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April 1, 2010

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ARTS AND DESIGN

- Rethinking the Interior, c. 1867-1896

Edited by Jason Edwards, reader in art history, University of York, and Imogen Hart, postdoctoral research associate, Yale Center for British Art. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754668176

Addressing the "eclectic" relationships in Victorian decorative art, this volume seeks to challenge the identification of 19th-century interiors as exclusively female or family spaces, arguing that no firm demarcation exists between Aestheticism and the Arts and Crafts movement.

EDUCATION

- Learning Communities and Imagined Social Capital: Learning to Belong

By Jocey Quinn, professor of education, London Metropolitan University. Continuum, £75.00. ISBN 9781847061928

Quinn draws on research conducted with adult learners to explore belonging, learning and the community, employing interdisciplinary theory from education, feminist studies, cultural studies and human geography.

- Special Educational Needs: A New Look

Edited by Lorella Terzi, reader in the School of Education, Roehampton University. Continuum, £14.99. ISBN 9781441180155

Drawing on arguments from Mary Warnock and Brahm Norwich, Terzi examines philosophical debates surrounding special education and inclusion, looking at areas including the statement of special educational need and the concept of inclusion.

- Culture, Curriculum, and Identity in Education

Edited by H. Richard Milner, Betts associate professor of education, Vanderbilt University. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.50. ISBN 9780230622043

By analysing equity and diversity in schools and teacher education, Milner aims to raise issues not previously explored in multicultural and urban education texts.

ENGLISH

- ? Gothic Histories: The Taste for Terror, 1764 to the Present

By Clive Bloom, emeritus professor of English and American studies, Middlesex University. Continuum, £45.00 and £14.99. ISBN 9781847060501 and 60518

This guide to the history of Gothic from the 18th century to the present day includes original research on areas including Gothic theatre, spiritualism, "ghost-seeing" and spirit photography.

- Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama

Edited by Lilla Maria Crisafulli and Keir Elam, professors of English literature at the University of Bologna. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754655770

Bringing together leading British, North American and Italian critics, this text seeks to explore the reclamation of women's theatrical activities during the Romantic period; looking at issues including women's history plays, the politics of drama and performance, and the role of women as managers and producers.

HISTORY

- 1989: Democratic Revolutions at the Cold War's End

By Padraic Kenney, professor of history, Indiana University. Palgrave Macmillan, £17.99. ISBN 9780312487669

Drawing on six case studies from the Cold War era, Kenney explores common characteristics of global political change and looks into the differing strategies and perspectives of people seeking to free themselves from dictatorship.

- A Student's Guide to History

By Jules Benjamin, former professor of history, Ithaca College New York. Palgrave Macmillan, £18.99. ISBN 9780312535025

This introductory text is intended to provide advice on preparation for exams and common writing assignments. It also explains the research and documentation process with the help of examples throughout the text.

- Pauper Capital: London and the Poor Law, 1790-1870

By David R. Green, reader in the department of geography, King's College London. Ashgate, £60.00. ISBN 9780754630081

Green examines the period up to and following the implementation of the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. Drawing on primary and secondary sources, he looks at ways in which providers and recipients of the law negotiated the provision of relief.

- Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian War to the Fall of Rome

Edited by Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson senior fellow in Classics and military history, Stanford University. Princeton University Press, £19.95. ISBN 9780691137902

This collection of work from prominent thinkers explores key aspects of warfare, strategy and foreign policy in the Greco-Roman world as it seeks to demonstrate how the military thinking and policies of the ancient Greeks and Romans remain relevant for understanding conflict in the modern world.

LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

- Structural Ambiguity in English: An Applied Grammatical Inventory

By Dallin D. Oaks, associate professor of English linguistics, Brigham Young University. Continuum, £150.00. ISBN 9781847064158

By identifying individual elements in the English language and their distinctive behaviours, Oaks gives examples to illustrate how they can be manipulated in the deliberate creation of structural ambiguities.

- Explaining the Normative

By Stephen P. Turner, graduate research professor, University of South Florida. Wiley, £55.00 and £18.99. ISBN 9780745642550 and 42567

Turner examines the standard normativist pattern of argument as he seeks to discover how it is dependent on issues including assumptions about the unique correctness of preferred descriptions and regress arguments that end in mysteries.

LAW

- Employment Law

By Deborah J. Lockton, professor of employment law, De Montfort University. Palgrave Macmillan, £22.99. ISBN 9780230251588

The seventh edition of this text seeks to guide readers through one of the most rapidly changing areas in law. Exploring statutes and case law, it includes summaries, exercises and suggestions for further reading.

MEDICINE

- Health and Globalization

By Geoffrey B. Cockerham, assistant professor of political science, University of Utah, and William C. Cockerham, distinguished professor of sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Wiley, £50.00 and £15.99. ISBN 9780745645124 and 45131

This text seeks to provide an examination into the multidimensional influence of globalisation on health and disease, showing both the positive and negative implications for human well-being.

POLITICS

- Snitch! A History of the Modern Intelligence Informer

By Steve Hewitt, senior lecturer in American and Canadian studies, University of Birmingham. Continuum, £50.00 and £16.99. ISBN 9781441100825 and 90079

Hewitt considers the practical and political aspects of informing, using past and present examples from the US, Britain, the former Soviet Union and other countries.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

- Ambiguity and Sexuality

By William S. Wilkerson, associate professor of philosophy, University of Alabama. Palgrave Macmillan, £47.00. ISBN 9781403980113

Wilkerson's account of the formation of sexual identity seeks to avoid the traps of the essentialism-versus-constructivism debate and offers a new approach to understanding sexual identity.

- Chinese Strategic Thought toward Asia

By Gilbert Rozman, Musgrave professor of sociology, Princeton University. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9781403975515

Tracing the development of Chinese thinking from the 1980s onwards, Rozman looks at its strategies towards Russia and Central Asia, Japan, the Korean peninsula, Southeast and South Asia, and regionalism.

- Hazda: Hunter-Gatherers of Tanzania

By Frank W. Marlowe, professor of anthropology, Florida State University. University of California Press, £44.95 and £19.95. ISBN 9780520253414 and 53421

This quantitative ethnography of one of the few remaining hunter-gathering societies covers traditional topics in ethnography including subsistence, material culture, religion and social structure, and introduces readers to the contemporary field of understanding human behaviour from an evolutionary perspective.

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