/15/2017: Global Economy in Transition: the European Union and Beyond [Hardback] by Linda Winkler, Harold Codrington

Global Economy in Transition: the European Union and Beyond [Hardback] This volume covers various issues in global development and global economic transformation including factors affecting economies and development in the European Union (EU), the Ukraine, select countries in Africa, the Caribbean, the South Pacific as well as India and the United States. The global economy is in transition, from the 1990s' status quo to the “new normal” with heavy reliance on the internet, rapid communications, sophisticated payment systems, diminishing importance of size and distance and changing notions of the market. This volume discusses how this process is affecting economies across the globe and why an appreciation of it will help efforts by governmental bodies and the private sector to reassess societal relationships - both economic and political. This volume shows that challenges to policy-making and the achievement of social consensus on development issues are often quite similar in all countries, irrespective of size, geographical location, endowment and developmental status. The chapters speak to concerns that touch on a cross-section of issues which are driving transition and transformation at multiple levels. As a group, they compare economic factors across transnational economic or political associations (OECD, European Union, G20) or make comparisons across or within emerging markets or small states (BRICS, various African countries, the Caribbean, South Pacific). They include the presentation of a new model for transnational agreements, discussions of policies related to labor compensation and corporate governance, comparisons of nations across the world using indices of economic development and governance, an analysis of gender inequality in employment in the European Union, comparisons of tax burdens across the European Union and the USA, discussions of employee representation in corporate governance, and a look at grass-roots development and markets in developing economies. As a whole, in its breadth and cross-national perspective, the volume represents an important scholarly contribution to international economics.
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06/15/2017: Neither Capital, Nor Class [Hardback] by Jacek Tittenbrun

Neither Capital, Nor Class [Hardback] This book offers an in-depth examination of Pierre Bourdieu's theoretical framework. The book is not just a collection of more or less critical remarks but constitutes a coherent whole, underpinned by an original analytical framework. This conceptual apparatus makes it possible to present some alternative solutions to the theoretical problems under consideration. The book goes largely against the grain of views that are dominant in the literature on Bourdieu. Therefore, its conclusions may be surprising to many a reader. The book demonstrates that Bourdieu's well-known theory of 'capital' forms is untenable, resembling more an illegitimate metaphor rather than a scientific concept. In a similar vein, the Bourdesian class theory should be largely regarded as a variant of social stratification rather than class. There are many theoretical and empirical problems with Bourdieu's theory of social and cultural reproduction as well. There is more to the above criticisms than meets the eye. The point is that many weaknesses of Bourdieu's style of theorising seem to stem from his intellectual dependence upon structuralism, especially in Claude Lévi-Strauss' version. It is this affinity that accounts for such features of Bourdieu's approach as its essentialism, formalism and epistemic idealism. The book will be of interest primarily to students of Bourdieu's many and varied contributions to social theory. In view of Bourdieu's immense influence, it will also hold interest to critical scholars in political science, economic sociology and political philosophy.
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06/01/2017: Bertrand Russell’s Life and Legacy [Hardback] by Peter Stone

Bertrand Russell’s Life and Legacy [Hardback] This volume brings together a collection of papers dealing with the philosopher, humanist, and peace activist Bertrand Russell. The various papers deal with Russell’s life, thought, and work. The organizing idea behind the book is that Russell remains intensely relevant to our intellectual life today, more than four decades after his death. The aim, therefore, has been to show what Russell has to contribute to questions of interest to the contemporary reader in a variety of fields. The primary audience for this book is, of course, the world of Russell studies. Scholars focused on Russell will appreciate the contributions the book’s essays make to the many ongoing conversations regarding the philosopher. But readers outside this field will find the book a welcoming invitation to join one or more of these conversations. Philosophers, for example, will appreciate both the historical essays connecting Russell’s work to that of Wittgenstein, Carnap, and Husserl. They will also enjoy the new treatment given to one of Russell’s most famous works, The Problems of Philosophy. Readers interested in religion can learn from both the extended analysis of Russell’s book Religion and Science and the paper comparing Russell’s approach to spirituality with that of contemporary New Atheist Sam Harris. An essay on Russell’s approach to peace practice will inform readers from both peace studies and education. And those who enjoy biography will enjoy learning more about Russell the man—his family, his life, and his loves. They can also enjoy an extended mediation upon the lessons biography has to offer the world of philosophy. Above all, Bertrand Russell’s Life and Legacy invites the reader into Russell’s world—a world that should prove of interest to both philosophers and non-philosophers for many years to come.
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05/31/2017: Stock-Flow-Consistent Models and Institutional Variety [Hardback] by Romar Correa, Amelia Correa

Stock-Flow-Consistent Models and Institutional Variety [Hardback] Orthodox macroeconomics is founded on microeconomics. Heterodox economists either reject micro foundations or experiment with behavioural relationships without paying attention to the principles that generate them. The book takes off from Michal Kalecki’s aphorism about economics being a science that confused stocks and flows. Kalecki was famous for presiding over a marriage between Marx and Keynes and all three figure prominently in the volume. However, the first part of the title is a homage to Wynne Godley who pioneered stock-flow-consistent modeling in our times. The authors exploit lagged values of variables emerging from the definitions. Lags also emerge in so-called stock-flow norms connecting the aggregates. Some moving and shaking of identities and a difference or differential equation emerges. The requirements for stability of the dynamic systems are illuminating and the reader can stop at structure and history with the first half of the book. The conversation with orthodoxy begins with the second part. The equivalent equation systems of the first part throw up different pairs of characters whose happiness must be maximised over time. The price to pay through the solution process is the confrontation with many ugly expressions but the explicit calculations are undertaken repeatedly only to reassure students through drillwork that tedium is not the same as difficulty. The payoffs are that variable transitions in capitalism (the second part of the title) are captured from a small clutch of identities. The movements from backward agriculture to capitalism, from ‘golden age’ capitalism to ‘financialization’, are modeled. A separate chapter is devoted to Europe. The policy prescriptions of heterodox economics do not compare with the richness of critique and positive analysis. ‘Positive’ and ‘normative’ are one in this work, the combination of stock-flow norms along with ‘forgotten’ policy variables like the tax rate promising order and stability to economies.
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