Trees of Life is a wonderful colouring experience that will relax your mind and bring peace to your soul. Inspired by life itself and what it means to others, each and every image is an original artwork just begging to be filled with colour.
This book relates the life experiences of a Nigerian engineer and retired university teacher who considers himself a member of the "wasted generation". Trained shortly after political independence in 1960, in hope of positive and specific contributions to national development but made redundant by lack of continuity, political focus, and globalization. Underdevelopment is a creeping process, backwardness a choice, resource poverty not a serious hindrance. The desire to belong in a world that drags you along is a most debilitating complex noted among some countries of Africa. Similar issues were outlined throughout the book in the hope that honest and truthful presentation might deliver the real message.Corruption is haphazard redistribution of resources that may lead to accidental but not a deliberately structured development. Nigerian resources are mostly in Nigerian hands but not being used for desired Nigerian aspirations. Neither a waste, nor strictly a loss.
This moving and challenging book by Simon Charlesworth deals with the personal consequences of poverty and class and the effects of growing up as part of a poor and stigmatized group. Charlesworth examines these themes by focussing on a particular town - Rotherham - in South Yorkshire, England, and using the personal testimony of disadvantaged people who live there, acquired through recorded interviews and conversations. He applies to these life stories the interpretative tools of philosophy and social theory, drawing in particular on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Merleau-Ponty, in order to explore the social relations and experiences of a distinct but largely ignored social group. The culture described in this book is not unique to Rotherham and Charlesworth argues that the themes and problems identified in this book will be familiar to economically powerless and politically dispossessed people everywhere.
The monarchical presidential regimes that prevailed in the Arab world for so long looked as though they would last indefinitely until events in Tunisia and Egypt made clear their time was up. "The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life" exposes for the first time the origins and dynamics of a governmental system that largely defined the Arab Middle East in the twentieth century. Presidents who rule for life have been a feature of the Arab world since independence. In the 1980s their regimes increasingly resembled monarchies as presidents took up residence in palaces and made every effort to ensure their sons would succeed them. Roger Owen explores the main features of the prototypical Arab monarchical regime: its household; its inner circle of corrupt cronies; and its attempts to create a popular legitimacy based on economic success, a manipulated constitution, managed elections, and information suppression. Why has the Arab world suffered such a concentration of permanent presidential government? Though post-Soviet Central Asia has also known monarchical presidencies, Owen argues that a significant reason is the Arab demonstration effect, whereby close ties across the Arab world have enabled ruling families to share management strategies and assistance. But this effect also explains why these presidencies all came under the same pressure to reform or go. Owen discusses the huge popular opposition the presidential systems engendered during the Arab Spring, and the political change that ensued, while also delineating the challenges the Arab revolutions face across the Middle East and North Africa."
Religious Diversity and the American Experience surveys the eight or so basic theological approaches to religious pluralism, ranging from exclusivism through classic inclusivism, revised inclusivism, pluralism, particularism, and radical particularism to comparative theologies and dual belonging. This will mark its usefulness as a text. However, its unique contribution is how it situates the issue of pluralism in the cultural site of the United States (here relying on the "thick" cultural analyses of Robert Wuthnow, Vincent Miller, and others) and in the religious site of Roman Catholicism (as offering the mainstream Christian response to religious diversity). The aim is to develop the best "pragmatic" approach to religious diversity, that is, the one that has the greatest potential for helping shape and reform religious and civic practice. Book jacket.
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