New Books by Mason Faculty

Posted: September 19, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Faculty members have recently published books on topics ranging from teenage culture and African Americans in sports to peace building, hate speech and conflict analysis. A synopsis of each follows.

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In “Fast Cars, Cool Rides: The Accelerating World of Youth and Their Cars” (New York University Press, 2005), Amy Best, associate professor of sociology, provides a fascinating account of kids and car culture. Drawing on interviews with more than 100 young men and women ages 15-24, and five years of research cruising hot spots, sitting in on auto shop classes, and attending car shows, Best offers a rich portrait of the complex and sometimes surprising roles cars play in the lives of young Americans. Best is the author of “Prom Night: Youth, Schools, and Popular Culture,” winner of the 2002 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award.

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Daniel Druckman, professor of conflict resolution, wrote “Doing Research: Methods of Inquiry for Conflict Analysis” (Sage, 2005). This book is the first research methods text devoted to conflict analysis and resolution, presenting both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the design and analysis of problems of conflict and related issues in the social sciences. The book includes a discussion of the philosophical foundations for research, including guidelines on how best to develop research questions, and provides recommendations for how these questions can be addressed with a variety of methodologies (15 in all). Linda Seligmann, professor of anthropology, contributed a chapter as well.

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In his book “Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation” (University of Chicago Press, 2005), Jon Gould, associate professor of public and international affairs, argues that the emergence of speech codes can be tied to the desire of college administrators to show they will not accept attitudes of intolerance. Gould also argues that such speech codes have influenced the curtailing of speech in the media and other nonacademic institutions.

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In his book “Peacebuilding in Postconflict Societies: Strategy and Process” (Lynee Rienner Publishers, 2005), Ho-Won Jeong, associate professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, discusses the issues presented by peace-making efforts, and suggests ways that societies torn apart by conflict can be transformed socially, politically and economically.

For their book “The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport” (University of Illinois Press, 2005) David Wiggins, chair of the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism, and Patrick B. Miller gathered together more than 100 primary source documents that span the history of African Americans in sports, including commentaries by Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Each document is introduced and annotated by Wiggins and Miller, providing historical background to view each inclusion in its proper context. A part of the University of Illinois’ book series “Sports and Society,” the book was recently released in paperback.

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In his novel “Hear Him Roar” (Utah State University Press, 2005), Andrew Wingfield, assistant professor at New Century College, tells the story of Charlie Sayers, a wildlife biologist on the verge of retirement. When a cougar attacks a jogger in western U.S. city, Sayers is drawn into a conflict between the maintenance of wildlife habitat and the increasing development of such areas.

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