Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Catatonia on the Consultation Liaison Service and Other Clinical Settings

“Because catatonia occurs in various settings and—contrary to some beliefs, is not rare—it could present a diagnostic and management problem for those not familiar with this syndrome/disorder. Consultation liaison psychiatrists could be called to evaluate patients with catatonia in a medical or surgical setting, in the emergency room, nursing homes, or even at child and adolescent clinics. Brendan Carroll and David Spiegel, the editors of this volume, gathered a group of clinicians to put together a comprehensive and useful text on catatonia. As they write, this book is not supposed to be another perfunctory review of catatonia; it also intends to bring forth some new ideas about this entity and its conceptualization…To read more, click here.– Richard Balon, MD, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA, published in Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, November 2015, Vol. 27, No. 4

Economic Crises: A Review and Directions for Research

The book is well designed, discussing factors that caused economic crises theoretically, as well as empirically in some countries. The book is very much useful to academicians, policymakers, researchers and readers. It’s a good book of treasure for the further enrichment of knowledge about economic crisis and determinant factors.” – Himachalam Dasaraju, Professor, Commonwealth Visiting Fellow, UK, Sri Venkateswara University, India

Positive Youth Development: Digital Game-Based Learning

This book explores the potential of gamification, that is, the application of game-design elements in an education context. It aims to improve student engagement and learning while providing in-depth feedback allowing students, teachers, parents, and youth workers to explore different topics relevant for older children and adolescents…” READ MORE >>> – Leopold Štefanič, published in Sodobna pedagogika/Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies Let./Vol. 73 (139)

Western Sahara: Reasons for Extemporaneous Colonization and Decolonization, 1885–1975

Published in the Journal of Central and Eastern European African Studies – “The well-structured and detailed book deals with the Spanish colonisation of Western Sahara and the Spanish period, followed by the withdrawal of the Spaniards, which is essential to understanding the current conflict. The authors present in a short introduction the reason for the choice of topic, the research they have carried out and the structure of the book. From this, it turns out that a lot of material has been kept in Spanish archives that could not be researched until now. Furthermore, several people who were themselves active shapers of the daily life of the former Spanish Sahara and then the organisers and executors of the Spanish departure were interviewed. The book is already a curiosity for that reason alone, and because the Spanish archival material researched on this topic has not been published in English yet….” READ FULL REVIEW>>> – János Besenyő, Head of Africa Research Institute, School on Safety and Security Sciences, Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary

Western Sahara: Reasons for Extemporaneous Colonization and Decolonization makes, in just 150 pages of content, a meritorious review of the history of the territory we currently know as Western Sahara, from the appearance of the first tribal communities until the Spaniards abandoned it, leaving behind a real hornet’s nest. In addition, it pays attention to the main contributions of Spanish and Moroccan colonial historiography in recent years, attending to the most current currents, and enters into strong debate with several well-known historians and anthropologists…” Review published in the journal, Illes i imperis, 2022, Num. 24, pp. 350-354, https://doi.org/10.31009/illesimperis.2022.i24.21

Is China Encircling India?

“In this book, Aminul Karim has sought to analyze the recent Chinese advances in the Indian Ocean and their ramifications for India and the greater region. The book is a must read for scholars and researchers on China. Universities and research organizations should procure copies of the book for use by their members. The book will also be a useful read for the general readers who have interest in the phenomenon called China…” READ FULL REVIEW>>> Md. Touhid Hossain, Former Foreign Secretary

Between I and We: Unifying Psychology and Sociology Along the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Continuum

“We think that it is time to give a rapprochement between psychology and sociology another honest try – this time around with the help of the bridging services of neurology. Hence, our new book: Between I and We – Unifying Psychology and Sociology Along the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex Continuum, enlists centuries of human exploration and experience, to provide the first disciplined attempt to bring together humanity’s two ancient-yet-ever-renewing efforts at self-understanding. We do this by mapping a common cognitive and behavioral path that merges what we know about the conscious and unconscious, the rational and irrational, the pragmatic and the incorporeal – at both the individual and the group levels – along the unifying continuum of the Amygdala-Prefrontal Cortex spectrum. This is a continuum that describes the relative, proportional, inter-relations between the instinctive-reactive (amygdala) and the contemplative-responsive (prefrontal cortex), the fast and the slow, the coarse and the nuanced…To read the full article, click here– Featured online by The Safe Communities Institute (SCI) at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy, https://sci.usc.edu/

The Communitarian Nation-State Paradox in Lebanon

The Communitarian Nation-State Paradox in Lebanon presents itself as a comprehensive critical anthology of the Lebanese consociational model. Edited by political scientist Imad Salamey, who has made major contributions to the field of Middle East politics, this book comprises twelve high profile Lebanese scholars – from diverse political, social and academic backgrounds – providing heterogeneous, but coherent, perspectives on Lebanon’s power-sharing and its related tensions that brought the country towards periodical stalemates and conflicts. Written in a clear and accessible language, this is a thoroughly researched volume and suitable for academia but also non-experts interested in Lebanon and, more broadly, MENA politics. Overall, Imad Salamey, and the other scholars, provide a timely debate through Lebanese lenses that makes the book a distinguished and much-needed contribution in a field often dominated by Western scholarship.” To read the full review, click here – Vito Morisco, Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter, UK

Bioactive Compounds and their Importance

“This is an important book on food safety and the technology domain. Each chapter was very well written, with science-based information, recent references cited, new information and proper iconography. This book is a good source for scientific debates in multidisciplinary domains like: medicine, biology, chemistry, industrial technology, food industry, agriculture and food safety.” -Professor Monica Tarcea, MD, PhD, Habil., Department of Community Nutrition and Food Safety, Faculty of Medicine, George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Targu Mures, Targu Mures, Romania

Urban Air Pollution and Avenue Trees: Benefits, Interactions and Future Prospects

“The book Urban Air Pollution and Avenue Trees: Benefits, Interactions and Future Prospects has 11 chapters to cover the rationale of the concept and various domains to document how Avenue trees regulate urban air quality as well as how urban air quality affects urban avenue trees. In the current scenario where the rate of expansion of Urbanization is very high and its inevitable disadvantages is environmental pollution. The biggest problem in urban areas is air pollution. Air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen, and various oxides of nitrogen and sulfur, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are now entering the human body with each breath. The human lungs are now a storehouse of harmful airborne particles such as PM10, PM2.5, and PM1. Different age groups of the urban population from children to the elderly are now suffering from related health issues like asthma, shortness of breath, pneumonia, bronchitis, and even cancer. Good air quality is very much needed to achieve sustainable development goals or achieve the conversion of urban areas into smart cities. It is one of the key areas of the research for the current scientific community as well as for the policymakers. The contribution of both the authors in the book is very important and will be useful for various stakeholders. The book content highlighted the importance of plants (avenue plants) on both sides of the city’s main thoroughfares to prevent deterioration as well as improvement of air quality. The book discusses in detail the plan of a smart city and documented that how development, quality of life, and urban civilization can be integrated through the application of IoT technology. This book will pave the way for a significant future in implementing the concept of air pollution prevention and sustainable development in highly polluted metropolitan areas worldwide.” – Dr. Usha Mina, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Open Higher Education in the 21st Century

“It has been decades since the first open university was started back in 1946 in Africa. In the intervening decades, perhaps this sector has already gone through the peak of inflated expectations, the trough of disillusionment, the slope of enlightenment, and arrived at the plateau of productivity (in terms of the hype cycle). As several of the contributors to this collection have noted, COVID-19 drove many more to open higher education, so as not to lose the time under lockdown. With a burgeoning world population, the needs for higher education are greater than ever, and this broadens the ambit of such universities. In the U.S., there are some endeavors for open educational resources (OERs), in which online learning objects are shared without cost. There are some stand-alone courses and some course series on MOOC platforms. A perusal of the List of Open Universities identifies only one public open university in the U.S. (Open SUNY), and two private ones. Perhaps many of the needs in the U.S. are met with excellent community colleges and various institutes. Or perhaps Americans reach out for opportunities as provided by other open institutions of higher education… Read more >>>” – Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2021 / Winter 2022).