New eBooks for July Reading

Need some ideas for summer reading? Check out these ebook titles recently acquired by the RLB Library:

Junaluska : Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community (2020) edited by Susan E. Keefe and Junaluska Heritage Association.

“Junaluska is one of the oldest African American communities in western North Carolina and one of the few surviving today. After Emancipation, many former slaves in Watauga County became sharecroppers, were allowed to clear land and to keep a portion, or bought property outright, all in the segregated neighborhood on the hill overlooking the town of Boone, North Carolina. Land and home ownership have been crucial to the survival of this community, whose residents are closely interconnected as extended families and neighbors. Missionized by white Krimmer Mennonites in the early twentieth century, their church is one of a handful of African American Mennonite Brethren churches in the United States, and it provides one of the few avenues for leadership in the local black community. Susan Keefe has worked closely with members of the community in editing this book, which is based on three decades of participatory research. These life history narratives adapted from interviews with residents (born between 1885 and 1993) offer a people’s history of the black experience in the southern mountains. Their stories provide a unique glimpse into the lives of African Americans in Appalachia during the 20th century–and a community determined to survive through the next.”

Cybercrime and Digital Deviance (2020) by Roderick S. Graham and ‘Shawn K. Smith.

“Cybercrime and Digital Deviance is a work that combines insights from sociology, criminology, and computer science to explore cybercrimes such as hacking and romance scams, along with forms of cyberdeviance such as pornography addiction, trolling, and flaming. Other issues are explored including cybercrime investigations, organized cybercrime, the use of algorithms in policing, cybervictimization, and the theories used to explain cybercrime. Graham and Smith make a conceptual distinction between a terrestrial, physical environment and a single digital environment produced through networked computers. Conceptualizing the online space as a distinct environment for social interaction links this text with assumptions made in the fields of urban sociology or rural criminology. Students in sociology and criminology will have a familiar entry point for understanding what may appear to be a technologically complex course of study. The authors organize all forms of cybercrime and cyberdeviance by applying a typology developed by David Wall: cybertrespass, cyberdeception, cyberviolence, and cyberpornography. This typology is simple enough for students just beginning their inquiry into cybercrime. Because it is based on legal categories of trespassing, fraud, violent crimes against persons, and moral transgressions it provides a solid foundation for deeper study. Taken together, Graham and Smith’s application of a digital environment and Wall’s cybercrime typology makes this an ideal upper level text for students in sociology and criminal justice. It is also an ideal introductory text for students within the emerging disciplines of cybercrime and cybersecurity.”

The Goods of Design : Professional Ethics for Designers (2021) by Ariel Guersenzvaig.

“What is the true purpose of the design profession? What ends should professional designers pursue? Firmly rooted in the design practice, this lively and accessible book offers a critical vision that enables designers and students of design of all disciplines to reflect on the purpose of their profession. This book makes the case that professional designers should contribute to the promotion of others’ well-being by designing a world in which people can flourish. Using many examples, it helps practitioners and students to analyse the ethics of the work they are asked to do, and guides them in designing material and immaterial artefacts that are conducive to human flourishing. The book also empowers them to discover and analyse the possible moral consequences of their designs, and to act thereupon. If design is, as Herbert Simon argued, ‘concerned with how things ought to be’, the influence designers have over the lives of others should not to be taken lightly”– Provided by publisher.

The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap, Revised and Updated Edition : 6 Steps for Integrating Leadership and Strategy (2021) by Harbir Singh and Michael Useem.

Wharton management professors Harbir Singh and Michael Useem offer a six-point checklist for today’s leaders to follow. They explain how leading strategically will help managers strengthen their capacity to develop strategy and to lead its execution.


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