The African American influence on popular culture is among the most sweeping and lasting this country has seen. Despite a history of institutionalized racism, black artists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs have had enormous impact on American popular culture. Pioneers such as Oscar Michaeux, Paul Robeson, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Langston Hughes, Bill Bojangles Robinson, and Bessie Smith paved the way for Jackie Robinson, Nina Simone, James Baldwin, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Sidney Poitier, and Bill Cosby, who in turn opened the door for Spike Lee, Dave Chappelle, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan. Today, hip hop is the most powerful element of youth culture; white teenagers outnumber blacks as purchasers of rap music; black-themed movies are regularly successful at the box office, and black writers have been anthologized and canonized right alongside white ones. Though there are still many more miles to travel and much to overcome, this three-volume set considers the multifaceted influence of African Americans on popular culture, and sheds new light on the ways in which African American culture has come to be a fundamental and lasting part of America itself.To articulate the momentous impact African American popular culture has had upon the fabric of American society, these three volumes provide analyses from academics and experts across the country. They provide the most reliable, accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive treatment of key topics, works, and themes in African American popular culture for a new generation of readers. The scope of the project is vast, including: popular historical movements like the Harlem Renaissance; the legacy of African American comedy; African Americans and the Olympics; African Americans and rock 'n roll; more contemporary articulations such as hip hop culture and black urban cinema; and much more. One goal of the project is to recuperate histories that have been perhaps forgotten or obscured to mainstream audiences and to demonstrate how African Americans are not only integral to American culture, but how they have always been purveyors of popular culture.
Daniel A. Wagner – Literacy, Culture and Development: Becoming Literate in Morocco
Literacy is thought to be one of the primary cultural transmitters of information and beliefs within any society where it exists. Yet, when considered as a social phenomenon, literacy is remarkably difficult to define, because its functions, meanings, and methods of learning vary from one cultural group to the next. This book compares and contrasts our understanding of literacy and its acquisition and retention. It addresses major debates in education policy today, such as the importance of “mother-tongue” literacy programs, the notion of literacy “relapse,” and the concept of educational poverty. The author focuses on Moroccan children whose parents are unschooled, whose language is often different from that used in the classroom, and whose first instruction often involves rote religious instruction.
- Daniel Wagner has extensive experience in national and international education issues, including, working as an advisor to the US Department of Education, USAID, UNICEF, UNESCO and the World
Translation, Linguistics, Culture: A French-English Handbook (Topics in Translation)
This book takes a linguistic approach to translation issues, looking first at the structural view of language that explains the difficulty of translation and at theories of cultural non-equivalence. A subsequent chapter on text types, readership and the translator’s role completes the theoretical framework. Thelinguistic levels of analysis are then discussed in ascending order, from morpheme up to sentence, while a summarizing chapter considers various translation types and strategies, again considered in relation to text type, author and reader.
Making Citizens: Rousseau’s Political Theory of Culture
Rousseau’s theory of the effect of culture on politics is critical to his philosophy. In Making Citizens, Zev M. Trachtenberg takes Rousseau’s theory as a model of how considerations of culture can be incorporated into a wider account of political life. He critically evaluates Rousseau’s account and finds it inadequate. Using techniques from the theory of collective action to devise a new interpretation of Rousseau’s concept of the general will, Trachtenberg identifies the ways culture conditions politics and examines the attitudes individuals can adopt that facilitate or impede social cooperation.
The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook
The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook by Kent D. Peterson, Terrence E. Deal
Jossey-Bass | 2009 | ISBN: 0787996807 | 288 pages | PDF | 15 MB
When the bestselling books Shaping School culture
and The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook were first published, Kent D. Peterson and Terrence E. Deal described the critical elements of school culture—the purposes, traditions, norms, and values that guide and glue the community together. The authors showed how a positive culture makes school reform work and the companion Fieldbook included the tools needed to bring out the best in students, teachers, and the surrounding community
In today's complex educational
environment, new challenges have surfaced for school leaders who must grapple with issues of standards-based testing, school accountability, and student achievement. The second edition of The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook offers a companion to the newly revised edition of Shaping School Culture and includes an expanded version of Peterson and Deal's time-tested model to address the latest thinking on school culture and change. The Fieldbook offers a wealth of new ideas and approaches and includes new material on "toxic" environments with specific action plans. In addition, the book contains powerful new case examples for revitalizing school culture.
The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook draws on the authors' extensive research and nationwide school contacts and includes hands-on strategies and exercises for helping school leaders:
* Uncover a school's hidden values, beliefs, and assumptions
* Think through and develop a school's mission and purpose
* Work out appropriate stories, metaphors, and symbols to represent a school
* Devise rituals and ceremonies for enriching the school experience
* Rethink leadership practices in light of educational and cultural needs
* Identify, transform, and heal a "toxic" educational culture
Visual and Written Culture in Ancient Egypt
A generously illustrated selection of John Baines's influential writings on two core areas of ancient Egyptian civilization: the role of writing, which was very different in antiquity from what is familiar in the modern world, and the importance of visual culture. These questions are explored through a number of case studies. The volume assembles articles that were scattered in publications in a variety of disciplines, making available key contributions on core problems of theory, comparison, and analysis in the study of many civilizations and offering important points of departure for further research. Three wholly new essays are included, and the overall approach is an interdisciplinary one, synthesizing insights from archaeology, anthropology, and art history as well as Egyptology.
Make Work Great Super Charge Your Team, Reinvent the Culture, and Gain Influence One Person at a Time
Make Work Great Super Charge Your Team, Reinvent the Culture, and Gain Influence One Person at a Time
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 17, 2010) | ISBN: 0071622098 | 240 pages | PDF | 12 MB
One person really can make a difference–learn how to be that one WHO WILL make your organization the best it can be.
Award-winning author of Four Secrets to Liking Your Work
International Society for Performance Improvement 2010 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE WINNER
“A quick read with high ROI. This will turn anyone into a culture builder, anywhere in the organization.” — Roy White , Director of Operations, Semiconductor Capital Equipment Company
“A must read for anyone contemplating starting up a new business and for CEOs and leaders of established corporations.” — Terry Sullivan, Director of Production, MemPro Ceramics
“Combines storytelling with evidence-based content in a solid organizational change approach.” — Darlene Van Tiem , Ph.D., CPT, CPLP , President, ISPI
“Never before has an author so cleverly balanced pragmatism with optimism to describe organizational norms as opportunities for personal empowerment.” — Paul Nieminen, Director of OD , UPS
“The convergence of in-depth analytical research and practical everyday application.” — Dr. Donald E. Conklin, Vice President, United Corporate Services, Inc.
Got ten minutes a day? — Then you can create a more successful, more collaborative business culture!
As a manager, you’ve tried to keep things positive, but nothing seems to work. You can’t control the economy, what’s going on in your employees’ lives, or other factors–so what can you do to build and sustain a winning culture in your workplace?
Whether you are a mid-level manager or a senior executive, Make Work Great offers the blueprint for building a positive, motivating, and productive workplace in any kind of organization. In this definitive guide for today’s multicultural, decentralized business environment, Ed Muzio, award-winning author, internationally recognized workplace improvement expert, and consultant, delivers state-of-the-art analysis, advice and guidance, and scores of team-building and motivation exercises that you and your staff can do in ten minutes a day–without disrupting routines or interrupting important business.
You can’t force others to change, but you can control what you do and with whom you engage at work to:
* Build a positive outlook, one-on-one
* Enlist a network within your organization to improve your business culture
* Strengthen peer relationships and improve problem-solving capabilities
* Take back control of workplace morale and efficiency
* Inspire others to support, encourage, and collaborate with their team members
There are lots of excuses given for why businesses fail to make the most of their most valuable resource–the people whose work creates the value that drives the bottom line. With Make Work Great, you hold in your hands the key to unlocking your people’s potential to exceed expectations, creating synergies out of the disparate talents and abilities they bring to the table, and making your business better able to anticipate opportunities and respond to challenges.
Edward G. Muzio is president and CEO of Group Harmonics and is the award-winning author of Four Secrets to Liking Your Work: You May Not Need to Quit to Get the Job You Want. An expert in workplace improvement and its relationship to individual enjoyment, Muzio has been featured on Fox Business Network, CBS, and other national media, and he has been cited in many publications including the New York Post, the Austin American Statesman, and Spirit magazine.
With clients ranging from single life coaches to Fortune 500 giants, he educates and advises workers and leaders at all levels. Prior to founding Group Harmonics, Mr. Muzio was President and Executive Director of a human services organization, and a trainer and developer of leaders at Intel Corporation and the Sematech technology consortium. His accomplishments include leadership of a worldwide technology infrastructure program, a nationally-recognized engineering development organization, and a local community outreach startup program. He lives in Albuquerque, NM.
Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas
Research showing America's politics may be more based on personal choice than party or cultural divisions
"Irene Taviss Thomson gives us a nuanced portrait of American social politics that helps explain both why we are drawn to the idea of a 'culture war' and why that misrepresents what is actually going on."
---Rhys H. Williams, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago
The Culture of Diagram
The Culture of Diagram is about visual thinking. Exploring a terrain where words meet pictures and formulas meet figures, the book foregrounds diagrams as tools for blurring those boundaries to focus on the production of knowledge as process. It outlines a history of convergence among diverse streams of data in real-time: from eighteenth-century print media and the diagrammatic procedures in the pages of Diderot's Encyclopedia to the paintings of Jacques-Louis David and mathematical devices that reveal the unseen worlds of quantum physics.
Performance on the Edge - Transformations of Culture
Performance on the Edge takes the reader on a journey across geographical borders and conceptual boundaries in order to map out the new territory of contemporary theatre, dance, media arts and activism. Working across social, cultural and political fault lines, the book explores performance as both process and contact, as the commitment to political activism and the reconstruction of community, as site-specific intervention into the social and technological structures of abandonment, and as the highly charged embodiment of erotic fantasies.
Performance on the Edge addresses the politics of community-oriented and reconstructive artmaking in an era marked by the AIDS crisis, cultural and racial polarization, warfare, separatism and xenophobia. Provocatively illustrated with work from North and Central America and Eastern and Western Europe, the book challenges our assumptions about the relations between media and activism, technological imperatives and social processes and bodily identities and virtual communities.
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