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A Crucible of Modern Sport: The Early Development of Football in Sheffield

Author: Graham Curry (Teacher of Physical Education, Physical Education Department, Tuxford Academy, Nottinghamshire, UK)

Series: Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology

Publication Date: January 22, 2018

Book Description:
This book examines in detail the early development of the game of football in and around Sheffield, England. When the first football club, Sheffield FC, was founded on 24 October 1857, it began a chain of events which would see the emergence of the earliest modern footballing subculture. It formed the beginning of a process which would lead to Association Football (or soccer) becoming the most popular team game in the world, and this primacy in club formation saw Sheffield, at least initially, develop into its most important element. The central theme of the text, therefore, is an attempt to test various hypotheses related to possible reasons behind Sheffield’s pre-eminence in the growth of club football. These include influence from three areas of society: a nearby mob football enclave, the influence of former public schoolboys and a local sporting elite already established in cricket.

The narrative considers other developments in the sport at that time – the relationship between Sheffield and the Football Association in London, the movement towards a generic code of football rules, emergent professionalism, the establishment of other clubs, playing patterns and spectator behaviour. Each of these components helps to form the basis for the ongoing progression of the game in the city and wider society.

The text also relies on more than a modicum of sociological theory in the form of the figurational sociology of Norbert Elias, particularly making extensive use of his concept of power to explain reasons for the diffusion of football in Sheffield. Mention is also made of the concept of sportisation – the rationalisation and regularisation of games and recreations into their modern forms – as pioneered by Elias and Eric Dunning. The data have been subject to meticulous analysis and the book itself was produced through a process involving substantial academic rigour. Ultimately, this is a study which is long overdue, as writers on the history of football have previously tended to neglect the importance of Sheffield in the development of early football.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-090-4
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The Language of Pedagogy Today: What are the New Teaching Challenges?

Authors: Rebecca Soler Costa and Turgay Han (Faculty of Education, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain)

Series: Languages and Linguistics

Publication Date: 2018 - February

Book Description:
In the field of pedagogy, there are different publications about the processes of didactic interaction in the classroom. However, there are no scientific works that reflect an analysis showing the terms and expressions this language of specialty has in the conformation of its lexicon. This linguistic aspect in the discipline of pedagogy (language discourse in pedagogy) is extremely necessary and is constantly experiencing changes. When teachers interact in and out of the classroom, they make use of a language, terms and expressions that contain specific semantic meanings that strictly belong to this epistemological community and, in fact, those terms and expressions offer a certain scientific status to the pedagogical speech.
If we consider that the pedagogical speech is constantly altered by the implementation of educative acts, teachers, researches and other educative agents need to know the new terms. These reasons have promoted the creation of this book, necessary for the professionals that work in the field of education: To analyze what kind of language teaching professionals use, how they communicate with students, what are the terms used to explain to parents the academic development of their child, etc. The reader will find in this book a characterization of the language of pedagogy through the analysis of its neologisms, anglicisms and technicisms.
This book, then, is aimed at teachers, parents, researchers, stakeholders, counsellors, psychologists, pedagogists, teaching professionals, and to any interested in the field of education. They will find interesting insights into the scientific field of Pedagogy, knowing how a discipline builds its language. It is one step further to learn more about the epistemology of this discipline. The reader will find in this book an analysis of the terms that have acquired a specific meaning in the language of pedagogy and allow communication in this epistemological community.
The book is divided into two major parts. The first one provides an extensive and current theoretical framework on neologisms of a loan in the language of pedagogy: interlingual loans, voices of classical languages and inter-linguistic loans, with examples to facilitate their understanding.
The second part of this book shows a terminological analysis of technicisms, secondary terminologizations, acronyms and syntactic expressions. Therefore, the reader will have a holistic and specific overview of the language of pedagogy to properly understand its terms. Secondary terminologizations constitute a procedure to use the terms of a discipline in a different discipline with a new specialized meaning. Acronyms are also very frequent in the language of pedagogy and they supplement the lack of technicisms. The syntactic expressions contribute to allow communication between professional and non-professional speakers, and are characteristic of the language of pedagogy.
Evidently, the epistemological community of pedagogy has a special language, which is used in specific communicative contexts and with different forms of content. This does not mean it is necessary to develop a semantic analysis, but rather to be aware of how words are created and what meanings are legitimized. For all these reasons, the authors considered the book necessary to contribute to a better knowledge and understanding of the discipline of pedagogy.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-129-1
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The Inventions and Discoveries of the World’s Most Famous Scientists

Authors: Michael F. Shaughnessy and Manuel Varela (Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, USA)

Series: Distinguished Men and Women of Science, Medicine and the Arts

Publication Date: 2018 - February

Book Description:
Who were those famous men and women of science who gave us so much? What were they like? What motivated them and what led them to their amazing discoveries? This book takes us on an amazing journey through the hearts, minds and souls of so many scientists, inventors and scholars who have given civilization so much over the centuries.
Many of these scientists had an idea. They had some sort of insight or inspiration when they observed the world about them and decided to make it better. They had humankind in mind, and they set about their work to improve the human condition. They decided to invent. They decided to explore. They decided to investigate and reveal some of nature’s deepest and darkest secrets to humankind.
Some of these scientists had to overcome gargantuan obstacles to reach the pinnacle of their craft and success. Some had to work endlessly to develop their insights. Some worked with visible elements, while others delved into realms that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Many of these scientists were recognized by their peers and traveled to Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Sweden to receive the highest of honors, the Nobel Prize in their field. Some of these scientists’ names are forever etched in our memories; Gregor Mendel, Marie Curie, and others will always be noted and recognized for their foundational work, which has given humankind so much. Other scientists and their discoveries have laid the foundation for future work in the realms of medicine and other domains.
This book takes us on a journey so that we can learn more about the lives and passions of the most famous scientists from the past and present. Their foibles, their strengths and their passions will be revealed and discovered in this text, just as their discoveries have opened the doors for their followers and students that they have mentored over the years.
We can learn much from the lives of these famous scientists; not just about their studies, but the way in which they conducted their lives and from the contributions that they gave to others, their countries and to society at large.
We are about to undergo an adventure. An adventure into the minds of the world’s most famous scientists and inventors; we will be guided by Dr. Manuel Varela who will share his own knowledge and past encounters with some contemporary scientists, as well as some stories that make their famous people more human and caring, and more than just a formula.
We must acknowledge several people in this endeavor, including Ann Varela, Dr. Ken Craddock and other anonymous reviewers. Furthermore, we have to thank Jimmy Kilpatrick of EducationViews as many of these interviews appeared first in that online journal. And now, the journey begins: A journey not just of interest, but of hope. Hope for a better future for all humankind via the discoveries and the inventions of the world’s greatest scientists.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-282-3
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The Life of Abraham Lincoln: Drawn from Original Sources and Containing Many Speeches, Letters and Telegrams Hitherto Unpublished. Volume One

Author: Ida M. Tarbell

Series: Presidency in the United States

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The work here was begun in 1894 at the suggestion of Mr. S. S. McClure and Mr. J. S. Phillips, editors of “McClure’s Magazine.” Their desire was to add to our knowledge of Abraham Lincoln by collecting and preserving the reminiscences of such of his contemporaries as were then living. In undertaking the work it was determined to spare neither labor nor money and in this determination Mr. McClure and his associates have never wavered. Without the sympathy, confidence, suggestion and criticism which they have given the work it would have been impossible.
The author was asked to prepare a series of articles on Lincoln covering his life up to 1858 and embodying as far as possible the unpublished material collected. These articles, which appeared in “McClure’s Magazine” for 1895 and 1896, were received favorably, and it was decided to follow them by a series on the later life of Lincoln. This latter series was concluded in September, 1899, and both series, with considerable supplementary matter, are published in the present volumes.
The new material collected will, we believe, add considerably to our knowledge of Lincoln’s life. Documents are presented establishing clearly that his mother was not the nameless girl that she has been so generally believed. His father, Thomas Lincoln, is shown to have been something more than a shiftless “poor white,” and Lincoln’s early life, if hard and crude, to have been full of honest, cheerful effort at betterment. His struggles for a livelihood and his intellectual development from the time he started out for himself until he was admitted to the bar are traced with more detail than in any other biography, and considerable new light is thrown on this period of his life. The sensational account of his running away from his own wedding, accepted generally by historians, is shown to be false. To the period of Lincoln’s life from 1849, when he gave up politics, until 1858, the period of the Lincoln and Douglas Debates, the most important contribution made is the report of what is known as the “Lost Speech.”
The second volume of the Life contains as an appendix 196 pages of letters, telegrams and speeches which do not appear in Lincoln’s “Complete Works,” published by his private secretaries Messrs. Nicolay and Hay. The great majority of these documents have never been published at all. The source from which they have been obtained is given in each case.
No attempt has been made to cover the history of Lincoln’s times save as necessary in tracing the development of his mind and in illustrating his moral qualities. It is Lincoln the man, as seen by his fellows and revealed by his own acts and words, that the author has tried to picture. This has been the particular aim of the second series of articles.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-424-7
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Life of Charles Dickens

Author: R. Shelton Mackenzie

Series: Distinguished Men and Women of Science, Medicine and the Arts

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
It has been stated that ¡§Charles Dickens began life as a lawyer, got tired of the dull routine, and turned to literature.¡¨ This is erroneous, for he never had even a chance of becoming a lawyer, ƒ{ either in the higher grade of outer barrister, or ¡§counsel learned in the law,¡¨ or in the lower, but often more lucrative, class of attorney. As stated in the book, this work attempts to provide an accurate sketch of Charles Dickens¡¦ literary and personal history ¡X stating plain facts, introducing some of his correspondence never before printed, and adding such anecdotes and traits of character to illustrate his double position as a Man of Letters and Man of the People. Within this work, the admiration of the ability of the necessarily rapid tributes to the genius and worth of Mr. Dickens is expressed, which appeared in the American newspapers.
In the most aristocratic country in the world, Charles Dickens stood, not merely among but above all his contemporaries as a Man of the People. Scott, Bulwer, Macaulay, Thackeray, and others who taught great truths through the press, either were of high family descent or had received the best education that Universities could bestow. Their writings are crowded with references to the classic authors of their youth. Dickens, son of an obscure Government clerk, whose pedigree no one has cared to trace, received only such an education as, free of cost, every State in our Union bestows upon its children. It has been argued by great scholars, that Shakespeare was familiar not only with classical but modern European literature; but Dickens was master of one language ¡X that which is spoken, not alone in his island-home, but in Asia, in Australia, and most of all, in our United States. He knew, and was proud in the knowledge, that for every one reader he had at home, there were fifty here.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-426-1
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My Grandfather, Artem Erkomaishvili (DVD and CD Included)

Author: Anzor Erkomaishvili (Art Director of Rustavi, State Academic Ensemble of Georgian Folk Song and Dance, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia)

Series: Fine Arts, Music and Literature

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In the book My Grandfather, Artem Erkomaishvili, the musical biography of the great Georgian singer-chanter Artem Erkomaishvili is described.
He was born to a traditional family of singers in 1887. He finished school for chanters and became a professional chanter thereafter (he knew more than 2,000 hymns). After the October Revolution, chanting was forbidden in Georgia. Artem formed a choir in Batumi that won in the first Olympiad of the Republic. Since that time, Artem Erkomaishvili’s choirs have always deserved the highest appraisals.
Though Artem experienced a difficult life that was quite painful and tragic, he channeled his talent in order to persevere. The book also comprises quite a few references about old singers-chanters.
This book informs readers about old traditions and customs like the Georgian New Year, Christmas, and Easter holidays. It also contains information on the rules for performing the traditional songs “Batonebo” (a healing song), “Alilo” (a Christmas song), “Elesa” (a work song), etc.
The book is also interesting in terms of its ethnographic point of view. Cultural activities such as tree cutting, wine-making, the distillation of spirits like Russian vodka, Japanese sake, and Georgian araki, the raising of the silkworms, or the carving of the chonguri (traditional Georgian musical instrument) are described and detailed within this monograph.
The musical epoch of Artem Erkomaishvili’s period, which was full of severe repressions under the Communist regime echoes throughout the pages. Church hymns, traditional songs, and anything connected to this question was strictly banned. Artem Erkomaishvili and his followers saved Georgian songs chants at their own risk. It is Artem’s outstanding contribution to the recognition of the Georgian polyphony as a masterpiece by UNESCO.
The book will act as a detailed reference for folklorists, and lovers of Georgian folk music will enjoy it very much.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-765-2
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Meditation: Practices, Techniques and Health Benefits

Editor: Lucia Brewer

Series: Religion and Spirituality

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
The Many Benefits of Meditation addresses prenatal meditation and its positive effects on maternal health, fetal health and infant health. The authors evaluate a Prenatal Eastern Based Meditative Intervention (EBMI) program developed for pregnant Chinese women in Hong Kong in order to evaluate the effects of meditation on pregnancy. The conceptual framework was based on the postulation of positive relationships between meditation and pregnancy health which is important for fetal health and child health. The following chapter discusses how the exponential growth of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in recent years has resulted in a marketisation and commodification of practice (popularly labeled ‘McMindfulness’) which divorces mindfulness from its ethical origins in Buddhist traditions. Another article is included which examines the elusive primordial energy that the ancient yogis referred to as Kundalini. This energy is said to ascend through each of the seven chakras from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. When the Kundalini reaches the crown chakra, cosmic consciousness, a restructuring of the psyche, and paranormal abilities have been reported. The authors use a multidisciplinary approach to explore how Kundalini is typically expressed and safely managed, and the importance for recognition by health care professionals. Next, a review is presented with the objective of determining whether evidence exists that directly compares the utility of tai chi/qi gong and mindfulness meditation in the treatment of cancer pain in adults. Several articles described the benefits of tai chi/qi gong on the pain experience of adult cancer patients, and multiple articles discussed the positive effects of mindfulness practices on pain. A paper is presented which examines the effects of Concentrative Meditation on worry, attention, dispositional mindfulness, and decentering. The results suggest that short-term uses of concentrative meditation are likely to be effective for worry, which may be associated with enhanced selective attention and decentering. Later, the effects of cognitive decentering and thinking errors on eating disorder symptoms among women's college students are examined. A structural equation model of questionnaire data (N = 173) revealed that cognitive decentering reduced eating disorder tendency by ameliorating thinking errors. The last study combines three distinct literatures. Burnout is a huge concern as workers and employers experience losses and challenges due to its effects, and DoS and mindfulness have been identified as important psychological traits for coping with burnout. The results of this study suggest that both DoS and Mindfulness are negatively correlated with burnout, indicating that these traits are important buffers against and resources for coping with emotional exhaustion.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-223-6
ISBN: 978-1-53613-222-9

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Development-Induced Displacement and Resettlement in Bangladesh: Case Studies and Practices

Editors: Mohammad Zaman and Hafiza Khatun
Foreword: Michael Cernea

Series: Asian Political, Economic and Social Issues
Countries and Cultures of the World

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
A very first for Bangladesh, this edited book examines the complex issues of development-induced displacement and resettlement using case studies with “good practice” examples from a wide range of ongoing projects. The authors, who are largely “practitioners” in the field of resettlement studies, are well-known in the country and internationally for their expert knowledge.

The book establishes a baseline for further research on resettlement and development in Bangladesh. It is rich in well-presented case studies replete with evidence-based strategies to help prevent impoverishment amongst those displaced by development projects. The chapters in this collection address emerging issues and approaches to resettlement and thus have enriched the literature in an era of rapid economic development and change. Thus, the book will remain as a valuable resource and reference or teaching aid in academic and development circles. (

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-595-5
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Brain-Machine Interfaces: Uses and Developments

Editors: Carla Bryan and Ivan Rios

Series: Computer Science, Technology and Applications

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
Brain-Machine Interfaces: Uses and Developments reports on advances in the development of a speech prosthetic, building on previous data as well as the results of detecting phonemes, words and phrases during overt and covert speech. The following study aims to quantify and qualify the electroencephalographic (EEG) patterns of commonly used control tasks in BCI systems under different task states. The analysed control tasks were: left hand MI, right hand MI, and a relaxed but focused mental state. The original feasibility study within this manuscript aimed to evaluate the scope of applications for a novel neurorehabilitation intervention. Important observations from that initial study and considers possible applications of TLNS Technology in the future are examined. The closing opinion piece seeks to outline why the development of an electrode that does not encourage growth into the electrode tip is ill-advised, with the core reasons being rejection and “less is more”.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-368-4
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Examining the Concept of the Soul

Editors: Leah Hawkins and Brent Bowers

Series: World Philosophy

Publication Date: 2018

Book Description:
In this compilation, the authors begin by discussing the various theories on primitive soul-beliefs propounded by anthropologists and scholars of religion from the 19th century to the present day. While cultural evolutionism largely fell out of favor after the mid-20th century, theories on the origins of religious phenomena have made a recent comeback with the cognitive study of religion, which takes a largely evolutionary psychological approach to explaining beliefs in the supernatural. Next, the authors seek to understand Aristotle’s noetics within his psycho-physiological account of the human being. If it’s possible to argue for the embodied nature of the soul and of most of its affections, Aristotle’s claim about the separability of íïῦò from the body is notoriously puzzling. Lastly, this book discusses Goethe’s familiar idea of a widely inhabited universe and the subject of the soul’s cosmic voyage, showing that Man’s relation to the universe is strictly connected to Man’s development at the microcosmic level.

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ISBN: 978-1-53613-394-3
ISBN: 978-1-53613-395-0

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The Economic, Social and Political Impact of Mining on Akyem Abuakwa from the Pre-Colonial Era up to 1943

Author: Emmanuel Ababio Ofosu-Mensah (Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Ghana, Ghana, West Africa)

Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
The issue of mining in Ghana has attracted an important and recent debate. On the beneficial side, there are those who point to state revenue, industrial development, employment opportunities and social amenities such as the building of roads, schools and clinics, and provision of electricity and granting scholarships to children. Adherents to such a stance see mining as the propeller of economic development and growth.

However, there are those who see mining as leading to environmental degradation and exploitation. In particular, they point to large tracts of land and forests that are being destroyed by the stripping of the top soil, thereby leading to soil erosion and a destruction of the vegetation. Also mentioned are the significant dust, black smoke, bad odor and other forms of chemicals, which pollute both air and water. Dr. Ofosu-Mensah investigates the extent to which mining in Akyem Abuakwa raised such concerns from Ghana’s Pre-Colonial Era up to 1943. Specifically, he meticulously assesses the impact of mining on the state from the pre-colonial era up to the first four decades of the twentieth century. Important questions that Dr. Ofosu-Mensah addresses include: How traditional miners acquired land for mining, the nature of the indigenous technology used in mining, and its impact on the environment. Ofosu-Mensah addresses, explicates and exemplifies the types of benefits and opportunities that scientific mining created for the people of Akyem Abuakwa and the impact of mining on food security in the state of Akyem Abuakwa. Finally, he tackles the problem of the extent to which mining contributed to the problem of land alienation in the state and social, legal, and moral issues raised by such alienation and loss of land rights.

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ISBN: 978-1-53611-811-7
ISBN: 978-1-53612-379-1

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The Poles: Myths and Reality

Author: Yehuda Cohen (An Independent Researcher, Jerusalem, Israel)

Series: Post-Nationality in the European Unions East and North (Series Editor: Yehuda Cohen, Independent Researcher, Formerly – A Postdoctoral Researcher at the Political Science Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel)

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Among the EU states in Eastern and Northern Europe, Poland is the most populous one. In terms of its economic forté and financial balance sheet, it was not a clear-cut conclusion that Poland ought to join the EU. Thus, the Poles' decision, made in a referendum, to join, may be interpreted as their self-identity resolution: an unequivocal assertion that they are first and foremost Europeans.
The peasants in Poland from the 9th century did not have a Polish identity. Such identity was mainly in possession of the nobility and, starting in the 18th century, some of the urban dwellers' as well. A true Polish identity was crystallized during WWII.
The ones who saw Polish nationality as the birthright of all ethnic Poles, peasants included, were the leaders of the Polish Communist Party; they knew how to stand firm in the face of the Soviets during 1945-1989, while adhering to an independent line vis-à-vis Moscow regarding those issues they considered vital for the Poles (e.g., the Polish agrarian policy which did not toe the line Moscow sought to dictate). Thanks to such a stance, Polish nationality started being viable, including peasants. That nationality adopted included the thousand years of old Polish myths and history, and the epic memory of warfare conducted by Polish kings and noblemen.
All of the above as well as the rise of the Solidarity movement headed by Lech Wałęsa, stand witness to the Polish nationality's inner strength. This was an inverse state of affairs to the absence of Polish nationality for centuries (until it began budding in WWI).
During the period between the two world wars, Poles readily exhibited compliance. Thus, for instance, after just a few days of street clashes in Warsaw they submitted to Pilsudski's dictatorship that instilled severe censorship and incarcerated opposition figures without encountering any meaningful impediment from the Polish public. Even after Pilsudski's death, the Poles submissiveness persisted. That state of feebleness is the inverse state to that which the Poles exhibited between 1945-1989, under the leadership of the Communist Party and (later) Solidarity, as described previously.
Such an inverse state may be understood from the fact that in post-1945 Poland, nearly all the state's citizens were ethnically Polish and therefrom their nationality crystallized. Conversely, during the period in between the two world wars ethnic Poles constituted only 70 percent of the citizenry. This allows for the understanding that a state that is ethnologically compact can more easily form a sound nationality from within.This volume demonstrates that the Polish nationality, which only existed for a few decades when Poland joined the European Union, was fledgling (from a research point of view) but ancient in terms of the mythological sentiments sensed by the Poles. The quality of nationality was deeply rooted, vibrant and multi-generational just as the Poles crowned over themselves a pan-European sovereign (the EU) which was preferred over their own unique nationality; thus expressing their centuries' old, deep-seeded desire to be an integral part of Europe.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-562-7
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The Collector Mentality: Modernization of the Hunter-Gatherer

Author: Eric Anton Kreuter, PhD (Partner, Financial Advisory Services, Marks Paneth LLP, New York City, NY, US)

Series: Anthropology Research and Developments

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
The collector is a pseudo sub-species of human who endeavors to amass items for building wealth, in the pursuit of a hobby or, in extreme cases, as a part of pathological hoarding behavior. The extreme collector expands what could be considered normal boundaries in terms of using financial resources, encroachment of communal space in a shared home environment, or in the way they go about locating new items to acquire. The hoarder takes collecting to the next, even more extreme level, where the array or items gathered becomes arguably and uncontrollably massive enough to bring the hoarder much criticism from others, usually in the psychological sense. In comparison to the modern collector of things, the hunter-gatherer communities – primarily from primitive times, but even today in remote parts of the world – followed their collecting behavior solely for their survival since agriculture and farming had not yet been invented. We refer to these people as foragers. The increasingly rare communities that follow a foraging lifestyle actually exist in the present day, albeit in isolated areas of the world with decreasing land mass; they collect what they need, experiencing increased difficulty in protecting their coveted anonymity. Even when they cross paths with members of modern society, they shun interaction and may even threaten warfare. Modern foraging communities have no immunity to modern diseases, making contact with modern humans threatening to their health and survival. The mindset of today’s collector can be compared to that of the primitive foragers as a way of drawing a link between their behavior and impulses to those of modern humans, suggesting a possible genetic link. In doing so, the psychodynamic aspects of the collector in modern times can be better understood through the anthropological lens. With this connection, therapists can more deeply understand and appreciate the thought process of the modern collector and maybe even that of the hoarder. Families of collectors and hoarders and even the folks collecting and hoarding themselves can evaluate their lifestyle, habits, impulses and drives more deeply, affording them a practical and humanistic view of themselves. The perspectives of the author, who is a self-confessed collector and those of other collectors as well as one hoarder provide a balanced analysis of the interiority of the subject covered by this book. A walkthrough of various types of collections is included along with an illustrative of the thesis. Part of the author’s collection of mineral spheres is included in an appendix to provide the reader with a first-hand view of one type of collection. What is hopefully clear to the reader is that the mindset of the collector should not be quickly judged, but carefully evaluated and the collector or hoarder is encouraged to keep an open mind, embracing a new conceptual understanding of the actions they take in pursuit of their passion or obsession. The topic of mental illness is covered to allow for the potential for judgment of the behavior to be understood for potential treatment protocols. Caution, however, is encouraged with regard to treatment as not every person considered obsessed with their passion is willing to acknowledge their excessive conduct or even would agree their behavior reaches an obsessive level. Accordingly, treatment as we may think of the word as necessarily leading to reform or reduction in impact may not be possible even with greater insight. Still, we must find a balance between respecting someone’s chosen lifestyle and suggesting a balanced approach to life that considers not only the person, but those around them as well.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-599-3
ISBN: 978-1-53612-600-6

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Gleanings in the West of Ireland: Annotated Edition

Author: Sydney Godolphin Osborne
Editors: Catherine Nealy Judd (English Department, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL)

Series: Political Science and History

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Sidney Godolphin Osborne’s eyewitness famine narrative Gleanings in the West of Ireland is a text that is currently both neglected and misunderstood. Written and published in July of 1850, Osborne’s Gleanings recounts his summer 1850 journey with an unnamed friend into the heart of late-stage famine Ireland. Most Irish Famine scholars have overlooked Gleanings, but those few who have examined Osborne’s work tend to portray him as an unsympathetic, or even voyeuristic, famine “tourist.” This is a mischaracterization, for in fact Osborne’s aim in his 1850 Irish visit was to report on the condition of Western Ireland’s famine victims. Far from touring Ireland for pleasure, Osborne’s primary goal was to examine eleven Poor Law Unions in counties Limerick, Clare, Galway, and Mayo, and secondarily to ascertain the amount of recent evictions in those counties and the circumstances of the newly houseless tenants. Osborne journeyed into western Ireland in both 1849 and 1850 in order to gather information with which to rebuke current governmental relief schemes and the Irish Poor Laws of 1838 and 1847, and also to attempt to stir compassion in his English readers in the hopes that their outrage would result in Parliamentary action to increase, clarify, and better administer Famine relief aid: “as to the Irish peasantry being deserving of the sympathy I and very many others would seek to excite in their favour, I can only say, that I can conceive no class of human beings on this earth, whose condition, every way, can be worse. I know no one ingredient in the catalogue of those dark ingredients which enter into the composition of human suffering, which is not to be found in the cup from which they have, of late years, been compelled to drink.”

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-743-0
ISBN: 978-1-53612-744-7

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Iranians in the Minds of Americans

Author: Ehsan Shahghasemi (Assistant Professor, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)

Series: Dialogues among Civilizations and Cultures

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Iranians in the Minds of Americans is hitherto the most extensive study on perceptions American people have of Iranians. Also, though there are many books that study political relations between Iran and the US, this book tries to take an intercultural approach and reveal what is actually behind politics. This book not only studies perceptions Americans hold for Iranians, but also tries to put these views in the wider historical, political, cultural and social context. Therefore, we can see in this book a very well-documented history of American missionary work and life in Iran's 19th century. The work of these missionaries, particularly in the field of education, changed the history of Iran forever. Also, missionaries provided the scene for the establishment of the first American legation in Iran. Therefore, in this book the historical relationship between these countries is depicted from before a time of formal relationships to present day.
Through the introduction of the concept of cross cultural schemata by Shahghasemi and Heisey (2009), the book presents a framework for analysis and then it goes on to present results of a study on 1,752 American citizens across 50 American states. The results show clearly the negative role of American media in creating an unfavorable image of Iranian people. Also, we can see that historical events like Hostage Crisis have left a negative effect on Americans' perception of Iranians. Conversely, American citizens who knew an Iranian citizen in person have shown much more positive perceptions about Iranian people.

Binding: Hardcover
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ISBN: 978-1-53612-785-0
ISBN: 978-1-53612-786-7

Price: $195.00
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Migration in Sports: The Case of European and Greek Football

Author: Panagiotis E. Dimitropoulos (Department of Sport Organization & Management, University of Peloponnese, Teaching Staff, Sparta, PC, Greece)

Series: Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Undoubtedly, professional football hails as the most popular sport around the world. Dozens of football players, coaches, managers, agents, and fans are partake in it every day in some form, whether it is earning money, entertaining, or simply watching this sport. However, a crucial issue that requires attention is the immigration of players to foreign championships in order to be able to take advantage of professional opportunities or to find a way into more advanced football leagues. The purpose of this book is to study the immigration of athletes onto the European football field, with an emphasis on the Greece Superleague. The main conclusion that has emerged from this study is that more and more Greek players take advantage of the free market and choose to leave by migrating to find better working conditions in one of the most advanced European championships. At the same time, this book addresses that the flow of foreign athletes has increased remarkably in all European countries and in Greece specifically, which is the seventh highest host European country of migrant footballers, despite the small size and competitiveness of the Greek league.

Binding: Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-53613-005-8
ISBN: 978-1-53613-006-5

Price: $82.00
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Free to Love: Schema Therapy for Christians

Authors: Bruce A. Stevens and Maureen Miner (Wicking Chair of Ageing and Practical Theology, School of Theology, Charles Sturt University, Sydney, Australia)

Series: Religion and Society

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Schema therapy is an evidence-based therapy with a proven record of effectiveness in international randomized controlled trials—the gold standard of proof in medicine and psychology. This therapy uses innovative techniques that have helped people with even the most complex and difficult personal problems to change. In Free to Love, schema therapy is brought into a Christian worldview and so the authors use biblical insights about human nature together with spiritual resources such as prayer in the therapy.

This book provides a self-help resource for Christians. Simply being a Christian does not make life easy; sometimes, Christians get stuck in “life traps”. This book offers a way out of such traps. The authors believe that the best way out uses both faith and psychological insight. Both are important because “All truth is God’s truth.” The authors outline a truth-infused path to change long-standing patterns of dysfunction.

The authors chose schema therapy because it is an effective, practical, and a good way of explaining the childhood origins of psychological difficulties. Additionally, it draws upon established practices from other therapies, deals with a range of problems from simple to the most complex, and can be integrated with theological insights.

This book’s integration with Christianity uses attachment theory. Schema therapy is partly based on attachment theory, among other influences. Insights from Christian understanding of attachment to God and to other people are used in explanations and in exercises where relevant. As a result, this book provides a sophisticated adaption of schema therapy using insights from Christian work on attachment theory in particular, along with some other biblical themes.

The focus of the book is on providing an up-to-date Christian self-help resource that reflects the evolution of schema therapy over the past twenty-three years. This resource is useful for believers who are seeing schema therapists. It is equally useful for those who read self-help literature for personal growth and want to chart their own course of recovery within a Christian context of understanding. Throughout, the authors use examples from their Christian clinical practice to illustrate ideas and strategies.

Over 90 different self-help exercises are included for reflection, experience, and behavioral change. Some are demanding and even complex, but all are useful. Some are adaptations of interventions routinely used by therapists who do schema therapy. For reflection, we ask the reader to keep a journal, both as a kind of psychological autobiography and as a very useful discipline long associated with the Christian tradition. The experiential exercises help readers experience something in a different way. For behavior change, readers are encouraged to try different activities and reflect on the meaning and implications of deeply held beliefs. This will eventually lead to “behavioral pattern breaking”.

Christians wanting to understand and overcome life traps, or therapists working with Christians, can use Free to Love as a guide and practical resource. There are options to deeply engage with the material either on a first or later reading in the exciting process of understanding and change.

Binding: Hardcover
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ISBN: 978-1-53612-865-9
ISBN: 978-1-53612-866-6

Price: $195.00
Price: $195.00


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The Humanities: Past, Present and Future

Editor: Michael F. Shaughnessy (Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico, USA)

Series: Fine Arts, Music and Literature

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
The humanities have been an integral part of humanity’s cultural structure for centuries. In this book, a number of leading scholars reflect on the past, present and offer their perspectives for the future of the humanities. The first chapter (written by Jennifer Laubenthal, Jonathan Helmick and Kathleen Melago) describes the vitality of music for humanistic study. Next, Kevin Donnelly provides his perspectives and research of the humanities as they pertain to Australian history. Professor Donald Elder then extols the humanities from a historical perspective, investigating key crucial events that have taken place in America. Literacy and literacy instruction in the past, present and future are detailed by Professors Thompson and Coffey, while scholar Paul Horton examines the plight of the humanities in the vise of K-20 corporate education reform. Emerging technologies in humanities education is critically examined by Arjun Sabharwal while Gerald Cupchik explores the humanities, emotions and aesthetics in a singular fashion.
The realms of pedagogy and knowledge are explored by Will Fitzhugh and Michael F. Shaughnessy, while Greg Eft paints a panorama of concerning the definition of beauty as it pertains to the humanities. Geni Flores then follows in a chapter that promotes and accentuates the importance of multiculturalism and diversity as instruments of social justice. Josh McVey interprets Scripture and its origins within the humanities while Anna Beck explores historical American theatre and provides a glimpse of this realm through various windows. Opal Greer sheds light on what we may be able to discern from the humanities’ past and envisions the realm of their future in universities and academia. Professor Elder contributes a second time to this manuscript, boldly going where not historian has gone before and examining the relevance of space history to this subject matter. Bringing the book to a close, Herbert London offers his perspective on the future of the humanities. Scholars, researchers, critics, historians, art lovers, and musicians as well as many involved in education will relish and enjoy this rich, robust exploration of the humanities and it’s relation to the past, present and future.

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ISBN: 978-1-53611-976-3
ISBN: 978-1-53612-475-0

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University Students: Promotion of Holistic Development in Hong Kong

Editor: Daniel TL Shek, Ph.D., Lu Yu, Ph.D. and Joav Merrick, M.D. (Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel )

Series: Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies (Series Editor: Joav Merrick, Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel)

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
Have universities forgotten their educational role in guiding students to grow up? With specific reference to Hong Kong, the university structure was a three-year program before the 2012/13 academic year that was modeled after the British system. However, with the introduction of higher education reform the university structure was changed to four years, with the additional year devoted to general education. At The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), the general university requirements (GUR) were designed to promote the holistic development of the students. In this book, the authors summarize the evaluation and research findings, answering the question of how well the desired graduate attributes were achieved. It is their modest wish that through this book, there will be a better understanding for implementing a general education program in Hong Kong.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-535-1
ISBN: 978-1-53612-537-5

Price: $230.00
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Sri Lanka: Economic, Political and Social Issues

Editor: Quân Vinh

Series: Asian Political, Economic and Social Issues

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
M.K.L. Irangani and R.P.I.R. Prasanna open this book with the first chapter that presents a study on the Green Revolution in Sri Lanka. The findings of this study indicate that Green Revolution technology gives way to a multitude of long-term adverse effects from an economic, social, and cultural viewpoint. The second chapter by Dr. Virandi Wettewa and Associate Professor Nigel Bagnall explores the positive and negative effects that arise from International Schools by using focus group data. In the third chapter by Mohammad Zaman and Ruwani Jayewardene, the authors give an overview of displacement in South Asian and Southeast Asian countries while using the Sri Lankan perspective to discuss donor-driven resettlement policies.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-687-7
ISBN: 978-1-53612-688-4

Price: $95.00
Price: $95.00


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Kyrgyzstan: Political, Economic and Social Issues

Editor: Oliver A. Perry

Series: Central Asia: Economic and Political Issues

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
In Chapter One, Dr. Bakyt Baimatov, PhD aims to demonstrate the way Soviet collectivization has ushered in plethora of tectonic changes in the consciousness and socioeconomic livelihoods of the rural poor in then Pre-Soviet Kirghizia, who were culturally and developmentally backward, arguing that the resulting transformations are unprecedented in the history of the Kyrgyz nation. In Chapter Two, Hans-Balder Havenith, Ruslan Umaraliev, Romy Schlögel, and Isakbek Torgoev provide a reciew of the socioeconomic impacts of natural disasters in Kyrgyzstan, attempting to show that earthquakes effected things like governmental structure at a central level. Lastly, Chapter Three by Paul Kubicek examines the degree of extremist organizations among Kyrgyz citizens, focusing on the impact of socioeconomic factors.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-763-8
ISBN: 978-1-53612-764-5

Price: $82.00
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New Research on Sign Language

Editor: Reynard Louis

Series: Languages and Linguistics

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
In this book, the authors present current research in the study of sign language. The opening paper concentrates on content structure in an example of formal Kenyan Sign Language discourse: a sermon. The main discussion point is grammatical cohesion, or “how content is structured through textual features that link episodes together in discourse.” The paper analyzes this through references, substitutions, ellipses, discourse markers, and conjunctions. The authors also discuss a study focusing on a computer-based adaptive test of American Sign Language ability known as the American Sign Language Discrimination Test developed at the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. This test measures the propensity for discerning phonological and morphophonogical contrasts in American Sign Language. In this study, the American Sign Language Discrimination Test, or ASL-DT, item pool was expanded to enhance the efficiency of the test along a wider range of abilities, with the objective of offering supplementary evidence of the test’s legitimacy. Later, a study is presented on the impact of familiarity and the use of American Sign Language in deaf humans’ conversational behaviors in order to support the current research expressing difference in conversational register in response to different types of partners. Additionally, the research offers proof of linguistic aspects of American Sign Language that are similar to spoken languages. Lastly, a study is presented on the Direct Experience Method, a method of teaching sign language with visual support, in an effort to help teachers understand the benefits of using a small amounts of student’s native language in second language classrooms.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-894-9
ISBN: 978-1-53612-895-6

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Multicultural and Citizenship Awareness through Language: Cross Thematic Practices in Language Pedagogy

Editors: Eleni Griva and Vasilios Zorbas (Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism, University of Western Macedonia, Greece)

Series: Dialogues among Civilizations and Cultures

Publication Date: 2017 - 4th Quarter

Book Description:
This book offers a theoretical backdrop on issues related to multicultural education and intercultural approaches to language pedagogy as well as a wide repertoire of educational practices for developing intercultural awareness and communication along with the enhancement of second/foreign language skills development. Considering the growing multicultural nature of education as well as the development of cultural knowledge, intercultural awareness constitutes a significant parameter in promoting effective communication and mutual understanding, leading to social inclusion beyond the classroom boundaries. These cultural dimensions stress the need for teachers to adopt effective practices (in the foreign language classroom) that blend intercultural knowledge and understanding, and enable students to identify themselves, understand others, and use a foreign language to convey and create a cultural reality.

It provides a space to academics, researchers and practitioners to present studies and projects that create an environment of “interculturality” in foreign language classrooms, in an attempt to open students' minds towards the acceptance of “cultural otherness”. This book does not pretend to be a work about theory; the authors do not, for example, delve into the complexities of the relationship between language, culture and globalization. The focus is on the manner with which teachers perceive the cultural dimension of foreign language teaching and learning as well as their students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward the target language countries, including their reflections on their own teaching practices. The contributors of this book report and reflect on practices that heighten students’ multicultural sensitivity and intercultural awareness, and are relevant to a range of stakeholders. They also discuss challenges of cross-curricular and CLIL applications in diverse contexts based on playful activities and stories that make students “know” and “apply” the culturally appropriate behaviour that goes with a second/foreign language.

The book consists of a selection of thirteen chapters that comprise eleven studies conducted by the two authors, Eleni Griva and Vasilios Zorbas, in collaboration with some researchers. Moreover, two colleagues, who are experts in the field of multiculturalism and intercultural communication, were invited to submit a chapter for this book, which is divided into three parts: The first part, consisting of four chapters, focuses on multicultural education issues. The second part, consisting of six chapters, discusses the role of “play” in multicultural awareness/ intercultural communication and second/foreign language development. The third part, consisting of three chapters, centers on aspects and considerations of the CLIL and multicultural/citizenship awareness.

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ISBN: 978-1-53612-679-2
ISBN: 978-1-53612-680-8

Price: $230.00
Price: $230.00