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June 3, 2010

ARTS AND DESIGN

- What is Architectural History?

By Andrew Leach, senior lecturer in architecture, Griffith University. Wiley, £50.00 and £14.99. ISBN 9780745644561 and 4578

This book considers the questions and problems posed by architectural historians since the rise of the discipline in the late 19th century, and explores questions of perspective, frame and intent for students of architecture, art history and history.

HISTORY

- The Co-operative Movement and Communities in Britain, 1914-1960

By Nicole Robertson, lecturer in history, Northumbria University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754660576

Robertson provides the first major national study of the growth of the cooperative movement and its impact on UK society, and looks at the role it has played in the country's productive, political, educational and cultural life.

- Gandhi's Interpreter: A Life of Horace Alexander

By Geoffrey Carnall, honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh University Press, £65.00. ISBN 9780748640454

Carnall's biography of the Quaker academic, writer and ornithologist explores his forgotten significance and examines the key part Alexander played in relations between Indian nationalist leaders and the British government in the years before the transfer of power in 1947.

LANGUAGES AND LINGUISTICS

- Appliable Linguistics: Reclaiming the Place of Language in Linguistics

Edited by Ahmar Mahboob, senior lecturer in the department of linguistics, University of Sydney; and Naomi Knight, doctoral candidate, University of Sydney. Continuum, £80.00. ISBN 9781441164155

Mahboob and Knight seek to present an introduction to the field of appliable linguistics, tackling everyday language-related problems in diverse professional, social and academic contexts.

LITERATURE

- Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations

Edited by Joshua R. Eyler, assistant professor of English, Columbus State University. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754668220

This collection of work from scholars in the field of medieval literature and history considers a wide variety of disabilities, including the traditionally accepted classifications of blindness and deafness, as well as perceived disabilities such as madness, pregnancy and age.

- Tennyson Among the Novelists

By John Morton, lecturer in English, University of Greenwich. Continuum, £60.00. ISBN 9781441102379

Shedding new light on the poems of Alfred Tennyson, Morton demonstrates how his poetry, despite its frequent depreciation by critics, has survived as a vivifying presence in the novel from the Victorian period to the present day.

- Chance and the Modern British Novel: From Henry Green to Iris Murdoch

By Julia Jordan, teaching Fellow, University College London. Continuum, £60.00. ISBN 9781441125316

Jordan's analysis of the development of the novel during the mid-20th century leads her to argue that writers' depictions of and anxieties concerning chance mark a new relationship between the author and narrative.

PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY

- Hospitable God: The Transformative Dream

By George Newlands, emeritus professor of divinity; and Allen Smith, postdoctoral research scholar, both at the University of Glasgow. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9780754665601

This text explores the hospitality of God and its implications for human thought and action; examining the notion of hospitality as a tool for reframing thinking about God, divine action and human response in discipleship.

- The Death of Sacred Texts: Ritual Disposal and Renovation of Texts in World Religions

Edited by Kristina Myrvold, assistant professor of history and anthropology of religion, Lund University. Ashgate, £50.00. ISBN 9780754669180

Myrvold presents an analysis of the historical and contemporary attitudes towards text disposals in seven world religions. Providing empirical data, she also investigates how these religious practices and stances have responded to modernisation and globalisation within modern society.

- Religion in the 21st Century: Challenges and Transformations

Edited by Lisbet Christoffersen, associate professor of public law, University of Roskilde; Hans Raun Iversen, associate professor for practical theology; Hanne Petersen, professor of Greenlandic sociology of law; and Margit Warburg, professor of sociology of religion, all at the University of Copenhagen. Ashgate, £55.00. ISBN 9781409403982

This volume explores how religions continue to challenge secular democracy and science, and how faiths are themselves being challenged by secular values and practices.

- Idealism and Existentialism: Hegel and Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century European Philosophy

By Jon Stewart, associate research professor, University of Copenhagen. Continuum, £65.00. ISBN 9781441133991

Stewart seeks to undermine the popular view of the radical break between idealism and existentialism via a series of detailed studies in episodes of European thought, and demonstrates the long shadow cast by Kant and Hegel over the subsequent history of European philosophy.

POLITICS

- The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa

By Ian Taylor, professor of international relations, University of St Andrews. Continuum, £17.99. ISBN 9780826434012

Taylor analyses the modalities of governance in large parts of Africa in order to offer an overview of the continent's international relations with states such as the US, India, China and Britain, as well as with non-state actors.

- Reconciling Community and Subjective Life: Trauma Testimony as Political Theorizing in the Work of Jean Amery and Imre Kertesz

By Magdalena Zolkos, research fellow in political theory, University of Western Sydney. Continuum, £60.00. ISBN 9780826431141

By examining the interplay between the collective pursuit of justice and reconciliation with the individual subjective experience of trauma, Zolkos proposes that it should be thought of as a potentially productive tension.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

- The Meaning of Cooking

By Jean-Claude Kaufmann, professor of sociology, University of Paris V Sorbonne. Wiley, £55.00 and £17.99. ISBN 9780745646909 and 6916

Kaufmann examines kitchens and dining rooms in an attempt to decipher the meaning of food, cooking and eating in the lives of families and couples, and highlights the ways we create our most meaningful relationships through the acts of preparing and consuming food.

- Globalisation: Key Thinkers

By Andrew Jones, reader in economic geography, Birkbeck, University of London. Wiley, £50.00 and £15.99. ISBN 9780745643212 and 3229

This book aims to offer critical commentary on key thinkers in the contemporary globalisation debate, and to provide new arguments about future direction in the field. Guiding the reader through these arguments, Jones looks to explain the place of these theorists in the globalisation debate.

- The End of Modernity: What the Financial and Environmental Crisis is Really Telling Us

By Stuart Sim, visiting professor in the department of English and creative writing, Northumbria University. Edinburgh University Press, £20.00. ISBN 9780748640355

Maintaining that the global financial and environmental crises are both symptoms of the end of modernity, the author calls for a radical alteration to our world view. He describes the steps that will be necessary to reconstruct society within a sustainable and socially responsible framework.

- Emile Durkheim: Justice, Morality and Politics

Edited by Roger Cotterrell, professor in the department of law, Queen Mary, University of London. Ashgate, £155.00. ISBN 97807546111

This analysis of Durkheim focuses on three closely connected aspects of his work: his sociology of justice, morality and politics. The contributors aim to present him as a key social and political thinker for the 21st century.

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