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Canadian Music and American Culture, Get Away From Me, Tristanne Connolly. Springer, 2017.

This text offers a unique set of case studies of Canadian recording artists, focusing on the ways in which their music sets Canadian identity against the culture and politics of the United States. A wide range of musical genres, from folk to experimental electronic music is covered, and a variety of voices to represent Canadian pop music from the inside and the outside is assembled. 

Tristanne ConnollyBritish Romanticism in European Perspective, Into the Eurozone, Edited by: Steve Clark and Tristanne Connolly. Palgrave Macmillian, 2017.

What, and when, is British Romanticism, if seen not in island isolation but cosmopolitan integration with European Romantic literature, history and culture? The essays here range from poetry and the novel to science writing, philosophy, visual art, opera and melodrama; from France and Germany to Italy and Bosnia.
 

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La traduction, Un pont de depart, Kerry Lappin-Fortin. Canadian Scholars, 2017.

This text provides an engaging introduction to both French-English and English-French translation. It is intended primarily for English speaking university students with an intermediate to advanced level in French. The book offers an overview of relevant linguistic concepts, the different techniques, types, and challenges of translation, and the structural differences between the English and French languages. Its hybrid design successfully combines theoretical content with valuable, often entertaining exercises, and allows for both group and independent learning.

Cover of Global Political EconomyGlobal Political Economy, Fifth Edition, Edited by: John Ravenhill. Oxford University Press, 2017.

The fifth edition of this popular text offers a comprehensive introduction to global political economy, combining history, theory, and contemporary issues and debates. Renowned for its balance of empirical material and critical analysis, the expert authors introduce readers to the diversity of perspectives in GPE, and encourage students to unpack claims and challenge explanations.

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Permanent Campaigning in Canada, Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson, Anna Esselment. UBC Press, 2017.

This text examines the growth and democratic implications of political parties’ relentless search for votes and popularity and what a constant state of electioneering means for governance. With the emergence of fixed-date elections and digital media, each day is a battle to win mini-contests: the news cycle, public opinion polls, quarterly fundraising results, by-elections, and more. The contributors’ case studies – on political databases, the strategy behind online political communication, the politicization of government advertising, and the role of the PMO and political staff – reveal how political actors are using all available tools at their disposal to secure electoral advantage, including the use of public resources for partisan gain.

The Reception of the Homeric Hymns

The Reception of the Homeric Hymns, Edited by: Andrew Faulkner, Athanassios Vergados, and Andreas Schwab. Oxford University Press, 2017.

While much of this text deals with classical reception of the Hymns, including looking beyond the textual realm to their influence on art, the editors and contributors have extended its scope to include discussion of Italian literature of the fifteenth century, German scholarship of the nineteenth century, and the English Romantic poets, demonstrating the enduring legacy of the Homeric Hymns in the literary world.

What's Wrong With the IMF and How to Fix ItWhat's Wrong With the IMF and How to Fix It, Bessma Momani and Mark Hibben. Wiley, 2017.

In this book, Bessma Momani and Mark Hibben dissect the variables and institutional dynamics at play in IMF governance, surveillance, lending, and capacity development to expose the fundamental barriers to change. They go on to identify four areas that instead could "fix" the IMF, including governance reform that strengthens low and middle income power in decision making, hiring a more diverse staff with expertise in areas of inclusive economics, the development of enforceable benchmarks tied to the theme of inclusive growth, and greater outreach and coordination with development institutions, such as the World Bank and the new Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank.

Cover of The Birth of Homeopathy Out of the Spirit of RomanticismThe Birth of Homeopathy Out of the Spirit of Romanticism, Alice Kuzniar. University of Toronto Press, 2017.

Kuzniar critically examines the alternative medical practice of homeopathy within the Romantic culture in which it arose. In The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism, Kuzniar argues that Hahnemann was a product of his time rather than an iconoclast and visionary. It is the first book in English to examine Hahnemann’s unpublished writings, including case journals and self-testings, and links to his contemporaries such as Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt. Kuzniar’s engaging writing style seamlessly weaves together medical, philosophical, semiotic, and literary concerns and reveals homeopathy as a phenomenon of its time. The Birth of Homeopathy out of the Spirit of Romanticism sheds light on issues that continue to dominate the controversy surrounding homeopathy to this very day.

Cover of NCI Tobacco Control Monograph Series 21 - The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco ControlNCI Tobacco Control Monograph Series 21 - The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, Geoffrey Fong et al. World Health Organization, 2017.

This monograph, a collaboration between the National Cancer Institute and WHO, examines the current research and evidence base surrounding the economics of tobacco control—including tobacco use, tobacco growing, manufacturing and trade, tobacco product taxes and prices, and tobacco control policies and other interventions to reduce tobacco use and its consequences. This information can help direct future research and inform tobacco prevention and control programs and policies in countries around the world.

Cover of International Cooperation in the Early Twentieth CenturyInternational Cooperation in the Early Twentieth Century, Daniel Gorman. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.

This text focuses on international cooperation, international social movements, various forms of cultural internationalism, imperial and anti-imperial internationalism, and the growth of cosmopolitan ideas. The book incorporates a non-Western focus alongside the transatlantic core of early 20th-century internationalism. It interweaves analyses of international anti-colonial networks, ideas emanating from non-Western sites of influence such as Japan, China and Turkey, the emergence of networks of international indigenous peoples in resistance to a state-centric international system, and diaspora and transnational ethno-cultural-religious identity networks.

 Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45 (Studies in Canadian Military History)Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45 (Studies in Canadian Military History), Geoffrey Hayes. UBC Press, 2017.

In 1943, General Harry Crerar noted that there was still much confusion as to “what constitutes an ‘Officer.’” His words reflected the preoccupation of army officials with inventing an ideal officer who would not only meet the demands of war but also conform to notions of social class and masculinity. Drawing on a wide range of sources and exploring the issue of leadership through new lenses, this book looks at how the army selected and trained its junior officers to embody the new ideal. It also sheds light on challenges these officers faced during the war – not only on the battlefield but from Canadians’ often conflicted views about social class and gender.

Cover of Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and CommunicationPerforming Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication, Edited by: Frankie Condon and Vershawn Young. University Press of Colarado, 2017.

This text seeks to help create openings to address race and racism not only in course readings and class discussion in writing, rhetoric, and communication courses but also in wider public settings. The contributors to this collection, drawn from a wide range of disciplines, urge readers to renew their commitment to intelligently and publicly deliberate race and to counteract the effects of racism. The book is both theoretically rigorous and practical, providing readers with insightful analyses of race and racism and useful classroom suggestions and examples.

Cover of Oral History and Education Theories, Dilemmas, and PracticesOral History and Education. Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices, Edited by: Kristina Llewellyn and Nicholas Ng-A-Fook. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

This book considers if and how oral history is ‘best practice’ for education. International scholars, practitioners, and teachers consider conceptual approaches, methodological limitations, and pedagogical possibilities of oral history education. These experts ask if and how oral history enables students to democratize history; provides students with a lens for understanding nation-states’ development; and supports historical thinking skills in the classrooms. This book provides the first comprehensive assessment of oral history education – inclusive of oral tradition, digital storytelling, family histories, and testimony – within the context of 21st century schooling. By addressing the significance of oral history for education, this book seeks to expand education’s capacity for teaching and learning about the past.

Cover of Energy Humanities An AnthologyEnergy Humanities An Anthology, Edited by: Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer. John Hopkins University Press, 2017.

In this groundbreaking anthology, Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer have brought together a carefully curated selection of the best and most influential work in energy humanities. Arguing that today’s energy and environmental dilemmas are fundamentally problems of ethics, habits, imagination, values, institutions, belief, and power—all traditional areas of expertise of the humanities and humanistic social sciences—the essays and other pieces featured here demonstrate the scale and complexity of the issues the world faces. Their authors offer compelling possibilities for finding our way beyond our current energy dependencies toward a sustainable future.

 A User's Guide, 4th EditionPopular Culture: A User's Guide, 4th Edition, Imre Szeman. Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.

Popular Culture: A User’s Guide is an introduction to the critical study of mass culture and media. This book aims to take readers beyond the “common sense” approach to popular culture and create a level of awareness where readers understand their role not just as consumers but also as agents of popular culture.

 101 Words for Energy and EnvironmentFueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment, Suzie O'Brein and Imre Szeman. Forham University Press, 2017.

How has our relation to energy changed over time? What differences do particular energy sources make to human values, politics, and imagination? How have transitions from one energy source to another—from wood to coal, or from oil to solar to whatever comes next—transformed culture and society? What are the implications of uneven access to energy in the past, present, and future? Which concepts and theories clarify our relation to energy, and which just get in the way? Fueling Culture offers a compendium of keywords written by scholars and practitioners from around the world and across the humanities and social sciences. These keywords offer new ways of thinking about energy as both the source and the limit of how we inhabit culture, with the aim of opening up new ways of understanding the seemingly irresolvable contradictions of dependence upon unsustainable energy forms.

Cover of Petrocultures Oil, Politics, CulturePetrocultures Oil, Politics, Culture, Edited by: Sheena Wilson, Adam Carlson and Imre Szeman. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017.

Presenting a multifaceted analysis of the cultural, social, and political claims and assumptions that guide how we think and talk about oil, Petrocultures maps the complex and often contradictory ways in which oil has influenced the public’s imagination around the world. This collection of essays shows that oil’s vast network of social and historical narratives and the processes that enable its extraction are what characterize its importance, and that its circulation through this immense web of relations forms worldwide experiences and expectations. Contributors’ essays investigate the discourses surrounding oil in contemporary culture while advancing and configuring new ways to discuss the cultural ecosystem that it has created.

 A User's Guide, International EditionPopular Culture: A User's Guide, International Edition, Suzie O'Brein and Imre Szemnan. Wiley, 2017.

This text examines the ways in which individuals and societies act as consumers and agents of popular culture. Moving beyond the history of pop culture to give students the vocabulary and tools to analyze popular culture while being suitable for the study of popular culture across a range of disciplines. A broad range of important topics including the underlying socioeconomic structures that affect media, the politics of pop culture, the role of consumers, subcultures and countercultures, and the construction of social reality is covered. Numerous learning features including case studies, real-life examples, suggested activities, boxed features, a glossary, and an instructor’s manual.

 A Critical Introduction to Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada (8th Edition)Unequal Relations: A Critical Introduction to Race, Ethnic, and Aboriginal Dynamics in Canada (8th Edition), Augie Fleras. Pearson, 2017.

This text s the market-leading, single-voice text for Race and Ethnicity courses in Canada, and it includes comprehensive coverage of racism, multiculturalism and diversity. This mature edition has been updated to remain current, and to include new sub-topics important to the discipline, including explicit discussion of the importance of immigration to Canada and its role in national building; older waves of immigration; and shifting attitudes of normalized immigrant groups.

Cover of Burnley “Rocky” Jones Revolutionary An Autobiography by Burnley “Rocky” JonesBurnley “Rocky” Jones Revolutionary An Autobiography, Burnley “Rocky” Jones and James Walker. Fernwood Publishing, 2017.

Born and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia, Burnley “Rocky” Jones is one of Canada’s most important figures of social justice. Often referred to as Canada’s Stokely Carmichael, Jones was tirelessly dedicated to student movements, peace activism, Black Power, anti-racism, women’s liberation and human rights reform. He was a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, brought the Black Panthers to Canada, taught at Dalhousie and founded his own law firm. This autobiography tells the story of Jones’s inimitable life and his accomplishments.

Cover of Emerging Genres in New Media EnvironmentsEmerging Genres in New Media Environments, Carolyn R. Miller and Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

This text explores cultural change over time as revealed through the creation and emergence of new media genres. Included is attention to visual and multimodal genres (19th-century photography, public commemorative sites, digital artistic works, videogames) as well as text-­centric genres. It incorporates contributions from multiple disciplines (art history, communication, education, composition, game studies, literature, rhetoric and technical communication) and multiple countries (Brazil, Canada, the UK and the US). Finally, this text connects new media studies, rhetorical analysis and cultural innovation and transformation through genre theory.

 Philippians, Colossians, PhilemonWisdom Commentary: Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, Elsa Tamez, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Claire Miller Columbo and Alicia Batten. Liturgical Press, 2017. 

Taking into account historical, structural, and rhetorical dimensions of Philemon, Alicia J. Batten argues against the "runaway slave" hypothesis that has so dominated the interpretation of this letter. Paul asks that Onesimus be treated well, but the commentary takes seriously the fact that we never hear what Onesimus's wishes may have been. Slaves throughout history have had similar experiences, as have many women. Like Onesimus, their lives and futures remain in the hands of others, whether those others seek good or ill.

Cover of The Dynamics of Criminological ResearchThe Dynamics of Criminological Research, Jennifer Schulenberg. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Written specifically for Canadian students, this practical exploration of research methods in criminology offers balanced coverage of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, preparing students to design, interpret, and appraise empirical research.                                                                                                                                                                            

Cover of Understanding BonhoefferUnderstanding Bonhoeffer, Peter Frick. Mohr Siebeck, 2017.

In this volume, Peter Frick attempts to answer the question of how to understand Bonhoeffer. By examining different aspects of his thought in a comprehensive manner, each of the essays, which were written between 2007 and 2014, illuminates nuances of the hermeneutical, philosophical, theological, and social dimensions of Bonhoeffer's writings.

Cover of America Observed On an International Anthropology of the United StatesAmerica Observed On an International Anthropology of the United States, Edited by: Virginia Dominguez and Jasmin Habib. Berghahn Books, 2017.

There is surprisingly little fieldwork done on the United States by anthropologists from abroad. America Observed fills that gap by bringing into greater focus empirical as well as theoretical implications of this phenomenon. Edited by Virginia Dominguez and Jasmin Habib, the essays collected here offer a critique of such an absence, exploring its likely reasons while also illustrating the advantages of studying fieldwork-based anthropological projects conducted by colleagues from outside the U.S. This volume contains an introduction written by the editors and fieldwork-based essays written by Helena Wulff, Jasmin Habib, Limor Darash, Ulf Hannerz, and Moshe Shokeid, and reflections on the broad issue written by Geoffrey White, Keiko Ikeda, and Jane Desmond.

Cover For The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical StudiesThe Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, Edited by: Michael MacDonald. Oxford University Press, 2017.

One of the most remarkable trends in the humanities and social sciences in recent decades has been the resurgence of interest in the history, theory, and practice of rhetoric: in an age of global media networks and viral communication, rhetoric is once again “contagious” and “communicable” (Friedrich Nietzsche). Featuring sixty commissioned chapters by eminent scholars of rhetoric from twelve countries, this volume offers students and teachers an engaging and sophisticated introduction to the multidisciplinary field of rhetorical studies.

Cover of Annotations on Galatians and EphesiansAnnotations on Galatians and Ephesians, Desiderius Erasmus, Edited by: Riemer Faber. University of Toronto Press, 2017.

This text began as marginal comments in his own copy of the New Testament and were subsequently published in 1516 as a supplement to the Novum Instrumentum. His annotations were intended to justify his changes based on the Greek text. In each successive edition, published between 1516 and 1535, the Annotations grew in size and scope providing Erasmus with the opportunity to defend his translations in the face of growing criticism from orthodox Catholic theologians. This volume notes the editorial changes made in the five editions and also provides the reader with information about the patristic, medieval and contemporary sources consulted by Erasmus, and about the evolving relations with contemporary critics. The Annotations played a pivotal role in the development of sixteenth-century biblical exegesis and mark a significant stage in the evolution of humanist biblical scholarship.

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