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May 22, 2008


- How the Ocean Works: An Introduction to Oceanography

By Mark Denny, John B. and Jean DeNault professor in marine sciences and biomechanics, Stanford University. Princeton University Press, £59.95. ISBN 9780691126463

Mark Denny explains key concepts in oceanography, exploring early scientific knowledge of oceans, photosynthesis, trophic interactions and energy flow, and the impacts of human activities on marine and atmospheric systems.


- Reflective Teaching and Learning: A Guide to Professional Issues for Beginning Secondary Teachers

By Sue Dymoke, senior lecturer in education, University of Leicester, and Jennifer Harrison, senior lecturer in education, University of Leicester. Sage, £22.99. ISBN 9781412946476

This text gives beginning secondary teachers a primer in developing the art of critical reflective teaching throughout their professional work. It is designed as a flexible resource, combining theoretical background with practical reflective activities.


- Sustainable Rural Systems: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Communities

Edited by Guy Robinson, professor of geography, Kingston University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754647157

This volume draws on a range of case studies to analyse the progress made so far towards sustainability within rural systems. It focuses on sustainable agriculture and sustainable rural communities, with the studies suggesting future policy directions.

- Contentious Geographies: Environmental Knowledge, Meaning, Scale

By Michael K. Goodman, lecturer in geography, King's College London, Maxwell T. Boykoff, research fellow, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and Kyle T. Evered, assistant professor of geography, Michigan State University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754649717

Bringing together a range of global case studies to illustrate the broad range of theories on this relationship, this book injects cutting-edge research into the continuing redefinition of political ecology as it relates to environmental contestation.

- Key Texts in Human Geography

Edited by Phil Hubbard, professor of geography, Loughborough University, Rob Kitchin, professor of human geography and director, the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and Gill Valentine, professor of geography, University of Leeds. Sage, £22.99. ISBN 9781412922616

This book serves as a primer and companion to the key texts in human geography from the past 40 years. The volume contains 26 interpretive essays highlighting the significance of the texts, how they should be read, reactions and controversies surrounding them and their long-term legacies.


- Feast: Why Humans Share Food

By Martin Jones, George Pitt-Rivers professor of archaeology, University of Cambridge. Oxford University Press, £12.99. ISBN 97801995335

Jones uses archaeological methods to reconstruct the development of the human meal, spanning half a million years, giving an account of how our shared repasts have had a huge impact on this planet.

- 'The Better Class' of Indians

By A. Martin Wainwright, associate professor of history, University of Akron. Manchester University Press, £60.00. ISBN 9780719076664

This study focuses primarily on the role of class in the encounter between South Asians and British institutions in the UK at the height of British imperialism, emphasising the importance of class as the register through which British polite society interpreted other social distinctions such as race, gender and religion.

- The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture

Edited by Dennis Denisoff, Ryerson research chair and associate professor of English, Ryerson University. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754661566

This collection addresses not only the roles assigned to children in the context of 19th-century consumer culture but also children themselves as agents in the formation of that culture.

- Women, Identities and Communities in Early Modern Europe

Edited by Stephanie Tarbin, research fellow in history, University of Western Australia, and Susan Broomhall, associate professor of history, University of Western Australia. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754661849

This collection explores the contradictory forces shaping women's identities and experiences by examining the possibilities for commonalities and the forces of division between women in early modern Europe.

- Theology and Science in the Thought of Francis Bacon

By Steven Matthews, assistant professor of history, University of Minnesota Duluth. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754662525

This monograph contributes possible answers to the questions of what Bacon believed and how his beliefs may have affected the development of his programme for scientific reform, the "Great Instauration".

- Marketing Maximilian: The Visual Ideology of a Holy Roman Emperor

By Larry Silver, Farquhar professor of northern Renaissance art, University of Pennsylvania. Princeton University Press, £29.95. ISBN 9780691130194

Silver explores how the Emperor Maximilian used illustrations and other visual arts to shape his image, strengthen the power of the Habsburg dynasty and help found the Austro-Hungarian Empire.


- Living Law: Studies in Legal and Social Theory

By Roger Cotterrell, anniversary professor of legal theory, Queen Mary, University of London, and fellow, British Academy. Ashgate, £85.00. ISBN 97807546104

This text presents a comprehensive overview of relationships between legal and social theory, and of current approaches to the sociological study of legal ideas.

- Refugee Law and Practice in Japan

Osamu Arakaki, professor of foreign studies, Kansai Gaidai University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754670094

Arakaki examines the development of refugee law and policy in Japan, discussing systemic weaknesses and comparing the evolution of law in other states to highlight problems in Japan's refugee determination system.


- Art and the Transitional Object in Vernon Lee's Supernatural Tales

By Patricia Pulham, senior lecturer in Victorian literature, University of Portsmouth. Ashgate, £45.00. ISBN 9780754650966

Pulham combines psychoanalytic theory with socio-historical criticism in her study of Vernon Lee's fantastic tales, arguing that the past in the tales signifies a psychic as well as an historical one.

- Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance

Edited by Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson professor of Shakespeare studies, McGill University, and Patricia Badir, associate professor of English, University of British Columbia. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754655855

The contributors strive to bring better understanding to Shakespeare's imaginative investment in the relationship between theatrical production and the emotional, intellectual and cultural effects of performance broadly defined in social terms.

- Pre-Colonial Africa in Colonial African Narratives: From Ethiopia Unbound to Things Fall Apart, 1911-1958

By Donald R. Wehrs, associate professor of English, Auburn University. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754660880

Wehrs explores pioneering narrative representations of pre-colonial African history and society in texts by Casely Hayford, Alhaji Sir Abubaker Tafawa Balewa, Paul Hazoume, D.O. Fagunwa, Amos Tutuola and Chinua Achebe.

- Vittoria Colonna and the Spiritual Poetics of the Italian Reformation

By Abigail Brundin, lecturer in Italian, University of Cambridge. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754640493

What is claimed to be the first full-length study of Vittoria Colonna in English for a century provides a background and contextualisation for anyone wishing to read Colonna's writings or to know more about her role as a mediator between the worlds of courtly Petrachism and religious reform.


- The Internet and the Mass Media

Edited by Lucy Kung, assistant professor at the Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jonkoping International Business School, Robert G. Picard, director of the Media Management and Transformation Centre and professor of economics, Jonkoping International Business School, and Ruth Towse, reader in cultural industries, Erasmus University. Sage, £21.99. ISBN 9781412947350

This book reviews the developments of the first internet era and investigates its outcomes. It brings together analyses from leading scholars to explore the far-reaching implications of the internet from economic, regulatory, strategic and organisational perspectives.


- Music, Informal Learning and the School: A New Classroom Pedagogy

By Lucy Green, professor of music education, Institute of Education, University of London. Ashgate, £16.99. ISBN 9780754665229

This book reveals how the music classroom can draw on the world of popular musicians' informal learning practices so as to recognise and foster musical skills and knowledge that have long been overlooked in music education.


- Personal Identity: Second Edition

Edited by John Perry, professor of philosophy, Stanford University. University of California Press, £13.50. ISBN 9780520256422

This volume brings together the contributions of past and contemporary philosophers to the topic of personal identity. Essayists range from John Locke to David Hume and Bernard Williams.

- A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria

By Daniel Jordan Smith, associate director, Population Studies and Training Centre; Stanley J. Bernstein assistant professor in the social sciences and assistant professor of anthropology and population studies, Brown University. Princeton University Press, £23.95. ISBN 97806911224

Smith presents a sympathetic attempt to understand the dilemmas average Nigerians face daily as they try to get ahead, or merely survive, in a society riddled with corruption.


- Seeing through Illusions

By Richard Gregory, emeritus professor of neuropsychology, University of Bristol. Oxford University Press, £16.99. ISBN 9780192802859

Interweaving science with reflections on art and philosophy, psychological case studies and amazing visual phenomena, Gregory explains what visual illusion can tell us about how our brains perceive the world and about the evolution of the brain.


- Engaging Contradictions: Theory, Politics, and Methods of Activist Scholarship

Edited by Charles R. Hale, associate professor of anthropology, University of Texas at Austin. University of California Press, £17.95. ISBN 9780520098619

In this multidisciplinary volume, leading scholar-activists map the terrain on which political engagement and academic rigour meet and detail what ethical, political and practical tensions arise in the course of scholarly work.

- Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras

By Adrienne Pine, assistant professor of anthropology, American University in Cairo. University of California Press, £29.95. ISBN 9780520255432

Through an examination of three major subject areas - violence, alcohol and the export-processing industry - Pine explores the daily relationships and routines of urban Hondurans.


British Civilian Internees in Germany

By Matthew Stibbe, research fellow in modern European history, Sheffield Hallam University

Manchester University Press, £55.00 and £14.99

ISBN 9780719070846 and 0853

A look at the 4,000-5,000 British men – including academics, professional musicians and businessmen – who were arrested on 6 November 1914 by the German military, and half of whom spent all of the First World War in a prison camp.

Myth, Rulership, Church and Charters: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Brooks

Edited by Julia Barrow, reader in history, University of Nottingham, and Andrew Wareham, director, Centre for Hearth Tax Research, Roehampton University

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754651208

Leading scholars in early medieval English history contribute essays focusing on myths, charters and warfare.

Mozarabs in Medieval and Early Modern Spain: Identities and Influences

By Richard Hitchcock, professor emeritus of Arab and Islamic studies, University of Exeter

Ashgate, £50.00

ISBN 9780754663140

Hitchcock considers Mozarabism in León and Toledo, and the issues that arose when Mozarabs were relocated in 12th-century Aragón, and then, in 16th-century Toledo, when they were striving to retain their identity.


Djuna Barnes’ Consuming Fictions

By Diane Warren, English literature subject leader,

University of Portsmouth

Ashgate, £50.00

ISBN 9780754639206

Warren argues that Barnes’s writings were significant in their immediate early-20th-century context, in which gender boundaries were being redrawn, and continue to contribute to present-day debates on identity.

Private Sphere to World Stage from Austen to Eliot

By Elizabeth Sabiston, professor of English, York University

Ashgate, £50.00

ISBN 9780754661740

Sabiston examines works by Jane Austen, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot, offering a fresh perspective on the transition of women writers from the private to the public sphere.


Dancing with Devtas: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India

By Andrew Alter, senior lecturer in music, University of New England

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 978075465669

Alter combines a detailed analysis of drumming with an examination of the complex ritual and social contexts of this sophisticated and semantically rich musical practice.

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