Zombie Seed and the Butterfly Blues

A Case of Social Justice

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Author: R.P. Clair
In Zombie Seed and the Butterfly Blues: A Case of Social Justice students from a liberal arts class help Professor Delta Quinn and reporter, Caleb Barthes, uncover the political and corporate story behind the scientific development and implementation of the zombie seed.
As the secrets of the seed are revealed, so are the secrets of Delta’s tragic past which explain her desire to study the sequestered stories of domestic violence, which may lead the reader to ask whether there is a connection between cultural violence and interpersonal violence, and more importantly, whether such knowledge will awaken the zombie in all of us.
Socrates’ oft quoted maxim—the unexamined life is not worth living—speaks to the current image of the zombie who walks through life without critically thinking, without addressing political issues, without participating in civil discourse or democratic entitlements.
Zombie Seed and the Butterfly Blues: A Case of Social Justice is meant to engage the college student, to have students address and discuss issues of relevance to society at large. For example, it can be read in sociology or communication classes that show the documentary “The Corporation.”
Whether in anthropology, business, communication, English, history, organizational communication, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, rhetoric, sociology or women’studies the novel is intended to provide a teaching tool to professors who are looking for new ways to awaken students.
The author is happy to discuss how you can use the book in your courses. Contact her at rpclair@purdue.edu.
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  • Preliminary Material
    Pages: i–xxiv
  • Prelude
    Pages: 1–3
  • Chapter 1
    Tuesday, August 10, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 5–12
  • Chapter 2
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 13–18
  • Chapter 3
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010—New York City
    Pages: 19–24
  • Chapter 4
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 25–28
  • Chapter 5
    Wednesday evening, August 11, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 29–35
  • Chapter 6
    Friday, August 13, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 37–46
  • Chapter 7
    Friday evening, August 13, 2010—Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 47–49
  • Chapter 8
    Friday, August 13, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 51–55
  • Chapter 9
    Saturday, August 14, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 57–65
  • Chapter 10
    Saturday, August 14, 2010—Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 67–68
  • Chapter 11
    Saturday night, August 14, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 69–70
  • A Brief Interlude
    Black Magic
    Pages: 71–80
  • Chapter 13
    Sunday, August 15, 2010—Washington D.C.
    Pages: 81–84
  • Chapter 14
    Monday, August 16, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 85–90
  • Chapter 15
    Tuesday, August 17, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 91–96
  • Chapter 16
    Wednesday, August 18, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 97–99
  • Chapter 17
    Wednesday night, August 18, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 101–103
  • Chapter 18
    Saturday, August 21, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 105–113
  • Chapter 19
    Saturday afternoon, August 21, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 115–123
  • Chapter 20
    Later Saturday afternoon, August 21, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 125–129
  • Chapter 21
    Sunday, August 22, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 131–135
  • Chapter 22
    Sunday evening, August 21, 2010—from Chicago, IL to Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 137–141
  • Another Brief Interlude
    Graveyard Dirt
    Pages: 143–158
  • Chapter 24
    August, 1986—New York City to Combermere, Ontario
    Pages: 159–163
  • Chapter 25
    August, 1986—Combermere, Ontario
    Pages: 165–167
  • Chapter 26
    September, 1986—Combermere, Ontario
    Pages: 169–171
  • Chapter 27
    Sunday night, August 22, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 173–177
  • Chapter 28
    Sunday, August 22, 2010—White County, IN
    Pages: 179–182
  • Chapter 29
    Monday, August 23, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 183–186
  • Chapter 30
    Monday afternoon, August 23, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 187–191
  • Chapter 31
    Monday afternoon, August 23, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 193–196
  • Chapter 32
    Monday to Wednesday, August 25, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 197–202
  • Chapter 33
    Wednesday morning, August 25, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette to West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 203–208
  • Chapter 34
    Thursday, August 26, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 209–217
  • Chapter 35
    Saturday, August 28, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 219–225
  • Chapter 36
    Saturday, August 28, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 227–229
  • Chapter 37
    Sunday, August 29, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 231–234
  • Chapter 38
    Sunday evening, August 29, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 235–236
  • Chapter 39
    Monday morning, 6:00 a.m., August 30, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 237–239
  • Chapter 40
    Monday morning, 6:00 a.m., August 30, 2010—outskirts of Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 241–242
  • Chapter 41
    Monday, August 30, 2010—West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 243–248
  • Chapter 42
    Tuesday, 9:59 a.m., August 31, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 249–250
  • Another Interlude
    There are No Zombies, only Butterflies
    Pages: 251–260
  • Chapter 44
    Tuesday, 10:12 a.m., August 31, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 261–264
  • Chapter 45
    Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., August 31, 2010—Chicago to West Lafayette, IN
    Pages: 265–269
  • Chapter 46
    Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., August 31, 2010—Chicago, IL
    Pages: 271
  • Chapter 47
    Tuesday, 11:00 p.m., August 31, 2010—Washington D.C.
    Pages: 273–278
  • Chapter 48
    Wednesday morning, September 1, 2010—Washington D.C.
    Pages: 279–285
Robin Patric Clair is a Full Professor, Diversity Fellow and a Fellow to the Center of Creative Endeavors at Purdue University. She has won research awards in rhetoric, narrative, ethnography and organizational communication, including two ‘Outstanding Book of the Year’ awards, two ‘Best Research Article of the Year’ awards, the ‘Golden Anniversary Award’ and multiple ‘Top Paper’ Awards for her research.
"Just an added praise for one particular book that I use in a research class. Zombie Seed and the Butterfly Blues is wonderful. I don't know Robin Clair, but I commend her. My students are able to relate so much to the qualitative research processes she describes—and to the harried life of an academic on the tenure track. I appreciate and applaud her so much for doing that piece of academic fiction. I use it every spring in my research class." — Robin Redmon Wright, Ph.D, Penn State University, Harrisburg
" Zombie Seed and the Butterfly Blues is not only a wonderful read, it’s compelling and thought-provoking. I loved it!" — Donald Bain, Author of the Murder, She Wrote novels
" A gripping story about corporate conspiracy and exploitation, relational violence, and the value of social research. A masterpiece of literary technique and thick description …an ideal text for courses on relationships, organizational life, and narrative research, and a must-read for anyone interested in environmentalism, creative writing, and social justice." — Professor Tony E. Adams, Northeastern Illinois University
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