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August 6, 2009

ARTS AND DESIGN

- Public Speaking in the City: Debating and Shaping the Urban Experience

By Janet Stewart, director, visual culture masters programme, University of Aberdeen. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230218093

Providing an analysis of debates in and about the modern city, this book draws upon architecture, history, literary studies, new media and sociology to explore the multiple connections between location, speech and the emerging modern metropolis.

ECONOMICS

- Military Economics: The Interaction of Power and Money

By Ron Smith, professor of applied economics, Birkbeck, University of London. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230228535

Smith provides an introduction to security and military expenditure, the arms industry, military operations and the economic consequences of defence spending.

EDUCATION

- Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and More

By Andy Pulman, web team leader, School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University. Palgrave Macmillan, £5.99. ISBN 9780230223912

This guide aims to demonstrate how to get the most out of using the internet and internet technology. Areas covered include Web 2.0 technology that students may encounter at university, good web practice and the use of external resources.

FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES

- Star Wars

By Will Brooker, director, film and television studies, Kingston University. Palgrave Macmillan, £9.99. ISBN 97818445779

Brooker provides a close analysis of Star Wars and argues that it represents a continuation rather than a departure from director George Lucas' early experimental work. Brooker states that Lucas is drawn both to the order and control of the Empire and the energy and creativity of the Rebels.

LITERATURE

- Children's Literature: Approaches and Territories

Edited by Janet Maybin, senior lecturer in language and communication, The Open University, and Nicola J. Watson, senior lecturer in English literature, The Open University. Palgrave Macmillan, £22.99. ISBN 97802302132

This collection of essays provides a social and literary overview of the field of children's literature that explores history and genres, current concerns and possible future directions.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Kant's Aesthetic Theory: The Beautiful and Agreeable

By David Berger, teacher of philosophy, University of Michigan. Continuum, £65.00. ISBN 9780826435804

Focusing on an overlooked aspect of Immanuel Kant's aesthetic theory, Berger brings his aesthetic theory into dialogue with contemporary analytic philosophy to offer fresh insights into modern philosophical debates.

POLITICS

- Constructing 21st Century US Foreign Policy: Identity, Ideology, and America's World Role in a New Era

By Karl K. Schonberg, associate professor of government, St Lawrence University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230607767

Schonberg argues that in the years since the 9/11 attacks, socially constructed understandings of the identity of the US and its friends and enemies have played a crucial role in determining America's foreign policy.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

- Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Subjectivity and Sexuality

By Margrit Shildrick, reader in gender studies, Queen's University Belfast. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.00. ISBN 9780230210561

Shildrick explores the motivations behind damaging attitudes towards disability and argues for the significance of the psychosocial imaginary.

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