Book Digest: Mental health impact of COVID-19, the revolution after it and more

Network of communication in South Africa to a comprehensive overview of environemntal justice, DTE tracks new books on environment and development from leading authors  

By DTE Staff
Published: Saturday 17 October 2020

Environmental Justice: Key Issues | Brendan Coolsaet |Routledge | July 7, 2020

This is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive and accessible overview of environmental justice, one of the most dynamic fields in environmental politics scholarship.

The rapidly growing body of research in this area has brought about a proliferation of approaches; as such, the breadth and depth of the field can sometimes be a barrier for aspiring environmental justice students and scholars.

Media Activist Research Ethics: Global Approaches to Negotiating Power in Social Justice Research | Sandra Jeppesen, Paola Sartoretto | Palgrave Macmillan | September 2, 2020

The authors map complex ethical dilemmas in social justice research practices in media and communication. They critically analyse power dynamics that arise when building equitable research relations with media activists, social movements, and cultural producers, considering issues of access, control, affective labour, reciprocal critiques, and movement pedagogies.

The book probes into the ethical challenges faced when horizontal relations inadvertently create conflicts leading to oppressive communication; when affective demands generate non-reciprocal relations of care; and when participant anonymity has to be balanced with self-expression and voice.

Networks of Communication in South Africa: New Media, New Technologies | R Sooryamoorthy | Cambridge University Press | November 12, 2020

Within a short period of time, South Africa has made remarkable progress in the adoption of mobile and internet technologies.

Based on pioneering quantitative and qualitative data, the author analyses trends in changing media use in Africa, showing the development of the use of new media for communication by South Africans of all ages, races and genders in relation to the development of media infrastructure, its cost and government policy.

COVID-19: Managing Your Mental Health | Amisha Yadav | October 11, 2020

This book is an effort to make you understand how important is our mental health and how to manage the mental, emotional and physiological challenges that we all may be facing.

The Revolution After COVID-19: The Impact of Coronavirus on Economy, Politics, Environment and Religions | Kayyali Mohamed | October 8, 2020

The book is covering the negative and positive impact of COVID 19, what the economic fight from coronavirus could look like — how small businesses can continue to exist the coronavirus outbreak, the political impacts of COVID-19, the environmental impact of pandemic, how people act towards religions and what experts says about the impact and what they predict.

The Affective Negotiation of Slum Tourism: City Walks in Delhi | Tore Holst | Routledge | August 14, 2020

Each year, approximately a million tourists visit slum areas on guided tours as a part of their holiday to Asia, Africa or Latin America. This book analyses the cultural encounters that take place between slum tourists and former street children, who work as tour guides for a local NGO in Delhi, India.

Reaching the Urban Poor: Project Implementation in Developing Countries | G Shabbir Cheema | Routledge | November 9, 2020

This book comprises nine case studies of urban programmes and projects in Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea, India, and Sri Lanka focuses on impediments to slum upgrading.

The authors discuss each project’s evolution, the capabilities and resources of implementing agencies, the problems of interagency relationships and coordination, costs and funding, the difficulties of developing effective linkages with poor communities, and the accessibility of the new services to the urban poor.


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