The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia
By Adrienne L. Kaeppler, curator of oceanic ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
Oxford University Press, £12.99
Featuring both traditional and contemporary arts, this book introduces both Polynesian and Micronesian art forms, exploring the artistic types, styles and concepts they share.
Business and management
Family Wars: Classic Conflicts in Family Business and how to Deal with Them
By Grant Gordon, director general, Institute for Family Business, and Nigel Nicholson, professor of organisational behaviour, London Business School
Kogan Page, £18.99
Gordon looks at the Ford, Gucci, McCain, Guinness, Gallo and Redstone clans and others in an exposé of the way families do business, and considers the potential for arguments and in-fighting to destroy a business.
Women’s Literary Collaboration, Queerness, and Late-Victorian Culture
By Jill R. Ehnenn, associate professor of English, Appalachian State University
Ehnenn’s interrogation into the different histories and functions of women’s literary partnerships is aimed at scholars of Victorian culture, women’s and gender studies, and collaborative writing.
Jane Austen and Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists
By Peter W. Graham, professor and director of graduate studies in the department of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
This book brings these two icons of 19th-century British culture into intellectual conversation by situating both writers in the empirical tradition, giving a new perspective on Austen and Darwin’s writings.
The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins
By Joseph J. Feeney, S.J., professor of English, Saint Joseph’s University
This book offers a fresh take on Gerard Manley Hopkins, uncovering a distinctive playfulness inextricably bound to Hopkins’s creativity, style and poetic competitiveness throughout his life.
Conquest: How Societies Overwhelm Others
By David Day, professor of Australian studies, University of Tokyo
Oxford University Press, £14.99
Day looks at the various ways invaders have triumphed and justified conquest, from the renaming of the conquered land and the invention of myth, to the exploration of the conquered resources and people, and even to the outright slaughter of the original inhabitants.
A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom
By Mark Gregory Pegg, associate professor in history and religious studies, Washington University in St Louis
Oxford University Press, £14.99
This narrative of the Albigensian Crusade draws on thousands of testimonies collected by papal inquisitors in the years 1235 to 1245, a bloody era that foreshadowed genocide and holy violence in the modern world.
Languages and linguistics
Dictionaries in Early Modern Europe: Lexicography and the Making of Heritage
By John Considine, associate professor of languages and linguistics, University of Alberta
Cambridge University Press, £55.00
This book draws on published and archival material to survey a wide range of dictionaries of western European languages (including English, German, Latin and Greek) published between the early 16th and mid-17th centuries.
A History of the English Language
Edited by Richard M. Hogg,
Smith professor of English language, and David Denison, professor of English linguistics, University of Manchester
Cambridge University Press, £23.99
A team of international experts covers the recorded history of the English language, outlining its development over 15 centuries, with an emphasis on more recent periods.
Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy’s Promise
By David Schneiderman, associate professor of law, University of Toronto
Cambridge University Press, £60.00 and £23.99
ISBN 9780521871471 and 692038
Schneiderman explores the links between a new investment rules regime and state constitutions, and between a constitution-like regime for the protection of foreign investment and the constitutional projects of national states.
International Law and Islamic Law
Edited by Mashood A. Baderin, professor of law, School of Oriental and African Studies
The articles reproduced in this volume examine Islamic perspectives on different aspects
of international law.
Philosophy and theology
Number and Numbers
By Alain Badiou, formerly chair of philosophy, École Normale Supérieure
Polity, £50.00 and £16.99
ISBN 9780745638782 and 8799
Drawing on the mathematical theory of “surreal numbers”, Badiou develops a unified theory of number as a particular form of being, an infinite expanse to which our access remains limited.
Our Distance from God:
Studies of the Divine and the Mundane in Western Art and Music
By James D. Herbert, professor of art history and visual studies, University of California, Irvine
University of California Press, £35.00
In this encounter between reflections on Christian theology and the history of art and music, Herbert considers how specific works of art establish a relation between the divine and the earthbound audiences for whom the art was created.
Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China’s 100 Questions
Edited by Anne-Marie Blondeau, honorary professor of Tibetan studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études, and Katia Buffetrille, research associate, École Pratique des Hautes Études
University of California Press, £35.00 and £14.95
ISBN 9780520244641 and 9288
International Tibet scholars provide historically accurate answers to a booklet published by the Chinese Government in 1989, and deal evenhandedly with both China’s “truth” about Tibet and that of the Dalai Lama and his followers.
Psychology and psychiatry
Principles of Geographical Offender Profiling
Edited by David Canter, professor of psychology, University of Liverpool, and Donna Youngs, honorary research fellow in psychology, University of Liverpool
Ashgate, £60.00 and £25.00
ISBN 9780754625476 and 5490
This book brings together a cross-section of the major papers published in the field together with an introduction that puts the papers into an overall context and a concluding chapter that outlines the likely future of geographical profiling.
The African Diaspora in the United States and Europe: The Ghanaian Experience
By John A. Arthur, professor of sociology and anthropology, University of Minnesota Duluth
This book focuses on the Ghanaian community in the US and Canada, with comparative data from the UK and the Netherlands, as a case study of the new African migration.
Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience
By Carolyn Chen, associate professor of sociology, Northwestern University
Princeton University Press, £19.95
Based on interviews with Taiwanese-American Christians and Buddhists and fieldwork at a Taiwanese Buddhist temple and Christian church in Southern California, this book compares how two religions influence the experiences of one immigrant group.