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November 6, 2008


- Female Monasticism in Early Modern Europe: An Interdisciplinary View

Edited by Cordula van Wyhe, lecturer in the history of art, University of York. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754653370

This volume of 12 inter-disciplinary essays addresses the multifaceted nature of female religious identity in early modern Europe, and offers cross-cultural readings of the complexity of female spirituality in the 16th and 17th centuries.


- Flying Ahead of the Airplane

By Nawal K. Taneja, professor and chair of the department of aviation, Ohio State University. Ashgate, £30.00. ISBN 9780754675792

In this book, Taneja analyses global changes and thought-provoking scenarios to help airline executives adjust and adapt to the chaotic world.


- Urban Green Belts in the Twenty-first Century

Edited by Marco Amati, lecturer in the Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754649595

By bringing together and comparing the experiences of green-belt reform across the developed world, this book adds to the understanding of how a green belt can be affected and what alternatives exist to it.


- High Society in the Third Reich

By Fabrice D'Almeida, lecturer in history, University of Paris X-Nanterre. Polity, £55.00 and £16.99. ISBN 9780745643113 and 3120

In the first systematic study of the relations between German high society and the Nazis, D'Almeida uses unpublished archival material, private diaries and diplomatic documents to take readers into the hidden areas of power, where privileges, tax breaks and stolen property were exchanged.


- A Modern Legal Ethics: Adversary Advocacy in a Democratic Age

By Daniel Markovits, professor of law, Yale University. Princeton University Press, £17.95. ISBN 9780691121628

A Modern Legal Ethics proposes a wholesale renovation of legal ethics, one that contributes to ethical thought generally and reinterprets the positive law governing lawyers to identify fidelity as its organising ideal.


- Seventeenth-Century English Recipe Books: Cooking, Physic and Chirurgery in the Works of Elizabeth Talbot Grey and Aletheia Talbot Howard

By Elizabeth Spiller, associate professor in English, Florida State University. Ashgate, £110.00. ISBN 9780754651963

The texts reprinted in these two volumes allow readers to reconstruct the history of recipes, both medical and culinary, from the mid-16th to mid-17th century, and situate that history within the larger scientific and intellectual practices of the period.

- Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

By Michael Dylan Foster, assistant professor of folklore and East Asian cultures, Indiana University University of California Press, £32.95 and £12.95. ISBN 9780520253612 and 3629

The monsters known as yokai have long haunted the Japanese cultural landscape. Foster tracks yokai over three centuries, from their appearance in 17th-century natural histories to their starring role in 20th-century popular media.

- A History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film

By Michael Berry, associate professor of contemporary Chinese cultural studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Columbia University Press, £26.50. ISBN 9780231141628

As Chinese artists began to probe previously taboo aspects of their nation's history in the final decades of the 20th century, they created texts that subverted social, political and cultural trends. This book acknowledges the profound role this art played in shaping the public imagination and conception of modern Chinese history.


- Bolognese Instrumental Music, 1660-1710: Spiritual Comfort, Courtly Delight, and Commercial Triumph

By Gregory Barnett, assistant professor of musicology, Rice University. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754658719

This is a study of Bolognese instrumental music during the height of the city's musical activity in the late 17th century, illustrating the historically significant and defining features of the music, and linking the surviving repertory to the flourishing musical culture in which it was created.


- Richard Rorty: Liberalism, Irony, and the Ends of Philosophy

By Neil Gascoigne, senior lecturer in philosophy, Royal Holloway, University of London. Polity, £50.00 and £15.99. ISBN 9780745633404 and 3411

Gascoigne provides an introduction to the work of Richard Rorty, demonstrating how the radical views on truth, objectivity and rationality expressed in Rorty's essays on contemporary culture and politics derive from his earliest work in the philosophy of mind and language.

- Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory

By Lydia Goehr, professor of philosophy, Columbia University. Columbia University Press, £20.95. ISBN 9780231144803

In this book, Goehr focuses on the history of elective affinities between philosophy and music from German classicism, romanticism and idealism to the modernist aesthetic theory of Theodor Adorno and Arthur Danto.


- Embedding Global Markets: An Enduring Challenge

Edited by John G. Ruggie, Evron and Jeane Kirkpatrick professor of international affairs, Harvard University. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754674542

Here leading scholars combine to offer a better understanding of what embedded liberalism means, why it matters and how to reconstitute it, contextualising the current challenge historically and theoretically to remind readers what is at stake.

- The Nature of Demography

By Herve Le Bras, director of studies, School of Higher Education in the Social Sciences and director of research at the National Institute of Demographic Studies, Paris. Princeton University Press, £23.95. ISBN 9780691128238

This authoritative text offers a systematic and coherent overview of the fundamental ideas governing the study of present and future populations, covering formal models as well as the underlying logic and context of demographic reasoning.


- World at Risk

By Ulrich Beck, professor of sociology, Ludwig-Maximilian University and British Journal of Sociology LSE Centennial professor of sociology, London School of Economics. Polity, £55.00 and £15.99. ISBN 9780745642000 and 2017

World at Risk is a far-reaching analysis of the structural dynamics of the modern world, the global nature of risk and the future of global politics.

- Mountain against the Sea: Essays on Palestinian Society and Culture

By Salim Tamari, professor of sociology, Birzeit University. University of California Press, £19.95. ISBN 9780520251298

This book on modern Palestinian culture goes beyond the usual focal point of the 1948 war to address the earlier, formative years and draws on previously unavailable biographies of Palestinians (including Palestinian Jews).

- A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages Its Migration

By David Fitzgerald, assistant professor of sociology, University of California, San Diego. University of California Press, £32.95 and £12.95. ISBN 9780520257047 and 7054

Examining a region of Mexico whose citizens have been migrating to the US for more than a century, Fitzgerald finds that emigrant citizenship does not signal the decline of the nation-state, instead it leads to a new form of citizenship.


Child Labour in a Globalized World: A Legal Analysis of ILO Action Edited by Giuseppe Nesi, professor of law, Luca Nogler, professor of advanced studies in European and transnational law and head of the law department and Marco Pertile, lecturer in international law, all at the University of Trento Ashgate, £65.00 ISBN 97807546722

This volume examines the legal dimension of the ILO’s action in the field of child labour. The authors investigate the implementation of the relevant legal instruments and assess the effectiveness of the ILO supervisory system.

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