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  • Media and Political Contestation in the Contemporary Arab Worldby Lena Jayyusi; Anne Sofie Roald

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 105.00

    Much has been made of the role of various media in the shaping of conflicts and political agendas in today's Arab world. This volume examines this topic with interdisciplinary contributions that range across media studies, anthroplogy, religious studies, and political science and explore both new and older media forms. more...

  • The Pursuit of Lonelinessby Philip Slater

    Beacon Press 2016; US$ 19.99

    In a classic indictment of American individualism and isolationism, Philip Slater analyzes the great ills of modern society-violence, competitiveness, inequality, and the national 'addiction' to technology. more...

  • Free Speechby Timothy Garton Ash

    Atlantic Books 2016; US$ 14.99

    Never in human history was there such a chance for freedom of expression. If we have Internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. Never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal... more...

  • The Circus Ageby Janet M. Davis

    The University of North Carolina Press 2003; US$ 29.99

    A century ago, daily life ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Across America, banks closed, schools canceled classes, farmers left their fields, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show. In this entertaining and provocative book, Janet Davis links the flowering of the early-twentieth-century American railroad circus... more...

  • Moral Machinesby Wendell Wallach; Colin Allen

    Oxford University Press 2008; US$ 12.99 US$ 11.17

    Moral Machines explores the development of computers and robots capable of making moral decisions. Why do we need them? Do we want computers and robots making moral decisions? And if we do, how can we make ethics computable? The challenge of building moral machines forces one to think deeply about how humans make moral decisions. more...

  • Swimming Lessonsby David Ehrenfeld

    Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 37.99 US$ 32.67

    Never in history has life been so complicated and full of sudden changes. Technology, the environment, and the way we work and relate to one another are all in upheaval. With wit, humor, a calm voice, and great authority, Swimming Lessons gives a clear view of what our world has become - not just our successes, but also the destruction set loose... more...

  • Tweeting to Powerby Jason Gainous; Kevin M. Wagner

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 26.95 US$ 23.18

    Using theory and data, Gainous and Wagner illustrate how online social media is bypassing traditional media and creating new forums for the exchange of political information and campaigning. The authors illustrate how political actors utilized these networks to control the flow of information, and garner votes, in the 2010 congressional elections. more...

  • Policing and Social Mediaby Christopher J. Schneider; David L. Altheide

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 79.99

    This book illustrates the process by which social media and related changes in communication formats have affected the public face of policing and police work using Canada as a case study. Schneider argues that police use of social media has altered institutional public police practices in a manner that is consistent with the logic of social media... more...

  • Philosophical Perspectives on Bioethicsby Joseph Boyle; L. Wayne Sumner

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2015; US$ 26.95

    The contributors to the volume discuss various approaches to bioethical thinking and the political and institutional contexts of bioethics, addressing underlying concerns about the purposes of its practice. more...

  • Click and Kinby May Friedman; Silvia Schultermandl

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2016; US$ 27.95

    The essays in Click and Kin span the globe, examining transnational connections that touch in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Pakistan, and elsewhere. more...