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Immigrant Children: At the Intersection Between Childhood and Immigration

Immigrant Children: At the Intersection Between Childhood and Immigration

Especially in the Western world, the discourse on migration is often conflated with issues of race, ethnicity and religion, often acquiring a pejorative connotation. Migration is a very complex phenomenon; the encounter of the native and immigrant culture can bring many benefits to both parties, but also many challenges. The discourse on migration, however, tends to be mostly focused on adults' needs, although childhood migration is an increasingly relevant issue. In recent years, shocking images of immigrant children in the media have acted as a wake-up call in public opinion. The concept of “immigrant child” brings together two contradictory terms. Indeed, childhood is often associated with innocence and vulnerability, whereas immigrants are often perceived as a threat to society. Hence, immigrant children stand at the intersection between the duty to protect children and the perceived need to be protected from newcomers. The aim of this book is to focus on immigration in the context of childhood, looking at the issues faced by immigrant children and the ways in which they can be supported. Hence, it will discuss the issues faced by children up to the age of 18, considering first- and second-generation immigrants, illegal migrants and refugees. 

Decoding Dylan : Making Sense of the Songs That Changed Modern Culture

Decoding Dylan : Making Sense of the Songs That Changed Modern Culture

Taking readers behind Bob Dylan's familiar image as the enigmatic rebel of the 1960s, this book reveals a different view--that of a careful craftsman and student of the art of songwriting. Drawing on revelations from Dylan's memoir Chronicles and a variety of other sources, the author arrives at a radically new interpretation of his body of work, which revolutionized American music and won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. Dylan's songs are viewed as collages, ingeniously combining themes and images from American popular culture and European high culture

Coaching and Mentoring in Higher Education : A Step-by-Step Guide to Exemplary Practice

Coaching and Mentoring in Higher Education : A Step-by-Step Guide to Exemplary Practice

Mentoring and coaching are becoming widely recognised as a means to promote student success, retention and attainment. Such programmes help students to transition into university life and achieve the best possible outcome from their experience.For a mentoring or coaching scheme to benefit students, however, it's important to follow best practice. This book will guide you through the crucial stages and possible pitfalls of setting up your own coaching or mentoring programme. The first section outlines what these terms mean, how they can be used and the attributes required to be a good coach or mentor. The book goes on to guide you step by step through the processes of planning a programme, recruiting coaches or mentors, matching them to mentees and evaluating the end result. The final chapters discuss more specialised programmes, such as ementoring and using university mentors for school pupils.

 

Deception at Work : Investigating and Countering Lies and Fraud Strategies

Deception at Work : Investigating and Countering Lies and Fraud Strategies

Deception at Work tells you how to recognize and deal with lies, in meetings, negotiations, discussions and in writing. It is guaranteed to make you a more effective and confident operator, no matter what job you do. Simply leaving the book on your desk for others to see will improve your chances of not being deceived. The book exposes deception in all of its forms, linking the authors' 40 years of experience in dealing with fraudsters with the most recent findings on MRI scanning and the human brain. It explains how, why and in what circumstances both achievement and exculpatory lies are told, and how they can be resolved. It sets out a low key but effective plan for dealing with liars in all shapes and sizes, from confidence tricksters to malingerers and hard-nosed fraudsters. This ground-breaking work includes the most comprehensive summary of the clues to deception of any book currently in print.

Digital Electronics for Musicians

Digital Electronics for Musicians

This is the perfect book for musicians who want to dive into the world of computer music and physical computing. This book is aimed at adventurous musicians who want to learn about music programming with Arduino, sensors, and Pure Data, and how to make new interfaces and even new instruments with that knowledge. You'll learn the basics of the Pure Data and Arduino languages, how to incorporate sensors into your musical projects, and how to use embedded computers, like the Raspberry Pi, to create stand-alone projects. Along the way, you'll learn how to create a variety of innovative musical projects, including an interactive bow for stringed instruments, a MIDI clavier synthesizer, an interactive drum set, a patch-bay matrix synthesizer, a guitar looper, and even a DIY theremin. If you are a musician or tinkerer who wants to explore the world of electronic and electroacoustic music and musical interfaces with Arduino, sensors, and Pure Data, Digital Electronics for Musicians is the book for you.  

Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation : Coping with the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles

Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation : Coping with the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles

Different from traditional dissertation writing books, Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles addresses doctoral students'often overlooked but crucial issues that can delay dissertation completion. In a straightforward, colloquial style, Dr. Sterne offers discussions, anecdotes, questions, exercises, checklists, role play scripts, and affirmative spiritual statements. In Part One, Sneaking Up on the Dissertation, Dr. Sterne directs readers to explore their academic dreams.In Part Two, Really Doing It, Dr. Sterne assists students to set priorities, begin actuallywriting, and access many avenues of support. In Part Three, Your Near, Dear, and Despairing Significant Others, Dr. Sterne shows readers how to handle nonsupportive family and friends with strategies to recover their allegiance. In Part Four, Good University Cops and Bad, Dr. Sterne advises students how to choose andlive with chairs and committees and utilize other university associates.In Part Five, Graduation: It's Only a Walk Away, Dr. Sterne counsels almost-doctors to takeall necessary steps to graduation and helps them re-enter life ABD—After and Beyond theDissertation.

Keeping the Vow : The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests

Keeping the Vow : The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests

At one of the largest Catholic churches in America, hundreds of people make their way into the spacious, well-appointed sanctuary for an evening Mass. The congregation is several times larger than most Protestant megachurches. The sermon is delivered by the pastor and celebrant priest who, at one point, refers to his struggle to relate to his teenage daughter. No one is surprised, for the long-time leader of this prominent Catholic Church, in a conservative suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, is a married Catholic priest. Following the Episcopal Church's 1976 decision to ordain women, Catholic leaders in America and Rome were approached by Episcopal clergy who opposed the decision and sought conversion as a result. The Catholics responded by establishing rules that would allow the Church to receive married convert priests as exceptions to the rule of celibacy-a decree known as the Pastoral Provision. In this fascinating book, D. Paul Sullins brings to light the untold stories of these curious creatures: married Catholic priests. Sullins explores their day-to-day lives, their journey to Catholicism, and their views on issues important to the Church. 

Adolescent Suicidal Behavior

Adolescent Suicidal Behavior

 

This comprehensive book addresses the problem of adolescent suicidal behavior in America today. It devotes a great deal of attention to sublethal acts or suicide attempts, rather than committed suicides. This study establishes a progression that discusses the scope and magnitude of the problem and an exploration of the meaning and reasons for adolescent suicide in the individual case.

Changing Sex and Bending Gender

Changing Sex and Bending Gender

Anthropologists and historians have shown us that 'male' and 'female' are variously defined historically and cross-culturally. The contributions to this volume focus on the voluntary and involuntary, temporary or permanent transformation of gender identity. Overall, this volume provides powerful and compelling illustrations of how, across a wide range of cultures, processes of gender transformation are shaped within, and ultimately constrained by, social and political context. From medical responses to biological ambiguity, legal responses to cases brought by transsexuals, the historical role of the eunuch in Byzantium, the social transformation of gender in Northern Albania and in the Southern Philippines, to North American 'drag' shows, English pantomime and Japanese kabuki theatre, this volume offers revealing insights into the ambiguities and limitations of gender transformation. 

Mary Shelley : Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters

Mary Shelley : Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters

An innovative analysis of Mary Shelley's life and works which draws on unpublished archival material as well as Frankenstein and examines her relationship with her husband and other key personalities.  With the  single exception of Frankenstein, none of her  novels has received extensive critical discussion, and even Frankenstein has traditionally been excluded from the established academic canon.  But in recent years, feminist and psychoanalytic critics have radically revised both our understanding of the originality and complexity of Frankenstein and our critical estimation of its  value. Frankenstein is rapidly becoming an essential text for our exploration of female consciousness and literary technique. 

'Those Who Labor for My Happiness' : Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

'Those Who Labor for My Happiness' : Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Our perception of life at Monticello has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The image of an estate presided over by a benevolent Thomas Jefferson has given way to a more complex view of Monticello as a working plantation, the success of which was made possible by the work of slaves. At the center of this transition has been the work of Lucia'Cinder'Stanton, recognized as the leading interpreter of Jefferson's life as a planter and master and of the lives of his slaves and their descendants. This volume represents the first attempt to pull together Stanton's most important writings on slavery at Monticello and beyond.Stanton's pioneering work deepened our understanding of Jefferson without demonizing him. But perhaps even more important is the light her writings have shed on the lives of the slaves at Monticello. Her detailed reconstruction for modern readers of slaves'lives vividly reveals their active roles in the creation of Monticello and a dynamic community previously unimagined. The essays collected here address a rich variety of topics, from family histories (including the Hemingses) to the temporary slave community at Jefferson's White House to stories of former slaves' lives after Monticello. 

 

Enslaved Women in America : An Encyclopedia

Enslaved Women in America : An Encyclopedia

This singular reference provides an authoritative account of the daily lives of enslaved women in the United States, from colonial times to emancipation following the Civil War. Through essays, photos, and primary source documents, the female experience is explored, and women are depicted as central, rather than marginal, figures in history.Slavery in the history of the United States continues to loom large in our national consciousness, and the role of women in this dark chapter of the American past is largely under-examined. This is the first encyclopedia to focus on the daily experiences and roles of female slaves in the United States, from colonial times to official abolition provided by the 13th amendment to the Constitution in 1865. Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia contains 100 entries written by a range of experts and covering all aspects of daily life. Topics include culture, family, health, labor, resistance, and violence. Arranged alphabetically by entry, this unique look at history features life histories of lesser-known African American women, including Harriet Robinson Scott, the wife of Dred Scott, as well as more notable figures.

Responsible Use of AI in Military Systems

Responsible Use of AI in Military Systems

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is widely used in society today. The (mis)use of biased data sets in machine learning applications is well‑known, resulting in discrimination and exclusion of citizens. Another example is the use of non‑transparent algorithms that can’t explain themselves to users, resulting in the AI not being trusted and therefore not being used when it might be beneficial to use it. Responsible Use of AI in Military Systems lays out what is required to develop and use AI in military systems in a responsible manner. Current developments in the emerging field of Responsible AI as applied to military systems in general (not merely weapons systems) are discussed. The book takes a broad and transdisciplinary scope by including contributions from the fields of philosophy, law, human factors, AI, systems engineering, and policy development. Divided into five sections, Section I covers various practical models and approaches to implementing military AI responsibly; Section II focuses on liability and accountability of individuals and states; Section III deals with human control in human‑AI military teams; Section IV addresses policy aspects such as multilateral security negotiations; and Section V focuses on ‘autonomy’ and ‘meaningful human control’ in weapons systems.

Viral Times : Reflections on the COVID-19 and HIV Pandemics

Viral Times : Reflections on the COVID-19 and HIV Pandemics

This book explores the relationship between COVID-19 and AIDS. It considers both how the earlier HIV pandemic informed our engagement with COVID-19, as well as the ways in which COVID-19 has changed how we remember and experience AIDS. Individual sections focus on sexual and intimate relationships, inequalities and injustice, the progressive biomedicalisation of the response (in the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment or cure), and professional, practitioner and community perspectives on the pandemics. The authors come from a wide variety of backgrounds – including public health, nursing, law and legal studies, political studies, and the humanities and social sciences.  It has been written for students and scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.

 

Trafficking Chains : Modern Slavery in Society

Trafficking Chains : Modern Slavery in Society

This book offers a theory of trafficking and modern slavery with implications for policy. Despite economic development, modern slavery persists all around the world. The issue is not only one of crime but the regulation of the economy, better welfare, and social protections. Going beyond polarized debates on the sex trade, an original empirical analysis shows the importance of profit-taking. Although individual experience matters, the root causes lie in intersecting regimes of inequality of gender regimes, capitalism, and the legacies of colonialism. This book shows the importance of coercion and the societal complexities that perpetuate modern slavery.

Feminist Research Alliances: Affective Convergences

Feminist Research Alliances: Affective Convergences

Feminist Research Alliances: Affective Convergences is the first volume of the "Researching with GEMMA" series whose main purpose is to present innovative, in-depth, and culturally provocative research on critical issues in Gender and Women’s Studies produced within the GEMMA Erasmus Mundus community. By turning to the feminist alliances and the transformative feminist research convergences constructed throughout 15 years together, scholars, collaborators, and alumni reflect on social and political transformations; the decolonisation of academic practices and curricula; the conception of research as involved in a process that calls for self-reflexive and participatory approaches; the necessary involvement of, and claim for, emotions and affects in our research practices; and an emphasis on qualitative and creative research methods and pedagogies.

Laudato Si : An Integral Ecology and The Catholic Vision

Laudato Si : An Integral Ecology and The Catholic Vision

Pope Francis' Laudato Si is a game-changing document for the life of the Church and the ecological health of this planet. A Catholic vision is deficient if it does not include the earth and its life-forms. Loving one's neighbour must include loving the planetary neighbourhood in which all live. For its part, the integral ecology on which the Pope insists must include the dimensions of mind and heart, science and art, faith and the whole spiritual life of culture. Here, the great theological themes animating the Catholic vision, play their part as ever-renewable resources: the Creator and the gift of creation,, the incarnation of the Word amongst us, the inexhaustible life of the Trinity itself, the Eucharist as communion with Christ in the here and now of earthly life, just as 'Sister Death' must be given her place for the sake of ecological and eschatological realism. Integral ecology and Catholic vision are two sides of the conversion of mind and heart necessary to promote the communion of life now, and in the world to come.

 

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to CatholicismGendered Violence in Biblical Narrative

Gendered Violence in Biblical Narrative

This book uses three examples of violent biblical stories about women, explored through the lens of conceptual metaphor theory in relation to culinary language used within these texts, to examine wider issues of gender and sexual violence in the Hebrew Bible. Utilising the tools of conceptual metaphor theory, feminist criticism, and classic textual analysis, Brownsmith interrogates some of the most troubling biblical passages for women—neither by redeeming them nor by condemning them, but by showing how they are intrinsically shaped by the enduring metaphor of woman as food in the Hebrew Bible, ancient Near East, and beyond. The volume explores three main case studies: the Levite’s “concubine” (Judges 19); Tamar and Amnon (2 Sam 13); and the life and death of Jezebel (primarily 1 Kings 21 and 2 Kings 9). All depict violence toward a woman as perpetrated by a man, interwoven with culinary language that cues their metaphorical implications. In these sensitive but critical readings of violent tales, Brownsmith also draws on a broad range of interdisciplinary connections from Ricoeur to ancient Ugaritic epics to modern comic books.