New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, March 1, 2013

February 25, 2013


Life in Crisis: The Ethical Journey of Doctors Without Borders by Peter Redfield (University of California Press; 298 pages; $70 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). An ethnographic study of Medecins San Frontieres; draws on research at MSF field projects in Uganda as well as interviews at MSF offices in Europe and the United States.

What Kinship Is---And Is Not by Marshall Sahlins (University of Chicago Press; 110 pages; $20). Develops a concept of kinship as "mutuality of being," that can exist symbolically apart from biological ties.


Shovel Ready: Archaeology and Roosevelt's New Deal for America edited by Bernard K. Means (University of Alabama Press; 328 pages; $39.95). Combines writings on archaeological projects under Roosevelt's jobs programs with discussion of the material culture of the New Deal itself.


Bernini: Art as Theatre by Genevieve Warwick (Yale University Press; 224 pages; $55). A study of how the Italian artist's sculptural ensembles drew on his work in the theater.

James Stirling: Revisionary Modernist by Amanda Reeser Lawrence (Yale University Press; 248 pages; $45). A study of the British-born architect that focuses on six projects from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.


Homer's Turk: How Classics Shaped Ideas of the East by Jerry Toner (Harvard University Press; 306 pages; $29.95). Describes how an education in the classics shaped English views of the eastern Mediterranean "Other."

New Frontiers: Law and Society in the Roman World edited by Paul J. du Plessis (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 246 pages; $105). Essays on such topics as Roman universalism and legal practice across the empire.


Watching While Black: Centering the Television of Black Audiences edited by Beretta E. Smith-Shomade (Rutgers University Press; 267 pages; $72 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Includes essays on such programs as Roots, Fat Albert, Treme, Noah's Arc, and The Boondocks.


The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order by Benn Steil (Princeton University Press; 449 pages; $29.95). Examines the origins, events, and aftermath of the pivotal meeting of 44 nations' representatives in New Hampshire in July 1944.

Citizen's Income and Welfare Regimes in Latin America: From Cash Transfers to Rights edited by Ruben Lo Vuolo (Palgrave Macmillan; 275 pages; $100). Writings on the idea of a guaranteed basic or citizen's income; topics include Argentina's "universal child allowance."

The Global Organ Shortage: Economic Causes, Human Consequences, Policy Responses by T. Randolph Beard, David L. Kaserman, and Rigmar Osterkamp (Stanford University Press; 242 pages; $55). Analyzes the problem of organ shortages and argues for financially compensating organ donors within a publicly controlled "monopsony."

Occupational Labor Shortages: Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures by Burt S. Barnow, John Trutko, and Jaclyn Schede Piatak (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research; 209 pages; $40 hardcover, $20 paperback). Considers whether occupation-specific labor shortages create inefficiencies in the U.S. economy; includes case studies of special-education teachers, physical therapists, pharmacists, and home-care aides.


African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History by Carmela Garritano (Ohio University Press; 284 pages; $28.95). Combines archival and ethnographic research in a study of the West African country's flourishing video film industry.

Digital Imaging in Popular Culture by Lisa Purse (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 174 pages; $105 hardcover, $32.50 paperback). Includes extended case studies of Minority Report, the 1933 and 2005 versions of King Kong, 300, and Hugo.

Where Film Meets Philosophy: Godard, Resnais, and Experiments in Cinematic Thinking by Hunter Vaughan (Columbia University Press; 244 pages; $89.50 hardcover, $29.50 paperback). Draws on Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty in a comparative study of the two directors; focuses on the films Vivre sa vie, Contempt, and 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her; and Hiroshima, mon amour, Last Year at Marienbad, and The War Is Over.


Builders of a New South: Merchants, Capital, and the Remaking of Natchez, 1865-1914 by Aaron D. Anderson (University Press of Mississippi; 279 pages; $40). Uses the census, tax, probate, and other records of 10 leading merchant families to examine the reconstruction of the Mississippi city's business community.

Different Horrors, Same Hell: Gender and the Holocaust edited by Myrna Goldenberg and Amy H. Shapiro (University of Washington Press; 298 pages; $75 hardcover, $30 paperback). Topics include survivor mothers and their daughters, and sex-based violence and the politics and ethics of survival.

Domestic Frontiers: Gender, Reform, and American Interventions in the Ottoman Balkans and the Near East by Barbara Reeves-Ellington (University of Massachusetts Press; 232 pages; $80 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Focuses on Bulgaria in a study of how ideas of a Christian home figured in American Protestant missionaries' efforts to win Orthodox Christian and even Muslim converts in the Ottoman empire.

Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time by Ira Katznelson (W.W. Norton & Company; 706 pages; $29.95). Documents a Faustian compromise through which the New Deal was made possible through an alliance with segregationist politicians of the Jim Crow South.

Flesh Becomes Word: A Lexicography of the Scapegoat or, the History of an Idea by David Dawson (Michigan State University Press; 220 pages; $19.95). Traces the history of both the expression and the idea from its origins in Mesopotamian ritual.

A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story: Madame Luce in Nineteenth-Century Algeria by Rebecca Rogers (Stanford University Press; 288 pages; $65). A study of Eugenie Luce, a French schoolteacher who left her husband and family to go to Algeria, where she started the first French school for Muslim girls in 1845.

Hitler's Rival: Ernst Thalmann in Myth and History by Russel Lemmons (University Press of Kentucky; 428 pages; $50). Examines the hero cult created around the German Communist leader, who after losing to Hitler in the 1932 election was imprisoned for 11 years and finally executed at Buchenwald.

Lincoln and Oregon Country Politics in the Civil War Era by Richard W. Etulain (Oregon State University Press; 210 pages; $19.95). Traces the president's ties to migrants to the Oregon Country and disputes the image of Pacific Northwest residents as "spectators" to the crisis of the Union.

Negotiating the Landscape: Environment and Monastic Identity in the Medieval Ardennes by Ellen F. Arnold (University of Pennsylvania Press; 301 pages; $65). A study of the Belgian Benedictine monastic community of Stavelot-Malmedy that focuses on its monks' complex relationship to nature.

The Poorer Nations; A Possible History of the Global South by Vijay Prashad (Verso; 292 pages; $26.95). A study of the "global South" since the 1970s, including the wave of neoliberalism, the rise of the BRICS, and Latin America's turn to the left.

Traqueros: Mexican Railroad Workers in the United States, 1870-1930 by Jeffrey Marcos Garcilazo (University of North Texas Press; 235 pages; $49.95). A study of the recruitment, work, and home life of traqueros, with particular attention to the Midwest.

Visions of Annihilation: The Ustasha Regime and the Cultural Politics of Fascism, 1941-1945 by Rory Yeomans (University of Pittsburgh Press; 446 pages; $35). A study of the Croatian fascist movement that examines its use of popular culture and ideas of national regeneration to both legitimize its rule and its practices of ethnic cleansing.

Workers Go Shopping in Argentina: The Rise of Popular Consumer Culture by Natalia Milanesio (University of New Mexico Press; 307 pages; $55). Traces the emergence of a working-class consumerism, under Juan Peron, that transformed Argentina.


Lexical Analysis: Norms and Exploitations by Patrick Hanks (MIT Press; 462 pages; $60). Develops a lexically theory of language that shows how the variability of everyday usage is rules driven.


Before Daybreak: "After the Race" and the Origins of Joyce's Art by Coilin Owens (University Press of Florida; 325 pages; $74.95). Argues that the second shortest story in Dubliners offers a microcosm of central issues for Joycean scholarship, shedding significant light on the development of the writer.

Declaring His Genius: Oscar Wilde in North America by Roy Morris Jr. (Harvard University Press; 248 pages; $26.95). Traces the whirlwind that was the Irish writer's 11-month speaking tour, which began in 1882.

Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the Development of the English Novel by Paula R. Backscheider (Johns Hopkins University Press; 320 pages; $50). A study of the English writer (1674-1737) that explores her legacy for later movements, including the Blue Stocking Society.

Fathers, Daughters, and Slaves: Women Writers and French Colonial Slavery by Doris Y. Kadish (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 186 pages; $99.95). Links empathy for slaves and resistance against male oppression in the work of such writers as Germaine de Stael, Claire de Duras, Marceline Desbordes- Valmore, Charlotte Dard, and Sophie Doin.

The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Sisters: Gender, Transgression, Adolescence by Jennifer Higginbotham (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 225 pages; $105). Draws on literary and other realms to explore the construction of girlhood in the early modern era.

Jane Austen's Families by June Sturrock (Anthem Press; 148 pages; $99). Topics include father-daughter relationships in Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion.

Locating Science Fiction by Andrew Milner (Liverpool University Press, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 244 pages; $99.95). Challenges prevailing views of science fiction in academic literary criticism; draws on the theories of Raymond Williams, Pierre Bourdieu, and Franco Moretti.

Perceiving Pain in African Literature by Zoe Norridge (Palgrave Macmillan; 239 pages; $85). Explores depictions of pain in fiction and life writing in English and French from West Africa, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and southern Africa.

The Pity of Partition: Manto's Life, Times, and Work Across the India-Pakistan Divide by Ayesha Jalal (Princeton University Press; 265 pages; $27.95). A biography of the Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-55).

Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel: Nation-State, Modernity, and Tradition by Wen-chin Ouyang (Edinburgh University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press; 246 pages; $115). Explores recurrent tropes of madness and nostalgia in novels by such writers as Naguib Mafouz, Jamal al-Ghitani, and Bensalem Himmich.

Strange Eventful Histories: Identity, Performance, and Xu Wei's "Four Cries of a Gibbon" by Shiamin Kwa (Harvard University Asia Center, distributed by Harvard University Press; 273 pages; $39.95). Translation and study of a collection of four plays by the 16th-century Chinese playwright.


Where No Doctor Has Gone Before: Cuba's Place in the Global Health Landscape by Robert Huish (Wilfrid Laurier University Press; 206 pages; US$32.99). A study of Cuba's commitment to medical internationalism, including its training of foreign medical students and its export of physicians and other health workers.


Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience by Kutter Callaway (Baylor University Press; 263 pages; $29.95). Focuses on films from 1999 to 2009, from Pixar animation to such dramas as Magnolia and There Will Be Blood.


Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event by Clayton Crockett (Columbia University Press; 217 pages; $82.50 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). Criticizes the portrait of Gilles Deleuze in Alain Badiou's Deleuze: The Clamor of Being.

The Madness of Vision: On Baroque Aesthetics by Christine Buci-Glucksmann, translated by Dorothy Z. Baker (Ohio University Press; 184 pages; $49.95). First English translation of the French philosopher's work, which draws on Lacan and Merleau-Ponty. This corrects an item that ran in the February 15 list.


China Goes Global: The Partial Power by David Shambaugh (Oxford University Press; 409 pages; $29.95). A study of China's growing economic, diplomatic, cultural, and strategic presence around the world.

Development, Security, and Aid: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics at the U.S. Agency for International Development by Jamey Essex (University of Georgia Press; 183 pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Traces the history of USAID since its founding and considers how the agency reconciles competing mandates.

Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red edited by Alex Prichard and others (Palgrave Macmillan; 311 pages; $95). Includes essays on such figures and movements as Antonio Gramsci, C.L.R. James, and the Situationist International.

On the Muslim Question by Anne Norton (Princeton University Press; 265 pages; $24.95). Challenges the "clash of civilizations" thesis and its ilk; argues that Western discourse on Islam reveals more about the West than the target religion.

Reevaluating NAFTA: Theory and Practice by Imtiaz Hussain (Palgrave Macmillan; 221 pages; $85). A study of the free-trade agreement's performance in its first 15 years.

The Vulnerable Subject: Beyond Rationalism in International Relations edited by Amanda Russell Beattie and Kate Schick (Palgrave Macmillan; 212 pages; $85). Essays on such topics as pathological vulnerability and the politics of climate change.

Ways Out of War: Peacemakers in the Middle East and Balkans edited by Mona Fixdal (Palgrave Macmillan; 285 pages; $95). Writings on the work of Harold H. Saunders, Jan Egeland, Peter Galbraith,Thorvald Stoltenberg, and six other diplomats.


Deviant and Criminal Behavior in the Workplace edited by Steven M. Elias (New York University Press; 259 pages; $79 hardcover, $30 paperback). Research on psychological factors involved in workplace theft, fraud, sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence; also considers the way organizations may foster such behavior.


Children's Chances: How Countries Can Move From Surviving to Thriving by Jody Heymann with Kristen McNeill (Harvard University Press; 376 pages; $45). Uses comparative data on laws and public policies in 190 countries to examine ways to combat child poverty, abuse, sickness, and other ills.

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Means for Our Economic Well-Being by Zoltan J. Acs (Princeton University Press; 249 pages; $29.95). A study of how philanthropy strengthens American-style capitalism.


Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI edited by John C. Cavadini (University of Notre Dame Press; 328 pages; $30). Essays on central themes in Benedict's theology before and during his papacy.

Martin Luther King Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement: Keeping the Dream Straight? by Michael G. Long (Palgrave Macmillan; 191 pages; $80). Seeks to uncover King's views on homosexuality and gay rights; topics include his relationship with his civil-rights colleague Bayard Rustin.


Small Cities USA: Growth, Diversity, and Inequality by Jon R. Norman (Rutgers University Press; 188 pages; $68 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Examines the fortunes of 80 small cities, here defined as having a population between 100,000 and 200,000; focuses on data from 1970 to 2000.


Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-First Century Theater: Global Perspectives edited by Florian N. Becker, Paola S. Hernandez, and Brenda Werth (Palgrave Macmillan; 284 pages; $85). Writings on plays and performance practices around the world; topics include Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani and Peru's Truth Commission.