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    • A Macat Analysis of Jared M. Diamond's Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive

    • By: Rodolfo Maggio
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
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    In his 2005 book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (also subtitled How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive), author and multifaceted US scholar Jared M. Diamond clearly identifies five major factors that he says determine the success or failure of all human societies in all periods of history. Having first asked why societies collapse, Diamond explores various examples of failed societies, from the Norsemen of Scandinavia, who colonized Greenland in the early 10th century, to the 18th-century inhabitants of Easter Island.

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    • A Macat Analysis of G. E. M. Anscombe's "Modern Moral Philosophy"

    • By: Jonny Blamey, Jon Thompson
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    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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    In her 1958 article "Modern Moral Philosophy", British philosopher Elizabeth (G. E. M.) Anscombe does nothing less than challenge the very foundations of moral philosophy, the discipline that tries to understand right and wrong action. The article sets out three main ideas. First, that moral philosophy should not be explored until a philosophy of psychology is already in place. Second, that philosophers who do not believe in God should not use ideas about "obligation" and "duty".

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    • A Macat Analysis of Kenneth Waltz's Theory of International Politics

    • By: Macat. .com
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    • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
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    Kenneth Waltz's Theory of International Politics created a "scientific revolution" in international relations, starting two major debates. In the 1980s it defined the controversy between the neorealists, who believed that competition between states was inevitable, and the neoliberals, who believed that states could cooperate with each other. As the debate wound down with the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, a second more fundamental debate began.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Blue Ocean Strategy

    • How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
    • By: Andreas Mebert, Stephanie Lowe
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    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    Competitors have always existed in business, but what if it were possible to render your competition irrelevant? This is the critical question posed in W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne's book Blue Ocean Strategy. According to Kim and Mauborgne, the path to success of any company does not lie in taking on potential competitors but in the creation of "blue oceans" in uncontested market space. The authors offer analytical frameworks and tools to help businesses identify and capitalize on these new opportunities.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Christopher R. Browning's Ordinary Men

    • By: James Chappel, Tom Stammers
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    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
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    Ordinary Men is one of the most influential works on the Holocaust. Before US historian Browning's 1992 book, most Holocaust scholarship focused either on the experience of the victims or on the Nazi political ideology driving the slaughter. Browning investigates the stories of some who carried out acts of extreme violence, those who literally had blood on their hands. Who were they? What were their backgrounds? And how could they end up committing such unspeakable acts?

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    • A Macat Analysis of Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

    • By: Helen Roche
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    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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    US-born historian of Europe Timothy Snyder first published Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin in 2010. In it, he argues that previous accounts of World War II have kept Nazi and Soviet crimes unduly separate, with much more attention paid to Adolf Hitler's atrocities than Joseph Stalin's. Snyder's view is that a definitive history of the period must depict the suffering of all of the conflict's victims.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Repetitive beyond belief

    • By AvidIrishReader on 13-03-18

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    • A Macat Analysis of Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth

    • By: Riley Quinn
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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    Published in 1961, the year of Frantz Fanon's death, The Wretched of the Earth is both a powerful analysis of the psychological effects of colonization and a rallying cry for violent uprising and independence. The book rejects colonial assumptions that the people of colonized countries need to be guided by their European colonizers because they are somehow less evolved or civilized. Fanon argues that violence is justified to purge colonialism not just from the countries themselves, but from the very souls of their inhabitants.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good overview.

    • By Amazon Customer on 13-02-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak's Can the Subaltern Speak?

    • By: Graham K. Riach
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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    Can the Subaltern Speak? is a classic of postcolonial studies, the discipline that examines the impact of colonial control on countries that gained their independence from European powers from the 1940s onwards. The essay, written in 1988 by Calcutta-born scholar Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, argues that a core problem for the poorest and most marginalized in society (the subalterns) is that they have no platform to express their concerns, and no voice to affect policy debates or demand a fairer share.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Judith Butler's Gender Trouble

    • By: Tim Smith-Laing
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
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    Philosopher Judith Butler's 1990 work, Gender Trouble, shook the foundations of feminist theory and changed the conversation about gender. While many thinkers already accepted that "gender" was a category constructed by society rather than defined by one's genitalia, Butler went further and argued that gender is performative - it exists only in the acts that express it. Society determines that wearing makeup is "feminine" - but some men wear makeup. Are they "women"?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A clear explanation to an intimidating text

    • By Sam on 30-06-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of John Rawls's A Theory of Justice

    • By: Filippo Diongi, Jeremy Kleidosty
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    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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    Issues of human rights and freedoms always inflame passions, and John Rawls's A Theory of Justice will do the same. Published in 1971, it links the idea of social justice to a basic sense of fairness that recognizes human rights and freedoms. Controversially, though, it also accepts differences in the distribution of goods and services - as long as they benefit the worst off in society.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Nassim Nicholas Taleb's The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • By: Eric Lybeck
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    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
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    In his 2007 book The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb says the Black Swans of his title can appear at any time, in the form of financial crises, wars, and other unexpected events that have profound, irreversible consequences. Taleb draws on philosophy, mathematics, economics, and other disciplines to explain in plain English why we seldom prepare for these events adequately. The way our brains process knowledge lull us into believing the future will resemble the past.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Roland Barthes's Mythologies

    • By: John M. Gómez
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    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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    Advertisements for soap. The image of a film star. The sight of a car as beautiful as a goddess. We accept all these common objects and experiences as normal parts of our lives and as timeless and universal as myth. But they are also carrying hidden messages that none of us even suspect, as Barthes demonstrates with a unique analysis of the signs that generate meanings and assumptions we all take for granted. These things have been "taken out of history" so that their hidden cultural meanings can be accepted without question.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks

    • By: Lorenzo Fusaro, Jason Xidias
    • Narrated by: Macat.com
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    First published in 1948, Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks is an important Marxist work that says we must understand societies both in terms of their economic relationships and their cultural beliefs. Gramsci wanted to explore why Russia had undergone a socialist revolution in 1917 while other European countries had not. So he developed the concept of hegemony, which is the idea that those who hold power in a society can maintain and use that power because of their own grip on cultural values and economic relationships.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Albert Bandura's Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis

    • By: Jacqueline Allan
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    • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
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    First published in 1973, Albert Bandura's Aggression: A Social Learning Analysis is a groundbreaking work that helped lay the foundations of the discipline of social psychology. Much of what we now know about the influences of the early childhood environment on delinquency and anti-social behavior can be traced back to Bandura's work. In the book, he uses the subject of aggression to demonstrate and explore the usefulness of what is called social learning theory.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison

    • By: Meghan Kallman, Rachele Dini
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    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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    How do those in power exercise that power over a state's citizens? French thinker Michel Foucault's 1975 work Discipline and Punish looks to answer this question by investigating the prison system. Foucault does not believe that the modern-day system developed out of reformers' humanitarian concerns. He argues that prison both created and then became part of a bigger system of surveillance that extends throughout society.

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    • This book is a rip off

    • By Lorraine on 25-10-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom

    • By: David Linden, Nick Broten
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    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    Austrian-born economist Friedrich Hayek's 1944 work, The Road to Serfdom, analyzes the ways in which excessive government planning can erode democracy. Published while World War II still raged, the work draws influential parallels between the totalitarianism of both socialism and Nazism and increasing control exerted by Western democracies.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Michel Foucault's The History of Sexuality Vol. 1: The Will to Knowledge

    • By: Chiara Briganti, Rachele Dini
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    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
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    Michel Foucault had already written extensively about medicine, madness, and prisons. But in the latter days of his career, he turned to the subject of sexuality, planning six volumes on the subject. He completed three before dying of an AIDS-related illness in 1984. Foucault's History of Sexuality Vol. 1 is a study of the evolution of cultural ideas about sex in the West since the end of the 17th century. Volume two looked at attitudes toward sex in ancient Greece; volume three investigated sex in ancient Rome.

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    • Needs a bit more on "now"

    • By AGGELOS IOAKIMIDES on 04-02-17

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    • A Macat Analysis of Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks

    • By: Rachele Dini
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    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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    Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks offers a radical analysis of the psychological effects of colonization on the colonized. Born in 1925 on the island of Martinique - at the time a French colony - Fanon witnessed firsthand the abuses of white colonizers and the system's effects on his country. His revulsion was only confirmed later in life when he worked as a psychiatrist in Algeria, another French colony. Fanon's work played a pivotal role in the civil rights movements of the 1960s and was later taken up by scholars of postcolonialist studies.

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    • A Macat Analysis of Amartya Sen's Development as Freedom

    • By: Janna Miletzki, Nick Broten
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    • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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    Economist Amartya Sen's 1997 work Development as Freedom presents a "middle way" approach to how we should look at international development, based on the idea that its success or failure cannot be measured by income alone. Having grown up in India, Sen brings his own understanding of what poverty really means to the issue, arguing that above all, the process and goal of development must be human freedom. He backs up this idea through his concept of "capabilities."

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    • A Macat Analysis of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex

    • By: Rachele Dini
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    • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
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    De Beauvoir's book charted the oppression of "the second sex" in terms never before seen in the academic world. Her most startling theory became a rallying cry for the feminist movement: "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman." She argued that gender identity was shaped by upbringing in a world ruled by men. A leading light in the existentialist movement, de Beauvoir applied the radical philosophy of personal choice and freedom to argue that women were subjugated in every area of life.

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    • Good intro to Simones work

    • By taheya on 29-04-17

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