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Diefenbaker and Latin America: The Pursuit of Canadian Autonomy
Jason Zorbas, 978-1-4438-3276-2
John Diefenbaker’s Latin American policy was based on his vision of Canada’s national interest, which placed a strong emphasis on the achievement of greater autonomy in foreign policy for Canada vis-à-vis the US and the expansion of Canadian exports to the region. Though Diefenbaker was often accused of being driven by anti-Americanism, instead his Latin American policy was based on his vision of Canada’s national interest.
For Diefenbaker, an enhanced relationship with Latin America had the potential to lessen Canada’s dependency on the US, while giving Latin American countries an outlet for their trade, commercial and financial relations other than the US. This new approach implied that Canada would formulate and implement policy that focused more on Canadian political interests and goals. It was not a matter of charting a totally independent policy from the US in Latin America – true policy independence was impossible to achieve. Nor was it the case that Canada would necessarily set itself in opposition to the US when it disagreed with its policies. For Diefenbaker the goal was to pursue a foreign policy that was aligned with, but not subservient to, the US.
Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now
Dan Bloom and Philip Brownell, 978-1-4438-3287-8
Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now describes what is quite possibly the most unique and significant gestalt therapy organization in the world. There are, of course, many other associations of gestalt therapists, but many of them are either much smaller or qualitatively different because they attend to certifying and regulating their members. The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) does not certify nor regulate; its sole purpose is to advance the theory and practice of gestalt therapy through the associating of its members. This book both highlights the nature of contemporary gestalt therapy and makes known the existence and nature of the AAGT through the lens of its tenth biennial conference, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 2010 the AAGT returned to the Unites States for a venue in its biennial conference after having been in Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Vancouver, Canada; and Manchester, England. It’s regional growth had been sustained, and its international scope had become expansive. The 2010 conference, with its theme of continuity and change, was a look at contemporary gestalt therapy, and it also featured a significant and growing dialogue with recognized leaders in other clinical perspectives. The 2010 conference featured many long-time, recognized colleagues from the field of gestalt therapy, including many aging colleagues who trained personally with the founders of gestalt therapy. The conference proceedings were rich and varied.
This book includes papers based on pre-conference workshops, and conference presentations and panels. Chapter contributors emerge from the structure of the conference itself, and they include many of the most compelling thinkers and practitioners in the world of contemporary gestalt therapy.
Harry Eiss, 978-1-4438-3298-4
Lila is Sanskrit for play, the play of the gods. It is the self-generating genesis of Bliss, created by Bliss for the purpose of Bliss. It is the uninhibited, impulsive sport of Brahman, the free spirit of creation that results in the spontaneous unfolding of the cosmos to be found in the eternity of each moment. It is beyond the confining locks and chains of reason, beyond the steel barred windows looking out from the cages of explanation, beyond the droning tick-tick-tick of the huge mechanical clocks of time.
Come, let us enter the realm of the madman and the finely wrought threads of Clotho as they are measured out by Lachesis and cut by Atropos to create the great tapestry of life, including the intricate, intertwining designs of dementia with the trickster, the shaman, the scapegoat, the shadow, the artist and the savior.
Come, let us join in the divine madness of the gods.
Physics and Metaphysics
Alexander Mitjashin, 978-1-4438-3297-7
The central thought of this book is that definite predictions of classical physics can be explained by mathematics of special relativity.
The probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics is determined by peculiar mathematics which can only describe the quantum phenomena – this mathematics gives statistical explanations to these phenomena and no other explanations could in principle be given to them; as well, the phenomena of classical physics which are to be described definitely (but not in principle probabilistically) can be described this way only because, in its turn, it is determined by peculiar mathematics and – as it is argued in the book – this simple mathematics can be straightforwardly inferred from the special relativity theory.
It is shown that these important results correspond to the approach accepted in modern physics due, in particular, to Bell’s inequalities and their tests. However, the author concentrates on the philosophical consequences that should be inferred from these physical results. Naturally, metaphysical views which can be congenial to this kind of physical picture of the world must agree with the concept of non-homogeneity. Such metaphysics was firstly exposed by the author in his work devoted to the non-linearity of natural language: The World and Language: The Ontology for Natural Language (Lanham: University Press of America, 2006). But one does not need to be familiar with this book in order to read Physics and Metaphysics; nor is it necessary for the reader to have any mathematical skill or serious knowledge in physics. This book will be of benefit to those interested in the fields of physics, quantum mechanics and mathematics.
Building Integrated Connections for Children, their Families and Communities
Karl Brettig and Margaret Sims, 978-1-4438-3277-9
Research and practice shows that many vulnerable children and families face more than one challenge and require more than one intervention. However our service system has evolved historically to deal with one thing at a time or to provide services from multiple sources. This lack of integration can have a devastating effect on some families where key information or warning signs are missed. Coronial and judicial inquiries constantly stress the negative impact of a ‘siloed’ approach to services.
Many researchers, practitioners and policy makers have struggled to address this issue. This book has been compiled from a series of presentations given at the 2010 Children Communities Connections conference in Adelaide. Over 300 professionals from NGOs, state and federal departments and academics from all states in Australia attended and focused on three key ideas: what do we know about these families and children, what are we doing to help them and what could we do better. Papers covered a range of topics from neurobiology, to service redesign and family engagement.
Here we have a snapshot of some of the most promising programs and research being undertaken in Australia. It provides a platform for starting conversations on the need to focus on the child and family in the context of their whole life, the need to cross service and professional boundaries and the need to change the way we as professionals do things to improve outcomes for families. It is a book that captures the challenges, the opportunities and the hope for the future.
*Includes contributions from more than 40 practitioners, policy makers and researchers who work in community services, education and health for state, federal government and non government sectors.
Compelling Form: Architecture as Visual Persuasion
J. Donald Ragsdale, 978-1-4438-3286-1
Compelling Form: Architecture as Visual Persuasion is an assessment of the visual persuasiveness of buildings. It demonstrates that architecture is as capable of social influence as speeches or advertisements are and that an awareness of this influence provides an insight into buildings’ cultural roles. The book considers a diverse array of structures ranging from museums, to performance halls, to universities, to cathedrals, to governmental buildings, to palaces, and to skyscrapers.
Compelling Form is an important extension of theories of persuasion and visual communication to architecture and engineering. The book bases its assessments on the elements of visual literacy and then on the elements of architectural design to demonstrate that buildings, monuments, and even such means of commerce as bridges affect the viewer in such a way as to have social impact.
Counter Terrorism and Social Cohesion
Alperhan Babacan and Hussein Tahiri, 978-1-4438-3292-2
This book critically examines Australia’s counter terrorism measures by looking at the country’s legislative framework within the context of an international law framework and norms relating to human rights. It discusses the Australian governments justifications for the war on terrorism and sociological theories relating to ‘risk society’ as a way to explain Australia’s counter terrorism policies and the impact of the war on terror on social cohesion in Australia. It looks at the adverse impacts of the war on terror on Muslims in Australia and their sense of belonging in a multicultural society and analyses these developments from a sociological perspective. The book also explores the recent shift in the Australian governments’ approach to countering terrorism, a shift from a coercive approach to tackling terrorism to a community engagement approach focused on building relationships and trust with Australia’s diverse communities, particularly the Muslim community.
Disclosing a Value System in a Living Will Could be in Your Best Interests
Susan Farrall, 978-1-4438-3210-6
This book raises the question of whether the values or value system of a competent person, when they have been disclosed in a living will, could play a role in medical treatment decision-making processes under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
The investigation seeks to address a contemporary issue in medical law that directly or indirectly affects many members of society. It arises out of the fact that medical scientific and technological advances are helping people to live for longer. This is consistent with the medical purpose which is to preserve the life, health and well-being of patients. However, medical advances that contribute to people living longer have precipitated a proportionate rise in diseases such as dementia. Likewise medical innovations that enable physicians to artificially preserve and maintain life ensure that fewer people die following serious injury or illness but will inevitably preserve the life of some where mental functioning is unduly compromised. Whether through injury or disease, patients who suffer a permanent loss of decision-making capacity will be incapable of exercising autonomy to safeguard their own body, life and life plan.
As a result, provisions of the MCA governing who decides and the principles on which they should decide how best to act are set to become increasingly relevant to many more people. On that basis the author examines the ethical underpinnings of the law to show why autonomy, not medical beneficence, has succeeded in becoming the primary principle of medical law in respect of the capable patient. Next, the author investigates whether principles that are relevant to capable patients inform the law related to mentally incapacitated patients also. Accordingly, this study is ultimately concerned with the circumstances under which the Mental Capacity Act 2005 authorises the administration of a medical treatment in respect of formerly competent patients; shows why the law might fail to deliver what it promises in respect of this patient group and suggests ways for how the law might be made to work better.
This research is timely and could benefit many people. The range of issues covered in this book will appeal to a wide readership, including medical ethics and law students and tutors, medical and legal professionals and interested members of the public.
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