Social Design - Summer Reading List

A Listmania! list by Remy E Peritz (Baltimore MD)
The list author says: "Summer reading list for MICA's Master's in Social Design.
Looking at applying Design Theory to Social Issues."
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
1.  The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman
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  "The gold standard for anthropological​ ethnography and public health journalism. Highly recommended for anyone who is looking to do work in the public health sector or with immigrant or minority communities. Referred to as having the same revolutionary impact on public health programs in the 90’s as Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle had on the meatpacking industry in 1906."
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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
2.  Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
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  "If all you know about Baltimore is from a fascination of “The Wire”, then this book will elaborate the daily realities, economic decision making, and highly complicated social structures that seem irrational to the outsider. Venkatesh is an engaging writer who is honest and frank about his naïveté and conflicts as a sociologist working in the Chicago Highrises during the height of the drug wars."
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Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
3.  Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown
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  "The book that brought the idea of “Design Thinking” and creativity as a business method into the mainstream. Tim Brown, the CEO of IDEO, lays out his manifesto on the role of designers in new economy and the possibilities of designers in creating systemic and transformationa​l change to society"
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CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People: Inside the World of Design Thinking and How It Can Spark Creativity and Innovation
4.  CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People: Inside the World of Design Thinking and How It Can Spark Creativity and Innovation by Warren Berger
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
5.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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  "An introduction to the conflicts, complicated relationships and ethical dilemmas of East Baltimore – the neighborhood many of you will be living in. The impact and shadow of Hopkins on the surrounding area is evident, and this book gives a vivid account from both a personal perspective and meta narrative."
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