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May 20, 2010


- Telling Stories: Philip Guston's Later Works

By David Kaufmann, associate professor of English, George Mason University. University of California Press, £41.95 and £16.95. ISBN 9780520265752 and 5769

Focusing on Guston's figurative paintings of the late 1960s and 1970s, this text examines his life and beliefs while also providing an insight into the world of the time where the limits of artistic modernism had begun to fade.


- Biotechnology and Public Engagement in Europe

By Janus Hansen, assistant professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Palgrave Macmillan, £55.00. ISBN 9780230242128

This text provides an empirical analysis into why active public involvement is of growing importance for the legitimate use of new biotechnologies. It features case studies that illustrate the different social dynamics that influence attempts to engage with the public and also highlights difficulties that are encountered.

- The Genome Incorporated: Constructing Biodigital Identity

By Kate O'Riordan, senior lecturer in media and film, University of Sussex. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754678519

By utilising case studies from across the UK, US and Australia, O'Riordan examines the incorporation and resistances to genomics in everyday life, alongside exploring new forms of technological control.


- Labor Markets and Business Cycles

By Robert Shimer, Alvin H. Baum professor in economics and the college, University of Chicago. Princeton University Press, £30.95. ISBN 9780691140223

Arguing that rigid wages are important to explain the volatile behaviour of the unemployment rate in business cycles, Shimer integrates search and matching theory with the neoclassical growth model, to better understand labour market outcomes.


- Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities

By Martha C. Nussbaum, Ernst Freund distinguished service professor of law and ethics, University of Chicago. Princeton University Press, £15.95. ISBN 9780691140643

Nussbaum argues for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education. She suggests that attitudes that view education solely as a vehicle to teach students to be economically productive are eroding society's ability to criticise authority and deal with complex global problems.


- Years of Persecution, Years of Extermination

Edited by Christian Wiese, professor of Jewish history; and Paul Betts, reader in history, both at the University of Sussex. Continuum, £22.99. ISBN 9781441129871

This volume features contributions from international historians and addresses issues raised by Friedlander's work, placing it within the studies of both the Holocaust and European history.

- The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism, 1860-1914

By Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, assistant professor of history and Middle Eastern studies, Northeastern University. University of California Press, £30.95. ISBN 9780520262010

The author challenges nationalist and elite narratives of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern history to argue that radical thinking of the time played a fundamental role in shaping societies throughout the world.


- The Syntax and Semantics of Discourse Markers

By Miriam Urgelles-Coll, associate lecturer, Middlesex University. Continuum, £75.00. ISBN 9781441195500

Urgelles-Coll provides an overview of research into discourse markers covering different areas of linguistics: from a discourse analysis point of view, to a relevance theory perspective, going through a computational linguistics approach.


- Family Law

By Kate Standley, senior lecturer in the School of Law, University of Essex. Palgrave Macmillan, £23.99. ISBN 9780230251595

This updated seventh edition includes the latest developments in the field. It features wider social and policy issues, current family law debates and proposals for reform, as well as dealing with the particulars of statute and case law.


- Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity: The Hidden Enlightenment of Diversity from Spinoza to Freud

By Michael Mack, reader in medical humanities and English literature, Durham University. Continuum, £19.99. ISBN 9781441118721

Mack's study into Spinoza's legacy seeks to demonstrate his importance as the first thinker to theorise narrative as the fabric of politics, identity, society, religion and the larger sphere of culture.

- Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: An Edinburgh Philosophical Guide

By Douglas Burnham, professor of philosophy; and Martin Jesinghausen, senior lecturer in English, both at Staffordshire University. Edinburgh University Press, £15.99. ISBN 9780748638338

This guide seeks to demonstrate how the philosophical and literary elements of the text need to be studied together, and not in isolation of each other, in order to access the core meaning of the German philosopher's work.

- Postcolonial Agency: Critique and Constructivism

By Simone Bignall, visiting fellow in the School of History and Philosophy, University of New South Wales in Sydney. Edinburgh University Press, £65.00. ISBN 9780748639434

Bignall presents readers with a new understanding of the processes of social transformation faced by societies in the aftermath of the Empire, providing them with ways to conceptualise practices of postcolonial sociability.


- Developments in American Politics 6

Edited by Gillian Peele, fellow and tutor in politics, University of Oxford; Christopher J. Bailey, professor of American politics, Keele University; Bruce Cain, Robson professor of political science, University of California, Berkeley; and B. Guy Peters, Maurice Falk professor of government, University of Pittsburgh. Palgrave Macmillan, £65.00 and £23.99. ISBN 97802305768 and 6834

The latest edition examines the shape of American politics under Obama's rule. It looks at both the institutional framework of government and the policy dilemmas facing the country and analyses the major issues shaping American political debates in the 21st century.

- From Migrant to Citizen: Testing Language, Testing Culture

Edited by Christina Slade, dean of arts and social sciences, City University London; and Martina Mollering, head of the department of international studies, Macquarie University, Australia. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230576339

This examination of the Australian debate on citizenship discusses philosophical implications and popular attitudes towards the new testing regimes. It looks at areas including identity and values the implications for Australia and the wider international community.


- Assertion

By Mark Jary, senior lecturer in the School of Arts, Roehampton University. Palgrave Macmillan, £50.00. ISBN 9780230573994

Jary surveys a variety of philosophical, linguistic and psychological literature to present an account of the cognitive processes involved in the interpretation of assertions.


- Social Measurement through Social Surveys

Edited by Martin Bulmer, emeritus professor of sociology, University of Surrey; Julie Gibbs, senior research and information officer, City University London; and Laura Hyman, research student in sociology, University of Surrey. Ashgate, £60.00 and £21.95. ISBN 9780754674870 and 4887

Presenting an overview of new and practised methods of social measurement for quantitative survey research, this text seeks to provide readers with methods of learning how key measurement techniques can be used practically.

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