>Hey great thinkers - here's a request from one of my colleagues - an art
>and social studies teacher. I wondered if you had any suggestions -
>Already suggested are The Life of Pi and The Handmaid's Tale
>I am trying to compile a book list that focuses on the "State." In
>Junior-Senior Humanities Seminar we begin our studies of the STATE.
>Defining the "state" in all its ambiguity is part of our project, but a
>loose definition involves the view that humans live together; in families,
>tribes, clans, parishes, communities, cities, countries/nations and
>ascribe to certain consistent "modes of being and
>interacting"--traditions, practices, laws, and behaviors. Each student
>will read a book of their choice. My requirement is that the book must
>specifically and directly address issues of the "state." In the past I
>have assigned readings that were in the realm of utopian studies--The
>Giver, Brave New World, 1984, etc., but we are looking to expand our
>scope. If you can suggest book-titles that connect with this topic, that
>I can pass along to my class, then we will be ever so grateful.