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Prosoziales Verhalten

Spenden in interdisziplinärer Perspektive
Prosoziales Verhalten
Editors
Frank Adloff, Eckhard Priller, Rupert Graf Strachwitz
Publisher
Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius Verlagsgesellschaft
ISBN 978-3-8282-0507-9
249 pages, € 44,00
Willingness to make donations is often discussed in public only in a highly populist manner, as when superrich people such as Bill Gates or Warren Buffet donate much of their fortunes. Such talk leaves sound analyses of benefactive behavior by the wayside. To answer the question of why people make donations, it is not enough to engage with the subject merely by examining the relevant statistics. This book of readings therefore encompasses the views of various scientific disciplines. Its scope extends from the politicohistorical context of donation behavior to empirical findings, the role of the media, fund-raising issues, and the transparency of what happens with donations.

Comparing Integration

Host Culture Adoption and Ethnic Retention among Turkish Immigrants and Their Descendents in France, Germany and the Netherlands
Author
Evelyn Ersanilli
Publisher
Amsterdam: VU University Amsterdam 2010
ISBN 978-90-5335-250-2
191 pages,
The past years there has been much debate on immigrant integration and the role of integration policies. So far little is known about if and how policies affect integration. This volume examines the relationship between integration policies and the socio-cultural integration of Turkish immigrants and the children. The study focuses on three countries with historically different integration policy regimes; France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Socio-cultural integration is divided into two dimensions: host country adoption and ethnic retention. The results from analyses of telephone survey data and in-depth interviews show several cross-national differences, though generally modest in size. Policies that grant immigrants a high degree of individual equality (e.g. accessible citizenship, protection from discrimination) have a positive effect on the degree of host country adoption. Policies that accommodate diversity (multiculturalist policies) have a negative impact on host culture adoption, with the exception of identification. The effect of policies on the degree of ethnic retention appears to be limited.

The Transnational Condition

Protest Dynamic in an Entangled Europe
Editor
Simon Teune
Publisher
New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books
ISBN 978-1-84545-728-0
260 pages, $ 70,00/£ 40,00
Although transnational protest movements are not new, they have increased in Europe over the last two decades. The concerns and forms of protests have spread beyond national borders. In a world of international cooperation, Internet communication, and cheap travel, the visibility of these protests has grown as well. Transnational conditions permeate all aspects of protest: its organization, its dynamics, the biographies of the protesters, and the networks of activists. The contributors to this volume empirically inquire into the many different characteristics of transnational protest in Europe but also address the theoretical challenges of transnational research.

The Making of a European Public Sphere

Media Discourse and Political Contention
The Making of a European Public Sphere
Editors
Ruud Koopmans, Paul Statham
Publisher
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010
ISBN 978-0-521-19090-9 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-521-13825-3 (Paperback)
360 pages, € 78,48/€ 26,16
This book investigates an important source of the European Union's recent legitimacy problems. It shows how European integration is debated in mass media, and how this affects democratic inclusiveness. Advancing integration implies a shift in power between governments, parliaments, and civil society. Behind debates over Europe's 'democratic deficit' is a deeper concern: whether democratic politics can perform effectively under conditions of Europeanization and globalization. This study is based on a wealth of unique data from seven European countries, combining newspaper content analyses, an innovative study of Internet communication structures, and hundreds of interviews with leading political and media representatives across Europe. It is by far the most far-reaching and empirically grounded study on the Europeanization of media discourse and political contention to date, and a must-read for anyone interested in how European integration changes democratic politics and why European integration has become increasingly contested.

Das Ende des sozialen Friedens

Politik und Protest in Zeiten der Hartz-Reformen
Das Ende des sozialen Friedens
Authors
Christian Lahusen, Britta Baumgarten
Publisher
Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus
ISBN 978-3-593-39032-1
252 pages, € 29,90
The Hartz reforms rank as some of the most contentious political measures of recent years. Hartz IV in particular triggered a wave of protest, especially among the unemployed, whose “Monday demonstrations” in 2004 received wide media coverage. Drawn by this conflict, the authors have taken a look at the political and social disputes surrounding the Hartz reforms. They find that the social and labour market policy measures went ahead despite massive discontent but that the disputes had momentous impact on German politics, especially on the party landscape, by firmly reestablishing the social question as a key issue of political controversy.

Interessenvertretung aus dem Abseits

Erwerbsloseninitiativen im Diskurs über Arbeitslosigkeit
Interessenvertretung aus dem Abseits
Author
Britta Baumgarten
Publisher
Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus
ISBN 978-3-593-39226-4
330 pages, 32,90
Public discourse on unemployment is shaped mainly by politicians, journalists, and representatives of social organizations. Initiative groups of unemployed people are rarely asked for their opinions. Indeed, what they call for is often dismissed as unjustified. The author has analyzed documents and the communication strategies of initiative groups that are trying to anchor their perspectives on unemployment firmly in the public debate.

Smooth Path or Long and Winding Road?

How Institutions Shape the Transition from Higher Education to Work
Author
Kathrin Leuze
Publisher
Opladen/Farmington Hills, MI: Budrich UniPress
ISBN 978-3-940755-42-1
276 pages, € 39,90
This volume presents an empirical study of how national institutions and regulations in Britain and Germany affect the transition from the system of higher education to the labour market. These countries represent two different types of political economy – the liberal and the coordinated – manifested in their education and training systems and their labour market institutions. The analysis focuses on four institutional areas: the structure of the university system, the content and occupational specificity of study, the nature of the labour market for academics, and labour market regulation. Using longitudinal data to analyze the career trajectories of university graduates in their first five years after completion of their degrees, the author examine the effects that the various institutional arrangements have on the individual’s transition from higher education to the labour market. Cross-national comparison definitely confirms that institutions largely decide placement in the employment system. In Germany, where formal qualifications and the occupational status that goes with them traditionally offer solid protection, the transition to one’s occupation after receiving a degree is much more straightforward than in Britain, where university graduates attain similar positions only after making detours and going through several interim stations.

Verschenkte Potenziale?

Lebensläufe nicht erwerbstätiger Frauen
Verschenkte Potenziale?
Author
Jutta Allmendinger
Publisher
Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus
ISBN 978-3-593-39266-0
198 pages, € 16,90
Occupation and family obviously still fail to mesh in Germany. Some 5.6 million women under the age of 60 – almost one in four – have no paid work, depriving the labour market of enormous potential in terms of knowledge and experience. Exploring the underlying causes, Jutta Allmendinger presents a host of surprising facts and insights, such as the great extent to which the notion of the male breadwinner is still entrenched in people’s minds. She also uses personal portraits of women to illustrate the range of desires, life paths, and problems that lead to nonemployment. She clearly argues that the state would do well to eliminate typical barriers thwarting reentry to the labour market and to offer women active assistance, for they are needed as qualified employees and have the right to work.

Die Klima-Manipulateure

Rettet uns Politik oder Geo-Engineering? Jahrbuch Ökologie 2011
Editors
Günter Altner, Heike Leitschuh, Gerd Michelsen, Udo E. Simonis, Ernst U. von Weizsäcker
Publisher
Stuttgart: Hirzel Verlag
ISBN 978-3-7776-2110-4
248 pages, €19,80
Will the engineers come to the rescue when the politicians fail? The ranks of geoengineering’s supporters swelled enormously after the debacle of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. This year’s Ecology Yearbook focuses on this basic alternative to the policies of reducing emissions (mitigation) and adapting to climate change (adaptation). Conceptually and practically, the volume examines two approaches: solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal. Two prominent technological possibilities for cooling the earth are presented, one involving stratospheric sulfate injections; the other, fertilization of the oceans with iron. An additional essay maps and assesses the arguments for and against the different variants of geoengineering. Other current topics discussed are developments in law, business, and civil society that mark innovative approaches to dealing with nature and the environment beyond the spheres of policy and engineering.

Das präventive Selbst

Eine Kulturgeschichte moderner Gesundheitspolitik, Verkörperungen/MatteRealities, Perspektiven empirischer Wissenschaftsforschung, Bd. 9
Editors
Martin Lengwiler, Jeannette Madarász
Publisher
Bielefeld: transcript
ISBN: 978-3-8376-1454-1
387 pages, € 32,80
Occupation and family obviously still fail to mesh in Germany. Some 5.6 million women under the age of 60 – almost one in four – have no paid work, depriving the labour market of enormous potential in terms of knowledge and experience. Exploring the underlying causes, Jutta Allmendinger presents a host of surprising facts and insights, such as the great extent to which the notion of the male breadwinner is still entrenched in people’s minds. She also uses personal portraits of women to illustrate the range of desires, life paths, and problems that lead to nonemployment. She clearly argues that the state would do well to eliminate typical barriers thwarting reentry to the labour market and to offer women active assistance, for they are needed as qualified employees and have the right to work.

Schulden ohne Sühne

Warum der Absturz der Staatsfinanzen uns alle trifft
Authors
Kai A. Konrad