Book Reviews

Moral Development and Behavior: New Research

"Colin Pennington’s recent publication, Moral Development and Behavior: New Research, should be on every sport pedagogist’s, coach’s, and teacher’s bookshelf; but, more importantly, should be internalized and laid on the hearts of anyone who is an influential catalyst in the social and moral development of others. The research provided in this book lays the foundation for moral development and behavior as a “privilege and responsibility” that educators, coaches, teachers, and corporations alike should create. The selected authors delve into the art of “actions and options”, making the reader more aware of the fulfillment that moral development can bring to the individual who learns to think, create meaning, develop confidence and a voice, and ultimately transfer their “strength-based” customs to outside settings within their day to day life. No matter the experience, meaning can be made through supporting environments specifically created to nurture the character qualities of self-responsibility and caring for others.

Opportunities should be provided that allow individuals to practice an “open mindset” in which they are able to focus in the moment and autonomously act “right” when faced with a decision. Moral Development and Behavior: New Research, not only presents readers with suggestions for implementing ethical training and experiences through methods and models, but also focuses on areas of further growth and research that is needed to better advance and connect theory with practice. In today’s changing society, it is vital to possess a “toolbox” of program designs that have the potential to positively lay “moral and acceptable” foundations for our youth who need the guidance and support of their mentors to create their own “pro-social and moral identity.” I highly recommend this book as one that will guide your endeavors of becoming an influential catalyst in the moral development of others." - Deborah S. Baxter, Department of Kinesiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

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Resilience and Gender Development for At-Risk Adolescent Males: Psychosocial Intervention Program Development

“Julia Tilling’s imaginative combination of sociological ideas about masculinities and psychological ideas about resilience produces an interesting and promising approach to educational interventions with youth. She gives a thoughtful account of the boys involved in such an intervention, and shows that educational innovation in this difficult field is alive and well.” - Professor Raewyn Connell, Faculty of Education & Social Work, University of Sydney, Australia

"Dr Tilling's book is concerned with understanding the social psychological interventions for resilience and gender development of at-risk adolescent males. It draws on both sociological and psychological perspectives to describe the power relations and the protective factors of adolescent males in terms of internal and external assets that build resilience. Practical solution-based interventions that promote resilience and address the issues of gender constructions are fully articulated in the latter part of the book. This book is an essential resource for teachers, child, school, and counseling psychologists, social workers, and allied education and community mental health professionals who want to find new insights and possible solutions to adolescent males engaging in at-risk behaviours." - Professor Annemaree Carroll, The University of Queensland, Australia

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Putting Privacy in Perspective: Exploring the Evolution and Implications of Privacy in U.S. Society

"In Dr. Hough’s book, a compelling case is made that the four kinds of Privacy she describes were not very much present in past societies." READ MORE... - David Brin, Scientist, Best-Selling Author and Tech-Futurist

"Putting Privacy in Perspective offers a quick, readable and provocative survey of how privacy has evolved in this country from colonial times through the Industrial Revolution to the modern age. Its somewhat surprising conclusion is that people in the post-Civil War era enjoyed much more solitude, intimacy, and anonymity than either the founding generation or our current computer-driven era." - Christopher Slobogin, Milton Underwood Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University

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Introduction to Communication Sciences

"An expert on ancient and contemporary languages of India, and an outstanding pioneer in the field of acoustic phonetics of Indian languages, Dr. S. R. Savithri’s book on Introduction to Communication Sciences is a treasure cove for all seekers in the area of Speech Science. This book covers fundamental and advanced concepts of speech production, perception, regulation, and their implications in a nutshell. The five chapters in the book use many illustrations and clearly describe the process of communication and its components; biological and neurological bases of speech production; fundamental concepts related to the nature of sound; auditory mechanism and functions related to the perception of sound; and historical developments and scope of practice with special emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature, global issues, and technology. Dr. Savithri’s clear elucidations of complex concepts of speech science is a must read for all beginners, advanced learners, and professionals in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology." - Rangamani G. N., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, St. Cloud State University, MN USA

"The textbook ‘Introduction to Communication Sciences’ by Prof. Dr. S. R. Savithri is a highly welcome contribution to teaching speech pathology/audiology and phonetics. It provides a fresh and exciting perspective on the field, building on the author’s wealth of research and teaching experience in a vibrant multi-lingual environment. Importantly, the book incorporates some valuable insights of ancient Sanskrit scholars – first known phoneticians, as part of a historical review of the field. The book is remarkably clearly written, with various – often quite complex – concepts and topics presented in a very accessible way and amply illustrated. As such, the textbook will serve as a valuable resource for students and young researchers in speech/audiology and phonetics." - Alexei Kochetov, Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Emotions, Temporalities and Working-Class Identities in the 21st Century

"This book is a masterful approach to the mismatches in temporal orientation that need to be negotiated by those whose life expectations break down during economic crises. Through the complex analysis of power structures, life course narratives, structures of feeling, emotions and identity processes, the authors in this collection propose a new and challenging vision of class." - Susana Narotzky, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Barcelona

"This timely collection skilfully pulls out threads that reveal the complexity, evolution and contradictions of social class identity. The contributors’ focus on temporality and emotions fills a major gap in literature making this an essential sourcebook for academics, students and policy-makers." - Professor Vasilios Ioakimidis, Director of the Centre for Social Work and Social Justice, University of Essex

"It should be noted that the volume is a significant contribution to the exploration of the anthropological and social dimensions of social class. The authors successfully examine the vicissitudes of social stratification in an eloquent and systematic manner." - Stavros Tombazos, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus

“Class issues are back forcefully : This is an excellent and insightful collection of empirical and theoretical essays on the making of working-class identities today. Very timely and well-researched, it draws not only on the global state-of-the-art debates but most importantly, grounded in Greece, the book contains brilliant macro-sociological extrapolations, drawn from the most violent austerity ‘laboratories’ of the European Union.” - Nicos Trimikliniotis, Professor of Sociology, Social Sciences and Law, at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nicosia

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Scientific Writing for Impact Factor Journals

"I must admit that when this book came my way I was far from sure that it was appropriate for review in this journal. Ardent ichthyophiles will be delighted to find their fish-fix in Fig. 2 of page 77, but unless I missed it there is no mention at all of fish biology in the text itself. Remaining intrigued, I decided not to send the book out to a colleague but to review it myself. I am so glad that I did." Published in the Journal of Fish Biology READ MORE... - Ian J. Winfield, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster, U.K.

"...Lichtfouse has constructed his book offering tips and directions for young researchers and doctoral students on the craft of writing publishable manuscripts and scientific communication. This book is an excellent and practical, step-by-step guide in the field of writing that is supported with examples and great summarising illustrations and tables." Published in the Journal of Medical Genetics READ MORE... - M. Alriyami and C. Polychronakos, University, Montreal, Québec, Canada

"This certainly thing, but very informative book illustrates the importance of scientific communication. It is essential for researchers, willing to develop their productive writing skills quickly." READ MORE... - Ralph Babler, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research & Testing, Germany

"This is precisely what I say to my student-candidates for our United States Medical Licensure Examination Step 3 {U.S.M.L.E. III} {1} and to my student candidates for Certification by our American Board of Internal Medicine; {A.B.I.M.} the major difference is Professor Eric Lightfouse says it better. I encourage my students to write up challenging cases, I offer to help writing up these challenging cases with our understanding that the student will be the sole and only author while I will might receive a footnote in fine print endorsing, “Special thanks to Doctor Josh for his encouragement and support!” READ MORE... - Josh Grossman, , Colonel {r}, U.S. Army Medical Corps, M.D., FACP

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The Malthusian Century

"This is an extraordinary work of a powerful and restless mind, a man of sharp wit, a voracious reader and researcher, freed from the constraints of academic specialization." READ MORE... - David L. Schalk, Kenan Professor of History, Emeritus, Vassar College

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Rational Suicide: Is It Possible? Reflections on the Suicide of Martin Manley

"Rational Suicide: Is It Possible? is a wonderful manuscript, which is interesting, instructive, easy reading, and provocative with new and usual information to general readers. I strongly recommend this book to both professionals and general populations." - Zhang Jie, Ph.D., Director and Professor, Center for China Studies, Department of Sociology, SUNY Buffalo State

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Psychology of Mindfulness

"Given the scope and depth of recent mindfulness research, the title of Kimiyo Murata-Soraci’s (2014) edited volume, Psychology of Mindfulness, marks out an ambitiously broad domain. Indeed, it is difficult to think of an area within the field of psychology as it is currently practiced for which mindfulness would not prove relevant in some way." READ MORE... - Reviewed by Donald R. Marks and Amanda Aster

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Creating Empowerment in Communities: Theory and Practice from an International Perspective

"The book explores and illustrates how inclusive communities can be created and sustained through the development and implementation of empowerment strategies, utilising the framework of the Dynamic Synergy Model. This model describes and illustrates three types of empowerment: self-empowerment, peer empowerment, and community empowerment. It also touches on combinations of these types, thus producing synergistic models of empowerment. Besides being aimed at policy makers and managers working within the whole range of health and social environments, I also recommend this new book to the full range of health and social professionals directly working at the ‘coal face’. The book builds on earlier empowerment books essentially focussed on issues related to older people written by the authors and others, by also considering issues related to a variety of younger groups." - Professor Duncan Boldy, PhD, MSc. BSc (Hons), CertEd. , Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

"This international, interdisciplinary compilation of chapters revolves around the model called the Dynamic Synergy Model. Using a human rights perspective, it offers human service providers a mechanism with which to intervene for a variety of population and target levels." READ MORE... - Professor Uma A. Segal, University of Missouri–St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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