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November 27, 2008

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Witness to Extinction

By Samuel Turvey, research fellow, Institute of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Oxford University Press, £16.99

ISBN 9780199549474

In relating the plight of the Yangtze River dolphin, Turvey celebrates a remarkable animal that once graced China's greatest river and provides an eyewitness account of the failures of policy and the struggle to get funds that led to the demise of a species.

Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas

By Stefan Helmreich, associate professor of anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

University of California Press, £14.95

ISBN 9780520250628

This work aims to immerse readers in worlds being newly explored by marine biologists - the deep sea, the microscopic realm and oceans beyond national boundaries.

ECONOMICS

Nicholas Kaldor

By John E. King, professor of economics, La Trobe University

Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00

ISBN 9780230217256

King explores the life and work of Nicholas Kaldor, examining his influences and looking in detail at the crucial part he played in 20th-century economics.

The Economic Performance of the European Union

Edited by Lubor Lacina, associate professor of economics and management, Mendel University, Jarko Fidrmuc, professor of European integration and political economy, Geschwister-Scholl-Institute for Political Science, University of Munich, and Antonin Rusek, associate professor of economics, Susquehanna University

Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00

ISBN 97802302224

This volume brings together a range of economists to analyse the dual process of deepening and broadening in the European Union.

EDUCATION

Talk and Social Interaction in the Playground

By Carly W. Butler, senior research assistant, faculty of education, Queensland University of Technology

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754674160

Using an ethnomethodological approach, Butler offers a fine-grained analysis of the methods and practices used by a group of children to generate and organise a particular game.

GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

The Moving Frontier: The Changing Geography of Production in Labour-Intensive Industries

Edited by Lois Labrianidis, professor of economic geography, University of Macedonia

Ashgate, £60.00

ISBN 9780754674481

Drawing on case studies from the European Union's eastern and south-eastern frontiers, this book examines the shifts in geography of production in labour-intensive industries.

Globalizing Care Economies and Migrant Workers

By Nicola Yeates, senior lecturer in social policy, The Open University

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9780230005341

Yeates combines theoretical innovation with systematic empirical substance to explore the contours and dynamics of the globalisation of reproductive labour.

HISTORY

Booker T. Washington and the Struggle against White Supremacy

By David H. Jackson Jr, professor of history, Florida A&M University

Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50

ISBN 9780230606524

This recounts and analyses the southern tours by Booker T. Washington and his associates in 1908-12, assessing the importance of these tours in early 20th-century race relations and relating them to Washington's racial philosophy and its impact on black society.

Migration and Activism in Europe since 1945

Edited by Wendy Pojmann, assistant professor of modern European history, Siena College

Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00

ISBN 9780230605480

Each of the 12 chapters looking at the political and social activism of immigrants to Europe draws on research from scholars who cover conflict-ridden themes such as autonomous migrant organising and transnational activism.

Soldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1790-1820

By Alan Forrest, professor of modern history, University of York, Karen Hagemann, James G. Kenan distinguished professor of history, University of North Carolina, and Jane Rendall, honorary fellow, University of York

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9780230545342

This volume of essays examines the formative experiences of men and women in the years 1792-1815, using their personal documents and social and cultural practices to offer a perspective on the wars that is at some distance from more familiar historical narratives.

Crossing Hitler: The Man Who Put the Nazis on the Witness Stand

By Benjamin Hett, associate professor of history, Hunter College, City University of New York

Oxford University Press, £14.99

ISBN 9780195369885

Hans Litten, a German-Jewish lawyer who defended civil rights in the Weimar Republic, was one of the few people to cross-examine Hitler on the witness stand and the only one to reduce him to helpless rage. This is an account of that trial.

Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace

Edited by Charles H. Smith, professor and science librarian, Western Kentucky University

Oxford University Press, £25.00

ISBN 9780199239160

Writers from a range of fields explore Alfred Russel Wallace's work and continuing influence as biologist, collector and a Victorian deeply engaged with social, political and philosophical issues.

On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet: The Nyemo Incident of 1969

By Melvyn C. Goldstein, John Reynolds Harkness professor of anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, Ben Jiao, deputy director, Contemporary Tibetan Research Institute, Tibet Academy of Social Science, and Tanzen Lhundrup, deputy director, Social and Economic Institute, Beijing Tibetology Center

University of California Press, £14.95

ISBN 9780520256828

This is the first text on the Cultural Revolution in Tibet to revisit the Nyemo incident, which has long been romanticised as the epitome of Tibetan nationalist resistance against China.

Mary Austin and the American West

By Susan Goodman, H. Fletcher Brown chair of humanities and professor of English, University of Delaware, and Carl Dawson, professor of English, University of Delaware

University of California Press, £17.95

ISBN 9780520246355

Goodman and Dawson explore Mary Austin's life and achievement, using her tale to tell the larger story of the emerging importance of California and the Southwest to the American consciousness.

Europe through Arab Eyes, 1578-17

By Nabil Matar, professor of English, Florida Institute of Technology

Columbia University Press, £26.50

ISBN 9780231141949

Drawing on archives throughout Europe and the Middle East, Matar assembles a rare history of Europe's rise to power as seen through the eyes of those who were later subjugated by it.

The Education of Booker T. Washington: American Democracy and the Idea of Race Relations

By Michael Rudolph West, associate professor of history, College of the Holy Cross

Columbia University Press, £14.50

ISBN 9780231130493

In this reinterpretation of a complex and controversial figure, West reveals the personal and political dimensions of Washington's journey "up from slavery".

LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

Understanding Second Language Acquisition

By Lourdes Ortega, associate professor of second language studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Hodder Education, £17.99

ISBN 9780340905593

This is a survey of the burgeoning field of the study of second-language learning, its accumulated findings and proposed theories, its developed research paradigms and its pending questions for the future.

LAW

Law and Transcendence

By Vincent W. Lloyd, assistant professor of religious studies, Georgia State University

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9780230210479

To demonstrate the importance of critical engagement between philosophy and religious thought, this work offers a "metaphysics of law" and a "phenomenology of law" to fill out the jurisprudential turn that some think philosophy must take.

Legal Control of the Private Military Corporation

By Benedict Sheehy, senior lecturer in law, RMIT University, and Jackson Maogoto, senior lecturer in law, University of Newcastle, Australia

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00

ISBN 9780230522312

This work, by specialists in international, corporate, administrative and constitutional law, proposes means of regulating this unique corporation.

LITERATURE

Shakespeare's Letters

By Alan Stewart, professor of English and comparative literature, Columbia University

Oxford University Press, £25.00

ISBN 9780199546657

Showing the different uses to which letters were put in Shakespeare's time, this book throws new light on some of his most familiar dramas.

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Media Witnessing

Edited by Paul Frosh and Amit Pinchevski, both lecturers in the department of communications and journalism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9780230551497

Presenting conceptualisations of the relationship between knowledge, discourse and technology in the era of mass communications, the contributors make an intervention in debates about media witnessing and the representation of strangers.

Asian Americans and the Media

By Kent A. Ono, professor of communications and Asian American studies, and Vincent N. Pham, doctoral student, both at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Polity, £55.00 and £18.99

ISBN 97807456434 and 41

This provides an analysis of US media representations of Asian-Americans and explores how Asian-Americans have resisted, responded to and conceptualised the terrain of challenge and resistance to those representations.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate

By Adam Frank, assistant professor of astrophysics, University of Rochester

University of California Press, £14.95

ISBN 9780520254121

Drawing from his experience and from the writings of the great scholars of religion, philosophy and mythology, Frank locates the tissue linking science and religion and finds their shared aspiration in pursuit of "the True and the Real".

POLITICS

Stealth Conflicts: How the World's Worst Violence Is Ignored

By Virgil Hawkins, specially appointed assistant professor, Global Collaboration Centre, Osaka University

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754675068

Hawkins reveals and explains the highly distorted and assimilated responses to foreign conflicts by major actors in the world, examining the agenda-setting processes of policymakers, the media, the public and academics in relation to foreign conflicts.

Contradictions and Limits of Neo-liberal European Governance

By Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, reader in international relations, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Jan Drahokoupil, senior research fellow, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research and Laura Horn, PhD candidate in the department of political science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00

ISBN 9780230537095

This volume analyses the contradictions and tensions at the heart of European integration, economically as well as politically, and reveals the surprising ways in which these have manifested themselves.

Human Rights in Asia

Edited by Leena Avonius, senior researcher, Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki and Damien Kingsbury, associate professor, and associate head (research) of the School of International and Political Studies, Deakin University

Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50

ISBN 9780230606395

Offering a critical reassessment of the "Asian values" debate, and a reappraisal of the human rights situation in Asia, scholars contextualise the debate and examine how the issues raised continue to trouble Asian societies.

Politics without Reason

By David P. Levine, professor of economics, University of Denver

Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50

ISBN 9780230603776

This book explores the common thread holding together seemingly diverse tendencies in attacks on liberalism, arguing that ambivalence about the self and about desire as an expression of the self fosters the intense animosity we observe directed towards the liberal ideal.

Responsibility to Protect

By Alex J. Bellamy, senior lecturer in peace and conflict studies, University of Queensland

Polity, £55.00 and £16.99

ISBN 9780745643472 and 3489

Bellamy charts the emergence of the principle of "responsibility to protect", tracing it from its origins in a doctrine of sovereignty as responsibility, through debates about the legitimacy of humanitarian intervention, and through the negotiations that preceded the 2005 commitment.

Bounding Power: Republican Security Theory from the Polis to the Global Village

By Daniel H. Deudney, associate professor of political science, Johns Hopkins University

Princeton University Press, £14.95

ISBN 9780691138305

The main ideas of realism and liberalism are fragments of republican security theory, whose primary claim is that security entails the simultaneous avoidance of the extremes of anarchy and hierarchy. In Deudney's reading, there is one main security tradition and its fragmentary descendants.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Young People Making a Life

By Ani Wierenga, research fellow, Youth Research Centre, University of Melbourne

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9780230549289

Wierenga's 12-year study of a group of young people uncovers insider insights and examines what helps them to establish meaning, livelihood and connectedness.

Sport and International Development

Edited by Roger Levermore, lecturer in international development, University of Liverpool, and Aaron Beacom, senior lecturer in sport policy, University College Plymouth St Mark and St John

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00

ISBN 9780230542563

The contributors investigate the capacity of sport to act as a conduit for traditional development assistance activities and as an agent for change.

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Politics

Scales of Justice

By Nancy Fraser, Henry A. and Louise Loeb professor of political and social science, New School Polity, £50.00 and £15.99 ISBN 9780745644868 and 4875 Fraser revises her widely discussed theory of redistribution and recognition and introduces representation as a third, “political”, dimension of justice, which permits us to recast scale and scope as questions of justice.

History

The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force 1939-1945 By Martin Francis, Henry R. Winkler associate professor of history, University of Cincinnati Oxford University Press, £30.00 ISBN 97801997483 This study examines the lives of men of the RAF and their popular representation in literary and cinematic texts.

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