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Steven Randolph Cureton

Black women are long overdue for proper recognition as primary love interests and researchers who are so inclined must do a better job of uncovering examples of black men who proclaim black women as more than a default companion. A primary objective of this book is to examine love letters, civil rights pursuits, and interpersonal relations amongst prominent liberation icons. Additionally, exploring colorism, black power, nihilism, race manners, race matters, black feminism, secular verification of spirituality and racial casting will hopefully provide insight concerning whether black-on-black love is a survival type of love. This is attractive for any undergraduate and graduate level courses seeking to understand the nature of the black experience in America. Moreover, this book is intended to reach audiences interested in the real thin line between love and hate amongst black men and black women.
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Khuloud Jamal Khayyat Dajani

No previous research has ever explored thoroughly the types and trends of smoking and the different models of tobacco smoking among Palestinian children. This study was designed to identify the factors that increase or mitigate risk associated with smoking among school children and adolescents living within the Palestinian territories. An ecological framework serves as the theoretical framework for the study, incorporating multiple levels of children’s and adolescents’ lives, including individual, family, school, peers, and community dimensions. The study is based on theory that considers the school as a central component of socialization and also on problem behavior theory, suggesting that humans develop clusters of dangerous behaviors that become part of their daily lives. This research study is based on the data set of the Health Behaviors in School-aged Children (HBSC) international survey. It revealed the high prevalence of tobacco smoking, the risk and protective factors affecting smoking, and showed that Nargilah ranked first among tobacco smoking habits, and employed a dual focus on individuals and schools. In an era of narrow agendas of “effectiveness” and “control,” this book suggests a way to incorporate schools as venues and spaces for behavioral transformation, growth, and positive change, and shows how awareness can be created within the families and the relevant agencies. Health promotion and risk prevention initiatives can help control tobacco smoking, the most preventable cause of death and disease in the nation. Those who smoke must quit, and we must work together to prevent children from starting this endangering health behavior.
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Raquel Soledad López Torres

Im Rahmen der Gender und Cross Cultural Studies vergleicht die mexikanische Germanistin Raquel Soledad López Torres im Ausgang von Jacob Stockingers Ansatz zur Analyse von ‹Homotextualität› Werke deutscher und mexikanischer Autoren des 20. Jahrhunderts – Bruno Vogel, Hubert Fichte, Detlev Meyer, Luis Zapata, Raúl Rodríguez Cetina und Luis González de Alba – im Hinblick auf die interkulturell und ‹homotextuell› unterschiedliche literarische Verarbeitung ihrer eigenen sexuellen Identität. Das besondere Augenmerk der Verfasserin gilt dabei nicht nur der Homosexualität als eines literar-ästhetischen Sujets, sondern auch den sozial-historischen Bedingungen, unter denen die Autoren ein zu ihrer Zeit tabuisiertes Thema in ihren verschiedenen Kulturen angesprochen haben. Exemplarisch stellt sie in ihrer Untersuchung jeweils die Modellierung der Figur zweier schwuler Soldaten, die provokative Schreibweise zweier bisexueller Autoren und die (auto-)biographisch heikle Behandlung der Aids-Problematik einander gegenüber. Angesichts der zuletzt vielerorts wieder zunehmenden Homophobie und Xenophobie kommt diese Studie genau zur rechten Zeit, um das Bewusstsein der Leser für die Diskriminierungserfahrung von Minderheiten zu schärfen.