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December 10, 2009

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- International Differences in the Business Practices and Productivity of Firms

Edited by Richard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman chair in economics, Harvard University, and Kathryn Shaw, Ernest C. Arbuckle professor of economics, Stanford University. University of Chicago Press, £68.50. ISBN 9780226261942

Contributors examine the phenomenon of widespread differences in managerial practices across firms, establishments within firms, and countries.

- An Ethical Approach to Leading Change: An Alternative and Sustainable Application

By Mervyn Conroy, senior fellow, Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Palgrave Macmillan, £65.00. ISBN 9780230238473

Alasdair MacIntyre's narrative-based virtue ethics are applied to an organisation undergoing change driven by market forces, and a society that wants more for less with scant regard for the means by which it is achieved.


- Corpus-Based Approaches to English Language Teaching

By Mari Carmen Campoy-Cubillo, senior lecturer and head of the department of English studies, Universitat Jaume I, Begona Belles-Fortuno, lecturer in English studies, Universitat Jaume I, and Maria Lluisa Gea-Valor, lecturer in English language and linguistics, Universitat Jaume I. Continuum, £75.00. ISBN 9781847065377

This is a compilation of research exploring different ways to apply corpus-based and corpus-informed approaches to English-language teaching.

- Multilingualism, Citizenship, and Identity: Voices of Youth and Symbolic Investments in an Urban, Globalized World

By Julie Byrd Clark, assistant professor in the faculty of education, University of Western Ontario. Continuum, £75.00. ISBN 9781441168245

Byrd Clark reveals the multiple ways in which individuals engage and invest in representations of languages and identities.

- Processing Instruction and Discourse

By Alessandro G. Benati, reader in second-language acquisition, University of Greenwich, and James F. Lee, head of the department of Spanish and Latin American studies, University of New South Wales. Continuum, £75.00. ISBN 9780826434968

Processing Instruction is an approach to grammar instruction for second-language learning, contrasting with traditional grammar instruction in its focus on structured input rather than learners' output.


- The Legal, Medical and Cultural Regulation of the Body: Transformation and Transgression

Edited by Stephen W. Smith, lecturer in law, University of Birmingham, and Ronan Deazley, professor of commercial law, University of Glasgow. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754677369

The regulation of the body provides an important concern in law, medical practice and culture. This comprehensive volume explores how conceptions of self, liberalism, property and harm inform and influence contentious legal and ethical questions about what we can and cannot do to or with our own bodies.


- Shakespeare Only

By Jeffrey Knapp, Chancellor's professor of English, University of California, Berkeley. University of Chicago Press, £24.00. ISBN 9780226445717

Knapp argues that Shakespeare tried to adapt his own singular talent and ambition to the collaborative enterprise of drama by imagining himself as uniquely embodying the diverse, fractious energies of the popular theatre.

- The Excessive Subject: A New Theory of Social Change

By Molly Rothenberg, associate professor of English, Tulane University. Polity, £55.00 and £17.99. ISBN 9780745648231 and 8248

Rothenberg uncovers a theory of social change implicit in the work of social theorists such as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel de Certeau, Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Zizek.


- Media, Policy and Interaction

Edited by Richard Fitzgerald, lecturer in media studies, University of Queensland, and William Housley, reader in social sciences, Cardiff University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754674146

Situated within the field of discourse-orientated approaches to policy and media, this collection explores the interface between government, media and the public, highlighting the increasing importance placed on media- channelled "public opinion" as part of the democratic process.


- Sartre on the Body

Edited by Katherine J. Morris, fellow in philosophy, Mansfield College, Oxford. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230219670

Sartre scholars and others engage with Jean-Paul Sartre's descriptions of the human body, bringing him into dialogue with feminists, sociologists, psychologists and historians and asking: What is pain? Do men and women experience their bodies differently?


- A History of International Political Theory: Ontologies of the International

By Hartmut Behr, professor of international politics, Newcastle University. Palgrave Macmillan, £60.00. ISBN 9780230524866

Behr addresses the critical engagement with legacies of national power politics in connection to 20th-century international relations and the regeneration of notions of humanity.

- Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism

By M. Shahid Alam, professor of economics, Northeastern University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230614840

Alam discusses the small band of European Zionists who entered the world stage in the late 19th century determined to create a Jewish state and considers how, at that time in Europe, Jewish-Gentile frictions were local problems, whereas today in Israel they have come to form the pivot of global conflict.

- Resolving the Cyprus Conflict: Negotiating History

By Michalis Stavrou Michael, research fellow, Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230620025

By placing the Cyprus conflict in its historical, ideological, ethno-political and geostrategic context, Michael extends beyond realist approaches and lays bare less visible dimensions often ignored by analysts and policymakers alike.

- Development

By Anthony Payne, professor of politics, University of Sheffield, and Nicola Phillips, professor of political economy, University of Manchester. Polity, £45.00 and £15.99. ISBN 9780745630670 and 0687

Payne and Phillips offer an analysis of the various ways in which the concept of development has been used in social and political analysis over the past 200 years.

- Ethnic Conflict: Causes, Consequences and Responses

By Karl Cordell, reader in politics, University of Plymouth, and Stefan Wolff, professor of political science, University of Nottingham. Polity, £55.00 and £16.99. ISBN 9780745639307 and 9314

Investigating the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict, the authors argue that the most effective responses are those that take into account factors at the local, state, regional and global level and avoid seeking simplistic explanations to what is a truly complex phenomenon.


- Sport, Leisure and Culture in the Postmodern City

Edited by Peter Bramham, reader in social science of sport, leisure and physical education, Leeds Metropolitan University, and Stephen Wagg, professor in sport and society, Leeds Metropolitan University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 97807546746

Illustrated by an interdisciplinary study of a typical "postmodern city" in the north of England, this volume examines how such cities have reinvented themselves over the past two decades.

- ?The Invisible Empire: White Discourse, Tolerance and Belonging

By Georgie Wemyss, visiting fellow in sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754673477

Wemyss offers a contribution to critical race theory through this anthropological account of the West's cultural hegemony.

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