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March 27, 2008


The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia

By Adrienne L. Kaeppler, curator of oceanic ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Oxford University Press, £12.99

ISBN 9780192842381

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

ISBN 9780749446307

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.

English literature

Women’s Literary Collaboration, Queerness, and Late-Victorian Culture

By Jill R. Ehnenn, associate professor of English, Appalachian State University

Ashgate, £50.00

ISBN 9780754652946

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

Ashgate, £50.00

ISBN 9780754658511

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

Ashgate, £50.00

ISBN 9780754660057

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

ISBN 9780199239344

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

ISBN 9780195171310

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

ISBN 9780521886741

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

ISBN 9780521717991

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

Ashgate, £170.00

ISBN 97807546159

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

ISBN 9780520252134

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.

Social sciences

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

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754648413

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

ISBN 9780691119625

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.

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