Book Reviews

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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Cultural Considerations in Intervention with Women and Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

“This much-needed volume deftly interweaves historical context and state-of-the-art intervention science to provide guidance on providing domestic violence services in an array of cultural contexts. Individual chapters provide specific guidance on adapting the Kids’ Club and Moms’ Empowerment programs for diverse groups in the United States and internationally, helping readers learn how to apply evidence-based practices in communities worldwide.” - Sherry Hamby, Ph.D., Editor, Psychology of Violence, Director, Life Paths Appalachian Research Center (LPARC), Founder and Co-Chair, ResilienceCon, Research Professor of Psychology, University of the South, Monteagle, TN USA

"This volume, created and edited by Graham-Bermann, an international expert in research and intervention for children exposed to intimate partner violence, is a highly valuable contribution to the field. It is the first volume to compile evidence for the cross-cultural adaptation of intervention programs for families struggling with intimate partner violence, a tragically prevalent problem across the world. This important work is essential for researchers and practitioners in the field of intimate partner violence in order to best adapt their interventions in a culturally competent manner. It is particularly vital in today’s world, including within the U.S. that we expand our interventions to reach a broader and more diverse range of families struggling with these issues." - Alytia A. Levendosky, Ph.D., Professor and Acting Co-Director of the MSU Psychological Clinic, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA

"This edited volume chronicles the impressive array of differing cultural contexts where Dr. Graham-Bermann’s ground-breaking intervention programs for women and children affected by intimate partner violence have been successfully implemented. It goes a step further by also outlining issues and challenges for potential future implementation in a variety of cultural contexts around the globe, carefully including vulnerable women from traditionally disenfranchised communities. The significance of the impact of the Kids’ Club and Moms’ Empowerment programs in improving the lives of children and their mothers to date cannot be overstated. This volume is innovative and timely by addressing how cultural competence and sensitivity can be successfully cultivated in rigorous evidence-based programs firmly grounded in scholarly evidence and clinical wisdom." - Caroline Piotrowski, PhD MPH, Director of Violence & Injury Prevention Research Group, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Activism, Campaigning and Political Discourse on Twitter

“This timely, truly international volume looks beyond the potential for social action afforded by Twitter for political activism, to critically interrogate how – and how effectively – its affordances are actually being exploited across a range of frontline contexts, from ‘digital Trump’ to LGBT activism in India and political trolling in Turkey. Essential reading for anyone interested in the role of discourse in contemporary political activism.” - Dr. Caroline Tagg, The Open University, Milton Keynes.

“A truly global collection of essays on Twitter activism in many parts of the world, featuring scholars from USA, Austria, China, Ireland, France, Nigeria, Turkey, South Africa, and more! Highly recommended for students and researchers interested in digital activism and global communication.” - Professor Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania.

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Organized Crime: Causes and Consequences

"Scholar-practitioner Robert Lombardo has brought together the work of outstanding scholars to offer cutting edge material on organized crime, ranging from Chicago to Southern Italy, from Latin America to Asia and Russia. Using insight into the phenomenon gained by many years as an organized crime investigator with the Chicago Police Department, Dr. Lombardo concludes the book with a paper on the “Causes of Organized Crime.” - Howard Abadinsky, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice, St. John's University, Queens, NY, USA

Author of text book titled Organized Crime by Wadsworth/Cengage now in its 10th edition.

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Multifaceted Autoethnography: Theoretical Advancements, Practical Considerations and Field Illustrations

“This is essential reading for anyone wanting to find an easily accessible, yet critical and comprehensive information about autoethnographic approaches. It fills an important gap in qualitative consumer research and provides authoritative guidance that both students and seasoned scholars will find useful.” - Richard Kedzior, Bucknell University

“This book provides an important resource in the development of autoethnography within the academy. Drawing on a range of perspectives, styles and disciplinary contexts, the authors demonstrate the diversity and flexibility of autoethnography for exploring a range of complex issues. This collection will prove invaluable to those considering taking up the challenge of autoethnography.” - Katherine Dashper, Leeds Beckett University

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