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Comunicare il museo oggi : dalle scelte museologiche al digitale / a cura di Lida Branchesi, Valter Curzi, Nicolette Mandarano. - Milano : Skira, 2016.
A 069.014 COM

La valorizzazione dei musei è oggi argomento di scelte politiche discusse e di un dibattito non sempre sereno e meditato, al quale questo volume offre un contributo scientifico di esperienze e di riflessioni, nella convinzione che non possa esserci valorizzazione senza un'adeguata comunicazione. L'idea di un confronto internazionale, che ponga al centro della discussione il rapporto del museo con i visitatori, scaturisce dall'urgenza più recente dell'istituzione museale: interrogarsi sulle proprie capacità attrattive nei confronti di un pubblico sempre più vasto e non sempre dotato di specifici strumenti culturali. Intercettare l'attenzione e insieme il diletto del visitatore costituisce una vera e propria sfida per chi crede nel valore educativo del museo. Il volume si divide in quattro parti, nella prospettiva di ordinare una materia complessa, come reso evidente dalla necessità di un dialogo tra diverse specifiche competenze: Comunicare coinvolgendo: scelte museologiche a confronto, Il progetto musart nel sistema museale regionale e l'interazione con le comunità locali, "Comunicare il museo a chi?", "Comunicare il museo come?".

The field study handbook / Jan Chipchase. - San Francisco : Field Institute, 2017.
A 001.433 CHI FIE

Used books : marking readers in Reinassance England / W.H. Sherman. - Philadelphia : Penn, 2008.
A 028.90941 SHE USE

 

Computer science

Computer simulation using particles / R.W. Hockney and J.W. Eastwood. - Bristol [etc.] : Institute of Physics Publ, 1988.
A 003.3 HOC COM

Computer simulation of systems has become an important tool in scientific research and engineering design, including the simulation of systems through the motion of their constituent particles. Important examples of this are the motion of stars in galaxies, ions in hot gas plasmas, electrons in semiconductor devices, and atoms in solids and liquids. The behavior of the system is studied by programming into the computer a model of the system and then performing experiments with this model. New scientific insight is obtained by observing such computer experiments, often for controlled conditions that are not accessible in the laboratory. Computer Simulation using Particles deals with the simulation of systems by following the motion of their constituent particles. This book provides an introduction to simulation using particles based on the NGP, CIC, and P3M algorithms and the programming principles that assist with the preparations of large simulation programs based on the OLYMPUS methodology. It also includes case study examples in the fields of astrophysics, plasmas, semiconductors, and ionic solids as well as more detailed mathematical treatment of the models, such as their errors, dispersion, and optimization.

Distributed systems : principles and paradigms / Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Maarten van Steen. – 2nd ed. Adjusted for digital publishing. - [Niederlande] : Maarten van Steen, 2016.
A 004.36 TAN DIS

This second edition of Distributed Systems, Principles & Paradigms, covers the principles, advanced concepts, and technologies of distributed systems in detail, including: communication, replication, fault tolerance, and security. Intended for use in a senior/graduate level distributed systems course or by professionals, this text systematically shows how distributed systems are designed and implemented in real systems.

Domain-specific languages / Martin Fowler ; with Rebecca Parsons. - Upper Saddle River, NJ : Addison-Wesley, 2011.
A 005.13 FOW DOM

When carefully selected and used, Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) may simplify complex code, promote effective communication with customers, improve productivity, and unclog development bottlenecks. In Domain-Specific Languages , noted software development expert Martin Fowler first provides the information software professionals need to decide if and when to utilize DSLs. Then, where DSLs prove suitable, Fowler presents effective techniques for building them, and guides software engineers in choosing the right approaches for their applications. This book’s techniques may be utilized with most modern object-oriented languages; the author provides numerous examples in Java and C#, as well as selected examples in Ruby. Wherever possible, chapters are organized to be self-standing, and most reference topics are presented in a familiar patterns format. Armed with this wide-ranging book, developers will have the knowledge they need to make important decisions about DSLs—and, where appropriate, gain the significant technical and business benefits they offer.

DSL Engineering : Designing, Implementing and Using Domain-Specific Languages / Markus Voelter. - [S.l.] : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
A 005.13 VOE DSL

The definitive resource on domain-specific languages: based on years of real-world experience, relying on modern language workbenches and full of examples. Domain-Specific Languages are programming languages specialized for a particular application domain. By incorporating knowledge about that domain, DSLs can lead to more concise and more analyzable programs, better code quality and increased development speed. This book provides a thorough introduction to DSL, relying on today’s state of the art language workbenches. The book has four parts: introduction, DSL design, DSL implementation as well as the role of DSLs in various aspects of software engineering. Part I Introduction: This part introduces DSLs in general and discusses their advantages and drawbacks. It also defines important terms and concepts and introduces the case studies used in the most of the remainder of the book. Part II DSL Design: This part discusses the design of DSLs – independent of implementation techniques. It reviews seven design dimensions, explains a number of reusable language paradigms and points out a number of process-related issues. Part III DSL Implementation: This part provides details about the implementation of DSLs with lots of code. It uses three state-of-the-art but quite different language workbenches: JetBrains MPS, Eclipse Xtext and TU Delft’s Spoofax. Part IV DSLs and Software Engineering: This part discusses the use of DSLs for requirements, architecture, implementation and product line engineering, as well as their roles as a developer utility and for implementing business logic.

Evolving software systems / Tom Mens... [et al.] (eds.). - Berlin : Springer, 2014.
A 005.1 EVO

During the last few years, software evolution research has explored new domains such as the study of socio-technical aspects and collaboration between different individuals contributing to a software system, the use of search-based techniques and meta-heuristics, the mining of unstructured software repositories, the evolution of software requirements, and the dynamic adaptation of software systems at runtime. Also more and more attention is being paid to the evolution of collections of inter-related and inter-dependent software projects, be it in the form of web systems, software product families, software ecosystems or systems of systems. With this book, the editors present insightful contributions on these and other domains currently being intensively explored, written by renowned researchers in the respective fields of software evolution. Each chapter presents the state of the art in a particular topic, as well as the current research, available tool support and remaining challenges. The book is complemented by a glossary of important terms used in the community, a reference list of nearly 1,000 papers and books and tips on additional resources that may be useful to the reader (reference books, journals, standards and major scientific events in the domain of software evolution and datasets). This book is intended for all those interested in software engineering, and more particularly, software maintenance and evolution. Researchers and software practitioners alike will find in the contributed chapters an overview of the most recent findings, covering a broad spectrum of software evolution topics. In addition, it can also serve as the basis of graduate or postgraduate courses on e.g., software evolution, requirements engineering, model-driven software development or social informatics.

La privacy vi salverà la vita! : internet, social, chat e altre mortali amenità / Alessandro Curioni. - Milano : Mimesis, 2017.
A 005.8 CUR PRI

“Stiamo morendo per eccesso di informazioni” è una frase di Federico Zeri che oggi appare profetica. Al cospetto di una Rete sconfinata che non dimentica nulla, continuiamo a riversare su web, chat on line e social media pezzi della nostra vita, con conseguenze imprevedibili e non di rado tragiche. Ricatti, vendette, umiliazioni pubbliche, furti di identità sono cronaca quotidiana sul web e spesso i colpevoli sono le stesse vittime, incapaci di trattenere il desiderio di trovare un posto al sole su Internet.

 

Library and information science

Architettura dell'informazione per il World Wide Web / Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville. - 2. Ed. - Milano : Hops, c2002.
A 025.04 ROS ARC

Questa seconda edizione dell'"Architettura dell'informazione per il World Wide Web" mostra come costruire siti organizzati in modo corrente e funzionale mescolando con efficacia estetica e tecnica.

Bibliotheken : alles Wissen dieser Welt : warum Bibliotheken nie sterben werden. - Zürich : NZZ-Folio, 2017.
A 027.049457 ALL

 

Journalism, publishing

Intertextuality and the 24-Hour news cycle : a day in the rhetorical life of Colin Powell's U.N. address / John Oddo. - Michigan : Michigan State Univ. Press, 2014.
A 071.3 ODD INT

Remaking the news : essays on the future of journalism Scholarship in the Digital Age / Pablo J. Boczkowski, C. W. Anderson. - Cambridge : MIT Press, 2017.
A 070.4 REM

The use of digital technology has transformed the way news is produced, distributed, and received. Just as media organizations and journalists have realized that technology is a central and indispensable part of their enterprise, scholars of journalism have shifted their focus to the role of technology. In Remaking the News, leading scholars chart the future of studies on technology and journalism in the digital age. These ongoing changes in journalism invite scholars to rethink how they approach this dynamic field of inquiry. The contributors consider theoretical and methodological issues; concepts from the social science canon that can help make sense of journalism; the occupational culture and practice of journalism; and major gaps in current scholarship on the news: analyses of inequality, history, and failure.

 

Philosophy and psychology

The activity of being : an essay on Aristotle's ontology / Aryeh Kosman. - Cambridge : Harvard Univ. Press, 2013.
A 111 KOS ACT

Understanding “what something is” is a project that has long occupied philosophers. Perhaps no thinker in the Western tradition has had more influence on how we approach this question than Aristotle, whose Metaphysics remains the locus classicus of rigorous examinations into the nature of being. Now, in an elegantly argued new study, Aryeh Kosman reinterprets Aristotle’s ontology and compels us to reexamine some of our most basic assumptions about the great philosopher’s thought. For Aristotle, to ask “what something is” is to inquire into a specific mode of its being, something ordinarily regarded as its “substance.” But to understand substance, we need the concept of energeia―a Greek term usually translated as “actuality.” In a move of far-reaching consequence, Kosman explains that the correct translation of energeia is not “actuality” but “activity.” We have subtly misunderstood the Metaphysics on this crucial point, says Kosman. Aristotle conceives of substance as a kind of dynamic activity, not some inert quality. Substance is something actively being what it is. Kosman demonstrates how this insight significantly alters our understanding of a number of important concepts in Aristotelian thought, from accounts of motion, consciousness, and essence to explanations of the nature of animal and divine being. Whether it is approached as an in-depth introduction to Aristotle’s metaphysics or as a highly original reassessment sure to spark debate, there can be no argument that The Activity of Being is a major contribution to our understanding of one of philosophy’s most important thinkers.

Aquinas on being, goodness, and God / Christopher Hughes. - London : Routledge, 2015.
A 189.4 HUG AQU

Thomas Aquinas is one of the most important figures in the history of philosophy and philosophical theology. Relying on a deep understanding of Aristotle, Aquinas developed a metaphysical framework that is comprehensive, detailed, and flexible. Within that framework, he formulated a range of strikingly original and carefully explicated views in areas including natural theology, philosophy of mind, philosophical psychology, and ethics. In this book, Christopher Hughes focuses on Aquinas's thought from an analytic philosophical perspective. After an overview of Aquinas's life and works, Hughes discusses Aquinas's metaphysics, including his conception of substance, matter, and form, and his account of essence and existence; and his theory of the nature of human beings, including his critique of a substance dualism that Aquinas attributes to Plato, but is usually associated with Descartes. In the final chapters, Hughes discusses Aquinas's account of the existence and nature of God, and his treatment of the problem of evil, as well as his ideas about the relation of goodness to being, choice, and happiness. Aquinas on Being, Goodness, and God is essential reading for students and scholars of Aquinas, and anyone interested in philosophy of religion or the history of medieval philosophy.

Cosmopolitan business ethics : towards a global ethos of management / Jacob Dahl Rendtorff. - London : Routledge, 2018.
A 174.4 REN COS

In Cosmopolitan Business Ethics: Towards a Global Ethos of Management, Jacob Dahl Rendtorff maps the concept of global business ethics, related to sustainability and corporate governance, via an examination of the major theories of business ethics and the philosophy of management. The book is based on the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and the European tradition, which is applied as the foundation for the analysis of the contemporary European and Anglo-American debate on business ethics in order to formulate an up-to-date theory of global business ethics. The book will compare the different schools of business ethics, corporate citizenship, and the philosophy of management and will address the modern-day issues of sustainability, business and human rights, corporate social responsibility, stakeholder management, and corporate governance, offering insights on how to deal with these international challenges of global economics, the development and protection of human rights, and the environment. This book proposes a decision-making model for cosmopolitan business ethics as the foundation of management and leadership in dealing with the complexities of globalization. The case studies will address the efforts of businesses to work with global and cosmopolitan business ethics at the levels of maintaining corporate integrity. Both the theoretical argument and case studies presented in the book are based on exchanges with notable business ethicists, philosophers of management, business managers, and public policy-makers.

Introduzione a Nietzsche : opera per opera / Sossio Giametta. - Milano : Garzanti, 2017.
A 193 GIA INT

Il dirompente pensiero di Nietzsche ha scardinato assiomi e certezze, e ha aperto interrogativi drammatici, ancora privi di risposta. I saggi introduttivi di Sossio Giametta raccolti in questo libro mostrano in che modo Nietzsche persegua, attraverso uno scetticismo profondo e sconvolgente, l’ideale dell’indipendenza umana e l’educazione di sé e degli altri alla grandezza, rivestendo di alta poesia la multiforme tragedia del vivere; ma anche in che modo egli, sotterraneamente sospinto dalle correnti dell’epoca, per combattere la decadenza nel suo aspetto morboso-estetizzante sviluppi l’altra sua faccia, quella della violenza, accelerando la crisi involutiva della civiltà cristiano-europea giunta al tramonto.

Il misterioso eliotropismo : filosofia, politica e diritto in Walter Benjamin / Libero Federici ; prefazione di Laura Bazzicalupo. - Verona : Ombre Corte, 2017.
A 193 FED MIS

La liminare e poliedrica filosofia benjaminiana viene qui presentata come una costellazione di rimandi il cui orizzonte di senso è costituito dalla critica dei principi identitari impropriamente presenti a ogni livello (filosofico, politico, giuridico, storico, ecc.), dalla denuncia genealogica del "mito" nelle sue diverse forme e concrezioni. Il mito, configurandosi come concettualizzazione di ogni datità, costituisce un continuo e immediato discorso che naturalizza l'essere delle cose fabbricando narrazioni e legittimazioni relative a una condizione di immutabilità. La prospettiva mitico-destinale innesca e consolida determinazioni ideologiche, politiche e normativo-simboliche a cui attengono sempre rapporti di necessità. Le varie tematiche presenti in Benjamin - tra cui la questione della lingua, la duplice concezione dell'esperienza, la dimensione della violenza, la critica dello storicismo, dell'evoluzionismo riformistico socialdemocratico e del fascismo, la dottrina della sovranità, la tradizione degli oppressi, lo stato d'eccezione, l'impero della merce - vengono analizzate nella loro matrice identitaria a cui fa da contrappunto l'elaborazione di orizzonti in cui, suggestivamente ma produttivamente, possono germogliare mai sopiti spazi di differenza: "come i fiori volgono il capo verso il sole, così, per un eliotropismo di natura misteriosa, ciò che è stato tende a rivolgersi verso quel sole che sta per sorgere nel cielo della storia".

The Oxford handbook of Aquinas / ed. by Brian Davies, Eleonore Stump. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2012.
A 189.4 OXF

The present book is an introduction to this influential author and a guide to his thought on almost all the major topics on which he wrote. The book begins with an account of Aquinas's life and works. The next section contains a series of essays that set Aquinas in his intellectual context. They focus on the philosophical sources that are likely to have influenced his thinking, the most prominent of which were certain Greek philosophers (chiefly Aristotle), Latin Christian writers (such as Augustine), and Jewish and Islamic authors (such as Maimonides and Avicenna). The subsequent sections of the book address topics that Aquinas himself discussed. These include metaphysics, the existence and nature of God, ethics and action theory, epistemology, philosophy of mind and human nature, the nature of language, and an array of theological topics, including Trinity, Incarnation, sacraments, resurrection, and the problem of evil, among others. These sections include more than thirty contributions on topics central to Aquinas's own worldview. The final sections of the volume address the development of Aquinas's thought and its historical influence. Any attempt to present the views of a philosopher in an earlier historical period that is meant to foster reflection on that thinker's views needs to be both historically faithful and also philosophically engaged. The present book combines both exposition and evaluation insofar as its contributors have space to engage in both. This Handbook is therefore meant to be useful to someone wanting to learn about Aquinas's philosophy and theology while also looking for help in philosophical interaction with it.

La question du divin chez Aristote : discours sur les dieux et science du principe / F. Baghdassarian. - Louvain : Peeters, 2016.
A 185 BAG QUE

Poser la question du divin chez Aristote, c'est tenter de determiner a quelle necessite philosophique la conception aristotelicienne de la nature et de la causalite des dieux est censee repondre. A partir d'une lecture minutieuse de l'ensemble du corpus, et plus particulierement des textes physiques, cosmologiques et metaphysiques, cet ouvrage montre la centralite de la notion de principe dans l'etude aristotelicienne des dieux. Plus qu'une theologie qui chercherait a definir pour elle-meme l'essence de la divinite, l'enquete aristotelicienne sur les dieux (corps celestes ou moteurs immobiles) constitue une archologie, une science du principe. Qu'il s'integre a l'etude de la nature ou a celle des substances, chaque examen des realites divines, chaque formulation a laquelle il aboutit, se justifie d'abord en raison des exigences conceptuelles qui pesent sur la notion de principe premier, avant de se conformer a la logique conceptuelle de la divinite, de l'approfondir, voire de la renouveler.

Wisdom's apprentice : thomistic essays in honor of Lawrence Dewan, O.P / ed. by Peter A. Kwasniewski. - Washington : Catholic Univ. of America Press, 2007.
A 149.91 WIS

In Wisdom's Apprentice, twelve distinguished scholars pay grateful homage to their friend and mentor in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the study of the philosophia perennis. Prompted by the honoree's seventy-fifth birthday in March 2007, this volume gathers incisive essays on a variety of key topics in the Thomist tradition. The book is divided into four parts. Part I engages fundamental metaphysical issues, Jan Aertsen writing on truth as a transcendental, Stephen Brock and David Twetten on the doctrine of being, and J. L. A. West on supposit and nature. Part II contains essays on natural theology, with Ralph McInerny and Leslie Armour posing questions on the rational basis of man's knowledge of God and Gregory Doolan showing how deliberately Aquinas integrates divine ideas into his doctrine of God. In Part III natural philosophy comes to the fore: Christopher Decaen expounds the impossibility of action at a distance, Jude Dougherty the relationship between physics and philosophy, and Ralph Nelson the influence of Bergson on an important difference between Gilson and Maritain. The two authors of Part IV address the world of man; Kevin Flannery argues that for Aristotle no less than for Aquinas acts can be good or bad in their very species and Heather McAdam Erb unfolds Aquinas's views on interior peace, the foretaste of eternal life.

 

Religion

The God of the philosophers / Anthony Kenny. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2001.
A 212.7 KEN GOD

This provocative book examines some of the principal attributes traditionally ascribed to God in western theism, particularly omniscience and omnipotence. From his discussion of a number of related topics, including a comprehensive treatment of the problem of the relations between divine foreknowledge and human freedom, Kenny concludes that there can be no such being as the God of traditional natural theology.

God, eternity, and time / ed. by Christian Tapp and Edmund Runggaldier. - Farnham : Ashgate, 2011.
A 231.4 GOD

"God is eternal" is a standard belief of all theistic religions. But what does it mean? If, on the one hand, "eternal" means timeless, how can God hear the prayers of the faithful at some point of time? And how can a timeless God act in order to answer the prayers? If God knows what I will do tomorrow from all eternity, how can I be free to choose what to do? If, on the other hand, "eternal" means everlasting, does that not jeopardize divine majesty? How can everlastingness be reconciled with the traditional doctrines of divine simplicity and perfection? An outstanding group of American, UK, German, Austrian, and Swiss philosophers and theologians discuss the problem of God's relation to time. Their contributions range from analyzing and defending classical conceptions of eternity (Boethius's and Aquinas's) to vindicating everlastingness accounts, and from the foreknowledge problem to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. This book tackles philosophical questions that are of utmost importance for Systematic Theology. Its highest aim is to deepen our understanding of religious faith by surveying its relations to one of the most fundamental aspects of reality: time.

Islam : una nuova introduzione storica / Carole Hillenbrand ; edizione italiana a cura di Francesco Alfonso Leccese. – Milano: Einaudi, 2016.
A 297.09 HIL ISL

La storia, le credenze, le pratiche e dottrine che da Maometto a oggi hanno plasmato in tutto il mondo la cultura, l'arte e la civiltà musulmana. Un'autorevole ricostruzione storica e antropologica che, con il sussidio di un ricco apparato iconografico, offre al lettore tutti gli elementi essenziali per comprendere una religione e un sistema di vita che conta piú di un miliardo e mezzo di fedeli.

The metaphysics of creation : Aquinas's natural theology in Summa contra gentiles II / Norman Kretzmann. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2006.
A 230 KRE MET

The metaphysics of theism : Aquinas's natural theology in Summa contra gentiles I / Norman Kretzmann. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2004.
A 230 KRE MET

The Metaphysics of Theism presents an explanation and evaluation of Aquinas's natural theology, the paradigm of which is the first book of the Summa contra gentiles. But in addition to considering this as a monumental achievement of medieval philosophy, Norman Kretzmann approaches it as a continuing enterprise which can be developed with considerable benefit in contemporary philosophy. Professor Kretzmann follows Aquinas in seeing natural theology as the means of integrating philosophy and theology. What makes this enterprise natural theology is its forgoing of appeals to revelation as evidence for the truth of propositions. What makes it natural theology is its agenda: to investigate, by means of analysis and argument, not only the existence and nature of God but also the relation of everything else―especially human nature and behaviour―to God considered as reality's first principle. Professor Kretzmann argues that natural theology offers the only route by which philosophers can, as philosophers, approach theological propositions, and that the one presented in this book is the best available natural theology.

Une passion après Auschwitz? : à l'occasion de La Passion selon Marc de Michaël Levinas / Danielle Cohen-Levinas ... [et al.] ; ous la direction de Jean-Marc Tétaz et Pierre Gisel. - Paris : Beauchesne, 2017.
A 232.96 PAS

Cet ouvrage paraît à l'occasion de la création à Lausanne, lors de la semaine sainte 2017, de La Passion selon Marc. Une passion après Auschwitz du compositeur Michaël Levinas. Cette création prend place dans le cadre du 500e anniversaire de la Réforme protestante. Elle entreprend de relire le récit chrétien de la passion de Jésus dans une perspective déterminée par la Shoah. Ce projet s'inscrit dans une histoire complexe, celle de l'antijudaïsme chrétien, dont la Réforme ne fut pas indemne, mais aussi celle des interprétations, théologiques et musicales, de la passion de Jésus de Nazareth. Et il soulève des questions lourdes, mais incontournables. Peut-on mettre en rapport la crucifixion de Jésus – la passion chrétienne – et l'assassinat de six millions de juifs ? Ne risque-ton pas d'intégrer Auschwitz dans une perspective chrétienne, et du coup de priver la Shoah de sa radicale singularité ? De redoubler la violence faite aux victimes d'Auschwitz en lui donnant un sens qui en dépasserait le désastre, l'injustifiable, l'irrémédiable ? Le livre propose une série d'éclairages sur les questions que soulève le projet d'une Passion après Auschwitz : relectures du récit de la passion selon Marc, analyses historiques, réflexions sur quelques figures juives de l'interprétation de la Shoah, reprises théologiques chrétiennes enfin, autour des questions posées à la christologie et à la théologie de la passion. L'ouvrage se conclut par un entretien avec le compositeur qui revient sur son approche de cette thématique et sur sa démarche. Ont participé à cet ouvrage : Danielle Cohen-Levinas, Corina Combet-Galland, Marc Faessler, Pierre Gisel, John Jackson, Daniel Krochmalnik, Pierre-Olivier Léchot, Michaël Levinas, Jean-Marc Tétaz et Christoph Wolff.

The reality of time and the existence of God : the project of proving God's existence / David Braine. - Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1988.
A 212.1 BRA REA

Basing his argument for the existence of God on the continuous nature of the temporal world, Braine here posits that the philosophy of religion cannot be continued as a separate discipline: the solution of its problems will be the fruit of the correct telesis of the problems of general philosophy in their complex interrelationships.

When atheism becomes religion : America's new fundamentalist / Chris Hedges. - New York : Free Press, 2009.
A 211.8 HED WHE

The new atheists, led by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, do not make moral arguments about religion. Rather, they have created a new form of fundamentalism that attempts to permeate society with ideas about our own moral superiority and the omnipotence of human reason. I Don't Believe in Atheists critiques the radical mindset that rages against religion and faith. Hedges identifies the pillars of the new atheist belief system, revealing that the stringent rules and rigid traditions in place are as strict as those of any religious practice. Hedges claims that those who have placed blind faith in the morally neutral disciplines of reason and science create idols in their own image -- a sin for either side of the spectrum. He makes an impassioned, intelligent case against religious and secular fundamentalism, which seeks to divide the world into those worthy of moral and intellectual consideration and those who should be condemned, silenced and eradicated. Hedges shatters the new atheists' assault against religion in America, and in doing so, makes way for new, moderate voices to join the debate. This is a book that must be read to understand the state of the battle about faith.

 

Social sciences

The crisis of multiculturalism in europe : a history / Rita Chin. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2017.
A 305.80094 CHI CRI

In 2010, the leaders of Germany, Britain, and France each declared that multiculturalism had failed in their countries. Over the past decade, a growing consensus in Europe has voiced similar decrees. But what do these ominous proclamations, from across the political spectrum, mean? From the influx of immigrants in the 1950s to contemporary worries about refugees and terrorism, The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe examines the historical development of multiculturalism on the Continent. Rita Chin argues that there were few efforts to institute state-sponsored policies of multiculturalism, and those that emerged were pronounced failures virtually from their inception. She shows that today's crisis of support for cultural pluralism isn't new but actually has its roots in the 1980s. Chin looks at the touchstones of European multiculturalism, from the urgent need for laborers after World War II to the public furor over the publication of The Satanic Verses and the question of French girls wearing headscarves to school. While many Muslim immigrants had lived in Europe for decades, in the 1980s they came to be defined by their religion and the public's preoccupation with gender relations. Acceptance of sexual equality became the critical gauge of Muslims' compatibility with Western values. The convergence of left and right around the defense of such personal freedoms against a putatively illiberal Islam has threatened to undermine commitment to pluralism as a core ideal. Chin contends that renouncing the principles of diversity brings social costs, particularly for the left, and she considers how Europe might construct an effective political engagement with its varied population.

Exploring the dynamics of multilingualism : the DYLAN project / ed. by Anne-Claude Berthoud, Francois Grin, Georges Ludi. - Amsterdam : Benjamins, 2013.
A 306.446 EXP

This book addresses the meanings and implications of multilingualism and its uses in a context of rapid changes, in Europe and around the world. All types of organisations, including the political institutions of the European Union, universities and private-sector companies must rise to the many challenges posed by operating in a multilingual environment. This requires them, in particular, to make the best use of speakers’ very diverse linguistic repertoires. The contributions in this volume, which stem from the DYLAN research project financed by the European Commission as part of its Sixth Framework Programme, examine at close range how these repertoires develop, how they change and how actors adapt skilfully the use of their repertoires to different objectives and conditions. These different strategies are also examined in terms of their capacity to ensure efficient and fair communication in a multilingual Europe. Careful observation of actors’ multilingual practices reveals finely tuned communicational strategies drawing on a wide range of different languages, including national languages, minority languages and lingue franche. Understanding these practices, their meaning and their implications, helps to show in what way and under what conditions they are not merely a response to a problem, but an asset for political institutions, universities and business.

Inequality in economics and sociology : new perspectives / ed. by Gilberto Antonelli, Rehbein Boike. - London : Routledge, 2018.
A 305 INE

Inequality remains one of the most intensely discussed topics on a global level. As well as figuring prominently in economics, it is possibly the most central topic of sociology. Despite this, there has been no book until now that unites approaches from economics and sociology. Organized thematically, this volume brings international scholars together to offer students and researchers a cutting-edge overview of the core topics of inequality research. Chapters cover: the theoretical traditions in economics and sociology; the global and national structures of inequality in the contemporary world; the main dimensions of inequality (including gender, race, caste, migration, education and poverty); and research methodology. In presenting this overview, Inequality in Economics and Sociology seeks to build a bridge between the disciplines and the approaches. This book offers an encompassing understanding of an increasingly fragmented and highly specialized field of research. It will be invaluable for students and researchers seeking a single repository on the current state of knowledge, current debates and relevant literature in this key area.

Leadership in extreme situations / Michael Holenweger, Michael Karl Jager, Franz Kernic. - Cham : Springer, 2017.
A 303.34 LEA

This book covers various aspects of leadership in critical situations and under extreme conditions. Today’s leaders often face challenging situations or unexpected difficulties, and mastering these requires a wide spectrum of competencies such as creativity, courage and empathy. Therefore, this book provides an interdisciplinary approach including both theoretical concepts and practical findings relevant to optimizing leadership in extreme situations. Issues such as why people act as they do in stressful and extreme situations, or what constitutes the nexus between leadership/followership, organizations, and culture etc., are addressed. Leadership under extreme conditions is a very complex topic and one that has been approached from a variety of perspectives. The contributions to this volume thus originate from various academic disciplines including political science, social sciences, psychology, and philosophy. Insights from the study of in extremis leadership can help researchers and practitioners understand the individual, team and contextual factors that influence leadership and, ultimately, organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Leadership in Extreme Situations is a collection of contributions by selected scholars and field experts. It addresses key issues of leadership, morale and cohesion, as well as ethical questions; provides an ideal entry into the complex world of advanced leadership; and serves as a practical guide for the successful implementation of modern leadership.

The metamorphosis of the world / Ulrich Beck. - Cambridge : Polity Press, 2016.
A 303.4 BEC MET

We live in a world that is increasingly difficult to understand. It is not just changing: it is metamorphosing. Change implies that some things change but other things remain the same capitalism changes, but some aspects of capitalism remain as they always were. Metamorphosis implies a much more radical transformation in which the old certainties of modern society are falling away and something quite new is emerging. To grasp this metamorphosis of the world it is necessary to explore the new beginnings, to focus on what is emerging from the old and seek to grasp future structures and norms in the turmoil of the present. Take climate change: much of the debate about climate change has focused on whether or not it is really happening, and if it is, what we can do to stop or contain it. But this emphasis on solutions blinds us to the fact that climate change is an agent of metamorphosis. It has already altered our way of being in the world the way we live in the world, think about the world and seek to act upon the world through our actions and politics. Rising sea levels are creating new landscapes of inequality drawing new world maps whose key lines are not traditional boundaries between nation-states but elevations above sea level. It is creating an entirely different way of conceptualizing the world and our chances of survival within it. The theory of metamorphosis goes beyond theory of world risk society: it is not about the negative side effects of goods but the positive side effects of bads. They produce normative horizons of common goods and propel us beyond the national frame towards a cosmopolitan outlook.

Il n'y a pas d'identité culturelle / François Jullien . - Paris : L'Herne, 2016.
A 306.01 JUL ILN

Je ne défendrai pas une identité culturelle française, impossible à identifier, mais des ressources culturelles françaises (européennes) - "défendre" signifiant alors non pas tant les protéger que les exploiter. Car, s'il est entendu que de telles ressources naissent dans une langue comme au sein d'une tradition, en un certain milieu et dans un paysage, elles sont aussi disponibles à tous et n'appartiennent pas. Elles ne sont pas exclusives, comme le sont des "valeurs" ; elles ne se prônent pas. Mais on les déploie ou l'on ne les déploie pas, et de cela chacun est responsable.

Organizations and organizing : rational, natural, and open systems perspectives / W. Richard Scott, Gerald F. Davis. - London : Routledge, 2016.
A 302.35 SCO ORG

This broad, balanced introduction to organizational studies enables the reader to compare and contrast different approaches to the study of organizations. This book is a valuable tool for the reader, as we are all intertwined with organizations in one form or another. Numerous other disciplines besides sociology are addressed in this book, including economics, political science, strategy and management theory. Topic areas discussed in this book are the importance of organizations; defining organizations; organizations as rational, natural, and open systems; environments, strategies, and structures of organizations; and organizations and society. For those employed in fields where knowledge of organizational theory is necessary, including sociology, anthropology, cognitive psychology, industrial engineering, managers in corporations and international business, and business strategists.

Politics of piety : the Islamic revival and the feminist subject / Saba Mahmood. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2012.
A 305.48697 MAH POL

Politics of Piety is a groundbreaking analysis of Islamist cultural politics through the ethnography of a thriving, grassroots women's piety movement in the mosques of Cairo, Egypt. Unlike those organized Islamist activities that seek to seize or transform the state, this is a moral reform movement whose orthodox practices are commonly viewed as inconsequential to Egypt's political landscape. Saba Mahmood's compelling exposition of these practices challenges this assumption by showing how the ethical and the political are indelibly linked within the context of such movements. Not only is this book a sensitive ethnography of a critical but largely ignored dimension of the Islamic revival, it is also an unflinching critique of the secular-liberal assumptions by which some people hold such movements to account. The book addresses three central questions: How do movements of moral reform help us rethink the normative liberal account of politics? How does the adherence of women to the patriarchal norms at the core of such movements parochialize key assumptions within feminist theory about freedom, agency, authority, and the human subject? How does a consideration of debates about embodied religious rituals among Islamists and their secular critics help us understand the conceptual relationship between bodily form and political imaginaries? Politics of Piety is essential reading for anyone interested in issues at the nexus of ethics and politics, embodiment and gender, and liberalism and postcolonialism. In a substantial new preface, Mahmood addresses the controversy sparked by the original publication of her book and the scholarly discussions that have ensued

Quantitative social science : an introduction / Kosuke Imai. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2017.
A 300.72 IMA QUA

Quantitative analysis is an increasingly essential skill for social science research, yet students in the social sciences and related areas typically receive little training in it—or if they do, they usually end up in statistics classes that offer few insights into their field. This textbook is a practical introduction to data analysis and statistics written especially for undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the social sciences and allied fields, such as economics, sociology, public policy, and data science. Quantitative Social Science engages directly with empirical analysis, showing students how to analyze data using the R programming language and to interpret the results—it encourages hands-on learning, not paper-and-pencil statistics. More than forty data sets taken directly from leading quantitative social science research illustrate how data analysis can be used to answer important questions about society and human behavior.

Razzismi : dalle crociate al XX secolo / Francisco Bethencourt. - Bologna : Il mulino, 2017.
A 305.8009 BET RAZ

Il libro indaga le forme che il razzismo – inteso come pregiudizio concernente l’origine etnica dei popoli con relative politiche discriminatorie – ha preso nel corso della storia occidentale, dal Medioevo a oggi. Per l’autore il razzismo è un fenomeno relazionale, ossia il risultato di circostanze economiche o politiche specifiche. Nella storia europea vi sono tre svolte importanti: il momento delle crociate, di cui è un risvolto la discriminazione religiosa moderna dopo il Cinquecento, il momento delle scoperte geografiche e della mappatura delle civiltà, e il momento della costruzione delle società coloniali con le loro gerarchie, cui fa seguito il razzismo contemporaneo.

Spaces of surveillance : states and selves [Documento elettronico] / Susan Flynn, Antonia Mackay eds. - London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
A 306.01 SPA
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Communications and media

Convergent media and privacy / Timothy Dwyer. - Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
A 302.23 DWY CON

A lot of personal data is being collected and stored as we use our media devices for business and pleasure in mobile and online spaces. This book helps us contemplate what a post-Facebook or post-Google world might look like, and how the tensions within capitalist information societies between corporations, government and citizens might play out.

Media convergence handbook / Artur Lugmayr, Cinzia Dal Zotto. - Berlin : Springer, 2016.
A 302.23 MED

The Media Convergence Handbook sheds new light on the complexity of media convergence and the related business challenges. Approaching the topic from a managerial, technological as well as end-consumer perspective, it acts as a reference book and educational resource in the field. Media convergence at business level may imply transforming business models and using multiplatform content production and distribution tools. However, it is shown that the implementation of convergence strategies can only succeed when expectations and aspirations of every actor involved are taken into account. Media consumers, content producers and managers face different challenges in the process of media convergence.

Multimodality : foundations, research and analysis : a problem-oriented introduction / John Bateman, Janina Wildfeuer, Tuomo Hiippala. - Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017.
A 302.22 BAT MUL

This textbook offers a broad, problem-oriented introduction to the topic of multimodality suitable for students and practitioners from diverse disciplines. It establishes the necessary theoretical foundations to engage productively with all kinds of multimodality as well as illustrating via practical case studies how readers can undertake their own analyses of today's increasingly complex combinations of multimodal artefacts and performances.

Touch / Gabriel Josipovici. - Newhaven : Yale Univ. Press, 1996.
A 302.222 JOS TOU

In this brilliant new book, a preeminent literary thinker muses over the central question of how we can feel at home in the world, given that the world is independent of and indifferent to our wishes. Drawing on books and films, cultural history and his own experiences, Gabriel Josipovici argues that it is possible to feel comfortable in the world and in our relationships with others only if we value touch over sight, if we respect distance but also work to overcome it. Josipovici moves from a Charlie Chaplin movie to passages from Proust, from the world of sport to the world of addiction, from medieval pilgrimages to the cult of relics, from a wedding photograph of his grandparents to some of Chardin's most enigmatic paintings. Through these seemingly disparate topics he provides engaging and wise commentary on connection and communication in life. Contrasting the senses of sight and touch, Josipovici notes that although sight seems to give us the totality of what we behold, it is only when we walk or feel our way across the distances that things become more than images and begin to constitute the world in which we as touchers and not mere observers are included. If we depend on sight—which seems to offer a frictionless domination over reality—we may avoid the pains and uncertainties of living, but we also lose our involvement with life.

 

Political science

The argumentative turn in policy analysis : reasoning about uncertainty [Documento elettronico] / Sven Ove Hansson, Gertrude Hirsch Hadorn, eds. - Cham : Springer, 2016.
X 320.6 ARG
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Constitutional democracy / Dennis C. Mueller. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2000.
A 321.8 MUE CON

Constitutional Democracy systematically examines how the basic constitutional structure of governments affects what they can accomplish. This relationship is especially important at a time when Americans are increasingly disillusioned about government's fundamental ability to reach solutions for domestic problems, and when countries in the former Soviet block and around the world are rewriting their constitutions. Political economist Mueller illuminates the links between the structure of democratic government and the outcomes it achieves by drawing comparisons between the American system and other government systems around the world. Working from the "public choice" perspective in political science, the book analyzes electoral rules, voting rules, federalism, bicameralism, citizenship, and separation of powers. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of political economy.

The global political system / Fulvio Attinà ; translated by Antoinette Groom ; translation consultat A.J.R. Groom. - Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
A 327.1 ATT GLO

What can International Relations scholarship tell us about the global political system? This innovative text examines the contribution made by the principal schools of International Relations to our understanding of the global system and draws on them to analyze some crucial issues for twenty-first century politics. Elegantly synthesising history and theory, this text introduces the concepts that have been used to explain the politics and policies of the global system. It challenges the dominance of purely state-based approaches and shows how non-state-based approaches are essential for a full and integrated understanding of today's global politics. Using both approaches, the author examines key issues in contemporary world politics, from international security to economic stability and migration to human rights.

Law and public choice : a critical introduction / Daniel A. Farber, Philip P. Frickey. - Chicago : Univ. of Chicago Press, 1991.
A 328.380973 FAR LAW

In Law and Public Choice, Daniel Farber and Philip Frickey present a remarkably rich and accessible introduction to the driving principles of public choice. In this, the first systematic look at the implications of social choice for legal doctrine, Farber and Frickey carefully review both the empirical and theoretical literature about interest group influence and provide a nonmathematical introduction to formal models of legislative action. Ideal for course use, this volume offers a balanced and perceptive analysis and critique of an approach which, within limits, can illuminate the dynamics of government decision-making.

The life and death of democracy / John Keane. - New York : Pocket Books, 2009.
A 321.8 KEA LIF

The Life and Death of Democracy will inspire and shock its readers. Presenting the first grand history of democracy for well over a century, it poses along the way some tough and timely questions: how did democratic ideals and institutions come to have the shape they do today? Given all the recent fanfare about democracy promotion, why are many people now gripped by the feeling that a bad moon is rising over all the world's democracies? Do they indeed have a future? Or is perhaps democracy fated to melt away, along with our polar ice caps? Stylishly written, this superb book confronts its readers with an entirely fresh and irreverent look at the past, present and future of democracy.

The neoliberal subject : resilience, adaptation and vulnerability / David Chandler, Julian Reid. - London : Rownan & Littlefield International, 2016.
A 320.513 CHA NEO

Political practices, agencies and institutions around the world promote the need for humans, individually and collectively, to develop capacities of resilience. We must accept and adapt to the ‘realities’ of an endemic condition of global insecurity and to the practice of so-called sustainable development. But in spite of claims that resilience make us more adept and capable, does the discourse of resilience undermine our ability to make our own decisions as to how we wish to live? This book draws out the theoretical assumptions behind the drive for resilience and its implications for issues of political subjectivity. It establishes a critical framework from which discourses of resilience can be understood and challenged in the fields of governance, security, development, and in political theory itself. Each part of the book includes a chapter by David Chandler and another by Julian Reid that build a passionate and provocative dialogue, individually distinct and offering contrasting perspectives on core issues. It concludes with an insightful interview with Gideon Baker. In place of resilience, the book argues that we need to revalorize an idea of the human subject as capable of acting on and transforming the world, rather than being cast in a permanent condition of enslavement to it.

Peacebuilding : the twenty years' crisis, 1997-2017 / David Chandler. - London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
A 327.172 CHA PEA

This book is the first to chart the rise and fall of peacebuilding. Charting its beginnings, as an ad-hoc extension of peacekeeping responsibilities, and formalisation, as a UN-supported international project of building liberal states. Twenty years later, the grounding policy assumptions of peacebuilding - that democracy, the rule of law and free markets were a universal solution to conflict-prone states and societies - have been revealed as naïve at best, and at worst, hubristic and Eurocentric. Here, Chandler traces the disillusionment with international peacebuilding, and the discursive shifts in the self-understanding of the peacebuilding project in policy and academic debate. He charts the transformation from peacebuilding as an international project based on universalist assumptions, to the understanding of peace as a necessarily indigenous process based on plural and non-linear understandings of difference. Is the end of peacebuilding necessarily a cause for celebration? Does this shift result in a realist resignation to the world as it appears? Is it necessary to “marry idealism with realism” – as E.H. Carr once argued - if we wish to keep open the possibilities for social change? This book seeks to answer these questions, making an invaluable reference both for students and practitioners of peacebuilding and for those interested in the broader shifts in the social and political grounding of policy-making today.

Qui est Daech? / Gilles Kepel. - Paris : Philippe Rey, 2016.
A 320.557 QUI

Paris, 13 novembre 2015, moins d'un an après les tueries de janvier, 130 personnes sont abattues à des terrasses de restaurants et dans une salle de concert, par des hommes froids et déterminés. Ces nouveaux terroristes, qui désormais peuvent surgir à tout moment dans les grandes villes occidentales, revendiquent leur appartenance à Daech. Par la violence de ses attentats meurtriers sur le sol français, par son expansion territoriale en Irak et en Syrie, cette nébuleuse intrigue autant qu'elle terrifie. Quelles sont les visées de l'organisation qui se proclame État islamique et veut rétablir le califat du viiie siècle à qui elle emprunte le drapeau noir, la traque aux infidèles et les pratiques de décapitation ? Qui sont les parents et les parrains de ce monstre apocalyptique qui voue un culte à la mort plus qu'à l'islam, dont il dévoie l'esprit ? Comment Daech ravive-t-il les plaies laissées par les guerres américaines au Moyen-Orient ? Comment instrumentalise-t-il la fracture idéologique entre chiites et sunnites ? Quelles stratégies adopter pour le combattre ? À travers les analyses de grands spécialistes de l'Islam et du Moyen-Orient, à travers aussi des textes d'écrivains, d'historiens et de philosophes réunis par l'hebdomadaire Le 1, à travers enfin un dossier essentiel pour comprendre la nature de Daech et son histoire, ce livre offre une vision riche et éclairée de cet acteur inquiétant qui a fait irruption sur l'échiquier mondial, supplantant Al Qaïda comme nouvelle puissance du terrorisme international.

State and nation making in Latin America and Spain : republics of the possible / ed. by Miguel A Centeno, Agustin E. Ferraro. - New York : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013.
A 320.98 STA

The growth of institutional capacity in the developing world has become a central theme in twenty-first-century social science. Many studies have shown that public institutions are an important (some would argue the most important) determinant of long-run rates of economic growth. This book argues that to understand the difficulties and pitfalls of state building in the contemporary world, it is necessary to analyze previous efforts to create institutional capacity in conflictive contexts. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the process of state and nation building in Latin America and Spain from independence to the 1930s. The book examines how Latin American countries and Spain tried to build modern and efficient state institutions for more than a century - without much success. The chapters discuss key processes and challenges of state building. To what extent do historical legacies determine the capacity and reach of states? What are the obstacles to and paths toward the effective consolidation of public authority? How can states best design and create the institutions meant to provide the basic services now associated with citizenship? How can we put together notions of community that include diverse groups and cultures within a single identity, while also respecting the integrity of particular traditions? The Spanish and Latin American experience of the nineteenth century was arguably the first regional stage on which the organizational and political dilemmas that still haunt states were faced. This book provides an unprecedented perspective on the development and contemporary outcome of those state and nation building projects.

 

Economics

Adam Smith : his life, thought, and legacy / ed. by Ryan Patrick Hanley. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2016.
A 330.153 ADA

Adam Smith (1723–90) is perhaps best known as one of the first champions of the free market and is widely regarded as the founding father of capitalism. From his ideas about the promise and pitfalls of globalization to his steadfast belief in the preservation of human dignity, his work is as relevant today as it was in the eighteenth century. Here, Ryan Hanley brings together some of the world's finest scholars from across a variety of disciplines to offer new perspectives on Smith’s life, thought, and enduring legacy. Contributors provide succinct and accessible discussions of Smith’s landmark works and the historical context in which he wrote them, the core concepts of Smith’s social vision, and the lasting impact of Smith’s ideas in both academia and the broader world. They reveal other sides of Smith beyond the familiar portrayal of him as the author of the invisible hand, emphasizing his deep interests in such fields as rhetoric, ethics, and jurisprudence. Smith emerges not just as a champion of free markets but also as a thinker whose unique perspective encompasses broader commitments to virtue, justice, equality, and freedom. An essential introduction to Adam Smith’s life and work, this incisive and thought-provoking book features contributions from leading figures such as Nicholas Phillipson, Amartya Sen, and John C. Bogle. It demonstrates how Smith’s timeless insights speak to contemporary concerns such as growth in the developing world and the future of free trade, and how his influence extends to fields ranging from literature and philosophy to religion and law.

A brief history of economic thought / Alessandro Roncaglia. - Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017.
A 330.09 RON BRI

The evolution of economic thought can be traced back from its beginnings in classical antiquity up to the present day. In this book, Professor Alessandro Roncaglia offers a clear, concise and updated version of his award-winning The Wealth of Ideas, studying the development of economic thought through perspectives and debates on the economy and society over time. With chapters on prominent economic theorists, including William Petty, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes, as well as on other important figures and key debates of each period, Roncaglia critically evaluates the foundations of the marginalist–neoclassical (scarcity–utility) approach in comparison to the Classical–Keynes approach. A comprehensive guide to the history of economic thought, this book will be of value not only to undergraduate and postgraduate students studying economic thought, but also to any readers desiring to study how economics has evolved up to the present day.

Comparisons in economic thought : economic interdependency reconsidered / Stavros A. Drakopoulos. - London : Routledge, 2016.
A 330.1 DRA COM

The idea of comparing rewards with others has a long and persistent presence in the social sciences, and can be found in many psychological, social and managerial theories. In economics, this idea can be traced back through the works of a substantial number of eminent thinkers, from Genovesi and Hume, to Smith, Ricardo, Marx, and Mill, through to Veblen, Pigou, and Keynes. In the last two decades the notion of social comparisons has started to appear more frequently in economic literature, especially in the subfield of happiness research. There are also signs that the notion has resurfaced in some strands of literature such as positional concerns, social identity models and social capital theory. Comparisons in Economic Thought offers a uniquely comprehensive account of how social comparisons have featured in the history of economic thought. This book provides an assessment as to why social comparisons have been dismissed by mainstream economists and considers their current and future usefulness. This volume is suitable for those who are interested and study history of economic thought, economic methodology and History of Consumer Theory, as well as Rational Choice Theory.

The first serious optimist : A. C. Pigou and the birth of welfare economics / Ian Kumekawa. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2017.
A 330.1556 KUM FIR

The First Serious Optimist is an intellectual biography of the British economist A. C. Pigou (1877–1959), a founder of welfare economics and one of the twentieth century's most important and original thinkers. Though long overshadowed by his intellectual rival John Maynard Keynes, Pigou was instrumental in focusing economics on the public welfare. And his reputation is experiencing a renaissance today, in part because his idea of "externalities" or spillover costs is the basis of carbon taxes. Drawing from a wealth of archival sources, Ian Kumekawa tells how Pigou reshaped the way the public thinks about the economic role of government and the way economists think about the public good. Setting Pigou's ideas in their personal, political, social, and ethical context, the book follows him as he evolved from a liberal Edwardian bon vivant to a reserved but reform-minded economics professor. With World War I, Pigou entered government service, but soon became disenchanted with the state he encountered. As his ideas were challenged in the interwar period, he found himself increasingly alienated from his profession. But with the rise of the Labour Party following World War II, the elderly Pigou re-embraced a mind-set that inspired a colleague to describe him as "the first serious optimist." The story not just of Pigou but also of twentieth-century economics, The First Serious Optimist explores the biographical and historical origins of some of the most important economic ideas of the past hundred years. It is a timely reminder of the ethical roots of economics and the discipline's long history as an active intermediary between the state and the market.

A primer in econometric theory / John Stachurski. - Cambridge : MIT Press, 2016.
A 330.015195 STA PRI

This book offers a cogent and concise treatment of econometric theory and methods along with the underlying ideas from statistics, probability theory, and linear algebra. It emphasizes foundations and general principles, but also features many solved exercises, worked examples, and code listings. After mastering the material presented, readers will be ready to take on more advanced work in different areas of quantitative economics and to understand papers from the econometrics literature. The book can be used in graduate-level courses on foundational aspects of econometrics or on fundamental statistical principles. It will also be a valuable reference for independent study. One distinctive aspect of the text is its integration of traditional topics from statistics and econometrics with modern ideas from data science and machine learning; readers will encounter ideas that are driving the current development of statistics and increasingly filtering into econometric methodology. The text treats programming not only as a way to work with data but also as a technique for building intuition via simulation. Many proofs are followed by a simulation that shows the theory in action. As a primer, the book offers readers an entry point into the field, allowing them to see econometrics as a whole rather than as a profusion of apparently unrelated ideas.

 

Financial economics

Contagion phenomena with applications in finance / Serge Darolles, Christian Gourieroux. - London : ISTE Press, 2015.
A 332.015118 DAR CON

Much research into financial contagion and systematic risks has been motivated by the finding that cross-market correlations (resp. coexceedances) between asset returns increase significantly during crisis periods. Is this increase due to an exogenous shock common to all markets (interdependence) or due to certain types of transmission of shocks between markets (contagion)? Darolles and Gourieroux explain that an attempt to convey contagion and causality in a static framework can be flawed due to identification problems; they provide a more precise definition of the notion of shock to strengthen the solution within a dynamic framework. This book covers the standard practice for defining shocks in SVAR models, impulse response functions, identitification issues, static and dynamic models, leading to the challenges of measurement of systematic risk and contagion, with interpretations of hedge fund survival and market liquidity risks.

International currency exposure / ed. by Yin-wong Cheung, Frank Westermann. - Cambridge : MIT Press, 2017.
A 332.45 INT

The foreign currency denomination of contracts in international transactions can lead to international currency exposure at the country level with important economic and policy implications. When debts are denominated in foreign currency and revenues in domestic currency, exchange rate fluctuations can result in balance sheet effects for countries with either net asset or liability positions. Moreover, currency mismatch between assets and liabilities can be a cause for crises in developing and emerging economies. This book looks at the issues surrounding foreign currency exposure in today’s increasingly integrated world economy. The contributors draw on cross-country as well as country-specific data. They consider international currency risk after the Swiss franc ended its one-sided peg with the euro, for example, and the foreign exchange positions of firms in Turkey and Russia. Other contributors take macroeconomic perspectives, examining the potential effects of exchange rate realignment, the pressure to appreciate on countries with current account surpluses, and the currency exposure in international trade. Finally, contributors consider the issue from finance and political economy perspectives, addressing the phenomenon of the forward premium puzzle and discussing geopolitical aspects ascending currencies.

Macroeconomics in times of liquidity crises : searching for economic essentials / Guillermo Calvo. - Cambridge : MIT Press, 2016.
A 332.042 CAL MAC

Since the subprime mortgage crisis that began in 2007, advanced economies have felt a nagging sense of insecurity. In parallel, the profession has witnessed phenomena that are alien to mainstream macroeconomic models. Financial crises are systemic, occurring simultaneously in different economies. In this book, Guillermo Calvo focuses on liquidity factors as a commonality in financial crises. Specifically, he examines the role of “liquidity crunch” in triggering crises. He also identifies a fundamental (but overlooked) idea in Keynes’s General Theory, termed by Calvo the price theory of money, to rationalize the resiliency of the U.S. dollar when other dollar-backed assets suffered a devastating liquidity crunch. Calvo shows that a sharp focus on liquidity reveals some characteristics of liquid assets that are easy to miss otherwise. He argues for liquidity’s centrality, presenting what he calls the Liquidity Approach. He shows that simple extensions of standard monetary models help rationalize the implications of the liquidity crunch, and then examines slightly more technical models that highlight liquidity issues. He explores the empirical effects of liquidity crunch by studying systemic sudden stops (of capital inflows), presuming that they are triggered by liquidity crunch-type phenomena.

 

Public finance

Competitive governments : an economic theory of politics and public finance / Albert Breton. - Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998.
A 336 BRE COM

Competitive Governments, explores in a systematic way the hypothesis that governments are internally competitive, that they are competitive in their relations with each other and in their relations with other institutions in society which, like them, supply consuming households with goods and services. Breton contends that competition not only serves to bring the political system to an equilibrium, but it also leads to a revelation of the households' true demand functions for publicly provided goods and services and to the molding of a link between the quantities and the qualities demanded and supplied and the tax prices paid for these goods and services. In the real world where information is costly, the links may not be first-best, but they will be efficient if competition is vigorous.

 

Presi per il Pil : tutta la verità sul numero più potente del mondo / Lorenzo Fioramonti, prefazione di Enrico Giovannini. - Roma : L'asino d'oro edizioni, 2017.
A 339.31 FIO PRE

Siamo circondati da statistiche sulla crescita economica. Un numero in particolare detta legge nelle società contemporanee: il Prodotto interno lordo (Pil). Ma cos'è davvero il Pil? Chi ci guadagna quando cresce e chi ci rimette? Lorenzo Fioramonti svela tutti i segreti del "numero più potente del mondo". Con una narrativa chiara e accattivante, l'autore racconta per la prima volta la storia del Pil e di come i suoi stessi creatori abbiano messo in guardia la politica sull'uso indiscriminato che se ne può fare. "Presi per il Pil" analizza pioneristicamente le falle, le omissioni e le conseguenze politiche di un modello di crescita che sta distruggendo il mondo.

The stakeholder society / Bruce Ackerman, Anne Alstott. - Newhaven : Yale Univ. Press, 1999.
A 339.5 ACK STA

A quarter century of trickle-down economics has failed. Economic inequality in the United States has dramatically increased. Many, alas, seem resigned to this growing chasm between rich and poor. But what would happen, ask Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott, if America were to make good on its promise of equal opportunity by granting every qualifying young adult a citizen’s stake of eighty thousand dollars? Ackerman and Alstott argue that every American citizen has the right to share in the wealth accumulated by preceding generations. The distribution of wealth is currently so skewed that the stakeholding fund could be financed by an annual tax of two percent on the property owned by the richest forty percent of Americans. Ackerman and Alstott analyze their initiative from moral, political, economic, legal, and human perspectives. By summoning the political will to initiate stakeholding, they argue, we can achieve a society that is more democratic, productive, and free. Their simple but realistic plan would enhance each young adultís real ability to shape his or her own future. It is, in short, an idea that should be taken seriously by anyone concerned with citizenship, welfare dependency, or social justice in America today.

 

Law

Anstalt oder Aktiengesellschaft? : Zur Bedeutung der Rechtsform bei Ausgliederungen / Patrick Freudiger. - Bern : Stämpfli, 2016.
A 346.4940668 FRE ANS

In den vergangenen Jahrzehnten sind Gemeinwesen vermehrt dazu übergegangen, Organisationen ausserhalb der Zentralverwaltung zur Erfüllung staatlicher Aufgaben zu gründen. Dabei stellt sich die Frage, welche Bedeutung der Rechtsform für solche ausgegliederten Aufgabenträger zukommt. Die vorliegende Arbeit behandelt diese Fragestellung auf Ebene des Bundes, des Kantons Bern und der bernischen Gemeinden. Als Rechtsformen im Fokus stehen die rechtsfähige öffentlich-rechtliche Anstalt, die privatrechtliche sowie (auf Bundesebene) die spezialgesetzliche Aktiengesellschaft. Die Arbeit beschäftigt sich namentlich mit der staatlichen Aufsicht über diese Organisationen, mit deren verwaltungsorganisatorischen Einordnung und den rechtsstaatlich-demokratischen Anforderungen bei der Ausgliederung. Sodann werden spezifische, bei Ausgliederungen relevante Themenbereiche unter dem Gesichtspunkt der Rechtsformwahl analysiert: Regelungsaufwand des Gemeinwesens, Steuerbefreiung, Verfügungsbefugnis, Arbeitsverhältnisse, Volksrechte, Oberaufsicht und Finanzkontrollaufsicht, öffentliches Beschaffungsrecht, Staatsgarantie und Staatshaftung. Die gewonnenen Erkenntnisse zeigen die Auswirkungen der jeweiligen Rechtsformwahl auf und liefern auch Ansätze für die Entscheidung, welche Rechtsform bei welcher Ausgliederung vorzuziehen ist.

Big data and competition policy / Maurice Stucke, Allen Grunes. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2016.
A 343.0721 STU BIG

Big Data and Big Analytics are a big deal today. Big Data is playing a pivotal role in many companies' strategic decision-making. Companies are striving to acquire a 'data advantage' over rivals. Data-driven mergers are increasing. These data-driven business strategies and mergers raise significant implications for privacy, consumer protection and competition law. At the same time, European and United States' competition authorities are beginning to consider the implications of a data-driven economy on competition policy. In 2015, the European Commission launched a competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector and issued a statement of objections in its Google investigation. The implications of Big Data on competition policy will likely be a part of the mix. Big Data and Competition Policy is the first work to offer a detailed description of the important new issue of Big Data and explains how it relates to competition laws and policy, both in the EU and US. The book helps bring the reader quickly up to speed on what is Big Data, its competitive implications, the competition authorities' approach to data-driven mergers and business strategies, and their current approach's strengths and weaknesses. Written by two recognized leading experts in competition law, this accessible work offers practical guidance and theoretical discussion of the potential benefits (including data-driven efficiencies) and concerns for the practitioner, policy maker, and academic alike.

The strategic constitution / Robert Cooter. - New Jersey : Princeton Univ. Press, 2002.
A 342 COO STR

Making, amending, and interpreting constitutions is a political game that can yield widespread suffering or secure a nation's liberty and prosperity. Given these high stakes, Robert Cooter argues that constitutional theory should trouble itself less with literary analysis and arguments over founders' intentions and focus much more on the real-world consequences of various constitutional provisions and choices. Pooling the best available theories from economics and political science, particularly those developed from game theory, Cooter's economic analysis of constitutions fundamentally recasts a field of growing interest and dramatic international importance. By uncovering the constitutional incentives that influence citizens, politicians, administrators, and judges, Cooter exposes fault lines in alternative forms of democracy: unitary versus federal states, deep administration versus many elections, parliamentary versus presidential systems, unicameral versus bicameral legislatures, common versus civil law, and liberty versus equality rights. Cooter applies an efficiency test to these alternatives, asking how far they satisfy the preferences of citizens for laws and public goods.

 

Public administration

Marketing management and communications in the public sector / Martial Pasquier, Jean-Patrick Villeneuve. - 2nd ed. - London : Routledge, 2018.
A 352.748 PAS MAR

This updated edition of Marketing Management and Communications in the Public Sector provides a thorough overview of the major concepts in public sector marketing and communications, two fields that have continued to grow in importance for modern public administrations. With extended coverage of topics such as social marketing and institutional communication, the authors skilfully build on the solid foundations laid down in the previous edition. Replete with real-world case studies and examples, including new material from the USA, Australia, and Asia, this book gives students a truly international outlook. Additional features include exercises and discussion questions in each chapter and an illustrative extended case study. This refreshed text is essential reading for postgraduate students on public management degrees, and aspiring or current public managers.

 

Social services

Al Qaeda in its own words / Gilles Kepel, Jean-pierre Milelli ; translated by Pascale Ghazaleh. - Cambridge : Harvard Univ. Press, 2008.
A 363.325 ALQ

Despite the frequent appearances of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri on television screens worldwide, Al Qaeda remains an elusive entity. As the world has grown increasingly familiar with the spectacle of Islamist terrorism, Al Qaeda’s essential worldview has remained bewilderingly opaque. To reveal its inner workings, Gilles Kepel and his collaborators, all scholars of Arabic and Islam, have collected and brilliantly annotated key texts of the major figures from whom the movement has drawn its beliefs and direction. The resulting volume offers an unprecedented glimpse into the assumptions of the salafist jihadists who have reshaped political life at the beginning of the third millennium.

 

Commerce, communications, transportation

Il cinema di Stato : finanziamento pubblico ed economia simbolica nel cinema italiano contemporaneo / a cura di Marco Cucco, Giacomo Manzoli. - Bologna : Il mulino, 2017.
A 384.830945 CIN

In onda : l'Italia dalle radio libere ai network nazionali (1970-1990) / Raffaello A. Doro. - Roma : Viella, 2017.
A 384.540945 DOR INO

Qual è stato il ruolo delle nuove radio private, locali e nazionali – comparse in modo capillare nel territorio nazionale a partire dalla metà degli anni Settanta – nella società italiana? E quale la loro importanza all’interno di un sistema dei mass media in rapida evoluzione, con la centralità della televisione? Come si è passati dal sistema monopolistico della Radio Rai alle migliaia di esperienze di radio libere, locali, private, indipendenti? Dall’esempio delle radio offshore in Nord Europa ai primi esperimenti clandestini in Italia, dalla Radio Sicilia Libera di Danilo Dolci alla legge di Riforma della Rai del 1975 e alla sentenza della Corte costituzionale del 1976, dalle radio politiche a quelle musicali, dall’impegno all’evasione, un ventennio di storia della radio è ricostruito studiandone l’impatto all’interno del sistema dei mezzi di comunicazione di massa, ed esaminando contenuti, strategie editoriali e degli ascolti, cesure e trasformazioni di un’epoca in cui il desiderio di libertà si esprimeva andando, anziché on line, in onda.

Virtual competition : the promise and perils of the algorithm-driven economy / Ariel Ezrachi, Maurice E. Stucke. - Harvard : Harvard Univ. Press, 2016.
A 381.142 ERZ VIR

Shoppers with Internet access and a bargain-hunting impulse can find a universe of products at their fingertips. In this thought-provoking expose, Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice Stucke invite us to take a harder look at today's app-assisted paradise of digital shopping. While consumers reap many benefits from online purchasing, the sophisticated algorithms and data-crunching that make browsing so convenient are also changing the nature of market competition, and not always for the better. Computers colluding is one danger. Although long-standing laws prevent companies from fixing prices, data-driven algorithms can now quickly monitor competitors' prices and adjust their own prices accordingly. So what is seemingly beneficial--increased price transparency--ironically can end up harming consumers. A second danger is behavioral discrimination. Here, companies track and profile consumers to get them to buy goods at the highest price they are willing to pay. The rise of super-platforms and their "frenemy" relationship with independent app developers raises a third danger. By controlling key platforms (such as the operating system of smartphones), data-driven monopolies dictate the flow of personal data and determine who gets to exploit potential buyers. Virtual Competition raises timely questions. To what extent does the "invisible hand" still hold sway? In markets continually manipulated by bots and algorithms, is competitive pricing an illusion? Can our current laws protect consumers? The changing market reality is already shifting power into the hands of the few. Ezrachi and Stucke explore the resulting risks to competition, our democratic ideals, and our economic and overall well-being.

 

Language and linguistics

Come fare cose con le parole / John L. Austin ; ed. a cura di Carlo Penco e Marina Sbisà. - Genova : Marietti, 2000.
A 401 AUS COM

Uno dei libri che hanno maggiormente influenzato la filosofia del linguaggio del Novecento: ricco di forza polemica e di intuizioni geniali, il lavoro di Austin ha segnato la svolta dal linguaggio inteso come concezione del mondo al linguaggio inteso come azione.

Interpersonal argumentation in educational and professional contexts / Francesco Arcidiacono, Antonio Bova. - Cham : Springer, 2017.
A 401.41 INT

Provides a comprehensive overview of the interpersonal argumentative processes involved in educational and professional contextsIdentifies context-dependent differences and similarities in the ways in which argumentative interactions are managed by individuals. Broadens our understanding of how interpersonal dimensions affect construction of knowledge and skills.

Semantik : eine Einführung / Sebastian Löbner. 2., aktual. und stark erw. Aufl. - Berlin : de Gruyter, 2015.
A 401.43 LOB SEM

Das deutschsprachige Standardwerk bietet eine aktuelle Einführung in die zentralen Phänomene, Fragestellungen und theoretischen Ansätze der linguistischen Semantik. Bei der schrittweisen Entfaltung der Thematik wird großer Wert auf Stimmigkeit, Kohärenz und Nachvollziehbarkeit der wissenschaftlichen Denkweise gelegt. Die Neuauflage wurde umfassend überarbeitet, erweitert und aktualisiert. The book offers an up-to-date introduction to the essential phenomena, issues, and theoretical approaches of linguistic semantics. It covers the key aspects of word and sentence semantics. In his step-by-step development of the theme, the author puts great stock in the consistency, coherence, and understandability of the scientific approach. The new edition has been extensively revised, expanded, and updated.

Translanguaging : language, bilingualism and education / Ofelia Garcia, Li Wei. - London : Palgrave, 2014.
A 418 GAR TRA

This book addresses how the new linguistic concept of 'Translanguaging' has contributed to our understandings of language, bilingualism and education, with potential to transform not only semiotic systems and speaker subjectivities, but also social structures.

 

Languages

Alter ego + 4. [niveau] B2. méthode de français / Marine Antier ...[et al.]. - Paris : Hachette, 2015.
A 448.24 ALT

Introduzione alla linguistica romanza / Gresti Paolo. - Bologna : Patron, 2016.
A 440 GRE FIL

Questo manuale, indirizzato in modo particolare agli studenti universitari di Filologia romanza, intende offrire un quadro d'insieme dei fenomeni fonetici, morfologici, sintattici e lessicali che hanno determinato quelle metamorfosi: con un linguaggio semplice, che non rinuncia però alla precisione del tecnicismo, vengono affrontati in chiave storico-comparativa tutti i principali aspetti dell'evoluzione linguistica, in modo necessariamente sintetico e descrittivo, ma senza rinunciare a singoli approfondimenti problematici. Uno spazio di rilievo è ovviamente riservato al latino cosiddetto "volgare", e al concetto stesso che si cela sotto tale etichetta: un concetto messo frequentemente in discussione, ma che mantiene inalterato, nonostante tutto, il proprio ruolo centrale nella storia linguistica romanza, al di là delle dispute, spesso solo nominalistiche, che lo vedono coinvolto.

La vie des mots étudiée dans leurs significations / Arsène Darmesteter. - Paris : Delagrave, 1887.
A 442 DAR VIE

 

Mathematics

Noncooperative game theory : an introduction for engineers and computer scientists / Joao P. Hespanha. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2017.
A 519.3 HES NON

Noncooperative Game Theory is aimed at students interested in using game theory as a design methodology for solving problems in engineering and computer science. João Hespanha shows that such design challenges can be analyzed through game theoretical perspectives that help to pinpoint each problem's essence: Who are the players? What are their goals? Will the solution to "the game" solve the original design problem? Using the fundamentals of game theory, Hespanha explores these issues and more. The use of game theory in technology design is a recent development arising from the intrinsic limitations of classical optimization-based designs. In optimization, one attempts to find values for parameters that minimize suitably defined criteria—such as monetary cost, energy consumption, or heat generated. However, in most engineering applications, there is always some uncertainty as to how the selected parameters will affect the final objective. Through a sequential and easy-to-understand discussion, Hespanha examines how to make sure that the selection leads to acceptable performance, even in the presence of uncertainty—the unforgiving variable that can wreck engineering designs. Hespanha looks at such standard topics as zero-sum, non-zero-sum, and dynamics games and includes a MATLAB guide to coding.

Solving ordinary differential équations II : stiff and differential-algebraic problems / E. Hairer, G. Wanner. - 2nd rev. ed. - Berlin : Springer, 2002.
A 515.352 HAI SOL

The subject of this book is the solution of stiff differential equations and of differential-algebraic systems (differential equations with constraints). There is a chapter on one-step and extrapolation methods for stiff problems, another on multistep methods and general linear methods for stiff problems, a third on the treatment of singular perturbation problems, and a last one on differential-algebraic problems with applications to constrained mechanical systems. The beginning of each chapter is of introductory nature, followed by practical applications, the discussion of numerical results, theoretical investigations on the order and accuracy, linear and nonlinear stability, convergence and asymptotic expansions. Stiff and differential-algebraic problems arise everywhere in scientific computations (e.g. in physics, chemistry, biology, control engineering, electrical network analysis, mechanical systems). Many applications as well as computer programs are presented.

Statistical inference / G. Casella, R.L. Berger. - 2nd ed. - Pacific Grove : Duxbury, 2002.
A 519.54 CAS STA

Turing`s vision : the birth of computer science / Chris Bernhardt. - Cambridge : MIT Press, 2017.
A 510.92 BER TUR

In 1936, when he was just twenty-four years old, Alan Turing wrote a remarkable paper in which he outlined the theory of computation, laying out the ideas that underlie all modern computers. This groundbreaking and powerful theory now forms the basis of computer science. In Turing’s Vision, Chris Bernhardt explains the theory, Turing’s most important contribution, for the general reader. Bernhardt argues that the strength of Turing’s theory is its simplicity, and that, explained in a straightforward manner, it is eminently understandable by the nonspecialist. As Marvin Minsky writes, “The sheer simplicity of the theory’s foundation and extraordinary short path from this foundation to its logical and surprising conclusions give the theory a mathematical beauty that alone guarantees it a permanent place in computer theory.” Bernhardt begins with the foundation and systematically builds to the surprising conclusions. He also views Turing’s theory in the context of mathematical history, other views of computation (including those of Alonzo Church), Turing’s later work, and the birth of the modern computer. In the paper, “On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem,” Turing thinks carefully about how humans perform computation, breaking it down into a sequence of steps, and then constructs theoretical machines capable of performing each step. Turing wanted to show that there were problems that were beyond any computer’s ability to solve; in particular, he wanted to find a decision problem that he could prove was undecidable.

 

Accounting

Cost accounting : a managerial emphasis [Documento elettronico] / Charles T. Horngren, Srikant M. Datar, Madhav. V. Rajan. - Harlow : Pearson Education, 2015.
X 657.42 HOR COS
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Management

Il bilancio sociale e la comunicazione con gli stakeholder / S. Fossati, L. Luoni, P. Tettamanzi. – [Milano] : Pearson, 2009.
A 658.408 FOS BIL

In Italia la diffusione del bilancio sociale è un fenomeno relativamente recente, che oggi comincia ad assumere dimensioni significative coinvolgendo tutte le tipologie di organizzazioni (imprese for profit, enti pubblici, organizzazioni non profit). Il presente volume si focalizza sulle imprese for profit, con riferimento alle quali l'analisi è articolata come segue: anzitutto si definiscono i concetti di stakeholder, CSR (corporate social responsibility) e strumenti per la sua gestione, le esigenze informative dei soggetti in parola e la risposta che il bilancio sociale può dare in questa direzione. Si analizza poi la struttura e il contenuto del bilancio sociale, evidenziando gli standard di riferimento per la sua stesura. Infine si esamina un campione di società italiane quotate presso la Borsa valori di Milano, sia allo scopo di compararne le caratteristiche formali, sia per analizzare le informazioni trasmesse agli stakeholder e le modalità del loro coinvolgimento. Si ritiene che per le sue caratteristiche teoriche ed empiriche, il volume possa essere utile per gli studiosi, a vario titolo, della materia, nonché per i professionisti che si trovino a dovere affrontare dal punto di vista pratico le tematiche e problematiche inerenti il bilancio sociale.

Competitive strategy : techniques for analyzing industries and competitors / M.E. Porter. - New York : Free Press, 2004.
A 658.4012 POR COM

Contemporary strategy analysis / Robert M. Grant. - 9th ed. - Hoboken, N.J : Wiley, 2016.
H 658.4012 GRA CON

Robert M. Grant combines a highly accessible writing style with a concentration on the fundamentals of value creation and an emphasis on practicality in this leading strategy text. In this new edition several topics have increased emphasis including: platform-based competition and 'ecosystems' of related industries; the role of strategy making processes/practices; mergers, acquisitions and alliances; and additional emphasis on strategy implementation.

Corporate finance [Documento elettronico] / Jonathan Berk, Peter DeMarzo. - 4th edition, global edition. - Harlow, England : Pearson, 2017.
X 658.15 BER COR
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Management consultancy / Joe O'Mahoney, Calvert Markham. - 2nd ed. - Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2013.
A 658.46 OMA MAN

Management Consultancy provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the consulting industry. The text uses theory as a basis for critical discussion, ensuring students fully understand the principle ideas behind consulting, as well the limitations. The authors' engaging and accessible writing style is combined with a wealth of real-world practical examples, which place management consultancy theory into the context of the business environment.

Managing plurilingual and intercultural practices in the workplace : the case of multilingual Switzerland / ed. by Georges Ludi, Katharina Höchle Meier, Patchareerat Yanaprasart. - Amsterdam : Benjamins, 2016.
A 658.30089 MAN

The contributions in this volume stem from different lines of research and represent both a continuation and an advancement of the European DYLAN project. The book addresses the meanings and implications of multilingualism and plurilingual repertoires as well as the ways in which cultural diversity is managed in companies and institutions in Switzerland. Characterised by official quadrilingualism, but also by new dimensions of multilingualism resulting from massive immigration, important workforce mobility and increasing globalisation, Switzerland offers an ideal laboratory for studying phenomena linked to multilingualism and cultural diversity. On the one hand, a special focus is put on the best practices of diversity management and language regimes with particular attention paid to the interplay between official languages and English, and to ways of leveraging diversity awareness, fostering cultural inclusiveness and enhancing intercultural learning in vocational education and training. On the other hand, the chapters examine at close range the way actors' plurilingual repertoires are developed and how their use is adapted to particular objectives and specific conditions. Being observed in several types of multilingual professional settings, the plurilingual strategies, including English as lingua franca, are particularly examined in terms of power relations and processes of inclusion or exclusion.

Plurilingualism and the labour market : language needs, challenges and strategies/ Sonia Gerolimich, Sara Vecchiato. - Bern : Peter Lang, 2016.
A 658.30089 PLU

Loin d’être une utopie, le plurilinguisme en entreprise est une réalité complexe, qui fournit des ressources mesurables. Les études réunies dans ce volume montrent que les locuteurs cherchent spontanément plusieurs solutions, différentes du tout anglais, afin de communiquer de manière efficace. Comme les besoins linguistiques changent selon la typologie de l’entreprise, les auteurs proposent diverses solutions pour mieux investir dans les langues. Un dernier volet présente des témoignages d’entreprises ayant misé sur le plurilinguisme comme ressource stratégique.

 

Arts

Book illustration in the long eighteenth century : reconfiguring the visual periphery of the text / ed. by Christina Ionescu. - Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars, 2011.
A 741.6409033 BOO

Hitherto relegated to the closets of art history and literary studies, book illustration has entered mainstream scholarship. The chapters of this collection offer only a glimpse of where a complete reconfiguration of the visual periphery of eighteenth-century texts might ultimately take us. The use of the gerund of the verb 'to reconfigure' in the subtitle of this collection, instead of the corresponding noun, underlines the work-in-progress character of this interdisciplinary endeavour, which aims above all to discern new vistas while charting or revisiting landmarks in the rich field of eighteenth-century book illustration. The specific interpretive lenses through which contributors to this collection re-evaluate the visual periphery of the text cover an array of disciplines and areas of interest; among these, the most prominent are book history and print culture, art history and image theory, material and visual culture, word and image interaction, feminist theory and gender studies, history of medicine and technology. This spectrum could have been even less restrictive and more colourful if it were not for pragmatic and editorial considerations. Nonetheless, its plurality of vision provides a framework for an inclusive and multifaceted approach to eighteenth-century book illustration. Perhaps these essays are most valuable in the practical models they provide on how to tackle the interdisciplinary challenge that is the study of the eighteenth-century illustrated book. The collection as such is the first formal step in an effort to rethink or reconfigure the visual periphery of eighteenth-century texts.

Breve storia dell'ombra : dalle origini della pittura alla Pop Art / Victor I. Stoichita ; traduzione di Benedetta Sforza. - Milano : Il saggiatore, 2015.
A 701.82 STO BRE

Secondo gli autori classici la pittura nacque quando per la prima volta un uomo tracciò un'immagine seguendo il profilo di un'ombra. Da quel giorno il concetto di ombra ha accompagnato il percorso dell'arte occidentale fino a oggi. Dapprima strumento per riprodurre fedelmente la realtà e dare il senso della profondità e della luce nei dipinti, l'ombra ha poi acquisito una valenza simbolica sempre maggiore fino a diventare la base su cui alcuni artisti hanno costruito la loro opera. In questo libro l'autore ne ripercorre la storia e i diversi modi di rappresentarla all'interno delle correnti artistiche, dall'età classica ai giorni nostri.

Critique d'art ; suivi de critique musicale / Charles Baudelaire ; edition etablie par Claude Pichois ; presentation de Claire Brunet. - Paris : Gallimard, [1992].
A 701.18 BAU CRI

Power-Up : unlocking the hidden mathematics in video games / Matthew Lane. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2017.
A 794.8 LAN POW

Did you know that every time you pick up the controller to your PlayStation or Xbox, you are entering a game world steeped in mathematics? Power-Up reveals the hidden mathematics in many of today's most popular video games and explains why mathematical learning doesn't just happen in the classroom or from books—you're doing it without even realizing it when you play games on your cell phone. In this lively and entertaining book, Matthew Lane discusses how gamers are engaging with the traveling salesman problem when they play Assassin's Creed, why it is mathematically impossible for Mario to jump through the Mushroom Kingdom in Super Mario Bros., and how The Sims teaches us the mathematical costs of maintaining relationships. He looks at mathematical pursuit problems in classic games like Missile Command and Ms. Pac-Man, and how each time you play Tetris, you're grappling with one of the most famous unsolved problems in all of mathematics and computer science. Along the way, Lane discusses why Family Feud and Pictionary make for ho-hum video games, how realism in video games (or the lack of it) influences learning, what video games can teach us about the mathematics of voting, the mathematics of designing video games, and much more. Power-Up shows how the world of video games is an unexpectedly rich medium for learning about the beautiful mathematical ideas that touch all aspects of our lives—including our virtual ones.

Quando anche le donne si misero a dipingere / Anna Banti. - Milano : Abscondita, 2011.
A 759 BAN QUA

Il Rinascimento a Venezia e la pittura del Nord ai tempi di Bellini, Dürer, Tiziano / a cura di Bernard Aikema, Beverly Louise Brown ; per il Ministero per i beni e le attivita culturali Giovanna Nepi Scirè. - [Milano] : Bompiani, 1999.
A 759.5311 RIN

Sport 2.0 : transforming sports for a digital world / Andy Miah . - Cambridge : MIT Press, 2017.
A 796 MIA SPO

Digital technology is changing everything about modern sports. Athletes and coaches rely on digital data to monitor and enhance performance. Officials use tracking systems to augment their judgment in what is an increasingly superhuman field of play. Spectators tune in to live sports through social media, or even through virtual reality. Audiences now act as citizen journalists whose collective shared data expands the places in which we consume sports news. In Sport 2.0, Andy Miah examines the convergence of sports and digital cultures, examining not only how it affects our participation in sport but also how it changes our experience of life online. This convergence redefines how we think of about our bodies, the social function of sports, and the kinds of people who are playing. Miah describes a world in which the rise of competitive computer game playing—e-sports—challenges and invigorates the social mandate. Miah also looks at the Olympic Games as an exemplar of digital innovation in sports, and offers a detailed look at the social media footprint of the 2012 London Games, discussing how organizers, sponsors, media, and activists responded to the world’s largest media event. In the end, Miah does not argue that physical activity will cease to be central to sports, or that digital corporeality will replace the nondigital version. Rather, he provides a road map for how sports will become mixed-reality experiences and abandon the duality of physical and digital.

 

Performing arts

Storia del cinema / G. Sadoul. – Torino: Einaudi, 1953.
A 791.4309 SAD STO

 

Literature

Le avventure di Gordon Pym / Edgar Allan Poe ; introduzione di Tommaso Pisanti. - Edizione integrale. - Roma : Newton Compton, 2015.
A 813.3 POE AVV

"Le avventure di Gordon Pym" è l'unico romanzo scritto da Poe, l'unico resoconto narrativo di una certa estensione: esso contraddice infatti, in un certo senso, il proposito dello scrittore statunitense di raggiungere la cosiddetta "unità d'effetto" attraverso la massima concentrazione della materia. Con questo libro Poe volle fondere, in un racconto di più ampio respiro, i dati concreti e realistici dell'avventuroso viaggio del giovane Pym con i significati simbolici e sfuggenti, innestando su una rocambolesca trama giochi di sperimentazione linguistica e alchimie stilistiche. Introduzione di Tommaso Pisanti.

Il borghese : tra storia e letteratura / Franco Moretti ; traduzione di Giovanna Scocchera. - Torino : Einaudi, 2017.
A 809.93355 MOR BOR

«Il borghese… Non molto tempo fa, questo concetto sembrava indispensabile all'analisi sociale; oggi invece possono passare anni senza che se ne parli. Anche se il capitalismo è piú potente che mai, la sua incarnazione sembra essere svanita nel nulla. "Io sono un membro della classe borghese, mi sento tale e sono stato educato alle sue idee e ai suoi ideali", scriveva Max Weber nel 1895. Chi potrebbe ripetere oggi quelle stesse parole? Le "idee" e gli "ideali" borghesi: ma che cosa sono?» Inizia cosí lo studio di Franco Moretti sulla presenza della borghesia nella moderna letteratura europea. Nel saggio, la galleria dei singoli ritratti si intreccia con l'analisi di specifiche parole chiave («utile» e «serio», «efficienza », «influenza», «comfort», la «roba»), con le mutazioni formali riscontrabili nella prosa di celebri opere romanzesche (da Defoe, Austen e Flaubert a Goethe, Verga e Pérez Galdós), e con alcuni riscontri paralleli nella coeva arte europea (da Vermeer a Manet). A partire dal «padrone lavoratore» del primo capitolo, passando attraverso l'etica espressa da alcuni romanzi ottocenteschi, l'egemonia conservatrice della Gran Bretagna vittoriana, le «malformazioni nazionali» delle culture periferiche, e chiudendosi con l'autocritica radicale messa in scena dai drammi di Ibsen, il volume traccia la mappa delle vicissitudini della cultura borghese, esplorando le cause della sua storica debolezza e della sua attuale irrilevanza.

La filologia medievale e umanistica / Monica Berté, Marco Petoletti. - Bologna : Il mulino, 2017.
A 480.09 BER FIL

Il libro offre una sistematica introduzione ai temi e ai problemi della filologia medievale e umanistica, una disciplina che copre un arco cronologico e geografico molto ampio e che possiede una grande varietà di testimonianze. Alla trattazione teorica sono affiancati esempi concreti che illustrano la metodologia critica relativa alle edizioni delle principali e più caratteristiche tipologie testuali del periodo che va dall'alto Medioevo fino al primo Cinquecento.

Go down, Moses / William Faulkner ; traduzione di Maurizio Ascari e Nadia Fusini ; prefazione di Nadia Fusini. - Torino : Einaudi, 2013.
A 813.52 FAU GOD

Il titolo è la citazione di un vecchio spiritual e dà la temperatura di questo libro, svela fin dall'inizio la sua anima «nera» e la sua vocazione biblica, due componenti fondamentali della scrittura di Faulkner. Go down, Moses è un romanzo fatto di storie apparentemente separate ma connesse fra loro e con personaggi ricorrenti. Una saga familiare che trova un punto di incandescenza nel racconto L'orso, uno dei vertici della narrativa faulkneriana e della letteratura del Novecento. Il rapporto tra uomo e natura diventa in queste pagine emozionante e avventuroso, ma anche qualcosa di solenne, di primitivo, di sacro. Un rito purificatore attraverso cui l'uomo bianco vorrebbe rinunciare ai propri privilegi, espiare, cercare un destino diverso da quello stabilito dai padri.

Go down, Moses and other stories / William Faulkner. - London : Vintage, 1996.
A 813.52 FAL GOD

Le metamorfosi della parola : da Dante a Montale / Ezio Raimondi ; a cura di Jonathan Sisco. - Milano : B. Mondadori, 2004.
A 801.95 RAI MET

Una lezione, per Raimondi, deve essere sempre pensata e costruita come "un testo orale", ovvero come una conversazione con un pubblico di ascoltatori attivi, a cui si rivolge l'invito a leggere "tessendo relazioni tra elementi diversi", a mettere "un po' d'ordine in una complessità che all'inizio può sembrare un disordine". Intendendo la lettura e la letteratura come una moltiplicazione di incontri, questo testo intesse il dialogo con il lettore e con la storia letteraria, indagando in particolare il processo di scambio fra alcuni testi classici della nostra tradizione e la loro metamorfosi dialettica attraverso le grandi tappe della cultura italiana ed europea.

Museum of words : the poetics of ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery / James A. W. Heffernan. - Chicago : Univ. of Chicago press, 1993.
A 809 HEF MUS

As ancient as Homer's lines on the shield of Achilles and as recent as John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror," ekphrasis is the art of describing works of art. Over the ages its practitioners have created a museum of words about real and imaginary paintings and sculptures - a museum that James Heffernan explores in this book. Profoundly ambivalent, ekphrastic poetry celebrates the power of the image even as it tries to circumscribe that power with the authority of the word. This contest is typically gendered: the voice of male speech striving to control a female image that is both alluring and threatening, male narrative seeking to overcome the fixating impact of beauty poised in space. Moving from the epics of Homer, Virgil, and Dante to contemporary American poetry, this book presents a history of struggle between rival systems of representation. Heffernan also shows how this struggle changes. Poets ranging from Ovid to Shakespeare use verbalized depictions of rape to show the violence men do under the "colour" of their words; romantic poetry at once salutes and questions the transcendent beauty of visual art preserved in the newly born public museum. In the modern and postmodern eras, poets contend with all the words generated by museums themselves to regulate our experience of visual art.

Non domandarmi nulla / Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca ; versioni di Francesco Scarabicchi. - Milano : Marcos y Marcos, 2015.
A 861.64 MAC NON

Questo libro invita a rileggere due tra le massime figure poetiche della modernità europea, e insieme a considerare le soluzioni del traduttore: sia Lorca sia Machado sono stati già ampiamente voltati in italiano da mani illustri, con le quali Scarabicchi si prova dunque, se non a rivaleggiare, almeno a discutere implicitamente. Spesso il lettore potrà apprezzare una sorta di aggiustamento e svecchiamento del linguaggio, che non dipende solo dalla cronologia delle traduzioni; Scarabicchi privilegia la semplicità, e sceglie tendenzialmente un registro medio, conservando al massimo grado le intonazioni lessicali e sintattiche del testo spagnolo. Qualcosa di simile si osserva sul piano metrico e ritmico: chi conosce la poesia di Scarabicchi rammenta subito la sua straordinaria padronanza dei metri più classici, e la sua predilezione per settenari, novenari ed endecasillabi, condotti a improvvisa incandescenza grazie alla scintilla indotta dall'attrito tra musicalità apparente e durezza dell'esperienza veicolata. Si potrebbe dunque pensare che il traduttore si lasci tentare dalle sirene metriche, e riconduca Machado e Lorca a una sorta di cantabilità italiana; invece non è affatto così. Anche quando potrebbe con relativa semplicità scivolare nel ritmo più prevedibile e a prima vista desiderabile, Scarabicchi resiste, non muta la posizione delle parole, non piega la sintassi all'eventuale melodia, né compie contorsioni semantiche per recuperare una rima o uno schema...

Poeti lettori di poeti : sondaggi sulla letteratura francese in Italia oltre l'ermetismo / Giulia Grata. - Pisa : ETS, 2016.
A 841.914 GRA POE

Nell'immediato dopoguerra il cammino della poesia europea, che dalle sue radici romantiche, attraverso simbolismo e surrealismo, era approdato in Italia all'ermetismo degli anni Trenta, sembra giungere ad un'impasse. Dal contatto con la tragedia bellica nasce l'urgenza di squarciare il velo dell'assoluto poetico per tornare a testimoniare concrete esperienze di uomini nella storia. Una nuova disposizione inizia a prendere corpo nella seconda metà degli anni Cinquanta attraverso le voci di Giorgio Caproni, Franco Fortini, Mario Luzi, Vittorio Sereni, Andrea Zanzotto, i quali pur percorrendo sentieri isolati rivelano al fondo del proprio operare poetico alcuni orientamenti comuni: la scelta narrativa e prosastica, il confronto con la tradizione, l'estraneità nei riguardi della neo­avanguardia come del nuovo orfismo. La presente indagine si propone di osservare tale generazione sotto l'angolo dei suoi rapporti con la poesia francese componendo, attraverso una mappa introduttiva e alcuni sondaggi monografici, un quadro della ricezione della poesia d'Oltralpe in Italia tra gli anni Cinquanta e Ottanta: è l'epoca in cui si rileggono in chiave negativa i grandi maestri Arthur Rimbaud e Stéphane Mallarmé, si riscopre il realismo espressionistico di Charles Baudelaire, si traducono i versi del giovane André Frénaud e s'intessono cauti dialoghi con i maggiori poeti coevi Jacques Prévert, René Char, Henri Michaux, Francis Ponge.

Time, history, and literature : selected essays of Erich Auerbach / edited and with an introduction ba James J. Porter ; translated by Jane O. Newman. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2016.
A 809 AUE SEL

Erich Auerbach (1892-1957), best known for his classic literary study Mimesis, is celebrated today as a founder of comparative literature, a forerunner of secular criticism, and a prophet of global literary studies. Yet the true depth of Auerbach's thinking and writing remains unplumbed. Time, History, and Literature presents a wide selection of Auerbach's essays, many of which are little known outside the German-speaking world. Of the twenty essays culled for this volume from the full length of his career, twelve have never appeared in English before, and one is being published for the first time. Foregrounded in this major new collection are Auerbach's complex relationship to the Judaeo-Christian tradition, his philosophy of time and history, and his theory of human ethics and responsible action. Auerbach effectively charts out the difficult discovery, in the wake of Christianity, of the sensuous, the earthly, and the human and social worlds. A number of the essays reflect Auerbach's responses to an increasingly hostile National Socialist environment. These writings offer a challenging model of intellectual engagement, one that remains as compelling today as it was in Auerbach's own time.

L'ultimo dei mohicani / James Fenimore Cooper ; postfazione di Antonio Faeti. - Milano : BUR Biblioteca Univ. Rizzoli, 2015.
A 813.2 COO ULT

Il saggio Chingachook e suo figlio Uncas sono gli ultimi superstiti dei Mohicani, valorosa tribù indiana. Insieme a Occhio di Falco, cacciatore bianco che vive tra i pellerossa, sfideranno nemici sanguinari per salvare due giovani fanciulle. E per mantenere alto l'onore del proprio popolo. Età di lettura: da 10 anni.

Wide sargasso sea : backgrounds, criticism / ean Rhys ; ed. by Judith L. Raiskin. - New York : Norton & Company, 1999.
A 823.912 RHY WID

Written over the course of twenty-one years and published in 1966, Wide Sargasso Sea, based on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, takes place in Jamaica and Dominica in 1839–45. Textual notes illuminate the novel’s historical background, regional references, and the non-translated Creole and French phrases necessary to fully understand this powerful story. Backgrounds includes a wealth of material on the novel’s long evolution, it connections to Jane Eyre, and Rhys’s biographical impressions of growing up in Dominica. Criticism introduces readers to the critical debates inspired by the novel with a Derek Walcott poem and eleven essays.

 

Italian literature

"Who am I?” : historical narrative and subjectivity in Anna Banti's 'Camicia bruciata' / Lucy Delogu ; translated by Steven Haire. - Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars, 2012.
A 853.914 DEL WHO

This book investigates Anna Banti's contribution to the creation of a female literary canon as well as the renewal of Italian literature from stylistic and thematic points of view. The book examines Banti's contribution from a two-pronged perspective: as a promoter of female individuality and independence in contrast to the existent paternal order and as an innovator of the Italian novel, in particular, the Italian historical novel. This study mainly concentrates on the historical novel, La camicia bruciata, published in 1973. The analysis of the Camicia bruciata examines the structure of the historical novel - Anna Banti's representations of her male and female characters and their capacity for relationships - and the difference between the fictional story created by Anna Banti and the historical facts narrated in The House of Medici by Sir Christopher Hibbert and The Last Medici by Harold Acton. The purpose of this analysis is to show how Banti's personal experience, mainly her idea of married life and motherhood, influenced her narrative and her characters.

L'albero di Lutero / Giovanni Orelli. - Milano : Marcos y Marcos, 1998.
A 851.914 ORE ALB

Antologia della poesia italiana : Novecento / Cesare Segre e Carlo Ossola. - Torino : Einaudi, 2003.
A 851.008 ANT

Con questo ottavo volume in due tomi dedicato al Novecento, si completa il progetto editoriale che intende offrire un'ampia panoramica della poesia italiana dalle origini al Novecento. Da Gozzano ai Crepuscolari, dai Futuristi a Campana e Rebora, da Saba, Ungaretti e Montale al dopoguerra e alla contemporaneità, senza tralasciare una nutrita sezione dedicata ai grandi dialettali, la poesia del secolo appena trascorso si rivela in tutta la sua varietà di accenti stilistici, linguistici e formali. Ogni sezione è accompagnata da un'introduzione specifica, da approfonditi e aggiornati commenti e da note metriche. Completano l'edizione le note filologiche e bio-bibliografiche, l'indice degli autori e degli incipit.

Bembo / Luca Marcozzi. - Firenze : Franco Cesati, 2017.
A 858.3 MAR BEM

Il nome di Pietro Bembo risalta nel finale del Furioso di Ludovico Ariosto tra parole di sincera lode rivolte a uno dei più geniali uomini del tempo. Nella sua lunga vita (1470-1547), Bembo fu poeta ammìratissimo e uomo di lettere tra i più stimati; a lui si devono la fondazione della prosa italiana moderna, la codificazione della lingua letteraria, la nascita del classicismo lirico, imitato poi in tutta Europa. Ma fu anche un uomo dalla personalità complessa: patrizio veneto e illustre umanista, raffinato cortigiano e audace editore, potente cardinale e cantore appassionato del sentimento d'amore. Questo profilo ripercorre le varie fasi della sua vita e della sua carriera, e grazie a un'attenta analisi di dati ricchi e suggestivi, ne disegna un nuovo e più completo ritratto.

La dissimulazione romanzesca : antropologia manzoniana / Ezio Raimondi. - Bologna : Il mulino, 2004.
A 853.7 RAI DIS

Un eterno imperfetto / Giovanni Orelli. - Milano : Garzanti, 2006.
A 851.914 ORE ETE

Letteratura italiana e arti figurative : atti del XII convegno dell'Associazione internazionale per gli studi di lingua e letteratura Italiana (Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal, 6-10 maggio 1985) / a cura di Antonio Franceschetti. - Firenze : Olschki, 1988.
A 850.9 LET

Nel libro di Laura : Petrarcas Liebesgedichte in der Renaissance : [Ausstellung, Museum Kleines Klingental, 28. August bis 10. Oktober 2004] = la poésie amoureurse de Pétrarque à la Renaissance = la poesia di Petrarca nel Rinascimento / hrsg. von Luigi Collarile und Daniele Maira ; [Katalog Red.: Claudio Bacciagaluppi, Claudia Vincis]. - Basel : Schwabe, 2004.
A 851.1 NEL

Die Renaissance verehrt von den Schriften Petrarcas vor allem die «verstreuten Fragmente seiner Seele» - die Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta - mit einem leidenschaftlichen Kult. Das Werk erzählt die Geschichte der zerreissenden Leidenschaft einer jungen Dame aus Avignon, Laura, die den Dichter als poetische Muse auch in dessen spiritueller Entwicklung inspiriert. Als einer der Bestseller des 16. Jahrhunderts hat dieses Meisterwerk die westliche Liebeslyrik mindestens bis in die Romantik geprägt, vielleicht sogar darüber hinaus. Somit wurde eine eigentliche literarische Mode lanciert, der sich die Federn der bedeutendsten Dichter Italiens und Frankreichs verschrieben, und die in den Noten der grössten italienischen und französischen Komponisten Eingang fand. Vom vorbildlichen Höfling konnte erwartet werden, dass er die Lyrik der Rerum Vulgarium Fragmenta kannte; es gehörte zudem beinahe zu seinen Pflichten, sich - den Petrarchino in den Händen haltend - in der Gesellschaft zu zeigen.«Nel libro di Laura» - in Lauras Buch - ist die Metapher eines sozialen und kulturellen Phänomens enthalten, die das gedruckte Buch als geeignetes Medium zur Konstitution und Verbreitung der eigenen poetischen Kodifikation definiert. Laura, die angebetete Frau Petrarcas, verwandelt sich darin zur bildlichen Darstellung eines literarischen und künstlerischen Mythos. In den Liebesgedichten ist sie die Muse des poetischen Universums des Dichters, Abbild des Gesanges und der Verzauberung.

Gli occhiali di Gionata Lerolieff / Giovanni Orelli. - Roma : Donzelli, 2000.
A 853.914 ORE OCC

La situazione e il pretesto - il ritorno da un congresso di scrittori, gli occhiali smarriti o sottratti - sono impeccabili nel dare il tono alla musica, perché nel loro grottesco così esplicito scongiurano qualsiasi rischio di sentimentalismo. Sono anzi un'esca per il lettore, irretito da un continuo giuoco di sarcasmi e sprezzature divertenti e godibili. Per poi trovarsi immersa fino al collo, grazie a un sapiente crescendo emotivo dal quale si è lasciato quasi inconsciamente coinvolgere, in un finale di impatto fortissimo che può dare, come la vita spesso fa, i brividi.

Il prato bianco / Francesco Scarabicchi. - Torino : Einaudi, 2017.
A 851.914 SCA PRA

Il prato bianco uscí da un piccolo, raffinato editore, l'Obliquo, nel 1997. Era la terza raccolta poetica di Francesco Scarabicchi, che con quel libro entrava a pieno diritto fra i maggiori poeti italiani contemporanei, confermandosi poi a piú riprese nei vent'anni che sono seguiti. L'atmosfera invernale evocata fin dal titolo fece parlare Gian Carlo Ferretti di «uno scenario dominato dal gelo, dalla neve, dal bianco, quasi immagini di un mondo in letargo, invisibile, ma segretamente vivo e disposto al risveglio». È in questa situazione di apparente abbandono che le immagini della natura si fanno precise: prati, serre, fiori, alberi: descrizioni realistiche ma anche metafore a indicare cura e accudimento. Sono paesaggi di una natura coltivata, non selvaggia, e questo accudimento meticoloso, nonostante l'ala fredda che incombe su persone e cose, sembra essere la cifra dell'umanità che emerge da questi versi, già a partire dalla prima poesia. Curarsi di ciò che sopravvive, celebrare senza retorica ciò che è destinato a non sopravvivere: quella di Scarabicchi è una malinconia composta e quasi serena anche quando, nel nucleo centrale del libro, viene affrontato piú direttamente il tema della morte: e sono forse le poesie piú intense di tutto il libro.

Un sabato senza dolore / Alberto Nessi ; con una nota di Fabio Pusterla. - Novara : Interlinea, 2016.
A 851.914 NES SAB

«Partire la mattina presto» è l'atto con cui Alberto Nessi, poeta vincitore del gran premio svizzero di letteratura 2016, inizia il viaggio in treno che conduce il lettore lungo paesaggi naturali e incontri umani. Questo libro è come uno scompartimento che offre un campionario di tipi e di sentimenti, di oggetti e di visioni: così capita che «la purezza della neve nel cielo / si scontra con l'oscenità del giornale». Alla ricerca della «parola che non tradisca la sua genesi» l'autore sa raccontare con la semplicità e la saggezza di chi è abituato a vivere in bilico fra attese e delusioni, in una terra spirituale di confine. Gli capita d'incontrare anche migranti clandestini: «quante volte ci morderà la rete ancora il cuore?» e alla fine deve constatare che «non vedrò più la viaggiatrice senza bagaglio / che avrebbe tante cose da raccontarmi» perché «deve scendere». È il destino di tutti, ben racchiuso in poesie scritte «forse un po' come ballare il tango».

Gli strumenti della poesia / Pietro G. Beltrami. - 3. ed. - Bologna : Il mulino, 2012.
A 851.009 BEL STR

Terra matta / Alberto Nessi ; introduzione di Fabio Soldini ; postfazione di Pio Fontana. - 5. ed. - Locarno : Dadò, 1984..
A 853.914 NES TER

 

Geography and history

Egypt's révolutions : politics, religion, and social movements / ed. by Bernard Rougier, Stéphane Lacroix ; translated by Cynthia Scoch, with the participation of John Angell. - Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
A 962.056 EGY

Where is Egypt headed? Did the people 'bring down the government'? Has the country become the first front in a regional counter-revolution backed by the Gulf monarchies? These are only some of the questions that this volume - the first to describe the ongoing dynamics in Egypt since the outbreak of revolution - explores.

The new deal : a global history / Kiran Klaus Patel. - Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 2016.
A 973.917 PAT NEW

The New Deal: A Global History provides a radically new interpretation of a pivotal period in US history. The first comprehensive study of the New Deal in a global context, the book compares American responses to the international crisis of capitalism and democracy during the 1930s to responses by other countries around the globe—not just in Europe but also in Latin America, Asia, and other parts of the world. Work creation, agricultural intervention, state planning, immigration policy, the role of mass media, forms of political leadership, and new ways of ruling America's colonies—all had parallels elsewhere and unfolded against a backdrop of intense global debates. By avoiding the distortions of American exceptionalism, Kiran Klaus Patel shows how America's reaction to the Great Depression connected it to the wider world. Among much else, the book explains why the New Deal had enormous repercussions on China; why Franklin D. Roosevelt studied the welfare schemes of Nazi Germany; and why the New Dealers were fascinated by cooperatives in Sweden—but ignored similar schemes in Japan. Ultimately, Patel argues, the New Deal provided the institutional scaffolding for the construction of American global hegemony in the postwar era, making this history essential for understanding both the New Deal and America's rise to global leadership.

Propaganda, persuasion and the great war : heredity in the modern sale of products and political ideas / Pier Paolo Pedrini. - London : Routledge, 2018.
A 940.488 PED PRO

How to persuade citizens to enlist? How to convince them to fight in a war which was, for many, distant in terms of kilometres as well as interest? Modern persuasion techniques, both political and commercial, were used to motivate enlistment and financial support to build a factory of consensus. The propagandists manipulated the public, guiding their thoughts and actions according to the wishes of those in power and were therefore the forerunners of spin doctors and marketing and advertising professionals. Their posters caught the attention of members of the public with images of children and beautiful women, involving them, nourishing their inner needs for well-being and social prestige, motivating them by showing them testimonials in amusing and adventurous situations, and inspiring their way of perceiving the enemy and the war itself, whose objective was to "make the world safe for democracy". In the discourse of this strategy we find storytelling, humour, satire and fear, but also the language of gestures, recognized as important for the completeness of messages. Were the propagandists hidden persuaders who knew the characteristics of the human mind? We do not know for certain. However, their posters have a personal and consistent motivation which this book intends to demonstrate.

 

 

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