Monday, May 11, 2015

Middle Class Moves Up on Presidential Campaign Agenda

Ordinary Americans are in the spotlight in the current campaign for the White House ("Why 'Middle-Class Economics' Has Moved Front and Center for 2016," The Christian Science Monitor, April 22, 2015). Both Republicans and Democrats seem to be courting the middle class with talk of bettering their situation through economic reforms.

Review selected hard copy and online library books related to the middle class at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • American Dream
  • income distribution United States
  • middle class United States
  • social classes United States
  • social mobility United States
(1:43 minutes) from the Films on Demand video database - Films Media Group, 2014.
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"(Senator Elizabeth) Warren discusses how Washington only works for the wealthy. She calls for increased minimum wage and lowered student loan interest rates—issues Republicans refuse to compromise on." - video excerpt

Middle Class Meltdown in America: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies by Kevin T. Leicht and Scott T. Fitzgerald
Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
call number: 305.55 Lei

". . .This short text provides a sociological understanding of the causes and consequences of growing middle class inequality, with an abundance of supporting, empirical data. The book also addresses what we, as individuals and as a society, can do to put middle class Americans on a sounder footing." - publisher's summary excerpt

The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America by David Dante Troutt
New York University Press, 2013.
call number: 305.509 Tro

"Many American communities, especially the working and middle class, are facing chronic problems: fiscal stress, urban decline, environmental sprawl, failing schools, mass incarceration, political isolation, disproportionate foreclosures, and severe public health risks. . .Through a careful presentation of this crisis at the national level and also through on-the-ground observation in communities like Newark, Detroit, Houston, Oakland, and New York City that all face similar hardships, he makes the case that America's tendency to separate into enclaves in urban areas or to sprawl off on one's own in suburbs gravely undermines the American dream. . .The Price of Paradise is a multilayered exploration of the legal, economic, and cultural forces that contribute to the squeeze on the middle class, the hidden dangers of growing income and wealth inequality, and environmentally unsustainable growth and consumption patterns." - publisher's summary excerpt


Monday, January 12, 2015

Terrorism Not New to France

Almost half of the 500 terrorist acts in Europe last year were in France ("France Frequent Target of Islamic Extremist Terrorism," Voice of America, January 8, 2015). But terrorism on the scale of the recent Charlie Hebdo attacks started in 1995 when eight people were killed and over one hundred people were hurt in a bomb explosion on a Paris train.

Review selected hard copy and online library books related to terrorism at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Islamic fundamentalism
  • national security
  • Qaida
  • terrorism
  • terrorists
(2:38 minutes) from the Films on Demand video database - Films Media Group, 2009.
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"Terrorism is unlawful violence directed at civilians and it's designed to create a culture of fear in a society. Terrorist attacks are mostly caused by small groups who are motivated by political or religious conviction. The main effect of a terrorist attack is psychological. They aim to destroy public confidence in national security. . ." - video excerpt

Debating Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Conflicting Perspectives on Causes, Contexts, and Responses (2nd edition) edited by Stuart Gottlieb
SAGE, 2014.
call number: 363.325 Deb

"With topics ranging from the root causes of terrorism, the role of religion in terrorism, whether suicide terrorism is ever justified, whether the spread of democracy can help defeat terrorism, and what trade-offs, if any, should exist between security and civil liberties, Gottlieb's outstanding cast of contributors returns in this edition, compelling students to wrestle with the conflicting perspectives that define the field." - publisher's summary

Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War by James Risen
Houghton, 2014.
call number: 973.931 Ris

"Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Risen...asks how far America will go in the effort to fight terror...A sensational indictment of the violence and avarice that have plagued America's war on terror since September 11, 2001." - Library Journal review excerpt

Norton, 2013.
call number: 297.09 Ben

"Algerian American Bennoune...looks at the everyday resistance of ordinary Muslims to religious fundamentalism...She recounts how a broad spectrum of Muslims, ranging from educators, journalists, lawyers, and women's rights activists to a comic book creator and street vendors, wage a persistent struggle against fundamentalists who seek to redefine Islamic cosmopolitanism into their own narrow and intolerant version of religious discourse." - Library Journal review excerpt


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Domestic Violence Spills into the Workplace

While NFL is still dealing with the issue of players who perpetrate domestic abuse, they are not the only employers who must face this dilemma. In fact, most employers do not have policies for handling abusers, but instead focus on the victims ("Domestic Violence: The NFL Isn't the Only Workplace With a Problem," NBC News, September 22, 2014). Although there are an estimated "13,000 acts of violence against women in the workplace every year," companies are encouraged to address this issue with policies that protect employees.

Review selected hard copy and online library books related to domestic violence at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library.

Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • abused women
  • family violence
  • intimate partner violence
photo of couple
(3:12 minutes) from the Films on Demand video database - Films Media Group, 2013.
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Domestic Violence book cover"Healthy relationships are built on respect and trust; one person should not wield power over another. Dating abuse usually follows a pattern that escalates to extreme abuse. . ." - producer summary

Domestic Violence edited by Louise I. Gerdes
Greenhaven, 2012.
call number: 362.829 Dom
"This book is a collection of articles in which authors debate whether domestic violence is a serious problem, whether teen dating violence is a serious problem, and whether economic downturns amplify problems that can lead to domestic violence." - publisher's summary

A Safe Place book cover
A Safe Place for Women: Surviving Domestic Abuse and Creating a Successful Future by Kelly White
Hunter House, 2011.
call number: 362.829 Whi
"It's the story of one woman's ordeal with an abusive husband and how she gained the strength to leave him and thrive in a new life with her children. Noted women's advocate Kelly White unsparingly revisits the dark periods of her husband's irrational, violent moods. Her narrative makes clear why women often stay in such situations." - and also how to end them.