Heroes in a Global World

Author: Susan J. Drucker,Gary Gumpert

Publisher: Hampton Press (NJ)

ISBN: 9781572736955

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

View: 304

Support certain conclusions about heroes: All cultures have them; all cultures need them; and who or what is considered heroic may vary from culture to culture. This book provides a survey and stimulates the consideration of continuity and change with regard to heroes.

Age of Icons

Exploring Philanthrocapitalism in the Contemporary World

Author: Gavin Fridell,Martijn Konings

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442696230

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

View: 1610

Celebrities are increasingly front and centre in public debates on everything from solving world poverty to halting genocide, confronting obesity, and finding spiritual contentment. Bono, Bill Gates, Al Gore, Bob Geldof, Oprah, Madonna, and Angelina Jolie are just some of the entertainers, politicians, pundits, elite business people, and policy-makers whose highly visible political activism has become an integral part of their public personas. These pop icons tend to be celebrated as “philanthrocapitalists” with a unique ability to remedy the world’s problems. However, as Age of Icons demonstrates, the solutions these icons promote for addressing global injustice, when examined critically, can be seen to work through the very same institutions that create these problems in the first place. This volume assesses the growing role of popular icons in the construction of a culture that appears to incorporate a critical attitude towards the capitalist experience while, in fact, legitimizing the neoliberal character of the modern world. It will be an eye-opening read for anyone interested in the juncture between current events and celebrity culture.

Local Heroes in the Global Village

Globalization and the New Entrepreneurship Policies

Author: David B. Audretsch,Heike Grimm,Charles W. Wessner

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387234756

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 196

View: 8009

Entrepreneurship and growth are central concerns of policy makers around the world. Local Heroes in the Global Village introduces public policies for the promotion of entrepreneurship on a comparative, primarily German-American level. The book contributes to the debate what role public policies play in stimulating national and regional economic growth. With a better understanding of the complexity and variety of existent entrepreneurship policies in the U.S. and Germany the reader of this volume will be able to formulate best practice, hands-on strategies which aim to promote nations as well as regions in an "entrepreneurial economy".

Legacies of Great Men in World Soccer

Heroes, Icons, Legends

Author: Kausik Bandyopadhyay

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317399668

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

View: 1485

Soccer, the world’s most popular mass spectator sport, gives birth to great achievers on the field of play all the time. While some of them become heroes and stars during their playing career, transforming themselves into national as well as global icons, very few come to be remembered as all-time greats. They leave an enduring legacy and thereby claim to be legends by their own rights. While the rise and achievements of these soccer greats have drawn considerable attention from scholars across the world, their legacies across time and space have mostly been overlooked. This volume intends to reconstruct the significance of the legacies of such great men of world soccer particularly in a globalized world. It will attempt to show that these luminous personalities not only represent their national identity at the global stage, but also highlight the proven role of the players or coaches in projecting a global image, cutting across affiliations of nation, region, class, community, religion, gender and so on. In other words, the true heroes, icons and legends of the world’s most popular sport have always floated at a transnational global space, transcending the limits of space, identity or culture of a nation. This book was published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

Heroines of Popular Culture

Author: Pat Browne

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 9780879724092

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

View: 351

From life and literature come the heroines of this volume. The essays demonstrate that women can fit the role of hero as defined by Joseph Campbell: “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder, fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won, the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” Contributors to this volume cover a wide range of heroic women.

A Sociology of Football in a Global Context

Author: Jamie Cleland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135007624

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 188

View: 3978

Association football is now the global sport, consumed in various ways by millions of people across the world. Throughout its history, football has been a catalyst as much for social cohesion, unity, excitement and integration as it can be for division, exclusion and discrimination. A Sociology of Football in a Global Context examines the historical, political, economic, social and cultural complexities of the game across Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America. It analyses the key developments and sociological debates within football through a topic-based approach that concentrates on the history of football and its global diffusion; the role of violence; the global governance of the game by FIFA; race, racism and whiteness; gender and homophobia; the changing nature of fans; the media and football’s financial revolution; the transformation of players into global celebrities; and the growth of football leagues across the world. Using a range of examples from all over the world, each chapter highlights the different social and cultural changes football has seen, most notably since the 1990s, when its relationship with the mass media and other transnational networks became more important and financially lucrative.

Shaping a Global Theological Mind

Author: Darren C. Marks

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754692539

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

View: 7478

Theological thinkers are placed into contexts which inform their theological tasks but that context is usually limited to a European or North American centre, usually ignoring minorities and lesser mainstream theologies even in that context. This work focuses on the shift of Christian theological thinking from the North Atlantic to the Global South, even within the North Atlantic Church and Academy. It gives a Global perspective on theological work, method and context. Theologians from North America, Great Britain and Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South America comment on how their specific context and methodology manifests, organizes and is prioritized in their thought so as to make Christian theology relevant to their community. By placing the Global South alongside the newly emerging presence of non-traditional Western forms such as Pentecostal, Aboriginal, and Hispanic theologies and theologians, a clearer picture of how Christian theology is both enculturated and still familial is offered.

The Heroes of World Cup 1966

Author: Max Palme

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1491893184

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 6905

Football is today a significant part of every culture. It is a language without borders. Football can fulfill what people need when it comes to excitement. Today, football in general and the World Cup in particular are means to connect people together, regardless of their race, religion, job, social class, or nationality. In 1966, when the whole world had its eye on England for the World Cup, I had not been born yet. However, it became my favorite World Cup as I grew older and turned into an enthusiastic football fan. World Cup 1966 was a tremendous event that united people across the globe at a time when the world was torn apart between the capitalist and Communist parties, a time when peace seemed like an unreachable dream, a time when your skin color decided your faith, and a time when Vietnam was losing her children to a never-ending war. World Cup 1966 offered the world a moment to breathe! It was the first time the tournament was broadcast on live television, providing millions of football fans the opportunity to forget about their problems for a little while. Four hundred million people worldwide witnessed the moment when England, the mother of modern football, was crowned the champion. It was the victory that still remains England's most celebrated victory in football. by retelling this story, I hope to bring back a part of these unforgettable memories.

Global Entertainment Media: A Critical Introduction

Author: Lee Artz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118955463

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 9075

Balancing provocative criticism with clear explanations of complex ideas, this student-friendly introduction investigates the crucial role global entertainment media has played in the emergence of transitional capitalism. Examines the influence of global entertainment media on the emergence of transnational capitalism, providing a framework for explaining and understanding world culture as part of changing class relations and media practices Uses action adventure movies to demonstrate the complex relationship between international media political economy, entertainment content, global culture, and cultural hegemony Draws on examples of public and community media in Venezuela and Latin America to illustrate the relations between government policies, media structures, public access to media, and media content Engagingly written with crisp and controversial commentary to both inform and entertain readers Includes student-friendly features such as fully-integrated call out boxes with definitions of terms and concepts, and lists and summaries of transnational entertainment media

Outlaw Heroes in Myth and History

Author: Graham Seal

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 0857287923

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 6962

This book is an overview and analysis of the global tradition of the outlaw hero. The mythology and history of the outlaw hero is traced from the Roman Empire to the present, showing how both real and mythic figures have influenced social, political, economic and cultural outcomes in many times and places. The book also looks at the contemporary continuations of the outlaw hero mythology, not only in popular culture and everyday life, but also in the current outbreak of global terrorism. The book also presents a more general argument related to the importance of understanding folk and popular mythologies in historical contexts. Outlaw heroes have a strong purchase in high and popular culture, appearing in film, books, plays, music, drama, art, even ballet. To simply ignore and discard such powerful expressions without understanding their origins, persistence and especially their ongoing cultural consequences, is to refuse the opportunity to comprehend some profoundly important aspects of human behaviour. These issues are pursued through discussion of the processes through which real and mythical outlaw heroes are romanticised, sentimentalised, sanitised, commodified and mythologised. The result is a new position in the continuing controversy over the existence the ‘social bandit’ that highlights the central role of mythology in the creation and perpetuation of outlaw heroes.

Heaven, Heroes, and Happiness

The Indo-European Roots of Western Ideology

Author: Shan M. M. Winn

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780819198600

Category: Religion

Page: 430

View: 6689

Heaven, Heroes and Happiness explores Western culture and its pervasive ideology while tracing its roots back to an ancient Proto-Indo-European homeland. This book explores ancient myth, the evidence of language history, and the archaeological record in an endeavor to show that the origin of Western civilization lies much deeper than had been anticipated. Contents: Patterns and Themes of Indo-European Ideology; Unveiling the Indo-European Legacy; The Ideology of Tripartite Completeness; Class, Conflict, and Compromise; 'Fear God'; Heroes with a Cause; The Pursuit of Happiness; Origins and Destinies Reinterpreted; In the Beginning; Ancient Myth in Disguise; The Armageddon Cycle; Indo-European Expansion and Ideological Impact; Twilight of the Goddess; A Collision of Cultures; Linguistic Paleontology; Quest for a Homeland.

Teaching Green

The Middle Years

Author: Tim Grant,Gail Littlejohn

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9780865715011

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 5671

A complete resource for "teaching green" to young people in grades 6-8

Unsung Heroes

Federal Execucrats Making a Difference

Author: Norma M. Riccucci

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781589018761

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

View: 2820

This book explores an important side of public employment that most Americans never get the opportunity to see—high-level career executives who make positive contributions to our quality of life. Norma M. Riccucci profiles six "unsung heroes," the people behind the scenes of some of the most successful programs in American government, and identifies the tools, skills, and strategies that make them effective leaders. Through in-depth interviews and provocative story-telling, Riccucci demonstrates that while these executive-level bureaucrats—or "execucrats"—may have an overall negative public image, they create, develop, execute, and enforce a number of programs and public policies that change our country for the better. She highlights six of these modern execucrats who best exemplify the creativity, determination, and leadership found in such officials: —William Black, Senior Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of Thrift Supervision, who attacked the rampant corruption and mismanagement that created the savings and loan crisis; —Eileen Claussen, Director, Atmospheric and Indoor Air Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who negotiated as intensely within her own government as with other countries to create an international plan to protect the earth's ozone layer; —Ambassador Edward Perkins, U.S. State Department, the first African-American Ambassador to South Africa and the first American ambassador to meet with black South African leaders as part of his persistent efforts to end apartheid in that country; —Stephen Marica, Assistant Inspector General, Small Business Administration, who investigated the Wedtech scandal, which bilked millions of dollars in fraudulent defense contracts from American taxpayers; —Dr. Vince Hutchins, Director, Division of Maternal and Child Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who spearheaded the team that developed "Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition," a public-private partnership that improved, and even saved, the lives of thousands of newborn babies; and —Dr. Helene Gayle, Division Chief, HIV-AIDS Division, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, who is actively battling the AIDS virus through education and prevention programs around the world. Riccucci not only relates the intriguing tales of these six dedicated officials who overcame the challenges before them, but she also analyzes the specific factors—from knowledge of the system to honesty, integrity, and humor—that are needed to become a dynamic government executive. Of interest to those both inside and outside government circles, Unsung Heroes gives captivating insights into effective executive leadership.

Empathy in the Global World

An Intercultural Perspective

Author: Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412957907

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 249

View: 8946

Evidence of violence and hatred worldwide - from the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 to the war in Iraq to the recent war between Israel and Hezbollah - call special attention to the critical importance of empathy in human affairs. Only when we begin to understand more fully the workings of empathy do we begin to be able to make sense of what happens to humans on a global scale. In Empathy in a Global World, Carolyn Calloway-Thomas examines the nature and zones of empathy, exploring how an understanding of empathy shapes global talk and action. This text presents the foundations of empathy, the historical beginnings of empathy, and the global practices of empathy, all with an eye toward understanding how and why this important concept matters. This book explores how empathetic literacy is crucial in addressing intercultural issues; how it is needed in decision making; how it is communicated via the media; and how it affects global issues such as poverty and environmental diasters. Second, the book goes beyond existing knowledge on empathy and extends into the realms of media, global class issues, the world of NGOs, and natural disasters. As such, the book takes readers on a tour of empathyÆs nature, uses, practices and potentials in this manner. In this regard, the proposed book breaks new and compelling ground.Third, in its scope, the book exploits the disciplines of communication, black studies, education, history, cultural studies, media, philanthropy, psychology, religious studies, and sociology to bring fresh insights into the discourse, dynamics, patterns, and practices of empathy.

The Heart is Noble

Changing the World from the Inside Out

Author: O-rgyan-ʼphrin-las-rdo-rje (Karma-pa XVII)

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611800013

Category: Religion

Page: 191

View: 5606

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa presents a collection of teachings imparted to 16 American college student visitors to India with whom he discussed a wide range of pressing world issues while offering counsel on living in harmony with others and the planet.

Muhammad Ali, the People's Champ

Author: Elliott J. Gorn

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252067211

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 3088

Ali as cultural icon, antiwar protestor, narcissist . . . this is the first book to comprehensively evaluate Ali's import outside the ring.

Garibaldi

Invention of a Hero

Author: Lucy Riall,Professor of History Lucy Riall

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300112122

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 482

View: 387

Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian revolutionary leader and popular hero, was among the best-known figures of the 19th century. This book examines his life and the making of his cult-like following, assesses its impact, and chronicles its surprising success.

In The Company Of Heroes: The Memoirs of Captain Richard M. Blackburn Company A, 1st Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment - WW II

Author: Jerald W. Berry

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483626997

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 314

View: 7823

Never before in the history of the world had there been such cataclysmic destruction until World War II. The entire face of the earth changed, as millions died and entire cities were razed to rubble. World War II was the harbinger of the Holocaust and the herald of the Atomic Age. For Americans, it was a time of intense patriotism and sacrifice in the cause of freedom throughout the world. Follow an American infantryman as he goes to war in the European Theater of Operations. Walk with him among the treacherous hedgerows of Normandy and through the bitter cold of winter in Germany. See through his eyes the death, destruction, and depravation of a world gone mad. From the beaches of Normandy to the gates of Nazi Germany, read of heroic deeds and ultimate sacrifice. The vivid accounts of 1Lt. Richard Blackburn represent history in its purest form a firsthand story of how "The Greatest Generation" stepped up to save the world and the freedom we cherish as Americans. "I was no hero, but I am honored to have served in the company of heroes those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and rest forever under white crosses in the far away places they helped to liberate." Richard M. Blackburn (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Heroes and Anti-heroes

European Literature and the Ethics of Leadership

Author: N.A

Publisher: Maklu

ISBN: 9044126504

Category: Business ethics in literature

Page: 244

View: 1385

The Global Offensive

The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order

Author: Paul Thomas Chamberlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199977119

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 4407

On March 21, 1968, Yasir Arafat and his guerrillas made the fateful decision to break with conventional guerrilla tactics, choosing to stand and fight an Israeli attack on the al-Karama refugee camp in Jordan. They suffered terrible casualties, but they won a stunning symbolic victory that transformed Arafat into an Arab hero and allowed him to launch a worldwide campaign, one that would reshape Cold War diplomacy and revolutionary movements everywhere. In The Global Offensive, historian Paul Thomas Chamberlin offers new insights into the rise of the Palestine Liberation Organization in its full international context. After defeat in the 1967 war, the crushing of a guerrilla campaign on the West Bank, and the attack on al-Karama, Arafat and his fellow guerilla fighters opened a global offensive aimed at achieving national liberation for the Palestinian people. In doing so, they reinvented themselves as players on the world stage, combining controversial armed attacks, diplomacy, and radical politics. They forged a network of nationalist revolutionaries, making alliances with South African rebels, Latin American insurrectionists, and Vietnamese Communists. They persuaded the United Nations to take up their agenda, and sent Americans and Soviets scrambling as these stateless forces drew new connections across the globe. "The Vietnamese and Palestinian people have much in common," General Vo Nguyen Giap would tell Arafat, "just like two people suffering from the same illness." Richard Nixon's views mirrored Giap's: "You cannot separate what happens to America in Vietnam from the Mideast or from Europe or any place else." Deftly argued and based on extensive new research, The Global Offensive will change the way we think of the history of not only the PLO, but also the Cold War and international relations since.