Published this week

April 30, 2009

? = Review forthcoming


- Forms of Becoming: The Evolutionary Biology of Development

By Alessandro Minelli, professor of zoology, University of Padova. Princeton University Press, £16.95. ISBN 9780691135687

Anyone interested in genetics and the animal form will enjoy Minelli's wide-ranging coverage of topics including expression patterns of genes, developmental bias, the role of developmental genes and genetic determinism.


- A Toolbox for Economic Design

By Dimitrios Diamantaras, associate professor of economics, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University. Palgrave Macmillan, £35.00. ISBN 9780230610606

Diamantaras combines economic theory and design to create tools that economists can use in social, political and institutional applications. The key is designing rules to harness the power of incentives.


- The Spanish Prisoner

By Yannis Tzioumakis, lecturer in media and communication, University of Liverpool. Edinburgh University Press, £50.00 and £12.99. ISBN 9780748633692 and 3685

This book, the first in a new series, is a critical guide to David Mamet's most celebrated film. Tzioumakis considers the work as an example of contemporary American independent cinema and also uses it as a vehicle to explore key ideas in film studies.


- Spain since 1812

By Christopher J. Ross, lecturer at the department of international business communication, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Hodder Education, £16.99. ISBN 9780340981740

This introductory text has been revised to look at the new Spanish Government's social reforms, its attempts to end Eta's violence and its response to Catalan demands for more autonomy. Also considered are changes in the country's political climate and external relationships, as well as the crisis facing Spain's economy.


- Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror

By Peter Jan Honigsberg, professor of law, San Francisco School of Law. University of California Press, £16.95. ISBN 9780520254725

Honigsberg chronicles the black hole of the American judicial system from 2001 to the present, analysing what has been lost in the past seven years and considering what may lie ahead.


? - Frankenstein

By Audrey Fisch, professor of English and elementary and secondary education, New Jersey City University. Helm Information, £38.00. ISBN 9781903206201

Fisch examines how Frankenstein's monster became an iconic cultural figure. The book begins with Mary Shelley's initial 1818 creature and follows him through many of his different incarnations.


- An Intellectual History of Cannibalism

By Catalin Avramescu, lecturer in political science, University of Bucharest. Princeton University Press, £17.95. ISBN 97806911330

Avramescu systematically examines the role of the cannibal in the arguments of philosophers, from the classical period to modern disputes about such wide-ranging issues as vegetarianism and the right to private property.

- The Bulgarian Orthodox Church: A Socio-Historical Analysis of the Evolving Relationship between Church, Nation, and State in Bulgaria

By James L. Hopkins, assistant professor in theology, University of Edinburgh. Columbia University Press, £39.50. ISBN 9780880336246

After a discussion of the Byzantine and early Ottoman eras, Hopkins examines church-state relationships in the latter Ottoman, Communist and post-communist periods.


Business and management

l Sensory Marketing

By Bertil Hultén, associate professor at the Baltic Business School, University of Kalmar

Palgrave Macmillan, £25.00

ISBN 9780230576575

Hultén offers a theoretical and practical understanding of sensory marketing using arguments and examples of best practice as well as outlining new concepts and models.


l Economic Modeling and Inference

By Bent Jesper Christensen, professor of finance, Aarhus University and Nicholas Kiefer, Ta-Ching Liu professor of economics, Cornell University

Princeton University Press, £29.95

ISBN 9780691120591

This graduate-level textbook draws applications from microeconomics and macroeconomics, paying special attention to financial and labour economics. Throughout, the emphasis is on what observations can reveal about stochastic dynamic models of rational optimising behaviour and equilibrium.

l Child Labor and Education in Latin America: An Economic Perspective

By Peter F. Orazem, head of economics, Iowa State University

Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00

ISBN 9780230614598

The evidence presented in this book supports the view that the root causes of child labour can be identified, that child labour has identifiable costs that can last across generations and that policy alternatives can eradicate it.


l Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities

By Camille Z. Charles, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn term professor in the social sciences, and professor of sociology, education, and Africana studies, University of Pennsylvania, Mary J. Fischer, assistant professor of sociology, University of Connecticut, Margarita A. Mooney, assistant professor of sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant professor of sociology and public affairs, Princeton University

Princeton University Press, £19.95

ISBN 9780691139647

Focusing on racial differences in academic performance, this book identifies the causes of students’ divergent grades and levels of personal satisfaction with their institutions.

l Leadership and the Liberal Arts: Achieving the Promise of a Liberal Education

By J. Thomas Wren, professor of leadership studies and interim dean, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, Ronald E. Riggio, professor of leadership and organisational psychology and director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College, and Michael A. Genovese, professor of political science and director of the Institute for Leadership Studies, Loyola Marymount University

Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00

ISBN 9780230612280

This collection of essays has been written by leading intellectuals who reflect on the meaning of educating individuals for leadership and how it can be accomplished in ways consistent with the missions of liberal arts institutions.

Film studies

l Chinese Martial Arts Cinema: The Wuxia Tradition

By Stephen Teo, associate professor of communication, Nanyang Technological University

Edinburgh University Press, £60.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780748632862 and 2855

This account of the Chinese martial arts film focuses on the Wuxia (martial chivalry) genre from its beginnings in the Shanghai cinema of the late 1920s to Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Zhang Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers.

J The History of Italian Cinema: A Guide to Italian Film from Its Origins to the Twenty-First Century

By Gian Piero Brunetta, professor of history and criticism of cinema, University of Padua

Princeton University Press, £19.95

ISBN 9780691119885

Brunetta covers more than 1,500 films in this history, discussing masters including Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini, as well as directors such as Dino Risi and Ettore Scola who are less well known outside Italy.

l 100 Documentary Films

By Jim Hillier, senior lecturer in the department of film, theatre and television, University of Reading (retired 2006), and Barry Keith Grant, professor of film studies and popular culture, Brock University

Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00 and £12.99

ISBN 9781844572656 and 49

Over the past two decades, documentary cinema has enjoyed a revival in critical and commercial success. The scope of this analysis of 100 key non-fiction films of world cinema ranges from the Lumière brothers to Michael Moore.


l Before Wilde: Sex between Men in Britain’s Age of Reform

By Charles Upchurch, assistant professor of history, Florida State University

University of California Press, £26.95

ISBN 9780520258532

Upchurch examines changing perceptions of sex between men in early Victorian Britain, a significant yet little explored period in the history of Western sexuality.


l The Homosexual Revival of Renaissance Style, 1850-1930

By Yvonne Ivory, assistant professor of German and comparative literature, University of South Carolina

Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00

ISBN 9780230219977

Ivory shows how the Victorian coupling of criminality with self-fashioning under the sign of the Renaissance provided queer intellectuals with an enduring model of ruthlessly permissive individualism.

l English Literary Sexology Translations of Inversion, 1860-1930

By Heike Bauer, lecturer in English literature, Birkbeck, University of London

Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00

ISBN 9780230221635

Much of our modern vocabulary of sex emerged within 19th-century German sexology. But how were the “German ideas” translated and transmitted into English culture? This study examines the formation of sexual theory between the 1860s and 1930s and its migration across national and disciplinary boundaries.


l Introduction to the Practice of Statistics

By David S. Moore, professor of statistics, Purdue University, George P. McCabe, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of statistic, Purdue University and Bruce Craig, director of statistical consulting, Purdue University

Palgrave Macmillan, £46.99

ISBN 97814292162

Focusing on data analysis, statistical reasoning and the way statisticians work, this book aims to help revolutionise how statistics are taught using a blend of critical thinking and practical applications.

Media and communication studies

l Scottish Newspapers, Language and Identity

By Fiona Douglas, lecturer in English language, University of Leeds

Edinburgh University Press, £50.00

ISBN 9780748624379

Douglas offers insights into Scottish language and its use by the Scottish press and combines analysis of broad trends with detailed discussion of individual Scottish words and phrases.

Philosophy and theology

J Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches

By Robert Wuthnow, Gerhard R. Andlinger professor of sociology, Princeton University

University of California Press, £15.95

ISBN 9780520259157

Wuthnow considers how American Christianity is increasingly influenced by globalisation and is, in turn, playing a larger role in other countries and in US policies and programmes abroad.


l Obama’s America

By Carl Pedersen, adjunct professor of American studies, Copenhagen Business School

Edinburgh University Press, £15.00

ISBN 9780748638949

Pedersen explores the rise of Barack Obama and his vision of One America in the context of profound social and political changes in the US, and the potential transformation of American foreign policy in the post-Bush era.

l Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics Have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS

By Evan S. Lieberman, associate professor, department of politics, Princeton University

Princeton University Press, £38.95 and £14.95

ISBN 9780691132860 and 40193

Lieberman examines the ways in which risk and social competition get mapped on to well-institutionalised patterns of ethnic politics, concluding that varied patterns of ethnic competition shape how governments respond to the HIV/Aids pandemic.

l Theories of the Democratic State

By John Dryzek, professor of social and political theory in the political science programme, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Patrick Dunleavy, professor of political science and public policy chair, London School of Economics

Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00 and £20.99

ISBN 9780230542860 and 877

As well as outlining theories used to understand the state, this book provides critiques of modern states that have emerged from feminism, environmentalism, neo-conservatism and postmodernism.

l President George W. Bush’s Influence over Bureaucracy and Policy: Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Powers

By Colin Provost, lecturer in public policy, University College London, and Paul Teske, professor in the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Palgrave Macmillan, £47.50

ISBN 9780230609549

This book investigates the methods used by the Bush Administration to control bureaucratic agencies, including executive orders, signing directives and political appointments. The results suggest that the administration was unable to achieve many of its goals.

Social sciences

l After 2015: International Development Policy at a Crossroads

By Andy Sumner, research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, and Meera Tiwari, senior lecturer in social sciences, media and cultural studies, University of East London

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 9781403987723

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have played a big role in focusing policy since their original incarnation in the mid- to late 1990s, but what happens when we no longer have the MDGs? This book discusses the world and development policy up to and beyond 2015.

J Critical Race Theory and Education: A Marxist Response

By Mike Cole, research professor in education and equality, head of research and director of the Centre for Education for Social Justice, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln

Palgrave Macmillan, £47.50 and £15.99

ISBN 9780230608450 and 13355

Cole focuses on the challenge to Marxism posed by Critical Race Theory. CRT and Marxism are contextualised with respect to both neoliberal global capitalism and imperialism and to anti-racist socialist developments in South America.

Theatre studies

l Collaboration in Theatre: A Practical Guide for Designers and Directors

By Rob Roznowski, head of acting and directing in the department of theatre, Michigan State University, and Kirk Domer, head of design and associate chair for the department of theatre, Michigan State University

Palgrave Macmillan, £47.50

ISBN 9780230614208 and 215

This book addresses the crucial relationship between theatrical production team members, focusing on the collaboration between director and designer.

l Performance and the City

By D.?J. Hopkins, head of theatre, School of Theatre, Television and Film, San Diego State University, Shelley Orr, School of Theatre, Television and Film, San Diego State University, and Kim Solga, assistant professor of English, University of Western Ontario

Palgrave Macmillan, £45.00

ISBN 9780230204973

This text queries the role theatre and performance play in urban policy, architecture and civic history, while also exploring their important place in the memories created in the wake of urban trauma.

l (Syn)aesthetics: Redefining Visceral Performance

By Josephine Machon, lecturer in drama, Brunel University

Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00

ISBN 97802302217

Machon identifies the practice of (syn)aesthetics in artistic style and audience response. Her approach includes interviews with practitioners in theatre, dance, site-specific work, live art and technological performance practice.

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