Abetting Batterers

What Police, Prosecutors, and Courts Aren't Doing to Protect America's Women

Author: Andrew R. Klein,Jessica L. Klein

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442248289

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Whatever the number, domestic violence victims remain far too many for a preventable crime. More and more victims of intimate partner violence are reaching out to police, prosecutors and judges only to be sorely disappointed, even betrayed. While laws and programs have multiplied over the last few decades to address domestic violence, the country is getting safer for almost everyone except for women who have, or have had, abusive male intimate partners. Andrew R. Klein and Jessica L. Klein look at the criminal justice response to domestic violence across America today, ranging from police to prosecutors and courtrooms across the nation. Abetting Batterers reveals the troubling pattern of inattention and incompetence that compromises the safety of women and encourages their male abusers to continue their abuse and violence. Although criminal justice system agencies vary among cities, towns and counties within the same state they all too often relegate domestic violence to the backburners of the system, dismissing victims and ignoring even the most serious and chronic abusers. The variation reveals the real problem in preventing intimate partner violence lies in these agencies’ commitment and will, rather than their ability to do the job. The authors unveil what is working in regard to protecting victims of domestic violence and holding their abusers accountable, and they suggest strategies for ensuring that what is being done right can be replicated and become the law and practice across the nation. The wide variation in how intimate partner violence is handled by similar jurisdictions demonstrates the real problem in preventing it lies in these agencies’ commitment, rather than ability to do the job. This book proves to be invaluable in understanding what is and is not being done in the reality of domestic violence in America.

Policing and Social Media

Social Control in an Era of New Media

Author: Christopher J. Schneider

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498533728

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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This book investigates various public aspects of the management, use, and control of social media by police agencies in Canada. This book aims to illustrate the process by which new information technology—namely, social media—and related changes in communication formats have affected the public face of policing and police work. Schneider argues that police use of social media has altered institutional public police practices in a manner that is consistent with the logic of social media platforms. Policing is changing to include new ways of conditioning the public, cultivating self-promotion, and expanding social control. While each case study presented here focuses on a different social media platform or format, his concern is less with the particular format per se, as these will undoubtedly change, and more with developing suitable analytical and methodological approaches to understanding contemporary policing practices on social media sites.

The Long Term Missing

Hope and Help for Families

Author: Silvia Pettem

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442256818

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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When loved-ones go missing, the lives of their family members are turned upside-down. As the days and months turn into years, some families are caged in by their grief, while others become proactive –– renewing police contacts, keeping up with the latest technologies, and educating themselves as they strive to become their long-term missing persons’ advocates. By inspiring hope, as well as providing answers and practical advice, The Long Term Missing: Hope and Help for Families assists families in navigating the uncharted territory they never chose to enter. Author Silvia Pettem also provides families with information to better understand how law-enforcement and related agencies work to solve missing persons cases. Along the way, she takes her readers behind the scenes, while emphasizing that every unidentified person is a missing person to someone else. With real cases, both solved and unsolved, the book also illustrates the resources available and the actions that family members, civilians, and law enforcement agencies can take to search for long-term missing persons, to identify previously unknown remains, and to bring the missing persons home. The Long Term Missing: Hope and Help for Families inspires hope and gives answers as it empowers family members of long term missing persons to be proactive and to become their missing persons’ advocates.

Gendertrolling: How Misogyny Went Viral

How Misogyny Went Viral

Author: Karla Mantilla

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440833184

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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Gendertrolling arises out of the same misogyny that fuels other "real life" forms of harassment and abuse of women. This book explains this phenomenon, the way it can impact women's lives, and how it can be stopped. • Combines the phenomenon of trolling and keen feminist insight to create a unique perspective on the treatment of women, male/female interaction, and online user interaction • Demonstrates what online rape and death threats have in common with street harassment, sexual harassment in the workplace, domestic violence, and date rape, showing the serious, harmful nature of this practice • Discusses what can be done to change laws and Internet policies to increase women's freedom of speech and safety online

My Partner, My Enemy

An Unflinching View of Domestic Violence and New Ways to Protect Victims

Author: John Michael Leventhal

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442265175

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

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Domestic violence and abuse can unfortunately happen to anyone and is so often overlooked. In My Partner, My Enemy, Hon. John Michael Leventhal opens the readers’ eyes to the problem by looking at true cases of domestic violence, and offering solutions and resources to aid in the effort to help stop the problem.

The Making of a Dream

How a group of young undocumented immigrants helped change what it means to be American

Author: Laura Wides-Muñoz

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 006256014X

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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A journalist chronicles the next chapter in civil rights—the story of a movement and a nation, witnessed through the poignant and inspiring experiences of five young undocumented activists who are transforming society’s attitudes toward one of the most contentious political matters roiling America today: immigration. They are called the DREAMers: young people who were brought, or sent, to the United States as children and who have lived for years in America without legal status. Growing up, they often worked hard in school, planned for college, only to learn they were, in the eyes of the United States government and many citizens, "illegal aliens." Determined to take fate into their own hands, a group of these young undocumented immigrants risked their safety to "come out" about their status—sparking a transformative movement, engineering a seismic shift in public opinion on immigration, and inspiring other social movements across the country. Their quest for permanent legal protection under the so-called "Dream Act," stalled. But in 2012, the Obama administration issued a landmark, new immigration policy: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which has since protected more than half a million young immigrants from deportation even as efforts to install more expansive protections remain elusive. The Making of a Dream begins at the turn of the millennium, with the first of a series of "Dream Act" proposals; follows the efforts of policy makers, activists, and undocumented immigrants themselves, and concludes with the 2016 presidential election and the first months of the Trump presidency. The immigrants’ coming of age stories intersect with the watershed political and economic events of the last two decades: 9/11, the recession, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama presidency, and the rebirth of the anti-immigrant right. In telling their story, Laura Wides-Muñoz forces us to rethink our definition of what it means to be American.

Defiant Braceros

How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom

Author: Mireya Loza

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469629771

Category: Social Science

Page: 254

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In this book, Mireya Loza sheds new light on the private lives of migrant men who participated in the Bracero Program (1942–1964), a binational agreement between the United States and Mexico that allowed hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers to enter this country on temporary work permits. While this program and the issue of temporary workers has long been politicized on both sides of the border, Loza argues that the prevailing romanticized image of braceros as a family-oriented, productive, legal workforce has obscured the real, diverse experiences of the workers themselves. Focusing on underexplored aspects of workers' lives--such as their transnational union-organizing efforts, the sexual economies of both hetero and queer workers, and the ethno-racial boundaries among Mexican indigenous braceros--Loza reveals how these men defied perceived political, sexual, and racial norms. Basing her work on an archive of more than 800 oral histories from the United States and Mexico, Loza is the first scholar to carefully differentiate between the experiences of mestizo guest workers and the many Mixtec, Zapotec, Purhepecha, and Mayan laborers. In doing so, she captures the myriad ways these defiant workers responded to the intense discrimination and exploitation of an unjust system that still persists today.

The War on Kids

How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way

Author: Cara H. Drinan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190605553

Category: Law

Page: 232

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In 2003, when Terrence Graham was sixteen, he and three other teens attempted to rob a barbeque restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Though they left with no money, and no one was seriously injured, Terrence was sentenced to die in prison for his involvement in that crime. As shocking as Terrence's sentence sounds, it is merely a symptom of contemporary American juvenile justice practices. In the United States, adolescents are routinely transferred out of juvenile court and into adult criminal court without any judicial oversight. Once in adult court, children can be sentenced without regard for their youth. Juveniles are housed in adult correctional facilities, they may be held in solitary confinement, and they experience the highest rates of sexual and physical assault among inmates. Until 2005, children convicted in America's courts were subject to the death penalty; today, they still may be sentenced to die in prison-no matter what efforts they make to rehabilitate themselves. America has waged a war on kids. In The War on Kids, Cara Drinan reveals how the United States went from being a pioneer to an international pariah in its juvenile sentencing practices. Academics and journalists have long recognized the failings of juvenile justice practices in this country and have called for change. Despite the uncertain political climate, there is hope that recent Supreme Court decisions may finally make those calls a reality. The War on Kids seizes upon this moment of judicial and political recognition that children are different in the eyes of the law. Drinan chronicles the shortcomings of juvenile justice by drawing upon social science, legal decisions, and first-hand correspondence with Terrence and others like him-individuals whose adolescent errors have cost them their lives. At the same time, The War on Kids maps out concrete steps that states can take to correct the course of American juvenile justice.

So You Want to Be a Cop

What Everyone Should Know Before Entering a Law Enforcement Career

Author: Alley Evola

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538101483

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 236

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This book is for every adult who secretly wishes they were a police officer or is pursuing that dream and making it a reality. So You Want to Be a Cop looks at the daily ins and outs of the job of a police officer, from recruitment, life at the academy, patrol, and eventually promotion to either a supervisory or specialized role.

Closing the Courthouse Door

How Your Constitutional Rights Became Unenforceable

Author: Erwin Chemerinsky

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300224907

Category: Law

Page: 256

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A leading legal scholar explores how the constitutional right to seek justice has been restricted by the Supreme Court The Supreme Court s decisions on constitutional rights are well known and much talked about. But individuals who want to defend those rights need something else as well: access to courts that can rule on their complaints. And on matters of access, the Court s record over the past generation has been almost uniformly hostile to the enforcement of individual citizens constitutional rights. The Court has restricted who has standing to sue, expanded the immunity of governments and government workers, limited the kinds of cases the federal courts can hear, and restricted the right of habeas corpus. Closing the Courthouse Door, by the distinguished legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, is the first book to show the effect of these decisions: taken together, they add up to a growing limitation on citizens ability to defend their rights under the Constitution. Using many stories of people whose rights have been trampled yet who had no legal recourse, Chemerinsky argues that enforcing the Constitution should be the federal courts primary purpose, and they should not be barred from considering any constitutional question.

Mass Shootings: Media, Myths, and Realities

Media, Myths, and Realities

Author: Jaclyn Schildkraut Ph.D.,H. Jaymi Elsass

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440836531

Category: Social Science

Page: 239

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This book provides readers and researchers with a critical examination of mass shootings as told by the media, offering research-based, factual answers to oft-asked questions and investigating common myths about these tragic events. • Tackles common misconceptions about mass shootings perpetrated by and through the media and provides information that grounds the realities of such events in empirical evidence • Explores the history of mass shootings, both before and after the infamous 1999 Columbine High School event and shootings that occurred in and out of schools • Addresses common myths associated with mass shooting events by the media, such as how often and where they occur and the absence of any warning signs • Helps readers understand the realities of these events, including their international reach, the potential warning signs, and how evidence associated with the events can provide clues into why they occurred

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault in Popular Culture

Author: Laura L. Finley

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440837953

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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Using historical and current examples from film, television, literature, advertisements, and music, this book reveals the ways that rape and abuse are typically presented—and misrepresented—and evaluates the impact of these depictions on consumers. • Addresses both positive and negative depictions of domestic abuse and sexual assault from recent popular culture, utilizing examples from film, television, literature, music, advertisements, and more • Presents information that is ideal for undergraduate courses in gender studies, sociology, and psychology as well as communications and popular culture classes • Utilizes the most current research on dating and domestic and sexual violence to clearly demonstrate the importance of how these issues and crimes are depicted in popular culture • Provides a comprehensive appendix of additional resources that directs students in investigating the topic further

Responding to School Violence

Confronting the Columbine Effect

Author: Glenn W. Muschert,Stuart Henry,Nicole L. Bracy,Anthony A. Peguero

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub

ISBN: 9781588269072

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Why do so many school antiviolence programs backfire? And why do policymakers keep making the same mistakes? The authors of Responding to School Violence examine the pervasive rise of school security measures since the Columbine shootings, highlighting the unintended consequences of policymaking too often shaped by fear and sensationalism. Probing an array of now ubiquitous tactics and programs¿metal detectors, police patrols, zero tolerance policies, and more¿the authors show how increasingly punitive schoolhouse dynamics negatively affect student safety and even educational experiences. They also share lessons from past mistakes and identify workable, comprehensive approaches for addressing a recurrent social problem.

Let's Rock!

How 1950s America Created Elvis and the Rock and Roll Craze

Author: Richard Aquila

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442269375

Category: Music

Page: 368

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Rock & roll was one of the most important cultural developments in post–World War II America, yet its origins are shrouded in myth and legend. Let’s Rock! reclaims the lost history of rock & roll. Based on years of research, as well as interviews with Bo Diddley, Pat Boone, and other rock & roll pioneers, the book offers new information and fresh perspectives about Elvis, the rise of rock & roll, and 1950s America. Rock & roll is intertwined with the rise of a post–World War II youth culture, the emergence of African Americans in society, the growth of consumer culture, technological change, the expansion of mass media, and the rise of a Cold War culture that endorsed traditional values to guard against communism. Richard Aquila’s book demonstrates that early rock & roll was not as rebellious as common wisdom has it. The new sound reflected the conservatism and conformity of the 1950s as much as it did the era’s conflict. Rock & roll supported centrist politics, traditional values, and mainstream attitudes toward race, gender, class, and ethnicity. The musical evidence proves that most teenagers of the 1950s were not that different from their parents and grandparents when it came to basic beliefs, interests, and pastimes. Young and old alike were preoccupied by the same concerns, tensions, and insecurities. Rock & roll continues to permeate the fabric of modern life, and understanding the music’s origins reminds us of the common history we all share. Music lovers who grew up during rock & roll’s early years as well as those who have come to it more recently will find Let’s Rock an exciting historical and musical adventure.

A Country Called Prison

Mass Incarceration and the Making of a New Nation

Author: Mary Looman,John D. Carl

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190211032

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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"The United States is the world leader in incarceration. We imprison 716 people out of every 100,000 - compare that to Canada (118), France (101), Mexico (210), Japan (51)... even Russia can only manage a prison population rate of 472. The total US prison population is over 2.25 million, greater than the population of 100 different countries. In fact, if the US prison system were a country, it would be the 142nd most populous nation on earth, falling between Jamaica and Namibia. But besides comparisons based on sheer numbers, what might we learn if we viewed prison as a country? In A Country Called Prison, Mary Looman and John Carl will use this question as the starting point for a novel thought experiment"--

Being Transgender: What You Should Know

What You Should Know

Author: Thomas E. Bevan Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440845255

Category: Psychology

Page: 242

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Written for general audiences, this unprecedented book comprehensively answers many questions about being transgender with current experiential and scientific information, including the evidence for a biological transgender predisposition. • Offers information derived from the author's review of more than 3,000 source articles and books across 22 scientific disciplines across more than 11 years—a repository of information that is likely the most comprehensive on transgender science • Represents the first book written for general audiences from the perspective of a scientist, not a clinician or advocate • Identifies the forms of rejection of transgender people sanctioned by culture and provides suggestions for dealing with them • Discusses the future of transgender people as well as that of the binary gender system in Western culture

Who Am I?

The Sacred Quest

Author: Jean Klein

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 1626257949

Category: Self-Help

Page: 200

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In his well known, clear and lucid style, Jean Klein offers a book that is fundamentally about ourselves, about our own reality, and how we can start to realise our true nature, our inner stillness and wholeness. Unique among Jean Klein's works, the dialogues contained in this book have been organised by subject. Topics include: Relationship; The Nature of Thinking; The Art of Listening; A conversation on Art, etc. Questioner: “In certain situations in life I feel blocked by a fear which prevents me from acting. How can I be free from this obstacle?” Jean Klein: “First free yourself from the word, the concept, "fear." It is loaded with memory. Face only the perception. Accept the sensation completely. When the personality who judges and controls is completely absent, when there is no longera psychological relationship with the sensation, it is really welcomed and unfolds. Only in welcoming without a welcomer can ther be real transformation. “We are in essence one with all existence; when we truly observe ourselves there is ultimately no observer, only observation--awareness.”

Delicious Geography

From Place to Plate

Author: Gary Fuller,T. M. Reddekopp

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442245336

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

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This entertaining book takes us on a fascinating exploration of the world of food. Take a journey with the dynamic father and daughter duo, geographer Gary Fuller and chef Tracy Reddekopp, as they travel around the globe to trace the enduring links of geography and food. Food and its preparation and enjoyment define the major cultural regions of the world and how these regions have changed over time. The authors believe that the peoples of the world have begun to reunite after millennia of dispersal. The sharing of foods and food traditions are prime examples of this global connection. Enriching the trip with thirty-five recipes to extend the experience into our kitchen, homes, and families, the authors also make geography fun by asking trivia questions that turn out to be far from trivial. Among the questions asked and answered are: What landlocked country in South America developed a plant that revolutionized food production in Europe? What bird on the island of Mauritius gave us an expression about mortality? On what Native American reservation, and in what kind of business, do we find the Code Talkers Museum? Why could vanilla be grown only in Mexico until the mid-nineteenth century? What famous Italian-American was given a nickname derived from a Pan American airliner? (Answers: Bolivia, the potato, “Dead as a dodo,” the Navajo reservation in a Burger King; the plant could only be pollinated naturally by a Mexican bee, Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper)

Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder: Understanding the Overly Rigid, Controlling Person

Author: Martin Kantor MD

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440837899

Category: Self-Help

Page: 301

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This unprecedented work is an invaluable resource for therapists treating patients with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD), for individuals suffering from OCPD, and for friends, family, and coworkers of those with OCPD. • Explains how OCPD compromises not only the quality of life of its sufferers but also the lives of many of the people that surround each OCPD individual • Examines OCPD from multiple perspectives, documenting the author's eclectic treatment approach that views OCPD from multiple vantage points, including the psychodynamic, the interpersonal, and the cognitive-behavioral • Extends the discussion of OCPD to include OCPD-inspired bureaucracies and how treating these toxic environments can lead to substantially improved socioeconomic functioning worldwide • Serves therapists treating patients with OCPD; patients suffering from OCPD; friends, family, and coworkers of those with OCPD; and general readers interested in mental health issues • Provides a bonus section on self-help methods that can be employed by the OCPD sufferer and those in the path of OCPD fallout