Description : A brilliant, sometimes unsettling look at how ancient codes of honor figure in the social discomforts of everyday life.
Description : "The Humiliation of Sinners is the work of a formidable scholar whose intensive research . . . produced a bold reinterpretation of the history of medieval penance."—Catholic Historical Review"Mansfield's book challenges long-held assumptions about the disappearance of public penance after the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. . . . The Humiliation of Sinners shows that Mansfield was a young woman of extraordinary promise in the field of medieval studies."—Choice"Mansfield argues that public penance continued to flourish throughout the thirteenth century. . . . She examines a rich variety of sources drawn primarily from northern France. The surviving narratives report a surprising number of cases of public penance involving notorious figures."—Law and History Review"This book is a major achievement. Its masterly synthesis is extensively documented, based on very close reading of a wide range of manuscript and printed material. Coherent in itself, it contains much of value beyond its own immediate concerns."—French HistoryThis compelling book, first published in 1995, changed historians' understanding of the history of public penance, a topic crucial to debates about the complex evolution of individualism in the West. Mary C. Mansfield demonstrates that various forms of public humiliation, imposed on nobles and peasants alike for shocking crimes as well as for minor brawls, survived into the thirteenth century and beyond.
Description : Degradation, dehumanization, instrumentalization, humiliation, and nonrecognition – these concepts point to ways in which we understand human beings to be violated in their dignity. Violations of human dignity are brought about by concrete practices and conditions; some commonly acknowledged, such as torture and rape, and others more contested, such as poverty and exclusion. This volume collates reflections on such concepts and a range of practices, deepening our understanding of human dignity and its violation, bringing to the surface interrelationships and commonalities, and pointing to the values that are thereby shown to be in danger. In presenting a streamlined discussion from a negative perspective, complemented by conclusions for a positive account of human dignity, the book is at once a contribution to the body of literature on what dignity is and how it should be protected as well as constituting an alternative, fresh and focused perspective relevant to this significant recurring debate. As the concept of human dignity itself crosses disciplinary boundaries, this is mirrored in the unique range of perspectives brought by the book’s European and American contributors – in philosophy and ethics, law, human rights, literature, cultural studies and interdisciplinary research. This volume will be of interest to social and moral philosophers, legal and human rights theorists, practitioners and students.
Description : Blema Steinberg adopts a psychoanalytical approach in her examination of the decision making of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Dwight Eisenhower during the Vietnam War. She argues that personality traits, such as narcissism, influenced critical decisions they made about U.S. intervention in Vietnam.
Description : Wayne Koestenbaum considers the meaning of humiliation in this eloquent work of cultural critique and personal reflection. The lives of people both famous and obscure are filled with scarlet-letter moments when their dirty laundry sees daylight. In these moments we not only witness the reversibility of "success," of prominence, but also come to visceral terms with our own vulnerable selves. We can't stop watching the scene of shame, identifying with it and absorbing its nearness, and relishing our imagined immunity from its stain, even as we acknowledge the universal, embarrassing predicament of living in our own bodies. With an unusual, disarming blend of autobiography and cultural commentary, noted poet and critic Wayne Koestenbaum takes us through a spectrum of mortifying circumstances—in history, literature, art, current events, music, film, and his own life. His generous disclosures and brilliant observations go beyond prurience to create a poetics of abasement. Inventive, poignant, erudite, and playful, Humiliation plunges into one of the most disquieting of human experiences, with reflections at once emboldening and humane.
Description : How could the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not only survive but even thrive, regaining the support of many Chinese citizens after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989? Why has popular sentiment turned toward anti-Western nationalism despite the anti-dictatorship democratic movements of the 1980s? And why has China been more assertive toward the United States and Japan in foreign policy but relatively conciliatory toward smaller countries in conflict? Offering an explanation for these unexpected trends, Zheng Wang follows the Communist governmentÕs ideological reeducation of the public, which relentlessly portrays China as the victim of foreign imperialist bullying during Òone hundred years of humiliation.Ó By concentrating on the telling and teaching of history in todayÕs China, Wang illuminates the thinking of the young patriots who will lead this rising power in the twenty-first century. Wang visits ChinaÕs primary schools and memory sites and reads its history textbooks, arguing that ChinaÕs rise should not be viewed through a single lens, such as economics or military growth, but from a more comprehensive perspective that takes national identity and domestic discourse into account. Since it is the prime raw material for constructing ChinaÕs national identity, historical memory is the key to unlocking the inner mystery of the Chinese. From this vantage point, Wang tracks the CCPÕs use of history education to glorify the party, reestablish its legitimacy, consolidate national identity, and justify one-party rule in the post-Tiananmen and postÐCold War era. The institutionalization of this manipulated historical consciousness now directs political discourse and foreign policy, and Wang demonstrates its important role in ChinaÕs rise.
Description : Some books touch a nerve, then there's Empire of Humiliation drilling through the molar.(Consul Will Kinney) As with all superior minds, Brusseau answers at a stroke questions filling books for others (What is imperialism, post-nationalism, etc.)but what brings this novel of ideas alive is the fast plot and local details. World-class in every sense.(Lines//Lneas) A prostitutes fingers shredded, an extravagant and lethal drinking party, a curator sacrificed in an eccentric theater: all of it seemingly committed by an American pair living in Mexico City. To save themselves, they'll have to discover who's really behind the scenes, and why. Answering will expose them to an elegant manipulator, and his tools for making others feel desperately inferior. The grime, the corruption and dangers of a third-world megacity will have to be faced, along with the truth about being an American abroad today. There is a way out, but they'll have to see how everything happening around them fits into a larger experiment in imperialism. And they'll have to decide, is American empire good or bad or just an opportunity? A suspicion guides this novel: humiliation can be wielded not only to enrage people, but also to twist and ultimately control them. In expert hands, even whole nations may be dominated because they've been made to feel contemptible. If that's right, then episodes of disdain separating foreigners from locals become introductions to power in our world. About the Author James Brusseau holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and has taught at universities in the United States, Mexico and Europe. A milestone figure in contemporary theory, he is author of several scholarly books. This is his first novel.
Description : There was a war fought in the heavens between the Creator God and Lucifer. That conflict—the insurrection of Lucifer and one third of the angels—was settled aeons ago and resulted in the defeat and expulsion of the angelic rebels from the heavenly realm and their confinement to the earth. The earth has been their prison ever since. Satan was free to go wherever he pleased, but now he is banished to this planet until his folly is played out in the grand humiliation thereby revealing the lie that he has promulgated, that the war has not been won, that he is still warring with God and thus may win. Mankind plays a central role in this grand humiliation and when it is finished there will be no doubt throughout the Cosmos that God reigns supreme.