News Archive. July-August 2012

Poverty Is Spreading At Record Level In The U.S.

Poverty is spreading at record level across the U.S., including suburbs, such as Colorado, Florida and Nevada, where voters are coping with a new norm of living hand to mouth. Census figures for 2011 will be released before the November elections. The economists and academics came to conclusion that the official poverty rate will rise from 15.1 % in 2010 to 15.7 %. However, even a 0.1 percentage point increase would put poverty at the highest level since 1965 - the ranks of America's poor climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century.

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization

The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of GlobalizationThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization (5 volumes) by George Ritzer (editor) (Wonderbook of July 2012) published by Wiley in 2012. This encyclopedia contains over 600 entries and demonstrates that globalization is a term that encompasses systems, structures, and processes across a broad range of social contexts and academic disciplines. Globalization as a term speaks for everyone. Many feminists and postcolonial thinkers argue that the processes of globalization do not affect all nations, regions, people in the same manner. Global mobilities, capabilities, and potentialities are differentially experience throughout a 'power-geometry'. Two decades ago, it would have been impossible to create an encyclopedia of globalization. The origins of this encyclopedia lie in the first decade of the 21st century. A great number of very contemporary concepts are treated in these pages including such as casino-politanism, cathedrals of consumption, civilization, creolization, cyberspace, deglobalization, disembedding, distanciation, easternization, empire, flatworld, flexibilization, flows, frictions, globophilia, grobalization, human trafficking, hyperreality, imagined communities, informationalism, insourcing, liquidity, non-place and place, runaway world, sex segregation, much more. In many cases, the concepts covered in this encyclopedia were developed in contemporary work on globalization, however, in other cases they originated in different contexts. This encyclopedia offers the readers a strong sense of globalization and of a wide range of social-science concepts. Every moment, the globalization is expanding and changing. As a result, all the entries will need to be modified in the coming years. The present encyclopedia examines the founding theories and addresses the realities of globalization today. George Ritzer is the author of numerous books, he is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland with awards, including American Sociological Association's Distinguished Contribution to Teaching Award.

New Titles from Focal Press

Light & Lens, Focal PressLight And Lens: Photography in the Digital Age (2nd ed) by Robert Hirsch with Greg Erf published by Focal Press in 2012. This book pursues the conceptual stance that camera vision remains the primary skill of a photo-based imagemaker. It is highlighting the composition, light, design as the strategic elements of photographic seeing. This account explores the theory, history and methods of digital image making, translating the enduring aesthetics of art photography into the digital realm. It will teach you to analyze, discuss, and write about photographs. You will learn with exercises by leading educators to solve the visual problems and overcome image challenges. You also will learn new strategies to master design, light, and composition, much more. This book covers the fundamental concepts of image making. Robert Hirsch contributes articles, reviews, and interviews to national and international photographic publications. He is an imagemaker, historian, writer, critic. Greg Erf is on the Board of the Capitol Art Foundation that manages New Mexico’s historic and contemporary art collection. He is an accomplished imagemaker.
Mixing Audio, Focal PressMixing Audio: Concepts, Practices and Tools by Roey Izhaki (2nd ed) published by Focal Press in 2012. The 90 significantly reshaped much of the way music is made, produced, recorded, mixed and distributed. Mixing is an essential catalyst for a record deal. Despite the monumental importance of mixing, resources have always been lacking. This book was conceived to fill the gap, it exposes the greatest misconception that exists about mixing. It is wrongly assumed that mixing is a purely technical service, and some declare that mixing is simply a remedy for imperfect recordings. This account teaches the importance of a mixing vision and how to craft and evaluate your mix, and how to make a step further. It is fully updated with the current plug-in software version and information; contains a new
sample mix: Rock n’ Roll; offers a companion website with a multitude of new samples including more macro-mixing samples, more. Roey Izhaki is lecturing in the Audio Engineering department at SAE Institute, London. He has been involved with mixing since 1992.

July-August, 2012 in Scandinavia House, New York

Scandinavia House continues its popular Nordic crime series featuring Varg Veum II, film adaptations of Norwegian writer Gunnar Staalesen’s crime novels. This contemporary thriller series is about hard-boiled private investigator Varg Veum, it is distinguished by dark humor, sharp characterization, and unremitting tension. The first installments of Varg Veum screened at Scandinavia House in summer 2009. During the last twenty years, Staalesen has published 13 Varg Veum novels and 2 collections of short stories, and has become a household name with the Norwegian crime fiction audience. This Norwegian writer has talent for hard-boiled noir and his Varg Veum novels are now published in 13 countries, including Germany, Sweden, Denmark, France, England, and Italy. Staalesen has written more than 35 books. He received a number of prestigious Scandinavian awards and is known for his talent to create complex and exciting crime plots, and drawing attention to social injustices through his lone-wolf hero.

New Books from Stata

Interpreting and Visualizing Regression Models Using StataInterpreting and Visualizing Regression Models Using Stata by Michael N. Mitchell published by Stata Press in 2012. This book illustrates linear models with continuous predictors, interactions of continuous predictors, categorical predictors, interactions of categorical predictors, and interactions of continuous and categorical predictors. It provides simple and clearexamples illustrating how to interpret and visualize a wide variety of regression models. This account includes over 180 figures and illustrates how to interpret results from multilevel models, models where time is a continuous predictor, models with time as a categorical predictor, nonlinear models and models involving complex survey data. The examples illustrate the use of the Stata margins, margins plot, contrast, more. Michael Mitchell is the author, he is a senior statistical in disaster preparedness and response. A Gentle Introduction to Stata, Stata PressA Gentle Introduction to Stata (3rd ed) by Alan C. Acock published by Stata Press in 2012. This is organized like the unfolding of a researchproject. edition includes a new chapter on working values and includes the multiple-imputation procedure that became available in Stata in 2011. Also, a material on how to do a power analysis has been added to the presentation of many applications. You will learn to enter and manage date and to do basic descriptive statistics and graphical analysis; how to perform standard statistical procedures from t tests, nonparametric tests, and measures of association through NOVA, multiple regression, more. This book is for people who have a strong background in statistics. Alan Acock has published more than 120 articles in journals. He is a sociologist and a University Distinguished Professor of Family Science in the College of Health and Human Science at Oregon State University.

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