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Fernwood Publishing 2011 Spring Catalogue

Fernwood Publishing 2011 Spring Catalogue

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Fernwood Publishing's NEW Spring 2011 catalogue. Books will be released starting in February 2011.
Fernwood Publishing's NEW Spring 2011 catalogue. Books will be released starting in February 2011.

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Published by: Fernwood Publishing on Dec 20, 2010
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“Corporate America is in fabulous shape,” the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase tolda meeting of the Business Council. Non-nancial rms have accumulated more cash “than at any other time in the past half century. They are ush, in ghting-trim and …fabulous.” —
Globe and Mail,
Saturday October 15, 2010What? Aren’t we living in a time of dire economic crisis — in Canada, as well as inthe entire western capitalist world? Unemployment is stubbornly high, consumers arenot spending, corporations are neither investing nor hiring.Where did big business get all this cash?In late 2008, we were told that we, citizens and taxpayers, had to bail out bigbusiness … and it was big business that was bailed out. Not the people who lost their jobs and houses, not the small businesses that went bankrupt, but the banks and thenancial and mortgage companies that precipitated the latest crisis of capitalism. If wedidn’t fund a huge stimulus spending, we were told, we’d be stuck with high unem-ployment, lack of consumer spending, corporations that would neither invest nor hire.Seems we only got what the massive spending was to avoid.The Canadian federal government spent our way into a $50 billion plus decit. Thedecits of provincial and municipal governments add billions to the total. And manyCanadian and U.S. citizens followed our political leaders into this attempt to save anun-savable economic system. Seems the money has been transferred from the major-ity of citizens to the bank accounts of big business. Governments did for the corpora-tions what the big corporations tried to do for themselves, but failed.Now, governments are warning that their spending has to stop. Decits are get-ting so high as to threaten to bring whole countries down. We are being told that it istime to tighten belts. Government debt and decit will bring on more economic crisis.This sounds so familiar.What can we expect when governments reduce their decits? It will almostcertainly be by cutting back on those things that are important to the citizens whosupported the call to save those who were “too big to fail.” We can expect cuts tohealth, education, to spending for disabled people and the unemployed, nothing foradequate shelter — you can bet your bottom dollar it won’t be bringing corporatetaxes and taxes on the wealthy back to fair levels, it won’t be ending the $1.5 billionsubsidies paid to oil companies in Canada …More importantly, it won’t be forcing those big corporations who are sitting onmountains of cash to use it in socially responsible ways — investing in our communi-ties, in the things we need, in good jobs. Instead, they will be allowed to sit on it untilthey devise some other derivative, sub-prime scheme on which to gamble our money.Then, the crisis cycle will start all over again.An in/famous social philosopher put it so clearly over 160 years ago: “The execu-tive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common aairs of thewhole bourgeoisie.” His observation, made long ago, is still right on the money today.So were his prescriptions: we need to end our economic reliance on the whims andinterests of those “too big to fail.We at Fernwood Publishing think that there has to be another way. It is our goalto participate in forging a humane, fair and sustainable economic and social world. Wedo this through our publications. We invite you to join with us in developing the wayforward.In closing, we pay tribute to one of Canada’s preminent scholars and activists.Patricia Monture passed away on Wednesday November 17. Trisha was a militant advo-cate for Aboriginal rights in Canada, and wrote leading insights on Indigenous theory,law and governance, and social and political inequality. She was an inspiration to all of us. She will be greatly missed.
The Publishers at Fernwood 
visit us at www.fernwoodpublishing.ca • subscribe to our newsletter • contribute to our blog • follow us on facebook and twitter
Spring 2011 Titles... 3 – 19
About Canada... 10 – 11Fernwood Basics... 1 – 17
Roseway Publishing... 18 – 19Selected Backlist... 20 – 34
Aboriginal Studies... 20Canadian Studies... 21Class... 21Criminology / Law... 22Development Studies... 23Disability Studies... 23Economics... 24Environment / Ecology... 25Food Studies... 25Gender... 2History... 2Health Studies... 2International Studies... 27Labour Studies... 27Media... 28Political Economy... 28Public Policy... 29Race / Racism... 29Research... 30Social Movements... 30Social / Political Theory... 31Social Work... 32Socialist Register... 33Sociology... 33Women... 34
Titles in Print... 35
Fernwood... 35Print on Demand... 39Roseway... 39
Ordering Information... back cover
Media Mediocrity — Waging War Against Science
How the Television Makes Us Stoopid!
Richard Zurawski 
We have all, at some point, seen science in action on television. Whether itwas a program about disasters or weather, nature or the universe, a sciencecommentator, even a crime show depicting forensic evidence — we haveall gleaned tidbits of scientic information while being entertained by ourtelevisions.Or have we?From science channels and documentaries to ctional and children’s pro-gramming, television brings a myriad of scientic discoveries and theoriesinto the homes of people around the world. But how accurately do theseprograms represent science? In
Media Mediocrity 
, television producer andbroadcaster Richard Zurawski argues that the science we learn on televisionis inaccurate, misleading and sometimes even dangerous.Dealing with issues such as tobacco consumption, global warming andintelligent design,
Media Mediocrity 
examines how television producers’pursuit of ratings and prot trump any desire to provide the audience withan accurate knowledge of science — and argues that there are real conse-quences for this lack of knowledge. Four out of ve viewers gather the bulk of their scientic knowledge from television, making television an importantintermediary between society and its understanding of science. If televisiongives us misleading — or blatantly false — scientic information, how canwe hope to make informed decisions about scientic issues? Equally impor-tantly, who is it that is feeding us this false science? And what do they gainfrom doing so? If you think your TV has made you an expert, then read thisbook — and think again.RICHARD ZURAWSKI is a meteorologist, documentary lm producer, TVhost, writer, university lecturerer, public speaker and media expert and per-sonality. He is the author of 
Richard Zurawski’s Book of Maritime Weather 
The Maritime Book of Climate Change
. He lives in Halifax with his wife, Susan,and two border collies, Patch and Tasha.
CONTENTS: Prologue • Introduction: The War Against Science • The Television Cyclops: The One-Eyed Unblinking Monster • Science vs. Journalism: Into the Field of Battle • Television, the Mouthpiece of Vested Interests • The Great Battles in the War Against Science • TV News • Closing Thoughts and Recapping • Bibliography • Index
pb 9781552664001$24.95192ppRights: World / April

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