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Children at Work

GLOBAL STUDIES OF CHILDHOOD – VOLUME 2 NUMBER 3 (2012)

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Global Studies of Childhood
Volume 2 Number 3, 2012, ISSN 1463-9491

 

SPECIAL ISSUE
Childhood Futures: better childhoods?
Guest Editors: KERI FACER, RACHEL HOLMES & NICK LEE

Keri Facer, Rachel Holmes & Nick Lee. Editorial OPEN ACCESS

Jill Bradbury & Jude Clark. Echoes of the Past in Imaginings of the Future: the problems and possibilities of working with young people in contemporary South Africa

Ida Fadzillah. ‘Better Childhoods’ as Immigration Narrative (Not) Told through Food

Kate Pahl. Time and Space as a Resource for Meaning-Making by Children and Young People in Home and Community Settings

Heather Rae-Espinoza. Parental Emigration and Conceptions of Better Futures in Ecuador

Jennifer Sumsion & Susan Grieshaber. Pursuing Better Childhoods and Futures through Curriculum: utopian visions in the development of Australia’s Early Years Learning Framework

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Hugh Burns

HUGH BURNS AT FOREST ROOTS

Dear Forest Roots Folk

Just to remind you that Forest Roots is next friday and not tonight when we have world renowned guitarist Hugh Burns. He will be ably accompanied by percussionist Roy Dodds. We also have a few tunes from the Oscar Pavel Trio and a new up and coming father and son duo as well as The Flats Family Band, surprise guests and local performers. Also we have been very efficient and finally got it together to book acts for the rest of the year!

2nd November – Hugh Burns with Roy Dodds
7th December – Adam Beattie and the Consultants, Brooke Sharkey
28th December – Christmas Party with The Flats Family Band
25th January – Molten Amber

So, see you all at Forest Roots next Friday at the Lord Rookwood, 314 Cann Hall Road  Leytonstone, London E11 3NW. Starts 8.30pm

Stay forever young
Jenny and Caroline

PS you might want to check out the  new  Green Fair Acoustic Music Club at the R.A.F.A Club in Cranbrook Road Ilford. For more info email rgfmusicclub@gmail.com

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Will Self

WILL SELF BOOK SIGNING AT FRIERN BARNET LIBRARY

Will Self Book Signing at Friern Barnet Library

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

7:00 PM  

Friern Barnet Road, N11 3DR

Will Self will be attending the Friern Barnet Community Library to sign copies of his latest novel, Umbrella which is set in Friern Barnet and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. Hopefully, given the location of the book signing, which has regularly made the national news in recent months (see below), there will be a lively political discussion to follow. 

Sign up for this event at http://www.meetup.com/Enfield-Network21/events/87837672/

Google map of location http://goo.gl/maps/7XhyS

Watch Will reading from Umbrella http://will-self.com/2012/09/25/umbrella-reading/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=umbrella-reading

 

Praise for Umbrella:

“Umbrella is a magnificent celebration of modernist prose, an epic account of the first world war, a frightening investigation into the pathology of mental illness, and the first true occasion when Self’s ambition and talent have produced something of real cultural significance.” (The Spectator)

A “brilliant and original work” (Mark Lawson, The Guardian)

“A stunning novel” (David Evans, The Independent)

Info and news links about the Occupied Library: http://fbpeopleslibrary.co.uk/?page_id=158

Sign the petition to re-open the library: http://petitions.barnet.gov.uk/RE-OPENFBLIB/#detail

http://www.channel4.com/news/library-campaigners-battle-on

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2012-09-20/the-campaign-to-save-friern-barnet-library/

Financial Times http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/33ccf288-16b2-11e2-957a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz29hE1ArST

 

“Last week a district judge in the London borough delayed eviction proceedings against squatters who a month ago occupied and reopened a library at Friern Barnet. It had been closed by the Conservative-controlled council as part of its radical experiment in shrinking local public services. “Guerrilla” librarians have kept the building open 48 hours a week and residents have donated 5,000 books to restock the shelves. There are children’s story sessions and exercise classes. Donations dropped into a biscuit tin keep the lights on.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/oct/12/friern-barnet-library-cuts-fight

“”The community library is the ‘big society’ by definition, but it is not the ‘big society’ as the government envisaged it,” said Mrs Angry, whose real name is Theresa Musgrove. “They wanted the ‘big society’ to be obedient and to enable the cuts they wanted.”

This is an ecumenical insurrection where full-time activists and union leaders worried about jobs are joined by retirees and local mothers. The cause has attracted the support of the leftwing film-maker Ken Loach, who has contributed to a documentary about the matter called The Billion Pound Gamble.

But there is also anecdotal evidence that the aggression of the council’s cuts is alienating core Conservative voters.

Ann Foskett, a Tory-voting grandmother who has lived in the area for 40 years, dropped off a bag of books at the library as the activists celebrated their court victory with tea and biscuits. She said the closure was “absolutely scandalous” adding: “I do vote Tory normally, but things have gone to pot, particularly for old people. There used to be lots of local groups meeting in libraries, but there’s nothing now.””

 

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Capitalism

THE ELLEN MEIKSINS WOOD READER

Now Out! The Ellen Meiksins Wood Reader 

http://www.brill.com/ellen-meiksins-wood-reader

Edited by Larry Patriquin, NipissingUniversity

 

Volume: 40

Series: Historical Materialism Book Series

ISSN: 

1570-152

ISBN: 9789004230088

Publication Year: 2012

Edition info:  1

Version: Hardback

Publication Type: Book

Pages, Illustrations: xiii, 335 pp.

Imprint: BRILL

Language: English

Ellen Meiksins Wood is a leading contemporary political theorist who has elaborated an innovative approach to the history of political thought, the ‘social history of political theory’. She has been described as the founder, together with the historian Robert Brenner, of ‘Political Marxism’, a distinct version of historical materialism which has inspired a research program that spans a number of academic disciplines. Organized thematically, this Reader brings together selections from Wood’s groundbreaking scholarship, published over three decades, providing an overview of her original interpretations of capitalism, precapitalist societies, the state, political theory, democracy, citizenship, liberalism, civil society, the Enlightenment, globalization, imperialism, and socialism

Readership

All those interested in the history and theories of capitalism, socialism, imperialism, Marxism, liberalism, social classes, democracy, civil society, and citizenship.

 

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction: The ‘Method’ of Ellen Meiksins Wood

1. Capitalism
The ‘economic’ and the ‘political’ in capitalism
Class-power and state-power
Feudalism and private property
Capitalism as the privatisation of political power
The localisation of class-struggle
England vs. the dominant model of capitalism
The bourgeois paradigm
Begging the question
Opportunity or imperative?
The commercialisation-model
Marx on the transition
Towns and trade
Agrarian capitalism
Market-dependent producers
A different kind of market-dependence?
Competitive markets

2. Precapitalist Societies
Class and state in China and Rome
Rome and the empire of private property
The city-states of Florence and Venice
Master and slave vs. landlord and peasant
Free producers and slaves
Slavery and the ‘decline’ of the Roman Empire
The ‘logic’ of slavery vs. the logic of capitalism
The ‘slave-mode of production’
Agricultural slavery and the peasant-citizen
The nexus of freedom and slavery in democratic Athens

3. The State in Historical Perspective
Class and state in ancient society
The emergence of the polis in ancient Athens
The ‘essence’ of the polis
Class in the democratic polis
Village and state, town and country, in democratic Athens
The rise and fall of Rome
The culture of property: the Roman law
From imperial Rome to ‘feudalism’
Absolutism and the modern state
The idea of the state
The peculiarities of the English state
Contrasting states: France vs. England

4. Social and Political Thought
The social history of political theory
Political theory in history: an overview
Plato
The Greek concept of freedom
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
John Locke
Revolution and tradition, c. 1640–1790

5. Democracy, Citizenship, Liberalism, and Civil Society
Labour and democracy, ancient and modern
From ancient to modern conceptions of citizenship
Capitalism and democratic citizenship
The American redefinition of democracy
A democracy devoid of social content
From democracy to liberalism
Capitalism and ‘liberal democracy’
Liberal democracy and capitalist hegemony
The idea of ‘civil society’
The civil-society argument
‘Civil society’ and the devaluation of democracy

6. The Enlightenment, Postmodernism, and the Post-‘New Left’
Modernity vs. capitalism: France vs. England
From modernity to postmodernity
Modernity and the non-history of capitalism
Themes of the postmodern left
Enlightenment vs. capitalism: Condorcet vs. Locke
Enlightenment-universalism
The periodisation of the Western left
Left-intellectuals and contemporary capitalism

7. Globalisation and Imperialism
Globalisation and the nation-state
Nation-states, classes, and universal capitalism
The indispensable state
Precapitalist imperialism
The classic age of imperialism
Globalisation and war
Globalisation and imperial hegemony
The contradictions of capitalist imperialism

8. Socialism
The end of the welfare-state ‘compact’
There are no social democrats now
Market-dependence vs. market-enablement
Left-strategies of market-enablement
The political implications of competition
The working class and the struggle for socialism
Class-conflict and the socialist project
Socialism and democracy
The state in classless societies
Liberalism vs. democracy
‘Universal human goods’
The self-emancipation of the working class
The socialist movement
Democracy as an economic mechanism

Bibliography of Works by Ellen Meiksins Wood, 1970–2012

References
Index

Originally published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/now-out-the-ellen-meiksins-wood-reader

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Imperialism

CONFRONTING WAR TODAY – AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Ten years after the biggest demonstrations in history in February 2003, this conference will discuss and plan opposition to continuing and further wars. As millions around the world predicted, the war on terror has caused catastrophe from Afghanistan and Pakistan through Iraq and the Middle East to Libya, Somalia and beyond.

The Conference will bring together leading activists and commentators to analyse continuing Western aggression and how to confront it.

Tickets cost £15 / £8 concessions.

Book your ticket on the conference web site www.tenyearson.org.uk or telephone 02075619311 or email office@stopwar.org.uk

Organised by Stop the War Coalition.

You can help us promote the event by sharing with your Facebook contacts here on.fb.me/Si81Nd

 

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Education

CITIZENSHIP, SOCIAL AND ECONOMICS EDUCATION – VOLUME 11 NUMBER 2 (2012)

Just published at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/csee/content/pdfs/11/issue11_2.asp

CITIZENSHIP, SOCIAL AND ECONOMICS EDUCATION
Volume 11 Number 2, 2012, ISSN 1478-8047

 

CONTENTS:

Cathy Fagan. Editorial OPEN ACCESS

Margareth Drakenberg & Therese Vincenti Malmgren. Basic Values: are curriculum ideas being realised? A Metaphor Analysis

Monika Oberle. Pupils’ Political Knowledge Regarding the European Union

Anand R. Marri, Meesuk Ahn, Jeffrey Fletcher, Tang T. Heng & Thomas Hatch. Self-Efficacy of US High School Teachers Teaching the Federal Budget, National Debt and Budget Deficit: a mixed-methods case study

Keith A. Crawford. Education, Ethics and Religion: a case study

Sofia C. Pais, Margarida Guedes & Isabel Menezes. The Values of Empowerment and Citizenship and the Experience of Children and Adolescents with a Chronic Disease

 

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND CLASSROOM PRACTICE

Kamilla Bahbahani. Citizenship Education in Kyrgyzstan: building a new democracy

 

BOOK REVIEW

Teaching Citizenship Education: a radical approach (Ralph Leighton), reviewed by Karen Ragoonaden

 

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Universities

MINDING THE CAMPUS: REFORMING THE UNIVERSITIES

This is an interesting website, although it seems often that the stock answer to the troubles and crises of contemporary universities in the United States is privatization. However, there are thought-provoking articles on topics such as learning outcomes, the vocationalization of higher education and managerialism. There is also a firm commitment to liberal education – at a time when it is under threat.

Glenn Rikowski, London, 27th October 2012  

 

 

About ‘Minding the Campus’ (from the MtC website):

“The liberally educated person is one who is able to resist the easy and preferred answers, not because he is obstinate but because he knows others worthy of consideration” — Allan Bloom.

With the 25th Anniversary of Allan Bloom’s The Closing Of The American Mind upon us, the absence of intellectual pluralism that Bloom decried is still depressingly upon us. There is an undeniable divide between the Academy and larger society; a curtain has been drawn around the academy, inside of which the protection of certain ideas has trumped intellectual exchange and a search for the truth. There should be no easy or protected answers in our schools. In the modern academy, many certainly do not know all of the ideas worthy of consideration.

Minding the Campus hopes to change that by fostering a new climate of opinion that favors civil and honest engagement of all sides, offering an engaged debate for readers concerned with the state of the modern university. We provide a simple central resource, featuring fresh original content and drawing upon the best from established magazines and publications, as well as from less-visited corners, from professional journals to blogs and student publications. In connecting resources from disparate worlds, we hope to connect their readers, fostering potential for real discussion and change.

A conversation about America’s Universities is needed; look for it here: http://www.mindingthecampus.com/

 

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