Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Adolescent Dating Violence: Outcomes, Challenges and Digital Tools

"The book Adolescent Dating Violence, with recourse to current scientific contributions, invites us to reflect on the new challenges of the 21st century, which have perpetuated a violence without temporal or geographical limits among adolescents. Dating violence, as an important predictor of domestic violence, requires urgent preventive measures, which are developed in this important editorial initiative..."READ MORE...- Mauro Paulino, Coordinator of Mind – Institute of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Lisbon, Portugal

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Transformative Words: Writing Otherness and Identities

"Dr. Juhani Ihanus has done a remarkable job in examining the interface of the theoretical, philosophical, and interdisciplinary foundations of bibliotherapy, poetry therapy, and transformative writing. Beautifully written, Ihanus writes with passion, taking into account the critical importance of language and creative expression in a social and cultural context. This book, appropriate for professional and general audiences, has the potential to contribute to the well-being and growth of individual, groups, and communities." - Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., Dean and Professor Emeritus at the College of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA, editor of Journal of Poetry Therapy, author of Poetry Therapy: Theory and Practice, and editor of a 4 volume series, Expressive Therapies

“'Welcome to the space of writing,' Juhani Ihanus says, bringing wisdom as well as deep knowledge and practice of biblio/poetry therapy. These are powerful processes, benefiting from his explanation and explication. Be bold! Use your own pen or pencil as you go along, allow this text to help you develop your own story-making. Take the journey towards insight and inspiration through writing, with Juhani." - Dr. Gillie Bolton, author of The Writer’s Key: Introducing Creative Solutions for Life

"The author’s knowledge of psychology and literature as well as his deep scholarship give a convincing basis for his views on the transformative resources of words and narratives." READ FULL REVIEW IN The Journal of Poetry Therapy - Paavo Manninen, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

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What Mum Taught Us: Valuable Lessons and Outstanding Hospitality, Including Precious Mesopotamian Recipes

"A human being is a creature who needs another person. From their earliest years, people learn collaboration with others and the life in community. Every person is born and develops in a family - an institution present in epochs and cultures, a basic social unit consisting of a group of people interrelated by the bonds of marriage and kinship." READ MORE... - Ewa Ogrodzka-Mazur, Professor. Ph.D. hab., University of Silesia in Katowice Institute of Education, Faculty of Ethnology and Educational Science, Poland

"This book, wrapped in gastronomy, reflects a family's love for their mother, Bathqyomo Marine Khoury-Issa. Her five children with love pay their mom respect and homage in this book and make sure that her work and pilgrimage through this world remains for posterity."READ MORE... - Laura Alonso (Professor, PhD, University of Extremadura, Department of Education, Teacher Training College, Cacerea, Spain), and Eduardo Alonso (Civil Engineer, Texas, USA)

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Social Policy on the Cusp: Values, Institutions and Change

"Human societies have made enormous progress during the course of the last century, but few seem satisfied with the status quo. Wars, disease and the devastating consequences of intense material inequalities such as prejudice, discrimination and social conflict plague the modern era. Yet scholars of social policy struggle to put forward convincing solutions. Professor Mohan and his colleagues deliver a coherent and credible response to this challenge. As well as setting out a comprehensive explanation of today’s economic and social problems, they provide an alternative way of thinking about the future of social justice as a normative and political ideals. In articulating these insights, this book will be essential reading for scholars and students of the social sciences, and practitioners in a range of public and other human services." - Dr. Mark Hyde, Plymouth University, Plymouth, United Kingdom

"Based on the conceptual, illustrative, and prescriptive perspectives, two bright scholars on two sides of the Atlantic and sharing a common vision of a better world, have combined their efforts to produce this excellent work on futuristic social policy applicable globally... Functional and dysfunctional factors have been pointed out and their outcomes for human condition have been suggested using the European models where hope and happiness is slowly to take the place of despair and destruction. The work is monumental in content and scope and of extreme importance to scholars and students of social policy in different cross-cultural contexts." - Satish Sharma, Professor and Former Director, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

"This is a fascinating book about the possibilities to find algorithmic solutions for the big problems facing today’s politicians and designers of social policy. We are entering a new world with ever expanding possibilities to use digital techniques to solve many of the urgent problems that face contemporary societies all over the world. The authors discuss both the benefits and the risks of using advanced technology to promote the pursuit of equality and sustainability that play such a big role in the public discussion today." - Leif Nordberg, Professor emeritus (Statistics and Econometrics), Åbo Akademi University, Finland

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The Role of Social Workers in a Broken World: A Christian Faith Perspective

"This is a must-read book for anyone experiencing (or seeking to help those who are experiencing) physical, emotional, psychological, or social trauma. Referring to these experiences as forms of “brokenness,” in his book, The Role of Social Workers in a Broken World: A Christian Faith Perspective, Dr. Samson Chama has skillfully interwoven the theory and practice of social work with Christian/Biblical principles. Both the Christian faith and the discipline of social work share in the belief that all human beings regardless of background are of inestimable value, deserving of freedom from all forms of life inhibiting experiences. Dr. Chama combines his own training as a social worker, his unflinching faith in a loving God, and draws on his own personal experiences, especially the loss of his own son, to produce a handbook that is not only indispensable for social workers, but for all Christians of all denominations who are seeking guidance through experiences of “brokenness.” I highly recommend this book." - Gilbert O. Ojwang, Ph.D., Professor/Chair, Department of Religion and Theology, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL, USA

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A Closer Look at Criminal Justice

"The editors have gathered a rich collection of chapters, each providing valuable insight into important topics and each providing an instructional tool for the effective teaching of subjects in which student interest will be high." READ MORE... - Nicholas P. Lovrich, Regent Professor Emeritus, Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

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Human Trafficking: Beyond the Borders Into India

“An important contribution on a much neglected area, addressing human trafficking from Nepal and Bangladesh to India, and the human rights challenges posed. This book deserves to be widely read.” - Satvinder S. Juss, Professor of Law at King’s College London, UK

“This book, through its empirical works, is an evidence-based examination of sex trafficking to include the identification of specific travel routes, and modus operandi as applied to this most significant crime against humanity. A welcomed addition to any course on sex trafficking." - Kimberly A. McCabe, Professor of Criminology at University of Lynchburg, USA

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Parental Involvement: Practices, Improvement Strategies and Challenges

Parental Involvement: Practices, Improvement Strategies and Challenges pioneers a scientific research-based book that demonstrates the effect of strengthening parent-teacher relationships in promoting the child's development and success in school and in life. Derived from studies in various countries (Australia, Finland, Israel, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States), this book reflects strategies for parental involvement and mediation factors from various cultural perspectives and teachers' ethnic and professional identities in influencing parental involvement in their children’s growth both at school and at home. A must-read for educators, school psychologists, school counselors, and researchers around the world!” - Anastasia Lijadi, PhD, Research Scholar World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria

“Extensive research has clearly established that parental involvement is one of the keys to student academic success. But how does one promote parent involvement? Parental Involvement: Practices, Improvement Strategies and Challenges explains how. This innovative book by editors Kaplan-Toren and van Schalkwyk provides an up-to-date overview of cutting edge international research on parent involvement. It contains valuable recommendations for overcoming the wide range of challenges that act as barriers to parent involvement. This book is a must-read for teachers, teacher educators, school administrators, and school-based mental health professionals.” - Brian Gerrard, PhD, Chief Academic Officer, Western Institute for Social Research Berkeley, California

“While by its wording it applies to parents, in practice parental involvement relates to both parents and teachers and particularly to the joint relationships between them. Given the universality of schooling yet manifold educational objectives and practices, parental involvement has multiple meanings translated into various culture-contingent modes employed by both parents and teachers in diversified socio-ethnic settings. Drawing on their research, in this volume, Nurit Toren-Kaplan and Gertina van Schalkwyk and their colleagues offer a broad perspective on the practices, benefits and challenges of parental involvement as carried out in five different countries, in fact representing five different continents. As borders open and countries become multi-cultural, this volume offers highly valuable knowledge to practicing teachers, teacher educators, and educational policy makers and prompts new questions for researchers across different parts of the world.” - Rachel Seginer, PhD, Emeritus professor of Development and Education, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa; Chairperson Department of Psychology and MA Educational Psychology Program, Yezreel Valley College, Israel

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Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research

“From literally cover-to-cover, this book delivers what its title promises- "Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research.” Whether read collectively or individually, the nine essay chapters here-in, thoughtfully interweave scholarly practice with professional research. The result is the affirmation of the endless value and timeless vitality of “Photovoice” as a catalytic tool for system-wide change. Whether new to this methodology of inquiry or seasoned in its use, readers will be witness to its art and science as it both captures and amplifies the images and voices of all involved. This book is a ‘must read’ for everyone who appreciates the interconnections between and among individuals, their families and communities, and the policies that are intended to serve them. "Photovoice: Participation and Empowerment in Research" is a ‘must have’ for those of us committed to ensuring that our collaborations with communities are not just community- placed, they are genuinely community-based!” - Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., LISW, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Director, Social Justice Initiative and Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships, Bryn Mawr College, USA, Co-Chair, Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work, Co- author, The Alignment of Leadership Development and Participatory Action Research

“This new work edited by Drs. Moya and Chávez-Baray gives step-by-step instructions for implementing Photovoice, an asset-based approach that has the potential to empower and give voice to those who are too often unheard in society. The diverse applications captured by the experienced authors of the book’s chapters illustrate the flexibility of the method across different disciplines, contexts, and populations, and provide ideas for future work. The book is an essential toolbox for the qualitative community-based participatory researcher who is interested in both gaining insight into the lives of community members and working alongside them to effect meaningful change. However, it is also accessible to those who have never conducted research and who seek a documentary medium that has simultaneous potential for active intervention.” - John Wiebe, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Interim Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at El Paso

"This incredible book is a compendium of information on the Photovoice method from a global perspective. It is very readable, and clearly documents the effectiveness of Photovoice as a method of research and empowerment in communities. This methodology also has a clear theoretical base of feminist theory, critical theory, and use of photography as a method. The first chapter is a clear explanation of the Photovoice method and has excellent appendices on the methodology of using this community based qualitative research. The following chapters detail the practical use of this method worldwide, in Mexico, and in the United States. It is clear that Photovoice has impacted many communities in the world and is change agent to impact policy makers. Reading this book will benefit practitioners, students, and academicians." - Dr. Steven Granich, Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, USA

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Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century

"Dr. Shahidullah has assembled an impressive array of bi-cultural social scientists from different corners of the world to provide an insight into the issues and challenges facing a modern and global world order. Each chapter challenges the ideologies of nativism, localism, racism, sexism, nationalism, and bigotry which have been invigorated by the rise of right-wing politics globally. However, the book argues that the culture of modernity that builds on the notion of humanism, globalism, inclusivity, and universal human rights, is inevitable and here to stay even if it seems temporarily elusive. Citing examples of globalization of the world capitalist economy, strengthening of the Human Development Index, expansions of democracy in more countries of the world in an environment of unprecedented global connectivity through the Internet, this book argues that these forces far outweigh the rise of right-wing political parties for the global progress of modernity. Scholars in numerous disciplines such as sociology, political science, global studies, international relations, and development studies will find this text a vital addition to seminal collections in their respective disciplines. It will also serve as a valuable reference book for policy-makers in international development agencies and research organizations. It is highly recommended." - Sheetal Ranjan, PhD., Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, William Paterson University, New Jersey

"Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century provides a detailed and insightful analysis of social and cultural transformation. Dr. Shahidullah provides an excellent historical review of the concepts of Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization and moves the reader to contemporary 21st century issues within the context of the appropriate cultural and social contexts and contests as operationalized as social change, evolution, and cultural transformations. In these times of what appears to be social and cultural turmoil and despondency in the 21st Century, further understanding of the dialects of Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization are essential to reveal and understand social transformations in the modern world. This book will be of great interest and benefit to scholars, students, and social advocate practitioners who wish to understand and conceptualize the day-to-day ideological response and functions of the process of social change and evolution." - James F. Hodgson, PhD., Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Averett University, Virginia; President- Virginia Association of Criminal Justice Educators

"Without a doubt, Dr. Shahidullah understands the significant and timely value for the continued need for inspection, education and the remembrance of history surrounding arguably three of the world’s most important concepts-modernity, modernization and globalization. Found among the pages of this book, Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization: Issues and Challenges of the 21st Century, a broad scope of these three concepts are revisited, explored and contextualized to provide a clearer perspective on what they have meant and may mean to today’s world and all of its societies. This text also encourages the reader to examine larger themes and patterns while prompting consideration of our ever advancing technological times and the direct link it has to the idea, that, although stagnation may plague modernity from time to time, it is in fact an irreversible feature of the world’s history and future. This is a must read for scholars and believers of freedom of humanity alike. This comprehensive volume is a valuable and welcome addition to the present body of literature on issues and challenges of global modernity." - Robert C. Watson, Assistant Professor of History, Hampton University, Virginia

"Shahid Shahidullah provides not only a historical lens, but a future window, shining light and providing context on the ideologies, concepts and facts of Modernity, Modernization, and Globalization. In just one book, the reader is superbly navigated through a wealth of knowledge from scholars of multi-cultural heritages enhancing the understanding of these themes from the past, present and encourages thought for the future world, where Modernity, Modernization and Globalization, although it may experience changes, pause or progress, will undoubtedly continue to be a fact as old as time." - C. Nana Derby, PhD., Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Virginia State University, Virginia

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