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- The Library of Corporate Responsibilities

Edited by Tom D. Campbell, professorial fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University. Ashgate, £700.00. ISBN 9780754628491

The issues raised in this collection include ethical, legal and political disagreements of a normative kind and social scientific questions about how ethical outcomes are best achieved, measured and monitored in a global market system characterised by enormous inequalities of wealth and power.


- American Post-Conflict Educational Reform: From the Spanish-American War to Iraq

Edited by Noah W. Sobe, assistant professor of cultural and educational policy studies, Loyola University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230615922

This edited volume brings together historians of education and comparative education researchers to study the educational reconstruction projects that Americans have launched in post-conflict settings across the globe.


- Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines

By Arnold J. Bloom, professor of vegetable crops, University of California, Davis. Palgrave Macmillan, £37.99. ISBN 97808789302

Bloom examines the factors responsible for global climate change, explores the geophysical, biological, economic, legal and cultural consequences of climate change and highlights the complexity of decision-making amid uncertainty.


- American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century

By Christine Stansell, Stein-Freiler distinguished service professor of US history, University of Chicago. Princeton University Press, £16.95. ISBN 9780691142838

Stansell tells the story of Greenwich Village, which became a symbol of social and intellectual freedom in the early 20th century thanks to cultural icons such as Eugene O'Neill, Isadora Duncan and Emma Goldman.

- Britain and the World in the Twentieth Century: Ever Decreasing Circles

By Michael J. Turner, Roy Carroll distinguished professor of British history, Appalachian State University. Continuum, £19.99 and £65.00. ISBN 9781441111579 and 9781441189837

This analysis of Britain's changing position in the world during the 20th century places British policymaking in domestic and international contexts.

- ? Florence Nightingale at First Hand: Vision, Power, Legacy

By Lynn McDonald, professor of sociology, University of Guelph. Continuum, £14.99 and £45.00. ISBN 9781441132550 and 9780826441812

McDonald re-examines Florence Nightingale's life and achievements by looking closely at her writing, of which a large amount survives scattered throughout more than 200 archives around the world.


- Opposition in Discourse: The Construction of Oppositional Meaning

By Lesley Jeffries, chair of English language and director, Stylistics Research Centre, University of Huddersfield. Continuum, £75.00. ISBN 9781847065124

Jeffries introduces an approach to the analysis of oppositional meaning that starts from socio-cultural viewpoints and moves to research before concluding with a theoretical formulation.


- Critiquing Postmodernism in Contemporary Discourses of Race

By Sue J. Kim, assistant professor of English, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230618749

Kim analyses the influence of postmodernism on conceptions of race, within and beyond literary and cultural studies.

- Feminist Readings of Edith Wharton: From Silence to Speech

By Dianne L. Chambers, professor of English, Elmhurst College. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230617650

This study reveals Wharton's use of increasingly complex narrative techniques to counter the multiple forces working against female writers in the early 20th century.

- The New Atheist Novel: Fiction, Philosophy and Polemic after 9/11

By Arthur Bradley, senior lecturer in literary and cultural studies, Lancaster University, and Andrew Tate, senior lecturer in English and creative writing, Lancaster University. Continuum, £50.00 and £16.99. ISBN 9780826444295 and 9780826446299

Bradley and Tate examine how Richard Dawkins' "New Atheism" movement has caught the imagination of four eminent modern novelists: Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Philip Pullman.


- Deleuze and the Meaning of Life

By Claire Colebrook, professor of English literature, Penn State University. Continuum, £65.00. ISBN 9780826491114

Colebrook explores the central issues of life, science, language and art in Deleuze's work, making claims regarding the use of his philosophy in reading contemporary art.

- Iris Murdoch: Philosophical Novelist

By Miles Leeson, lecturer in English literature, University of Portsmouth. Continuum, £60.00. ISBN 9780826443700

In reassessing Murdoch's fictional work, Leeson considers her links with her own philosophy and that of Plato, Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Freud.

- Reality and Its Appearance

By Nicholas Rescher, professor of philosophy, University of Pittsburgh. Continuum, £50.00. ISBN 9781441156297

Rescher argues that the distinction between reality and its appearance is not a substantive distinction between two types of being but rather relates to different ways of understanding one selfsame mode of being.

- Habermas: A Guide for the Perplexed

By Lasse Thomassen, senior lecturer in political theory in politics, Queen Mary, University of London. Continuum, £14.99 and £45.00. ISBN 9780826487667 and 7650

Thomassen gives an account of Jurgen Habermas' ambitious philosophical project, covering in detail major publications such as The Theory of Communicative Action.


- State, Security and Subject Formation

Edited by Anna Yeatman, director, and Magdalena Zolkos, research fellow in political theory, both at the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney. Continuum, £19.99 and £60.00. ISBN 9780826442840 and 9780826492265

Yeatman and Zolkos bring together scholars to examine the question of how to secure the conditions for a civil and peaceful life together.


- Gender: A Genealogy of an Idea

By Jennifer E. Germon, research associate in gender and cultural studies, University of Sydney. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 97802306086

At the centre of her analysis of the contemporary ideologies of gender, Germon places the work of controversial sexologist John Money, demonstrating the influence of his ideas of what it means to be a sexed subject.

- Knowledge-in-Practice in the Caring Professions: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Edited by Heather D'Cruz, senior lecturer in social work, Deakin University, Struan Jacobs, senior lecturer, School of History, Heritage and Society, Deakin University, and Adrian Schoo, director of education and training, Greater Green Triangle University. Ashgate, £60.00 and £19.99. ISBN 9780754672821 and 2845

The contributors to this volume explore the nature and role of knowledge in the practical work of the caring professions and focus on knowledge of the practical over the theoretical, looking at the application of theory and the implementation of skill, judgment and discretion.


- Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage

Edited by Carol Martin, professor of drama, New York University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230220546

Martin brings together a range of international theatre thinking, plays and performance texts that ask questions about how we have come to understand reality and truth in the 21st century and to analyse the presentation of non-fiction on the international stage.

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