New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, June 21, 2013

June 17, 2013


Beyond "The Chinese Connection": Contemporary Afro-Asian Cultural Production by Crystal S. Anderson (University Press of Mississippi; 240 pages; $55). Focuses on novels, film, and animation in a study of cultural exchange between African-Americans and Asians and Asian-Americans over the past four decades.

Structural Intimacies: Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic by Sonja Mackenzie (Rutgers University Press; 185 pages; $80 hardcover, $28.95 paperback). Draws on interviews with black men and women in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants by Joanna Brooks (University of Minnesota Press; 208 pages; $22.95). Uses folk ballads as a source to explore the motivations for 17th- and 18th-century working class emigration from England.


Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in Gurupa, Brazil by Richard Pace and Brian P. Hinote (University of Texas Press; 224 pages; $55). Documents the impact of television on an Amazonian community since the first sets arrived in 1983.

Early Hominin Paleoecology edited by Matt Sponheimer and others (University Press of Colorado, distributed by University of Oklahoma Press; 470 pages; $70). Topics include faunal approaches to early hominin paleoecology, chimpanzee models of human behavioral evolution, and hominin ecology from hard tissue biogeochemistry.

Factions, Friends, and Feasts: Anthropological Perspectives on the Mediterranean by Jeremy Boussevain (Berghahn Books; 320 pages; $95). Published and unpublished writings that draw on fieldwork in Malta, Sicily, and among Italian immigrants in Canada.

Kings for Three Days: The Play of Race and Gender in an Afro-Ecuadorian Festival by Jean Muteba Rahier (University of Illinois Press; 197 pages; $85 hardcover, $25 paperback). Draws on fieldwork in the villages of La Tola and Santo Domingo de Onzole in a study of an annual festival in Esmeraldas, a province with a majority Afro-Ecuadorian population.

Manufacturing Tibetan Medicine: The Creation of an Industry and the Moral Economy of Tibetanness by Martin Saxer (Berghahn Books; 285 pages; $95). Examines tensions over the industrial production of traditional herb-based Tibetan medicine in Tibetan areas of China.

No Billionaire Left Behind: Satirical Activism in America by Angelique Haugerud (Stanford University Press; 278 pages; $85 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). An ethnographic study of the Billionaires, a group of satirical activists who dress in tuxedos and ball gowns and use street theater to spotlight issues of economic fairness.

Northeast Migrants in Delhi: Race, Refuge, and Retail by Duncan McDuie-Ra (Amsterdam University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 203 pages; $55.50). An ethnographic study of migrants to Delhi from Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, and other northeastern borderland areas of India.

Reasons of Conscience: The Bioethics Debate in Germany by Stefan Sperling (University of Chicago Press; 333 pages; $98 hardcover, $32.50 paperback). An ethnographic study of bioethics commissions and debates in Germany over embryonic stem-cell research.

Wayward Shamans: The Prehistory of an Idea by Silvia Tomaskova (University of California Press; 271 pages; $75 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Traces the emergence and spread of the "shaman" as an anthropological and historical category, beginning with ethnographies of Siberia in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Young Men, Time, and Boredom in the Republic of Georgia by Martin Demant Frederiksen (Temple University Press; 214 pages; $74.50). Draws on fieldwork in the regional capital of Batumi in a study of under- and unemployed Georgian youth.


Ancient Maya Political Dynamics by Antonia E. Foias (University Press of Florida; 288 pages; $79.95). Draws on long-term research at the Guatemalan site and region of Motul de San Jose.

The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall: Mixtec Lineage Histories and Political Biographies by Robert Lloyd Williams (University of Texas Press; 348 pages; $60). Edition, with commentary, of the entire pre-Columbian pictographic history.

Cusco: Urbanism and Archaeology in the Inka World by Ian Farrington (University Press of Florida; 431 pages; $79.95). A study of the ancient Andean city from an urban-planning perspective.

From Prehistoric Villages to Cities: Settlement Aggregation and Community Transformation edited by Jennifer Birch (Routledge; 225 pages; $125). Topics include organizational complexity in ancestral Wendat communities in what became south-central Ontario.

Politics of the Maya Court: Hierarchy and Change in the Late Classic Period by Sarah E. Jackson (University of Oklahoma Press; 173 pages; $29.95). Documents the lives of individual members of the Maya political hierarchy.

Slavery Before Race: Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Island's Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1884 by Katherine Howlett Hayes (New York University Press; 220 pages; $30). Combines archaeology and history in a study of a New York plantation community's past and later representation.


Vanishing Paradise: Art and Exoticism in Colonial Tahiti by Elizabeth C. Childs (University of California Press; 329 pages; $49.95). Compares the portrayal of Tahiti in the work of three late-19th-century visitors: the painters Paul Gauguin and John La Farge and the writer Henry Adams.


Plant and Animal Endemism in California by Susan P. Harrison (University of California Press; 189 pages; $49.95). Examines climate and other factors responsible for the unusually high number of species unique to California.


Roman Disasters by Jerry Toner (Polity Press; 220 pages; $25). Examines how Romans handled and viewed natural and manmade disasters, from the destruction of Pompei to the loss of 50,000 men in a single day at Cannae.


Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World by Ulises Ali Mejias (University of Minnesota Press; 224 pages; $67.50 hardcover, $22.50 paperback). Considers how the Internet and social media are altering our understanding of the world, particularly in terms of the commodification and commercialization of experience.


Disability Studies and Spanish Culture: Films, Novels, the Comic and the Public Exhibition by Benjamin Fraser (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 192 pages; $99.95). Analyzes the representation of Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and "alexia/agnosa."


Central Bank Communication, Decision Making, and Governance edited by Pierre L. Siklos and Jan-Egbert Sturm (MIT Press; 318 pages; $35). Research on the European Central Bank, the Greenspan-era Federal Reserve, and such smaller central banks as those of the Czech Republic, Sweden, and New Zealand.

Critical Issues in Taxation and Development edited by Clement Fuest and George R. Zodrow (MIT Press; 243 pages; $35). Writings on the challenges of collecting tax revenue in developing countries to finance basic public services.

Public Financial Management and Its Emerging Architecture edited by Marco Cangiano, Teresa Curristine, and Michel Lazare (International Monetary Fund; 456 pages; $19). Topics include developing legal frameworks to promote fiscal responsibility.


John Dewey, Liang Shuming, and China's Education Reform: Cultivating Individuality by Huajun Zhang (Lexington Books; 181 pages; $60). Draws on the American pragmatist philosopher and the Chinese Confucian thinker in a discussion of how to cultivate a sense of self in China's rapidly changing society.


Contested Waters: An Environmental History of the Colorado River by April R. Summitt (University Press of Colorado, distributed by University of Oklahoma Press; 286 pages; $34.95). Topics include how western water law has shaped the over-allocation of the river, which supplies water to some 30,000,000 people across the Southwest.


A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrovic by Vlastimir Sudar (Intellect Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 366 pages; $60). A study of the Yugoslav filmmaker and activist (1929-94), whose works included I Even Met Happy Gypsies.

Seeing Red: Hollywood's Pixeled Skins edited by LeAnne Howe, Harvey Markowitz, and Denise K. Cummings (Michigan State University Press; 224 pages; $29.95). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in multidisciplinary brief essays on cinematic portrayals of American Indians.


America 1933: The Great Depression, Lorena Hickok, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Shaping of the New Deal by Michael Golay (Free Press; 316 pages; $26.99). Focuses on the 18-month trip taken by Hickok to document the hardships of Depression-era America; draws on the journalist's correspondence with the first lady and on her field reports for key Roosevelt advisor Harry Hopkins.

Atlanta, Cradle of the New South: Race and Remembering in the Civil War's Aftermath by William A. Link (University of North Carolina Press; 251 pages; $34.95). A study of the city's destruction and rebirth; pays particular attention to how freedpeople created the foundations for what would become a center for black cultural, economic, and political power, despite the reimposition of white supremacy.

Ava Helen Pauling: Partner, Activist, Visionary by Mina Carson (Oregon State University Press; 256 pages; $22.95). A biography of the American civil-rights and peace activist (1903-81), who was the wife of Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling.

Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty by Gary W. Gallagher (University of Georgia Press; 152 pages; $59.95 hardcover, $18.95 paperback). Focuses on the competing allegiances of Robert E. Lee, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, and Jubal A. Early.

Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921 by Kirwin R. Shaffer (University of Illinois Press; 220 pages; $65). Topics include the Bayamon Bloc, founders of the newspaper El Comunista, who were targeted by the Wilson administration during the "Red Scare."

Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development: Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007 by Allen F. Isaacman and Barbara S. Isaacman (Ohio University Press; 324 pages; $32.95). Traces the long-term environmental and social cost of a dam built on the Zambezi River during the final years of Portuguese rule.

Disability and Passing: Blurring the Lines of Identity edited by Jeffrey A. Brune and Daniel J. Wilson (Temple University Press; 206 pages; $84.50 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Essays on such topics as polio survivors in the wake of Franklin Roosevelt.

Empire on Display: San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 by Sarah J. Moore (University of Oklahoma Press; 240 pages; $34.95). Discusses the world's fair from the perspectives of art history and cultural studies.

Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Arkansas Country Doctor and Philosopher edited by William D. Lindsey (University of Arkansas Press; 236 pages; $34.95). Edition of previously unpublished writings by a Tennessee-born physician and freethinker who moved to Franklin County, Ark., in 1870.

Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture by Gwyneth Anne Thayer (University Press of Kansas; 296 pages; $34.95). A cultural history of the sport, from its origins in "coursing" in Britain through its heyday at mid-20th century to its contemporary decline.

Haiti and the Americas edited by Carla Calarge and others (University Press of Mississippi; 242 pages; $60). Essays on such topics as Haiti, pan-Africanism, and black resistance writing.

Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era edited by Christopher P. Hanscom, Walter K. Lew, and Youngju Ryu (University of Hawai'i Press; 256 pages; $45). Includes previously untranslated essays that reflect debates in and among Japanese and Korean scholars during the colonial period (1910-45).

An Incurable Past: Nasser's Egypt Then and Now by Meriam N. Belli (University Press of Florida; 304 pages; $74.95). Explores mid-20th-century Egypt through the prisms of collective memory and vernacular expression.

Medieval Islamic Historiography: Remembering Rebellion by Heather N. Keaney (Routledge; 187 pages; $125). Contrasts varying accounts of the caliphate of Uthman ibn Affan (d. 656), a companion of the prophet Muhammed.

Militant Liverpool: A City on the Edge by Diane Frost and Peter North (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 218 pages; $34.95). Examines the aftermath of the 1983 General Election in Britain in which a newly elected radical Labour Council in Liverpool battled with Thatcher's Tory central government.

Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Texts and Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan by Mark Z. Christensen (Stanford University Press; 318 pages; $65). A comparative study of sermons, confessional manuals, and other texts written in Nahuatl and Yucatec Maya.

Never Say Die: A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry by James C. Nicholson (University Press of Kentucky; 218 pages; $29.95). Explores the transformation of the thoroughbred industry with the upset victory of Never Say Die, a Kentucky-born colt, in England's Derby Stakes on June 2, 1954.

Palomino: Clinton Jencks and Mexican-American Unionism in the American Southwest by James J. Lorence (University of Illinois Press; 266 pages; $55). A biography of the labor organizer, peace worker, and economist (1918-2005), who played a pivotal role in the production of a film about the Empire Zinc strike, Salt of the Earth (1954), which was heavily suppressed during the McCarthy era.

Pere Marie-Benoit and Jewish Rescue: How a French Priest Together With Jewish Friends Saved Thousands During the Holocaust by Susan Zuccotti (Indiana University Press; 276 pages; $35). Documents the rescue efforts of a Capuchin priest who worked to hide Jews in France and Italy and, postwar, devoted his life to Jewish-Christian reconciliation.

Racism in the Nation's Service: Government Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson's America by Eric S. Yellin (University of North Carolina Press; 336 pages; $39.95). Describes how a Wilson administration campaign to segregate the federal government ended what had been an avenue for advancement for African-Americans.

The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia by Andrei Lankov (Oxford University Press; 283 pages; $27.95). Discusses everyday life in DPRK and the inner logic of the regime's behavior.

Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy: The Introduction and Implementation of the Principle, 1830-1853 by Merina Smith (Utah State University Press; 267 pages; $29.95). Draws on diaries, letters, and other sources in a study of how believers in the early Mormon community of Nauvoo, Ill., were persuaded to accept the new principle.

Shade-Grown Slavery: The Lives of Slaves on Coffee Plantations in Cuba by William C. Van Norman Jr. (Vanderbilt University Press; 207 pages; $59.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Explores distinctive aspects of the slave experience on the cafetal.

Steel's: A Forgotten Stock Market Scandal From the 1920s by Dave Dyer (Syracuse University Press; 157 pages; $24.95). Draws on previously untapped archives to trace the rise and fall of a nation-wide retail empire created by Leonard Rambler Steel, a Buffalo businessman.

Thomas Aquinas: A Portrait by Denys Turner (Yale University Press; 200 pages; $28). Traces the life and thought of the 13th-century Italian philosopher, priest, and theologian.

Trying Biology: The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools by Adam S. Shapiro (University of Chicago Press; 193 pages; $35). Pays particular attention to how textbooks reflected and shaped debates over evolution before and after the famous 1925 trial.

The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing by Greg Carter (New York University Press; 265 pages; $75 hardcover, $24 paperback). Discusses both positive and negative views of racial mixing across the span of American history.


The Adversary First Amendment: Free Expression and the Foundations of American Democracy by Martin H. Redish (Stanford University Press; 238 pages; $45). Develops a theory of free expression grounded in the notion of inevitable conflict in democracy; includes application to commercial speech, campaign spending, and anonymous speech.

The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law edited by Michael Geist (University of Ottawa Press; 480 pages; US$55). Essays on the impact of five rulings on copyright law issued by the court on July 12, 2012.

The Tragedy of Religious Freedom by Marc O. DeGirolami (Harvard University Press; 306 pages; $45). Offers an approach to religious liberty that steers a middle course between rigid principles and an ad-hoc model.


Kayardild Morphology and Syntax by Erich R. Round (Oxford University Press; 295 pages; $131). A study of a language spoken traditionally by the Kaiadilt people of the Southern Wellesley Islands off the north coast of Australia.


The C.S. Lewis Phenomenon: Christianity and the Public Sphere by Samuel Joeckel (Mercer University Press; 427 pages; $30). Topics include the English writer as a public intellectual, and that role's relationship to the "C.S. Lewis industry."

Childhood, Autobiography, and the Francophone Caribbean by Louise Hardwick (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 248 pages; $99.95). Draws on postcolonial, psychoanalytic, and other theory in a study of such writers as Patrick Chamoiseau, Maryse Conde, and Dany Laferriere.

A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956-1984 by Glenway Wescott, edited by Jerry Rosco (University of Wisconsin Press; 314 pages; $24.95). Edition of journals by a poet and novelist who is best known for his younger years as an American expatriate author in 1920s Paris.

Mrs. Sigourney of Hartford: Poems and Prose on the Early American Deaf Community edited by Edna Edith Sayers and Diana Moore (Gallaudet University Press; 161 pages; $45). Edition of writings by a Connecticut-born teacher and author Lydia Sigourney (1791-1865).

The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry by Keith Clark (Louisiana State University Press; 264 pages; $40). A critical study of the American writer (1908-97) that explores such topics as her use of terror in The Street,. her first novel.

The Saloon and the Mission: Addiction, Conversion, and the Politics of Redemption in American Culture by Eoin F. Cannon (University of Massachusetts Press; 328 pages; $80 hardcover, $28.95 paperback). Draws on literary, reformist, and other texts in a study of how the redemption narratives of the sobriety movement has turned private experience to public purpose since the 19th century.

Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women's Bodies by Ronda C. Henry Anthony (University Press of Mississippi; 256 pages; $55). Analyzes writings by Henry Bibb, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, James Bladwin, Walter Mosley, and Barack Obama.

Telling Border Life Stories: Four Mexican American Women Writers by Donna M. Kabalen de Bichara (Texas A&M University Press; 237 pages; $60). A study of works by Jovita Gonzalez (1904-83), Cleofas Jaramillo (1878-1956), Eva Antonio Wilbur-Cruce (1904-98), and Mary Helen Ponce (b. 1938).

Transforming Work: Early Modern Pastoral and Late Medieval Poetry by Katherine C. Little (University of Notre Dame Press; 272 pages; $38). Describes how the pastoral poetry of the English Renaissance is indebted to medieval representations of rural labor.

Witches, Goddesses, and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women's Fiction by Maha Marouan (Ohio State University Press; 180 pages; $53.95). A study of Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994); Toni Morrison's Paradise (1998); and Maryse Conde's I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (1992).


Risk, Chance, and Causation: Investigating the Origins and Treatment of Disease by Michael B. Bracken (Yale University Press; 330 pages; $60). Combines a discussion of clinical epidemiology with a critique of how disease risk and causation are presented in the mass media.


Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis by Michael Haas (Yale University Press; 358 pages; $38). Considers the impact on German culture of the loss of music by Gustav Mahler, Egon Wellesz, Erich Korngold, and other Jewish composers, living and dead, who were banned by the Third Reich.

Gentleman Troubadours and Andean Pop Stars: Huayno Music, Media Work, and Ethnic Imaginaries in Urban Peru by Joshua Tucker (University of Chicago Press; 232 pages; $90 hardcover, $30 paperback). Draws on fieldwork in Ayacucho and Lima in a study of how Andean Indian music has been appropriated by an urban mestizo middle class.


Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology by Edward H. Burtt Jr. and William E. Davis Jr. (Harvard University Press; 444 pages; $35). Traces the life of the Scottish immigrant (1766-1813) who traveled some 12,000 miles drawing and documenting the birds of North America.


Althusser and His Contemporaries: Philosophy's Perpetual War by Warren Montag (Duke University Press; 246 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Draws on previously unpublished manuscripts, lecture notes, letters, and marginalia in a reevaluation of the French philosopher (1918-90); documents his engagement with the work of Foucault, Derrida, and other contemporaries.

Aquinas on the Beginning and End of Human Life by Fabrizio Amerini, translated by Mark Henninger (Harvard University Press; 260 pages; $29.95). Documents how the medieval theologian's view of the embryo converges and diverges from that of the contemporary Catholic church.

John Dewey and the Ethics of Historical Belief: Religion and the Representation of the Past by Curtis Hutt (State University of New York Press; 165 pages; $75). A study of the American philosopher's views in a little-known 1938 essay "Judgments Recognized to Be Historical"; also discusses the views of Richard Rorty, Richard Bernstein, and others influenced by Dewey.

Logic as Universal Science: Russell's Early Logicism and its Philosophical Context by Anssi Korhonen (Palgrave Macmillan; 277 pages; $85). A study of the British philosopher's 1903 treatise, The Principles of Mathematics.

Mindshaping: A New Framework for Understanding Human Social Cognition by Tadeusz Wieslaw Zawidzki (MIT Press; 262 pages; $40). Argues that the evolutionary linchpin of human social cognition is our ability to shape one another's minds through pedagogy, "irresistible conformism," and other mechanisms.

Partiality by Simon Keller (Princeton University Press; 163 pages; $35). Explores the ethics of special relationships, or partiality, as in the treatment we give a relative or friend; defends what is termed the "individuals view."

Philosophy and Kafka edited by Brendan Moran and Carlo Salzani (Lexington Books; 291 pages; $75). Essays on philosophical themes in Kafka, philosophers whose work may shed light on the writer, and philosophical interpretations of Kafka by such figures as Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben, and Gilles Deleuze.

The Rhythm of Thought: Art, Literature, and Music After Merleau-Ponty by Jessica Wiskus (University of Chicago Press; 168 pages; $35). A study of the French philosopher that explores his engagement with the work of Cezanne, Mallarme, Proust, and Debussy.

Tracing Expression in Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics, Philosophy of Biology, and Ontology by Veronique M. Foti (Northwestern University Press; 184 pages; $79.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Focuses on the French philosopher's later work in a study of his philosophy of expression.

Tychomancy: Inferring Probability From Causal Structure by Michael Strevens (Harvard University Press; 265 pages; $39.95). DIscusses realms from science to the everyday in a discussion of the human capacity to "eyeball" and infer the values of physical probabilities.

Without Hierarchy: The Scale Freedom of the Universe by Mariam Thalos (Oxford University Press; 278 pages; $65). A physicalist critique of ontological reductionism; argues that the universe is active at all scales of measurement.


America's Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism From Goldwater to the Tea Party by Robert B. Horwitz (Polity Press; 279 pages; $25). Topics include the alliance between neoconservatism and the Christian Right.

Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left by Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift (Duke University Press; 239 pages; $79.95 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). Identifies three political arts---invention, affect, and organization---through which the left might be rejuvenated in the West.

Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America by Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto (Princeton University Press; 361 pages; $29.95). Discusses Tea Party supporters as driven by the feeling that the "real America" is slipping away; draws parallels with such movements as the Know-Nothing Party, the KKK of the 1920s, and the John Birch Society.

Long Wars and the Constitution by Stephen M. Griffin (Harvard University Press; 362 pages; $39.95). An analytical history of presidential decision making on war since 1945 and Truman's decision to go to war in Korea without Congressional consent.

The Modern American Military edited by David M. Kennedy (Oxford University Press; 332 pages; $29.95). Writings by scholars and policy makers on such topics as the all-volunteer force, military contractors, women in the military, and the high-tech revolution in military affairs.

Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era by Joseph S. Nye Jr. (Princeton University Press; 183 pages; $27.95). Contrasts transformational and incremental leaders in a study of foreign-policy decisions by eight presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson, Taft, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.

Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana: Race and Politics in Two Plural Societies by Ann Marie Bissessar and John Gaffar La Guerre (Lexington Books; 203 pages; $65). Focuses on relations between communities of African and East Indian descent.


Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism by Sunil M. Agnani (Fordham University Press; 280 pages; $45). Focuses on Diderot and Burke in a study of Enlightenment views of the West and East Indies.


Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities by Anna Sun (Princeton University Press; 244 pages; $35). Examines Western and Chinese perspectives in a discussion of controversies over the religious nature of Confucianism, which was classified a "world religion" by Oxford scholars in the late 19th century.

The One Christ: St. Augustine's Theology of Deification by David Vincent Meconi (Catholic University of America Press; 280 pages; $64.95). Explores the early Christian theologian's view of a transformative union with God.

The Quest for God and the Good Life: Lonergan's Theological Anthropology by Mark T. Miller (Catholic University of America Press; 223 pages; $29.95). A study of the Canadian theologian, philosopher, and Jesuit priest (1904-84).

Radical Christianity in Palestine and Israel: Liberation and Theology in the Middle East by Samuel J. Kuruvilla (I.B. Tauris, distributed by Palgrave Macmillan; 320 pages; $95). Documents a Christian Palestinian form of liberation theology, with particular attention to such Protestant figures as Naim Ateek and Mitri Raheb.


Bitter Harvest: Antecedents and Consequences of Property Reforms in Post-Socialist Poland by Suava Zbierski-Salameh (Lexington Books; 279 pages; $85 hardcover, $36.99 paperback). Draws on ethnographic work in a cluster of villages in the western region of Wielkopolska.

The Construction of Muslim Identities in Contemporary Brazil by Cristina Maria de Castro, translated by Rodrigo Braga Freston (Lexington Books; 169 pages; $60). Focuses on two communities in the state of Sao Paulo, with comparative discussion of Muslims in the Netherlands.


Africa's World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space edited by Peter Alegi and Chris Bolsmann (University of Michigan Press; 280 pages; $75 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Essays by scholars and others on the 2010 football championship, hosted by South Africa.

Friday Night Fighter: Gaspar "Indio" Ortega and the Golden Age of Television Boxing by Troy Rondinone (University of Illinois Press; 304 pages; $32). Uses the career of a popular Mexican-born fighter to examine the popularity of boxing on American television in the 1950s.


"Building Like Moses With Jacobs in Mind": Contemporary Planning in New York City by Scott Larson (Temple University Press; 198 pages; $84.50 hardcover, $28.95 paperback). Discusses the rivalry between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs as a legacy influencing and complicating planning in New York today.

Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Philadelphia by Gregory L. Heller (University of Pennsylvania Press; 306 pages; $39.95). Combines biography and planning history in a study of the architect who was director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949 to 1970.


The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970-2007 by Jane F. Gerhard (University of Georgia Press; 360 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Uses the well-known art installation to trace the movement of feminism from activist circles to the mainstream.