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The Oxford Handbook of J. Gayle Beck
Traumatic Stress Disorders
(Oxford Library of Psychology)

by J. Gayle Beck, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

The experience of traumatic events is a near-universal, albeit unfortunate, part of the human experience. Given how many individuals are exposed to trauma, it is interesting to question why some individuals are resilient in the face of trauma while others go on to develop chronic post-traumatic stress. Throughout the relatively brief history of the psychological study of trauma, a number of themes have consistently emerged; many of these themes remain essential elements within our current study of traumatic stress disorders, as summarized within this volume.

The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders addresses the current landscape of research and clinical knowledge surrounding traumatic stress disorders. Bringing together a group of highly-regarded experts, this volume is divided into six sections, together summarizing the current state of knowledge about 1) classification and phenomenology, 2) epidemiology and special populations, 3) contributions from theory, 4) assessment, 5) prevention and early intervention efforts, and 6) treatment of individuals with post-trauma mental health symptoms. Throughout the volume, attention is paid to identifying current controversies in the literature and highlighting directions that hold promise for future work.


 

Land GrabKeri Brondo Book
Green Neoliberalism, Gender, and
Garifuna Resistance in Honduras

by Keri Vacanti Brondo

Department of Anthropology 

Land Grab is a rich ethnographic account of the relationship between
identity politics, neoliberal development policy, and rights to resource management in Garifuna communities on the north coast of Honduras, before and after the 2009 coup d'état. The Garifuna are a people of African
and Amerindian descent who were exiled to Honduras from the British
colony of St. Vincent in 1797 and have long suffered from racial and cultural
marginalization.

Employing approaches from feminist political ecology, critical race
studies, and ethnic studies, Keri Vacanti Brondo illuminates three contemporary
development paradoxes in Honduras: the recognition of the rights of
indigenous people at the same time as Garifuna are being displaced in the
name of development; the privileging of foreign research tourists in projects
that promote ecotourism but result in restricting Garifuna from traditional
livelihoods; and the contradictions in Garifuna land-rights claims based
on native status when mestizos are reserving rights to resources as natives
themselves.

Brondo's book asks a larger question: can "freedom," understood as
well-being, be achieved under the structures of neoliberalism? Grounding
this question in the context of Garifuna relationships to territorial control
and self-determination, the author explores the "reregulation" of Garifuna
land; "neoliberal conservation" strategies like ecotourism, research tourism,
and "voluntourism;" the significant issue of who controls access to property
and natural resources; and the rights of women, who have been harshly
impacted by "development." In her conclusion, Brondo points to hopeful
signs in the emergence of transnational indigenous, environmental, and
feminist organizations.


 

 

God's Wife, God's Servant
The God's Wife of Amun  

by Mariam Ayad

Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology

Drawing on textual, iconographic and archaeological evidence, this book highlights a historically documented (but often ignored) instance, where five single women were elevated to a position of supreme religious authority. The women were Libyan and Nubian royal princesses who, consecutively, held the title of God's Wife of Amun during the Egyptian Twenty-third to Twenty sixth dynasties (c.754'525 BCE). At a time of weakened royal authority, rulers turned to their daughters to establish and further their authority. Unmarried, the princess would be dispatched from her father's distant political and administrative capital to Thebes, where she would reign supreme as a God's Wife of Amun.

While her title implied a marital union between the supreme solar deity Amun and a mortal woman, the God's Wife was actively involved in temple ritual, where she participated in rituals that asserted the king's territorial authority as well as Amun's universal power. As the head of the Theban theocracy, the God's Wife controlled one of the largest economic centers in Egypt: the vast temple estate at Karnak. Economic independence and religious authority spawned considerable political influence: a God's Wife became instrumental in securing the loyalty of the Theban nobility for her father, the king.


Tennessee Women
Their Lives and Times     

Edited by Sarah L. Wilkerson Freeman and                         Beverly Greene Bond

Department of History

Including suffragists, civil rights activists, and movers and shakers in politics and in the music industries of Nashville and Memphis, as well as many other notables, this collective portrait of Tennessee women offers new perspectives and insights into their dreams, their struggles, and their times. As rich, diverse, and wide-ranging as the topography of the state, this book will interest scholars, general readers, and students of southern history, women's history, and Tennessee history.

Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times shifts the historical lens from the more traditional view of men's roles to place women and their experiences at center stage in the historical drama.The eighteen biographical essays, written by leading historians of women, illuminate the lives of familiar figures like reformer Frances Wright, blues woman Alberta Hunter, and the Grand Ole Opry's Minnie Pearl (Sarah Colley Cannon) and less-well known characters like the Cherokee Beloved Woman Nan-ye-hi (Nancy Ward), antebellum free black woman Milly Swan Price, and environmentalist Doris Bradshaw.



Memphis and the Paradox of Place
Globalization in the American South        

by Wanda Rushing

Department of Sociology

Celebrated as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll, Memphis, Tennessee, is where Elvis Presley, B. B. King, Johnny Cash, and other musical legends got their starts. It is also a place of conflict and tragedy--the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1968 assassination--and a city typically marginalized by scholars and underestimated by its own residents. Using this iconic southern city as a case study, Wanda Rushing explores the significance of place in a globalizing age.

Challenging the view that globalization renders place generic or insignificant, Rushing argues that cultural and economic distinctiveness persists in part because of global processes, not in spite of them. Rushing weaves her analysis into stories about the history and global impact of blues music, the social and racial complexities of Cotton Carnival, and the global rise of FedEx, headquartered in Memphis. She portrays Memphis as a site of cultural creativity and global industry--a city whose traditions, complex past, and specific character have had an influence on culture worldwide.

 


Women, Violence and the Media
Readings in Feminist Criminology

by Drew Humphries

Chapter on Media Images of Wartime Sexual Violence: Ethnic Cleansing in Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia

by Yaschica D. Williams

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Through the lens of feminist criminology, this volume examines the complex interrelationship of women, violence, and media presentations. The book is divided into three sections. The first, "Gendering Constructions," lays the groundwork for the volume by examining the print media's presentation of gendered violence, female killers on Law and Order, African American women in Hollywood films, and women in media, crime, and violence textbooks. The second section, "Debating the Issues," explores aspects of femicide, including mass murder incidents, domestic violence in Bangladesh, and wartime sexual violence in reality and on television. The final section "Changing the Image," focuses on efforts to replace masculine assumptions with constructive approaches to imagining women. Designed for course adoption, Women, Violence, and the Media emphasizes the key themes and critical skills required for media literacy, and the volume offers guidelines for readers on conducting their own research.

 


 

No Silent Witness
The Eliot Parsonage Women And Their Unitarian World       

by Cynthia Tucker

Department of English

This biography follows three generations of ministers’ daughters, mothers, and wives in one of America’s most influential Unitarian dynasties: the family of Abby Adams Cranch and William Greenleaf Eliot. Shifting the center of gravity from pulpits to parsonages, and from confident sermons to whispered doubts, it humanizes the Eliot saints, demystifies their liberal religion, and lifts up a largely unsung female vocation.

Spanning 150 years from the early 19th century forward, the narrative probes the women’s defining experiences: the deaths of numerous children, the anguish of infertility, persistent financial worries, and the juggling of the often competing demands that parishes make on first ladies.

Here, too, we see the matriarch’s granddaughters scripting larger lives as they skirt traditional marriage and women’s usual roles in the church. They follow their hearts into same-sex unions and blaze new trails as they carve out careers in public health service and preschool education.

These stories are linked by the women’s continuing battles to speak and make themselves heard over the thundering clerical wisdom that contradicts their reality.

Photographs, timelines, genealogical charts, and a family roster deepen the reader’s engagement with this ambitious biography.

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