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December 17, 2009

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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

ISBN 97804155620

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.

Film studies

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

Ashgate, £75.00

ISBN 9780754659709

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

Continuum, £25.00

ISBN 9780826436122

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

ISBN 9780520261143

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

ISBN 9780691143880

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

ISBN 9780691130798

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

ISBN 9780230617407

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

Ashgate, £45.00

ISBN 9781409400295

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

Continuum, £60.00

ISBN 9780826446763

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

ISBN 9780230545229

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.

Music studies

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

Ashgate, £65.00

ISBN 9780754634577

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

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754666622

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

Ashgate, £55.00

ISBN 9780754666738

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

ISBN 9780230241008

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

ISBN 9780415544863

Through historical analysis, Chakrabarty and Kujur argue that Maoism provides critical inputs for an alternative paradigm for development, relevant for transitional societies.

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