Breaking in to the Movies brings together Henry A. Giroux's best-known essays from the last twenty years, centering on important subjects on the cultural studies and pop culture agenda, including violence, race, class, gender, identity, politics, and children's culture. The volume charts his career as one of the most astute observers of the Hollywood tradition, from early reflections on Norma Rae and Looking for Mister Goodbar to ground-breaking analyses of more recent movies such as Pulp Fiction, Dead Poets Society, Dangerous Minds, and Fight Club. By addressing the profound pedagogical role of film in contemporary society, Giroux demonstrates how it dramatically shapes the way young people come to terms with today's most charged social issues.
There are many monographs in the existing literature devoted to the static and dynamic behavior of plates and shells. Plates and shells are enco- tered often in engineering applications being integralparts of a wide range of constructions, such as machines, vehicles, airplanes, rockets, ships, bridges, buildings, and containers, to name a few. In addition to the usual requi- ments posedby engineersrelatedtolightweightness,su?cientrigidityor?- ibility, and robust stability properties, there is an additional class ofapriori dynamicalpropertiesrequiredbymodernengineeringapplicationswheren- homogeneity and non-uniformity of structural components is often the norm incertainapplications. Inaddition,strictoperationalrequirementsinmodern engineering applications towards higher speeds, lighter construction, robust andreliableperformance,dictatessmallermarginsoferrorordeviationsfrom prescribed performances in adverse or uncertain forcing environments. This, in turn, requires the development of new analytical and computational tools capable of addressing challenging and not very well developed topics, such as, nonlinearities a?ecting the system performance, the e?ects of unmodeled dynamics on the stability of operation, and the role of uncertainties in the systemparametersonthestructuralresponse. Asaresult,thereisanongoing e?ort to address such issues, leading to the development of new analytical and computational tools, some of which are discussed in this monograph. The monograph follows an approach based on an integrated treatment of analysis and computation. Such a hybrid approach, coupled with computer algebra, can lead to results that cannot be obtained by other standard th- ries in the ?eld. We show, that in a wide class of problems only a carefully prepared numerical experiment followed by purely mathematical conside- tionscan?nallyleadtothesoughtresults. Thenumerousanalyticalconstr- tions are illustrated by examples of application and computational results.
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