son (Indiana University Press; 390 pages;
$49.95). Combines the author’s perspectives
as scholar and jazz pianist in a study of how
physical forces can shape one’s experience of
music; argues that listeners hear tonal music
through analogues of gravity, inertia, and
PLAYING ALONG: DIGITAL GAMES, YOU-
TUBE, AND VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE, by
Kiri Miller (Oxford University Press; 258
pages; $99 hardcover, $27.95 paperback).
Explores the transformation of musicality
through such interactive phenomena as the
game Guitar Hero and Web-based perfor-
mance and music lessons.
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to traditional Western assumptions about
individual autonomy and its relationship to
TERRORISM, TICKING TIME-BOMBS, AND
TORTURE: A PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS,
by Fritz Allhoff (University of Chicago
Press; 266 pages; $35). Argues that while
torture is a moral wrong, there are times in
which it is the lesser of two evils; considers
ways to authorize its practice in a democratic
society and limit its scope.
WRITING THE BOOK OF THE WORLD, by
Theodore Sider (Oxford University Press;
318 pages; $55). Discusses the metaphysics of
Institute of Peace Press; 250 pages; $19.95).
Writings on Iraq’s bilateral relationships
with Turkey, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Ara-
bia, and the other Gulf Arab states.
KURDS AND THE S TATE IN IRAN: THE
MAKING OF KURDISH IDEN TITY, by Abbas
Vali (I.B. Tauris, distributed by Palgrave
Macmillan; 215 pages; $85). Traces the his-
tory and political legacy of a short-lived
Kurdish republic declared in 1946 in north-
THE POLITICAL IDEAS OF THORSTEIN
VEBLEN, by Sidney Plotkin and Rick Til-
man (Yale University Press; 288 pages; $30).
Examines the neglected political ideas of the
American economist and sociologist (1857-
1929) and draws lessons for today.
Popowski (Lexington Books; 254 pages; $75).
A study of a Roman Catholic lay magazine
that proclaimed Catholicism as the cure for
Americas ills and worked openly for the con-
version of non-Catholic Americans.
THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA: A
HISTORY, edited by Don Schweitzer (Wil-
frid Laurier University Press; 330 pages;
US$39.95). Essays on Canada’s largest Prot-
estant denomination, including its relations
with the country’s Jewish and First Nations
CHRONOPATHOLOGIES: TIME AND POLI-
TICS IN DELEUZE, DERRIDA, ANALY TIC
PHILOSOPHY, AND PHENOMENOLOGY, by
Jack Reynolds (Lexington Books; 281 pages;
$75). Examines problems of temporality that
affect analytic philosophy, phenomenology,
and poststructuralism, but particularly the
EARLY TWENTIETH CEN TURY CON TI-
NEN TAL PHILOSOPH Y, by Leonard Lawlor
(Indiana University Press; 296 pages; $80
hardcover, $27.95 paperback). Discusses
works by such figures as Freud, Husserl, Hei-
degger, and Merleau-Ponty.
GILLES DELEUZE AND THE FABULATION
OF PHILOSOPH Y, by Gregory Flaxman
(University of Minnesota Press; 401 pages;
$82.50 hardcover, $27.50 paperback). First
of two books devoted to the French philoso-
pher’s notion of the “powers of the false.”
IN TERMIT TENCY: THE CONCEPT OF
HISTORICAL REASON IN RECEN T FRENCH
PHILOSOPHY, by Andrew Gibson (Edin-
burgh University Press, distributed by Co-
lumbia University Press; 326 pages; $105).
Focuses on Alain Badiou, Françoise Proust,
Christian Jambet, Guy Lardreau, and
JEAN-LUC NANCY: JUSTICE, LEGALITY,
AND WORLD, edited by Benjamin Hutchens
(Continuum; 229 pages; $120). Writings on
the French philosopher’s contributions to
legal and political theory, including his criti-
cisms of John Rawls.
MERE POSSIBILITIES: METAPH YSICAL
FOUNDATIONS OF MODAL SEMAN TICS,
by Robert Stalnaker (Princeton University
Press; 167 pages; $45). Develops an actualist
approach to the problem of discussing the
domains of possible worlds.
THE NEW INTUITIONISM, edited by Jill
Graper Hernandez (Continuum; 248 pages;
$130 hardcover, $39.95 paperback). Essays
that both develop and challenge the philoso-
pher Robert Audi’s work in intuitionism, or
the notion that human beings have an intui-
tive sense of right and wrong.
POSTHUMOUS HARM: WH Y THE DEAD
ARE STILL VULNERABLE, by Raymond An-
gelo Belliotti (Lexington Books; 186 pages;
$60). Explores questions of the nature and
victims of harm with such acts as maliciously
defaming the dead, mistreating corpses, and
breaking deathbed promises.
RELATIVE JUSTICE: CULTURAL DIVER-
SITY, FREE WILL, AND MORAL RESPON-
SIBILITY, by Tamler Sommers (Princeton
University Press; 230 pages; $39.50). Offers
an empirical and philosophical challenge
THE AGE OF AUSTERITY: HOW SCARCITY
WILL REMAKE AMERICAN POLITICS,
by Thomas Byrne Edsall (Doubleday; 256
pages; $24.95). Examines increased polariza-
tion in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis.
BECOMING A CANDIDATE: POLITICAL
AMBITION AND THE DECISION TO RUN
FOR OFFICE, by Jennifer L. Lawless (Cam-
bridge University Press; 279 pages; $90
hardcover, $27.99 paperback). Draws on sur-
vey and interview data in a study of nascent
political ambition and the initial decision to
run for office.
THE CRUCIBLE OF CONSEN T: AMERI-
CAN CHILD REARING AND THE FORGING
OF LIBERAL SOCIET Y, by James E. Block
(Harvard University Press; 447 pages; $45).
Focuses on middle-class Protestants in New
England in a study of the socialization of
youth for a commitment to “ordered free-
dom” in the early republic.
EUROPE’S ANGRY MUSLIMS: THE REVOLT
OF THE SECOND GENERATION, by Robert
S. Leiken (Oxford University Press; 354
pages; $27.95). Pays particular attention to
Muslim militants in Britain.
THE EVOLUTION OF JAPAN’S PARTY SYS-
TEM: POLITICS AND POLICY IN AN ERA OF
INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE, by Leonard J.
Schoppa (University of Toronto Press; 232
pages; US$60 hardcover, US$27.95 paper-
back). Describes how changes beginning in
the early 1990s set the stage for the 2009
victory of the Democratic Party over the
Liberal Democratic Party, which ended more
than 50 years of one-party rule.
THE EVOLVING CANADIAN CROWN, ed-
ited by Jennifer Smith and D. Michael Jack-
son (McGill-Queen’s University Press; 250
pages; US$29.95). Writings on the constitu-
tional monarchy in Canada, an institution
that enjoys a higher profile under Stephen
Harper’s Conservative government.
FRENCH PRESIDEN TIAL ELECTIONS, by
Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Richard Nadeau,
and Éric Bélanger (Palgrave Macmillan; 232
pages; $85). Analyzes four presidential con-
tests over the past two decades.
GROUND WARS: PERSONALIZED COMMU-
NICATION IN POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS, by
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (Princeton University
Press; 239 pages; $80 hardcover, $24.95 pa-
perback). Examines the importance of phone
and door-to-door canvassing through an eth-
nographic study of two Democrats’ congres-
sional campaigns in 2008: Linda Stender in
New Jersey and Jim Himes in Connecticut.
IRAQ, ITS NEIGHBORS, AND THE UNITED
STATES, edited by Henri J. Barkey, Scott B.
Lasensky, and Phebe Marr (United States
THE DARKER SIDE OF WESTERN MODERNITY: GLOBAL FUTURES, DECOLONIAL
OPTIONS, by Walter D. Mignolo (Duke
University Press; 408 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Identifies forces
challenging Western dominance in the 21st
RHE TORICAL DELIVERY AS TECHNOLOGICAL DISCOURSE: A CROSS-HISTORICAL
STUDY, by Ben McCorkle (Southern Illinois
University Press; 224 pages; $35). Examines the
relationship between rhetorical delivery and
shifting technologies since the ancient Greeks.
THE FREUD FILES: AN INQUIRY IN TO
THE HISTORY OF PSYCHOANALYSIS, by
Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen and Sonu Sham-
dasani (Cambridge University Press; 404
pages; $85 hardcover, $24.99 paperback). A
study of how psychoanalysis eclipsed rival
psychologies and psychotherapies in its early
IMPIOUS FIDELIT Y: ANNA FREUD, PSY-
CHOANALYSIS, POLITICS, by Suzanne
Stewart-Steinberg (Cornell University Press;
264 pages; $39.95). Argues that Anna Freud’s
critics have simplified her work and misrep-
resented her legacy; pays particular attention
to disciples of Melanie Klein.
THE LET TERS OF SIGMUND FREUD AND
OTTO RANK: INSIDE PSYCHOANALYSIS,
edited by E. James Lieberman and Robert
Kramer (Johns Hopkins University Press;
384 pages; $34.95). Translation of 250 letters
exchanged between Freud and his disciple
from 1906 until their painful break in 1925.
BANDING TOGETHER: HOW COMMU-
NITIES CREATE GENRES IN POPULAR
MUSIC, by Jennifer C. Lena (Princeton
University Press; 242 pages; $35). A socio-
logical study of how musical genres emerge,
from death metal to South Texas polka in
the United States, and including “state pur-
posed” genres in China, Serbia, Nigeria,
CULTURES OF VIOLENCE IN THE NEW
GERMAN STREET, by Patricia Anne Simp-
son (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press;
237 pages; $75). Examines representations
of violence in punk, hip-hop, and skinhead
GAMBLING FOR PROFIT: LOT TERIES,
GAMING MACHINES, AND CASINOS IN
CROSS-NATIONAL FOCUS, by Kerry G.E.
Chambers (University of Toronto Press; 280
pages; US$60). Compares data on gambling’s
legalization and revenues across 23 countries.
RUGBY IN MUNSTER: A SOCIAL AND CUL-
TURAL HISTORY, by Liam O’Callaghan
(Cork University Press, distributed by Stylus
Publishing; 300 pages; $55). Focuses on Cork
and Limerick cities in a study of the sport’s
evolution in the Irish province of Munster.
THE AWAKENED ONES: PHENOMENOL-
OGY OF VISIONARY EXPERIENCE, by Ga-
nanath Obeyesekere (Columbia University
Press; 622 pages; $50). Juxtaposes Eastern
and Western forms of visionary experience.
CURSING THE CHRIS TIANS? A HISTORY
OF THE “BIRKAT HAMINIM,” by Ruth
Langer (Oxford University Press; 389 pages;
$74). Traces the shifting history, including
censorship, of a Jewish prayer that in its
earliest preserved forms cursed apostates,
Christians, sectarians, and enemies of Israel.
THE DEATH OF A PROPHET: THE END
OF MUHAMMAD’S LIFE AND THE BEGIN-
NINGS OF ISLAM, by Stephen J. Shoemaker
(University of Pennsylvania Press; 408
pages; $75). Topics include why dates for
the prophet’s death vary by a few years, with
some having him live long enough to lead
the conquest of Palestine in 634-35.
THE DHARMA MASTER CHONGSAN OF
WON BUDDHISM: ANALECTS AND WRIT-
INGS, translated by Bongkil Chung (State
University of New York Press; 330 pages;
$80). Includes first-time English translations
of writings by the second dharma master
(1900-62) of Korean Won Buddhism.
DIVINE CALLINGS: UNDERSTANDING
THE CALL TO MINISTRY IN BLACK PEN TE-
COSTALISM, by Richard N. Pitt (New York
University Press; 265 pages; $80 hardcover,
$25 paperback). Draws on more than 100 in-
depth interviews with ministers in a socio-
logical study of how these men and women
experience the call to ministry.
ECCE HOMO: THE MALE-BODY-IN-PAIN
AS REDEMPTIVE FIGURE, by Kent L. Brint-
nall (University of Chicago Press; 220 pages;
$95 hardcover, $32.50 paperback). Explores
interwoven aspects of religion and eroticism
in a study of the cultural fascination with
male pain in the crucifixion and other repre-
sentations of male suffering.
THE OLD MASTER: A SYNCRETIC READ-
ING OF THE “LAOZI” FROM THE MAWA-
NGDUI TEXT A ON WARD, by Hongkyung
Kim (State University of New York Press;
310 pages; $75). Translation and study of
the Laozi that is based on the earliest known
edition of the work; draws on materials dis-
entombed in 1993 in Guodian.
THE RISE AND FALL OF “TRIUMPH”: THE
HISTORY OF A RADICAL ROMAN CATHO-
LIC MAGAZINE, 1966-1976, by Mark D.
PIONEER PERFORMANCES: STAGING THE
FRONTIER, by Matthew Rebhorn (Oxford
University Press; 207 pages; $65). Explores
elements of social critique in depictions of
the western frontier on the 19th-century
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