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January 14, 2010

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- Discourse Dynamics in Participatory Planning: Opening the Bureaucracy to Strangers

By Diana MacCallum, lecturer, Griffith School of the Environment, Griffith University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754672968

Using two Australian case studies, MacCallum demonstrates the value of critical discourse analysis to participatory planning and develops techniques and conceptual tools for applying the methodology.


- Living in Arcadia: Homosexuality, Politics, and Morality in France from the Liberation to AIDS

By Julian Jackson, professor of modern French history, Queen Mary, University of London. University of Chicago Press, £.50. ISBN 9780226389257

Jackson uncovers the pioneering efforts to educate the European public about homosexuality in an era of renewed repression by Arcadie, an organisation for "homophiles" that became the largest of its kind in France.

- Moving Politics: Emotion and ACT UP's Fight against AIDS

By Deborah B. Gould, assistant professor of sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz. University of Chicago Press, £45.00 and £16.00. ISBN 9780226305295 and 5301

Weaving together interviews with activists, extensive research and reflections on the author's time as a member of ACT UP, this book chronicles the rise and fall of the organisation, highlighting a key factor in its trajectory: emotion.


- The Law and Child Development

Edited by Emily Buss, Mark and Barbara Fried professor of law, University of Chicago, and Mavis Maclean, senior research fellow in the department of social policy and social work, University of Oxford. Ashgate, £145.00. ISBN 9780754628118

This volume considers how legal and socio-legal scholarship can contribute to understanding the role of law in the care and development of children.


- Learned Queen: The Image of Elizabeth I in Politics and Poetry

By Linda Shenk, assistant professor of English, Iowa State University. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.00. ISBN 9780230615625

Examining Elizabeth I as a learned princess, Shenk studies Elizabeth's own demonstrations of erudition alongside literary works produced by such political luminaries as Sir Philip Sidney and Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.


- ? Other Voices: Hidden Histories of Liverpool's Popular Music Scenes, 1930s-1970s

By Michael Brocken, senior lecturer in popular music studies, Liverpool Hope University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754667933

Brocken argues that the music history of the city in which the Beatles grew and then departed is not fully represented and presents a history of the disparate musical strands that contributed to Liverpool's musical countenance.


- Is the Rectum a Grave? and Other Essays

By Leo Bersani, professor emeritus of French, University of California, Berkeley. University of Chicago Press, £51.50 and £17.50. ISBN 9780226043548 and 3524

Bersani grapples with thinkers ranging from Plato and Descartes to Georg Simmel. Foucault and Freud recur as key figures, and although Foucault rejected psychoanalysis, Bersani contends that by considering his ideas alongside Freud's, one gains a clearer understanding of human identity and how we relate to each other.


- Ethnicity

By Steve Fenton, professor of sociology, University of Bristol. Polity, £50.00 and £15.99. ISBN 9780745642659 and 2666

Discussing an extended range of theorists and illustrations from around the world, Fenton explores and clarifies the core meanings and the shifting ground of the contested concept of ethnicity.

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