Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Social Policy on the Cusp: Values, Institutions and Change
Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives and Challenges
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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