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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice

The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice, by Victor E. Kappeler and Gary W. Potter

The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice

“The social construction of crime is often out of proportion to the threat posed. The media and advocacy groups shine a spotlight on some crimes and ignore others. Street crime is highlighted as putting everyone at risk of victimization, while the greater social harms from corporate malfeasance receive far less attention.
Social arrangements dictate what is defined as crime and the punishments for those who engage in the proscribed behavior. Interest groups promote their agendas by appealing to public fears. Justifications often have no basis in fact, but the public accepts the exaggerations and blames the targeted offenders. The net-widening effect of more laws and more punishment catches those least able to defend themselves.
This innovative alternative to traditional textbooks provides insightful observations of myths and trends in criminal justice. Fourteen chapters challenge misconceptions about specific crimes or aspects of the criminal justice system. Kappeler and Potter dissect popular images of crimes and criminals in a cogent, compelling, and engaging manner. They trace the social construction of each issue and identify the misleading statistics and fears that form the basis of myths—and the collateral damage of basing policies on mythical beliefs. The authors encourage skepticism about commonly accepted beliefs, offer readers a fresh perspective, and urge them to analyze important issues from novel vantage points.”

- From the publisher’s website: https://www.waveland.com/browse.php?t=282.

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Nostalgia Notes: Library Staff Saves Fallen Commuter

From the Fall 2006 edition of Library Notes

Eric Moy Saves Fallen Commuter

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive – Check out this primary source collection of the slavery system from the 16th through the 19th centuries.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: From Bacteria to Bach and Back

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, by Daniel C. Dennett

From Bacteria to Bach and Back

“For five decades, Dennett (cognitive studies, Tufts Univ.; Darwin's Dangerous Idea; Consciousness Explained) has been writing about the implications of Darwinian evolution, the origin of language, and the evolution of the human mind. His main objective here is to show that humans are different from all other species, primarily because memes--in the form of words--transformed our brains into minds. (The term meme was originally coined by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene and refers to a unit of culturally transmitted information.) Drawing upon research and concepts from the fields of computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, evolutionary biology, theoretical linguistics, and information science, Dennett brilliantly uses analogy, metaphor, and counterintuitive reasoning to construct his arguments. Verdict: This sweeping examination of biological and cultural evolution as seen through a philosopher's lens is highly recommended for academics as well as nonspecialists who enjoy Dawkins, Steven Pinker, and Douglas Hofstadter.”

- Knight, Cynthia Lee. "Dennett, Daniel C. From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds." Library Journal 141.20 (2016): 119.

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Circulation Tip: Browse the 14-Day Permanent Reserve

Additional copies of textbooks as well as outdated editions of currently used textbooks are available in the Permanent Reserve Textbook Collection for a 14-day loan.

Faculty Fridays: Librarian Posts on Open @ CUNY Blog

Read the work of our librarians, Liz Jardine and Ann Matsuuchi, on Open @ CUNY blog

Librarian Posts on Open CUNY Blog

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Entanglement

Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, by Emma Tarlo


“When it's not attached to your head, your very own hair takes on a disconcerting quality. Suddenly, it is strange. And yet hair finds its way into all manner of unexpected places, far from our heads, including cosmetics, clothes, ropes, personal and public collections, and even food. Whether treated as waste or as gift, relic, sacred offering or commodity in a billion-dollar industry for wigs and hair extensions, hair has many stories to tell.
Collected from Hindu temples and Buddhist nunneries and salvaged by the strand from waste heaps and the combs of long-haired women, hair flows into the industry from many sources. Entering this strange world, Emma Tarlo travels the globe, tracking its movement across India, Myanmar, China, Africa, the United States, Britain and Europe, where she meets people whose livelihoods depend on hair. Viewed from inside Chinese wig factories, Hindu temples and the villages of Myanmar, or from Afro hair fairs, Jewish wig parlours, fashion salons and hair loss clinics in Britain and the United States, hair is oddly revealing of the lives of all it touches.
From fashion and beauty to religion, politics and cultural identity, Emma Tarlo explores just how much our locks and curls tell us about who we are. Full of surprising revelations and penetrating insights, Entanglement will change the way you see hair forever.”

- From the book jacket.

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Retro Thursdays: A Warm Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15

Martin Luther King Jr.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Excellent Daughters

Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World, by Katherine Zoepf

Hallelujah Anyway

“Zoepf, a journalist who has covered the Middle East for the New York Times, fluidly merges memoir with reportage while showing the Arab world from a unique perspective: that of an American woman who managed to win uncommonly intimate access to urban Muslim women in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates between 2004 and 2011. Zoepf's Arabic, along with her "glimpses behind [the] closed doors" of women's spaces, lends authority to her lucid accounts of Islamic history, practices, and controversies. Though she covers some widely publicized events, such as the 2007 "honor killing" of a Damascus woman and the 1990 protests in which Riyadh women defied Saudi law by driving cars, her focus is on day-to-day aspects of women's lives: the showfa (the "viewing," literally, of a newly engaged Saudi woman), the hijab, the Qubaisiate (a fundamentalist women's prayer group), the difficulties of finding employment, and the obsession with female chastity (including forcible "virginity testing"). Mindful that "strange as I'd found it at first, life in this women-only world must have its own consolations," her work acknowledges that some women accept and find value in strict traditional mores. In her absorbing, window-opening book, Zoepf reveals the variety of women's lives and interests away from political headlines and conventional stereotypes, and their power, often by small steps, to transform their world.”

- "Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World." Publishers Weekly, 12 Oct. 2015, p. 56+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A435387824/AONE?u=cuny_laguardia&sid=AONE&xid=bcde93fc.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Hallelujah Anyway

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, by Anne Lamott

Hallelujah Anyway

“With her trademark humor and candor, Lamott (Help, Thanks, Wow) explores the scriptural imperative from Old Testament Prophet Micah to “love mercy,” reviewing both the difficulties and the life-changing rewards of obeying this mandate. Casting a fresh eye on well-known biblical figures such as Jonah, the Good Samaritan, and Lazarus, Lamott drolly attests to the subversive yet sustaining power of simple acts of kindness in the face of life’s inevitable devastations: “This collective, imperfect, hesitant help is another kind of miracle. Naturally one wants to avoid these kinds of miracles.” Lamott’s collective first-person voice makes generalizations that may not resonate with all her readers (“Learning to read gave us a true oasis, salvation”), but in revealing her painful personal struggles, she taps into universal feelings. For example, Lamott recalls the fallout brought on by a “snarky public comment” she made that not only elicited public castigation (“My attackers were like a mob with pitchforks, shaming adorable, progressive me”) but, worse, caused an excruciating rift with her son. As in previous works, Lamott’s courageous honesty and humility, laced with wit and compassion, offer wisdom and hope for difficult times.”

- "Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy." Publishers Weekly, 13 Feb. 2017, p. 69. Academic OneFile, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A482198234/AONE?u=cuny_laguardia&sid=AONE&xid=4584f938.

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