A Serious Dialogue with Noel Pearson’s Radical Hope: Education and Equality in Australia

This book is a response to a provocative 2009 Quarterly Essay, Radical Hope: Education and Equality in Australia, by an influential Australian Aboriginal public intellectual and activist, Noel Pearson. His work challenges cherished notions of welfare colonialism and places remote area Aboriginal schooling dilemmas within the wider constraints of poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, family violence and historic and ongoing undermining traditional culture/language/laws. Pearson calls for serious people to resurrect their pride in community and their heritage. This response to Pearson’s article comes at a time when Australian education is facing major challenges across the board especially with regard to inequality in outcomes and the needs of public schooling in Australia. This book affirms some of Pearson’s strategies but reflects on others that show the situation is even more complex than he suggests. The primary author writes from a perspective of a teacher/researcher/lecturer/consultant with more than four decades of experience in the field and weaves his experiences into the text alongside deep musings on Pearson’s criticisms and programs. Beyond that this book places Pearson’s Radical Hope within a context of place and especially challenging times.

Geography is Dead: How America Lost its Sense of Direction

Geography is Dead: How America Lost its Sense of Direction presents an informative and provocative discussion exploring how Americans have become increasingly disconnected from a strong sense of self and an intimate knowledge of their surroundings at various scales. The book argues that America’s own physical geography has fostered indifference about of the role the United States plays and continues to play in shaping cultural, political, and economic landscapes around the world. It also addresses key reasons behind a continual decline in geographic thinking, over time. This includes discussions about changes in the social landscape since the Second World War, the rise of consumerism and credit, the decline of outdoor life resulting from an over reliance on technology and the continuing limitations imposed by the urban built environment. It also examines issues that are reinforcing this problem, like the American public education system, media and disinformation, and the complexities of globalization.

The Nigeria Law of Cybercrime and Procedures

This book tackles the fast-growing topic of cybercrime and covers a wide range of topics from hacking, cyber-fraud, cyberstalking, cybersquatting and intellectual property offences to more involved topics like cyberterrorism, offences against the critical national infrastructure, illegal data and system interception, misuse of devises; and procedural issues of jurisdiction, the rules of evidence relating to cybercrime offences, extradition, arrest, searches and seizures. This book endeavours to provide both substantive law, practice and procedure and on internet/computer law and cybercrime cases with detailed case studies, examples and statutory extracts.

The book provides a practical, easy-to-follow guide for practitioners in the field, as well as those in law enforcement and academia.

Akoumena: A Natural Philosophy of Hearing

The inspiration for this book originated in a startling comment made by Hermann von Helmholtz more than a century ago. It concerns natural philosophy and musical aesthetics. Helmholtz thought that natural philosophy serves musical aesthetics. This raises a paradox concerning sound, philosophy, and human hearing. Could we envision a philosophy of hearing and sound that overcomes Western prejudices concerning music, noise, and tonality? Akoumena takes a critical stance towards the reductionist tendencies within the natural sciences. It suggests that the mechanistic-materialistic mode of inquiry that has risen to prominence in the sciences is a blind alley for philosophy and that phenomenology has a powerful role to play in reconfiguring the intellectual landscape of the twenty-first century. The book aims at integrating diverse styles of inquiry into a philosophy of hearing and sound that harkens back to premodern philosophical systems and archaic modes of experience.

HIV/AIDS and Democratization in Mexico: A Tale of a Globalized Struggle for Human Rights and Development

HIV/AIDS and Democratization in Mexico deepens our understanding of globalization, as a complex and multidimensional phenomenon, as well as its effects on the public policymaking process and sustainable human development in Mexico, especially so for the case of HIV/AIDS and health-related policies. It reveals major changes in this policy area and points to a series of democratic openings in the last few decades, which significantly respond to civil society’s mobilization and human rights activism. The author contends that the emergence of national and international HIV/AIDS policy networks has functioned as a catalyst for the success of pre-existing domestic social groups, in their efforts to advance their legitimate concerns and to assert their rights. In turn, there has been an increasing participation of a broader set of actors in the policymaking process. This has allowed some traditionally marginalized groups, such as sexual minorities, to positively influence policy outcomes. The implications of this analysis go beyond the Mexican case, since it sheds light on the effects of increasingly internationalized policy environments on the domestic or national level. And it provides concrete evidence of the transnational organization and collaboration of civil society groups, and their concerted responses to the negative effects that recent economic reforms—associated with globalization—have had on basic human rights and the vulnerability of marginalized social groups.

Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Process

What makes her tick? No one is born a terrorist, but why do women desire to become suicide bombers? Depicting Female Suicide Bombers: Understanding the Radicalization Process presents a comprehensive study of Islamic females who have chosen an unconventional path labeled “terrorism” to overcome internal grief. This book presents an alternative view of suicide terrorism, focusing on the underlying issues and self-struggle that Islamic women experience against cultural and religious stigmas, gender bias, and postpartum depression. Their allegiance, the Achilles’ heel, which is to end their grief, enables them to successfully complete their mission.