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Ebola – the implications of a worldwide epidemic

“It now seems a lifetime ago. The first case of Ebola had come to the Western hemisphere and taken the life of Thomas Eric Duncan at a Dallas, Texas hospital. His death, and other cases in the “developed” world, led to a predictable media deluge, a good bit of hysteria, and predictable political posturing. As the November election approached, fear and ideology took hold, with calls for quarantine and allegations of discrimination coming from predictable precincts.” Joseph J. Fins, M.D in 'Ideology and Microbiology: Ebola, Science and Deliberative Democracy'.

Ebola – from a small village in Guinea, the deadly virus took hold of West Africa in 2014, and to date has taken the lives of over 10,000 people. The virus threatens to destabilize world health efforts and has induced global fear, with citizens from far away nations concerned about the “what ifs?” of Ebola landing on their doorsteps.

Shining a light through the media stories, health claims and international panic, this edition of The American Journal of Bioethics focuses on the latest research on ebola, an epidemic which has enormous implications for health practitioners, scientists, and policy makers worldwide. With articles focused on the ethics of quarantine, on the design of clinical research trials, on non-approved therapies, and public health ethics, this issue seeks to address many of the key questions that have been raised in recent months on how we respond and adapt to such a deadly health crisis.

Essential reading for academics, policy makers, health professionals and anyone with an interest in the outbreak, the reasearch is available on Taylor & Francis Online

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About The American Journal of Bioethics

Every issue of AJOB contains peer-reviewed Target Articles that zero in on tough questions, answered by Open Commentary articles from scholars across disciplines and cultures. The American Journal of Bioethics provides an authoritative, annotated conversation that has been used by judges, Senators, journalists, scholars, schoolteachers, and millions of others as the key source on thousands of topics in the health sciences.

AJOB leads the way in bioethics publishing. Hundreds of thousands more readers have discovered bioethics through InFocus articles and other features of bioethics.net. Our readers include faculty and students at virtually every graduate and professional school in the world, thousands of elected officials and judges, and most health news journalists. The American Journal of Bioethics has followed through on the innovative vision that built bioethics: serious discussion of the social implications of biomedicine.

2013 Journal Citations Report® ranks The American Journal of Bioethics 1st out of 50 journals in Ethics, 1st out of 58 journals in History & Philosophy (S), 1st out of 42 journals in History & Philosophy (Ss), 1st out of 42 journals in Social Issues, 1st out of 18 journals in Medical Ethics, 2nd out of 37 journals in Biomedical Social Sciences with an Impact Factor of 3.887
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Routledge Publishes Tim Ingold’s The Life of Lines

Following his groundbreaking 2007 book, Lines, Tim Ingold further develops his unique approach to anthropology in The Life of Lines.

A prominent anthropologist at the University of Aberdeen, Ingold is known for his exploration of the relations between human beings and the environments they inhabit. With this new book, Ingold studies the life of lines in a series of original meditations on life, ground, weather, imagination, and what it means to be human.

While anchored in anthropology, The Life of Lines will delight and intrigue readers interested in a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, geography, sociology, art, and architecture.

Augustin Fuentes, professor of Anthropology at Notre Dame, says, “In The Life of Lines Ingold develops a philosophical and ecological anthropology that is at once expansive, integrative, and inclusive. Taking us on a journey through movement, knots, weather, atmosphere and surfaces, he guides us to a critical conclusion: to human is a verb.”

About the author

Tim Ingold is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, UK. His books for Routledge include Lines: A Brief History (2007), The Perception of the Environment (reissued 2011), Being Alive (2011) and Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture (2013).

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Should voting be compulsory or should we have a right not to vote?

Each year, millions of people fail to vote without reproach.  Does abstention constitute a citizen’s right not to vote? This article in Australian Journal of Political Science explores whether we have a legal right to a ‘no vote’ and if such a right should be protected as fiercely as the right to vote. Lisa Hill discusses the ‘no vote’, its implications for society and reaches a firm conclusion.

Many assert that not voting is a fundamental right, a free expression of political discontent. Some go as far as to say that compulsory voting is worse than being denied a vote and a violation of rights. Legal cases have been brought in defence of the right not to vote but to date no court has enforced it. Should it be true that the right to vote could be waived and hence in itself be a right not to vote and deserve constitutional protection? If so could other basic rights be waived? The minimum wage? Equal employment? Hill argues that legal recognition of the right not to vote is a dangerous path to tread.

The right to vote is an individual liberty but crucially a collective right at the core of democracy. Without political participation from society, government, public interests, security and the very fabric of society would be at stake. Vulnerable social groups would lose their voices; failure to vote could bring political oppression and far greater infringements to personal freedom. Hill therefore reasons that voting is a right and a duty; key to the structure and values of society, a moral responsibility and more important than an individual’s right not to vote.

So voluntary voting systems can continue to allow abstention, compulsory systems can have exemptions but as Hill states this “will not – and should not – constitute the exercise of any particular right,” and “doing so would endanger – and possibly destroy – the system for which it exists: representative democracy.”

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How does bench angle affect upper body muscle activation during bench press exercise?

Muscular activation during exercise is the key to developing muscle mass and strength, and the bench press exercise is a popular and widely used method of building upper body strength.  In the article 'Influence of bench angle on upper extremity muscular activation during bench press exercise' published in European Journal of Sport Science, the authors set out to discover the effects on muscle activation during free weight barbell bench press at 0°, 30°, 45° and –15° bench angles. If greater or lesser angles enhance muscle activation, the results can be used to plan successful upper body exercise programmes.

The authors’ outcomes support the use of a horizontal bench press to attain activation of the upper and lower pectoralis major during the lift. However, interestingly it was found a bench incline of 30° or 45° resulted in increased muscle activation providing a useful insight into effective adaptations of bench press exercise for optimal strength and musculature. They conclude that “the present investigation demonstrate(s) the importance of considering the effects of muscle activation throughout different time points of the contraction/lift as variations may be evident... in an effort to optimise a resistance training programme with the goal of improving muscle strength and development of the pectoralis major, it would be beneficial to include horizontal bench press and an incline bench of 30°.”

For the study, 14 resistance trained participants undertook 2 training sessions; in the first session, participants were asked to complete 1 repetition maximum (RM). This was defined as one repetition of a horizontal barbell bench press with the greatest amount of weight.  On the second session, fitted with electrodes to assess muscular activation, participants completed 6 repetitions for each of the 4 barbell press angles at a resistance equivalent to 65% of the previous weight. Effects of bench condition were observed on the duration of muscle contraction and the contraction phase of the upper and lower pectoralis major, anterior deltoid and lateral triceps brachii.

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Asian Center for Women’s Studies signs publishing agreement with Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

The Asian Center for Women’s Studies (ACWS) signed a Publishing Agreement with Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group (hereinafter Routledge), the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Routledge has begun publishing the online and print versions of the Asian Journal of Women’s Studies (AJWS), Vol. 21 No. 1 in March 2015.

A quarterly publication of ACWS, AJWS is a multi and interdisciplinary international forum for the presentation of feminist scholarship and voices on Asian feminist activism. Published first in 1995 as an annual issue, AJWS has been circulated quarterly since 1997. It is covered by the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) in addition to being indexed in Gender Watch, SCOPUS, and Korea Citation Index (KCI) among others.

Through this publication agreement, ACWS hopes to build a more sustainable and systematic global reach of readers, contributors, reviewers, and subscribers.  ACWS considers this strategic partnership with Routledge as a new way to innovate and increase the journal's competence in knowledge production and sharing of research information.

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The Internet and politics of fear: putting Islamophobia online

The Internet has long been used as a space to facilitate debate, but what happens when negative attitudes towards religious groups are projected into this public space, fuelling animosity towards particular groups or religions?

New research published in Ethnic and Racial Studies, ‘Online Islamophobia and the politics of fear: manufacturing the green scaresuggests that negative attitudes and explicit racism against people of the Muslim faith are becoming increasingly visible in public discourse throughout Europe, enhanced by counter-jihadist networks.

This research explores an online cross-section of ‘Islamophobic’ networks, emphasizing right-wing populist parties who use discursive strategies to strengthen their position on the ‘Islamic threat’ to the West. By combining elements of social network analysis and critical discourse analysis, three key online platforms are evaluated as to whether they create a  mainstream political position, using online ‘actors’ to stand for defence of Western values and freedom of speech.

All three sites chosen for the study are prolific platforms that receive a high number of visitors and have varying geographical outlooks. 600 blogs posts (200 from each site) were sampled randomly for qualitative analysis.

Using the results of this sample, this study argues a case that ‘Islamophobic’ discourse is strengthened by xenophobia within the online media in Europe, and ultimately promotes a political culture of fear. 

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Pooh! Why man allows his best friend to poop in public

Generally, Western societies maintain high standards of everyday hygiene. When it comes to man’s best friend, however, it seems we turn a blind eye. New research published in Environmental Sociology this month explores the reasons behind this relaxed attitude to canine excrement and the strategies employed by dog owners to deal with it.

The author of the research, Matthias Gross, began his study by observing the habits of dog walkers at various times of the day, including the techniques employed to remove the excrement. He found that dog owners were more relaxed about cleaning up after their dogs in the morning, when there were fewer people around. In the afternoons when parks and public spaces were more crowded, he observed that "most dogs were leashed and dog owners appeared much more attentive to excrement removal than in the morning hour". More interesting is his observation that the dog owners that did not clear up in the morning did so in the afternoon.

Gross also explores the means of removing the waste, revealing that even when action has been taken to clear up, in some cases the plastic bag has been "simply thrown onto the ground in some random spot", remarking on the potential health implications of such actions.

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Taylor & Francis appoints Leon Heward-Mills as Global Publishing Director, Journals

Taylor & Francis appoints Leon Heward-Mills as Global Publishing Director, Journals

Leon Heward-Mills joins Taylor & Francis Group on 2nd April 2015 as Global Publishing Director, Journals, to provide overall leadership for the editorial team worldwide.

Leon was previously Chief Executive of the Society for Endocrinology and Managing Director of their commercial subsidiary Bioscientifica. Prior to joining the Society in 2011, Leon held senior publishing positions at Thomas Telford Ltd and before that at Chapman & Hall. Leon's appointment will allow long-serving Publishing Director, David Green, to focus on strategic growth initiatives within Taylor & Francis Group journals.

Ian Bannerman, Managing Director for Journals at Taylor & Francis Group commented: “I have known Leon for many years and I’m very pleased that he has agreed to join us at Taylor & Francis. He brings a wealth of commercial publishing experience, supplemented with the additional insights gained from running a major medical society.”

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Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. As one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks and reference works our content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, and Technology and Medicine.

From our network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues. For more information visit www.tandfonline.com.

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‘Global Perspectives on Colorism’ conference

In the United States, as in many parts of the world, people are discriminated against based on the color of their skin. This type of skin tone bias, called colorism, is both related to and distinct from discrimination on the basis of race, with which it is often conflated.

On Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3, The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law will host ‘Global Perspectives on Colorism’, a conference on this crucial topic that is free and open to the public. Organized by Kimberly Norwood, Professor of Law and Professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University, St. Louis, the conference will address the economic, social, and psychological impacts of colorism.

Norwood’s book, Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias and the Myth of a Postracial America, collects the most up-to-date research on this insidious form of discrimination, including perspectives from the disciplines of history, law, sociology, and psychology. The contributors to this volume bring to light the ways in which colorism affects us all - influencing what we wear, who we see on television, and even which child we might pick to adopt.

Norwood says: “The direct connection between skin color and education, social capital, marriage, income and wealth, health and overall success is pervasive, clear, and undeniable. This conference will focus on the global recognition of the problem and thus the magnitude of the challenge of eradication.”

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Protests with proposals: Activist planning in the Dominican Republic

Working in the slums of Los Platanitos since 2008, Bjorn Sletto and his partners in local government, civil society organizations, and academia are collaborating with residents to address the lack of waste collection in the community.

The failure in basic services is partly due to the privatization of waste collection - characteristic of Santo Domingo’s governance. The results of this official neglect are that household waste accumulates in public spaces and waterways in Los Platanitos - leading to flooding and public health problems. But the decentralization and privatization of planning functions has also created an opportunity to pursue innovative urban management locally.

Arising from this research is a collection of articles for Planning Theory and Practice which grapples with the contradictions that arise when planners, educators, activists and community members work together and take on central roles in urban planning and governance.

In the study, city planner Juan Torres describes the evolution of neoliberal planning in the Dominican Republic and the limits placed on citizen participation, whilst activist Nicolas Mendoza explains how his organization has taken advantage of the decentralization of planning authority.

Dominican scholar Amparo Chantada delivers a cautionary commentary about the political implications of activist planning - for whilst community-based organisations have become key in the development of planning projects they have also contributed to the fragmentation of planning and policy-making: "Organizations have to a large degree scaled back on their broader, social criticism and, arguably, placed the radical, democratizing potential of the urban social movement in the Dominican Republic at risk.”

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