New Scholarly Books
Compiled by NINA C. AYOUB
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approximate. Some publishers offer dis-
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SETTING DOWN THE SACRED PAST: AFRICAN-AMERICAN RACE HISTORIES, by Laurie
F. Maffly-Kipp (Harvard University Press;
330 pages; $29.95). A study of storytelling as
a form of communal history among African-Americans.
CHEAP MEAT: FLAP FOOD NATIONS IN
THE PACIFIC ISLANDS, by Deborah Gewertz
and Frederick Errington (University of California Press; 224 pages; $55 hardcover, $21.95
paperback). Discusses the export of inexpensive fatty cuts of lamb or mutton from Australia and New Zealand to Papua New Guinea,
Tonga, and Fiji.
DANCE AND THE NATION: PERFORMANCE, RITUAL, AND POLITICS IN SRI
LANKA, by Susan A. Reed (University of
Wisconsin Press; 280 pages; $29.95; includes a
DVD). A study of the Kandyan dance, a performance form derived from village ritual
and associated with Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
CONSTANTINOPOLIS/ISTANBUL: CULTURAL ENCOUN TER, IMPERIAL VISION, AND
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE OT TOMAN
CAPITAL, by Cigdem Kafescioglu (Penn State
University Press; 295 pages; $100). Traces the
architectural, cultural, and political transformation of the city with the Muslim conquest
THOMAS EAKINS AND THE USES OF HISTORY, by Akela Reason (University of Pennsylvania Press; 231 pages; $55). Links the
American painter’s depictions of historical
subjects to his professional aspirations and
desire to measure himself against artists of
ANT ENCOUN TERS: IN TERAC TION NETWORKS AND COLON Y BEHAVIOR, by Deborah M. Gordon (Princeton University Press;
167 pages; $19.95). Analyzes the moment-to-moment behavior of ant colonies, including
comparisons to other complex systems.
CALLING ALL CARS: RADIO DRAGNETS
AND THE TECHNOLOGY OF POLICING, by
Kathleen Battles (University of Minnesota
Press; 282 pages; $67.50 hardcover, $22.50 paperback). Describes how radio shows figured
in improving the public image of policing
during the Depression; focuses on Calling All
Cars, G-Men, Gang Busters, Police Headquarters, The Green Hornet, and The Shadow.
ERNIE KOVACS AND EARLY TV COMEDY:
NOTHING IN MODERATION, by Andrew
Horton (University of Texas Press; 120 pages;
$45). A study of the television pioneer (1919-
62) and his lasting influence on TV comedy.
INTEGRAL PLURALISM: BEYOND CULTURE WARS, by Fred Dallmayr (University
Press of Kentucky; 232 pages; $40). Examines
a process of steady pluralization in modern
history and sets this “integral pluralism”
against the theories of Carl Schmitt, the religious right, political Islam, and international
GROW TH AND POLICY IN DEVELOPING COUN TRIES: A STRUCTURALIST APPROACH, by José Antonio Ocampo, Codrina
Rada, and Lance Taylor (Columbia University
Press; 178 pages; $29.50). Covers the period
since the 1960s.
LABOR MARKETS AND BUSINESS CYCLES,
by Robert Shimer (Princeton University
Press; 172 pages; $45). Combines search-and-matching models with a neoclassical growth
model in a study of labor-market outcomes.
PENSIONS IN THE HEALTH AND RETIRE-MEN T STUDY, by Alan L. Gustman, Thomas
L. Steinmeier, and Nahid Tabatabai (Harvard
University Press; 367 pages; $59.95). Analyzes
pension data collected as part of a survey of
people over 50 conducted by the University
of Michigan and the National Institute on
Aging; topics include how well people understand their pensions.
UNRESOLVED IDEN TITIES: DISCOURSE,
AMBIVALENCE, AND URBAN IMMIGRAN T
STUDEN TS, by Bic Ngo (State University of
New York Press; 146 pages; $60 hardcover,
$19.95 paperback). Draws on postcolonial and
poststructuralist theory in an ethnographic
study of Lao-American students in an urban
public high school in the Midwest.
CITIZEN ENVIRONMENTALISTS, by James
Longhurst ( Tufts University Press/University
Press of New England; 288 pages; $85 hardcover, $35 paperback). Focuses on women in
GASP (Group Against Smog and Pollution)
in a study of anti-pollution activism in Pittsburgh in the late 1960s and early 70s.
THE ECOLOGICAL THOUGHT, by Timothy
Morton (Harvard University Press; 163 pages;
$39.95). A work of environmental philosophy
that explores the interconnectedness of life
CINEPATERNITY: FATHERS AND SONS IN
SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET FILM, edited by
Helena Goscilo and Yana Hashamova (In-
diana University Press; 331 pages; $65 hard-
cover, $24.95 paperback). Essays on the work
of such directors as Bekmambetov, Khutsiev,
Sokurov, and Tarkovsky.
FAMOUS FACES YET NOT THEMSELVES:
“THE MISFITS” AND ICONS OF POSTWAR
AMERICA, by George Kouvaros (University
of Minnesota Press; 243 pages; $75 hardcover,
$24.95 paperback). Explores the shifting
iconography of the actor in the postwar era
through a study of evocative Magnum pho-
tographs taken on the Nevada set of the 1960
LEVINAS AND THE CINEMA OF REDEMP-
TION: TIME, ETHICS, AND THE FEMININE,
by Sam B. Girgus (Columbia University
Press; 255 pages; $82.50 hardcover, $27.50 pa-
perback). Draws on the ethical philosophy of
Emmanuel Levinas, as well as feminist theory,
in a study of such films as Mr. Smith Goes to
Washington, La Dolce Vita, L’avventura, The
Misfits, and The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
MARCO BELLOCCHIO: THE CINEMATIC
I IN THE POLITICAL SPHERE, by Clodagh
J. Brook (University of Toronto Press; 272
pages; US$65 hardcover, US$29.95 pa-
perback). Offers psychoanalytic and other
perspectives on the contemporary Italian
GAY AND LESBIAN STUDIES
CITIZEN, INVERT, QUEER: LESBIANISM
AND WAR IN EARLY T WEN TIETH-CENTU-RY BRITAIN, by Deborah Cohler (University
of Minnesota Press; 296 pages; $75 hardcover,
$25 paperback). Traces a shift in cultural perceptions of “mannish” women.
AFRICAN SOCCERSCAPES: HOW A CON TI-NEN T CHANGED THE WORLD’S GAME, by
Peter Alegi (Ohio University Press; 184 pages;
$22.95). Topics include how the sport and its
venues figured in challenges to colonial power
and in the formation of postcolonial national
BUILDING A HOUSEWIFE’S PARADISE:
GENDER, POLITICS, AND AMERICAN
GROCERY STORES IN THE TWEN TIETH
CENTURY, by Tracey Deutsch (University
of North Carolina Press; 368 pages; $35). A
study of supermarket shopping as labor.
A DOCTOR AMONG THE OGLALA SIOUX
TRIBE: THE LETTERS OF ROBERT H. RUBY,
1953-1954, edited by Cary C. Collins and
Charles V. Mutschler (University of Nebraska
Press; 366 pages; $45). Edition of the journal
of a young surgeon that documents life on
South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in the
DUKE ELLINGTON’S AMERICA, by Harvey
G. Cohen (University of Chicago Press; 688
pages; $40). Combines biography and cultural
history in a study of the composer, musician,
band leader, and civil-rights activist; draws on
previously unavailable material.
EDWIN O. REISCHAUER AND THE AMERICAN DISCOVERY OF JAPAN, by George R.
Packard (Columbia University Press; 351
pages; $32.50). Combines scholarly and
personal perspectives in a biography of the
diplomat and scholar who was an influential
ambassador to Japan from 1961 to 1966.
ENCOUNTERING REVOLUTION: HAITI
AND THE MAKING OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC, by Ashli White (Johns Hopkins University Press; 288 pages; $55). Examines the
impact of the Haitian revolution on the early
American Republic, including the presence of
refugees from the turmoil.
THE GREAT OOM: THE IMPROBABLE
BIRTH OF YOGA IN AMERICA, by Robert
Love (Viking; 402 pages; $27.95). Focuses
on an Iowan who was born Perry Baker and
self-christened Dr. Pierre Bernard and who
packaged hatha yoga for the United States,
beginning in 1890s San Francisco.
HAITI AND THE HAITIAN DIASPORA IN
THE WIDER CARIBBEAN, edited by Philippe
Zacaïr (University Press of Florida; 207 pages;
$69.95). Writings by historians, anthropologists, and other scholars on prejudice against
Haitians in the wider Caribbean.
THE HERO AND THE HISTORIANS: HIS-TORIOGRAPH Y AND THE USES OF JACQUES
CARTIER, by Alan Gordon (University of
British Columbia Press; 248 pages; US$85).
Explores collective memory and Canadian national identity through a study of perceptions
of the French explorer (1491-1557) credited
with naming Canada.
A NATION FORGED IN WAR: HOW WORLD
WAR II TAUGHT AMERICANS TO GET
ALONG, by Thomas Bruscino (University of
Tennessee Press; 360 pages; $39.95). Describes
how the shared experiences of the more than
15 million who served helped increase ethnic
and religious tolerance among Americans.
PIVOTAL DECADE: HOW THE UNITED
STATES TRADED FAC TORIES FOR FINANCE
IN THE SEVENTIES, by Judith Stein ( Yale
University Press; 367 pages; $32.50). Analyzes
the economic policy and legacy of the first
decade, other than the 1930s, in which Americans ended up poorer than when they began.
RABBLE ROUSERS: THE AMERICAN FAR
RIGHT IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, by Clive
Webb (University of Georgia Press; 304
pages; $69.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback).
A study of five radical segregationists in the
South who led grassroots rebellions: Bryant Bowles, John Kasper, John Crommelin,
Edwin Walker, and J.B. Stoner.
RECONSTITUTING WHITENESS: THE
MISSISSIPPI S TATE SOVEREIGN T Y COMMISSION, by Jenny Irons (Vanderbilt University
Press; 272 pages; $49.95). Discusses 1an
agency that existed between 1956 and 1977 to
defend and support segregation.
REVOLU TIONARY COMMERCE: GLOBALIZATION AND THE FRENCH MONARCHY,
by Paul Cheney (Harvard University Press;
305 pages; $49.95). A study of the economic
thought of “primitive globalization” in 18th-
WILD ROMANCE: A VICTORIAN S TORY OF
A MARRIAGE, A TRIAL, AND A SELF-MADE
WOMAN, by Chloë Schama (Walker & Com-
pany; 249 pages; $24). A biography of The-
resa Longworth (circa 1832-1881), a young
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