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In: A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt
In: A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt

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The dramatic economic and political developments that followed the 2008 global financial crisis accelerated the rise of what I call “localized globalizations,” led by the United States and China. Their driving forces seem to be the creation of global information/social networks and the proliferation of cheap consumer goods, correspondingly. The US-led version of globalization benefits from the information standards set up by both American and European companies, which target consumers in those high-income nations creating the global upper class. The China-orchestrated version addresses the people in mid- and lower-income nations and provides these nations with China-produced hardware and consumer goods, thus increasing the quality of life and capitalizing on the competitiveness of Chinese mass production. These two versions of globalization are set to compete in the coming decades until a new, more inclusive model emerges, allowing the world once again to reunite economically on a more advanced level. I argue that this is all quite natural, and would not overestimate the negative effects of such economic tensions, since I do not expect that “competing globalizations” will provoke political clashes, unrests, and wars.

In: Philosophical Aspects of Globalization: A Multidisciplinary Inquiry

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Several studies have examined how music may affect the evaluation of food and drink, but the vast majority have not observed how this interaction unfolds in time. This seems to be quite relevant, since both music and the consumer experience of food/drink are time-varying in nature. In the present study we sought to fix this gap, using Temporal Dominance of Sensations (TDS), a method developed to record the dominant sensory attribute at any given moment in time, to examine the impact of music on the wine taster’s perception. More specifically, we assessed how the same red wine might be experienced differently when tasters were exposed to various sonic environments (two pieces of music plus a silent control condition). The results revealed diverse patterns of dominant flavours for each sound condition, with significant differences in flavour dominance in each music condition as compared to the silent control condition. Moreover, musical correspondence analysis revealed that differences in perceived dominance of acidity and bitterness in the wine were correlated in the temporality of the experience, with changes in basic auditory attributes. Potential implications for the role of attention in auditory flavour modification and opportunities for future studies are discussed.

In: Auditory Contributions to Food Perception and Consumer Behaviour
In: Africa, the Cradle of Human Diversity
In: Ethnolinguistic Prehistory
In: Ten Lectures on Cognitive Evolutionary Linguistics
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Scientific objective: This article constitutes a tentative analysis of Party opinions on the Polish book-publishing-cum-dissemination front in 1985–1989 concentrated on the issues of: 1. the extent to which the Party elites in the end period of the Polish People’s Republic (PRL) were bound in their thinking by the ideological and political system’s framework; 2. what was their diagnosis of the book sector in all its aspects - publishing, printing, bookselling and library circulation.

Research methods: This analysis is based on the files of the Cultural Department of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers’ Party (further: Cultural Department), in particular the Party Team for Publishing Policy and Book Dissemination (PZPWUK), created in 1985, and the National Team of Party Librarians and Booksellers at the Cultural Department. in the spring of 1987.

Results and conclusions: An analysis of the documents produced by duly appointed teams operating under the patronage of the Cultural Department of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers’ Party is revealing of several characteristics of the thinking of the Party’s elites on the force of literature. t seems that the diagnosis of the Polish book sector’s condition in all its ramifications made by these teams, took into account at least in part the basic, real problems in this field: shortage of paper, difficulties in determining the state publishing plan, the origins and development of the reader’s market etc. Some of the analysed documents were flawed by schematic political-ideological modes of thinking. Up to the second half of the 1980s, publications propagating a positive image of the USSR were often no more than tributes of a sort to the statutory founding principles of the PRL. An important enemy of the state publishing policy was the Catholic Church and its hierarchy. The problems of the underground publications and censorship, were not raised in the Cultural Department’s analyses. The answer to the question of the reason for this phenomenon needs further research.

Cognitive value: The article provides the broader context, in which the Cultural Department is important element of the institutions implementing publishing policy and controlled the public space.

In: Politics and the Media in Poland from the 19th to the 21st Centuries
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