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January 29, 2009

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- Art and Design at Brighton 1859-2009: From Arts and Manufactures to the Creative and Cultural Industries

Edited by Philippa Lyon, research fellow in the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design, University of Brighton, and Jonathan Woodham, director of the Centre for Research and Development, University of Brighton

University of Brighton, £25.00

ISBN 9781905593583

The book traces 150 influential years of creative lives and histories, drawing on a wide range of previously unpublished archival material. Contributing staff and alumni include Turner Prize winners Antony Gormley, Keith Tyson and Rachel Whiteread, and illustrators such as Raymond Briggs and John Vernon Lord.


- Classical Greece and the Birth of Western Art

By Andrew Stewart, professor of Greek art, University of California, Berkeley

Cambridge University Press, £45.00 and £14.99

ISBN 9780521853217 and 618359

Stewart examines Greek architecture, painting and sculpture of the fifth and fourth centuries BC and its relation to the great political, social, cultural and intellectual issues of the period.


- Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist's Companion

By Joshua D. Angrist, professor of economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Jorn-Steffen Pischke, professor of economics, London School of Economics

Princeton University Press, £54.00 and £24.95

ISBN 9780691120348 and 0355

Angrist and Pischke show how the basic tools of applied econometrics allow data to speak, explaining why fancier econometric techniques are typically unnecessary and even dangerous.


- The Art and Science of Lightning Protection

By Martin A. Uman, distinguished professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Florida

Cambridge University Press, £55.00

ISBN 9780521878111

Uman examines the physical behaviour of lightning, various types of lightning damage, the role of lightning detection and warning in effective protection, as well as options for deflecting or eliminating lightning.


- Sexual Difference in European Cinema: The Curse of Enjoyment

By Fabio Vighi, senior lecturer in Italian and European cinema, Cardiff University

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9780230549258

Vighi argues that cinema is the ideal medium to unravel not only Lacan's theory of sexuality, but also its social and political implications. He brings together cinematic fiction and psychoanalysis to identify the repressed kernel that structures our experience as subjects immersed in a specific socio-symbolic context.


- Ethics and the Environment

By Dale Jamieson, director of environmental studies, New York University

Cambridge University Press, £45.00 and £15.99

ISBN 9780521864213 and 682848

This is an introduction to the philosophical issues involved in the question of what the environment is and how it figures in an ethical life, focusing primarily on ethics but also encompassing questions in aesthetics and political philosophy.


- Drawing the Global Colour Line: White Men's Countries and the International Challenge of Racial Equality

By Marilyn Lake, professor of history, La Trobe University, and Henry Reynolds, professor of history, University of Tasmania

Cambridge University Press, £45.00 and £17.99

ISBN 9780521881180 and 7075

Lake and Reynolds show how, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, countries worked in solidarity to exclude those they defined as not-white - actions that provoked a long international struggle for racial equality.

- Globalization and the Great Exhibition: The Victorian New World Order

By Paul Young, lecturer in Victorian literature and culture, University of Exeter

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9780230520752

Critically evaluating the Great Exhibition and the commentary it inspired, Young argues that the display was a decisive moment in the formation of a capitalist world picture that became durably embedded in Victorian society and continues to exert a strong hold over politics and culture today.


- The Judicial Response to Police Killings in Latin America

By Daniel M. Brinks, assistant professor of law, University of Texas

Cambridge University Press, £50.00

ISBN 9780521872348

Brinks documents the corrosive effect of social exclusion on democracy and the rule of law, showing how marginalisation prevents citizens from effectively engaging even the best legal systems, how politics creeps into prosecutorial and judicial decision making, and how institutional change is often nullified by enduring contextual factors.


- Beckett, Technology and the Body

By Ulrika Maude, lecturer in English studies, Durham University

Cambridge University Press, £45.00

ISBN 9780521515375

In the first sustained analysis of embodiment in Beckett's prose, drama and media works, Maude argues that physical and sensory experience is central to the understanding of Beckett's writing.

- Text Editing, Print and the Digital World

By Marilyn Deegan, director of research development at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London, and Kathryn Sutherland, professor of English, University of Oxford

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754673071

Deegan and Sutherland discuss whether, and how, existing paradigms for developing and using critical editions are changing to reflect the increased commitment to, and assumed significance of, digital tools and methodologies.


- Neonatal and Infant Emergencies

Edited by Ghazala Sharieff, associate professor of paediatric emergency medicine, University of California, San Diego and associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and director of paediatric emergency medicine, University of Southern California

Cambridge University Press, £55.00

ISBN 9780521881135

This book addresses the most common complaints that an emergency provider may have to evaluate and treat, and is divided into three sections for quick access to a variety of medical conditions.


? - Radical Reform

By Tariq Ramadan, professor of Islamic studies, University of Oxford

Oxford University Press, £16.99

ISBN 9780195331714

Ramadan argues that it is crucial to find theoretical and practical solutions that will enable

Western Muslims to remain faithful to Islamic ethics while fully living within their societies and their time.

- Late Antique Epistemology: Other Ways to Truth

Edited by Panayota Vassilopoulou, lecturer in philosophy, University of Liverpool, and Stephen R.L. Clark, professor of philosophy, University of Liverpool

Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00

ISBN 97802305423

This edited volume explores the techniques used by late antique philosophers to discuss truth, showing that classical philosophers believed non-rational ways to discover truth were as reliable as, or better than, reasoned argument.


- In Search of Structural Power: EU Aid Policy as a Global Political Instrument

By Patrick Holden, lecturer in international relations, law and social science, University of Plymouth

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754673330

Offering an analysis of the panoply of European Union aid policies and a theoretically informed evaluation of their operation, this historically grounded book concentrates on EU aid to key world regions in the 21st century.

- European Union Security Dynamics: In the New National Interest

By Janne Haaland Matlary, professor of international politics, University of Oslo

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9780230521889

This book is the first analysis of recent French-British leadership of the European Security and Defence Policy, discussing, among other developments, the French return to Nato and the British taking a lead in the ESDP.

- Asian American Politics

By Andrew L. Aoki, associate professor and chair of the political science department, Augsburg College, and Okiyoshi Takeda, assistant professor at the School of International Politics, Economics, and Business, Aoyama Gakuin University

Polity, £55.00 and £16.99

ISBN 9780745634463 and 4470

This textbook provides students with an introduction to Asian American politics today. Topics covered include the history and culture of Asian Americans, political behaviour and attitudes, interest groups and parties, elected officials; and public policies which have an important impact on this minority group.


- Cambridge Textbook of Effective Treatments in Psychiatry

Edited by Peter Tyrer, professor of community psychiatry, Imperial College London, and Kenneth R. Silk, professor of psychiatry, University of Michigan

Cambridge University Press, £110.00

ISBN 9780521842280

Written by an international team of independent experts and based on the best evidence available, this book provides practical, clinical guidance on treating psychiatric disorders, and covers a wide range of treatment modalities and diagnostic categories.


? - Intellectuals and their Publics: Perspectives from the Social Sciences

Edited by Christian Fleck, professor of sociology, University of Graz, Andreas Hess, senior lecturer in sociology, University College Dublin, and E. Stina Lyon, professor of educational developments in sociology, London South Bank University

Ashgate, £35.00

ISBN 9780754675402

The ever-changing role of an intellectual in this new age of political uncertainty is focused on within this collection of essays. Its studies and responses seek to debate individual case studies and will be of particular interest to sociologists, political theorists and historians of ideas.

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From Economic Crisis to Reform: IMF Programs in Latin America and Eastern Europe By Grigore Pop-Eleches, assistant professor of politics and international affairs, Princeton University Princeton University Press, £50.00 ISBN 9780691135038 In this volume, Pop-Eleches demonstrates that economic crises do not necessarily persuade governments to adopt IMF-style economic policies.

Instead, ideology, interests and institutions, at both the international and domestic levels, mediate responses to such crises.

Geography and environmental studies

Rural Sustainable Development in the Knowledge Society By Karl Bruckmeier, professor of human ecology, Göteborg University, and Hilary Tovey, senior lecturer in sociology, Trinity College Dublin Ashgate, £65.00 ISBN 9780754674252 Based on the European Union-funded CORASON research project, this volume brings together and compares studies into rural and sustainable development processes in 12 European countries.


God Interrupted: Heresy and the European Imagination between the World Wars By Benjamin Lazier, assistant professor of history and humanities, Reed College Princeton University Press, £21.95 ISBN 9780691136707 Lazier tracks the interwar debates about the divine across confessions and disciplines. He also traces the surprising afterlives of these debates in postwar arguments about the environment, neoconservative politics and heretical forms of Jewish identity.

Hearts Exposed: Transplants and the Media in 1960s Britain By Ayesha Nathoo, research fellow in the history and philosophy of science, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge Palgrave Macmillan, £52.00 ISBN 9781403987303 Nathoo offers the first analysis of the media involvement in early heart-transplant operations in Britain, understanding this as an integral part of a critical period in medical history, and a turning point in medical-media relations.


The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing Edited by Alfred Bendixen, professor of English, Texas A&M University, and Judith Hamera, professor of performance studies, Texas A&M University Cambridge University Press, £45.00 and £17.99 ISBN 9780521861090 and 678315 These essays trace journeys taken by writers from the pre-revolutionary period up to the present day, examining a range of responses to the problems posed by landscapes found at home and abroad, from the Mississippi and the Southwest to Europe and the Holy Land.


Authoritarian Backlash: Russian Resistance to Democratization in the Former Soviet Union By Thomas Ambrosio, associate professor of political science, North Dakota State University Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754673507 Presenting detailed case studies of each strategy, this book aims to contribute to understandings of Russian domestic and foreign policies, democratisation theory and the policy challenges associated with democracy promotion.

Building Strong Nations: Improving Governability and Public Management By Eran Vigoda-Gadot, head of the school of political sciences and head of the Centre for Public Management and Policy, University of Haifa Ashgate, £60.00 ISBN 9780754675464 Vigoda-Gadot discusses how to move modern nations forward despite major problems such as the clash of ideologies, the overburdening of and expectations from public administration, and the growing instability in world economics and international relations.

Social sciences

Comparing Rural Development: Continuity and Change in the Countryside of Western Europe

By Jo Vergunst, academic fellow in anthropology, University of Aberdeen, Arnar Árnason, lecturer in social anthropology, University of Aberdeen, and Mark Shucksmith, professor of planning, Newcastle University Ashgate, £55.00 ISBN 9780754675181 Comparing case studies from Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Scotland and Sweden, this book describes and analyses the role of networks and social capital in rural development across rural Europe.

Terrorism, Crime and Public Policy

By Brian Forst, professor of criminal justice, American University Cambridge University Press, £65.00 and £29.99 ISBN 9780521859240 and 6764 Forst describes the problem of terrorism while comparing it to other forms of aggression, particularly crime and war, and discusses different policy options for dealing with terrorism.

European Security Culture: Language, Theory, Policy By Monica Gariup, lecturer in social and behavioural sciences, Zayed University Ashgate, £60.00 ISBN 9780754675556 Grounded on tenets of cultural realism and social constructivism, Gariup’s study develops a theoretical framework to enhance understanding of security culture at the European Union level and the implications of discourse and practice in European security and defence policy.

Postfemininities in Popular Culture

By Stephanie Genz, senior lecturer in media and culture, Edge Hill University Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00 ISBN 9780230551503 Exploring the contradictions surrounding modern-day femininity and its complicated relationship with feminism and postfeminism, this book provides a history of femininity in popular culture since the 1960s, analysing its shifting relationship with (post)feminism and concepts of female victimisation.

Introducing Social Work

By Lena Dominelli, professor of social and community development, University of Southampton Polity, £45.00 and £13.99 ISBN: 9780745640860 and 0877

This short and accessible introduction will appeal to anyone with an interest in social work, including those considering becoming a social worker. It seeks to affirm the valuable contribution social workers can make to human wellbeing and demonstrate how the promise and potential of social work can be, and is, realised.

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