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Come From Away: Nurses who Immigrated to Newfoundland and Labrador

By Jeanette Walsh and Marilyn Beaton
Breakwater Books

Overseas recruitment of nurses has been part of nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador since Wilfred Grenfell brought two nurses to Labrador in 1893. It is believed that hundreds of nurses have come from away to work, live and sometimes make their home in the province.

This book by School of Nursing faculty members Jeanette Walsh (retired) and Marilyn Beaton shares the stories of 41 nurses who immigrated to Newfoundland and Labrador from 1949-2004 and who made a tremendous contribution to health care in the province.

Their stories shed light on the challenges they encountered in the workplace and with the province's lifestyle and culture. The stories are funny, poignant and highlight the courage and commitment of these nurses along with the strong attachment they grew to have for their adopted home. This is the third volume in a best-selling nursing history series.

 


Parenting after the Death of a Child: A Practitioner's Guide

Jennifer Buckle and Stephen Fleming, Routledge

Parenting after the Death of a Child: A Practitioner's Guide is the title of a recently-published book co-authored by psychology professors Dr. Jennifer Buckle, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Dr. Stephen Fleming, York University. It is published by Routledge in the Death, Dying, and Bereavement series.

"In the midst of their overwhelming grief, how do mothers and fathers continue to parent their surviving children while simultaneously relinquishing the very same role with their deceased child?" said Dr. Buckle.

Parenting after the Death of a Child answers this question and fills a gap in the literature about the impact of the death of a child on parenting surviving children. The research that forms the foundation of this book clearly indicates that bereaved parents engage in an ongoing balancing of grieving and parenting, where each influences the other. Parents do not "recover" or "get over" the death of a child; instead, they pick up the pieces of their lives, shattered by the death of their child, to regenerate their sense of self, their family and their parenting role, forever impacted by the loss. This process of regeneration, clearly described in the text, is a powerful example of the resilience of bereaved parents and the role practitioners can play in facilitating this resilience while addressing the psychological complications that may arise during the process of negotiating the dual roles of parenting and grieving.

"This book is intended for a wide audience of clinicians and health professionals, researchers and educators and bereaved parents. It bridges research and practice, emphasizing useful, practical information derived from the analysis of in-depth interviews with bereaved parents and clinical case studies," said Dr. Buckle.


Civilizing the Wilderness: Culture and Nature in Pre-Confederation Canada and Rupert's Land

A.A. den Otter, University of Alberta Press

Through case studies and biographical material, Dr. A.A. den Otter, professor emeritus, Department of History at Memorial, pursues an elegantly reasoned argument about the ways British newcomers to pre-Confederation Canada viewed the land and its Aboriginal inhabitants.

In this collection of essays, the author looks at definitions of wilderness and civilization that were in vogue during the mid-19th century and examines these words in the social, cultural and intellectual context of the period. Most writers perceived the concepts of civilization and wilderness as opposing poles, defined through conflict, opposition and tension.

Dr. den Otter shows how these definitions affected missionary activities, business enterprises and individual economic pursuits in British North America. Early Victorians in Britain and British North America believed themselves to be civilized, and viewed the wilderness as disorderly and untamed and its Aboriginal inhabitants as savage and primitive. Propelled by their superiority and spurred by an expansionist ideology, they felt a mandate to civilize not only the native Americans but also the wild landscape in which they roamed.

Historians and those with an interest in western Canadian native, settler and environmental-economic history will find Civilizing the Wilderness deeply rewarding.

 


Garrison Town to Commercial City: St. John's, Newfoundland, 1800 to 1900

Compiled and edited by Ronald Rompkey, DRC Publishing

For the city of St. John's, the 19th century was a time when it emerged from its status as garrison community and took on the characteristics of a more industrialized city. In this volume local writers and visitors from 1800 to 1900 recount significant events that contributed to a sense of community in St. John's. Dr. Ronald Rompkey of the Department of English Language and Literature has chosen articles that present a collage of styles and perspectives that give the reader a taste of life as it evolved throughout the 19th century.

The book uses contemporary accounts to depict the establishment of Gower Street, the commercial culture of early St. John's and the effect of the War of 1812 on the city. Eyewitness accounts describe the devastation of the three major fires on the downtown core.

Dr. Rompkey uses a quote from journalist P.T. McGrath's article in Nash's Pall Mall Magazine to sum up the status of the town and its citizenry at the end of the 19th century.

"They form a race of brave, hardy, generous people who," he writes, "in their isolation, have preserved the noblest virtues of the race from which they sprang, unsullied by contact with the great world outside."

A valuable compilation for fans of Newfoundland history.

 


A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Career Development: A Decade of Canadian Research

Robert Shea and Rhonda Joy, Canadian Journal of Career Development

A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Career Development: A Decade of Canadian Research is the culmination of a decade of Canadian articles published in the Canadian Journal of Career Development, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012. The impetus for the journal's birth was the development of a resource that was pan-Canadian and a singular vehicle for the dissemination of Canadian career research; hence, the articles contained are predominantly Canadian.

More than just a compilation of articles, the book is a symbol of the creative and thought-provoking research occurring across Canada – indeed, around the world. It is a testimony that Canada is, and continues to be, a significant purveyor of research creativity and leadership in the world of career development.

This book is both a vehicle to disseminate the ongoing career research in Canada and an opportunity to celebrate the world of career development. Its framework is built around eight sections: research briefs, social factors, health, youth, new realities, psychological factors, post-secondary and the all-encompassing world of work.

Dr. Robert Shea is deputy provost and associate vice-president (academic) pro tempore at Memorial. Dr. Rhonda Joy is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education.


Questioning French Secularism: Gender, Politics and Islam in a Parisian Suburb

Jennifer Selby, Palgrave MacMillan

Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book examines how contemporary secularism in France is positioned as a guarantor of Muslim women's rights. Dr. Selby analyzes public discourses on secularism in France to consider how Islam becomes subsumed under the fetishized headscarf, how women's bodies come to represent collective identities and how the activism and engagement of suburban Muslim women with secular politics is ignored.

As Dr. Selby states in the book's final paragraph: "Religious traditions are important to the sense of self of many of these women. This examination has revealed that the formulation of laïcité (French secularism) as a guarantor of women's rights fails to protect women who choose to be religious, and in the postcolonial, post-Christian context, particularly women in France who are Muslim."

Dr. Selby is a professor in Memorial's Department of Religious Studies.

 


Making Meaning Out of Mountains

Mark Stoddart, UBC Press

Mountains bear the imprint of human activity. Deep scars from logging and surface mining crosscut the landmarks of sports and recreation — national parks and lookout areas, ski slopes and lodges. Although the environmental effects of extractive industries are well known, skiing is more likely to bring to mind images of luxury, wealth and health.

In Making Meaning Out of Mountains, Dr. Stoddart, of Memorial's Department of Sociology, draws on interviews, field observations and media analysis to explore how the ski industry in British Columbia has helped transform mountain environments and, in turn, how skiing has come to be inscribed with multiple, often conflicted, meanings informed by power struggles rooted in race, class and gender. Corporate leaders promote the skiing industry as sustainable development, while environmentalists and some First Nations argue that skiing sacrifices wildlife habitats and traditional lands to tourism and corporate gain. Skiers themselves appreciate the opportunity to commune with nature but are concerned about skiing's environmental effects.

Dr. Stoddart not only challenges us to reflect more seriously on skiing's negative impact on mountain environments, he also reveals how certain groups came to be viewed as the "natural" inhabitants and legitimate managers of mountain environments.

 


Dynamic Mixed Models for Familial Longitudinal Data

Brajendra Sutradhar, Springer

Dynamic Mixed Models for Familial Longitudinal Data recently made Amazon's Top 10 list in econometrics and epidemiology. It provides a theoretical foundation for the analysis of discrete data such as count and binary data in the longitudinal setup.

The book uses a class of auto-correlation structures to model the longitudinal correlations for the repeated discrete data that accommodates all possible Gaussian type auto-correlation models as special cases including the equicorrelation models.

The book provides a clear direction for accurate familial and longitudinal data analysis by presenting differences between the familial and longitudinal correlation models and deals with non-stationary longitudinal correlations caused by time dependent covariates.

Dynamic Mixed Models for Familial Longitudinal Data offers an appropriate level of theoretical detail for graduate students, professors and other researchers along with easy and interesting illustrations of real life data analysis.

Dr. Sutradhar is a University Research Professor with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

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