War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials (University of Minnesota Press; 243 pages; $67.50 hardcover, $24.50 paperback). Explores Cambodian-American remembrance of war and genocide through memoir, film, and music.
Braided Worlds by Alma Gottlieb and Philip Graham (University of Chicago Press; 162 pages; $60 hardcover, $20 paperback). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in an ethnography of a Beng village in Cote d'Ivoire.
Bukharan Jews and the Dynamics of Global Judaism by Alanna E. Cooper (Indiana University Press; 336 pages; $85 hardcover, $30 paperback). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a study of the past and present of the Central Asian Jewish community.
Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru by Kimberly Theidon (University of Pennsylvania Press; 461 pages; $75). An ethnographic study of the Ayacucho highlands in the wake of the Shining Path insurgency.
Lijiang Stories: Shamans, Taxi Drivers, and Runaway Brides in Reform-Era China by Emily Chao (University of Washington Press; 248 pages; $70 hardcover, $30 paperback). An ethnographic study that draws on fieldwork in a Chinese city and surrounded county whose residents are primarily from the Naxi minority group.
Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System by Katrina Hazzard-Donald (University of Illinois Press; 256 pages; $85 hardcover, $28 paperback). Traces the folk healing tradition's emergence in three distinct regions and national profile thereafter.
Ancient Maya Pottery: Classification, Analysis, and Interpretation edited by James John Aimers (University Press of Florida; 293 pages; $79.95). Draws on research from sites in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Fellow Men: Fantin-Latour and the Problem of the Group in Nineteenth-Century French Painting by Bridget Alsdorf (Princeton University Press; 368 pages; $45). Discusses the group as a defining subject in the period's painting.
Portrayal and the Search for Identity by Marcia Pointon (Reaktion Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 272 pages; $40). Explores our understanding of portraiture as a genre and considers how identity is produced pictorially.
Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature by Victoria Emma Pagan (University of Texas Press; 182 pages; $55). Analyzes works by such writers as Juvenal, Tacitus, Suetonius, Terence, and Cicero.
The Roman Market Economy by Peter Temin (Princeton University Press; 299 pages; $35). Argues that at least in the early empire, Rome was primarily a market economy and that ordinary Roman citizens were better off than any other population before the Industrial Revolution.
Technomobility in China: Young Migrant Women and Mobile Phones by Cara Wallis (New York University Press; 264 pages; $45). Explores the construction of a hybrid rural-urban identity through a study of cell-phone use among young women working in low-wage service jobs in Beijing.
On Computing: The Fourth Great Scientific Domain by Paul S. Rosenbloom (MIT Press; 307 pages; $35). Develops a "relational" approach to computing that argues that it is a scientific domain on par with the physical, life, and social sciences.
Hijacking History: American Culture and the War on Terror by Liane Tanguay (McGill-Queen's University Press; 304 pages; US$100 hardcover, US$27.95 paperback). Topics include representations of U.S. military action in popular culture.
Sonic Multiplicities; Hong Kong Pop and the Global Circulation of Sound and Image by Yiu Fai Chow and Jeroen de Kloet (Intellect Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 178 pages; $60). Explores the politics of Chineseness in a study of Hong Kong pop music.
Tragic No More: Mixed-Race Women and the Nexus of Sex and Celebrity by Caroline A. Streeter (University of Massachusetts Press; 160 pages; $80 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). Examines the representation of women of black and white descent in fiction, music, film, television, and other realms.
Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice edited by Stephanie Foote and Elizabeth Mazzolini (MIT Press; 291 pages; $50 hardcover, $25 paperback). Topics include "enviroblogging," the "toxic autobiographies" of residents of Love Canal, and efforts by the plastics industry to cast plastic bags and bottles in terms of freedom of choice.
Parks, Peace, and Leadership: Global Initiatives in Transboundary Conservation edited by Michael S. Quinn, Len Broberg, and Wayne Freimund (University of Calgary Press, distributed by Michigan State University Press; 542 pages; US$44.95). Pays particular attention to transboundary protected lands in southern Africa.
The Digitization of Cinematic Visual Effects: Hollywood's Coming of Age by Rama Venkatasawmy (Lexington Books; 333 pages; $75). Traces the history of the digitization of special effects.
Psycho-Sexual: Male Desire in Hitchcock, De Palma, Scorsese, and Friedkin by David Greven (University of Texas Press; 297 pages; $60). Combines psychoanalytic and queer theory in a study of Hitchcock's legacy for four key directors in the 1970s.
Ain't Scared of Your Jail: Arrest, Imprisonment, and the CIvil Rights Movement by Zoe A. Colley (University Press of Florida; 160 pages; $69.95). Documents how activists came to see jail time as something to further the movement.
Catholic Vietnam: A Church From Empire to Nation by Charles Keith (University of California Press; 312 pages; $49.95). Describes what is termed a "Catholic decolonization."
Church and State in the City: Catholics and Politics in Twentieth-Century San Francisco by William Issel (Temple University Press; 325 pages; $86.50 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Documents the central role of Catholicism in San Francisco's political culture, beginning in the 1890s; topics include labor and racial politics.
Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight Over Federal Indian Policy After the Civil War by C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa (University of North Carolina Press; 228 pages; $39.95). Focuses on the Tonawanda Seneca leader Ely S. Parker and Council Fire editor Thomas A. Bland in a study of Indian resistance to federal assimilationist and other policies.
Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America's Minister to France During the Siege and Commune of Paris edited by Michael Hill (Simon & Schuster; 263 pages; $26). Edition, with commentary, of the American diplomat's writings recounting the violence of the 1871 uprising.
Executing Democracy, Volume Two: Capital Punishment and the Making of America, 1835-1843 by Stephen John Hartnett (Michigan State University Press; 342 pages; $59.95). Offers microhistorical case studies that illustrate debates about the death penalty during the period.
George Keats of Kentucky: A Life by Lawrence M. Crutcher (University Press of Kentucky; 342 pages; $40). A biography of John Keats's younger brother (1797-1841), who emigrated and settled in frontier Kentucky.
The Gospel of Freedom and Power: Protestant Missionaries in American Culture After World War II by Sarah E. Ruble (University of North Carolina Press; 214 pages; $37.50). Analyzes sermons, novels, anthropological texts, and other sources in a study of public perceptions of American missionaries abroad.
The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby (Yale University Press; 246 pages; $25). A biography of the famed American freethinker (1833-99).
History in the Making by J.H. Elliott (Yale University Press; 249 pages; $26). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a study of changes in the nature and methods of historical research since the 1950s.
An Imperial Concubine's Tale: Scandal, Shipwreck, and Salvation in 17th-Century Japan by G.G. Rowley (Columbia University Press; 255 pages; $40). Traces the life of an imperial concubine banished from court after a sex scandal, who shipwrecked on the way to her island exile, lived 14 years in a remote village, and eventually became a Buddhist nun.
The Limits of Detente: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973 by Craig Daigle (Yale University Press; 423 pages; $55). Links the origins of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War to detente-driven policies by the United States and Soviet Union that promoted an untenable status quo in the region rather than a lasting peace agreement; draws on newly available documents.
The Making of the First World War by Ian F.W. Beckett (Yale University Press; 263 pages; $28.50). Discusses 12 key but at times neglected episodes in the war, including the flooding of the Yser, the abdication of Czar Nicholas II, and the first Gotha air raid on London.
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster (Harvard University Press; 378 pages; $29.95). Focuses on the area between Cape Cod and Newfoundland in a study of the human impact on the marine environment over the centuries.
Nasser's Gamble: How Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day War and the Decline of Egyptian Power by Jesse Ferris (Princeton University Press; 342 pages; $45). Draws on declassified documents in a study of Egypt's five-year intervention in Yemen, which pit Egypt against Saudi Arabia and destabilized its relations with the cold- war powers.
Project Plowshare: The Peaceful Use of Nuclear Explosives in Cold War America by Scott Kaufman (Cornell University Press; 312 pages; $35). Discusses a program initiated by Atomic Energy Commission and University of California scientists in 1957 that was inspired by Eisenhower's "Atoms for Peace" speech.
Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India by Ananya Vajpeyi (Harvard University Press; 342 pages; $39.95). A study of how Buddhist literature, the Bhagavad Gita, and other classical texts influenced five of the founding figures of modern India: Mohandas K. Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, and B.R. Ambedkar.
Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII by Robert A. Ventresca (Harvard University Press; 405 pages; $35). A biography of the controversial wartime pontiff, who reigned from March 1939 to October 1958.
The State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in U.S. History by Derek S. Hoff (University of Chicago Press; 378 pages; $49). Topics include how attitudes toward population growth have shaped public policy in and beyond areas overtly related to demographics, such as immigration and birth control.
Trams or Tailfins? Public and Private Prosperity in Postwar West Germany and the United States by Jan L. Logemann (University of Chicago Press; 300 pages; $45). Discusses ways in which West Germans departed from American models in their postwar consumer society, including an emphasis on public transit over car ownership.
A World Connecting, 1870-1945 edited by Emily S. Rosenberg (Harvard University Press; 1,161 pages; $39.95). Essays on imperialism, trade, migration, and other aspects of a growing global interconnectedness.
HISTORY OF SCIENCE
The Secrets of Alchemy by Lawrence M. Principe (University of Chicago Press; 281 pages; $25). A study of alchemical theory and practice since the third century, with a focus on its flourishing in the early modern period.
HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY
Wind Wizard: Alan G. Davenport and the Art of Wind Engineering by Siobhan Roberts (Princeton University Press; 278 pages; $29.95). Traces the life of a engineering pioneer (1932-2009), whose Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel laboratory at the University of Western Ontario helped evaluate and improve the windworthness of major skyscrapers, bridges, and other structures.
Lawless Capitalism: The Subprime Crisis and the Case for an Economic Rule of Law by Steven A. Ramirez (New York University Press; 286 pages; $45). Links the mortage meltdown and the wider global financial crisis to a failure to apply the rule of law.
Same-Sex Marriage in Latin America: Promise and Resistance edited by Jason Pierceson, Adrianna Piatti-Crocker, and Shawn Schulenberg (Lexington Books; 176 pages; $65 hardcover, $28 paperback). Includes case studies of Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and Central America.
Abandoning the Black Hero: Sympathy and Privacy in the Postwar African American White-Life Novel by John C. Charles (Rutgers University Press; 263 pages; $75 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). A study of African-American writers' novels about white protagonists, including works by Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Frank Yerby.
Alter-Nations: Nationalisms, Terror, and the State in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Ireland by Amy E. Martin (Ohio State University Press; 264 pages; $56.95). Topics include how Irish Fenian writings anticipate the problematics of postcolonial studies.
The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume X: Uncollected Prose Writings: Addresses, Essays, and Reviews edited by Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson (Harvard University Press; 970 pages; $95). Tenth and final volume of a scholarly edition initiated in the 1960s.
Dead Women Talking: Figures of Injustice in American Literature by Brian Norman (Johns Hopkins University Press; 240 pages; $45). Uses the concept of posthumous citizenship to explore the role played by dead female characters who call for justice.
Fleshly Tabernacles: Milton and the Incarnational Poetics of Revolutionary England by Bryan Adams Hampton (University of Notre Dame Press; 384 pages; $40). Explores the poet's Christology and his artistic and theological engagement with the Incarnation.
Hawthorne's Habitations: A Literary Life by Robert Milder (Oxford University Press; 295 pages; $39.95). An intellectual biography that sheds new light on the writer's time in England.
Inside Dazzling Mountains: Southwest Native Verbal Arts edited by David L. Kozak (University of Nebraska Press; 681 pages; $65). Translations, with commentary, of songs, stories, and other indigenous oral literature from the four major language groups of the Southwest: Yuman, Apachean, Uto-Aztecan, and Kiowa-Tanoan.
Loving Faster Than Light: Romance and Readers in Einstein's Universe by Katy Price (University of Chicago Press; 261 pages; $45). Draws on literature, popular science, journalism, and other realms in a study of the cultural reception of Einstein's relativity theory, announced in 1919.
Monstrous Motherhood: Eighteenth-Century Culture and the Ideology of Domesticity by Marilyn Francus (Johns Hopkins University Press; 312 pages; $55). Discusses mothers as depicted in British novels, plays, poems, conduct manuals, court cases, and other realms.
On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility by Ernesto Javier Martinez (Stanford University Press; 199 pages; $70 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). Topics include James Baldwin's Another Country, the comedy of Margaret Cho, and the writings of such figures as Cherrie Moraga and Maria Lugones.
The Primitive, the Aesthetic, and the Savage: An Enlightenment Problematic by Tony C. Brown (University of Minnesota Press; 278 pages; $82.50 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). Explores the role of the exotic in writings by Joseph Addison, Rousseau, Kant, Defoe, and others.
Shaw and Feminisms: On Stage and Off edited by D.A. Hadfield and Jean Reynolds (University Press of Florida; 234 pages; $74.95). Topics include Shaw's athletic-minded women, the contrast between his stage presentation of the New Woman and his actions in life, and his acquaintance with radical and feminist Emma Goldman.
Tragically Speaking: On the Use and Abuse of Theory for Life by Kalliopi Nikolopoulou (University of Nebraska Press; 331 pages; $45). Explores the changing meaning of tragedy in literary and moral discourse, beginning with Friedrich Holderlin.
Troubling the Family: The Promise of Personhood and the Rise of Multiracialism by Habiba Ibrahim (University of Minnesota Press; 218 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Draws on literary, legal, and other realms in a study of the rise of the multiracial movement in the 1990s and beyond;
Writing the Nomadic Experience in Contemporary Francophone Literature by Katharine N. Harrington (Lexington Books; 154 pages; $60). Focuses on works by J.M.G. LeClezio, Nancy Huston, Nina Bouraoui, and Regine Robin.
Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical by Todd Decker (Oxford University Press; 309 pages; $35). A study of the making and remaking of the Hammerstein and Kern musical on stage and screen since its first production in 1927.
Foucault's Archaeology: Science and Transformation by David Webb (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 181 pages; $95). A commentary on the French philosopher's Archaeology of Knowledge that sets the work in the context of the philosophy of mathematics and science.
Leibniz, God, and Necessity by Michael Griffin (Cambridge University Press; 204 pages; $90). Explores links between the German philosopher's view of modality and his theology.
Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Philosophy edited by Greg S. Johnson and Dan R. Stiver (Lexington Books; 232 pages; $70). Essays on such topics as the French philosopher's concept of political legitimacy.
Social Phenomenology: Husserl, Intersubjectivity, and Collective Intentionality by Eric Chelstrom (Lexington Books; 233 pages; $70). Draws on phenomenological theory to propose a third way between atomistic individualism and collectivism.
Awakening to Race: Individualism and Social Consciousness in America by Jack Turner (University of Chicago Press; 199 pages; $70 hardcover, $22.50 paperback). Draws on the thought of de Tocqueville, Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin to make a "democratic individualist" case for the awareness of how race continues to constrain opportunity in the United States.
Cyberpolitics in International Relations by Nazli Choucri (MIT Press; 311 pages; $54 hardcover, $27 paperback). Pays particular attention to how cyberspace may figure in international efforts to promote sustainable development.
Fighting for the Speakership: The House and the Rise of Party Government by Jeffery A. Jenkins and Charles Stewart III (Princeton University Press; 480 pages; $80 hardcover, $35 paperback). A study of how the House speakership became such a powerful office, and how elections for that position shifted from often favoring regional loyalties over party politics.
Origins of North Korea's "Juche": Colonialism, War, and Development edited by Jae-Jung Suh (Lexington Books; 184 pages; $65). Writings by American and South Korean scholars on the North Korean ideology and institution of juche, a term often translated as self-reliance but having further meanings of subjecthood.
Rwanda and the Moral Obligation of Humanitarian Intervention by Joshua James Kassner (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 240 pages; $105). Uses the 1994 genocide to develop a philosophical argument for occasions in which the international community is obligated to intervene.
The Invisible Hand in Popular Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV by Paul A. Cantor (University Press of Kentucky; 464 pages; $35). A study of how films and TV depict tensions between freedom and other core values in American culture.
Portrayals of Children in Popular Culture: Fleeting Images edited by Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic and Debbie Olson (Lexington Books; 250 pages; $70). Essays on depictions of chidren and childhood in film, television, fiction, magazines, and other media; topics include nostalgia in Where the Wild Things Are as text and film.
The Behavioral Foundations of Public Policy edited by Eldar Shafir (Princeton University Press; 511 pages; $55). Writings that apply behavioral research to the construction and implementation of public policy.
Sacrifice as Gift: Eucharist, Grace, and Contemplative Prayer in Maurice de la Taille by Michon M. Matthiesen (Catholic University of America Press; 320 pages; $69.95). Focuses on eucharistic sacrifice in a study of the French theologian (1872-1933).
The Forgotten Prophet: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the African American Prophetic Tradition by Andre E. Johnson (Lexington Books; 127 pages; $60). Analyzes the rhetoric of the 19th-century African Methodist Episcopal Church bishop.
Chavez's Children: Ideology, Education, and Society in Latin America by Manuel Anselmi (Lexington Books; 161 pages; $60). Translation of a 2008 Italian study of ideological socialization in Venezuela, with a focus on revolutionary Bolivarism and the Bolivarian school.
Finding Mecca in America: How Islam Is Becoming an American Religion by Mucahit Bilici (University of Chicago Press; 257 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Draws on Georg Simmel and Martin Heidegger in a study of Islam in America from the perspective of cultural sociology.
The Land Development Game in China by Jianbo Ma (Lexington Books; 269 pages). Uses a study of an unnamed medium-sized county in northeastern coastal China to examine competing national and local interests at play over farmland converted to urban use.
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