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October 8, 2009

BUSINESS AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES

- Firms' Objectives and Internal Organisation in a Global Economy: Positive and Normative Analysis

Edited by Luca Lambertini, professor of economics, University of Bologna. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 97802302293

This volume examines firms' objectives in the comparatively new perspective shaped by globalisation. The positive and normative aspects of theoretical analysis are developed and complemented by empirical studies.

- Managing Component-Based Development in Global Teams

By Julia Kotlarsky, associate professor of information systems, University of Warwick, and Ilan Oshri, associate professor of strategy and technology, Rotterdam School of Management. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230222441

Kotlarsky and Oshri summarise more than eight years of research into some of the most challenging globally distributed software-development projects.

FILM STUDIES

- Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir: Ready for Her Close-Up

By Julie Grossman, interim dean of arts and sciences and professor of English, La Moyne College. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230233287

In the context of 19th-century "Victorinoir" and close readings of original-cycle film noir, Grossman argues that the presence of the "femme fatale" figure, as she is understood in film criticism and popular culture, is drastically overemphasised and has helped to sustain the cultural obsession with "bad" women.

HISTORY

- A History of Reading and Writing: In the Western World

By Martyn Lyons, professor of history, University of New South Wales. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.50 and £17.99. ISBN 9780230001619 and 1626

Lyons surveys the changing relationships enjoyed by ordinary men and women with the written word, from early times to the present day.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Mythology, Madness and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism

By Markus Gabriel, chair in epistemology and modern and contemporary philosophy, University of Bonn, and Slavoj Zizek, professor of cultural studies, University of Ljubljana. Continuum, £16.99. ISBN 9781441191052

Gabriel and Zizek explore themes in German idealism, reinvigorating a philosophy of finitude and contingency - topics at the forefront of contemporary European philosophy.

POLITICS

- Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic

By John Protevi, professor of French studies, Louisiana State University. University of Minnesota Press, £15.50. ISBN 9780816665105

Protevi develops a perspective he calls "political physiology" to indicate that subjectivity is socially conditioned and sometimes bypassed in favour of a connection of the social and the somatic, as seen in politically triggered emotions of rage and panic.

- Politics and Morality

By Susan Mendus, professor of politics, University of York. Polity, £40.00 and £12.99. ISBN 9780745629674 and 9681

Mendus aims to provide students and general readers with a guide to philosophical debates about the complex relationship between politics and morality in the contemporary world.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

- National Days: Constructing and Mobilising National Identity

Edited by David McCrone, professor of sociology, University of Edinburgh, and Gayle McPherson, senior lecturer in cultural policy, Glasgow Caledonian University. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230236615

The essays in this book argue that national days are contested, manipulated and subject to political, cultural and social pressure.

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