Libraries Classrooms And The Interests Of Democracy

Author: John Buschman
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810885298
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In this volume, Buschman provides a history of marketing and advertising and their entanglements with democracy, education, and libraries. He then engages Democratic Theory and the framework it provides to critique neoliberalism’s influences. A final chapter traces the trajectory of neoliberalism and educative institutions on our democracy. Throughout, the book makes clear that issues concerning public educative institutions in a democracy are political. A provocative and engaging book, Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy should be required reading for anyone interested in the challenges facing libraries today.

Public Libraries Public Policies And Political Processes

Author: Paul T. Jaeger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442233478
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Over the past thirty years, significant shifts in technology, political ideologies, and policy goals have resulted in an environment in which public libraries face the highest expectations to serve community needs against unprecedented political, economic, and policy challenges. Drawing on two decades of original research conducted by the authors, this book provides a data-driven examination of the interrelated impacts of political discourse and public policy processes on public libraries and the ways in which they are able to serve their communities, explaining the complex current circumstances and offering strategies for effectively creating a better future for public libraries.

Libraries Human Rights And Social Justice

Author: Paul T. Jaeger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442250526
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This book examines the interrelationships between digital literacy, digital inclusion, and public policy, emphasizing the impacts of these policy decisions on the ability of individuals and communities to successfully participate in the information society.

The Emerald Handbook Of Modern Information Management

Author: James M. Matarazzo
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1787149617
Size: 47.41 MB
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This handbook aims to be an integral text for students of library and information science and a ready-reference for information professional practitioners. The chapters provide a construct through which any information professional may learn abut the major challenges facing them in the early part of the 21st century.

Foundations Of The American Century

Author: Inderjeet Parmar
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231517939
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Inderjeet Parmar reveals the complex interrelations, shared mindsets, and collaborative efforts of influential public and private organizations in the building of American hegemony. Focusing on the involvement of the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations in U.S. foreign affairs, Parmar traces the transformation of America from an "isolationist" nation into the world's only superpower, all in the name of benevolent stewardship. Parmar begins in the 1920s with the establishment of these foundations and their system of top-down, elitist, scientific giving, which focused more on managing social, political, and economic change than on solving modern society's structural problems. Consulting rare documents and other archival materials, he recounts how the American intellectuals, academics, and policy makers affiliated with these organizations institutionalized such elitism, which then bled into the machinery of U.S. foreign policy and became regarded as the essence of modernity. America hoped to replace Britain in the role of global hegemon and created the necessary political, ideological, military, and institutional capacity to do so, yet far from being objective, the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations often advanced U.S. interests at the expense of other nations. Incorporating case studies of American philanthropy in Nigeria, Chile, and Indonesia, Parmar boldly exposes the knowledge networks underwriting American dominance in the twentieth century.

Dismantling The Public Sphere

Author: John Buschman
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
ISBN: 9780313321993
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Buschman examines librarianship and the social and economic contexts in which the profession and its institutions operate.

The Politics Of Neoliberal Democracy In Africa

Author: Usman A. Tar
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857715763
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Since the late 1980s the changing dynamic of global development has driven the tide of democratic expansion in the developing world. In Africa, where western donors have sought to impose ‘neo-liberal’ visions of socio-economic and political institution-building, there has been a contagious spread of political reforms and economic liberalisations with far-reaching consequences. Associated with external interventions, but also sometimes conflicting with them, are internal protests against authoritarianism, which have problematically reinforced and/or undermined the donor agenda for democratic reform._x000D_ _x000D_ In 'The Politics of Neoliberal Democracy in Africa' Usman Tar questions the assumption that Africa was lacking the essential components for a spontaneous transition to democracy. This assumption has formed the basis of initiatives and programmes such as ‘good governance agendas’ and ‘civil society capacity building programmes’ which western donors have often put in place. Tar argues these programmes have not taken into account economies in Africa where capitalist development has not significantly flourished and where modes of social and political relations are conflictually tied to weak capitalist structures and pre-capitalist norms: culture, tradition and belief systems._x000D_ _x000D_ Here, Usman Tar explores the dynamic, but contradictory, links between external and internal dimensions of neo-liberal democratic expansion in Africa, focusing on Nigeria. He examines the realpolitik of changes in global balance of power and its impact on domestic structural and socio-economic changes, with far reaching implications for state-society relations and linkages of the state, civil society, governance, democracy and citizenship. In doing so he dissects the struggles for democracy and for democratic policy and practice in a country with rich economic potential but a troubled political dispensation.

Learning Democracy In School And Society Education Lifelong Learning And The Politics Of Citizenship

Author: Gert J.J. Biesta
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9460915124
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This book explores the relationships between education, lifelong learning and democratic citizenship. It emphasises the importance of the democratic quality of the processes and practices that make up the everyday lives of children, young people and adults for their ongoing formation as democratic citizens. The book combines theoretical and historical work with critical analysis of policies and wider developments in the field of citizenship education and civic learning. The book urges educators, educationalists, policy makers and politicians to move beyond an exclusive focus on the teaching of citizenship towards an outlook that acknowledges the ongoing processes and practices of civic learning in school and society. This is not only important in order to understand the complexities of such learning. It can also help to formulate more realistic expectations about what schools and other educational institutions can contribute to the promotion of democratic citizenship. The book is particularly suited for students, researchers and policy makers who have an interest in citizenship education, civic learning and the relationships between education, lifelong learning and democratic citizenship. Gert Biesta (www.gertbiesta.com) is Professor of Education at the School of Education, University of Stirling, UK.

Undoing The Demos

Author: Wendy Brown
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 1935408534
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Tracing neoliberalism's devastating erosions of democratic principles, practices, and cultures.

Part Of Our Lives

Author: Wayne A. Wiegand
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190248009
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"Part of Our Lives challenges the conventional idea that public libraries are valuable mostly because they are essential to democracy. Instead, this book uses the voices of generations of public library users to argue that Americans have loved their libraries for the useful information they make accessible; the public spaces they provide; and the commonplace reading materials they supply that help users make sense of the world around them."--