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Editions Blair Archive
Edition Blair is a new imprint aimed at general and academic readers, to be launched in the UK in mid-2007. Our publications will help readers "make use of the past to keep up with the present". Available publications will be highlighted below as they appear.
BRINGING THE BEST OF PAST RESEARCH TO CONTEMPORARY SUBJECTS
Cities in Crisis was a startling idea in the 1960s and has gained prominence rapidly in our current world of crowded mega-cities. My early books on social conflict and change in multicultural societies have merit in this regard. Each singled out a particular aspect.
ADDING INSIGHTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
I've covered momentous events as well. My book The Land to Those Who Work It: Algeria 's Experiment in Workers' Management shows how revolutionary socialists sought to repair decades of French colonialism. Retreat to the Ghetto (1977) examined the problems of post-civil rights movements in America .
GIVING VOICE TO THE UNHEARD
My consultancy reports are wide-ranging in scope and subject. I am expert in the art and practice of human settlements planning and have conducted Habitat Forum training workshops. I've done global disaster studies. I've worked on revitalizing old Victorian churches in the East End of London.
Urban innovation projects in European Cities -- Lyons , Stuttgart and Oslo – have not escaped my attention.
My studies of housing and urban renewal in Amsterdam joined people, policymakers, planners and architects in a unique experiment in action-planning.
Planning innovative renewal in housing projects in London has not escaped my attention
MAKING THE CROSS OVER
Most recently I've got the creative fires burning by debating the ethics of media journalists
In Mind the Ethical Gap, I have reviewed the work of Valerie Alia and Simone Bull (2005).
And I delved deeper into issues of Internet access and innovation in my article African-Americans and the Information Revolution. (Both have appeared in Ethical Space, The International Journal of Communication Ethics, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2006)
WORK IN PROGRESS
My current work has given me an opportunity to snapshot major issues of Internet innovation in and across divided societies and disadvantaged world regions. It's called The Audacity of Cyberspace , an idea that came to me when working to a new philosophy: freedom of expression in cyberspace.
What, I wondered, are the particular experiences of Black people of common heritages in three different continents — in America , Britain and sub-Saharan Africa — who are seeking to use the Internet for collective advancement? And what are the practical effects for people normally denied access to mainstream information and opinion networks?
BROWSE AND BUY
My work is mainly in printed form as you might expect and will be made available for bowsing and purchase (arrangements pending). In addition I shall be showcasing my online work and calling for a radical rethink of the connection between social science, journalism and cyberaction for change.
However, whatever the originating medium, print or electronic, the guiding principle of Editions Blair is the same: building an action-oriented online library of thought and action for social change.