Good Times Bad Times

This ground-breaking book, written by one of the UK's leading UK social policy experts, uses extensive research and survey evidence to challenge that view.

Author: John Hills


ISBN: 1447320034

Category: Political Science

Page: 334

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Two-thirds of UK government spending now goes on the welfare state and where the money is spent - healthcare, education, pensions, benefits ? is the centre of political and public debate. Much of that debate is dominated by the myth that the population divides into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it ? ?skivers” and ?strivers”, ?them” and ?us”. This ground-breaking book, written by one of the UK's leading UK social policy experts, uses extensive research and survey evidence to challenge that view. It shows that our complex and ever-changing lives mean that all of us rely on the welfare state through our lifetimes, not just a small ?welfare-dependent' minority. Using everyday life stories and engaging graphics Hills clearly demonstrates how the facts are far removed from the myths.

Myths and Legends of China

It is, however, to their national history that the storyteller goes for his most interesting subjects, and as the socalled ... We cannot saythat whenthey came fromthe West (which they probably did) they brought their myths with them, ...

Author: Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 9781465580924

Category: Legends

Page: 453

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The Little Book of Market Myths

This is a myth I disprove using pretty easy-to-get data from public sources. Data that's universally available and easy to compile! But few question this myth, so it endures. This book covers some of the most widely believed market and ...

Author: Kenneth L. Fisher

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118445013

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Exposes the truth about common investing myths and misconceptions and shows you how the truth shall set you free—to reap greater long-term and short-term gains Everybody knows that a strong dollar equals a strong economy, bonds are safer than stocks, gold is a safe investment and that high PEs signal high risk...right? While such "common-sense" rules of thumb may work for a time as investment strategies, as New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Ken Fisher, vividly demonstrates in this wise, informative, wholly entertaining new book, they'll always let you down in the long run. Ken exposes some of the most common—and deadly—myths investors swear by, and he demonstrates why the rules-of-thumb approach to investing may be robbing you of the kinds returns you hope for. Dubbed by Investment Advisor magazine one of the 30 most influential individuals of the last three decades, Fisher is Chairman, and CEO of a global money management firm with over $32 billion under management Fisher's Forbes column, "Portfolio Strategy," has been an extremely popular fixture in Forbes for more than a quarter century thanks to his many high-profile calls Brings together the best "bunks" by Wall Street's Master Debunker in a fun, easy-to-digest, bite-size format More than just a list of myths, Fisher meticulously explains of why each commonly held belief or strategy is dead wrong and how damaging it can be to your financial health Armed with this book, investors can immediately identify major errors they may be committing and adjust their strategies for greater investing success

Chinese Mythology

Questions of Heaven " is the most valuable document in Chinese mythography . Written in about the fourth century B.C. , it presents a systematic account of the main myths of ancient Ch'u in its 186 verses .

Author: Anne Birrell

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801861837

Category: History

Page: 322

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In Chinese Mythology, Anne Birrell provides English translations of some 300 representative myth narratives selected from over 100 classical texts, many of which have never before been translated into any Western language. Organizing the narratives according to themes and motifs common to world mythology, Birrell addresses issues of source, dating, attribution, textural variants, multiforms, and context. Drawing on exhaustive work in comparative mythology, she surveys the development of Chinese myth studies, summarizes the contribution of Chinese and Japanese scholars to the study of Chinese myth since the 1920s, and examines special aspects of traditional approaches to Chinese myth. The result is an unprecedented guide to the study of Chinese myth for specialists and nonspecialists alike.

Rationalizing Myth in Antiquity

And yet, they do not merely preserve the appearances of myth; even their most radical rewritings are not arbitrary. ... It explains myths, interprets them and shows them in a new light; and in seeking to roll back time and identify the ...

Author: Greta Hawes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199672776

Category: History

Page: 279

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Based on the author's dissertation--University of Bristol, Jan. 2011.

Teutonic Mythology

He jumped up , fetched the wings away , and laid them under the stone on which he sat . ... From this point the story takes a turn , which is less within the province of the swan - wife myth ; but it is worth noting , that one of the ...

Author: Jacob Grimm

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486435466

Category: Social Science

Page: 437

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This series is an exhaustive compendium of German and Norse mythology and a milestone in the study of comparative mythology and religion. Indispensable for students and scholars of folklore, cultural history, and literature. Volume I of the four-volume set includes: God, Worship, Temples, Priests, Other Gods, Goddesses, Condition of Gods, Heroes, and Wise-women.

Born in the U S A The Myth of American Popular Music from Colonial Times to the Present

It was when Americans perceived that Great Britain was engaged in conspiracy to deny Americans the rights of ... It is in the broadsides composed from the 1760s through the 1780s that we find the fullest expression of the myth.

Author: Timothy E. Scheurer

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604738070

Category: MUSIC

Page: 293

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This is the first study to explore fully the myth of America as reflected in the nation's popular music. Beginning with the songs of the Pilgrims and continuing through more than two centuries of history and music, Born in the U.S.A. shows the emerging American myth and gives a close reading of the compositions of songwriters as diverse as William Billings, Henry Clay Work, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.So that the full and diverse narrative of this complex nation might be recorded, this insightful study is focused both upon the national myth and upon the songwriters and performers representing subcultures and alternative viewpoints that are the text of America's story. Through hymnlike paeans and through discordant lamentations protesting the realities of the contemporary workaday world, popular music is an astonishing mirror of American history.

Myths and Mythologies

that its properties remain hidden: otherwise the subject would find himself in the position of the mythologist, who cannot believe in myths because it is his task to take them to pieces. Mythological analysis has not, and cannot have, ...

Author: Jeppe Sinding Jensen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315475752

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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In all cultures and at all times, humans have told stories about where they came from, who they are and how they should live their lives. 'Myths and Mythologies' brings together the key classic and contemporary writings - philosophical, psychological, sociological, semiological and cognitivist - on myth. To the insider, myths contain truth, revelation and a 'history of ourselves'; to the outsider, a culture s myths can be seen as the product of foolish, infantile and wishful thinking. Myths tell us about specific cultures, about human creativity, and how narrative shapes and reflects understanding. The 'Reader' is an invaluable resource for students and scholars interested in the impact of narrative on human culture and the meaning of truth in religious language.


ENLIGHTENMENT THEORIES By this category we mean views of myth that essentially depend on the “modern” view of scholarship and its subject-matter that began in the eighteenth-century “Enlightenment,” though it has since taken many turns.

Author: Robert Ellwood

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781847062345

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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An accessible introduction to the complex topic of Myth. Ellwood examines theories, meanings and interpretations, all of which are structured around a typical programme of study.