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December 3, 2009

ECONOMICS

- The Problems of Disadvantaged Youth

Edited by Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. University of Chicago Press, £76.00. ISBN 9780226309453

Taking an empirical economics perspective, the nine essays in this volume assess the causal impacts of disadvantage on youth outcomes, and how policy interventions can alleviate those impacts.

ENGINEERING

- Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes

Edited by Jay Cheng, professor of environmental engineering and renewable energy processes, North Carolina State University. CRC Press, £63.99. ISBN 9781420095173

This introduction to fundamental principles and practical applications explains the theories of biological processes, biomass materials and logistics, and conversion technologies for bioenergy products.

LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

- Language Ideologies and Media Discourse: Texts, Practices, Politics

By Sally Johnson, professor of linguistics, University of Leeds, and Tommaso M. Milani, senior lecturer in linguistics, University of the Witwatersrand. Continuum, £85.00. ISBN 9781441129673

The relationship between language ideologies and media discourse is explored, together with the methods and techniques required for the analysis of this relationship.

LITERATURE

- Continental Divides

By Rachel Adams, associate professor of English, Columbia University. University of Chicago Press, £51.50 and £17.50. ISBN 9780226005515 and 5522

Adams considers a broad range of literary, filmic and visual texts that exemplify cultural traffic across North American borders and investigates how understanding of key themes, genres and periods within US cultural study is deepened, and in some cases transformed, when Canada and Mexico enter the picture.

MUSIC STUDIES

- Sound, Society and the Geography of Popular Music

Edited by Ola Johansson, associate professor of geography, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and Thomas L. Bell, professor of geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754675778

Illustrated by case studies from the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Australia and Great Britain, the contributors present the latest spatial perspectives on music.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- The Great Image Has No Form, or On the Nonobject through Painting

By Francois Jullien, professor of Chinese philosophy and literature, University of Paris VII. University of Chicago Press, £33.00. ISBN 9780226415307

Jullien investigates the theoretical conditions that allow us to apprehend, isolate and abstract objects and revitalises the questions of what painting is, where it comes from and what it does.

PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

- The Standard Model and Beyond

By Paul Langacker, emeritus professor of physics, University of Pennsylvania. CRC Press, £49.99. ISBN 9781420079067

Langacker presents an introduction to the physics and formalism of the standard model and other non-abelian gauge theories, reviews calculational techniques in field theory, and focuses on global and local symmetries.

POLITICS

- Homeland Security: An Introduction to Principles and Practice

By Charles P. Nemeth, director of graduate legal studies, Californian University of Pennsylvania. CRC Press, £44.99. ISBN 9781420085679

Nemeth offers insight into the roles of multi-jurisdictional agencies and various stakeholders, including law enforcement, the military and the private sector.

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