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A Companion to Latin American Anthropology

Edited by Deborah Poole, professor of anthropology, Johns Hopkins University. Blackwell, £95.00. ISBN 9780631234685

This reference volume on Latin America, with 24 new chapters, introduces English-language readers to the debates, traditions and sensibilities that have shaped the study of this diverse region.


Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement

By Rita Gonzalez, assistant curator of American art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Howard N. Fox, curator of contemporary art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Chon A. Noriega, professor of film, television and digital media and director of the Chicano Studies Research Centre, University of California, Los Angeles. University of California Press, £23.95. ISBN 9780520255630

With more than 200 colour illustrations, 25 artist portfolios and a chronology of significant moments in Chicano cultural history, this book charts new territory and provides a conceptual sampling of Chicano art today.


Lula of Brazil: The Story So Far

By Richard Bourne, senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. University of California Press, £14.95. ISBN 9780520246638

A biography of the metalworker who became president of Latin America's most powerful country, which describes Lula's life from childhood hardships in an impoverished family, through revolution and scandal, to his re-election as Brazilian president in 2006.


The Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey into Terroir

By Amy B. Trubek, assistant professor of nutrition and food sciences, University of Vermont. University of California Press, £17.95. ISBN 9780520252813

Trubek shows how the taste of place matters now, and how it can mediate between local desires and global reality to define and challenge American food practices.


At the Margins of Planning: Offshore Wind Farms in the United Kingdom

By Stephen A. Jay, senior lecturer in environmental planning and management, Sheffield Hallam University. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754671961

Jay's book is illustrated with an in-depth empirical investigation of various proposed wind farms and provides an analysis of the attitudes and involvement of local planning authorities and communities in the consents process.


Wellbeing: A Cultural History of Healthy Living

By Klaus Bergdolt, professor of history and ethics of medicine, University of Cologne. Polity, £60.00 and £18.99. ISBN 9780745629131 and 9148

Bergdolt offers an overview of health and healthy living from the ancient world through to the middle of the 19th century, when scientific medicine began to gain ascendancy.


Multimodality and Genre: A Foundation for the Systematic Analysis of Multimodal Documents

By John Bateman, professor of applied English linguistics, University of Bremen. Palgrave, £55.00. ISBN 9780230002562

Bateman provides a new approach to analysing page-based documents, such as magazines, books, web pages and newspapers, that combine text, graphics and pictures in more or less complex layouts.


Law and Science, Volumes I and II

Edited by Susan S. Silbey, professor of sociology and anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ashgate, £0.00. ISBN 9780754625001

These two volumes collect exemplary law and society scholarship to look beneath the surface connections and antagonisms between the two powerful modern institutions of science and law.


The European Union and the Culture Industries: Regulation and the Public Interest

Edited by David Ward, senior research fellow at the Communications and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754670186

This edited collection examines the European Union's impact on media and public policy, providing an analysis of the broader areas of policy to give a greater appreciation of the nuances and scope of regulatory initiatives and their impact on the member states.


The Office and Philosophy: Scenes from the Unexamined Life

Edited by J. Jeremy Wisnewski, visiting assistant professor of philosophy, East Carolina University. Blackwell, £9.99, ISBN 9781405175555

This book unites philosophy with The Office, addressing both the current American incarnation and the original British version, for a frolic through the mundane yet curiously edifying worlds of Scranton's Dunder-Mifflin and Slough's Wernham-Hogg.


?Titan Unveiled: Saturn's Mysterious Moon Explored

By Ralph Lorenz, Cassini radar scientist in the applied physics laboratory, Johns Hopkins University. Princeton University Press, £17.95. ISBN 9780691125879

This is an insider's account of the scientific community's first close encounter with an alien landscape of liquid methane seas and turbulent orange skies, detailing new discoveries, including methane monsoons, equatorial sand seas and Titan's polar hood.


Peace as Governance: Power-Sharing, Armed Groups and Contemporary Peace Negotiations

By Chandra Lekha Sriram, professor of human rights, University of East London. Palgrave, £50.00. ISBN 9781403985286

This book analyses one key set of negotiation incentives used in peace agreements: inclusion of armed groups in structures of power, which is broader than traditional power-sharing, and relies on explicit institutionalisation of the state and the use of state institutions.

A Weberian Analysis of Business Groups and Financial Markets: Trade Relations in Taiwan and Korea and some Major Stock Exchanges

By Sandro Segre, professor of political science, University of Genoa. Ashgate, £50.00, ISBN 9780754671619

This volume sheds light on Max Weber's contribution to the concept of moral economy as a set of rules that regulate market transactions, a subject that has been the object of much research and debate among classical and contemporary sociological authors.

- The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds

By David M. Lampton, dean of the faculty of advanced international studies and George and Sadie Hyman professor and director of China studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. University of California Press, £32.95. ISBN 9780520249516

Lampton investigates the military, economic and intellectual dimensions of China's growing influence, and aims to provide a fresh perspective from which to assess China and how the rest of the world should view it.


The Making of Eurosceptic Britain: Identity and Economy in a Post-Imperial State

By Chris Gifford, head of the department of criminology, politics and sociology, University of Huddersfield. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754670742

Gifford aims to offer a radical interpretation of a major political issue. He goes beyond existing narrative and institutional accounts of Britain and Europe by presenting a theoretically coherent perspective on a troubled relationship.

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