Muslims, Money, and Democracy in Turkey Reluctant Capitalists

Politics, Sociology

Experimental Politics: Work, Welfare, and Creativity in the Neoliberal Age (Technologies of Lived Abstraction) by Maurizio Lazzarato, edited by Jeremy Gilbert, translated by Alberto Toscano, Arianna Bove, Jeremy Gilbert, Andrew Goffey, Jason Read, Mark Hayward
Muslims, Money, and Democracy in Turkey: Reluctant Capitalists by Özlem Madi-Sisman
Victims of Crime: Construction, Governance and Policy (Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology) by Matthew Hall
Prisoner Reentry: Critical Issues and Policy Directions by Stan Stojkovic
Power Dynamics and Regional Security in Latin America by Marcial A.G. Suarez, Rafael Duarte Villa, Brigitte Weiffen

Experimental Politics: Work, Welfare, and Creativity in the Neoliberal Age (Technologies of Lived Abstraction) by Maurizio Lazzarato, edited by Jeremy Gilbert, translated by Alberto Toscano, Arianna Bove, Jeremy Gilbert, Andrew Goffey, Jason Read, Mark Hayward

English | December 22, 2017 | ISBN: 0262034867 | PDF | 312 pages | 2 MB

A celebrated theorist examines the conditions of work, employment, and unemployment in neoliberalism’s flexible and precarious labor market.
In Experimental Politics, Maurizio Lazzarato examines the conditions of work, employment, and unemployment in neoliberalism’s flexible and precarious labor market. This is the first book of Lazzarato’s in English that fully exemplifies the unique synthesis of sociology, activist research, and theoretical innovation that has generated his best-known concepts, such as “immaterial labor.” The book (published in France in 2009) is also groundbreaking in the way it brings Foucault, Deleuze, and Guattari to bear on the analysis of concrete political situations and real social struggles, while making a significant theoretical contribution in its own right.
Lazzarato draws on the experiences of casual workers in the French entertainment industry during a dispute over the reorganization (“reform”) of their unemployment insurance in 2004 and 2005. He sees this conflict as the first testing ground of a political program of social reconstruction. The payment of unemployment insurance would become the principal instrument for control over the mobility and behavior of the workers. The flexible and precarious workforce of the entertainment industry prefigured what the entire workforce in contemporary societies is in the process of becoming: in Foucault’s words, a “floating population” in “security societies.” Lazzarato argues further that parallel to economic impoverishment, neoliberalism has produced an impoverishment of subjectivity – a reduction in existential intensity. A substantial introduction by Jeremy Gilbert situates Lazzarato’s analysis in a broader context.

Muslims, Money, and Democracy in Turkey: Reluctant Capitalists by Özlem Madi-Sisman

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1137601612 | 184 Pages | PDF | 4.4 MB

This book contextualizes the rise of a neo-Islamic Turkish bourgeoisie class with a particular reference to the relationship between Islam and Capitalism, and makes the argument for their ultimate compatibility. Additionally, the claim is made that the formation of this new socio-economic class has been detrimental to Turkey’s efforts to consolidate its democracy. In order to analyze these processes, an Islamic-oriented young business group, Economic Entrepreneurship and Business Ethic Association (IGIAD), was taken as a case study. Drawing on fieldwork in examining IGIAD’S mission, vision, and activities, the book argues that such associations were born as a response to increasing tension between capitalism and Islam, with the aim of creating a ‘moral’ economy within global capitalism.

Victims of Crime: Construction, Governance and Policy (Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology) by Matthew Hall

English | 2 Apr. 2018 | ISBN: 3319645889 | 356 Pages | PDF | 3.34 MB

This volume critically engages with the development of official policy and reform in relation to the support of victims of crime both within and beyond the criminal justice system of England and Wales. Since the election of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition Government in May 2010 it is argued that victimization has increasingly taken on a greater cultural resonance both in England and Wales and in other industrialised countries. Images of terrorism, public debates around the handling of sexual victimisation by the courts, and the issue of child sexual exploitation have catapulted victim issues into the public consciousness like never before – generating a new form of what Hall terms ‘victim capital’. As such, this book utilises a combination of cultural victimological analysis, governance theory and legal scholarship to address fundamental questions concerning the drivers and impact of victim policy in England and Wales in the 21st century. An engaging and original study, this book will be of particular interest to scholars of victimology and the criminal justice system, as well as activists and policy makers.

Prisoner Reentry: Critical Issues and Policy Directions by Stan Stojkovic

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1137579285 | 346 Pages | PDF | 22.8 MB

This book addresses the core issues in prisoner reentry into society after incarceration. The chapters are written by academic scholars who have much experience researching and writing about prisoner reentry and by people who work in the field of prison reentry. Comprising reviews of empirical literature, this study is also supplemented by the workings of a reentry agency in the state of California. The focus of the work is to provide the best practices within prisoner reentry programs, to explore the barriers experienced by both prisoners and reentry agencies as they work toward the reentry of prisoners, and to discuss critical issues associated with prisoner reentry.
The authors broach various topics regarding life after imprisonment, such as: the financial burden, problems faced by sex offenders, changing family dynamics and employment. An engaging and thought-provoking study, this book will be of particular interest to scholars of criminology theory, the justice system and sociology.

Power Dynamics and Regional Security in Latin America by Marcial A.G. Suarez, Rafael Duarte Villa, Brigitte Weiffen

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1137573813 | 355 Pages | PDF | 4.2 MB

This volume explores the repercussions of a changing world order on regional security in Latin America. It examines how global and regional power shifts impact on the evolution of regional institutions as well as on state policies adopted in response to regional security challenges such as border conflicts, political instability, migration, drug-trafficking, organized crime, and terrorism.
Contributions to this volume analyze the topic from three angles: power dynamics and its effects on regional security governance; the contribution of regional institutions to the management of security challenges; and the impact of power dynamics on states’ shifting security priorities.
Written by specialists from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Europe, the chapters weave theory and case studies to provide a rich description of the impact of power and politics on regional security in Latin America. This book is an invaluable resource for students, scholars and practitioners interested in Latin American politics, regional cooperation, and war and conflict studies, as well as international security and international relations in general.