Downhome Gospel: African American Spiritual Activism in Wiregrass Country by Jerrilyn McGregory (University Press of Mississippi; 224 pages; $50). An ethnographic study of gospel music and spiritual activism in what is known as the Wiregrass Country of Georgia, Alabama, and north Florida.
The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism edited by Dan Berger (Rutgers University Press; 303 pages; $75 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Essays on black-power, feminist, gay, American Indian, Puerto Rican, and other movements of the decade.
Transcendental Resistance: The New Americanists and Emerson's Challenge by Johannes Voelz (Dartmouth College Press/University Press of New England; 336 pages; $85 hardcover, $39.95 paperback). Topics include Emerson's philosophy as a response to the requirements of lecturing on the lyceum circuit.
Arrested Histories: Tibet, the CIA, and Memories of a Forgotten War by Carole McGranahan (Duke University Press; 307 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Combines ethnography and history in a study of why there has been a neglect in Tibetan history of a resistance movement against China, which lasted from the 1950s through 1974 and was aided by India, Nepal, and the United States.
Cultivating Global Citizens: Population in the Rise of China by Susan Greenhalgh (Harvard University Press; 138 pages; $29.95). Offers an anthropological perspective on population governance and politics in China, including a shift by the regime toward viewing citizens as human capital.
Eventful Archaeologies: New Approaches to Social Transformation in the Archaeological Record edited by Douglas J. Bolender (State University of New York Press; 272 pages; $80 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Writings on European and North American prehistory.
Falling Into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia by Evelyn Blackwood (University of Hawai'i Press; 264 pages; $55 hardcover, $24 paperback). An ethnographic study of "tombois" and their girlfriends in the West city of Padang.
The Hadrami Diaspora: Community-Building on the Indian Ocean Rim by Leif Manger (Berghahn Books; 201 pages; $60). A study of the Hadramis of South Yemen and their diasporic communities in the Indian Ocean region.
Holy Ground, Healing Water: Cultural Landscapes at Waconda Lake, Kansas by Donald J. Blakeslee (Texas A&M University Press; 252 pages; $45 hardcover, $22 paperback). Combines anthropology, archaeology, and environmental history in a study of a lake in north-central Kansas created on the site of a spring held sacred to Indian peoples in the region.
Kin, Gene, Community: Reproductive Technologies Among Jewish Israelis edited by Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli and Yoram S. Carmeli (Berghahn Books; 372 pages; $95). Topics include how technologies of assisted reproduction figure into the policing of boundaries in Israeli society.
Take Me to My Paradise: Tourism and Nationalism in the British Virgin Islands by Colleen Ballerino Cohen (Rutgers University Press; 270 pages; $75 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). An ethnographic study of the cultural, political, and other impacts of tourism on the islands.
Pox, Empire, Shackles, and Hides: The Townsend Site, 1670-1715 by Jon Bernard Marcoux (University of Alabama Press; 178 pages; $36 hardcover, $20 paperback). Combines archaeological and historical perspectives in a study of a small Cherokee community in eastern Tennessee.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Painting Indians and Building Empires in North America, 1710-1840 by William H. Truettner (University of California Press; 159 pages; $39.95). Examines how portraits of Indians figured in the culture of imperial expansion; artists discussed include Gilbert Stuart and Benjamin West.
Please Touch: Dada and Surrealist Objects After the Readymade by Janine Mileaf (Dartmouth College Press/University Press of New England; 312 pages; $85 hardcover, $39.95 paperback). A study of Marcel Duchamp's bottle rack, urinal, and other readymades and their artistic influence.
Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley (Princeton University Press; 272 pages; $29.95). Describes what is termed the decision-making methods of honeybees as they scout and select sites for new "daughter colonies"; draws parallels between bee swarms and primate brains.
Freelancing Expertise: Contract Professionals in the New Economy by Debra Osnowitz (ILR Press/Cornell University Press; 272 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). A study of the career paths, work practices, and decision making of contract employees in software and systems development and editorial work in print and Web communications.
Greek Athletics edited by Jason Konig (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 329 pages; $135). Includes previously untranslated writings on athletic training and competition in ancient Greece.
African Americans in Television: Behind the Scenes by Gregory Adamo (Peter Lang Publishing; 200 pages; $119.95 hardcover, $32.95 paperback). Examines the work of black writers, producers, directors, and executives.
The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting Over New Media by Ilana Gershon (Cornell University Press; 232 pages; $22.95). A study of how college students use Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and other media to end romantic relationships.
How to Catch a Robot Rat: When Biology Inspires Innovation by Agnes Guillot and Jean-Arcady Meyer, translated by Susan Emanuel (MIT Press; 226 pages; $29.95). Examines mechanisms and structures modeled on nature.
Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert by Michon Mackedon (Black Rock Institute Press, distributed by Museum of New Mexico Press; 236 pages; $60 hardcover, $30 paperback). A study of nuclear culture in Nevada that traces the manipulation of language and imagery by the atomic industry.
Laughter: Notes on a Passion by Anca Parvulescu (MIT Press; 212 pages; $21.95). Explores modernism, feminism, film, avant-garde philosophy, and other realms in a discussion of laughter, particularly as passionate outburst.
Violence, Visual Culture, and the Black Male Body by Cassandra Jackson (Routledge; 138 pages; $105). Focuses on photography in a study of the wounded black man as a recurrent cultural image.
The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development by Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman (MIT Press; 238 pages; $35). Documents how open-source and proprietary software interact in often unexpected ways and evaluates open source's economic impact.
Consistency, Choice, and Rationality by Walter Bossert and Kotaro Suzumura (Harvard University Press; 218 pages; $39.95). A work in choice and demand theory.
Obama's Bank: Financing a Durable New Deal by Michael Likosky (Cambridge University Press; 377 pages; $75 hardcover, $24.99 paperback). Develops a proposal for a public-private bank to finance improvements in America's infrastructure.
Imagining Children Otherwise: Theoretical and Critical Perspectives on Childhood Subjectivity edited by Michael O'Loughlin and Richard T. Johnson (Peter Lang Publishing; 247 pages; $119.95 hardcover, $32.95 paperback). Essays on such topics as children's performance of whiteness in early education in Australia.
Schools in the Landscape: Localism, Cultural Tradition, and the Development of Alabama's Public Education System, 1865-1915 by Edith M. Ziegler (University of Alabama Press; 217 pages; $41.50). Considers how the day-to-day operation of the schools was shaped by localism and traditions.
The Child in Film: Tears, Fears, and Fairy Tales by Karen Lury (Rutgers University Press; 209 pages; $72 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores the disruptive power of the child in films made for adult audiences, including such works as Taxi Driver and Pan's Labyrinth.
Dagur Kari's "Noi the Albino" by Bjorn Nordfjord (University of Washington Press; 165 pages; $24.95). A study of the 2003 film, which is set in the remote Westfjords of Iceland and blends elements of the universal with the intensely local.
The Epic Film in World Culture edited by Robert Burgoyne (Routledge; 391 pages; $37.95). Films analyzed include The Fall of the Roman Empire, The Passion of the Christ, Red Cliff, The Te Kooti Trail, There Will Be Blood, and 300.
Activists in City Hall: The Progressive Response to the Reagan Era in Boston and Chicago by Pierre Clavel (Cornell University Press; 256 pages; $65 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). Describes how mayors Raymond Flynn and Harold Washington enlisted neighborhood activists in their programs for reform.
Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America by Erika Lee and Judy Yung (Oxford University Press; 394 pages; $27.95). Discusses an immigration center across the bay from San Francisco, which was a way station, and sometime deportation point, for many of the half million immigrants who sought entrance from 1910 to 1940.
Antebellum Women: Private, Public, Partisan by Carol Lasser and Stacey Robertson (Rowman & Littlefield; 216 pages; $36.95). Identifies three phases in women's relationship to civic and political life.
Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York by James D. Livingston (State University of New York Press; 205 pages; $19.95). A study of the 1896 murder trial of Mary Alice Livingston, a member of a prominent New York family who was accused of matricide via poisoned soup.
Berlin: Divided City, 1945-1989 edited by Philip Broadbent and Sabine Hake (Berghahn Books; 211 pages; $70). Essays by historians, art historians, literary scholars, and others on perceptions and representations of Berlin during the four decades before German reunification.
Che's Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America edited by Paulo Drinot (Duke University Press; 306 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Essays on the Argentine revolutionary's travels, country-by-country, through Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela, and later through Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Cheddi Jagan and the Politics of Power: British Guiana's Struggle for Independence by Colin A. Palmer (University of North Carolina Press; 363 pages; $39.95). Explores colonialism and anti-colonialism in then British Guiana through a study of the life and shifting political fortunes of the Guyanese leader (1918-97), a founder of the leftist People's Progressive Party.
Children as Treasures: Childhood and the Middle Class in Early Twentieth Century Japan by Mark A. Jones (Harvard University Asia Center, distributed by Harvard University Press; 407 pages; $45). Considers how psychologists, pediatricians, reformers, and others shaped a new Japanese ideal of childrearing and childhood during the period.
Children of Fire: A History of African Americans by Thomas C. Holt (Hill & Wang; 438 pages; $27). Traces the experiences of successive generations of African-Americans since the first sale of slaves in Jamestown in 1619.
Cinematic Cold War: The American and Soviet Struggle for Hearts and Minds by Tony Shaw (University Press of Kansas; 301 pages; $34.95). Uses five American and five Soviet films to compare cinema's role in disseminating cold-war ideologies.
Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia by Toby Craig Jones (Harvard University Press; 292 pages; $29.95). Considers the relationship between political authority and resources in the history of the kingdom.
Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City by Jonathan Soffer (Columbia University Press; 494 pages; $34.95). Discusses Mayor Koch as both a moderate and a pragmatist as he responded to the city's fiscal and other crises in the late 1970s and 80s.
Feeding the City: From Street Market to Liberal Reform in Salvador, Brazil, 1780-1860 by Richard Graham (University of Texas Press; 334 pages; $60 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores the class and racial boundaries crossed among food traders in the northeastern coastal city.
A Fleeting Empire: Early Stuart Britain and the Merchant Adventurers to Canada by Andrew D. Nicholls (McGill-Queen's University Press; 280 pages; US$39.95). A study of British merchants and privateers, including the Kirke brothers, who in 1629 forced Samuel de Champlain's surrender in Quebec.
Gallatin: America's Swiss Founding Father by Nicholas Dungan (New York University Press; 192 pages; $27.95). A biography of the Geneva-born statesman, diplomat, and scholar (1761-1849), who helped establish New York University and the American Ethnological Society.
God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution by Thomas S. Kidd (Basic Books; 298 pages; $26.95). Documents the evangelical contribution to America's independence.
History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage by Beth S. Wenger (Princeton University Press; 282 pages; $35). Traces new constructions of Jewish culture and history that eased immigrants' adjustment and created a heritage in step with American ideals.
Jews and the Imperial State: Identification Politics in Tsarist Russia by Eugene M. Avrutin (Cornell University Press; 232 pages; $39.95). Describes how Jews figured in new forms of record keeping on Russia's population that emerged in the late 18th century.
A Loss of Innocence? Television and Irish Society, 1960-72 by Robert J. Savage (Manchester University Press, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 401 pages; $95). A study of television in Ireland during its first decade and describes how the new medium tested constraints in Irish society.
Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 by Frank Dikotter (Walker & Company; 420 pages; $30). Draws on previously unavailable archives in a study of the human and infrastructural devastation that followed the "Great Leap Forward."
My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy by Nora Titone (Free Press; 479 pages; $30). Links the rivalry between Lincoln's assassin and his famous older brother to the younger's entry into a world of conspiracy.
Not in This Family: Gays and the Meaning of Kinship in Postwar North America by Heather Murray (University of Pennsylvania Press; 320 pages; $45). Uses letters, diaries, memoirs, films, and other sources to document the relationships of gay men and women with their families since the early postwar period.
Open Range: The Life of Agnes Morley Cleaveland by Darlis A. Miller (University of Oklahoma Press; 176 pages; $24.95). Traces the life of a New Mexico-born woman who became famous with the publication of No Life for a Lady (1941), her memoir of growing up on a cattle ranch.
Organizing for War: France, 1870-1914 by Rachel Chrastil (Louisiana State University Press; 256 pages; $45). Describes how defeat in the Franco-Prussian war spurred many French to join gymnastics clubs, the Red Cross, and commemorative organizations.
The Papacy Since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor edited by James Corkery and Thomas Worcester (Cambridge University Press; 275 pages; $99 hardcover, $29.99 paperback). Uses case studies of some of the most significant popes to trace the evolution of the papacy.
Paris, 1200 by John W. Baldwin (Stanford University Press; 304 pages; $65 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores change in Paris at the turn of the 13th century.
A Perfect Gibraltar: The Battle for Monterey, Mexico, 1846 by Christopher D. Dishman (University of Oklahoma Press; 268 pages; $34.95). Discusses a three-day battle in the Mexican War said to mark the first time U.S. troops engaged in prolonged urban combat.
Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR's Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman (Twelve; 513 pages; $30). A collective biography of Justices Felix Frankfurter, Robert Jackson, William O. Douglas, and Hugo Black.
Sitting In and Speaking Out: Student Movements in the American South, 1960-1970 by Jeffrey A. Turner (University of Georgia Press; 380 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Documents the racially marked antiwar and other activism of Southern students; draws on research at more than 20 public and private institutions in the region, including historically black schools.
A Slaveholders' Union: Slavery, Politics, and the Constitution in the Early American Republic by George William Van Cleve (University of Chicago Press; 391 pages; $39). Argues that the Constitution's provisions regarding slavery were more than compromises, and that the document was pro-slavery in a pervasive sense.
Turkey, Islam, and Modernity: A History, 1789-2007 by Carter Findley (Yale University Press; 527 pages; $40). Documents the dialectical relationship between radical and conservative social forces as they shaped late Ottoman and republican Turkish society.
The Way of Duty, Honor, Country: The Memoir of General Charles Pelot Summerall by Charles Pelot Summerall, edited by Timothy K. Nenninger (University Press of Kentucky; 298 pages; $35). Edition of a previously unpublished memoir by the general, who served as chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 1926 to 1930 and later as president of the Citadel.
Why the West Rules---For Now: The Patterns of History and What They Reveal about the Future by Ian Morris (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 768 pages; $35). Focuses on the role of geography in the West's dominance.
The Witness House: Nazis and Holocaust Survivors Sharing a Villa During the Nuremberg Trials by Christiane Kohl, translated by Anthea Bell (Other Press; 243 pages; $14.95). Describes encounters between opposing witnesses housed by the Allies in a villa outside the city.
HISTORY OF MEDICINE
Medicine in an Age of Commerce and Empire: Britain and Its Tropical Colonies, 1660-1830 by Mark Harrison (Oxford University Press; 384 pages; $115). Focuses on India and the West Indies in a study of how experience in colonial realms shaped British medicine.
HISTORY OF SCIENCE
Evolutionary Restraints: The Contentious History of Group Selection by Mark E. Borrello (University of Chicago Press; 215 pages; $40). Focuses on the British naturalist V.C. Wynne-Edwards (1906-97) in a study of scientific debates over the nature of group selection.
Helmholtz: From Enlightenment to Neuroscience by Michel Meulders, edited and translated by Laurence Garey (MIT Press; 264 pages; $27.95). Traces the life, work, and legacy of the German scientist Herman von Helmholtz (1821-94).
The Conservative Assault on the Constitution by Erwin Chemerinsky (Simon & Schuster; 326 pages; $27). Argues that conservative activist justices in the federal system have narrowed Americans' constitutional protections; topics include the expansion of the power of the presidency; decisions that disadvantage workers, minorities, and the poor; and major rollbacks on defendants' rights, including in capital cases.
The Creation of the "IUS Commune": From "Casus" to "Regula" edited by John W. Cairns and Paul J. du Plessis (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 304 pages; $95). Essays on how Roman statutes were transformed into common law between 1100 and 1400.
Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions From "Griswold" to "Roe" by Marc Stein (University of North Carolina Press; 384 pages; $39.95). Contrasts the court's liberal rulings in the 1960s and 70s on birth control, abortion, interracial marriage, and obscenity with its conservative decision in a 1967 case regarding an immigration statute that labeled homosexuals "psychopathic personalities."
Hand Talk: Sign Language Among American Indian Nations by Jeffrey E. Davis (Cambridge University Press; 272 pages; $95 hardcover, $32.99 paperback). Examines the persistence of traditional signing languages among American Indians, including among those who are deaf.
Language and Social Change in Central Europe: Discourses on Policy, Identity, and the German Language by Patrick Stevenson and Jenny Carl (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 292 pages; $90). A study of German's relationship to other languages in the region.
Language, Migration, and Identity: Neighborhood Talk in Indonesia by Zane Goebel (Cambridge University Press; 225 pages; $95). Considers how talk helps mediate social relations among Chinese and other groups in two wards of Semarang, the capital city of the province of Central Java.
Arabic Literature: Postmodern Perspectives edited by Angelika Neuwirth, Andreas Pflitsch, and Barbara Winckler (Saqi Books; 505 pages; $28.95). Writings on Adonis, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Etel Adnan, and 26 other Arab authors who write in Arabic, English, French, and Hebrew.
A Beggar's Art: Scripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900-1930 by M. Cody Poulton (University of Hawai'i Press; 280 pages; $56 hardcover, $29 paperback). Translation and study of one-act plays from the period.
Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age America by James B. Salazar (New York University Press; 300 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Explores ideas of character in fiction, reform movements, and political culture from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries; focuses on writings by Melville, Twain, Gilman, Pauline Hopkins, and Jane Addams.
Charlotte Bronte's Atypical Typology by Keith A. Jenkins (Peter Lang Publishing; 214 pages; $74.95). Traces the English author's rewriting of biblical material through her four novels.
Defoe's America by Dennis Todd (Cambridge University Press; 264 pages; $95). Explores the historical context of the English writer's depiction of American Indians, African slaves, and white indentured servants.
The Divine Comedy by Dante, translated by Burton Raffel (Northwestern University Press; 852 pages; $35). Translation of Dante's masterwork.
Geoffrey Hartman: Romanticism After the Holocaust by Pieter Vermeulen (Continuum; 182 pages; $120). A study of the German-born American critic that explores how his Romantic ethic and aesthetic has engaged with modernity.
Hunting the Sun: Faulkner's Appropriations of Balzac's Writings by Merrill Horton (Peter Lang Publishing; 277 pages; $80.95). Argues that virtually all of Faulkner's fiction has roots in the work of his French predecessor.
Late Modernism: Art, Culture, and Politics in Cold War America by Robert Genter (University of Pennsylvania Press; 375 pages; $49.95). Discusses the 1940s and 50s as a pivotal, rather than declining, period in modernism.
Literature, CInema, and Politics, 1930-1945: Reading Between the Frames by Lara Feigel (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 292 pages; $115). A study of politically engaged "filmic" literature of the period, including works by Auden, Isherwood, and Woolf.
Memos From the Besieged City: Lifelines for Cultural Sustainability by Djelal Kadir (Stanford University Press; 296 pages; $65 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores issues in comparative literature through foundational figures since the 13th century, including Nicholas of Cusa, Giordano Bruno, Fray Servando Teresa de Mier, Erich Auerbach, Zbigniew Herbert, and Orhan Pamuk.
Mother Nature by Emilia Pardo Bazan, translated by Walter Borenstein (Bucknell University Press; 264 pages; $69.50). Translation of the 1887 Spanish novel, which is the sequel to Bazan's most famous work, The House of Ulloa.
Playing Smart: New York Women Writers and Modern Magazine Culture by Catherine Keyser (Rutgers University Press; 225 pages; $39.95). Focuses on Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, Jessie Fauset, Dawn Powell, and Mary McCarthy.
Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Jonson by Thomas MacFaul (Cambridge University Press; 312 pages; $95). Discusses the varied imagery of paternity in the five men's works.
Postcolonial Romanticisms: Landscape and the Possibilities of Inheritance by Roy Osamu Kamada (Peter Lang Publishing; 157 pages; $67.95). Examines the appropriation and transformation of aspects of colonial culture in works by Derek Walcott, Garrett Hongo, and Jamaica Kincaid.
Reading Masques: The English Masques and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century by Lauren Shohet (Oxford University Press; 240 pages; $99). Explores the circulation of courtly and non-courtly masques, including works by lesser-known writers.
Ritual Violence and the Maternal in the British Novel, 1740-1820 by Raymond F. Hilliard (Bucknell University Press; 316 pages; $60). Explores narratives of persecution and reparation in works by Richardson, Fielding, Burney, Radcliffe, Godwin, Austen, Scott, and other writers.
Romantic Interactions: Social Being and the Turns of Literary Action by Susan J. Wolfson (Johns Hopkins University Press; 381 pages; $70 hardcover, $30 paperback). Considers how interactions with other authors shaped the work of writers in the "long Romantic era," from the 1780s to the 1840s; figures discussed include Mary Wollstonecraft and Charlotte Smith.
Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century "Hidden" Lives by Juliette Atkinson (Oxford University Press; 312 pages; $99). Describes how wary biographers in the Victorian era turned from the lives of "great men" to write accounts of humble, unsuccessful, and neglected figures.
Victorian Disharmonies: A Reconsideration of Nineteenth-Century English Fiction by Francesco Marroni (University of Delaware Press; 241 pages; $38.50). Uses an idea of disharmony to explore works by such writers as Dickens, Collins, Gaskell, Gissing, and Hardy.
Victorian Empiricism: Self, Knowledge, and Reality in Ruskin, Bain, Lewes, Spencer, and George Eliot by Peter Garratt (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; 244 pages; $42.50). Explores the five writers' approach to epistemology.
Virgil in the Renaissance by David Scott Wilson-Okamura (Cambridge University Press; 314 pages; $95). Examines Virgil's literary reception between 1300 and 1600.
Wallace Stevens and the Aesthetics of Abstraction by Edward Ragg (Cambridge University Press; 262 pages; $85). Traces the poet's interest in abstraction beginning with Harmonium and refined in his later work.
Wandering Soul: The Dybbuk's Creator, S. An-sky by Gabriella Safran (Harvard University Press; 410 pages; $29.95). A biography of the writer and folklorist Shloyme-Zanvl Rappoport (1863-1920), who was born in Russia's Pale of Settlement and as "S. An-sky" wrote the famous Yiddish play The Dybbuk.
Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival by Ray Allen (University of Illinois Press; 309 pages; $80 hardcover, $25 paperback). Discusses the folk group formed by three city-bred musicians---Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley---who introduced regional styles of Southern music to Northern urban audiences.
Jazz Matters: Sound, Place, and Time Since Bebop by David Ake (University of California Press; 199 pages; $60 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores such topics as negotiating national identity among American jazz musicians in Paris.
Reason and Resonance: A History of Modern Aurality by Veit Erlmann (Zone Books, distributed by MIT Press; 422 pages; $32.95). An intellectual history of the ear and what is termed the "listener function."
Axiogenesis: An Essay in Metaphysical Optimalism by Nicholas Rescher (Lexington Books; 223 pages; $75). Discusses an explanatory theory that has its origins in Plato's Timaeus and was revived by Leibniz.
Damascius' "Problems and Solutions Concerning First Principles" by Sara Ahbel-Rappe (Oxford University Press; 560 pages; $99). First English translation of a treatise by the Damascus-born philosopher who was head of the Neoplatonist academy in Athens when the Emperor Justinian closed the institution in 529.
Elemental Philosophy: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Environmental Ideas by David Macauley (State University of New York Press; 433 pages; $85). Explores philosophical notions of the four elements since ancient times and considers their relevance to contemporary environmental thinking.
Five Lessons on Wagner by Alain Badiou, translated by Susan Spitzer (Verso; 239 pages; $26.95). Translation of a work by the French philosopher in which he explores the philosophical reception of the German composer, including in writings by Adorno and Nietzsche.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The Science of Logic edited and translated by George di Giovanni (Cambridge University Press; 960 pages; $180). Scholarly translation of the revised Book I (1832), along with the original Books II (1813) and III (1816).
The Imperative of Integration by Elizabeth Anderson (Princeton University Press; 246 pages; $29.95). A work in political philosophy that seeks to revive the ideal of racial integration.
Mourning Sickness: Hegel and the French Revolution by Rebecca Comay (Stanford University Press; 224 pages; $60 hardcover, $21.95 paperback). Topics include parallels drawn by Hegel between the upheaval in France and the intellectual revolution in Germany of the Reformation and Idealism.
Philosophy of Science After Feminism by Janet A. Kourany (Oxford University Press; 168 pages; $99 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Defends an ideal of socially engaged science.
Plato and the Talmud by Jacob Howland (Cambridge University Press; 300 pages; $85). Draws parallels between the Greek philosopher's writings and the rabbinical text; topics include the relationships between prophets and philosophers, fathers and sons, and gods and men as explored in Plato's Apology and Euthyphro and in the Talmudic tractate Ta'anit.
Self and Community in a Changing World by D.A. Masolo (Indiana University Press; 343 pages; $65 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores African philosophical discourse in recent years.
Brazil and the United States: Convergence and Divergence by Joseph Smith (University of Georgia Press; 256 pages; $59.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Traces the history of U.S-Brazilian relations since the early 19th century.
Can Globalization Promote Human Rights? by Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann (Penn State University Press; 182 pages; $59.95). Evaluates both positive and negative effects of globalization in both economic and sociopolitical realms.
The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany: Bringing Women to the Party by Sarah Elise Wiliarty (Cambridge University Press; 288 pages; $85). Uses the concept of the "corporatist catch-all" party to examine the Christian Democratic Union's responses to women's demands over the past 40 years.
Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics by Cathy J. Cohen (Oxford University Press; 281 pages; $27.95). Draws on the Black Youth Project, a national survey, in a study of the political lives and attitudes of African-American young people.
Designing Resilience: Preparing for Extreme Events edited by Louise K. Comfort, Arjen Boin, and Chris C. Demchak (University of Pittsburgh Press; 384 pages; $32.50). Writings on preparedness for terrorism, extreme climatic events, epidemics, and other disasters; documents how links among systems create both greater vulnerability and greater responsiveness.
The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization by Kevin P. Gallagher and Roberto Porzecanski (Stanford University Press; 200 pages; $55 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). Examines China's threat to Latin American manufacturers in world markets, and its greater success in building industry.
Incarceration and Human Rights edited by Melissa McCarthy (Manchester University Press, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 153 pages; $85 hardcover, $30 paperback). Offers international perspectives on such topics as prison inspection and human rights, the detention of applicants for asylum, and mental illness and preventive detention.
Limiting Resources: Market-Led Reform and the Transformation of Public Goods by LaDawn Haglund (Penn State University Press; 238 pages; $64.95). A study of privatization in developing countries that compares water and electricity services in Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Out and Running: Gay and Lesbian Candidates, Elections, and Policy Representation by Donald P. Haider-Markel (Georgetown University Press; 188 pages; $29.95). A study of legislative elections from 1992 to 2006 and policy making from 1992 to 2009 that documents the potential of state-level politics for effecting change on gay-rights issues.
Walled States, Waning Sovereignty by Wendy Brown (Zone Books, distributed by MIT Press; 167 pages; $25.95). Discusses the growing number of countries that are erecting walls along their borders; argues that such barriers are a futile response to the threats they are supposed to forestall.
Why Conservatives Tell Stories and Liberals Don't: Rhetoric, Faith, and Vision on the American Right by David M. Ricci (Paradigm Publishers; 271 pages; $91 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). An analysis of what is termed the conservative script.
Civil War Humor by Cameron C. Nickels (University Press of Mississippi; 160 pages; $28). Examines humor in broadsides, political cartoons, comic valentines, penny dreadfuls, and other texts produced during the war.
Development of Geocentric Spatial Language and Cognition: An Eco-Cultural Perspective by Pierre R. Dasen and Ramesh C. Mishra (Cambridge University Press; 408 pages; $99). Draws on data on child development from Bali, India, Nepal, and Switzerland.
The Creation of a Federal Partnership: The Role of the States in Affordable Housing by Margaret M. Brassil (State University of New York Press; 239 pages; $75). Examines the role of state housing agencies since the 1970s, with case studies of Maryland, Minnesota, and Texas.
Christians and Pagans: The Conversion of Britain from Alban to Bede by Malcolm Lambert (Yale University Press; 329 pages; $50). Combines historical and archaeological perspectives in a study of the coming of Christianity to Roman Britain.
Pagans and Practitioners: Expanding Biblical Scholarship by Alf H. Walle (Peter Lang Publishing; 170 pages; $67.95). Topics include how the New Testament can be read as a rebuttal of pagans.
Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought by Richard B. Miller (Columbia University Press; 227 pages; $24.50). Develops an ethical liberal response to religious extremism.
Toward a Generous Orthodoxy: Prospects for Hans Frei's Postliberal Theology by Jason A. Springs (Oxford University Press; 248 pages; $74). A critical study of the German-born American theologian (1922-88), that examines his engagement with such figures as Wittgenstein, Clifford Geertz, and Erich Auerbach.
The True Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life edited by Daniel K. Finn (Oxford University Press; 380 pages; $99 hardcover, $35 paperback). Interdisciplinary essays on Catholic social teachings; topics include just and unjust contracts, and sustainable prosperity.
Women Mystics and Sufi Shrines in India by Kelly Pemberton (University of South Carolina Press; 233 pages; $59.95). Combines historical and ethnographic perspectives in a study of shrines in Ajmer Sharif, Bihar Sharif, and Maner in the states of Bihar and Rajasthan.
Islands of Privacy by Christena Nippert-Eng (University of Chicago Press; 404 pages; $60 hardcover, $22.50 paperback). Considers how ordinary people draw boundaries between public and private.
The Transnational Condition: Protest Dynamics in an Entangled Europe edited by Simon Teune (Berghahn Books; 233 pages; $70). Topics include how young French and German activists in the global-justice movement experience transnational protest events.
Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession by Francesco Duina (Princeton University Press; 237 pages; $32.50). Discusses sports, business, entertainment, and other realms in a study of the pervasive language of winning and losing in American culture.
Rochdale Village: Robert Moses, 6,000 Families, and New York City's Great Experiment in Integrated Housing by Peter Eisenstadt (Cornell University Press; 336 pages; $35). A study of a housing cooperative created in the early 1960s in Queens County by the United Housing Foundation, whose president, Abraham Kazan, worked with the famed planner Robert Moses.
A Jewish Feminine Mystique? Jewish Women in Postwar America edited by Hasia R. Diner, Shira Kohn, and Rachel Kranson (Rutgers University Press; 269 pages; $72 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Topics include Jewish women's activism and their challenge to conventions of gender, politics, and religion.
Solidarities Beyond Borders: Transnationalizing Women's Movements edited by Pascale Dufour, Dominique Masson, and Dominique Caouette (University of British Columbia Press; 320 pages; US$90). Includes case studies from North America, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry by Siobhan Brooks (State University of New York Press; 125 pages; $60 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). An ethnographic study on how race affects the lives and working conditions of black and Latina dancers in both "queer" and "straight" clubs in Oakland, Calif., and New York City.
October 17, 2010
Weekly Book List, October 18, 2010