A Tributary Model of State Formation Ethiopia, 1600-2015

Politics, Sociology

Mandy Henk, “Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-Neutral Library”
Rick Hood, “Complexity in Social Work”
A Tributary Model of State Formation: Ethiopia, 1600-2015 by Berhanu Abegaz
Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism by Stephen R. Barnard
The Work of Communication: Relational Perspectives on Working and Organizing in Contemporary Capitalism by Timothy Kuhn, Karen L Ashcraft, Francois Cooren

Mandy Henk, “Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-Neutral Library”

ISBN: 0838912176 | 2014 | EPUB | 168 pages | 2 MB

In the first book to seriously examine the future of libraries in a climate reality-based context, Henk convincingly argues that building a carbon-neutral future for libraries is not only essential but eminently practical. Using the “three E’s” of sustainability (ecology, economy, equity) as a foundation, she traces the development of sustainability from its origins in the 1970s to the present, laying out a path librarians can take at their own institutions to begin the process of building a carbon-neutral library. Rooted in the latest science but firmly focused on concrete action, her book
Makes the case for sustainable libraries, tying the values that define the profession to the necessity of rethinking library operations and services in light of climate change
Guides readers through the first steps, with advice on starting the conversation, conducting outreach to stakeholders, and forming a sustainability committee
Includes a Sustainability Assessment and a sample sustainability plan that libraries can tailor for use at their own institution
Looks at the challenges of technology and corporate power in the library, addressing the power imbalance between large corporations and libraries and suggesting alternatives to the status quo
Discusses how libraries can combine strong advocacy with powerful activism to propel the library world into a socially just, safely powered world
Offers a bibliography of additional resources
Written by an activist who is also a working librarian, the book’s balance between scientific research and step-by-step action will prove stimulating for library planners, administrators, LIS students, and anyone with an interest in climate change, sustainability, and libraries.

Rick Hood, “Complexity in Social Work”

ISBN: 1473993806, 1473993814 | 2018 | EPUB/PDF | 240 pages | 3 MB/2 MB

Complexity lies at the heart of social work practice and this book is designed to help students and newly-qualified social workers plan for and manage complex cases in an increasingly complex environment. Split into two parts, this book reflects the journey of qualifying social work students from preparation for practice in an educational context to learning ‘on the job’ through working with service users in practice settings, and eventually assuming a more senior role in management, administration and training. Key topics covered in the chapters include managing volatility and uncertainty, making judgements and decisions, building and maintaining relationships, using reflection and supervision, working interprofessionally, managing risk, exploring cause and effect.

A Tributary Model of State Formation: Ethiopia, 1600-2015 by Berhanu Abegaz

English | PDF,EPUB | 2018 | 210 Pages | ISBN : 3319757792 | 8.59 MB

A Tributary Model of State Formation: Ethiopia, 1600-2015 addresses the perplexing question of why a pedigreed Ethiopian state failed to transform itself into a nation-state. Using a comparative-institutionalist framework, this book explores why Ethiopia, an Afroasian civilizational state, has yet to build a modern political order comprising a sturdy state, the rule of law, and accountability to the ruled. The book provides a theoretical framework that contrasts the European and the Afroasian modes of state formation and explores the three major variants of the Ethiopian state since 1600 (Gondar, Shewa, and Revolutionary).
It does this by employing the conceptual entry point of tributarism and teases out the implications of this perspective for refashioning the embattled postcolonial African political institutions. The primary contribution of the book is the novel framing of state formation through the lens of a landed Afroasiatic peasantry in giving rise to a fragile state whose redistributive preoccupation preempted the emergence of a productive economy to serve as a buoyant revenue base. Unlike feudal Europe, the dependence of the Afroasian state on arm’s-length overlordship rather than on tightly-managed landlordship incentivized endemic extractive contests among elites with the capacity for violence for the non-fixed tribute from independent wealth producers. Tributarism, I argue here, stymied the transition from a resilient statehood to a robust nation-statehood that befits an open-order society.
This book will be of interest to scholars in economics, political science, political economics, and African Studies.
Berhanu Abegaz is Professor of Economics, College of William & Mary (USA).
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Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism by Stephen R. Barnard

English | PDF,EPUB | 2018 | 222 Pages | ISBN : 3319904450 | 12.26 MB

Drawing insights from nearly a decade of mixed-method research, Stephen R. Barnard analyzes Twitter’s role in the transformation of American journalism. As the work of media professionals grows increasingly hybrid, Twitter has become an essential space where information is shared, reporting methods tested, and power contested. In addition to spelling opportunity for citizen media activism, the normalization of digital communication adds new channels of influence for traditional thought leaders, posing notable challenges for the future of journalism and democracy.
In his analyses of Twitter practices around newsworthy events—including the Boston Marathon bombing, protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the election of Donald Trump—Barnard brings together conceptual and theoretical lenses from multiple academic disciplines, bridging sociology, journalism, communication, media studies, science and technology studies, and political science.

The Work of Communication: Relational Perspectives on Working and Organizing in Contemporary Capitalism by Timothy Kuhn, Karen L Ashcraft, Francois Cooren

2017 | ISBN: 1138930156 | English | 232 pages | PDF | 1 MB

The Work of Communication: Relational Perspectives on Working and Organizing in Contemporary Capitalism revolves around a two-part question: “What have work and organization become under contemporary capitalism―and how should organization studies approach them?” Changes in the texture of capitalism, heralded by social and organizational theorists alike, increasingly focus attention on communication as both vital to the conduct of work and as imperative to organizational performance. Yet most accounts of communication in organization studies fail to understand an alternate sense of the “work of communication” in the constitution of organizations, work practices, and economies. This book responds to that lack by portraying communicative practices―as opposed to individuals, interests, technologies, structures, organizations, or institutions―as the focal units of analysis in studies of the social and organizational problems occasioned by contemporary capitalism.
Rather than suggesting that there exists a canonically “correct” route communicative analyses must follow, The Work of Communication: Relational Perspectives on Working and Organizing in Contemporary Capitalism explores the value of transcending longstanding divides between symbolic and material factors in studies of working and organizing. The recognition of dramatic shifts in technological, economic, and political forces, along with deep interconnections among the myriad of factors shaping working and organizing, sows doubts about whether organization studies is up to the vital task of addressing the social problems capitalism now creates. Kuhn, Ashcraft, and Cooren argue that novel insights into those social problems are possible if we tell different stories about working and organizing. To aid authors of those stories, they develop a set of conceptual resources that they capture under the mantle of communicative relationality. These resources allow analysts to profit from burgeoning interest in notions such as sociomateriality, posthumanism, performativity, and affect. It goes on to illustrate the benefits that investigations of work and organization can realize from communicative relationality by presenting case studies that analyze (a) the becoming of an idea, from its inception to solidification, (b) the emergence of what is taken to be the “the product” in high-tech startup entrepreneurship, and the branding of work (in this case, academic writing and commercial aviation) through affective economies. Taken together, the book portrays “the work of communication” as simultaneously about how work in the “new economy” revolves around communicative practice and about how communication serves as a mode of explanation with the potential to cultivate novel stories about working and organizing.
Aimed at academics, researchers, and policy makers, this book’s goal is to make tangible the contributions of communication for thinking about contemporary social and organizational problems.