David Lackland SAM is a professor of cross-cultural psychology at the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. His research interests include the psychology of acculturation and the role of culture in health. Sam has published extensively on young immigrants’ psychological adaptation in general, and from a cross-cultural comparative perspective.
Acculturation theory is used to describe how members of ethnic minorities reconcile their heritage culture with the host culture. To sum up, acculturation is going to learn how to deal with a new cultural situation in order to decrease the stress caused by meeting two different cultures. Acculturation changes lead adaptation, for example, to determine that the individual is able to meet the challenges comes from growing up in the midst of two different cultures. However, changing is a successive character of Child Development. Acculturation studies contribute individual coping to a stressful situation induced by the meeting with an unfamiliar cultural context as well as, learning specific cultural skills in case of making them more delightful. Child development refers to the sequence of changes as arising from either one or two processes, influenced by environmental facts and the child’s learning capacity, also, from the genetic factors. Meanwhile, acculturation is generated by learning phenomenon, development entails both learning and maturation. However, biology and maturation are also central to acculturation. Dr. David Lackland Sam suggested a “modified developmental contextual model” as an alternate outlook to the understanding of the acculturation of children and adolescents
Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and he has been a guest professor for two years at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. In 2011, Phil founded the first Secular Studies department in the United Nation.
Secularism, also known as Secularity or Nonreligious is the idea of something being not religious or not connected to any holy places like the church or the mosque, but it does not mean an individual cannot choose to practice or not practice any religion they want, it does mean Religion and Government should be lived separately. Phil is the author of several books, including The Nonreligious (Oxford, 2016), Living the Secular Life (Penguin, 2014), Faith No More (Oxford, 2011), Society Without God (NYU, 2008), and Invitation to the Sociology of Religion (Routledge, 2003).
Dr. Lewis Herrington is the university teacher of Loughborough University London. His work is increasingly situated at the interface of politics, sociology, psychology and history with a focus on suicide terrorism, Islamist extremism, radicalization, cyber-security, and intelligence studies. Lewis tries to make a connection between theory and practice. Drawing on theories from several academic disciplines, Lewis spends much of his time developing explanations for why individuals carry out acts of suicide terrorism.
He states a significant correlation to addiction that is taking place among youth suicide terrorism, meanwhile, substances are strongly forbidden in Islam, this leads them to an increasing level of religiosity and a pathway towards fundamentalism. He explained how taking more attention to addiction can be more contributed to predict or prevent radicalization. In case of the suicide attacker or Home-Grown Jihadist, he added that meanwhile, these men experienced no coercion, conditioning or direct trauma sufficient to explain their decision to volunteer contrasted with members of ISIS, Boko Haram or Hamas, but most of them use drugs right up until the day of their attack. He suggested a method for predicting and preventing occurrence of suicide attack by drawing “a six-step model of radicalization“.
Ghazaleh Bigdelou was born in 1980 Tehran Iran, where she obtained a degree in painting at the art University. She is interested in illustration and has published various books. Some of her books entitled white ribbon, the joke, in the moonlight, thousandth wedding… were selected in different biennial illustrators for children. She illustrates books for children and is sometimes also the author of the texts.
- Chosen for the catalog of Illustration children book in Belgrade 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
- Winner of The International Golden Pen Award in 2009 in Belgrade
- Chosen for the catalog of Teatrio, Italy 2007
- Chosen for the catalog of Cj 3rd picture book festival 2010
- Chosen for the Tapirulan festival at Italy 2013
Shima Zarrei was born in 1989 in Iran. She graduated from Art High-School in Tehran and Karaj Designer’s Art College. Later, she continued her education in Graphic design at the Shariati University hold in Tehran. Al-Zahra was a university in Tehran which she decided to do her Master in painting. She lives and works in Tehran where she was worked as the Art Director at Puyesh and Jarf’Andishan Publishing company. Also, she worked as an illustrator at the Ghanun-Bacheha Magazine and Baran Magazine. She has illustrated a number of children books and designed more than 50 Children’s Book Covers and Book Jacket Covers. She now works for Voodoo Lily Children’s Book Publishing Company in Norway.
Shima is unique in her artworks due to the figures in her amusing illustrations are posted in unexpected ways which figures reflected a mixture of cultures, all viewers would find something familiar to their own background, a western item mixed with something more distant, somewhere like in the east. Her artworks capture a new impact of multiculturalism on art.
My work is increasingly situated at the interface of politics, sociology, psychology, and history with a focus on Intelligence, Radicalization, and fundamentalism. During my short career in higher education, I have gained extensive experience in module development across a wide spectrum of social psychology. I received B.A., M.A., degrees in sociology. I successfully defended my Master’s thesis, “An Investigation of the influence on the formation of children’s stories with a focus on the socialization of 5 to 6 years old in Isfahan in 2014. I am also the member of the “Association for Iranian Studies which is a private, not-for-profit, non-political organization of persons interested in Iranian Studies in the broadest sense and the member of the “Iranian Association of Sociologists. I got an opportunity to work with Doctor David on the Ph.D. proposal for about the last two years which gave me a new path into my life, although not yet done. Because I got to a decision that the best way to apply the research findings and scientists; products in our societies in case of peacebuilding is to take parents attention to the current social issue “Home Grown Jihadist” by children’s stories and contribute their own children to prevent such issue in near future.
So in consultation with them, I came to the conclusion that it is best to register a child’s publication, inspired by the findings of the experts’ studies. Twenty years ago, while I was waiting for the birth of my first child, my first childhood story was published. And so far, I am writing for children and also doing research in terror-prone areas to a better understanding of Peace and Radicalization.
The lonely pencil
Clever rabbit and mother magpie
The day the moon was thin
When I become a star
Fatemeh (Alise) Amiratashani is a very talented and versatile writer, proficient in writing short stories for children. After receiving her Bachelor in Amirkabir College of Management and Technology (ACMT) 2009, she received some children Literature courses to enhance her writing skills. Her first series of children’s book published with PanjGah Publishing company held in Tehran, Iran and since now she keeps writing for children and youth. She is most talented at sketching a very strong character at her tales which is a quick remembering. In her tales, the physical characteristics are quite understanding and most fitted to the story plot. Alice is eager to explore the in-depth psychology of her written subjects. She is used to giving the physical details of the main character to the illustrator which are representations of the characters’ internal state. Without that the story plot would be lost. In the case of producing character history and feeling while this may be tempting, she is used to focus on what her subject is feeling within the context of the story which states emotionally or psychologically of their characters.
The new life
The new letter
Tonight, I see it
The Miracle of sharing
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