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Support this show and all of our videos on Patreon. A America presents Europe with a vision of its own future or B America, as a latecomer, is an immature version of Europe. Each of these versions can assume either a negative i or a positive ii interpretation. Thus Ai claims that America as a technologically advanced civilization has an origin that Europeans can reproduce, and Bi says that American dynamism which is already exhausted in Europe can nevertheless have a salutary effect.

Finally Bii says thatAmerica is a raw and destructive society which we Europeans have already managed to transcend and overcome. Offe then applies this ideal typical scheme to the three authors. Tocqueville belongs unambiguously to Ai in which America is a vanguard society and a direct contrast with the failures of the old regime in aristocratic Europe.

Because of its lack of roots and the absence of a rigid status hierarchy, American post-revolutionary history has laid the foundations of a successful democracy in which voluntary associations can offset the problem of majori- tarian politics. Weber, despite his pessimism about rational capitalism, is in type Bi in which he is full of admiration for the energy of the Protestant sects, their celebration of individual freedom.

Finally Adorno is the most negative and pessimistic of our sociological travellers, occupying type Aii in which America is an advanced outpost, from which we can contemplate the destructive quality of progress. The future terminal of the culture industry awaits us all.

Although all three authors made critical observations onAmerican society, they including Adorno registered positive evaluations of the warm, trustwor- thy, open, and egalitarian aspects of American culture and everyday life.

One general problem with this tradition of European analysis has been a tendency to assume that the forces shaping Europe also apply equally to America. The other major difference is the separation of church and state, denominationalism, and the absence of any significant period of secularization. Reflections on America is simultaneously an excellent contribution to sociological theory and to historical-comparative research. While Offe may have neglected these issues, he is very clear about a third issue, namely militarism and foreign policy.

This is controversial in the light of American foreign policy in respect of the Philippines, Guam, Guatemala, Iran under Dr. Mossadegh, and Puerto Rico Cabranes, At various points in his analysis, Offe touches upon the issue of the bellicosity or otherwise of American society. Tocqueville noted that since America had no significant, aggressive neighbours, it had no fear of either invasion or conquest, and it was not threatened by the political power of its own military caste.

Offe returns to this military theme in his conclusion by noting that America, especially under President George W. The two preconditions of this global mission is that America is safe from attack, and at the same time it is surrounded by rogue states and evil axes of power, which must be opposed.

Half-Real: Video Games Between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds

This debate is still unre- solved, but Reflections on America offers a crisp and critical overview of the narrative structure of America as either the future or the past of European civilization, as both dream and nightmare. National University of Singapore Bryan S. Turner References Adorno, T. Adorno, T. Bellah, R. Cabranes, J.

Mayer, J. Moore, B. Poggi, G. Rawls, J. Rollmann, H. Lehmann and G. Scaff, L. Shklar, J. Tocqueville, A. Weber, M. Kathryn Edin and Maria Kefalas examine the meanings of marriage, childbearing, and parenting in their new book Promises I Can Keep.

Edin and Kefalas debunk the social myth that the reason for the lower marriage rates is a result of a lack of holding marriage in the same regard that members of higher social classes do. In fact, Edin and Kefalas find that lower class women cherish marriage at least as much as everyone else. Indeed, in some respects they hold it in higher esteem than many.

The project of this book was to ask why marriage and childbearing have become so drastically decoupled among the American poor. Why and how do these women view marriage as an institution that cannot assist them in family formation? What do motherhood and marriage mean in lower class contexts to the women defining them?

Edin and Kefalas do not find the stereotypes that abound in our culture ie, the presumed moral deficiency central to the culture of poverty thesis, inhib- iting marriage, etc. In fact, they find women eager to be married, with extreme faith in, and reverence for, the institution of marriage.

They delay getting married because they understand marriage as only plau- sible when they can reasonably expect permanence. Edin and Kefalas explain that the shortage of marriageable men helps to explain the lack of interest in marriage.

Marriage for these women is not about obtaining a safe economi- cally supported household for their children. Indeed, most of these women are financially independent and see other women tied down by economic dependency. Quantitative research has previously shown that poor women are less likely to marry, more likely to have premarital sex, less likely to use contraceptives, and more likely to be raising the children on their own.

However, quantitative research was unable to answer some other interesting and potentially decisive sociological questions as well. For instance, why is it that poor women are making different choices? Also, possibly more importantly, how do they under- stand the choices that they are making? How do they rationalize behavior that is not-so-quietly condemned? This book answers all of these questions as well as offering a more general commentary on the state of contemporary American families.

Historically, marriage, sex, and childbirth have all been understood to take place in the order listed. Contemporary society has seen drastic shifts in the order and necessity of each of these steps, all of which have had drastic consequences for family life and the family unit.

For instance, we no longer need marriage to have children, and more strikingly, we no longer need sex to reproduce. Edin and Kefalas are primarily concerned with the decoupling of marriage from reproduction among lower-class women. They find a complete separation between mar- riage and motherhood. Most alarming is the speed with which the relationships escalate. Men seem almost infamous in these stories for articulating a desire to father children with their significant others.

However, they are less often cared for by these same men. The prospect of single motherhood is potentially less threatening in this environment, because it is such a stable element of the geography. Edin and Kefalas illustrate the complex relationship between courtship and parenthood in chapter 2.

Relationships proceed extremely quickly by many standards, from kissing to pregnancy and cohabitation in relatively short amounts of time. They explain women as predomi- nantly understanding childrearing and parenting as life-altering and enhancing experiences.

For their male counterparts, fathering a child is more commonly understood as a method through which they can declare strong feelings for women. The biggest problem with this is of course the usage of this model. It is great as an introductory understanding of what games revolve around, but its characte A great introductory read to the field of game studies that seeks to establish a distinction of video games on a basic level.

It is great as an introductory understanding of what games revolve around, but its characterisations of border-line games and non-games ultimately highlight the limits of this umbrella term; games of chance are suddenly not pure games in this model because they don't involve player effort.

Then what is a pure game, and have we truly discovered the limits of purity through video games? Nevertheless, the theoretical foundation is sound albeit open for more contextualization as the book takes up the complicated roots of game studies that characterised the early 's.

Narratology vs. This book does not stop these developments, but it argues for the limits of essentialising video games as "either or". The book ultimately argues succesfully that video games are not experiences caused by rules nor stories only. It is then limiting to argue for games as either activity or a story, because, as Juul details, rules and fiction work concurrently to present the game presentation with which the player engages.

First chapter introduces overall theories that have impacted the field of game studies; a good introduction for the uninitiated.He also uses web content to good effect, linking to games and This is an excellent outline of the field of game studies, suitable for not only students and researchers but also independent readers. Tocqueville, A. This is where identity-based groupings must reach out to a wider public by mobilising the cultural resources at their disposal to achieve the objects of their activism.

Shelves: non-fiction , research-related , books-i-own This is an excellent outline of the field of game studies, suitable for not only students and researchers but also independent readers.

The nature of their encounters with the new industrial giant was very different. National University of Singapore Bryan S. On balance this is outweighed by the value of the research, but once again the question of exploitation rears its head.

In this thought-provoking study, Jesper Juul examines the constantly evolving tension between rules and fiction in video games. Cultural sociology has been, as the editors argue, a response to several key developments in sociology and its social context.

How sad that we need to keep recounting these same old stories.