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Beyond Communities of Practice: Language, Power And Social Context

by David Barton Karin Tusting

In these studies, linguists and educational researchers examine the concept of "communities of practice," developing aspects of the concept previously unexplored. The contributors use theories of language-in-use, literary practices and discourse to illuminate the relevance of conflict, power and social context to communities of practice. The studies reflect research conducted in schools, police stations, adult basic education, higher education and multilingual settings. They assess the relationship between communities of practice and theories based in literary studies, critical language studies, the ethnography of communication and sociological theories of risk.

The Bulletproof George Washington (3rd edition)

by David Barton

A history of George Washington's battles with the French, English, and the native Indians, from the years 1749-1770. The battle of the Monongahela in 1755 is covered in depth. Includes a timeline and bibliography.

The Community Forests of Mexico: Managing for Sustainable Landscapes

by David Barton Bray Merino-Pérez Leticia Deborah Barry

The contributors to this book are established researchers in the field, as well as many of the important actors in Mexico's nongovernmental organization sector. Some articles are case studies of community forest management programs in the states of Michoacán, Oaxaca, Durango, Quintana Roo, and Guerrero. Others provide broader historical and contemporary overviews of various aspects of community forest management. As a whole, this volume clearly establishes that the community forest sector in Mexico is large, diverse, and has achieved unusual maturity in doing what communities in the rest of the world are only beginning to explore: how to balance community income with forest conservation. In this process, Mexican communities are also managing for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.

Original Intent: The Courts, The Constitution and Religion

by David Barton

In their own words, the Supreme Court has become "a national theology board," "a super board of education," and amateur psychologists on a "psycho-journey." The result has been a virtual rewriting of the liberties enumerated in the Constitution. A direct victim of this judicial micromanagement has been the religious aspect of the First Amendment. For example, the Court now interprets that Amendment under: a "Lemon Test" absurdly requiring religious expression to be secular, an "Endorsement Test" pursuing an impossible neutrality between religion and secularism, and a "Psychological Coercion Test" allowing a single dissenter to silence an entire community's religious expression. Additional casualties of judicial activism have included protections for State's rights, local controls, separation of powers, legislative supremacy, and numerous other constitutional provisions. Why did earlier Courts protect these powers for generations, and what has caused their erosion by contemporary Courts? Original Intent answers these questions. By relying on thousands of primary sources, Original Intent documents (in the Founding Fathers' own words) not only the plan for limited government originally set forth in the Constitution and Bill of Rights but how that vision can once again become reality.

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