Exploring Vulnerability

Author: Günter Thomas,Heike Springhart
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3647540633
Category: Religion
Page: 264
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Vulnerability is an essential but also an intriguing ambiguous part of the human condition. This book con-ceptualizes vulnerability to be a fundamental threat and deficit and at the same time to be a powerful resource for transformation.The exploration is undertaken in multidisciplinary perspectives and approaches the human condition in fruitful conversations with medical, psychological, legal, theological, political and philosophical investiga-tions of vulnerability.The multidisciplinary approach opens the space for a broad variety of deeply interrelated topics. Thus, vulnerability is analyzed with respect to diverse aspects of human and social life, such as violence and power, the body and social institutions. Theologically questions of sin and redemption and eventually the nature of the Divine are taken up. Throughout the book phenomenological descriptions are combined with necessary conceptual clarifications. The contributions seek to illuminate the relation between vulnerability as a fundamental unavoidable condition and contingent actualizations related to specific dangers and risks. The core thesis of the book can be seen within its multi-perspectivity: A sound concept of vulnerability is key to a realistic, that is to say neither negative nor illusionary anthropology, to an honest post-theistic understanding of God and eventually to a deeply humanistic understanding of social life.

The Unfolding Now

Realizing Your True Nature through the Practice of Presence
Author: A. H. Almaas
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 9780834825574
Category: Psychology
Page: 272
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The keys to self-knowledge and deep contentment are right here before us in this very moment—if we can simply learn to live with open awareness. In The Unfolding Now, A. H. Almaas presents a marvelously effective practice for developing the transformative quality of presence. Through a particular method of self-observation and contemplative exploration that he calls inquiry, we learn to live in the relaxed condition of simply "being ourselves," without interference from feelings of inadequacy, drivenness toward goals, struggling to figure things out, and rejecting experiences we don't want. Almaas explores the many obstacles that keep us from being present—including defensiveness, ignorance, desire, aggression, and self-hatred—and shows us how to welcome with curiosity and compassion whatever we are experiencing.


Reflections on a New Ethical Foundation for Law and Politics
Author: Martha Albertson Fineman,Anna Grear
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317000919
Category: Law
Page: 236
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Martha Albertson Fineman’s earlier work developed a theory of inevitable and derivative dependencies as a way of problematizing the core assumptions underlying the ’autonomous’ subject of liberal law and politics in the context of US equality discourse. Her ’vulnerability thesis’ represents the evolution of that earlier work and situates human vulnerability as a critical heuristic for exploring alternative legal and political foundations. This book draws together major British and American scholars who present different perspectives on the concept of vulnerability and Fineman's ’vulnerability thesis’. The contributors include scholars who have thought about vulnerability in different ways and contexts prior to encountering Fineman’s work, as well as those for whom Fineman’s work provided an introduction to thinking through a vulnerability lens. This collection demonstrates the broad and intellectually exciting potential of vulnerability as a theoretical foundation for legal and political engagements with a range of urgent contemporary challenges. Exploring ways in which vulnerability might provide a new ethical foundation for law and politics, the book will be of interest to the general reader, as well as academics and students in fields such as jurisprudence, philosophy, legal theory, political theory, feminist theory, and ethics.

Seeds of Sustainability

Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution in Agriculture
Author: Pamela A. Matson
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610911776
Category: Political Science
Page: 312
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Seeds of Sustainability is a groundbreaking analysis of agricultural development and transitions toward more sustainable management in one region. An invaluable resource for researchers, policymakers, and students alike, it examines new approaches to make agricultural landscapes healthier for both the environment and people. The Yaqui Valley is the birthplace of the Green Revolution and one of the most intensive agricultural regions of the world, using irrigation, fertilizers, and other technologies to produce some of the highest yields of wheat anywhere. It also faces resource limitations, threats to human health, and rapidly changing economic conditions. In short, the Yaqui Valley represents the challenge of modern agriculture: how to maintain livelihoods and increase food production while protecting the environment. Renowned scientist Pamela Matson and colleagues from leading institutions in the U.S. and Mexico spent fifteen years in the Yaqui Valley in Sonora, Mexico addressing this challenge. Seeds of Sustainability represents the culmination of their research, providing unparalleled information about the causes and consequences of current agricultural methods. Even more importantly, it shows how knowledge can translate into better practices, not just in the Yaqui Valley, but throughout the world.

Motor Vehicle Collisions: Medical, Psychosocial, and Legal Consequences

Author: Melanie P Duckworth,Tony Iezzi,William O'Donohue
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080560557
Category: Psychology
Page: 592
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Motor Vehicle Collisions: Medical, Psychosocial, and Legal Consequences is a comprehensive review of the motor vehicle collision (MVC) experience and includes chapters relevant to the assessment and treatment of multiple consequences of MVC involvement, including medical, psychosocial, and legal difficulties. The book is designed to be accessible to both clinicians and researchers interested in the study of MVCs and in the management of MVC-related problems. The aim of this book is to capture the MVC experience from a multidisciplinary perspective, This book will serve as a necessary reference for physicians, rehabilitation specialists, allied medical professionals, psychologists, and lawyers. Presents the complete chronology of an MVC from immediate aftermath to chronic disability Details evidence-based assessment and treatment practices across disciplines Addresses cultural factors that influence assessment and treatment of MVC sufferers

Agent-Based Simulation of Vulnerability Dynamics

A Case Study of the German North Sea Coast
Author: Cilli Sobiech
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3642323642
Category: Nature
Page: 226
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This thesis constitutes an extraordinary innovative research approach in transferring the concepts and methods of complex systems to risk research. It ambitiously bridges the barriers between theoretical, empirical and methodical research work and integrates these fields into one comprehensive approach of dealing with uncertainty in socio-ecological systems. The developed agent-based simulation aims at the dynamics of social vulnerability in the considered system of the German North Sea Coast. Thus, the social simulation provides an analytical method to explore the individual, relational, and spatial aspects leading to dynamics of vulnerability in society. Combining complexity science and risk research by the method of agent-based simulation hereby emphasizes the importance of understanding interrelations inside the system for the system's development, i.e. for the evolving. Based on a vulnerability assessment regarding vulnerability characteristics, present risk behavior and self-protection preferences of private households against the impacts of flooding and storm surges, possible system trajectories could be explored by means of simulation experiments. The system-analytical approach therefore contributes to an integrated consideration of multi-dimensional and context-sensitv social phenomena such as vulnerability. Furthermore it achieves conceptually and strategically relevant implications for risk research and complex systems research.

Traumatic Stress

The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society
Author: Bessel A. van der Kolk,Alexander C. McFarlane,Lars Weisaeth
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1606238450
Category: Psychology
Page: 596
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This bestselling classic presents seminal theory and research on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Together, the leading editors and contributors comprehensively examine how trauma affects an individual's biology, conceptions of the world, and psychological functioning. Key topics include why certain people cope successfully with traumatic experiences while others do not, the neurobiological processes underlying PTSD symptomatology, enduring questions surrounding traumatic memories and dissociation, and the core components of effective interventions. A highly influential work that laid the foundation for many of the field's continuing advances, this volume remains an immensely informative and thought-provoking clinical reference and text. The preface to the 2007 paperback edition situates the book within the context of contemporary research developments.

New Directions in Language Acquisition

Romance Languages in the Generative Perspective
Author: Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443821837
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 455
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This volume presents sixteen new articles on the acquisition of Romance languages by both well-established researchers and vital new contributors to the field. Under a generative umbrella, the articles in this collection investigate the acquisition of French, Romanian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian and Portuguese across different contexts including first language acquisition, bilingual acquisition, specifically impaired first language acquisition, child L2 acquisition, second language acquisition, as well as first language attrition. This volume advances our understanding of how languages are acquired and how the study of Romance languages contributes to clarifying challenging open questions on the acquisition of key functional categories and other related phenomena. In particular, the articles included assess complexity as a relevant factor shaping children’s acquisition of syntactic and phonological structures, they refine crucial theoretical constructs such as parameter setting and language transfer, and propose language change as another crucial factor affecting the process of language acquisition and attrition.

Commissioning for Health and Social Care

Author: Institute of Public Care
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1473904285
Category: Medical
Page: 280
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This practical text takes you methodically and logically through the challenging task of commissioning and procuring public services across the health and social care sector. Split into four parts, it moves step-by-step through each stage of the commissioning cycle established by the Institute: Plan Do Review Analyse Chapters include key terms which support learning, case studies which help you apply the theory to different contexts and exercises which encourage reflection. The book is essential reading for those taking postgraduate courses in commissioning and those studying management and leadership in health and social care at postgraduate level. It is also valuable reading for professionals working in the health and social care sector.

Trauma, Torture and Dissociation

A Psychoanalytic View
Author: Aida Alayarian
Publisher: Karnac Books
ISBN: 1855758768
Category: Psychology
Page: 315
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Part I: Literature review. Chapter One: Introduction to literature review, Chapter two: Methodology, Chapter Three: Psychological trauma, Chapter four: Literature and post traumatic stress disorder, Chapter five: Resilience, Chapter six: Dissociation, Chapter seven: A non-clinical encounter, Part II Case studies. Chapter eight: Introduction to case studies, Chapter nine: Case One: Farina, Chapter ten: Case two: Daniel, Chapter eleven: Discussion and results. References. Index

Verletzlichkeit macht stark

Wie wir unsere Schutzmechanismen aufgeben und innerlich reich werden
Author: Brené Brown
Publisher: Kailash Verlag
ISBN: 3641106788
Category: Self-Help
Page: 336
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Selbstliebe statt Perfektionismus In einer Welt, in der die Furcht zu versagen zur zweiten Natur geworden ist, erscheint Verletzlichkeit als gefährlich. Doch das Gegenteil ist der Fall: Die renommierte Psychologin Brené Brown zeigt, dass Verletzlichkeit der Ort ist, wo Liebe, Zugehörigkeit, Freude und Kreativität entstehen. Unter ihrer behutsamen Anleitung erforschen wir unsere Ängste und entwickeln eine machtvolle neue Vision, die uns ermutigt, Großes zu wagen.

Stress, Coping, and Resiliency in Children and Families

Author: E. Mavis Hetherington,Elaine A. Blechman
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1317780140
Category: Psychology
Page: 256
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Concern with stress and coping has a long history in biomedical, psychological and sociological research. The inadequacy of simplistic models linking stressful life events and adverse physical and psychological outcomes was pointed out in the early 1980s in a series of seminal papers and books. The issues and theoretical models discussed in this work shaped much of the subsequent research on this topic and are reflected in the papers in this volume. The shift has been away from identifying associations between risks and outcomes to a focus on factors and processes that contribute to diversity in response to risks. Based on the Family Research Consortium's fifth summer institute, this volume focuses on stress and adaptability in families and family members. The papers explore not only how a variety of stresses influence family functioning but also how family process moderates and mediates the contribution of individual and environmental risk and protective factors to personal adjustment. They reveal the complexity of current theoretical models, research strategies and analytic approaches to the study of risk, resiliency and vulnerability along with the central role risk, family process and adaptability play in both normal development and childhood psychopathology.

Grabbing Power

The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras
Author: Tanya M Kerssen
Publisher: Food First Books
ISBN: 0935028447
Category: Social Science
Page: 188
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Grabbing Power explores the history of agribusiness and land conflicts in Northern Honduras focusing on the Aguán Valley, where peasant movements battle large palm oil producers for the right to land. In the wake of a military coup that overthrew Honduran president Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, rural communities in the Aguán have been brutally repressed, with over 60 people killed in just over two years. United States military aid--spent in the name of the War on Drugs--fuels the Honduran government's ability to repress its people. A strong and inspiring movement for land, food and democracy has grown over the last two years, and it shows no sign of backing down.

Open Subjects: English Renaissance Republicans, Modern Selfhoods and the Virtue of Vulnerability

English Renaissance Republicans, Modern Selfhoods and the Virtue of Vulnerability
Author: James Kuzner
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748647104
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 232
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Studies of the republican legacy have proliferated in recent years, always to argue for a polity that cultivates the virtues, protections, and entitlements which foster the self's ability to simulate an invulnerable existence. James Kuzner's original new study of writing by Spenser, Shakespeare, Marvell and Milton is the first to present a genealogy for the modern self in which its republican origins can be understood far more radically. In doing so, the study is also the first to draw radical and republican thought into sustained conversation, and to locate a republic for which vulnerability is, unexpectedly, as much what community has to offer as it is what community guards against. At a time when the drive to safeguard citizens has gathered enough momentum to justify almost any state action, Open Subjects questions whether vulnerability is the evil we so often believe it to be.

The Truth is Longer Than a Lie

Children's Experiences of Abuse and Professional Interventions
Author: Neerosh Mudaly,Christopher Goddard
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1843103176
Category: Social Science
Page: 188
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'The Truth is Longer Than a Lie' provides important insights into children's experiences of abuse & their perception of professional intervention. The authors' promote the emerging child-centred approach to research, which provides children with an opportunity to talk about abuse & its effects on their lives.

Vulnerability and Marginality in Human Services

Author: Mark Henrickson,Christa Fouché
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317000870
Category: Social Science
Page: 158
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Vulnerability has traditionally been conceived as a dichotomised status, where an individual by reason of a personal characteristic is classified as vulnerable or not. However, vulnerability is not static, and most, if not all, people are vulnerable at some time in their lives. Similarly, marginality is a social construct linked to power and control. Marginalised populations are relegated to the perimeters of power by legal and political structures and limited access to resources. Neither are fixed or essential categories. This book draws on international research and scholarship related to these constructs, exploring vulnerability and marginality as they intersect with power and privilege. This exploration is undertaken through the lenses of intimacy and sexuality to consider vulnerability and marginality in the most personal of ways. This includes examining these concepts in relation to a range of professions, including social work, psychology, nursing, and allied health. A strong emphasis on the fluidity and complexity of vulnerability and marginality across cultures and at different times makes this a unique contribution to scholarship in this field. This is essential reading for students and researchers involved with social work, social policy, sociology, and gender and sexuality studies.

Vulnerability in Developing Countries

Author: Wim A. Naudé,Amelia Uliafnova Santos Paulino,Mark McGillivray
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789280811711
Category: Social Science
Page: 321
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More than a billion people live in extreme poverty, and many face the possibility of never escaping from it. Millions more may be at risk of falling into poverty. These risks are exacerbated by natural hazards, ill-health, and macroeconomic volatility. This massive, widespread vulnerability to poverty has become one of the defining challenges of our times. To effectively combat it, we need to better understand vulnerability, particularly in developing countries where people do not have the same bulwarks against risks as those in more developed nations. Through essays from leading scholars, this volume focuses on critical dimensions of vulnerability in developing countries, such as its relationship with poverty, and vulnerability arising from poor health and external shocks. Reflecting the multidimensionality of vulnerability, it showcases a variety of methodologies that offer new perspectives on the notion of vulnerability in economic development. Case studies range from some of the largest countries in the world, such as China and India, to countries in transition, small island states, and failing states. This book is a timely reminder of what remains to be done to reduce the risk of poverty.

Psychoenvironmental Forces in Substance Abuse Prevention

Author: Lorand B. Szalay,Jean Bryson Strohl,Kathleen T. Doherty
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780306459634
Category: Medical
Page: 360
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Psychological vulnerabilities and environment influences are the most powerful forces shaping the behavior and choices of students to use harmful substances. This book employs computer-assisted Associative Group Analysis technology of comparative imaging and cognitive mapping to identify these factors and offers new perspectives for more comprehensive risk assessments and effective prevention.