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April 29, 2010

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BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

- Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior

By Deborah M. Gordon, professor of biology, Stanford University. Princeton University Press, £13.95. ISBN 9780691138794

Investigating the role that interaction networks play in regulating the behaviour and relations of ant colonies, Gordon demonstrates how associations develop as the colonies grow older and larger, and arise out of the local interactions of individuals.

BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES

- From Higher Aims to Hired Hands

By Rakesh Khurana, associate professor in organisational behaviour, Harvard Business School. Princeton University Press, £16.95. ISBN 9780691145877

Khurana seeks to reveal how university-based business schools are failing in their original goals of training professional managers. Arguing that this is leading to a gaping hole within business education he suggests that a reform of the sector is much needed.

ECONOMICS

- Awakening Giants, Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India

By Pranab Bardhan, professor of economics, University of California, Berkeley. Princeton University Press, £16.95. ISBN 9780691129945

Bardhan looks at the challenges that both countries must overcome to become leaders in the international economy, and seeks to demolish myths that have accumulated around their achievements in the past 25 years.

- Anatomy of a Financial Crisis: A Real Estate Bubble, Runaway Credit Markets, and Regulatory Failure

By Marc Jarsulic, former professor of economics, University of Notre Dame. Palgrave Macmillan, £42.50. ISBN 9780230615687

Jarsulic's study of the current crisis explores how financial institutions have contributed to the creation of a credit bubble that supports non-prime mortgage lending and helped to inflate house prices.

EDUCATION

- Robert Owen

By Robert Davis, professor of religious and cultural education, and Frank O'Hagan, lecturer in the department of curriculum studies, University of Glasgow. Continuum, £75.00. ISBN 9781847061041

This addition to the Continuum Library of Educational Thought series considers Owen's educational thought, looking at his intellectual biography, the critical exposition of his work and his relevance today.

LITERATURE

- The Lost Literature of Socialism

By George Watson, Fellow in English, St John's College, Cambridge. The Lutterworth Press, £19.50. ISBN 97807188922

A chapter on the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 1939-41 has been added to the second edition of Watson's study, which considers socialism's links to conservative, racist and genocidal ideas.

- Cyberfiction: After the Future

By Paul Youngquist, professor of English, Pennsylvania State University. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.50. ISBN 9780230621510

Examining the works of J.G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, Samuel Delany and others in the field, this text traces the rise of cyberfiction in a world where information reigns supreme.

- Great Shakespeareans Set I

Edited by Peter Holland, McMeel Family professor in Shakespeare studies, University of Notre Dame, and Adrian Poole, professor of English literature, University of Cambridge. Continuum, £5.00. ISBN 9781441157874

The first four volumes in this set analyse the work of 15 figures who have influenced the interpretation, understanding and cultural reception of Shakespeare, both in Britain and worldwide.

HISTORY

- Reconstructing the Roman Republic

By Karl-J. Holkeskamp, professor of ancient history, University of Cologne. Princeton University Press, £24.95. ISBN 9780691140384

Holkeskamp challenges the notion of a democratic political culture within the Roman republic, looking at topics such as the symbolic language of public rituals and ceremonies, monuments and architecture. He argues that the republic was uniquely Roman and predominantly oligarchic.

- Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt

By Carolyn Graves-Brown, curator at the Egypt Centre, Swansea University. Continuum, £20.00. ISBN 9781847250544

Graves-Brown draws on funerary remains, tomb paintings, architecture and textual evidence to explore the role of women in Egypt as the "vessels of creation".

MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES

- ?Personal Connections in the Digital Age

By Nancy Baym, associate professor of communication studies, University of Kansas. Polity, £50.00 and £13.99. ISBN 9780745643311 and 3328

Baym offers a guide to the roles of the digital media in personal relationships, and looks at how to create meaning from these changes.

MEDICINE

- Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader

By Paul Farmer, chair of the department of global health and social medicine, Harvard Medical School. University of California Press, £41.95 and £19.95. ISBN 9780520257115 and 7139

This text documents Farmer's work in providing medical care in the developing world and considers changes in the way society thinks about health, international aid and social justice.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War

By Jonathan H. Ebel, assistant professor of religion, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Princeton University Press, £24.95. ISBN 9780691139920

Ebel examines letters, diaries and memoirs of US troops in the First World War to reveal the strong influence of religion on their lives. He suggests that many viewed the war as a religious challenge that offered the possibility of individual and national redemption.

- The Peacock and the Buffalo: The Poetry of Nietzsche

Translated by James Luchte, lecturer in European philosophy, University of Wales, Lampeter. Continuum, £20.00. ISBN 9781441118608

Luchte provides the first complete English translation of all 5 verses of the German philosopher's poetry. He aims to show how Nietzsche's commitment to poetry was integral to his exploration of the truth and lies of human existence.

POLITICS

- New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America

By Marisa A. Abrajano, assistant professor of political science, University of California, San Diego, and R. Michael Alvarez, professor of political science, California Institute of Technology. Princeton University Press, £19.95. ISBN 9780691143057

This study of the largest minority group in the US seeks to counter the preconceived notion of Hispanic voters as one homogenous group, and looks at ethnic, generational and linguistic distinctions within the population.

- Challenging the Aid Paradigm: Western Currents and Asian Alternatives

Edited by Jens Stilhoff Sorensen, research fellow, Swedish Institute of International Affairs and School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University. Palgrave Macmillan, £57.50. ISBN 9780230577664

Featuring contributions from a variety of specialists in the field, this volume analyses contemporary aid policy and identifies major issues in both the Western and Asian strategies.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

- Contemporary Adulthood: Calendars, Cartographies and Constructions

Edited by Judith Burnett, dean, School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications, University of Wolverhampton. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230581036

This volume seeks to present a new approach to the study of modern life, covering areas such as demographic change, graduates and work, mental health and happiness, and new configurations of masculinity.

- Culture and Hegemony in the Colonial Middle East

By Yaseen Noorani, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies, University of Arizona. Palgrave Macmillan, £52.00. ISBN 9780230623194

This study of the nature and origin of nationality and modern social ideals in the Middle East leads the author to challenge dominant assumptions about the emergence of modernity during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries.

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