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Current Research 8. Violence and Communication.
Edited by Jose Antonio Mingolarra, Carmen Arocena, and Rosa Martín Sabaris

Combining the terms “violence” and “communication” is a difficult, complex, incomplete, and perhaps impossible task, yet Violence and Communication seeks to demonstrate both generic and particular aspects of the expression and representation of violence. In a general sense, this expression and its consequences are explored in diverse global historical examples of violent events including the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda, and 9/11, as well as in thematic issues such as women and sexuality, poverty and inequality, and the Internet and violence. In a more particular sense, the work also addresses terrorist violence in the Basque Country, exploring specific topics such as its psychological effects in society and discursive consequences in the print media and on television. The book examines the representation of these different forms of violence in both the visual media (film, television, and photography) and the printed word (newspapers, literature, and so on). In short, the work attempts to visualize what have been often non-visible forms of violence, as well as critically analyze the multiple ways in which violence is represented and communicated.

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Current Research 7. Behavior and Organizational Change.
Edited by Sabino Ayestarán and Jon Barrutia Goenaga

Advanced societies produce open and internationalized economies where competitiveness is a necessary requirement, although this in itself is not enough to guarantee sustained success. Social, political, and cultural complexities, along with increasingly greater social and collective needs, are another feature of the environment in question. Given this environment, companies and organizations in general have to maintain a high level of strategic tension and a significant capacity to adapt and be flexible when faced with different contingencies. Organizations must be driven by people who are committed to its goals, who actively participate in the management of labor processes, who have creative skills, and who are capable of getting along well with others and working as part of a team. Likewise, leaders must lean toward transformational or shared leadership, in which both the management and workers assume responsibility for growth. Cooperation between workers and managers is based on the experience that insofar as the company’s goals are achieved, so will those of each individual person. To appreciate the change, it is important to understand organizational behavior, as there can be no sustainable organizational change without a change in people’s behavior.

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Current Research 6. Basque Cooperativism.
Edited by Baleren Bakaikoa and Eneka Albizu

Cooperative companies form part of the social economy-a third economic sector beyond the private and public spheres that embraces community, voluntary, and nonprofit activities. While corporations distribute their surpluses in relation to the capital contributions of shareholders, cooperatives do so according to activity of their members; in short, in a cooperative, capital is subordinate to work. The cooperative spirit has been an important feature of Basque society, from the traditional auzolan (literally,"neighborhood work") to the development of major cooperative companies like Alfa, Fagor, and ultimately Mondragon, the largest cooperative in the world and a major supplier of products and services nationally and internationally. This book focuses on the changes and challenges faced by the social economy in general and Basque cooperatives in particular in light of the crisis of the welfare state, the growth of neoliberal doctrines and greater privatization, and most recently of all, the global financial crisis. The book is divided into three parts: Part 1 analyzes the origins, values, and culture of Basque cooperativism. Part 2 focuses on innovation in and the management system of Basque cooperatives as a source of competitive advantage vis-a-vis traditional corporations. Finally, part 3 addresses the response of Basque cooperatives to globalization in general and the current global financial crisis in particular.

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Current Research 5. Innovation: Economic, Social, and Cultural Aspects.
Edited by Mikel Gómez Uranga and Juan Carlos Miguel de Bustos

Innovation is commonly associated with the world of business, in which it plays a key role at every stage of the commercial process. Yet innovation should also be understood in other, complementary, ways including the context and the conditions in which it is generated, giving rise to the concept of an innovation system; and the idea that scientific knowledge is part of the business system, both as a supplier and by way of its procedural methodology. With this expanded notion in mind, this book analyzes the creative spaces that make up innovation. We understand these spaces as the location of an activity and as a territory in which innovation activities take place; and we associate the notion of being creative with a wide and complex series of definitions. For example, innovation is linked closely to human activity and is increasingly demonstrated by the interest aroused by the term creative industries. In sum, then, innovation requires both the generation of new ideas (the creative act), and the application of those ideas in a specific context. Here, then, we explore how in organizations, innovation refers to the process by which an organization generates new creative ideas and turns them into something novel, useful, and viable, through commercial products, services, and business practices. In each case, creation would be considered an element prior to the process of innovation.

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Current Research 4. Implications of Current Research on Social Innovation in the Basque Country
Edited by Ander Gurrutxaga Abad and Antonio Rivera

The Basque Country’s social structure is undergoing a process of transition between the gradual disappearance of industrial society and the emergence of a knowledge society. Industrial society is no longer the force that rules daily life, but neither has a knowledge of society yet been fully constructed. There is no completed model to serve as a reference for societies like that of the Basque Country. This book investigates the contexts and terrain of Basque social innovation. It begins with the premise that knowledge is mobile, fluid, unstable, and never static. Human networks are primarily networks of knowledge and information transfer with the ability to sustain interactive processes of learning and innovation. The stocks of knowledge that can be found in particular places are a cultural exercise in which success is a matter above all of shared culture. Social innovation locates the basis for innovation in the ability to take advantage of a society’s social intelligence in the attempt to resolve problems and build futures when it confronts things like “conflict,” “diversity,” “climate change,” “culture,” and “the city and its new spaces.” Innovating means, in the final analysis, producing systems of tolerance that accept some basic aspects of the existing situation in order to modify it.

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Current Research 3. Development Cooperation: Facing the Challenges of Global Change
Edited by Koldo Unceta and Amaia Arrinda

The book presents pro-development policies that are ethically grounded political strategies for governments and international bodies.

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Current Research 2. Feminist Challenges in the Social Sciences: Gender Studies in the Basque Country
Edited by Mari Luz Esteban and Mila Amurrio

This book reflects many of the profound social, political, and economic changes that have influenced the UPV/EHU since the 1980's.

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Current Research 1. Equality, Equity, and Diversity: Educational Solutions in the Basque Country
Edited by Alfonso Unceta and Concepción Medrano

The stress of this book - in both theoretical and analytical dimensions - is on the importance of diversity, the promotion of social and human values, and respect for basic human rights in the field of education.

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