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Business and management
l Business Practices in Southeast Asia: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Theravada Buddhist Countries
By Scott A. Hipsher, professor of business, Anaheim University’s Akio Morita School of Business in Tokyo
Taylor and Francis, £80.00
This international business study of Theravada Buddhist Southeast Asia examines business practices within a political, cultural, economic and religious context and analyses the business environments, economics and government practices of the region.
l Steven Spielberg’s America
By Frederick Wasser, assistant professor in the department of television and radio, City University of New York
Polity, £50.00 and £14.99
ISBN 9780745640822 and 0839
Wasser considers Spielberg in the context of globalisation, rampant market capitalism and the hardening socio-political landscape of the US. His book is aimed at those interested in contemporary America and its culture.
l Brittany in the Early Middle Ages: Texts and Societies
By Wendy Davies, emeritus professor of history, University College London
This volume focuses on Davies’ work on early medieval Breton texts and their implications. Beginning with core analyses of
the Redon and Landévennec cartularies, it continues with papers on some of the key social implications of the 9th-century Redon material.
l The War of 1812: In the Age of Napoleon
By Jeremy Black, professor of history, University of Exeter
Black presents an account of the War of 1812 framed within a wide political and economic context, and aims to offer new insights into the actions of the British.
? Aphrodite’s Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti
By Anne Salmond, distinguished professor of Maori studies, University of Auckland
University of California Press, £20.95
This is an account of the European discovery of Tahiti, the Pacific island of mythic status that has figured so powerfully in European imaginings about sexuality, the exotic and the nobility or bestiality of “savages”.
l The Lost World of Old Europe
Edited by David W. Anthony, professor of anthropology, Hartwick College, and Jennifer
Y. Chi, associate director for exhibitions and public programmes, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
Princeton University Press, £34.95
Anthony and Chi present this accompanying catalogue for an exhibition at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. The volume features essays by leading archaeologists as well as colour photographs cataloguing the objects.
l Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War
By Emma Gilligan, associate professor of Russian history, University of Connecticut
Princeton University Press, £24.95
Gilligan provides a history of the second Chechen conflict of 1999 to 2005, revealing one of the most appalling human rights catastrophes of the modern era and one that has yet to be fully acknowledged by the international community.
l An Islamic Court in Context:
An Ethnographic Study of Judicial Reasoning
By Erin E. Stiles, assistant professor of anthropology, California State University
Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00
Stiles utilises ethnographic study of judicial reasoning and litigant activity in Islamic family courts in Zanzibar, Tanzania to draw conclusions on how people understand and use Islamic legal ideas in marital disputes.
l Sex and Satiric Tragedy in Early Modern England: Penetrating Wit
By Gabriel A. Rieger, assistant professor of English, Concord University
Drawing upon recent scholarship in Renaissance studies regarding political, physical and social notions of the body, Rieger examines how the satiric tragedians of the English Renaissance employ the languages of sex in the service of satiric aggression.
l Shakespeare and Moral Agency
By Michael D. Bristol, Greenshields emeritus professor, McGill University
Bristol returns to the 19th-century tradition of a moral or ethical criticism in the context of new thinking in the field of ethics and moral philosophy.
l Body and Soul in Coleridge’s Notebooks, 18-1834: ‘What Is Life?’
By Suzanne E. Webster, assistant professor of English, Elizabethtown College
Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00
Through an examination of his later personal notebooks, this study explores the reciprocal effects that Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s scientific explorations, philosophical convictions, theological beliefs and states of health exerted upon his perceptions of human body/soul relations, both in life and after death.
l The Music Industry
By Patrik Wikström, research fellow and research manager, Media Management and Transformation Centre, Jönköping International Business School
Polity, £45.00 and £14.99
ISBN 9780745643892 and 3908
Wikström provides an international overview of the music industry and its future prospects in the world of global entertainment. He captures the dynamics at work in the production of musical culture between the transnational media conglomerates, the independent music companies and the public.
l Music and the Play of Power in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia
Edited by Laudan Nooshin, senior lecturer in music, City University London
This volume presents a direct look at the complex relationship between music and power across a range of musical genres and countries. Individual chapters examine the ways in which music serves as a forum for playing out issues of power, ideology, resistance and subversion.
l Rosa Newmarch and Russian Music in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century England
By Philip Ross Bullock, university lecturer in Russian and fellow, Wadham College, Oxford
Bullock looks at the life and works of Rosa Newmarch (1857-1940), considered the leading authority on Russian music and culture in late-19th and early-20th century England.
Philosophy and theology
l What’s Right with the Trinity? Conversations in Feminist Theology
By Hannah Bacon, senior lecturer in theology, University of Chester
Bacon brings together a discussion of feminist theological methodology with a critical exploration of the doctrine of the Trinity and considers the usefulness of this doctrine for feminist theology today.
l Hegel and Mind: Rethinking Philosophical Psychology
By Richard Dien Winfield, distinguished research professor of philosophy, University of Georgia
Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00
Exploring Hegel’s philosophical psychology to uncover viable remedies to the chief dilemmas plaguing contemporary philosophy of mind, Winfield considers why mind cannot be an epistemological foundation nor reduced to discursive consciousness nor modelled after computing machines.
l Maoism in India: Reincarnation of Ultra-Left Wing Extremism in the Twenty-First Century
By Bidyut Chakrabarty, professor of political sciences, University of Delhi, and Rajat Kumar Kujur, lecturer in political science, G.?M. College
Taylor and Francis, £80.00
Through historical analysis, Chakrabarty and Kujur argue that Maoism provides critical inputs for an alternative paradigm for development, relevant for transitional societies.