Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States Theory, Research, and Applications

Politics, Sociology

Lisa J. Crockett, Gustavo Carlo, “Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States: Theory, Research, and Applications”
Rocco Agrifoglio, “Knowledge Preservation Through Community of Practice: Theoretical Issues and Empirical Evidence”
Susan M. Sheridan, Elizabeth Moorman Kim, “Family-School Partnerships in Context”
Frans H. van Eemeren, Bart Garssen, “Reflections on Theoretical Issues in Argumentation Theory”
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

Lisa J. Crockett, Gustavo Carlo, “Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States: Theory, Research, and Applications”

2015 | pages: 309 | ISBN: 3319209752 | PDF | 4,9 mb

This book explores the risk and protective factors of rural life and minority status for youth and their families. It provides innovative perspectives on well-documented developmental challenges (e.g., poverty and lack of resources) as well as insights into the benefits of familial and cultural strengths. Coverage includes recent theories in child development, empirical studies of rural minority populations, and leading-edge interventions for urgent issues. The volume presents a spectrum of opportunities for understanding and providing services for youth in the United States through the lens of a diverse collection of ethnic minority experiences in rural settings.
Topics featured in this volume include:
– Theoretical models focused on the intersection of ethnicity and rural settings.
– Family processes, child care, and early schooling in rural minority families.
– Promising strategies for conducting research with rural minority families.
– Strengths-based educational interventions in rural settings.
– Promoting supportive contexts for minority youth in low-resource rural communities.
Rural Ethnic Minority Youth and Families in the United States is a valuable resource for researchers and professors, clinicians and related professionals and graduate students across such disciplines as clinical child, school and developmental psychology, family studies, social work and public health.

Rocco Agrifoglio, “Knowledge Preservation Through Community of Practice: Theoretical Issues and Empirical Evidence”

2015 | pages: 96 | ISBN: 3319222333 | PDF | 1,7 mb

This book links knowledge management literature and information systems research to explore the process of knowledge preservation within a community of practice. It contributes to existing literature in different ways. First, it provides a conceptualization of the “community knowledge preservation” process. In contrast to previous knowledge management research, knowledge preservation is thus viewed as a process in its own right rather than an integral part of knowledge creation and sharing. Furthermore, the book also investigates how communities of practice preserve knowledge, by identifying the main mechanisms and tools enabling members to select, store and actualize the explicit and tacit forms of collective knowledge. More in general, the book presents guidance on how to use communities of practice to ensure the preservation of knowledge in development processes, for individuals and organizations alike.

Susan M. Sheridan, Elizabeth Moorman Kim, “Family-School Partnerships in Context”

2015 | pages: 134 | ISBN: 3319192272 | PDF | 2,8 mb

This volume focuses on context considerations in family-school partnership research. The book examines how cultural diversity, including differences in parenting (e.g., race, education, family history) and diverse school variables (e.g., location, population, organization,) can affect family-school partnerships. Its bio ecological perspective pinpoints critical areas that studies need to address for real-world utility, such as parental commitment and developmental considerations. Although the book’s focus is research, chapters present program designs and evaluations along with ideas for community involvement and policy. The authors also explore the changing landscape for home-school partnerships resulting from the impact of technology, which is rapidly becoming a central player in organizing research and bringing interventions to life.
Topics covered include:
– Complexities in field-based partnership research.
– Family-centered, school-based interventions.
– A district leadership approach to school, family and community partnerships.
– Research issues to forward a policy agenda supporting family-school partnerships.
– Testing statistical moderation in research on home-school partnerships.
– Integrating current and evolving knowledge toward future directions for research.
Contexts of Family-School Partnerships is a valuable resource for researchers, professionals and graduate students in child and school psychology, educational policy and politics, family studies, developmental psychology, sociology of education, sociology and anthropology.

Frans H. van Eemeren, Bart Garssen, “Reflections on Theoretical Issues in Argumentation Theory”

2015 | pages: 290 | ISBN: 3319211021 | PDF | 3,7 mb

This volume presents a selection of papers reflecting key theoretical issues in argumentation theory. Its six sections are devoted to specific themes, including the analysis and evaluation of argumentation, argument schemes and the contextual embedding of argumentation. The section on general perspectives on argumentation discusses the trends of empiricalization, contextualization and formalization, offers descriptions of the analytical and evaluative tools of informal logic, and highlights selected principles that argumentation theorists do and do not agree upon. In turn, the section on linguistic approaches to argumentation focuses on the problem of distinguishing between explanation and argument, while also elaborating on the role of verbal indicators of argument schemes. All essays included in this volume point out notable recent developments in the study of argumentation.

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

English | October 27, 2015 | ISBN: 0385529996, 0385529988, ASIN: B0062OCN4E | AZW3 | 384 pages | 0.7 MB

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, USA TODAY, AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE • A masterly work of literary journalism about a senseless murder, a relentless detective, and the great plague of homicide in America
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Economist • The Globe and Mail • BookPage • Kirkus Reviews
On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.
But as soon as the case is assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shift.
Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential, but mostly ignored, American murder—a “ghettoside” killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Ghettoside is a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of why murder happens in our cities—and how the epidemic of killings might yet be stopped.