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Alumni Authors  Spring 2012

Normality Does Not Equal Mental Health: The Need to Look Elsewhere for Standards of Good Mental Health
By Dr. Steven Bartlett, M.A. ’68
Praeger Publishers

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This work is the first book-length study to question the equation of psychological normality and mental health. The author musters compelling evidence and careful analysis to challenge the paradigm accepted by mental health theorists and practitioners. In this bold, multidisciplinary work, Bartlett critiques the presumed standard of normality that permeates contemporary consciousness. He argues that adherence to the gold standard of psychological normality leads to nothing less than cultural impoverishment.

Tasting the Good Life: Wine Tourism in the Napa Valley
By George Gmelch, Ph.D. ’74, and Sharon Bohn Gmelch, ’69, Ph.D. ’75
Indiana University Press

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While anthropologists often have been accused of failing to “study up,” this book turns an anthropological lens on an elite activity – wine tasting. In Tasting the Good Life, anthropologists George and Sharon Gmelch examine who wine tourists are and what the “tasting” experience is all about. It also examines the growth of wine tourism in the valley and the impact it is having on the landscape and the lives of the people who live there. In addition to the authors’ own analysis, they present the personal narratives of 17 people who work in Napa tourism — from winemaker to vineyard manager, from celebrity chef to wait staff, from hot air balloonist to masseuse. Their stories provide unexpected and entertaining insights into this new form of tourism, the people who engage in it, its impact on a now iconic place, and American consumer culture in the 21st century.

Virtual Therapy
By Dr. Ralph L. Lamson ’71
Mira

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Virtual reality immersion therapy ("VRIT") is the 21st century practice in the treatment of anxiety disorders, according to the American Board of Professional Psychology. VRIT has been widely used by U.S. government agencies for assessment and treatment of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Agencies include the Department of Defense, Office of Navy Research, Defense Centers of Excellence, Naval Postgraduate School, TATRC, DARPA and numerous Army, Navy, and Air Force agencies and divisions, Department of Veterans Administration, Department of Health and Human Services and numerous VA hospitals, and TRICARE and non-government health organizations. VRIT training is offered through continuing education workshops for licensed therapists.

Trade and Globalization:
An Introduction to Regional Trade Agreements
By Dr. Dave Lynch, M.A. ’90, Ph.D. ’95
Rowman and Littlefield

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Regional trade agreements (RTAs) are not new, but their importance in global economics and politics has grown exponentially in the past two decades. At the same time, RTAs have become increasingly controversial as their number, scope, and cross-cutting memberships become so complex that many fear they will undermine the World Trade Organization's multilateral trading system. Tackling this complexity and confusion head on, this book provides a much-needed guide to RTAs. Setting current regional agreements in their economic, political, and historical context, David A. Lynch describes and compares virtually every significant RTA, region by region. He clearly explains their intricate inner workings, their webs of collaboration and conflict, and their primary goals and effectiveness.


The Swan
By Jim Cohee, ’67
Indiana University Press

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Ten-year-old Aaron Cooper has witnessed the death of his younger sister, Pookie, and the trauma has left him unwilling to speak. Aaron copes with life's challenges by disappearing into his own imagination, envisioning being captain of the Kon Tiki, driving his sled in the snowy Klondike, and tiger hunting in India. He is guarded by secret friends like deposed Hungarian Count Blurtz Shemshoian and Blurtz's wonder dog, Nipper, who protect him from the creature from the Black Lagoon —who hides in Aaron's closet at night. The tales he constructs for himself, the real life stories he is witness to, and his mother's desperate efforts to bring her son back from the brink, all come to a head at an emotional family dinner. Set in Indianapolis in 1957, The Swan is a fictional memoir about enduring love and the weighty nature of mortality.

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