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March 12, 2009

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- Cutting a Figure: Fashioning Black Portraiture

By Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett professor of art and art history, Duke University. University of Chicago Press, £38.00. ISBN 97802266779

Examining portraits of black people over the past two centuries, Powell argues that these images should be viewed as a distinct category of portraiture that differs significantly from depictions of people with other racial and ethnic backgrounds.

- TV By Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television

By Lynn Spigel, Frances E. Willard chair and professor of screen cultures, Northwestern University. University of Chicago Press, £16.00. ISBN 9780226769684

Whereas other histories of television focus on the way older forms of entertainment were recycled for the new medium, Spigel's work shows how TV was instrumental in introducing the public to the latest trends in art and design.

- The Body Adorned: Sacred and Profane in Indian Art

By Vidya Dehejia, Barbara Stoler Miller chair in Indian art, Columbia University. Columbia University Press, £28.95. ISBN 9780231140287

Dehejia draws on the literature of court poets, the hymns of saints and acharyas and verses from inscriptions to illuminate pre-modern India's unique treatment of the sculpted and painted form.


- Marketing: A Critical Introduction

By Chris Hackley, professor of marketing, Royal Holloway, University of London. Sage, £22.99. ISBN 9781412911498

This text introduces the essentials of critical thinking within the field of marketing, integrating critical perspectives with the topics of the typical marketing curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate marketing courses.


- Experiments and Competition Policy

Edited by Jeroen Hinloopen, professor of industrial organisation, University of Amsterdam. Cambridge University Press, £55.00. ISBN 9780521493420

In Experiments and Competition Policy, scholars in the field of experimental economics survey the use of experimental methods and show how they can help us to understand firms' behaviour in relation to various forms of competition policy.


- American Boundaries: The Nation, the States, the Rectangular Survey

By Bill Hubbard Jr, adjunct associate professor of architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. University of Chicago Press, £38.00. ISBN 9780226355917

Mapping how each state came to have its current shape, and how the nation itself formed within its present borders, Hubbard charts the country's growth using the boundary as a political and cultural focus.


- Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company

By Kerry Ward, associate professor of world history, Rice University. Cambridge University Press, £45.00. ISBN 9780521885867

Ward proposes that early modern empires were composed of durable networks of trade, administration, settlement, legality and migration whose regional circuits and territorially and institutionally based nodes of regulatory power operated not only on land and sea but discursively as well.

- The Fiscal-Military State in Eighteenth-Century Europe: Essays in honour of P.G.M. Dickson.

Edited by Christopher Storrs, programme convenor in history, University of Dundee. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754658146

This volume of essays explores the subject of the fiscal-military state by focusing on its leading exemplars in 18th-century Europe and considers the fiscal-military state in a broader, comparative international context in the arena of international relations.

- American Culture in the 1970s

By Will Kaufman, professor of American literature and culture, University of Central Lancashire. Edinburgh University Press, £60.00 and £17.99. ISBN 9780748621422 and 1439

Kaufman discusses the dominant cultural forms in 1970s America, providing an overview of the major cultural forms - fiction and poetry; television and drama; film and visual culture; music and fashion; and sports - and the influential texts of the decade.

- Enlightenment and Change: Scotland 1746-1832

By Bruce Lenman, emeritus professor of modern history, University of St Andrews. Edinburgh University Press, £55.00 and £17.99. ISBN 9780748625147 and 5154

This book describes a period that saw the rise of some of the most influential thinkers of the contemporary world, as the Scottish Enlightenment reached and perhaps passed its peak.

- The Myth of the Jacobite Clans: The Jacobite Army in 1745

By Murray Pittock, Bradley professor of English literature, University of Glasgow. Edinburgh University Press, £60.00 and £19.99. ISBN 97807486561 and 7578

The second edition of this book argues that British history has long sought to caricature Jacobitism rather than to understand it, and that the Jacobite Risings drew on extensive Lowland support and had a national quality within Scotland.

- The Cultural Turn in US History: Past, Present, and Future

Edited by James W. Cook, associate professor of history and American culture, University of Michigan, Lawrence B. Glickman, professor of history, University of South Carolina, and Michael O'Malley, associate professor of history, George Mason University. University of Chicago Press, £44.00 and £16.00. ISBN 9780226115061 and 5078

An account of one of the most dominant trends in recent historical writing, the contributors to this volume take stock of the field at the same time as it showcases exemplars of its practice.

? The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture

By Bruce R. Smith, College distinguished professor of English, University of Southern California. University of Chicago Press, £.00. ISBN 9780226763781

Contending that colour is a matter of both sensation and emotion, Smith examines Renaissance material culture as well as music, theatre, philosophy and nature through the lens of sense perception and aesthetic pleasure.

- Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

By Margaret Poulos, ARC postdoctoral fellow in the department of history, University of Sydney. Columbia University Press, £42.95. ISBN 9780231135542

Poulos traces the influence of the image of a woman bearing arms - a potent symbol of modern Greece's nation-building conflicts - on Greek feminist discourse from the mid-19th century to the 1970s and 1980s.


- Landmarks in Australian Intellectual Property Law

Edited by Andrew T. Kenyon, professor of law, Megan Richardson, professor of law and Sam Ricketson, professor of law, all at University of Melbourne. Cambridge University Press, £50.00. ISBN 9780521516860

The contributors to this book provide a picture of how Australian intellectual property law has developed as a distinctly Australian body of law during the century since the country was established.


- English Printing, Verse Translation and the Battle of the Sexes, 1476-1557

By Anne E.B. Coldiron, associate professor of English, Florida State University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754656081

Bringing to light material about early print, early modern gender discourses and cultural contact between France and England, this book focuses on more than a dozen of the many early Renaissance verse translations about women, marriage, sex and gender relations.

- Frontier Constitutions: Christianity and Colonial Empire in the Nineteenth-Century Philippines

By John D. Blanco, assistant professor of comparative literature, University of California, San Diego. University of California Press, £29.95. ISBN 9780520255197

Blanco argues that modernity in the colonial Philippines should not be understood as an imperfect version of a European model but as a set of expressions emerging out of contradictions that sanctioned new political communities formed around the precariousness of Spanish rule.


- The Cambridge Companion to Hume

Edited by David Fate Norton, emeritus professor of philosophy, McGill University. Cambridge University Press, £50.00 and £18.99. ISBN 9780521859868 and 677349

The 15 essays in this volume address all aspects of Hume's thought, showing him to be a thinker who, although often critical to the point of scepticism, was nonetheless able to build on that scepticism a constructive, viable, and profoundly important view of the world.

- Athenagoras: Philosopher and Theologian

By David Rankin, principal and director of studies in Church history, Trinity Theological College. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754666042

Rankin explores Athenagoras' place in the development of Christian thought on the divine, on the Trinity, on the human person, and on the resurrection between the mid-second century and the work of Justin and that of the third-century Christian theologians of the East.

- Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity

By Lila Corwin Berman, assistant professor of religious studies and history and Mal and Lea Bank early career professor in Jewish studies, Pennsylvania State University. University of California Press, £32.95 and £13.50. ISBN 9780520256804 and 6811

Corwin Berman asks why, over the course of the 20th century, American Jews became increasingly fascinated, even obsessed, with explaining themselves to their non-Jewish neighbours.

- The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right

By Jon A. Shields, assistant professor of political science, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Princeton University Press, £17.95. ISBN 9780691137407

The Christian Right is frequently accused of threatening democratic values, however Shields argues that religious conservatives have in fact dramatically increased and improved democratic participation and that they are far more civil and reasonable than is commonly believed.


- The Strategic President: Persuasion and Opportunity in Presidential Leadership

By George C. Edwards III, distinguished professor of political science and Jordan chair in presidential studies, Texas A&M University. Princeton University Press, £17.95. ISBN 9780691139470

Edwards contends that presidents cannot create opportunities for change by persuading others to support their policies. Instead, he argues, successful presidents facilitate change by recognising opportunities and fashioning strategies and tactics to exploit them.


- The Making of Pro-life Activists: How Social Movement Mobilization Works

By Ziad W. Munson, Frank R. Hook assistant professor of sociology, Lehigh University. University of Chicago Press, £41.50 and £15.50. ISBN 9780226551197 and 1203

Through interviews and studies of pro-life organisations across the nation, Munson makes the discovery that many activists join up before they develop strong beliefs about abortion, concluding that commitment to an issue is often a consequence rather than a cause of activism.

- Work With Young People: Theory and Policy for Practice

By Jason J. Wood, senior lecturer in youth and community development, and Jean Hine, reader in criminology, De Montfort University. Sage, £20.99. ISBN 9781412928854

Wood and Hine consider how theory, policy and practice intersect and influence each other in today's challenging and rapidly changing social, economic and political contexts.

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Business and management

The SAGE Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development By Steven J. Armstrong, professor of organisational behaviour and human resource management, University of Hull, and Cynthia V. Fukami, professor of management, University of Denver Sage, £90.00 ISBN 9781412935395 Chapters from international academics identify the key issues and map out where the discipline is going. Each chapter provides an overview of the given topic area, highlights current debates and reviews the emerging research agenda.

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