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Societies and Spaces in Contact:

Between Convergence and Divergence

Edited by Milan Bufon, Tove H. Malloy and Colin Williams

This volume represents an inter-disciplinary discussion of some fundamental categories of convergence and divergence, focusing in particular on issues of both social integration and devolution related to ethnos as the space of identity, and demos as the space of polity. The aims of the book are to assess past developments within crucial parts of Central Europe where both conflict and coexistence potentials seem to best represent the actual “unity in diversity” managing dilemma in the continent; to provide an analysis of current approaches to minority protection, language planning, spatial and social cross-border and inter-cultural policies; and to develop an evaluation of the future trends and opportunities for co-operation and re-integration within a local and broader operational context.

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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.

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Wort- und Formvielfalt

Festschrift für Christoph Koch zum 80. Geburtstag. Unter Mitarbeit von Daniel Petit

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Edited by Anna Jouravel and Audrey Mathys

Die Festschrift ehrt Christoph Koch, Professor für Vergleichende und Indogermanische Sprachwissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin. Zu seinem 80. Geburtstag vereint der Band wissenschaftliche und persönliche Beiträge von Kollegen, Schülern und Freunden. Sie umfassen verschiedene Bereiche der historischen und modernen Sprachwissenschaften wie der Indogermanistik, der Byzantinistik, der Slavistik oder Baltistik, greifen kunsthistorische und editionsphilologische Fragestellungen auf und spiegeln somit das breite Spektrum der Interessens- und Forschungsgebiete des Jubilars wider.

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I Never Wanted to Be a Stereotype

A Sociologist’s Narrative of Healing

Cindy Brooks Dollar

Trauma and its consequences are social phenomena. Coming from a working-class family and raised in a small, rural Southern area, this author's narrative offers a unique style of life history reporting whereby the author uses her academic standpoint to situate her life experiences in broader macro-social and cultural contexts. Weaving scholarship with personal narrative, the author highlights connections between self and social awareness, which is crucial, especially in a modern, Western context where the rhetoric of excessive individualism is prioritized. Discussing various issues, including objectification, violence, isolation, stigma, trauma, shame, integration, healing, peace, and love, she illustrates the application and significance of sociological knowledge to individual life. Many chapters include and conclude with excerpts from the author’s diary entries, which she has maintained for over 30 years. These provide a relatively unfiltered glimpse into her personal and social consciousness throughout various life stages, including adolescence, teens, young and middle adulthood. The book closes with a summary of existing research on trauma and recovery, which often promotes the use of body-based therapies. The author argues that these findings have important implications for sociology given the body’s symbolic socio-cultural status and how it is used to maintain existing inequalities and inequities, which (re)produce shared forms of trauma and differential access to recovery.

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Zehra Batu and Mikail Batu

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Edited by Walter Leal Filho

Qualität ist im Therapiebereich von elementarer Wichtigkeit. Nur durch optimierte Prozesse, die Verringerung von Fehlern und Risiken sowie einer hohen Sicherheit, erhalten Patienten die Dienstleistungen in der für sie notwendigen Qualität.

Insbesondere wenn Krankenkassen und Krankenhäuser unter Druck stehen, Kosten zu senken und gleichzeitig die Qualität der Dienstleistungen zu erhöhen, hilft dieser Band, indem er Zusammenhänge und Besonderheiten des Qualitätsmanagements im Therapiebereich erläutert.

Das Buch bietet praktische Beispiele, die veranschaulichen, wie Qualitätsmanagement in verschiedenen Kontexten integriert und praktiziert wird.

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Natalia Fateeva

В монографии демонстрируется возможность изучать современный поэтический язык не только с точки зрения эстетической функции, но и креативной, воздействие которой предполагает создание новых форм и неожиданных сочетаний при передаче разнообразной текстовой информации. Для исследования выбран поуровневый метод описания. На иллюстративных примерах показывается, как креативность проявляет себя на разных уровнях организации текста: фонетико-орфографическом, словообразовательном, лексико-семантическом, грамматическом – и как уровни взаимодействуют друг с другом. На уровне же целого текста важными параметрами становятся субъектная организация и взаимодействие текста с другими текстами.

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Seda Gökçe Turan