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November 5, 2009

ECONOMICS

- 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 book 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.

EDUCATION

- International Organizations and Lifelong Learning: From Global Agendas to Policy Diffusion

By Anja P. Jakobi, senior researcher, TranState Research Centre, University of Bremen. Palgrave Macmillan, £57.50. ISBN 9780230579361

Jakobi aims to show how international organisations have promoted the idea of lifelong learning and disseminated the need for it to countries all over the world. As a consequence of their activity, lifelong learning has become a central element of modern education policy.

FILM STUDIES

- Women on the Edge: Twelve Political Film Practices

By Sharon Lin Tay, senior lecturer in film studies, Middlesex University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230217768

Moving on from the 1970s feminist adage that the personal is political, Tay argues that contemporary women's cinema must exceed the personal to be politically relevant and ethically cogent.

HISTORY

- Studies on Medieval Liturgical and Legal Manuscripts from Spain and Southern Italy

By Roger E. Reynolds, senior fellow in medieval law and liturgy, University of Toronto. Ashgate, £75.00. ISBN 9780754659976

The articles in this volume seek to demonstrate the continued exchange of the distinctive customs between the Iberian Peninsula and southern Italian cultures from the very early Middle Ages through to the 12th century.

LITERATURE

- J. M. Coetzee and the Paradox of Postcolonial Authorship

By Jane Poyner, lecturer in post-colonial literature and theory, University of Exeter. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754654629

Poyner examines Coetzee's line of author-narrators to trace how he rehearses and revises his understanding of intellectual practice at a time of seismic change in South Africa.

MUSIC STUDIES

- Jean Cras, Polymath of Music and Letters

By Paul-Andre Bempechat, affiliate scholar, Centre for European Studies, Harvard University. Ashgate, £45.00. ISBN 9780754606833

Bempechat chronicles the life and impact of Jean Cras, a war hero, scientist and philosopher who was also a highly esteemed composer. The book situates the composer as a missing link between the French post-Romantic generation of composers and the Impressionists.

PHILOSOPHY

- Ricoeur, Hermeneutics, and Globalization

By Bengt Kristensson Uggla, Amos Anderson professor of philosophy, culture and management, Abo Akademi University. Continuum, £45.00. ISBN 9781441164308

Kristensson Uggla explores the philosophical resources provided by Paul Ricoeur's hermeneutics in dealing with the challenges of a world framed by globalisation.

PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

- Quantum Physics: A Fundamental Approach to Modern Physics

By John S. Townsend, Susan and Bruce Worster professor of physics, Harvey Mudd College. Palgrave Macmillan, £48.99. ISBN 97818913896

From single-photon interference to the application of quantum mechanics to nuclear physics, Townsend offers a picture of how the world works and explores how quantum mechanics can help to explain it.

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