Books

The Social History of Post-Communist Russia

Edited by Piotr Dutkiewicz, Richard Sakwa, Vladimir Kulikov
© 2016 – Routledge

This book tells the untold story of how ordinary Russian people experienced and coped with Russia’s transformations after the end of communism. Unlike most studies of the subject which focus on high politics, developments in the elite and events at the centre, this book, which includes findings from interviews, memoirs, public opinion surveys and press articles and documents from the regions, portrays a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional society with different groups affected by the deep and varied changes in diverse and different ways. The book covers economic developments, social changes, how official policies played out at the grass-roots level, the psychological impact of the changes and the impact on public opinion, and how different regions were affected differently. Overall, the book reveals the hidden dynamics of Russian society, including its formal and informal mechanisms and rules for relating to the state and other citizens, and shows how millions of Russians coped, despite all the odds, and maintained the integrity and stability of the country.

 

The Long Journey to Human Dignity and Global Justice

By International Movement for a Just World, October 22, 2015

The Executive Committee of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) is pleased to announce the publication of The Long Journey to Human Dignity and Global Justice. Authored by JUST President, Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, it is an e-book that can be accessed at the JUST website. The book consists of an autobiographical essay by the author and five interviews with him conducted over a period of 20 years by academics and journalists from different parts of the world. They cover critical issues related to human dignity and global politics.

The Long Journey to Human Dignity and Global Justice is Chandra’s third e-book. It is also his 30th book.

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Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics

Edited by: Ian Geary, Adrian Pabst
Foreword by: Rowan Williams

In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, and the worst recession for over seventy years, Britain has witnessed one of the most turbulent eras in politics since the Second World War. The dominant political and capitalistic system has come under close scrutiny; and the 2008 financial crash has cast serious doubt on the economic and social liberalism of both Thatcherism and Blairism. The Blue Labour movement addresses the fact that neither nationalisation nor privatisation has delivered lasting prosperity or stability. Critiquing the dominance in Britain of a social-cultural liberalism linked to the left and a free-market liberalism associated with the right, Blue Labour blends a 'progressive' commitment to greater economic equality with a more 'conservative' disposition emphasising personal loyalty, family, community and locality. Seeking to move beyond the centrist pragmatism of Blair and Cameron, this essential work speaks to the needs of diverse people and communities across the country. It is the programme of a vital new force in politics: one that could define the thinking of the next generation and beyond.

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Chaos and Counterrevolution

After the Arab Spring

A new book by Richard Falk, Just World Books, 2015

In 2011, an extraordinary popular protest movement swept North Africa and the Middle East. Mass demonstrations and public protests inspired a new generation to imagine a future without authoritarian rule. Yet, just a few short years later this sense of hope and possibility has largely given way to gloom and pessimism. In this unique collection of blog posts and essays, renowned international law scholar Richard Falk explores the political situations in the region, including Egypt, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, pairing his reflections on developments as they unfolded with analysis of events today.

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Force or Dialogue: Conflicting Paradigms of World Order

Collected Papers of Hans Köchler
Edited by David Armstrong
 
With a Foreword by Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame (USA)

International Progress Organization
Studies in International Relations, Vol. XXXIII
 
MANAK: New Delhi, 2015
xii + 414 pp., ISBN 978-81-7832-396-7

Date of appearance: June 2015
 
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Towards a Postsecular International Politics

New Forms of Community, Identity, and Power

Edited by Luca Mavelli and Fabio Petito.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2014.

This volume explores the postsecular as a momentous transformation of the international system which affects existing forms of political community, identity, and power. It encompasses a set of theoretical investigations of the postsecular, an analysis of four case studies (Europe, Russia, the United States, and Egypt), and an examination of the role and strategies of transnational actors in a postsecular world. Written by world-renowned and emerging leading scholars, these essays offer a lively engagement with the formidable challenges of the postsecular transformation of international politics.

22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers

22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers

The New York University Press announces the publication of “22 Ideas to Fix the World: Conversations with the World's Foremost Thinkers” book, edited By Piotr Dutkiewicz and Richard Sakwa and produced in the frames of World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and the Social Science Research Council joint research project. The book will be available in August 2013.

Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, who has initiated this project together with the co-editors of this volume and supported it on behalf of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, strongly strives for the return of a more practice oriented and critical common effort of the world’s leading intellectuals and experts aimed at subtle and responsible reevaluation of the globalization paradigm.

You are most welcome to buy the book following this link.

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Global Rays of Hope

Global Rays of Hope

Dear visitors of World Public Forum’s web-site,

We present to your attention one of the WPF’s latest editions – “Some Global Rays of Hope: Voices from Rhodes 2011.”

The papers collected in this volume need to be viewed against the grim background of our time: a background dominated by incessant warfare, terrorism, possible nuclear holocaust, economic meltdown, and ecological devastation. They all try to inject some rays of hope into this dark global scenario.

With one exception, all the papers were presented during plenary sessions at the Rhodes Forum 2011 organized by the World Public Forum - “Dialogue of Civilizations.”

We hope that the rays of hope gathered in this volume will inspire readers to pursue with ever greater vigor and persistence the goal of global peace and justice which is the major aim of the World Public Forum.