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September 25, 2008


Urban Regeneration in the UK: Theory and Practice

By Phil Jones, lecturer in human geography, University of Birmingham, and James Evans, lecturer in geography, University of Manchester. Sage, £22.99. ISBN 9781412934916

Examining key aspects of the process from first principles, this book introduces and contextualises the UK urban regeneration agenda, using case studies of contemporary British projects to link theory and practice.


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

Stibbe examines the arrest of up to 5,000 British men on 6 November 1914 by the German military. They included academics, professional musicians and businessmen, half of whom spent the entire First World War in a prison camp.


Refugee Law and Practice in Japan

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

This volume 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.


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.


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 blends a carefully detailed analysis of drumming with the complex ritual and social contexts of this sophisticated and semantically rich musical practice.


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 distinguished past and contemporary philosophers to the important topic of personal identity. The essayists range from John Locke to David Hume and Bernard Williams.


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 we perceive the world, and about the evolution of the brain.


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 factory work - Pine explores the daily relationships and routines of urban Hondurans.

Biological sciences

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

Denny explains key concepts in oceanography in detail accessible to students and general readers, 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

An introduction for secondary teachers to the art of critical reflective teaching throughout their professional work, this book is designed as a flexible resource, combining theoretical background with practical reflective activities.

Geography and environmental studies

Sustainable Rural Systems: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Communities

Edited by Guy Robinson, professor of geography, Kingston University

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754647157

Drawing on a range of case studies, this volume provides an analysis of the progress made so far towards sustainability within rural systems. Focusing specifically on sustainable agriculture and rural communities, the studies also suggest positive directions for future policy practice.

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 at Michigan State University

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754649717

Bringing together a range of global case studies to illustrate the broad range of current theories on this relationship, the authors present significant 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 of 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 published over the past 40 years. It is not a reader, but a volume of 26 interpretive essays highlighting the significance of the texts, how they should be read, reactions and controversies surrounding them, and 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 the history of the meal has 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 United Kingdom 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 nineteenth-century consumer culture, but also children themselves as agents in the formation of that culture.

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

The editors bring together a number of essays written by leading early medieval English history scholars. Focusing on three specific themes – myths, charters and warfare – each contribution presents a balance of both sources and interpretations.

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

Exploring the contradictory forces shaping women’s identities and experiences, this collection examines 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 it may have affected the development of his programme for scientific reform, the “Great Instauration”.

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 twelfth-century Aragón, and then, in sixteenth-century Toledo, when they were striving to retain their identity.

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

This book explores how the Emperor Maximilian used illustrations and other visual arts to shape his image, strengthen the power of the Hapsburg dynasty, and help establish 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.


Djuna Barnes’ Consuming Fictions

By Diane Warren, English literature subject leader, University of Portsmouth

Ashgate, £50.00

ISBN 9780754639206

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

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 Lee’s fantastic tales, arguing that the past in Lee’s tales signifies not only an historical but a psychic past.

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 Hazoumé, D.?O. Fagunwa, Amos Tutuola, and Chinua Achebe.

Private Sphere to World Stage from Austen to Eliot

By Elizabeth Sabiston, professor of English, York University

Ashgate, £50.00

ISBN 9780754661740

Sabiston looks at 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.

Vittoria Colonna and the Spiritual Poetics of the Italian Reformation

By Abigail Brundin, lecturer in Italian, University of Cambridge

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754640493

The first full-length study of Vittoria Colonna in English for a century, this book 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.

Media and communication studies

The Internet and the Mass Media

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

Sage, £21.99

ISBN 9781412947350

Reviewing the developments of the first internet era and investigating its actual outcomes, this work brings together analyses from leading scholars, and explores the far-reaching implications of the internet from economic, regulatory, strategic and organisational perspectives.


l 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

Green reveals how the music classroom can draw upon the world of popular musicians’ informal learning practices, so as to recognise and foster a range of musical skills and knowledge that have long been overlooked within music education.

Philosophy and theology

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

The author presents a sympathetic attempt to understand the dilemmas average Nigerians face every day as they try to get ahead, or just survive, in a society riddled with corruption.

Social sciences

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 wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary 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.

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