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Contemporary Issues in South African Military Psychology

By Nicole Dodd,Petrus C. Bester,Justin van der Merwe
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  • Publisher : African Sun Media
  • Pages : 252
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Contemporary Issues in South African Military Psychology, is a well‑timed, extremely thought-provoking, imperative, particular to the African context, and deals with a highly contemporary issue within the people management and the management studies fields specifically in the military field and context. This is specifically of importance as military psychology is a behavioural science that combines theory and practical application. - Prof Karel Stanz, University of Pretoria

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  • Category : Psychology
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Discover a wealth of issues in the field of consulting psychologywith this landmark book. Explore key topics in assessment andevaluation, building teams, executive coaching, career counseling,interpersonal conflicts and relationships, benefit design,personality testing, and much more. Learn to delineate and betterunderstand the wide array of information you are faced with, andbecome more adept and knowledgeable in the field of consultingpsychology. This comprehensive volume has expert contributorsrecruited by the volume's editor--himself an eminent educator andpractitioner in the field. You will get: * Special issues in consulting to specific types of organizationsincluding industry, schools, government, non-profit, andinternational * Informative guidelines for professional practiceprocedures * Organized sections on individual, group and organizationalissues * And much more!

Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences

By Angelo Flynn,Sherianne Kramer
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  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Book Code : 1776143566
  • Total of Pages : 528
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 481
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Social science researchers in the global South, and in South Africa particularly, utilise research methods in innovative ways in order to respond to contexts characterised by diversity, racial and political tensions, socioeconomic disparities and gender inequalities. These methods often remain undocumented – a gap that this book starts to address. Written by experts from various methodological fields, Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences is a comprehensive collation of original essays and cutting-edge research that demonstrates the variety of novel techniques and research methods available to researchers responding to these context-bound issues. It is particularly relevant for study and research in the fields of applied psychology, sociology, ethnography, biography and anthropology. In addition to their unique combination of conceptual and application issues, the chapters also include discussions on ethical considerations relevant to the method in similar global South contexts. Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences has much to offer to researchers, professionals and others involved in social science research both locally and internationally.

African Standby Force

By Francois VreA
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  • Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
  • Book Code : 1928357571
  • Total of Pages : 226
  • Category : History
  • Members : 339
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Standby forces of the African Union are expected to deploy rapidly into high-intensity conflict zones. Inherently they stem from and are expected to work effectively with regional militaries of differing capabilities. But first, the AU has to muster the political will to deploy the force at all and do it all on a shoestring budget. VreA and Mandrup's edited volume illuminates through the chapter contributions the breadth of challenging political hurdles that the African Union's African Standby Force faces. They do this in clear and readable terms. This important book is imperative for anyone seeking to understand the rapid deployment forces on which African states have optimistically pinned the future of their collective security aspirations.

Military Unionism In The Post-Cold War Era

By Richard Bartle,Lindy Heinecken
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134172656
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : History
  • Members : 279
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This unique study of military unionism shows how the changing nature of present day conflicts has made soldier representation more important then ever. This new collection of essays clearly establish the key factors in the military union debate in recent years and highlight the mechanisms different armed forces have created to deal with the aspirations of their members. Core issues covered include: the nature of organizational and force restructuring since the end of the Cold War the new structures of military employment changes in value systems, such as rising individualism and the new culture of recruits legal, political, social and economic factors driving the debate. Placing military unionism in comparative perspective, these chapters provide the reader with an excellent basis for the examination of international military unionism from the viewpoint of countries with no unions, those recently unionised and those unionised for some time. This new book will be of great interest to students, researchers and professionals in military studies, defence management and sociology of the armed forces.

Cultural Diversity in the Armed Forces

By Joseph L. Soeters,Jan Van der Meulen
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134164955
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 697
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This volume explores ethnicity and gender developments in relation to the military. In some countries, the armed forces have a long history in responding to ethnic diversity, while elsewhere it has come up only recently as a policy issue. An even-handed representation of ethnic minorities in the military is recognized as crucial for enhancing its social legitimacy and professional quality. The same can be said about the integration of women in the military, which during a few decades across the board has grown into more than just another issue of personnel policies. Indeed with regard to gender, the symbolism and sensitivities surrounding core identities are at stake – as with the presence of gays and lesbians in the military. Written by experts in the field, the chapters cover fourteen countries around the world: the USA, Canada, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, South-Africa, Eritrea, India, Israel, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. Taken together, the armed forces of these countries offer a fascinating mix of similarities and differences in the ways they try to manage cultural diversity. Cultural Diversity in the Armed Forces will be of interest to students and scholars of military studies, sociology, gender and political science.

Ethics and Values in Social Work

By Allan Edward Barsky
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0190678135
  • Total of Pages : 504
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 812
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Social work ethics provide practitioners with guidance on how to promote social work values such as respect, social justice, human relationships, service, competence, and integrity. Students entering the profession need to develop a real-world understanding of how to apply these values in practice while also managing the dilemmas that arise when social workers, clients, and others encounter conflicting values and ethical obligations. Ethics and Values in Social Work offers a comprehensive set of teaching and learning materials to help students develop the knowledge, self-awareness, and critical thinking skills required to handle values and ethical issues in all levels of practice--individual, family, group, organization, community, and social policy. BSW and MSW students will particularly appreciate how complex ethical obligations and theories have been translated into plain language. Additionally, the comprehensive set of case examples and exercises provides realistic scenarios to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills across a range of practice situations.

Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy, and the Public Sphere

By Umut Korkut,Gregg Bucken-Knapp,Robert Henry Cox,Kesi Mahendran
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137495782
  • Total of Pages : 235
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 839
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This book studies the dynamics of political discourse in governance processes. It demonstrates the process in which political discourses become normative mechanisms, first marking socially constructed realities in politics, second playing a role in delineating the subsequent policy frames, and third influencing the public sphere.

Ethical Leadership

By Gordon E Dames
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  • Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
  • Book Code : 1920338020
  • Total of Pages : 159
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 580
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?Ethical Leadership and the Challenges of Moral Transformation is both challenging and timely. It is published at a critical period in the history of South Africa and the world as we face leadership challenges in the political and economic context. ?I recommend this book to anybody interested in new engagements with the real world through the art of morality.? - Prof H Russel Botman

Perspectives on Violence and Othering in India

By R.C. Tripathi,Purnima Singh
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 8132226135
  • Total of Pages : 237
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 880
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This volume brings together important and original perspectives from South Asia on the relationship between violence---an increasingly important issue in multicultural societies---and the process of othering. The contributors state that societies create 'others' through deliberate acts of selection over a period of time. The objective of the process of othering is to deny rights and privileges that one sets for one's own group. This volume affirms that central to the understanding of violence in any society is the understanding of othering processes. Violence and nonviolence are influenced by the nature of othering processes as well as the kinds of others in a society. Groups engaged in mutual othering are also the ones that are often involved in violent relationships. Renowned scholars from diverse fields provide multidisciplinary perspectives on violence and othering, discussing the concepts of violence and nonviolence in multicultural societies, communal harmony, constructions of the other, truth commissions, state censorship of 'sensitive' issues, fundamentalism and secularism in multifaith societies, and specific cases from recent violence-prone areas. This volume focuses on the South Asian, and more specifically, the Indian context, but is relevant for researchers seeking to understand these issues anywhere in the world.