The Academic Herald: EVENTS AND NEWS IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Dr. Jimenez Murguia, Associate Professor of Sociology at Miyazaki International College, is the Scholar of the Month for December 2011. His research dealing with the relationship between Religion and Society has appeared in more than ten edited volumes and in countleess peer reviewed academic journals. Most importantly Dr. Jimenez Murguia embodies the ideal 21st century scholar, transnational while at the same time in tune with local developments. Dr. Jimenez Murguia is working on two books for 2013 and one of his books is about to be released in 2012.
Epic Fails!: Crystal Pepsi, Mullets, and the Icons of Unpopular Culture.
Under contract with Praeger Press, Santa Barbara, California. Scheduled for publication in 2012.
Pana-Wave Laboratory and the Risk Society: Conspiracy Theory, Failed Prophecy and Elite Knowledge among a Japanese New Religious Movement. Under contract with Cambria Press, Amherst, New York. Scheduled for publication in 2013.
Issues in Contemporary America: A Better Understanding of US Social Problems.
Under contract with Kenkyusha Press, Tokyo. Scheduled for publication in 2012.
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Giles Ji Ungpakorn
Associate Professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn is a political commentator and dissident from Thailand. In February 2009 he had to leave Thailand for exile in Britain because he was charged with lèse majesté for writing a book criticising the 2006 military coup. His latest book will be of interest to academics, journalists and activists who have an interest in Thai politics, democratisation and NGOs.
“Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy”
Chapter 1: Red Shirts vs Yellow Shirts
Chapter 2: The PAD, NGOs and the Peoples’ Movement
Chapter 3: The Crisis for the Monarchy
Chapter 4: Historical changes in Thailand
Chapter 5: The Civil War in the South
Chapter 6: A Personal Note
“Thailand’s Crisis and the Fight for Democracy” is Giles Ji Ungpakorn’s latest work concerning the on-going political crisis that has engulfed Thailand since the coup of 2006. The book analyses the nature of the deep political divisions between the “Red Shirts” and the royalist “Yellow Shirts”, starting from the creation of the Peoples Alliance for Democracy (PAD), through the 2006 coup and up to the end of 2009. It argues against the idea that former Prime Minister Taksin is somehow anti-Monarchy and that this was the root cause of the 2006 coup. In trying to understand the political crisis, it must be seen in its entirety, including elite divisions and disputes, but also the roles of Civil Society activists and the constantly developing social movements which are made up of ordinary people.
The first chapter argues that Taksin’s pro-poor policies and repeated election victories threatened the entrenched interests of the conservative ruling elites, including the military, the civilian bureaucracy and the political establishment. Although Taksin was no socialist and had no plan to build his political party into an activist movement, his overthrow by the military in 2006 sparked the building of a self-organised Red Shirt mass movement. To some extent this movement has moved beyond Taksin’s control, some sections becoming radical and republican.
The second chapter deals with the politics of the Peoples’ Movement and analyses how major sections of this movement, which include the NGOs, came to side with the royalist authoritarians against the majority of the poor and the democratic system as a whole. It questions mainstream democratisation theory and critiques previous views about NGOs in the light of Thai events. This chapter discusses the extreme right-wing PAD movement which closed the international airports in late 2008. There is also a discussion of the labour movement.
The third chapter discusses the difficult issue of the Thai Monarchy. Unlike most academic commentators, Giles Ji Ungpakorn argues that the King is weak and lacking in character. His key role is the ideological justification for elite rule. He symbolises the “legitimacy” of coups and anti-democratic actions, especially those carried out by the military. The 2006 coup and the King’s old age and ill health have resulted in a crisis for the royalists. There is a growing republican movement in Thailand today. The chapter also discusses the lèse majesté law which the elites use against their political opponents.
The fourth chapter gives an historical background to Thai politics from the pre-capitalist era, through the turmoil of the 1930s and 1970s, up to the present day. This historical understanding is important in locating the dynamics of the ruling class and the changing politics of revolt from the time of the Communist Party through to the creation of the NGOs.
The civil war in the Muslim Malay south is discussed in chapter 5. Giles Ji Ungpakorn shows that the fundamental issue is Thai state repression and until this is dealt with politically, there can be no long term peace. Yet mainstream policy in Thailand is still aimed at a military solution.
The final chapter deals with personal political experiences and memories of his father, Dr Puey Ungpakorn. This chapter has the English version of the Red Siam Manifesto, which was issued immediately after leaving Thailand in February 2009. It also contains an appendix with the 8 paragraphs from Giles Ji Ungpakorn’s previous book, A Coup for the Rich, which the Thai police deemed to be lèse majesté.
The analysis in this book is unique and is not covered by mainstream books on Thai politics.
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Global Perspectives on Social Movements and KnowledgeProduction
Edited by Aziz Choudry and Dip Kapoor
The dynamics, politics, and richness of knowledge production in social movements and social activistcontexts are often overlooked. This book contends that some of the most radical critiques andunderstandings about dominant ideologies and power structures, and visions of social change, haveemerged from those spaces. Written by authors working closely with diverse social movements, NGOs,and popular mobilizations in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, itarticulates and documents knowledge production, informal learning, and education work that takes place in everyday worlds ofsocial activism. It highlights linkages between such knowledge(s) and praxis/action, and illustrates tensions over whose knowledgeand voice(s) are heard.download book promo
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Based on the research and relationships of primarily diasporic and indigenous authors, thisinterdisciplinary collection on indigenous knowledge and learning is a rare attempt at bringing togetherindigenous perspectives on development, education and culture and related indigenist-critiques ofcompulsory modernization, neoliberalism and colonialism from the Asia/Pacific and African contexts ofindigeneity. Organized in relation to perspectives on/knowledge & learning concerning: development,formal education, communicative mediums, gender and health, this collection foregrounds the richinsights and contributions of indigeneity from India, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Sub-SaharanAfrica, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.download book promo
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- PROF. ANTHONY P. JOHNSON OF THE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (San Jose, Costa Rica) ANNOUNCES HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE POSITION OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE for 42nd Ward & 180th District, PA, (FEBRUARY 5, 2010)
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- Ask the Experts: (This Section of the Academic Herald includes opinion papers about current affairs) (November 4, 2009)
"Franco-African relations have endured despite the nascent and transitory hiccups in the train of cooperation. The mountains of adventitious and concrete advantages, opportunities and prestige that colonialism had offered France have spilled over to the post colonial Francophone states. The French hegemonic role as regards the Francophone states has been characterized by a heavy disequilibrium. This imbalance is seemingly perpetually designed in favour of France in spite of the so-called partnership that France professes. Relations between France and Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa (SSFA) can be easily considered from dual perspectives...." (read the full article)
- Ask the Experts: (This Section of the Academic Herald includes opinion papers about current affairs) (September 6, 2009)
"The spasmodic and obduracy civil war in the Darfur region of western Sudan has been on the world’s agenda for quite sometime now. But the solutions to the conflict are far from sight due to the complex web of actors and competing interests that are involve. Compounding the volatile military situation is that the responses of the international community have been highly unclear and not encourage enough. Additionally, Darfur region is not assisted by the vacillation of the international community on how best to reach long lasting political solutions. The crisis, opposing the Government of the Sudan (GoS) and its proxy militia force (the Janjaweed) on the one hand, and the different regional rebel movements championed by the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on another hand, has resulted in the stupendous loss of lives and property. Between February 2003 when the war started and 2006, the conflict had resulted in more than 350,000 deaths, almost 2 million displaced (UNHCR, 2007. The State of the World’s Refugees 2006. [www.unhcr.org]), while mass raping, gangsterism, etc, are now the ‘normal’ ways of life in this ‘highly unfortunate’ region..."(read the full article) "The political circumstances underlying the Military Coups that took place in Thailand and Honduras in September 19, 2006 and June 28, 2009 respectively show some important similarities. Both coups were undertaken by conservative elements in order to remove populist elected leaders from their posts. Moreover, in both cases the populist leaders enjoyed the support of the great majority of the rural population. Nevertheless this paper attempts to explain how different international and regional norms shaped the regional and international reactions to the two coups. In the case of the Thai Coup the norm of non-interference was upheld by the Association of Southeast Asian States as well as by the rest of the International Community while in the Honduran case the norm of “protection of democracy” and “the rule of law” were upheld by the Association of American States and the rest of the International Community. This paper argues that the international community and other regions should learn from the prompt and decisive response to the Coup in Honduras based on a normative shift away from sovereignty as an absolute right and towards sovereignty as responsibility..." (read the full article)
- INTRODUCING THE LAGOS (NIGERIA) PRIORY OF THE GUILD OF INDEPENDENT SCHOLAR With the signing, on behalf of the Executive Board and Governing Council of the Guild of Independent Scholars, of the appointment letter by the Chairman of the Guild, Mr. Otto F. von Feigenblatt, the Lagos (Nigeria) Priory of the Guild of Independent Scholars officially came in to being on the 15 June 2009...
- Dr. Patrick McAllister, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Canterbury, is the recipient of the Award of Scholar of the Month for August, 2009.
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- Social Policies: Local Experiments, Traveling Ideas: The EVENTAugust 20-22, 2009 From Thursday, August 20th to Saturday August 22nd, the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy (RC19) will hold its annual academic conference in Montreal, Canada. This event is organized by the Canada Research Chair on Citizenship and Governance of the Université de Montréal, with an organising committee drawn from across UdeM and Carleton University. RC19’s annual conference brings together leading international scholars in the field of comparative welfare state studies covering all parts of the globe and encompassing a wide range of disciplines including sociology, social policy and political science. Following past practice, RC19 2009 will include both sessions responding to the conference theme and others reporting on the ongoing research projects of RC19 members. Again as in the past, events providing mentoring opportunities for young scholars will be an integral part of the program. For all inquiries, please contact :Caroline Vachon,
Project Coordinator, CCCG, Université de Montréal RC19cccg@umontreal.caDépartement de science politique
Université de MontréalCP 6128, succ. Centre-Ville
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- GIS in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2009 There will be an inaugural GIS in the Humanities and Social Sciences 2009 International Conference, to be held at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan from 7 to 9 October 2009. This significant international Geographical Information Science event aims to bring together an eclectic mix of humanists and social scientists have used GIS in their work. With a view to the development of GIS as an effective tool and approach for disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, scholars considering using GIS and doctoral students are welcomed as well. There are several leading figures in GIS scholarship in the humanities and social sciences to give keynote presentations. Keynote speeches will be presented by: Dr. Edward Ayers, University of RichmondDr. Michael Goodchild, University of California, Santa Barbara Dr. Ian Gregory, Lancaster UniversityDr. Trevor Harris, University of West Virginia To reflect the guiding motif of this conference - Innovating, Collaborating, Sharing – the conference will highlight cutting edge GIS work in the Humanities and Social Sciences but also showcase new directions. Recent developments in GIS and GISci suggest that we stand on the cusp of a step-change in research practice and outcomes as GIS is ever more widely used. We especially encourage presentations on exemplar projects that have developed GIS in the Humanities or Social Sciences, GIS-based work that has resulted in new scholarship and disciplinary understanding, temporal GIS, new methodologies and techniques, and the future of GIS in Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information about the call for papers and sessions, please click HERE. This conference is the first of three relating to collaboration between Academia Sinica, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and Queen’s University Belfast. It also furthers the aims of the UK Historical GIS 2008 Conference held at Essex University in August 2008. By exchanging experiences on how to develop Geographic technology and applications, this Conference would provide the community with invaluable insights for future collaboration. Academia Sinica is able to offer some support to cover travel and subsistence for some speakers. On submitting a proposal, please indicate if you wish to apply for financial assistance and provide supporting evidence for this request. For more information about the call for papers and sessions, please contact Ms. Chang at email@example.com.
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We at Glorioustimes believe in his immense creativity, this book of short poems would continue to inspire poets who believe that poems can be mere words bereft of structure and laws, if understood to its fullest capacity.
The Hungry Generation Movement that started at Kolkata in the late sixties advocated the same principles which Shaleen's work gives a whiff.
Shaleen Singh from Uttar Pradesh has contributed to a movement that is iconoclastic, reminding me of such people as Sasthi Brata and Erica Jong."
1. WE HAVE NEW MEMBERS OF THE ADVISORY BOARD (October 3, 2008)
The Journal of Alternative Perspectives has recently been strengthened by the addition of four distinguished individuals to the Advisory Board. Two members are prominent diplomats and the other two are eminent scholars.
Dr. Nolan Quiros of the University for International Cooperation (San Jose, Costa Rica) is one the foremost experts in sustainable development in Central America. His University is the leading private University in Costa Rica in the fields of development and the social sciences in general. In addition to being a prominent scholar, Dr. Quiros is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the University for International Cooperation. Dr. Quiros has expressed his intention to actively cooperate with the Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences.
H.E Phillip von Feigenblatt, Count of Kobrin, is serving as Itinerant Ambassador of Panama to the Middle East. The Count has a long diplomatic career including serving as Ambassador to Libya and Egypt. Moreover his career also includes serving as Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Panama. His Excellency has received multiple international honors and several knighthoods. The Ambassador is actively promoting the Journal in Europe and the Americas with t he intention of cooperating with the diplomatic community.
Dr. Malcolm Cooper is a prominent expert in Public Policy. He has worked for the Australian Government and is presently the Vice-President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Beppu, Japan). Dr. Cooper has promoted international education in Japan and cooperation with other universities around the world. Dr. Cooper has also expressed his support for JASSP and accepted to join the Advisory Board.
H.E. Morris von Feigenblatt, Baron of Feigenblatt-Miller, has recently been appointed by Presidential decree, Consul General of Equatorial Guinea to San Jose (Costa Rica). His Excellency has also served as Consul General of the Republic of Costa Rica to Alicante (Spain). The Baron’s career also includes experience in international development. His Excellency served as CEO of a Spanish Corporation developing the urban infrastructure of Saudi Arabia in the 1970s. In addition to that His Excellency designed and built one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Costa Rican capital, the Tara Hotel. Furthermore, the Baron has received numerous international honors and holds more than 10 knighthoods. As a sign of support to JASSP, the Baron has promised to represent the Journal in Central America and to promote it.
The Advisory Board of the Journal of Alternative Perspectives will continue to grow so as to foster international cooperation and continuously improve the quality and reach of the Journal.
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