New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, July 12, 2013

July 08, 2013


Bedouin of Mount Sinai: An Anthropological Study of Their Political Economy by Emanuel Marx (Berghahn Books; 195 pages; $75). Documents aspects of Bedouin economy, society, and ritual based on fieldwork from 1972 to 1982.

Family Upheaval: Generation, Mobility, and Relatedness Among Pakistani Migrants in Denmark by Mikkel Rytter (Berghahn Books; 234 pages; $75). Considers topics from the decline of arranged marriages and extended-family households to the tensions that confront Muslims in a post-9/11 world.

Indigenous Religion and Cultural Performance in the New Maya World by Garrett W. Cook, Thomas A. Offit, with a contribution by Rhonda Taube (University of New Mexico Press; 200 pages; $50). Explores generational differences among participant-performers in the annual festival of the K'iche' Maya village of Santiago Momostenango in highland Guatematla.

Kurdish Life in Contemporary Turkey: Migration, Gender, and Ethnic Identity by Anna Grabolle-Celiker (I.B. Tauris, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 299 pages; $99). Examines the everyday experiences of rural-to-urban migrants through a study of the seasonal and now full-scale migration of Kurds from villages in eastern provincial Turkey to the regional capital of Van or to Istanbul in the west.

Local Politics in Afghanistan: A Century of Intervention in the Social Order edited by Conrad Schetter (Oxford University Press; 281 pages; $80). Writings by anthropologists and other scholars on such topics as corruption and kinship in Kabul, and networks and powerbrokers of the Arzbegi clan in Kunduz.

Militant Lactivism? Attachment Parenting and Intensive Motherhood in the UK and France by Charlotte Faircloth (Berghahn Books; 266 pages; $95). Explores the construction of maternal identity among British and French women who breast feed their children for several years, past infancy and toddlerhood.

Mysteries of the Jaguar Shamans of the Northwest Amazon by Robin M. Wright (University of Nebraska Press; 424 pages; $55). Combines biography and ethnography in a study of the last living jaguar shaman among the Baniwa peoples of the northwest Amazon; focuses on his apprenticeship.

Neoliberalism Interrupted: Social Change and Contested Governance in Contemporary Latin America edited by Mark Goodale and Nancy Postero (Stanford University Press; 317 pages; $90 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Writings on Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Red Stamps and Gold Stars: Fieldwork Dilemmas in Upland Socialist Asia edited by Sarah Turner (University of British Columbia Press; 308 pages; US$99). Writings by anthropologists, geographers, and ethnohistorians on difficulties of fieldwork in China, Vietnam, and Laos.

Rough and Tumble: Aggression, Hunting, and Human Evolution by Travis Rayne Pickering (University of California Press; 225 pages; $29.95). Discusses ambush hunting as a milestone in human evolution and disputes previous researchers' coupling of aggression and predation.


Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe edited by Angeliki Lymberopoulou and Rembrandt Duits (Ashgate Publishing Company; 195 pages; $99.95). Topics include Byzantine icons in the Netherlands, Bohemia, and Spain in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Edward Pugh of Ruthin, 1763-1813: "A Native Artist" by John Barrell (University of Wales Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 245 pages; $40). A study of a Welsh artist and writer whose landscapes document the condition of the poor, the enclosure of common land, and other aspects of life in north Wales.

Mikhail Larionov and the Cultural Politics of Late Imperial Russia by Sarah Warren (Ashgate Publishing Company; 194 pages; $99.95). A study of the Russian avant-garde painter, performer, curator, and inventor of Rayonism (1881-1964) before his emigration to France.

Shapely Bodies: The Image of Porcelain in Eighteenth-Century France by Christine A. Jones (University of Delaware Press; 285 pages; $85). Focuses on early porcelain produced in the wake of French artisans' experimental discovery of artificial alternatives to kaolin-based clay.


The Avian Migrant: The Biology of Bird Migration by John H. Rappole (Columbia University Press; 435 pages; $80). Sets avian migration within a larger ecological context; includes discussion of the effects of global warming on behavior, and migration's role in the spread of disease.


The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary by Ronald J. Leprohon (Society of Biblical Literature; 270 pages; $36.95). Traces the expansion of pharaonic names from Horus to a full, five-fold titulary.


Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging, and Activism in Egypt by David Faris (I.B. Tauris, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 267 pages; $95). Links the revolution to a history of digital activism that extends back into the 1990s.


Development Without Aid: The Decline of Development Aid and the Rise of the Diaspora by David A. Phillips (Anthem Press; 224 pages; $99 hardcover, $29.50 paperback). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a critique of foreign-aid policies for developing countries and a discussion of the growing importance of remittances.

Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries edited by Janet C. Gornick and Markus Jantii (Stanford University Press; 512 pages; $65). Comparative research on income disparities that draws on microdata from LIS, a center in Luxembourg.


The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels by Brian Fagan (Bloomsbury Press; 265 pages; $28). Documents how sea-level rise has shaped human society since ancient times.

New Natures: Joining Environmental History With Science and Technology Studies edited by Dolly Jørgensen, Finn Arne Jørgensen, and Sara B. Pritchard (University of Pittsburgh Press; 292 pages; $27.95). Essays that reflect a dialogue between the two disciplines; topics include farming, forestry, indigenous land management, pollution, and outer space.

Trash Animals: How We Live With Nature's Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species by Kelsi Nagy and Phillip David Johnson II (University of Minnesota Press; 314 pages; $75 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Essays on attitudes toward such animals as coyotes, gulls, carp, cockroaches, starlings, and pigeons.


American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn by Scott MacDonald (University of California Press; 415 pages; $75 hardcover, $39.95 paperback). Links American pragmatism to the work of documentary filmmakers with ties to MIT, Harvard, and other institutions in the area.

Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect by R. Bruce Elder (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 765 pages; US$85). Traces the avant-garde's reception of cinema in the early 20th century.

Francois Truffaut: The Lost Secret by Anne Gillain, translated by Alistair Fox (Indiana University Press; 334 pages; $85 hardcover, $30 paperback). First English translation of an influential 1991 French study of the director.

Spanish Cinema, 1973-2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape, and Memory edited by Maria M. Delgado and Robin Fiddian (Manchester University Press, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 262 pages; $95). Essays on 17 films from Victor Enrice's The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) to Iciar Bollain's Even the Rain (2010).


Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 11: July 1795-February 1797 edited by Margaret A. Hogan and others (Harvard University Press; 669 pages; $95). Documents a period culminating on the eve of John Adams's inauguration as America's second president.

Citizenship and the Origins of Women's History in the United States by Teresa Anne Murphy (University of Pennsylvania Press; 228 pages; $42.50). Explores competing ideas of women's citizenship in history writing by and about women from the late 18th century to the Civil War.

City Water, City Life: Water and the Infrastructure of Ideas in Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago by Carl Smith (University of Chicago Press; 327 pages; $35). Explores ideas of citizenship and urbanization as reflected in the building of the three cities' water-supply systems from the 1790s to the 1860s.

The Cross and Reaganomics: Conservative Christians Defending Ronald Reagan by Eric R. Crouse (Lexington Books; 194 pages; $65). Discusses conservative Christians as champions of free-market economics.

Dreams, Dreamers, and Visions: The Early Modern Atlantic World edited by Ann Marie Plane and Leslie Tuttle (University of Pennsylvania Press; 316 pages; $65). Essays on people's perceptions of dreams and related visionary experiences in Europe and the Americas from the late 13th to the early 17th centuries.

Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Creating the Modern First Lady by Lewis L. Gould (University Press of Kansas; 176 pages; $34.95). Draws on newly discovered sources in a biography of the first lady; documents her bigotry toward African-Americans and considers how it may have affected her husband's policies.

Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy From 1453 to the Present by Brendan Simms (Basic Books; 690 pages; $35). Focuses on the battle for control over the Holy Roman Empire and its successor states.

Gentlemen Bankers: The World of J.P. Morgan by Susie J. Pak (Harvard University Press; 368 pages; $55). Draws on previously unpublished letters and tesimony to examine the Morgan family's relationship with the German-Jewish investment bank Kuhn, Loeb & Co., their strongest competitor.

Hopes for Better Spouses: Protestant Marriage and Church Renewal in Early Modern Europe, India, and North America by A.G. Roeber (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing; 289 pages; $29). Considers debates over pietist views of companionate marriage.

The Hundred Day Winter War: Finland's Gallant Stand Against the Soviet Army by Gordon F. Sander (University Press of Kansas; 390 pages; $39.95). Draws on interviews with both Finnish and Russian veterans of the war, which began after the Red Army invaded Finland in November 1939.

Industry and Revolution: Social and Economic Change in the Orizaba Valley, Mexico by Aurora Gomez-Galvarriato (Harvard University Press; 351 pages; $49.95). Documents the role of Orizaba Valley textile-mill workers in the Mexican revolution.

The Mexican Revolution: Conflict and Consolidation, 1910-1940 edited by Douglas W. Richmond and Sam W. Haynes (Texas A&M University Press; 251 pages; $35). Essays on such topics as the execution of Leon Martinez Jr. and Mexican-Anglo race relations in Texas during the first four years of the Mexican revolution.

The Missionary's Curse and Other Tales From a Chinese Catholic Village by Henrietta Harrison (University of California Press; 276 pages; $65 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Traces the history of a village in central Shanxi province that has been Catholic since the 17th century.

The Origins of the Lebanese National Idea, 1840-1920 by Carol Hakim (University of California Press; 368 pages; $49.95). Challenges traditional chronologies of Lebanese nationalism.

A Peculiar Mixture: German-Language Cultures and Identities in Eighteenth-Century North America edited by Jan Stievermann and Oliver Scheiding (Penn State University Press; 284 pages; $69.95). Pays particular attention to Pennsylvania.

The Plan de San Diego: Tejano Rebellion, Mexican Intrigue by Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler (University of Nebraska Press; 338 pages; $45). Draws on newly available archives in a study of a 1915 proposal for a rebellion that would overthrow the U.S. government in the Southwest and establish a Hispanic republic.

Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation by Marc Mappen (Rutgers University Press; 266 pages; $24.95). A collective biography of Prohibition-era gangsters that explores the wider economic, moral, and other forces that shaped a generation of criminals born between 1880 and 1905.

The Pulpit and the Press in Reformation Italy by Emily Michelson (Harvard University Press; 272 pages; $39.95). Uses a body of little-known sermons to document the creativity of Catholic preachers as they sought to maintain the church's authority in Italy and confront calls for reform.

Racial Science in Hitler's New Europe, 1938-1945 edited by Anton Weiss-Wendt and Rory Yeomans (University of Nebraska Press; 394 pages; $50). Essays on the adaptation of racial science to local conditions in Austria, Norway, Italy, Croatia, Estonia, Romania, and other states in the Nazi sphere of influence.

Slavery and Antislavery in Spain's Atlantic Empire edited by Josep M. Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara (Berghahn Books; 328 pages; $120). Topics include African slavery's move from a peripheral to a central phenomenon in Spain's colonial empire.

The Sleep of Behemoth: Disputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000--1200 by Jehangir Yazdi Malegam (Cornell University Press; 352 pages; $55). Explores a redefining of the meaning of peace in the High Middle Ages.

Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight edited by Michael J. Neufeld (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press; 256 pages; $29.95). Essays on such toics as Yuri Gagarin in the Soviet and post-Soviet imagination, the mythology of the pilot in American spaceflight, and the first six NASA female astronauts and the media.

Transpacific Articulations: Student Migration and the Remaking of Asian America by Chih-ming Wang (University of Hawai'i Press; 224 pages; $46). Focuses on Chinese students in a study of Asian student migration to the United States since 1854.

Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life by Andrew C. Isenberg (Hill & Wang; 296 pages; $30). Discusses the hero (1848-1929) of the shootout at the O.K. Corral as both lawman and lawbreaker, rather than the fiction created by Hollywood with help from Earp himself.


A Short Bright Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse by Theresa Levitt (W.W. Norton & Company; 281 pages; $25.95). Discusses the French physicist Augustin Fresnel (1788-1827) and a lens he invented that revolutionized the scope and glare of lighthouses.


Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food by Timothy D. Lytton (Harvard University Press; 240 pages; $39.95). Traces the rise of independent kosher certification agencies.

Reimagining To Kill a Mockingbird: Family, Community, and the Possibility of Equal Justice under Law edited by Austin Sarat and Martha Merrill Umphrey (University of Massachusetts Press; 208 pages; $80 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Combines perspectives from law and the humanities in essays on the 1962 film of Harper Lee's 1960 novel.


Afghanistan in Ink: Literature Between Diaspora and Nation edited by Nile Green and Nushin Arbabzadah (Oxford University Press; 303 pages; $35). Essays on such topics as the poetry and prose of Abd al-Rahman Pazhwak (1919-95).

The Children's Table: Childhood Studies and the Humanities edited by Anna Mae Duane (University of Georgia Press; 265 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Writings on childhood by scholars in literature, law, philosophy, and architectural history.

The Frontier Within: Essays by Abe Kobo edited and translated by Richard F. Calichman (Columbia University Press; 191 pages; $40). First English translation of critical essays by a leading Japanese author and intellectual of the postwar era.

The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: The Ancestral Call in Black Women's Texts by Venetria K. Patton (State University of New York Press; 216 pages; $80). A study of works by Toni Cade Bambara, Paule Marshall, Phyllis Alesia Perry, Toni Morrison, Tananarive Due, and Julie Dash.

Paris in American Literatures: On Distance as a Literary Resource edited by Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera and Vamsi K. Koneru (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; 163 pages; $65). Essays on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edith Wharton, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Robert McAlmon, Henry Miller, Saul Bellow, Tim O'Brien, and Monique Truong.

Poetry and Geography: Space and Place in Post-War Poetry edited by Neal Alexander and David Cooper (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 272 pages; $110). Essays on such poets as Paul Farley, John Burnside, Ciaran Carson, Jo Shapcott, Alice Oswald, and Thomas Kinsella.

Romancing the Self in Early Modern Englishwomen's Life Writing by Julie A. Eckerle (Ashgate Publishing Company; 217 pages; $99.95). Explores links between romance and autobiography in the work of such writers as Dorothy Calthorpe and Elizabeth Delaval.

True Songs of Freedom: "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in Russian Culture and Society by John MacKay (University of Wisconsin Press; 157 pages; $24.95). Traces the reception of Stowe's book in Russia from czarist times to the present; includes discussion of play and film versions.

William Morris and the Uses of Violence, 1856-1890 by Ingrid Hanson (Anthem Press; 230 pages; $99). A study of the English poet and artist that asserts his commitment to an ideal of violent battle.

Women of the Danish Golden Age: Literature, Theater, and the Emancipation of Women by Katalin Nun (Museum Tusculanum Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 180 pages; $34). Focuses on the writers Thomasine Gyllembourg (1773-1856) and Mathilde Fibiger (1830-72), and the actress Johanne Luise Heiberg (1812-90).

A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture by Raul Coronado (Harvard University Press; 574 pages; $49.95). Focuses on Texas as both Spanish colony and Mexican republic.


Cumbia! Scenes of a Migrant Latin American Music Genre edited by Hector Fernandez L'Hoeste and Pablo Vila (Duke University Press; 302 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Essays on a popular musical genre that spread from Colombia to the rest of Latin America and to communities in diaspora.

The Rolling Stones: Sociological Perspectives edited by Helmut Staubmann (Lexington Books; 245 pages; $75 hardcover, $37 paperback). Topics include the Stones as the "anti-Beatles," the band's hegemonic masculinity, and the myths of Altamont.

Tottel's "Songes and Sonettes" in Context edited by Stephen Hamrick (Ashgate Publishing Company; 217 pages; $99.95). Essays on a poetry anthology compiled by the English publisher Richard Tottel in 1557.

Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity by Anahid Kassabian (University of California Press; 200 pages; $65 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Considers how the ubiquitous presence of background music in our lives affects how we listen.


Tyrannosaurid Paleobiology edited by J. Michael Parrish and others (Indiana University Press; 294 pages; $60). Research on such topics as the dinosaur's hunting and feeding strategies.


Darwinian Evolution and Classical Liberalism: Theories in Tension edited by Stephen Dilley (Lexington Books; 331 pages; $80). Essays on the clash between Darwinian thought and the philosophy of Locke, Smith, Hayek, Thomas Sowell, and Larry Arnhart.

Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin's Early Reflections on Theater and Language by Ilit Ferber (Stanford University Press; 241 pages; $85 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Draws on Heidegger's notion of mood in philosophy in a study of Walter Benjamin's Trauerspiel book, a work on German "sorrow plays" likely written in 1924-25.

Wittgenstein's Philosophical Development: Phenomenology, Grammar, Method, and the Anthropological View by Mauro Luiz Engelmann (Palgrave Macmillan; 316 pages; $95). Documents repeated shifts in the Austrian philosopher's thinking in the late 1920s and early 30s.


Globalization, Social Movements, and Peacebuilding edited by Jackie Smith and Ernesto Verdeja (Syracuse University Press; 291 pages; $39.95). Writings on how the global market economy affects peacebuilding efforts; topics include the clash of patronage, foreign aid, and democratization in Sierra Leone.

Human Rights in the Shadow of Colonial Violence: The Wars of Independence in Kenya and Algeria by Fabian Klose, translated by Dona Geyer (University of Pennsylvania Press; 369 pages; $89.95). Draws on previously inaccessible archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN Human Rights Commission.

Losing the Center: The Decline of American Liberalism, 1968-1992 by Jeffrey Bloodworth (University Press of Kentucky; 345 pages; $50). Describes the "wilderness years" of liberalism through biographical discussion of such figures as Henry Jackson, Jimmy Carter, Bella Abzug, and Morris Udall.

Military Adaptation in Afghanistan edited by Theo Farrell, Frans Osinga, and James A. Russell (Stanford University Press; 368 pages; $105 hardcover, $35 paperback). Writings on three groups: the militaries of Britain, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United States; the German military; and the Afghan National Army and the Taliban.

Permanent Emergency Welfare Regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Exclusive Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Alfio Cerami (Palgrave Macmillan; 270 pages; $90). Examines the role of social-welfare programs in democratization.

Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas edited by Gary A. Keith (University of Texas Press; 202 pages; $34.95). Writings by scholars, lawyers, and others on the Texas legislature's decennial redistricting process since 1965.


Empire, Global Coloniality, and African Subjectivity by Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni (Berghahn Books; 272 pages; $90). Considers how Africa remains ensnared in what are termed invisible global imperial designs and colonial matrices of power.

The Rumor of Globalization: Desecrating the Global From Vernacular Margins by Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay (Oxford University Press; 217 pages; $35). Focuses on Bengal in musings on globalization as experienced, imagined, and contested by India's poor.


Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice by Gyorgy Scrinis (Columbia University Press; 352 pages; $32.95). Criticizes a tendency toward nutritional reductionism that overrides other considerations of food quality; topics include the butter versus margarine debate, and the food industry's promotion of nutritionally enhanced products.


Amor Dei in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by David C. Bellusci (Rodopi; 167 pages; $54). Examines philosophical views of the notion that God is love; focuses on the 17th-century thinkers Berulle, Gibieuf, Malebranche, and Norris.

The Evolving God: Charles Darwin on the Naturalness of Religion by J. David Pleins (Bloomsbury Academic; 171 pages; $120 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Documents the English naturalist's views on religion as an evolutionary phenomenon.

Exile and Embrace: Contemporary Religious Discourse on the Death Penalty by Anthony Santoro (Northeastern University Press/University Press of New England; 328 pages; $85 hardcover, $45 paperback). Argues that capital punishment has less to do with the perpetrators than with the society that imposes the penalty.

From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity by Kyle Harper (Harvard University Press; 316 pages; $39.95). Describes how the social sanction of shame linked to transgressions of Roman sexual morality gave way to the Christian theological concept of sin and accountability to God.

God in Proof: The Story of a Search From the Ancients to the Internet by Nathan Schneider (University of California Press; 280 pages; $34.95). A history of arguments for and against the existence of God.

The Qur'an: A New Annotated Translation by A.J. Droge (Equinox Publishing; 488 pages; $135 hardcover, $39.95 paperback). Annotated translation of the Muslim holy book.

Theopoetic Folds: Philosophizing Multifariousness edited by Roland Faber and Jeremy Fackenthal (Fordham University Press; 304 pages; $85 hardcover, $28 paperback). Essays on the relationship among theology, poetics, and philosophy; topics include theology as a genre of the blues.

To Overcome Oneself: The Jesuit Ethic and Spirit of Global Expansion, 1540-1767 by J. Michelle Molina (University of California Press; 289 pages; $49.95). Links the Jesuit colonial presence to the emergence of new ideas of the self in 17th- and 18th-century Mexico.


Envisioning Sociology: Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction by John Scott and Ray Bromley (State University of New York Press; 288 pages; $90). Discusses Geddes (1854-1932) and his disciple Branford (1863-1930) as leaders of a now little-remembered intellectual circle key to the beginnings of British sociology.

The Global Spread of Fertility Decline: Population, Fear, and Uncertainty by Jay Winter and Michael Teitelbaum (Yale University Press; 336 pages; $55). Considers political factors that shape fertility and population trends.

Mind, Modernity, Madness: The Impact of Culture on Human Experience by Liah Greenfeld (Harvard University Press; 610 pages; $45). Links mental illness in the United States to the pressures of a society that champions self-realization; draws on case studies of manic depression and schizophrenia.


A Locker Room of Her Own: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Female Athletes edited by David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen (University Press of Mississippi; 176 pages; $55). Includes essays on such figures as Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Venus and Serena Williams, Florence Griffith Joyner, and Danica Patrick.


Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs: History, Politics, and Prospects edited by Christopher Niedt (Temple University Press; 268 pages; $89.50 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Writings on fair-housing, environmentalist, and other activism in suburbs.