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Smile Or Die

Author : Barbara Ehrenreich
ISBN : 9781847081735
Genre : Social Science
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A brilliant, savagely funny attack on the cult of positive thinking - Ehrenreich's most commercial book since Nickel and Dimed.

Smile Or Die

Author : J. Shafer
ISBN : 1884847242
Genre : Dysfunctional families
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One out of five kids in school today has a gun, knife or club. School violence grabs at the gut of America & concerned adults want to know who their kid is in school with. SMILE OR DIE! shows them, through the eyes of a tormented twelve year-old modeled after a real-life character fiercely determined to confound the system. He pulls no punches to effect his demands, including poking pins through his fingers. He's as out of place in school as the wild skunk that follows him in. The story revolves around his interaction with people who variously want to help, hurt, trick & ignore him. The book tackles behavior behind the forces driving the coarsening of America. It is adult fiction from the trenches of miscreants mingling with rosy-cheeked straights. Plot develops from research of a middle school counselor's actual experience. 5.5 X 8.5, softcover, 272 pages. Fiction/psychology. Order through Pacific Pipeline; The Bookmen or call direct at 1-800-PEASANT. 40%.

The Wellness Syndrome

Author : Carl Cederström
ISBN : 9780745688718
Genre : Philosophy
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Not exercising as much as you should? Counting your caloriesin your sleep? Feeling ashamed for not being happier? You may be avictim of the wellness syndrome. In this ground-breaking new book, Carl Cederström andAndré Spicer argue that the ever-present pressure to maximizeour wellness has started to work against us, making us feel worseand provoking us to withdraw into ourselves. The Wellness Syndromefollows health freaks who go to extremes to find the perfect diet,corporate athletes who start the day with a dance party, and theself-trackers who monitor everything, including their own toilethabits. This is a world where feeling good has becomeindistinguishable from being good. Visions of social change havebeen reduced to dreams of individual transformation, politicaldebate has been replaced by insipid moralising, and scientificevidence has been traded for new-age delusions. A lively andhumorous diagnosis of the cult of wellness, this book is anindispensable guide for everyone suspicious of our relentless questto be happier and healthier.

Importing Faith

Author : Glyn J. Ackerley
ISBN : 9781498219471
Genre : Religion
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Many twenty-first-century evangelical charismatics in Britain are looking for a faith that "works." They want to experience the miraculous in terms of healings and God-sent financial provision. Many have left the mainstream churches to join independent charismatic churches led by those who are perceived to have special insights into faith and to teach principles that will help believers experience the miraculous. But all is not rosy in this promised paradise, and when people are not healed or they remain poor they are often told that it is because they did not have enough faith or are too negative. This study seeks to discover the origin of the principles that are taught by some charismatic leaders. Ackerley identifies them as the same ideas that are taught by the positive confession, health, wealth, and prosperity movement, originating in the United States. The origins of the ideas are traced back to New Thought metaphysics and its background philosophies of subjective idealism and American pragmatism. These principles were "imported" into the UK through contact between British leaders and those influenced and trained by American "word of faith" teachers. The author seeks to explain the persuasiveness of such teachers through examining case studies. He suggests their "miracles" may well have social and psychological explanations rather than divine origins.

Selected Writings 2003 2009

Author : Keith Kahn-Harris
ISBN : 9781445755588
Genre :
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Performance Politics And The War On Terror

Author : Sara Brady
ISBN : 9780230367333
Genre : Performing Arts
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Using a performance studies lens, this book is a study of performance in the post-9/11 context of the so-called war on terror. It analyzes conventional theatre, political protest, performance art and other sites of performance to unpack the ways in which meaning has been made in the contemporary global sociopolitical environment.

Bright Sided

Author : Barbara Ehrenreich
ISBN : 9781429942539
Genre : Social Science
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A sharp-witted knockdown of America's love affair with positive thinking and an urgent call for a new commitment to realism Americans are a "positive" people—cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal nineteenth-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude. Evangelical mega-churches preach the good news that you only have to want something to get it, because God wants to "prosper" you. The medical profession prescribes positive thinking for its presumed health benefits. Academia has made room for new departments of "positive psychology" and the "science of happiness." Nowhere, though, has bright-siding taken firmer root than within the business community, where, as Ehrenreich shows, the refusal even to consider negative outcomes—like mortgage defaults—contributed directly to the current economic crisis. With the mythbusting powers for which she is acclaimed, Ehrenreich exposes the downside of America's penchant for positive thinking: On a personal level, it leads to self-blame and a morbid preoccupation with stamping out "negative" thoughts. On a national level, it's brought us an era of irrational optimism resulting in disaster. This is Ehrenreich at her provocative best—poking holes in conventional wisdom and faux science, and ending with a call for existential clarity and courage.

What Doesn T Kill Us

Author : Stephen Joseph
ISBN : 9780748119110
Genre : Self-Help
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Research has shown than anywhere from 30 to 90 per cent of people confronted by tragedy, horror and adversity emerge as wiser, more mature and more fulfilled people, sometimes despite great sadness. Relationships become stronger. Perspectives on life change. Inner strengths are found. For the past twenty years, Stephen Joseph has worked with survivors of trauma and sufferers of posttraumatic stress. In this groundbreaking book, he boldly challenges the notion that trauma and its aftermath devastate and destroy the lives. His studies have shown that a wide range of traumatic events - from illness, separation, assault and bereavement to accidents, natural disasters and terrorism - can act as catalysts for positive change, strengthening relationships, changing one's perspective and revealing inner strengths. In What Doesn't Kill Us, Stephen Joseph shares the six steps we can all use to manage our emotions and navigate adversity to find new meaning, purpose and direction in our lives.

Cancer Patients Cancer Pathways

Author : C. Timmermann
ISBN : 9781137272089
Genre : Science
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Eleven essays by historians and sociologists examine cancer research and treatment as everyday practice in post-war Europe and North America. These are not stories of inevitable medical progress and obstacles overcome, but of historical contingencies, cultural differences, hope, and often disappointed expectations.

Age Of Icons

Author : Gavin Fridell
ISBN : 9781442696235
Genre : Political Science
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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.

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