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July 2, 2009

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

- Evolution

By Douglas Futuyma, distinguished professor of ecology and evolution, State University of New York at Stony Brook. Palgrave Macmillan, £40.99. ISBN 9780878932238

Futuyma addresses themes including the history of evolution, evolutionary processes, adaptation, and evolution as an explanatory framework at levels of biological organisation ranging from genomes to ecological communities.

BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

- People Management in Turbulent Times

By Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology, University College London. Palgrave Macmillan, £20.00. ISBN 9780230229549

Among the short essays in this collection are musings about the recent economic downturn, in which Furnham hopes to dispel nonsense in the world of people management.

EDUCATION

- Higher Education at a Time of Transformation: New Dynamics for Social Responsibility

Edited by Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI). Palgrave Macmillan, £26.99. ISBN 9780230233379

This compendium of three GUNI reports provides an overview of key issues in higher education today.

HISTORY

- Common Land, Wine and the French Revolution: Rural Society and Economy in Southern France, 1789-1820

By Noelle Plack, lecturer in history, Newman University College. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754667285

Plack demonstrates the centrality of the Revolution and its aftermath to the lives of country people through an analysis of legislative attempts to privatise common land and the consequent socio-economic and agricultural ramifications.

LAW

- Great Debates: Criminal Law

Jonathan Herring, fellow in law, Exeter College, Cambridge. Palgrave Macmillan, £18.99. ISBN 9780230577237

This is an introduction to some of the more advanced writing on criminal law for readers with a grasp of basic legal principles. Discussions of the issues reveal the practical significance of different theoretical positions.

LITERATURE

- The Raiders and Writers of Cervantes' Archive: Borges, Puig, and Garcia Marquez

By Paul Kong, lecturer in literature, City University of Hong Kong. Ashgate, £45.00. ISBN 9780754665335

Within the context of Miguel de Cervantes and his influence on Jorge Luis Borges, Manuel Puig and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kong analyses the concepts of the archive and the manuscript.

MUSIC STUDIES

- B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present

By George Plasketes, professor of journalism and communication, Auburn University. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754665618

Plasketes adapts the "A-side/B-side" dichotomy for use as a conceptual, critical and historico-cultural framework to explore and tie together popular music and media texts.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism

By Emma Tomalin, senior lecturer in religious studies, University of Leeds. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754655886

Tomalin questions whether the poverty experienced in developing countries means that the linking of religion and environmental concerns is a strategy more suited to contexts where people have a level of material security.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

- Habermas

By William Outhwaite, professor of sociology, Newcastle University. Polity, £60.00 and £15.99. ISBN 97807456434 and 3281

This new edition provides an introduction to Jurgen Habermas' thought. Outhwaite examines the works and steers a course through the debates they have engendered.

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