The Impulse Society

Author: Paul Roberts
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408839946
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The Impulse Society. What do soaring debt, endemic narcissism, road rage, political attack ads and killer drones share in common? All are symptoms of a society that moves, reflexively and relentlessly, to exploit the fastest, most efficient means to any end, without regard to cost. This is the 'impulse society' in which we live. In every facet of postindustrial society ? the way we eat, the way we communicate and entertain, the way we work, the way we court lovers and raise children, educate and govern ? technology and affluence has let us reach our goals with a speed and efficiency unimaginable even a generation ago. But the result is not all milk, honey, and gold. Companies now reflexively maximise short-term gain at the expense of long-term success. Politicians resort with ever-greater speed to nasty campaign tactics, and can count on their damaging claims to spread before the facts catch up with them. Consumers engage in serial over-indulgence and pursue instant gratification of every whim with speed and greed. The costs of living this way are substantial: financial volatility, health epidemics, environmental exhaustion and political paralysis, to say nothing of a growing, gnawing dissatisfaction. In this epoch-defining book, Paul Roberts traces the roots of this problem, damningly revealing how it has permeated society, and cogently argues how it may, perhaps, still be reversed.

Moral Man And Immoral Society

Author: Reinhold Niebuhr
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664235395
Size: 25.32 MB
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Moral Man And Immoral Society. Arguably his most famous book, Moral Man and Immoral Society is Reinhold Niebuhr's important early study (1932) in ethics and politics. Widely read and continually relevant, this book marked Niebuhr's decisive break from progressive religion and politics toward a more deeply tragic view of human nature and history. Forthright and realistic, Moral Man and Immoral Society argues that individual morality is intrinsically incompatible with collective life, thus making social and political conflict inevitable. Niebuhr further discusses our inability to imagine the realities of collective power; the brutal behavior of human collectives of every sort; and, ultimately, how individual morality can mitigate the persistence of social immorality. This new edition includes a foreword by Cornel West that explores the continued interest in Niebuhr's thought and its contemporary relevance.

Self And Society

Author: Nevitt Sanford
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780202368771
Size: 32.13 MB
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Self And Society. How does his social environment change an individual, and why do these changes occur? Can social institutions be shaped and molded profoundly enough to afford each member of a society his maximum potential for happiness, effective functioning, and complete development? In this new work a distinguished psychologist evolves a theory of personality and society designed to help guide the work of institutions responsible for individual growth and development. Drawing on his vast experience--as an educator, a prison psychologist, a practicing psychoanalyst, and as the director of major studies in child development, personality assessment, the social psychology of higher education, and alcoholism and related problems--Professor Sanford has designed a developmental model intended to guide work in institutions which mold the individual: from family through schools, colleges, child guidance clinics, and mental hospitals. With exceptional lucidity, he examines the central issues in furthering desirable change through intervention in individual and group processes. He achieves notable advances in integrating personality theory and sociological theory: he joins psychoanalytic "ego psychologists" and other personality theorists in developing a dynamic-organismic theory broader than that of classical psychoanalysis and more in keeping with contemporary social theory. The author's clear style and firm grasp of his subject add further to the significance of Self and Society. It will be a stimulating textbook in social psychology, personality, and culture, and personality, and will make indispensable reading for behavioral scientists, psychiatrists, and educators, as well as for all professionals who work to promote mental health, education and social welfare. Nevitt Sanford (1909-1995) was professor of psychology and education at Stanford University and director of the Institute for the Study of Human Problems. After leaving Stanford in 1968, he founded the Wright Institute. He has been president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and president of the Division of Personality and Social Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He has been author or coauthor of close to 200 scholarly journals as well as more than a dozen books.

Art And The Religious Impulse

Author: Eric Michael Mazur
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
ISBN: 9780838755341
Size: 19.99 MB
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Art And The Religious Impulse. This collection explores the relationship between religion and arts and challenges presumptions held in society about these two fields. Topics covered include church architecture, folk art, nineteenth-century classical music, contemporary fiction, recent film, performance art, and the battles over public funding of the arts. The essays also explore the religious impulse in contemporary society and argue that, while the religious impulse has become deinstitutionalized, it has suffered no significant diminution of importance. This leads to two conclusions. First, in such an environment, the investigation of religion can no longer be limited to institutional settings but must include all aspects of human activity. Second, it explains how seemingly secular forms of human expression can be viewed as religious threats to traditional religious worldviews. If religion in contemporary society is to be understood at all, it must be explored in all aspects of human activity -- including the arts.

The Pietist Impulse In Christianity

Author: Christian T. Collins Winn
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1606083279
Size: 38.67 MB
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The Pietist Impulse In Christianity. From intellectual inquiry to spiritual practice to social reform, Pietism has exerted an enormous influence on various forms of Christianity and on Western culture more generally. However, this contribution remains largely unacknowledged or misunderstood in Anglo-American contexts because negative stereotypes--some undeserved, others deserved--tend to cast Pietism as a quietistic and sectarian form of religion interested in a narrow set of individualistic and spiritual concerns.In this volume, scholars from a variety of disciplines offer a corrective to this misunderstanding, highlighting the profound theological, cultural, and spiritual contribution of Pietism and what they term the "pietist impulse." The essays in this volume demonstrate that Pietism was a movement of great depth and originality that was not merely concerned with the "pious soul and its God." Rather, Pietists were from the beginning concerned with issues of social and ecclesial reform, the nature of history and historical inquiry, the shape and purpose of theology and theological education, the missional task of the church, and social justice and political engagement. In addition, the essays collected here fruitfully raise the question of the ongoing relevance of Pietism and the "pietist impulse" for contemporary problems and questions across disciplines and in the church at large.

The Charitable Impulse

Author: Michael Jennings
Publisher: James Currey Publishers
ISBN: 9780852558553
Size: 45.78 MB
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The Charitable Impulse. Includes statistics.