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December 31, 2009

(J) = Review forthcoming


- Painting Harlem Modern: The Art of Jacob Lawrence

By Patricia Hills, professor of art history, Boston University. University of California Press, £34.95. ISBN 9780520252417

Hills argues that Jacob Lawrence's complex Cubist-based paintings developed out of a vital connection with a modern Harlem that was filled with artists, writers, musicians and social activists.


- Corporate Social Responsibility

Edited by Wesley Cragg, professor emeritus of business ethics, Schulich School of Business, York University, Mark S. Schwartz, assistant professor of corporate governance, law and ethics, York University, and David Weitzner, associate director, Strategic Field Study Programme, Schulich School of Business. Ashgate, £155.00. ISBN 9780754628309

Contributors to this volume explore the business/society relationship by examining the emergence of the concept of corporate social responsibility and the uses that have been made of the language of corporate responsibility.


- Networking Systems Design and Development

By Lee Chao, professor of mathematics and computer science, University of Houston-Victoria. CRC Press, £57.99. ISBN 9781420091595

Employing the latest version of Linux, this text also covers some of the latest Linux-based mobile devices. It includes activities with step-by-step instructions designed to promote problem-solving for real-world scenarios.


- Children as Decision Makers in Education: Sharing Experiences across Cultures

By Sue Cox, senior lecturer, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia, Caroline Dyer, senior lecturer, Institute of Political and International Studies, University of Leeds, Anna Robinson-Pant, reader, Centre for Applied Research in Education, University of East Anglia, and Michele Schweisfurth, director, Centre for International Education and Research, University of Birmingham. Continuum, £70.00. ISBN 9780826425485

This collection of case studies showcases different experiences from around the world that involve children in decisions regarding their own education.


- Afterimages of Gilles Deleuze

Edited by D.N. Rodowick, professor of visual and environmental studies, Harvard University. University of Minnesota Press, $82.50 and $.50. ISBN 9780816650064 and 0071

The critical studies presented here on Deleuze's cinema writings evaluate the continuing significance of the philosopher's film theories, examining their influence on the investigation of contemporary visual culture and offering new directions for research.

- The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph

By Alan Burton, senior lecturer in film studies, University of Hull, and Tim O'Sullivan, head of the School of Media and Cultural Production, De Montfort University. Edinburgh University Press, £80.00. ISBN 9780748632893

Burton and O'Sullivan present historical and critical assessment of the work of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph, one of British cinema's most significant postwar film-making teams.


- "If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die": How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor

By Geoffrey Robinson, professor of history, University of California, Los Angeles. Princeton University Press, £24.95. ISBN 9780691135366

Robinson describes the bloody history of East Timor, and considers questions of political violence, international humanitarian intervention, genocide and transitional justice.

- Blair's Successful War: British Military Intervention in Sierra Leone

By Andrew M. Dorman, senior lecturer in defence studies, King's College London. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754672999

Dorman links Tony Blair's move towards humanitarianism with the rise of cosmopolitan militaries and the increasing involvement of Western forces in humanitarian operations.


- Beckett's Masculinity

By Jennifer M. Jeffers, professor of English, Cleveland State University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230615281

This book focuses on masculinity in Samuel Beckett's work as a way to understand his historical and national context, the difficulty of reading and interpreting his texts, and his ruthless disintegration of sexual and gendered norms throughout his oeuvre.

- Cuban Women Writers: Imagining a Matria

By Madeline Camara Betancourt, associate professor of world languages, University of South Florida. Palgrave Macmillan, £40.00. ISBN 9780230606586

Betancourt examines women's writings in relation to language, power, sexuality and race in contemporary Cuba, analysing the creation of alternative "matria" frameworks that enunciate a feminist/feminine perspective of the nationalist discourse.


- Applied Statistical Inference with MINITAB

By Sally Lesik, professor of mathematics, Central Connecticut State University. CRC Press, £54.99. ISBN 9781420065831

Through mathematical calculations, Lesik provides an understanding of how to apply statistical techniques in practice using MINITAB. The text takes an introductory, practical approach to statistics.

- Modeling and Analysis of Stochastic Systems, Second Edition

By Vidyadhar G. Kulkarni, professor of statistics and operations research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. CRC Press, £63.99. ISBN 9781439808757

Kulkarni covers the classes of stochastic processes used in the modelling of diverse systems. The text offers an approach to renewal, regenerative and Markov regenerative processes as well as downloadable MATLAB-based programs on the author's website.


- Lost Intimacy in American Thought: Recovering Personal Philosophy from Thoreau to Cavell

By Edward F. Mooney, professor of philosophy and religion, Syracuse University. Continuum, £18.99. ISBN 9781441168580

Mooney presents a critique of rationalism in contemporary US thought that aims to recover a lost tradition of intimacy in American philosophical writing.

- Hobbes and the Law of Nature

By Perez Zagorin, Joseph C. Wilson professor of history emeritus, University of Rochester. Princeton University Press, £20.95. ISBN 9780691139807

Zagorin explores the meaning, context, aims and importance of Thomas Hobbes' concepts of the law of nature and the right of nature, arguing that these two concepts are the twin foundations of the entire structure of Hobbes' moral and political thought.

- Gurdjieff and Hypnosis: A Hermeneutic Study

By Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, assistant professor of sociology, University of Massachusetts. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.00. ISBN 9780230615076

Tamdgidi explores the life and ideas of the enigmatic 20th-century philosopher, mystic and teacher of esoteric dances George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, performing a hermeneutic textual analysis of all his writings to illuminate the place of hypnosis in his teaching.


- (J) Being Black, Living in the Red: Race, Wealth, and Social Policy in America

By Dalton Conley, university professor and chair of sociology, New York University. University of California Press, £14.95. ISBN 9780520261303

The author demonstrates that many differences between blacks and whites stem not from race but from economic inequalities that have accumulated over the course of American history.

- Consumer Credit in the United States: A Sociological Perspective from the 19th Century to the Present

By Donncha Marron, lecturer in sociology, Robert Gordon University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230615182

The object and scope of Marron's focus is the development of marketed consumer credit within the US from the middle of the 19th century up to the present day.

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