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Book Review: A World Without Jews | Open Letters Monthly - an Arts and Literature Review
"The deeply-entrenched controversy about German complicity in the Holocaust – was it mandated top-down on an innocent populace by fanatical Nazi leadership or enabled bottom-up by a nationwide anti-Semitism? – gets a quietly devastating addition in the form of Alon Confino’s short, staggering new book A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide, which sifts through a great mass of unfamiliar and little-used contemporary material and paints an absolutely horrifying portrait of a diseased country, a diseased people, and a diseased national ethos – a madhouse in which the inmates deliberately chose their insanity. It’s in the nature of deeply-entrenched controversies to live forever, but in any sensible world, Confino’s book should send this particular controversy to its grave."
book  review  holocaust  history  country(Germany) 
july 2014 by tsuomela
LiquidFeedback: What A Genuine Democratic Process Looks Like | David Bollier
"The LiquidFeedback mission statement concludes, “All the experience we have gained over the past months shows people participate if they think it makes sense and representatives at least acknowledge the will of the participants rather than arguing with silent majorities.” It concludes with a ringing line from Thomas Jefferson: … every man is a sharer… and feels that he is a participator in the government of affairs, not merely at an election one day in the year, but every day.” "
commons  community  negotiating  online  deliberation  dialog  politics  country(Germany)  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Prof. Naomi Ellemers, PhD - Staff - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
"Naomi Ellemers studied at the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, where she obtained her first degree in Social Psychology in 1987. She obtained her PhD from the same university in 1991, on a thesis entitled "Identity management strategies". From 1991 to 1998 she was employed as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Psychology at the Free University of Amsterdam. As of 1999 she has been Full Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Her research on group processes and intergroup relations addresses a range of topics including the effects of status differences between groups, diversity in teams and organizations, career development of women and minorities, and motivation and commitment in work teams."
people  academia  communication  volunteer  socialization  organizations  non-profit  social-psychology  country(Germany) 
july 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: The politics of cultural despair
"Two elements seem especially relevant in today's political culture: the willingness of some voices in the political sphere to engage in the emotional hyperbole and hatred that were the stock-in-trade of these German critics
history  culture  intellectual  country(Germany)  nazi  ideology  despair  conservatism  sociology 
march 2011 by tsuomela

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