New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, March 21, 2011

March 20, 2011

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES

Keepin' It Hushed: The Barbershop and African American Hush Harbor Rhetoric by Vorris L. Nunley (Wayne State University Press; 214 pages; $24.95). Traces a tradition of the barbershop as a hush harbor, or safe place for free expression, for African-Americans.

ANTHROPOLOGY

Agewise; Fighting the New Ageism in America by Margaret Morganroth Gullette (University of Chicago Press; 294 pages; $29). Documents the scope and persistence of ageism and argues that much of what we fear about aging is due to such bigotry.

Life Within Limits: Well-Being in a World of Want by Michael Jackson (Duke University Press; 230 pages; $79.95 hardcover, $22.95 paperback). A meditation on human well-being that draws on the anthropologist's return to a Sierra Leone village he had studied in 1969-70 and lived in in 1979.

Remembering Palestine in 1948: Beyond National Narratives by Efrat Ben-Ze'ev (Cambridge University Press; 272 pages; $85). Combines anthropology and history in a study of the 1948 war as remembered by Palestinian villagers, Jewish veterans, and British policemen stationed in Palestine.

The Sacred Oral Tradition of the Havasupai: As Retold by Elders and Headmen Manakaja and Sinyella, 1918-1921 edited by Frank D. Tikalsky, Catherine A. Euler, and John Nagel (University of New Mexico Press; 310 pages; $27.95). First complete publication of stories gathered from the Havasupai in Arizona in the 1920s by Leslie Spier and Erna Gunther, two graduate students trained by Franz Boas.

Sorcery in the Black Atlantic edited by Luis Nicolau Pares and Roger Sansi (University of Chicago Press; 300 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Writings on the practice and accusation of witchcraft in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Angola, and South Africa.

Tahiti Beyond the Postcard: Power, Place, and Everyday Life by Miriam Kahn (University of Washington Press; 272 pages; $70 hardcover, $35 paperback). Contrasts indigenous and Western perceptions of Tahiti; topics include tourist "cocoons" built to simulate an island fantasy, and Tahitians' resentment of France's nuclear testing program in their region.

Trust in the Land: New Directions in Tribal Conservation by Beth Rose Middleton (University of Arizona Press; 324 pages; $35). Offers 14 case studies of how tribes have used land trusts and other methods to protect culturally important land and reacquire lost territory.

ARCHAEOLOGY

Movement, Connectivity, and Landscape Change in the Ancient Southwest edited by Margaret C. Nelson and Colleen Strawhacker (University Press of Colorado, distributed by University of Oklahoma Press; 491 pages; $75). Research on such topics as ancestral pueblo migrations in Arizona and New Mexico.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE

David to Delacroix: The Rise of Romantic Mythology by Dorothy Johnson (University of North Carolina Press; 233 pages; $45). Describes how French artists of the period drew on discoveries in psychology and the natural sciences in their depiction of classical myth.

Enacting Others: Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith by Cherise Smith (Duke University Press; 307 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Explores the crossing of racial, gender, class, and ethnic lines in the four artists' performances.

Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art edited by Maria Elena Buszek (Duke University Press; 306 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Writings on the work of artists who employ craft traditions, like quilting and ceramics, in fine arts.

Judaism and Christian Art: Aesthetic Anxieties From the Catacombs to Colonialism edited by Herbert L. Kessler and David Nirenberg (University of Pennsylvania Press; 442 pages; $69.95 ). Topics include how religious art figured in a campaign to encourage explicit signs of Christianity among conversos in Spain.

Leone Leoni and the Status of the Artist at the End of the Renaissance by Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio (Ashgate Publishing Company; 250 pages; $109.95). Documents the social rise of a 16th-century Italian artist who was born to a stone mason's family, served as a galley slave, but died a nobleman and knight.

The Ottoman Forts and Castles of Yemen: A Photographic and Architectural Analysis by Caesar E. Farah (Edwin Mellen Press; 114 pages; $129.95). Combines archival research with fieldwork.

Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall edited by Alexis L. Boylan (Duke University Press; 283 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Essays on the popular American artist (b. 1958), whose soft-focus light houses and other landscapes have adorned surfaces from Bibles to credit cards; topics include his relation to Protestant visual culture.

Women Building History: Public Art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition by Wanda M. Corn, Charlene G. Garfinkle, and Annelise K. Madsen (University of California Press; 265 pages; $49.95). A study of the Woman's Building at the 1893 Chicago fair, which included murals by Mary Cassatt and Mary MacMonnies.

ASTRONOMY

Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life Beyond Our Solar System by Ray Jayawardhana (Princeton University Press; 255 pages; $24.95). Documents ongoing research.

BIOLOGY

The Amboseli Elephants: A Long-Term Perspective on a Long-Lived Mammal edited by Cynthia J. Moss, Harvey Croze, and Phyllis C. Lee (University of Chicago Press; 383 pages; $65). Reports on what is identified as the longest continuously running research project on elephants in the world, an effort that has tracked more than 2,500 animals.

COMMUNICATION

Digital Cultures by Milad Doueihi (Harvard University Press; 183 pages; $19.95). Draws parallels to religion in a meditation on the nature and transformative potential of digital culture.

Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy: Challenging the Primacy of Politics edited by Kees Brants and Katrin Voltmer (Palgrave Macmillan; 284 pages; $90). Writings on political communication in Britain and the Netherlands; topics include coverage of the immigration issue in the Dutch media.

CRIMINOLOGY

Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories by Federico Varese (Princeton University Press; 278 pages; $35). Topics include how the Sicilian mafia expanded to New York, but failed to find a niche in Argentina, and the difficulties faced by triads from Hong Kong and Taiwan as they seek to expand to the mainland.

CULTURAL STUDIES

More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States by Imani Perry (New York University Press; 248 pages; $70 hardcover, $22 paperback). Argues that the United States is in a new phrase of racism here termed "post-intentional."

Toys and Tools in Pink: Cultural Narratives in Gender, Science, and Technology by Carol Colatrella (Ohio State University Press; 246 pages; $46.95). Considers how fiction and film depict the fact and problem of low numbers of women in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

ECONOMICS

Front-Page Economics by Gerald D. Suttles and Mark D. Jacobs (University of Chicago Press; 253 pages; $37.50). A comparative analysis of news coverage of the financial crises of 1929 and 1987; identifies major changes in the language of storytelling in business journalism.

Preludes to the Icelandic Financial Crisis edited by Robert Z. Aliber and Gylfi Zoega (Palgrave Macmillan; 357 pages; $105). Writings on Iceland's bubble economy.

EDUCATION

Teacher Education Matters: A Study of Middle School Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Six Countries by William H. Schmidt, Sigrid Blomeke, and Maria Teresa Tatto (Teachers College Press; 340 pages; $49.95). Focuses on the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Bulgaria, and Mexico.

FILM STUDIES

The Filming of Modern Life: European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s by Malcolm Turvey (MIT Press; 213 pages; $29.95). Traces a common embrace and resistance to modernity in five films: Rhythm 21, Ballet mecanique, Entr'acte, Un chien Andalou, and Man With a Movie Camera.

Misreading Postmodern Antigone: Marco Bellocchio's "Devil in the Flesh" (Diavolo in Corpo) by Jan Jagodzinski (Intellect Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 158 pages; $40). A study of the politically and sexually controversial 1987 Italian film, including its central character's misreading of a famous scene from Greek tragedy.

Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema by Todd McGowan (University of Minnesota Press; 285 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Applies Lacanian theory in a study of Memento, Irreversible, 2046, The Hangover, and other films as a new mode of atemporal cinema.

Spain on Screen: Developments in Contemporary Spanish Cinema edited by Ann Davies (Palgrave Macmillan; 154 pages; $80). Essays on such topics as controversy over the provisions of the new Cinema Act of 2007, and the contrasting approaches of two "biopics" of St. Teresa of Avila.

GAY AND LESBIAN STUDIES

Gay and Lesbian Elders: History, Law, and Identity Politics in the United States by Nancy J. Knauer (Ashgate Publishing Company; 170 pages; $89.95). Topics include the particular financial and other challenges faced by the elderly in the gay community.

GENDER STUDIES

Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age by Virginia Eubanks (MIT Press; 266 pages; $27.95). A study of "high tech equity" that examines the experiences of working-class women in a technology training program, whose only job opportunities are data entry positions that pay little above minimum wage and subject workers to surveillance on and off the job.

HISTORY

After the Dream: Black and White Southerners Since 1965 by Timothy J. Minchin and John A. Salmond (University Press of Kentucky; 405 pages; $40). Focuses on the continued struggle of the civil-rights movement in the wake of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts; topics include white accommodation and resistance.

The Age of Social Democracy: Norway and Sweden in the Twentieth Century by Francis Sejersted (Princeton University Press; 543 pages; $39.95). Traces the history of the Scandinavian social model as it developed after the separation of Norway and Sweden in 1905.

Confluence: The Nature of Technology and the Remaking of the Rhone by Sara B. Pritchard (Harvard University Press; 371 pages; $49.95). A social, environmental, and technological history of the transformation of France's most powerful river; covers the period since World War II.

The Disintanglement of Populations: Migration, Expulsion, and Displacement in Post-War Europe, 1944-9 edited by Jessica Reinisch and Elizabeth White (Palgrave Macmillan; 341 pages; $95). Essays on forced and voluntary population movements, including case studies from Germany, Russia, Poland, Greece, Italy, Israel, and Britain.

Everyday Klansfolk: White Protestant Life and the KKK in 1920s Michigan by Craig Fox (Michigan State University Press; 274 pages; $29.95). Describes the mainstream marketing and experience of the Klan in Michigan, with particular attention to the Newaygo County Klan #29.

The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization by Jim Lacey (Bantam; 233 pages; $26). A study of the fifth-century BC battle that draws on the author's experience as both a military historian and combat veteran.

Free World? The Campaign to Save the World's Refugees, 1956-1963 by Peter Gatrell (Cambridge University Press; 278 pages; $90). Focuses on the U.N.'s World Refugee Year (1959-1960), a campaign in response to crises in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Gary: The Most American of All American Cities by S. Paul O'Hara (Indiana University Press; 195 pages; $55 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). Traces changing perceptions of the Indiana city, from symbol of industrialization to site of urban decay.

Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Culture in Montreal, 1905-1945 by Rebecca Margolis (McGill-Queen's University Press; 298 pages; US$85). Discusses Montreal's Jewish community at a time when Yiddish was spoken by a majority of its residents.

Mercenaries, Pirates, Bandits, and Empires: Private Violence in Historical Context edited by Alejandro Colas and Bryan Mabee (Columbia University Press; 244 pages; $55). Essays in the comparative history of nonstate or private violence; topics include French privateers in Norwegian waters, and tribes and warlords in southern Afghanistan.

The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America by Jay Sexton (Hill & Wang; 290 pages; $27). Explores competing and evolving conceptions of the doctrine from its origins in President James Monroe's 1823 address to Congress.

One of Morgan's Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John M. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry edited by Kent Masterson Brown (University Press of Kentucky; 300 pages; $32.50). Annotated edition of memoirs written in 1872 by a slaveholder's son who served under Gen. John Hunt Morgan, or the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy."

A Question of Genocide: Armenians and Turks at the End of the Ottoman Empire edited by Ronald Grigor Suny, Fatma Muge Gocek, and Norman M. Naimark (Oxford University Press; 434 pages; $34.95). Essays by Armenian, Turkish, and other scholars on the causes and context of the Armenian genocide.

Red Power Rising: The National Indian Youth Council and the Origins of Native Activism by Bradley R. Shreve (University of Oklahoma Press; 275 pages; $34.95). Identifies the origins of the Red Power movement in the activism of the NIYC, a group founded in Gallup, N.M., in 1961.

The Ruins of the New Argentina: Peronism and the Remaking of San Juan After the 1944 Earthquake by Mark A. Healey (Duke University Press; 395 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Describes how the destruction and rebuilding of San Juan province figured in a wider social transformation in Argentina.

Russia's Cold War: From the October Revolution to the Fall of the Wall by Jonathan Haslam (Yale University Press; 512 pages; $38). Draws on newly available archives in a history of the cold war with an emphasis on the Soviet experience.

Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools by Max Harris (Cornell University Press; 336 pages; $49.95). A revisionist account of the festival that argues that it developed in the late 12th and early 13th centuries as an orderly liturgy for January 1 (traditionally Jesus' day of circumcision) and as an alternative to rowdy secular festivities for the new year.

The Secret History of Democracy edited by Benjamin Isakhan and Stephen Stockwell (Palgrave Macmillan; 252 pages; $85). Writings on democratic institutions in settings before and beyond their history in ancient Greece and the West.

The Turbulent World of Franz Goll: An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century by Peter Fritzsche (Harvard University Press; 260 pages; $26.95). Traces one Berliner's responses to the tumult of German history in the 20th century, through notebooks he kept from 1916 to his death, in 1984.

The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe by James Mark (Yale University Press; 312 pages; $65). Documents varied perceptions of the revolutions of 1989, including those of ex-Communists who view themselves as the liberators.

HISTORY OF MEDICINE

American Catholic Hospitals: A Century of Changing Markets and Missions by Barbra Mann Wall (Rutgers University Press; 238 pages; $45.95). Topics include how a declining number of female religious has affected American Catholic hospitals.

Health and Hygiene in Chinese East Asia: Policies and Publics in the Long Twentieth Century edited by Angela Ki Che Leung and Charlotte Furth (Duke University Press; 337 pages; $84.95 hardcover, $23.95 paperback). Essays on colonial and later medicine and public health in Taiwan, Manchuria, Hong Kong, the Yangzi River delta, and other areas.

HISTORY OF SCIENCE

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili (Penguin Press; 302 pages; $29.95). Documents the legacy of Arab and Persian science for the West, and considers the "dark age" that followed the Muslim world's Enlightenment.

Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science by Lawrence M. Krauss (W.W. Norton & Company; 350 pages; $24.95). A biography of the American physicist (1918-88).

JOURNALISM

Watergate's Legacy and the Press: The Investigative Impulse by Jon Marshall (Northwestern University Press; 313 pages; $24.95). Considers how Watergate shaped the perception and practice of investigative reporting, and how politicians and the public respond to the press.

LAW

Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong by Brandon L. Garrett (Harvard University Press; 367 pages; $39.95). Identifies the prosecutorial and other failures in the first 250 cases of people to be exonerated through DNA testing.

The Free Press Crisis of 1800: Thomas Cooper's Trial for Seditious Libel by Peter Charles Hoffer (University Press of Kansas; 149 pages; $34.95 hardcover, $17.95 paperback). Discusses a landmark case involving an American scholar tried under the Sedition Act of 1798.

LITERATURE

Diplomacy and Early Modern Culture edited by Robyn Adams and Rosanna Cox (Palgrave Macmillan; 200 pages; $80). Essays by literary scholars and others who offer a view of diplomacy beyond political and military history; topics include the idea of the cipher in Ben Jonson's masques.

Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction by Laura Barbas-Rhoden (University Press of Florida; 195 pages; $74.95). Analyzes works depicting Argentina at the turn of the 19th century, the Amazon in the mid-20th century, Costa Rica in the late 20th century, and Mesoamerica in the future.

Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels edited by Michael A. Chaney (University of Wisconsin Press; 339 pages; $26.95). Essays on such works as Art Spiegelman's Maus, David Beauchard's Epileptic, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, and Gene Yang's American Born Chinese.

Heroism in the Harry Potter Series edited by Katrin Berndt and Lena Steveker (Ashgate Publishing Company; 233 pages; $99.95). Essays on such topics as Harry and the idea of an English gentleman, the development of his character in the first six film adaptations, and the book series as a modern example of psychomachia, or, after Prudentius, "battle of the soul."

Ireland and Romanticism: Publics, Nations, and Scenes of Cultural Production edited by Jim Kelly (Palgrave Macmillan; 229 pages; $80). Essays on such topics as the Irish writer abroad, influences from Robert Burns and Spanish literature on Irish romanticism, and Irish poetry and fiction during the period.

The Meaning of Rivers: Flow and Reflection in American Literature by T.S. McMillin (University of Iowa Press; 220 pages; $34.95). Considers what literature reveals about rivers, and, in turn, how rivers aid thinking about literature.

Misfits and Marble Fauns: Religion and Romance in Hawthorne and O'Connor by Wendy Piper (Mercer University Press; 193 pages; $35). Draws on the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer in a study of the two American authors.

Pynchon's "Against the Day": A Corrupted Pilgrim's Guide edited by Jeffrey Severs and Christopher Leise (Lexington Books; 293 pages; $80). Topics include the 2006 novel's ecological ethic, and its religious and political vision.

R.H. Cromek, Engraver, Editor, and Entrepreneur by Dennis M. Read (Ashgate Publishing Company; 182 pages; $99.95). A biography of the British engraver and publisher (1770-1812), who is best remembered as William Blake's nemesis.

Race and Sex Across the French Atlantic: The Color of Black in Literary, Philosophical, and Theater Discourse by Frieda Ekotto (Lexington Books; 103 pages; $55). Uses Jean Genet's 1958 play Les Negres as a departure point to explore aspects of race in a French Atlantic worldview.

Reading as Therapy: What Contemporary Fiction Does for Middle-Class Americans by Timothy Aubry (University of Iowa Press; 258 pages; $39.95). A study of what is termed therapeutic, "middlebrow" fiction, with a focus on Toni Morrison's Paradise, Rebecca Wells's Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, James Frey's A Million Little Pieces, Anita Shreve's The Pilot's Wife, and Khaled Hossieni's The Kite Runner.

W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and the Poetry of Paradise by Sean Pryor (Ashgate Publishing Company; 226 pages; $99.95). Argues that the two poets reconceive the quest for paradise as a quest for a new kind of poetry.

Writing the Love of Boys: Origins of Bishonen Culture in Modernist Japanese Literature by Jeffrey Angles (University of Minnesota Press; 302 pages; $75 hardcover, $25 paperback). Discusses Murayama Kaita, Edogawa Ranpo, Hamao Shiro, and other writers in a study of a preoccupation with same-sex desire in interwar literature.

MEDICINE

Medicine and Public Health at the End of Empire by Howard Waitzkin (Paradigm Publishers; 228 pages; $89). Topics include "social medicine" in Latin America.

MUSIC

A Geometry of Music: Harmony and Counterpoint in the Extended Common Practice by Dmitri Tymoczko (Oxford University Press; 450 pages; $39.95). Describes a model that emphasizes the commonalities of music from medieval polyphony to contemporary rock.

Operatic Afterlives by Michal Grover-Friedlander (Zone Books, distributed by MIT Press; 253 pages; $29.95). Explores a recurrent theme in opera of singing's power over death.

PHILOSOPHY

In Search of Goodness edited by Ruth W. Grant (University of Chicago Press; 177 pages; $29). Writings that challenge the dichotomies, such as reason versus emotion, and altruism versus egoism, that are usually used to discuss goodness.

What Place for the A Priori? edited by Michael J. Shaffer and Michael L. Veber (Open Court Publishing; 261 pages; $44.95). Essays on such topics as a priori conjectural knowledge in physics.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Disobeying the Security Council: Countermeasures Against Wrongful Sanctions by Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Oxford University Press; 310 pages; $140). Asserts the right of states to disobey unlawful sanctions by the U.N. body.

Inter-American Cooperation at a Crossroads edited by Gordon Mace, Andrew F. Cooper, and Timothy M. Shaw (Palgrave Macmillan; 278 pages; $90). Evaluates the effectiveness of hemispheric institutions.

International Political Theory After Hobbes: Analysis, Interpretation, and Orientation edited by Raia Prokhovnik and Gabriella Slomp (Palgrave Macmillan; 216 pages; $85). Considers the British philosopher's influence on the dominant realist model in international-relations theory.

Italy in the Post-Cold War Order: Adaptation, Bipartisanship, Visibility edited by Maurizio Carbone (Lexington Books; 278 pages; $80). Topics include how Italy's ever-shifting political system shapes its policies in international affairs.

Justices and Journalists: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Media by Richard Davis (Cambridge University Press; 256 pages; $90 hardcover, $28.99 paperback). Traces changes in justices' relationship to the print and broadcast media; includes a content analysis of coverage from 1968 to 2007.

Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions by Elizabeth N. Saunders (Cornell University Press; 320 pages; $35). Focuses on Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson in a study of how presidents' perceptions of threat shape decisions to intervene and choice of intervention strategy.

The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea edited by Byung-Kook Kim and Ezra F. Vogel (Harvard University Press; 744 pages; $55). Writings on modernization under Park, who seized power in a coup in 1961 and was assassinated in 1979.

The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment: Guarantees of States' Rights? by Ellis M. West (Lexington Books; 202 pages; $70). Evaluates some scholars' claims that the First Amendment clauses grant the states the right to legislate religion.

Somalia: The New Barbary? Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa by Martin N. Murphy (Columbia University Press; 277 pages; $26.50). Considers whether state failure is a useful explanation for Somali piracy, and considers links between piracy and the country's Islamist movement.

Ulster Loyalism After the Good Friday Agreement: History, Identity, and Change edited by James W. McAuley (Palgrave Macmillan; 288 pages; $90). Topics include Loyalist perspectives on apology, regret, and change, the decommissioning of Loyalist paramilitaries, and Loyalist resistance to the internationalist aspects of the peace process.

PSYCHOLOGY

The Fair Society: The Science of Human Nature and the Pursuit of Social Justice by Peter Corning (University of Chicago Press; 237 pages; $27.50). Offers an evolutionary perspective on resolving inequalities; argues that human beings have an innate sense of fairness.

Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey (Princeton University Press; 243 pages; $24.95). A work in theoretical psychology on the nature of consciousness.

RELIGION

Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy by Paul C. Gutjahr (Oxford University Press; 477 pages; $74). A biography of the American theologian (1797-1878), who some have called the "Pope of Presbyterianism."

Islam and Christianity: Theological Themes in Comparative Perspective by John Renard (Princeton University Press; 314 pages; $60 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Compares historical, creedal, institutional, ethical, and spiritual realms of the two faiths.

Narrating the Law: A Poetics of Talmudic Legal Stories by Barry Scott Wimpfheimer (University of Pennsylvania Press; 239 pages; $59.95). Analyzes stories that bridge the divide between legal literature or Halakah, and non-legal literature, or Aggadah.

A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians by Timothy Larsen (Oxford University Press; 326 pages; $55). Uses figures such as Florence Nightingale, T.H. Huxley, and C.H. Spurgeon to explore the Victorian preoccupation with the Bible, across the religious spectrum, and in atheist and agnostic circles as well.

SOCIOLOGY

Children's Rights in Ghana: Reality or Rhetoric? edited by Robert Kwame Ame, DeBrenna LaFa Agbenyiga, and Nana Araba Apt (Lexington Books; 295 pages; $75). Writings on Ghana's compliance with the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), an act that the West African country was first in ratifying.

Hidden in the Heartland: The New Wave of Immigrants and the Challenge to America by Nancy Brown Diggs (Michigan State University Press; 186 pages; $29.95). Focuses on the experiences of Latino workers.

Making Care Count: A Century of Gender, Race, and Paid Care Work by Mignon Duffy (Rutgers University Press; 185 pages; $72 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Draws on census and other data to trace patterns in the supply and demand of nurses, teachers, and other "care workers."

THEATER

Imagining the Audience in Early Modern Drama, 1558-1642 edited by Jennifer A. Low and Nova Myhill (Palgrave Macmillan; 218 pages; $85). Essays on such topics as the audience as witness to the killings in Marlowe's Edward II, the construction of charisma in Elizabeth I's "entry pageants," and the ways in which early modern theaters sought to domesticate the crowd.

Staging and Performing Translation: Text and Theatre Practice edited by Roger Baines, Cristina Marinetti, and Manuela Perteghella (Palgrave Macmillan; 277 pages; $80). Essays on the staging of translated works, from practical approaches to theoretical and political considerations.

URBAN STUDIES

Neighborhood and Life Chances: How Place Matters in Modern America edited by Harriet B. Newburger, Eugenie L. Birch, and Susan M. Wachter (University of Pennsylvania Press; 368 pages; $59.95). Topics include debates over Moving to Opportunity, an experiment designed by the Housing and Urban Development to test the effects of relocating people away from areas of concentrated poverty.

WOMEN'S STUDIES

New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism, and Subjectivity edited by Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff (Palgrave Macmillan; 336 pages; $95). Essays on such topics as "tween" girls' negotiation of sexual subjectivity in popular culture.