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AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES

Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement by Carmen L. Phelps (University Press of Mississippi; 208 pages; $55). Discusses Angela Jackson, Johari Amiri, Carolyn Rodgers, and others active in the 1960s movement.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Ambivalent Encounters: Childhood, Tourism, and Social Change in Banaras, India by Jenny Huberman (Rutgers University Press; 227 pages; $72 hardcover, $28.95 paperback). An ethnographic study of the encounter between Western tourists and children who work as guides and peddlers along the Ganges River.

Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and Its Provocation of the Modern by Kalpana Ram (University of Hawai'i Press; 336 pages; $57). A study of spirit possession among women in Tamil Nadu, India.

ARCHAEOLOGY

The Archaeology and Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies edited by Victor D. Thompson and James C. Waggoner Jr. (University Press of Florida; 232 pages; $74.95). Research that disputes the commonplace that small-scale economies are sustainable and in harmony with their environment.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts by Keith N. Morgan, Elizabeth Hope Cushing, and Roger G. Reed (University of Massachusetts Press; 384 pages; $39.95). Discusses Brookline as a laboratory for Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., the son and namesake of the designer of New York's Central Park.

John Gaw Meem at Acoma: The Restoration of San Esteban del Rey Mission by Kate Wingert-Playdon (University of New Mexico Press; 296 pages; $40). Documents the role of the New Mexico architect in the 1920s restoration of a Spanish Franciscan church in the Acoma Pueblo described as the oldest and largest intact adobe structure in North America.

The Nazi Perpetrator: Postwar German Art and the Politics of the Right by Paul B. Jaskot (University of Minnesota Press; 288 pages; $90 hardcover, $30 paperback). Traces the legacy of the Nazi past in German art and architecture.

Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China by Bianca Bosker (University of Hawai'i Press; 176 pages; $30). A study of Chinese "duplitecture," or replicating of architectural sites from the West, including a residential complex for 200,000 that reproduces Dorchester, England.

BIOLOGY

Population and Community Ecology of Ontogenetic Development by Andre M. de Roos and Lennart Persson (Princeton University Press; 535 pages; $65). Discusses the implications of individual size variation on population dynamics.

CLASSICAL STUDIES

Marcus Aurelius in the "Historia Augusta" and Beyond by Geoff W. Adams (Lexington Books; 333 pages; $80). A study of a fourth-century biography of the Roman emperor and related texts.

Reading Roman Friendship by Craig A. Williams (Cambridge University Press; 387 pages; $110). Explores the nature of Roman friendship as portrayed in literary and philosophical writings and in hundreds of commissioned epitaphs.

Social Memory in Athenian Public Discourse: Uses and Meanings of the Past by Bernd Steinbock (University of Michigan Press; 424 pages; $85). Uses Thebes as a case study of the meanings of the past in fourth-century Athens.

The Social World of Intellectuals in the Roman Empire: Sophists, Philosophers, and Christians by Kendra Eshleman (Cambridge University Press; 302 pages; $99). Finds commonalities between Second Sophistic and early Christian circles.

COMMUNICATION

Digital Memory and the Archive by Wolfgang Ernst, edited by Jussi Parikka (University of Minnesota Press; 256 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Essays by the German theorist on the ubiquity of the archive in digital culture.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Recoding Gender: Women's Changing Participation in Computing by Janet Abbate (MIT Press; 247 pages; $30). Documents the role of women in defining the field of early computing, including the innovations of two software pioneers: Elsie Shutt and Stephanie Shirley.

CRIMINOLOGY

Courting Kids: Inside an Experimental Youth Court by Carla J. Barrett (New York University Press; 209 pages; $70 hardcover, $24 paperback). A study of a criminal court in New York City set aside for minors prosecuted as adults.

CULTURAL STUDIES

Are We There Yet? Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism by Alison Byerly (University of Michigan Press; 264 pages; $85). Draws parallels with 21st-century online practices in a study of the "virtual travel" of the Victorian era through panoramas, fold-out river maps, and other media.

ECONOMICS

Growth, Inequality, and Social Development in India: Is Inclusive Growth Possible? edited by R. Nagaraj (Palgrave Macmillan; 238 pages; $100). Writings on development and social justice in India over the past six decades.

The Informal and Underground Economy of the South Texas Border by Chad Richardson and Michael J. Pisani (University of Texas Press; 335 pages; $55). Explores the risks and benefits of an "undocumented economy" in the region known as the Nueces Strip.

Public Capital, Growth, and Welfare: Analytical Foundations for Public Policy by Pierre-Richard Agenor (Princeton University Press; 252 pages; $39.50). Considers how a large investment in infrastructure influences economic growth; draws lessons for developing countries.

EDUCATION

The Capacity to Share: A Study of Cuban's International Cooperation in Educational Development edited by Anne Hickling-Hudson, Jorge Corona Gonzalez, and Rosemary Preston (Palgrave Macmillan; 294 pages; $85). Essays on the internationalization of Cuban education as practiced in Cuba and in Africa and elsewhere in the "global South."

The End of Exceptionalism in American Education: The Changing Politics of School Reform by Jeffrey R. Henig (Harvard Education Press; 235 pages; $49.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Discusses the trend toward education's being treated like any other domestic policy issue, with policies coming from all levels of government.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel edited by Daniel E. Orenstein, Alon Tal, and Char Miller (University of Pittsburgh Press; 288 pages; $27.95). Writings on the land since biblical times, with a focus on the past 150 years.

FILM STUDIES

The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom by Deborah Allison (Lexington Books; 224 pages; $75 hardcover, $33 paperback). A study of the contemporary British director, whose films include Butterfly Kiss, The Claim, Code 46, and Road to Guantanamo.

Dolores del Rio: Beauty in Light and Shade by Linda B. Hall (Stanford University Press; 376 pages; $60). Explores issues of gender, race, and ethnicity through a study of the career of the Mexican actress (1905-83).

The Utopia of Film: Cinema and Its Futures in Godard, Kluge, and Tahimik by Christopher Pavsek (Columbia University Press; 286 pages; $89.50 hardcover, $29.50 paperback). A study of the French, German, and Filipino directors and their view of cinema as a vehicle for human emancipation.

FOLKLORE

Trickster and Hero: Two Characters in the Oral and Written Traditions of the World by Harold Scheub (University of Wisconsin Press; 232 pages; $29.95). A comparative study of oral traditions from ancient times to the present.

HISTORY

Almost Worthy: The Poor, Paupers, and the Science of Charity in America, 1877-1917 by Brent Ruswick (Indiana University Press; 284 pages; $37). Focuses on an organization in Indianapolis in a study of "scientific charity" reformers intent on limiting access to relief by those they deemed the most morally, biologically, and economically unfit.

Battle of Stones River: The Forgotten Conflict Between the Confederate Army of Tennessee and the Union Army of the Cumberland by Larry J. Daniel (Louisiana State University Press; 336 pages; $38.50). Discusses fighting between December 31, 1862, and January 2, 1863, in Middle Tennessee that ended with nearly 25,000 casualties and no clear winner.

Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America by Vivek Bald (Harvard University Press; 294 pages; $35). Focuses on Indian Muslim men, often peddlers or seamen jumping ship, who settled in Harlem and other "neighborhoods of color" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and started families with African-American, Creole, and Puerto Rican women.

A City Within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Todd E. Robinson (Temple University Press; 236 pages; $89.50 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Topics include a form of "managerial racism" designed to keep black people in the economically depressed inner city.

A Dance of Assassins: Performing Early Colonial Hegemony in the Congo by Allen F. Roberts (Indiana University Press; 280 pages; $85 hardcover, $30 paperback). Discusses a clash between a Congolese chief and a Belgian lieutenant in the 1880s that resulted in the African's death and his skull's becoming the subject of an evolutionary treatise.

Defending Whose Country? Indigenous Soldiers in the Pacific War by Noah Riseman (University of Nebraska Press; 360 pages; $50). Compares the Allied military participation of Navajo, Yolngu, and Papua New Guinea soldiers.

Frontier Naturalist: Jean Louis Berlandier and the Exploration of Northern Mexico and Texas by Russell M. Lawson (University of New Mexico Press; 272 pages; $45). A study of a French naturalist sent out by the Mexican Boundary Commission to explore an area claimed by both the United States and Mexico in 1827-28.

The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism by Eliyahu Stern (Yale University Press; 322 pages; $45). Uses a study of the 18th-century "Gaon of Vilna" to explore the rise of Jewish modernity.

Haskalah: The Romantic Movement in Judaism by Olga Litvak (Rutgers University Press; 226 pages; $72 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Argues that translating the Haskalah as the "Jewish Enlightenment" is misleading and ahistorical; describes it instead as spearheading a religious revival best understood in the context of Eastern European romanticism.

Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingalls, America's First Naval Ace edited by Geoffrey L. Rossano (Ohio University Press; 350 pages; $28.95). Draws on previously unpublished materials to document the career of the naval aviator (1899-1985).

In Passage Perilous: Malta and the Convoy Battles of June 1942 by Vincent P. O'Hara (Indiana University Press; 264 pages; $35). Discusses Axis forces' success against armed convoys dispatched by Britain from Gibraltar and Egypt toward Malta.

In the Shadow of the Gallows: Race, Crime, and American Civic Identity by Jeannine Marie DeLombard (University of Pennsylvania Press; 446 pages; $59.95). Discusses the criminal confession as an aspirational assertion of black personhood in the early Republic and antebellum eras.

Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821 by Samuel J. Watson (University Press of Kansas; 460 pages; $39.95). First book in a two-volume study of the U.S. Army from the era of the War of 1812 to the U.S. Mexican War; documents the regional, sectional, and other politics and antipathies of its career officers.

Languages and the Military: Alliances, Occupation, and Peace Building edited by Hilary Footitt and Michael Kelly (Palgrave Macmillan; 249 pages; $85). Writings by historians and linguists on the role of languages in military alliances, occupation, and peace building since the 18th century; topics include untrained interpreters in the Korean War, and learning the language of the "other" in divided Cyprus.

The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico's Toluca Valley, 1650-1800 by Caterina Pizzigoni (Stanford University Press; 344 pages; $65). Draws on Nahuatl and Spanish sources.

Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement by Susan Rimby (Penn State University Press; 224 pages; $64.95). A biography of the botanist and Pennsylvania state official (1853-1945).

Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums by Mabel O. Wilson (University of California Press; 442 pages; $39.95). A study of black public history, including the staging of Emancipation expositions in Detroit and Chicago in 1940.

Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100-1250 by Jonathan R. Lyon (Cornell University Press; 312 pages; $65). A study of sibling networks that focuses on nine of the most prominent families during the Staufen period.

Radical Moves: Caribbean Migrants and the Politics of Race in the Jazz Age by Lara Putnam (University of North Carolina Press; 322 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). Examines the experiences of interwar-era migrants from the British Caribbean.

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis (Beacon Press; 304 pages; $27.95). A biography of Parks that documents her contributions to the civil-rights movement well beyond her famous bus arrest.

A Renegade Union: Interracial Organizing and Labor Radicalism by Lisa Phillips (University of Illinois Press; 256 pages; $50). A study of District 65, a New York City-based union dedicated to organizing retail clerks, office employees, and other workers deemed unorganizable by other unions.

The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khurshchev, and the Missiles of November by Sergio Mikoyan, edited by Svetlana Savranskaya (Stanford University Press/Woodrow Wilson Center Press; 589 pages; $65). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a study of the events and aftermath of the 1962 crisis, with special attention to the role of Anastas Mikoyan.

HISTORY OF SCIENCE

To Touch the Face of God: The Sacred, the Profane, and the American Space Program by Kendrick Oliver (Johns Hopkins University Press; 229 pages; $39.95). A study of religion and the U.S. space program, including the reactions of theologians and the religious public.

LAW

Defending American Religious Neutrality by Andrew Koppelman (Harvard University Press; 243 pages; $55). Defends the concept of neutrality in the First Amendment against both its liberal and conservative critics.

Emerging Regional Human Rights Systems in Asia by Tae-Ung Baik (Cambridge University Press; 352 pages; $99). Traces the emergence of norms and institutions in East Asian states despite the absence of a human-rights court or commission covering the region as a whole.

Neoconservative Politics and the Supreme Court: Law, Power, and Democracy by Stephen M. Feldman (New York University Press; 226 pages; $45). Discusses Justices Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito as neoconservatives and explores their influence on court rulings.

LITERATURE

The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales by Laurie Shannon (University of Chicago Press; 290 pages; $78 hardcover, $26 paperback). Draws on Shakespeare, Montaigne, and other sources in a study of a worldview of animals and humans that was displaced by Cartesianism.

Advertising Literature and Print Culture in Ireland, 1891-1922 by John Strachan and Claire Nally (Palgrave Macmillan; 310 pages; $85). Topics include Ulster unionism, advertising, and the third Home Rule bill.

Animal Encounters: Contacts and Concepts in Medieval Britain by Susan Crane (University of Pennsylvania Press; 270 pages; $59.95). Draws on beast fables, hunting treatises, saints' lives, and other texts in a study of the human-animal interaction in culture making.

At the Borders of Sleep: On Liminal Literature by Peter Schwenger (University of Minnesota Press; 167 pages; $67.50 hardcover, $22.50 paperback). A study of how writers and readers portray and experience the borders of sleeping and waking; topics include reading's differences from full consciousness.

Benjamin Fondane: A Poet-Philosopher Caught Between the Sunday of History and the Existential Monday by Michael Finkenthal (Peter Lang Publishing; 205 pages; $79.95). A study of the Romanian-born French Jewish writer, critic, and director (1898-1944), who was part of Surrealist and other avant-garde circles, and died in Auschwitz after deportation from France.

Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction by Andrea N. Williams (University of Michigan Press; 232 pages; $65). Explores the representation of black class divisions in works by Frances E. W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins, Charles W. Chesnutt, Sutton Griggs, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Dying in Character: Memoirs on the End of Life by Jeffrey Berman (University of Massachusetts Press; 312 pages; $80 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Explores the affirmation of values in memoirs by writers approaching death.

E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist edited by Melissa Homestead and Pamela Washington (University of Tennessee Press; 336 pages; $53). Essays on the work of the prolific American writer beyond her most famous novel, The Hidden Hand.

Empire and the Animal Body: Violence, Identity, and Ecology in Victorian Adventure Fiction by John Miller (Anthem Press; 234 pages; $99). Explores the representation of exotic animals in works by such writers as R.M. Ballantyne and H. Rider Haggard.

Eudora Welty and Surrealism by Stephen M. Fuller (University Press of Mississippi; 240 pages; $55). Documents the movement's influence on the American writer in the 1930s.

Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race edited by Harriet Pollack (University of Georgia Press; 275 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Essays on the writer's handling of the color line and other racial issues; topics include race and humor in Delta Wedding.

Ezra Pound's Early Verse and Lyric Tradition: A Jargoner's Apprenticeship by Robert Stark (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 230 pages; $115). Topics include Pound's use of musicality to intensify his poetry.

Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man by Andrew Goldstone (Oxford University Press; 224 pages; $65). Traces a shifting preoccupation with autonomy in the work of modernist writers and theorists.

How Soon Is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time by Carolyn Dinshaw (Duke University Press; 251 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Topics include the experience of time in the Book of John Mandeville.

Literary Knowing in Neoclassical France: From Poetics to Aesthetics by Ann T. Delehanty (Bucknell University Press; 209 pages; $80). Explores debates over literature's epistemological impact on the reader; focuses on writings by the critics Dominique Bouhours, Nicolas Boileau, Rene Rapin, John Dennis, and the Abbe Dubos.

Love's Subtle Magic: An Indian Islamic Literary Tradition, 1379-1545 by Aditya Behl, edited by Wendy Doniger (Oxford University Press; 416 pages; $74). Discusses a genre written in a vernacular Indic language by Sufi Muslim court poets and featuring Hindu characters.

The Madwoman and the Blindman: "Jane Eyre," Discourse, Disability edited by David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas, and Elizabeth J. Donaldson (Ohio State University Press; 208 pages; $49.95). Essays on Charlotte Bronte's novel from a disability studies perspective.

The Mirror of the Worlde by Elizabeth Tanfield Cary, edited by Lesley Peterson (McGill-Queen's University Press; 272 pages; US$95). Edition of the manuscript translation of texts from the French atlas L'Epitome du Theatre du Monde d'Abraham Ortelius (circa 1588) completed by the English poet when she was no more than 12.

Narrative Hospitality in Late Victorian Fiction: Novel Ethics by Rachel Hollander (Routledge; 218 pages; $125). Draws on poststructuralist theory in a study of late Victorian novels that both represent and theorize an ethics of hospitality to the "other."

Oscar Wilde and Ancient Greece by Iain Ross (Cambridge University Press; 293 pages; $95). Draws on previously unpublished material in a study of the writer's lifelong fascination with Greek culture, including his view of Celtic and Greek aesthetic commonalities.

The Poetics of Impudence and Intimacy in the Age of Pushkin by Joe Peschio (University of Wisconsin Press; 174 pages; $29.95). Explores literary versions of a form of subversive, prankish, and irreverent behavior known collectively in Russian as shalosti.

A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch by Ilana Szobel (University Press of New England; 200 pages; $85 hardcover, $35 paperback). Applies psychoanalytic and other approaches in a study of the Israeli poet, translator, and peace activist (1936-2005).

Posthumanist Shakespeares edited by Stefan Herbrechter and Ivan Callus (Palgrave Macmillan; 261 pages; $85). Extends posthumanist theory to Shakespeare in essays on such topics as the "cyborg Coriolanus" and the monster body politic.

Prose of the World: Modernism and the Banality of Empire by Saikat Majumdar (Columbia University Press; 232 pages; $40). Explores the relationship between modernist fiction and the colonial center and periphery through a study of James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, Amit Chaudhuri, and Zoe Wicomb.

Reclaiming Nostalgia: Longing for Nature in American Literature by Jennifer K. Ladino (University of Virginia Press; 288 pages; $59.50). Writers discussed include Sitkala Sa, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Claude McKay, N. Scott Momaday, Don DeLillo, and Ruth Ozeki.

Robert Lowell and the Confessional Voice by Paula Hayes (Peter Lang Publishing; 150 pages; $72.95). Uses a study of Land of Unlikeness and other early works to explore the American poet's turn to a confessional style of writing in the 1950s.

Strange Tale of Panorama Island by Edogawa Ranpo, translated by Elaine Kazu Gerbert (University of Hawai'i Press; 144 pages; $35 hardcover, $17 paperback). First English translation of the 1926 novella Panoramato kidan, the first major work by a Japanese writer whose pseudonym reveals his admiration for Edgar Allan Poe.

Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel by Ziad Elmarsafy (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 260 pages; $95). Analyzes Sufi influences on the fiction of Naguib, Mahfouz, Tahar Ouettar, Tayeb Salih, and other writers.

Technologies of Empire: Writing, Imagination, and the Making of Imperial Networks, 1750-1820 by Dermot Ryan (University of Delaware Press; 174 pages; $70). Focuses on writings by Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Maria Edgeworth, and William Wordsworth.

Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History: A Play in Three Acts by C.L.R. James, edited by Christian Høgsbjerg (Duke University Press; 222 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Edition of the long-lost original playscript by the Trinidadian historian, writer, and activist, whose drama on the Haitian hero was staged in London in 1936.

Transmigrational Writings Between the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa: Literature, Orality, Visual Arts by Helene Colette Tissieres, translated by Marjolijn de Jager (University of Virginia Press; 280 pages; $29.50). Explores continuities between two regions of Francophone literature through a study of Abdelwahab Meddeb, Werewere Liking, Tchicaya U Tam'Si, and Assia Djebar.

Writing Beyond Prophecy: Emerson, Hawthorne, and Melville After the American Renaissance by Martin Kevorkian (Louisiana State University Press; 272 pages; $45). Discusses Emerson's Conduct of Life, Hawthorne's Elixir of Life, and Melville's Clarel in a study of the three writers' grappling with a sense of calling as authors, akin to the pulpit.

MUSIC

Singing a Hindu Nation: Marathi Devotional Performance and Nationalism by Anna Schultz (Oxford University Press; 256 pages; $99 hardcover, $21.95 paperback). An ethnomusicological study of rashtriya kirtan, a western Indian performance form that blends song, philosophical discourse, and nationalist storytelling.

Sounding Like a No-No: Queer Sounds and Eccentric Acts in the Post-Soul Era by Francesca T. Royster (University of Michigan Press; 266 pages; $85 hardcover, $32.50 paperback). A study of offbeat performance in black popular music, from Eartha Kitt to Meshell Ndegeocello.

PHILOSOPHY

Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism by Sarah Conly (Cambridge University Press; 212 pages; $95). Draws on behavioral economics and social psychology to challenge the notion that we should respect the decisions of individual agents when those decisions only affect themselves.

The Correspondence of George Berkeley edited by Marc A. Hight (Cambridge University Press; 709 pages; 125). Edition of all extant correspondence of the Anglo-Irish idealist philosopher (1685-1753).

Hume's Politics: Coordination and Crisis in the "History of England" by Andrew Sabl (Princeton University Press; 334 pages; $45). Discusses Hume's political theory as revealed in a relatively neglected historical work by the Scottish philosopher.

The Powers of Aristotle's Soul by Thomas Kjeller Johansen (Oxford University Press; 376 pages; $85). Explores the role of psychology in Aristotle's thought through a study of De Anima.

Self, Value, and Narrative: A Kierkegaardian Approach by Anthony Rudd (Oxford University Press; 288 pages; $75). Sets the Danish philosopher's account of the self in the Platonic rather than the Aristotelian tradition of teleological thinking.

Shakespeare and Philosophy: Lust, Love, and Law by Raymond Angelo Belliotti (Rodopi; 227 pages; $70). An interdisciplinary study of The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance Through Technology by John O. McGinnis (Princeton University Press; 213 pages; $29.95). Discusses ways of using information technology to evaluate policy proposals and improve political decision making.

Alliance Security Dilemmas in the Iraq War: German and Japanese Responses by Natsuyo Ishibashi (Palgrave Macmillan; 211 pages; $85). A study of why Germany opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq, in 2003, while Japan supported it.

Canada, the Provinces, and the Global Nuclear Revival: Advocacy Coalitions in Action by Duane Bratt (McGill-Queen's University Press; 392 pages; US$100 hardcover, US$34.95 paperback). A study of Canada's nuclear power sector that focuses on Ontario, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

Learning While Governing: Expertise and Accountability in the Executive Branch by Sean Gailmard and John W. Patty (University of Chicago Press; 321 pages; $90 hardcover, $30 paperback). Documents the on-the-job development of policy expertise in executive agencies.

The Moment: Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, and the Firestorm at Trinity United Church of Christ by Carl Grant and Shelby J. Grant (Lexington Books; 174 pages; $40). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a study of the controversy over President Obama's Chicago pastor during the 2008 election and its wider context.

Polite Anarchy in International Relations Theory by Zaheer Kazmi (Palgrave Macmillan; 288 pages; $95). Draws on the late-Enlightenment thought of William Godwin to develop a theory of states as anarchists.

Religion and Politics in a Global Society: Comparative Perspectives From the Portuguese-Speaking World edited by Paul Christopher Manuel, Alynna Lyon, and Clyde Wilcox (Lexington Books; 256 pages; $75 hardcover, $). Writings on Angola, Brazil, East Timor, Mozambique, Portugal, and Goa, India.

Self-Determination Without Nationalism: A Theory of Postnational Sovereignty by Omar Dahbour (Temple University Press; 278 pages; $84.50). Develops a revised notion of political self-determination here termed "ecosovereignty."

Side Effects: Mexican Governance Under NAFTA’s Labor and Environmental Agreements by Mark Aspinwall (Stanford University Press; 232 pages; $85 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Examines problems with Mexican enforcement of side agreements under the free-trade accord.

Small Wars: Low-Intensity Threats and the American Response since Vietnam by Michael Gambone (University of Tennessee Press; 408 pages; $49). Topics include Central America in the 1980s, the first Gulf War, airstrikes in Kosovo in the 1990s, the drug war in Columbia, the "war on terror," and the role of private military contractors such as Blackwater.

War From the Ground Up: Twenty-First-Century Combat as Politics by Emile Simpson (Columbia University Press; 285 pages; $32.50). Combines scholarly and personal military perspectives in a study of war in the modern era, with a focus on Afghanistan.

RELIGION

The Challenge of Received Tradition: Dilemmas of Interpretation in Radak's Biblical Commentaries by Naomi Grunhaus (Oxford University Press; 274 pages; $74). A study of the rabbi and biblical exegete David Kimhi (circa 1160-1232), known as Radak, and his juxtaposition of the peshat and the derash forms of commentary.

Eschatological Sanctuary in Exodus 15:17 and Related Texts by Kevin Chen (Peter Lang Publishing; 158 pages; $74.95). Disputes the notion that the sanctuary mentioned in the verse refers to Solomon's temple or any other manmade structure.

The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God's Love by Matthew T. Lee, Margaret M. Poloma, and Stephen G. Post (Oxford University Press; 301 pages; $29.95). Uses national survey and interview data in a study of Christian spiritual awakening and links drawn between the perceived experience of God's love and people's desire to aid and be compassionate with others.

Sacred Dread: Raissa Maritain, the Allure of Suffering, and the French Catholic Revival (1905-1944) by Brenna Moore (University of Notre Dame Press; 288 pages; $30). Traces the life and writings of the Russian-born poet and philosopher who was a Jewish convert to Catholicism embracing a theology centered on suffering.

Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke's Gospel by F. Scott Spencer (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing; 348 pages; $30). Draws on feminist hermeneutics and other approaches in a study of Mary, Elizabeth, Martha, the wife of Lot, and other figures in the third Gospel.

RHETORIC

Managing Vulnerability: South Africa's Struggle for a Democratic Rhetoric by Richard C. Marback (University of South Carolina Press; 142 pages; $39.95). Topics include debates over a proposed Freedom Monument, and the impact of narrative tours of Robben Island, site of Nelson Mandela's imprisonment.

The Normalization of War in Israeli Discourse, 1967-2008 by Dalia Gavriely-Nuri (Lexington Books; 159 pages; $60). A study of how language figures in Israelis' perceiving war as a normal part of life.

Speaking Hatefully: Culture, Communication, and Political Action in Hungary by David Boromisza-Habashi (Penn State University Press; 160 pages; $54.95). Combines discourse and ethnographic analysis in a study of gyuloletbeszed, or "hate speech," in Hungary.

SOCIOLOGY

The Chicken Trail: Following Workers, Migrants, and Corporations Across the Americas by Kathleen C. Schwartzman (ILR Press/Cornell University Press; 224 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). A study of how globalization has figured in the displacement of African-Americans by Mexican workers in the poultry industry in the Southeast.

Home Is Where the School Is: The Logic of Homeschooling and the Emotional Labor of Mothering by Jennifer Lois (New York University Press; 229 pages; $75 hardcover, $23 paperback). An ethnographic study of homeschooling mothers that focuses on tensions in the emotional and temporal experience of mothering.

The Land of Too Much: American Abundance and the Paradox of Poverty by Monica Prasad (Harvard University Press; 327 pages; $39.95). Links, historically, the championing of consumption by an interventionist U.S. government to the higher rate of poverty in America, relative to any of its peers.

The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream by Randol Contreras (University of California Press; 300 pages; $70 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a study of a group of Dominican drug robbers in the South Bronx who raided and tortured dealers storing large amounts of drugs and cash.

WOMEN'S STUDIES

Undutiful Daughters: New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice edited by Henriette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni, and Fanny Soderback (Palgrave Macmillan; 222 pages; $85). Essays on new concepts, new subjectivities, and new bodies and ethics in feminism.

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