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April 2, 2009


- Preference Organisation and Peer Disputes: How Young Children Resolve Conflict

By Amelia Church, lecturer in education, University of Melbourne. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754674412

Church offers a conversation analysis of children's arguments, revealing disputing as a highly ordered, rule-governed activity, even among very young children.


- Cultural Tourism and Sustainable Local Development

Edited by Luigi Fusco Girard, professor of economy and environmental evaluation, University Federico 2, and Peter Nijkamp, professor in regional economics and economic geography, Free University. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754673910

An interdisciplinary team of leading scholars from North America and Europe examines the interface of local cultural resources and modern mass tourism from a sustainability perspective.


- Germans, Poland, and Colonial Expansion to the East: 1850 Through the Present

Edited by Robert L. Nelson, assistant professor in history, University of Windsor. Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00. ISBN 9780230612686

This book presents a multifaceted study of Germany's engagement with Eastern Europe throughout the period of worldwide "new imperialism" and expands scholarly notions of "colonialism".

- The Making of Modern Israel

By Leslie Stein, visiting fellow in economics, Macquarie University. Polity, £20.00. ISBN 9780745644660

This book provides an overview of one of the most critical periods in Israel's short history - from the founding of the state in 1948, to the Six-Day War 19 years later - during which the country's nature and character were moulded.


- Learning Language and Culture Via Public Internet Discussion Forums

By Barbara Hanna, senior lecturer in French, Queensland University of Technology, and Juliana De Nooy, senior lecturer in French, University of Queensland. Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00. ISBN 9780230576308

Public internet discussion forums offer opportunities for intercultural interaction in many languages on a vast range of topics, but are often overlooked by language educators in favour of purpose-built exchanges between learners. This book investigates this untapped pedagogical potential.


- Diversity and Tolerance in Socio-Legal Contexts: Explorations in the Semiotics of Law

Edited by Anne Wagner, senior lecturer in applied linguistics, Universite du Littoral Cote d'Opale, and Vijay K. Bhatia, visiting professor in English and communication studies, City University of Hong Kong. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754673866

This book explores how the various disciplines of law and linguistics can help us understand the nature of diversity and tolerance - both oral and written - and how it may be clarified to avoid fear, and conflicts.

- The Changing Governance of Renewable Natural Resources in Northwest Russia

Edited by Soili Nysten-Haarala, professor of civil law, University of Joensuu. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754675310

This multidisciplinary book examines how communities and enterprises adjust to transition and institutional changes in north-west Russia and includes an analysis of the law and legal institutions, focusing on how those involved with the law use or abuse it.

- Ethics, Law and Society: Volume IV

Edited by Jennifer Gunning, senior research fellow in law, Soren Holm, professor of law, and Ian Kenway, honorary research fellow in ethics and ICT and director, Centre for the International Study of Cyberethics and Human Rights, University of Cardiff. Ashgate, £75.00. ISBN 9780754676461

This book brings together papers commissioned and published by the Cardiff Centre for Ethics, Law and Society and includes contributions from international experts on topics including agriculture, ethics and bioethics.


- Russian Literature

By Andrew Wachtel, Bertha and Max Dressler professor of the humanities, Northwestern University, and Ilya Vinitsky, assistant professor of Russian, University of Pennsylvania. Polity, £55.00 and £16.99. ISBN 9780745636856 and 6863

Wachtel and Vinitsky provide a conceptually challenging history of Russian literature, placing individual works, lives and events in broad historical context as well as in the framework of parallel developments in Russian art and music.

- Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism

By Clare Broome Saunders, junior research fellow in English, Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00. ISBN 9780230607934

Saunders uniquely explores how women poets, biographers, historians and visual artists used medieval motifs, forms and settings to enable them to comment more freely on controversial contemporary issues such as war and gender roles.

- Medieval English Drama

By Katie Normington, professor of drama, Royal Holloway, University of London. Polity, £55.00 and £15.99. ISBN 9780745636030 and 6047

Normington provides a fresh introduction to the dramatic and festive practices of England in the late Middle Ages, placing particular emphasis on the importance of the performance contexts of these events.

- Theatre Censorship in Britain: Silencing, Censure and Suppression

By Helen Freshwater, research fellow in theatre studies, Birkbeck, University of London. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230223783

This exploration of the wide variety of censorship that has shaped theatrical performance in 20th- and 21st-century Britain examines the unpredictable outcomes of censorship, deep-seated anxieties about the performative influence of the stage, and the complex questions raised by acts of theatrical censorship.


- The Political Economy of Communication

By Vincent Mosco, Canada research chair in communication and society, Queen's University Canada. Sage, £22.99. ISBN 9781412947015

This edition contains three new chapters to explore current trends, from feminism and labour to new media, forms of resistance, media reform and democracy, to illustrate how power operates across the 21st-century media landscape.

- Postfemininities in Popular Culture

By Stephanie Genz, senior lecturer in media and culture, Edge Hill University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230551503

Genz addresses the contradictions surrounding modern-day femininity and its complicated relationship with feminism and post-feminism and examines a range of popular female and feminist icons and paradigms.


- Speaking for the Dead: The Human Body in Biology and Medicine

By D. Gareth Jones, professor of anatomy, University of Otago, and Maja I. Whitaker, assistant research fellow in anatomy and structural biology, University of Otago. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 9780754674528

Fully revised and updated to include recent developments in this area, this new edition incorporates the repeated organ scandals in the UK, body parts scandals in the US, and the abuses of bodies in China.


- Existentialist Cinema

By William C. Pamerleau, associate professor of philosophy, University of Pittsburgh. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230574595

Pamerleau combines analyses of topics in the philosophy of film with an exploration of specific existentialist themes expressed in the films of Fellini, Bergman and Woody Allen, among others.


- Transatlantic Environment and Energy Politics: Comparative and International Perspectives

Edited by Miranda Schreurs, professor of comparative politics, Free University of Berlin, Henrik Selin, assistant professor of international relations, Boston University, and Stacy D. Van Deveer, associate professor in political science, University of New Hampshire. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754675976

Using a wide range of case studies that embrace climate change, product standards, chemical regulations, renewable energy policies, food safety and genetically modified organisms, this volume examines areas of conflict and co-operation in the relationship between the European Union and North America.

- The Sage Handbook of Comparative Politics

By Todd Landman, reader in government, University of Essex, and Neil Robinson, lecturer in comparative politics, University of Limerick. Sage, £90.00. ISBN 9781412919760

This handbook is for researchers in political science, political sociology, political economy, international relations and area studies and covers global topics and acclaimed authors in the field such as Shaun Bowler, Pippa Norris, Hans Keman and Josep Colemer.

- The Italian General Election of 2008: Berlusconi Strikes Back

Edited by James L. Newell, professor in politics, University of Salford. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230224070

Newell's account of the general election of 2008 and its profound significance for Italy and beyond covers the background to the election, the campaign, the parties, voting and the outcome.

- The Ethics of Postcommunism: History and Social Praxis in Russia

By Sergei Prozorov, research fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230224131

Prozorov offers a reinterpretation of contemporary Russian politics in terms of Agamben's philosophy. He reconstructs Agamben's conception of the end of history that challenges the Hegelian thesis and he approaches post-communist Russia as a post-historical terrain, in which the teleological dimension of politics has been deactivated.


- Paradoxes of Cultural Recognition: Perspectives from Northern Europe

Edited by Sharam Alghasi, PhD fellow, University of Oslo, Thomas Hylland Eriksen, professor of social anthropology, University of Oslo, and Halleh Ghorashi, professor of management and diversity, Vrije Universiteit. Ashgate, £65.00. ISBN 97807546746961

The contributors to this volume discuss central issues regarding multiculturalism in today's Europe, based on studies of Norway and the Netherlands and presents empirical case studies that offer valuable insights into the nature of majority/minority relationships.

- Making Sense of Everyday Life

By Susie Scott, senior lecturer in sociology, University of Sussex. Polity, £55.00 and £17.99. ISBN 9780745642673 and 2680

This introductory text explains the importance of studying "everyday life" in the social sciences and examines varied topics to show how societies are created and reproduced by the apparently mundane micro-level practices of everyday life.

- Managing Change in Health Care: Using Action Research

By Paul Parkin, course leader in health studies, Brunel University. Sage, £19.99. ISBN 9781412922593

Parkin covers a range of topics including organisational culture, leadership, conflict resolution, managerial roles and organisational analysis to show that dynamic change can be achieved at the individual, team, departmental and organisational level.

- European Employment Models in Flux: A Comparison of Institutional Change in Nine European Countries

Edited by Gerhard Bosch, professor of sociology, Duisberg-Essen University, Steffen Lehndorff head of research, Institute for Work and Skills, Duisberg-Essen University, and Jill Rubery, professor of comparative employment systems, University of Manchester. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230223554

This contribution to the debate on the evolution of European employment and social models explores issues of globalisation, ageing societies and new governance approaches through the experiences of nine EU countries.

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