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Original Sins. Globalization, Populism and the Six Contradictions Facing the European Union

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The revolt of the voters that exploded in 2016 represents a reaction to the effects of financial globalization, with economic discontent driving heightened political and cultural divisions. As populist parties grow across Europe, the common thread – on both left and right – is criticism of the economic policies embraced and enforced by the institutions of the European Union. To suggest that the answer is “more Europe” means putting the cart before the horse, and failing to address the substantive contradictions dogging the EU. As European nations look to the... Read more →

The Size Effect. A Journey into Design, Fashion and Media

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At the end of the last century, the so-called “new technologies” started to question the process of design, production, sales and consumption through a radical change, which today re-defi nes many concepts both in industry and every-day life. The notion of “size” – a cross-cutting term in the cultural and creative sector – has gone through a phase of crisis from which it is now re-emerging, enriched with new meanings and possibilities. To redefine this complex term, the authors of the book have observed the path of audiovisual products and... Read more →

Bestiarium. Human and Animal Representations

The human-animal relationship has always been characterized by a wide net of interactions and exchanges. By providing an overview of the concept of animality – and of the several meanings attached to it – this book aims at rethinking the real nature of this notion, towards a new definition of both the human and the animal. The authors highlight the need to overcome the traditional tendency to read the animal merely as a symbol, a metaphor or an allegory, whose only purpose is that of representing and negotiating human power... Read more →

John R. Lucas Against Mechanism

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Can the human mind be properly described in mechanical terms? It is in order to demonstrate that it cannot be that in 1959 John R. Lucas presented an anti-mechanist argument by appealing to Gödel’s first incompleteness theorem. He attempted to show that any computational device cannot be an adequate model of the human mind, since, if there is a model of the human mind that is a machine, then there is at least a sentence that the machine cannot prove, while the human mind can. Lucas could not have foreseen... Read more →

The Evil Side of the Web

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There are various risks tied to the Web. Toxic evils like cybercrimes, cyberbullying, on-line harassment, aggressive online comments, defamation, hateful speech, plagiarism, etc. are growing among young people. The search of antidotes to fight the above issues is becoming a common concern for governments, educational authorities, teachers, parents and children alike. Literature stresses on the crucial role of education for combating cyber risks among young people. There is a general agreement about the responsibility that schools have in this challenging battle. This book tackles some dark aspects of the Web, explores them thoughtfully... Read more →

Introduction to Social Innovation

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It is commonly shared the idea that social innovation is the creation of social value by solving social problems. Accordingly, social innovation can be deemed to be the production of new solutions to social problems in a more effective, efficient, and sustainable way. Analyzing the consequences of the current economic crisis and its impact on health care services, there is who has advanced the idea that social innovation can constitute an effective strategy to counter-balance the retrenchment of public social provision.This book tackles the multiple facets of social innovation focusing... Read more →

Don Giovanni or the Inconvenient. Triptych of Shadow Second Door

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Don Giovanni chooses a piazza as a place for a lover’s tryst: a piazza that was once, in other times, a theatre of torture and death. The recurring vision of a wooden monument in flames, erected in the great piazza in memory of a man of free thought, is a source for Don Giovanni of constant disquiet, a frightfully terrible trial that evokes fear, anxiety, terror and horror. The image of the wooden monument burning keeps coming back to Don Giovanni’s mind, to the extent that it becomes an obsession,... Read more →

ILA Arabic Certificate Training Tests. With Audio CD. A2 level

ILA project offers for the first time tests and preparation materials for the Certificate Exam in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the language used in international context and the one in which Arabic speakers identify themselves from a cultural perspective. ILA project interpreted criteria and standards established and recognized by the EU through CEFR, a suitable tool to certify languages on its territory. This book is part of the project first step and focuses on oral skills, which imply the ability to organize linguistic means at a higher level than the... Read more →

ILA Arabic Certificate Training Tests. With Audio CD. A1 level

ILA project offers for the first time tests and preparation materials for the Certificate Exam in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the language used in international context and the one in which Arabic speakers identify themselves from a cultural perspective. ILA project interpreted criteria and standards established and recognized by the EU through CEFR, a suitable tool to certify languages on its territory. This book is part of the project first step and focuses on oral skills, which imply the ability to organize linguistic means at a higher level than the... Read more →

Italian America. Epos and Storytelling in Helen Barolini

This book offers to the reader a tool to address the still largely uncharted territory of contemporary literature of migration. In addition to presenting and commenting on the production of the prolific writer Helen Barolini, the author Margherita Ganeri has a further ambition: to investigate the question that runs through the debate on the relationship between literary writing and socio-cultural groups, namely the possibility to define literature, and in particular Italian American literature, on the basis of ethnicity. The book includes a preface by Melania G. Mazzucco and an exclusive... Read more →

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