Published: December 2015
The following titles by Boston College faculty were published in 2015.
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Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives
280 pages, Palgrave Macmillan
Academic inbreeding refers to the practice of universities hiring their graduates as faculty members—a practice rare in the United States but common worldwide. This book examines case studies from countries where such inbreeding is normal and discusses the causes and consequences.
Young Faculty in the Twenty-First Century: International Perspectives
376 pages, State University of New York Press
Declining academic salaries, the growing number of part-time faculty, and other factors create challenges to attracting the “best and brightest” to work in universities. Case studies from 10 countries yield a detailed analysis of the situation of young faculty.
Puzzled?!: An Introduction to Philosophizing
256 pages, Hackett
Are all of our actions ultimately motivated by self-interest? Does God exist? If we’re part of the natural order, do we have a free will? This book introduces readers to philosophy by addressing these questions and others with which philosophers continue to grapple.
A Purposeful Path: How Far Can You Go with $30, a Bus Ticket, and a Dream?
160 pages, Loyola Press
Part modern travel adventure, part memoir, this is the author’s story of how a begging pilgrimage during his Jesuit formation helped him to discern his direction in life. His message: embrace vulnerability, trust God, keep moving.
Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas
176 pages, Perigee Books
In this irreverent book, two professors provide original cocktail and hors d’oeuvre recipes inspired by Shakespearean characters and tied to life’s daily dramas. With images from the Folger Shakespeare Library.
Madison’s Hand: Revisiting the Constitutional Convention
384 pages, Harvard University Press
Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention do not date in their entirety to the summer of 1787; he revised them as his understanding changed about the Convention, the Constitution, and his own role. Over 50 years, Madison transformed an incomplete political diary into a seemingly objective account of the writing of the Constitution.
Phenomenology in a New Key: Between Analysis and History: Essays in Honor of Richard Cobb-Stevens
215 pages, Springer
Essays contributed by 11 leading philosophers from around the world honor Boston College emeritus professor Richard Cobb-Stevens, an interpreter and practitioner of German and French phenomenological philosophy, especially in relation to Anglo-American philosophy.
Examples & Explanations: Criminal Procedure: The Constitution and the Police, Eighth Edition
432 pages, Wolters Kluwer
An exploration of the process of criminal investigation—including arrest, search, interrogation, and eyewitness identification—and the constraints placed upon police by the Constitution, with a chapter devoted to post-9/11 developments in electronic surveillance.
Cases on Criminal Procedure, 2015-2016
1,166 pages, Wolters Kluwer
A compilation of Supreme Court cases involving police practices as governed by the Fourth (search and seizures), Fifth (interrogation), and Sixth (eyewitness identification) Amendments. The cases present the different approaches taken by the Warren, Burger, Rehnquist, and Roberts Courts.
The Ends of Satire: Legacies of Satire in Postwar German Writing
238 pages, Walter de Gruyter
An exploration of postwar German prose and its place in the history of satire, with particular attention to the writing practices of inversion, myth-making, and citation.
Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas
192 pages, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
August Engelhardt is a radical, idealistic, coconut-eating nudist who travels to German New Guinea to escape old-world strictures. Named to Publishers Weekly’s list of the year’s 10 best books.
Engaging Students in Academic Literacies: Genre-based Pedagogy for K-5 Classrooms
280 pages, Routledge
Geared to teachers and teacher educators, this book presents an approach to teaching writing informed by systemic functional linguistics. The content is based on work in two elementary schools. A practical guide for writing instruction, it includes theory, examples of student work, and lessons.
552 pages, MIT Press
Modern Macroeconomics starts from micro foundations to analyze economy-wide events. Topics include consumption vs. savings, unemployment, monetary policy, fiscal policy, and financial markets.
On the Battlefield of Merit: Harvard Law School, the First Century
688 pages, Harvard University Press
This account of the first century of Harvard Law School includes new and candid discussion of the Civil War, the school’s founding by a slave owner, its early race and gender history, and the clash between Harvard president Charles Eliot and the leaders of Jesuit universities, including Boston College.
Sport: A Very Short Introduction
144 pages, Oxford University Press
A global overview of why sport is important to society and the values that are wrapped around the games we play and watch.
Documenting Gendered Violence: Representations, Collaborations, and Movements
288 pages, Bloomsbury
Interviews with documentarians supplement textual analysis of selected contemporary films, YouTube videos, photographs, and theater productions with regard to gender violence.
The Disinherited Majority: Capital Questions—Piketty and Beyond
156 pages, Routledge
A concise account of the blockbuster book about inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas Piketty, that goes beyond Piketty in explaining how to solve the inequality crisis that is undermining the American Dream.
Internationalisation of Higher Education
319 pages, European Parliament
Commissioned by the European Parliament—and based on surveys, analysis of digital learning, and national reports from 17 countries—this study presents recommendations for the future of internationalization in higher education, in Europe and beyond.
An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis, and the Renewal of Catholicism
190 pages, Liturgical Press
An indispensable reference point for understanding Roman Catholicism today, Vatican II was in many ways an unfinished project. This volume describes both the council’s contributions and the challenges facing the Church today to bring its vision to completion.
A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Ecclesiology for the Third Millennium
236 pages, Liturgical Press
The Catholic Church stands at a threshold. Contributors to this volume explore developments in ecclesiology fueled by modern ecumenism and feminist reflection and consider fresh perspectives on questions of ministry, mission, authority, globalization, and culture.
Environments, Natures and Social Theory: Towards a Critical Hybridity
280 pages, Palgrave Macmillan
An inter-disciplinary reflection on social theory in the age of global climate change, this book maps the key modern environmental debates in a world reconstructed by human impacts.
Ennead IV.4.30-45 & IV.5—Problems Concerning the Soul: Translation, with an Introduction and Commentary
376 pages, Parmenides Publishing, the Plotinus Series
A translation that recovers Plotinus’s often-unsuspected originality. In IV.5, for example, Plotinus posits that light brings the color within it to an object.
Pastoral Power Beyond Psychology’s Marginalization: Resisting the Discourses of the Psy-Complex
268 pages, Palgrave Macmillan
In times of massive economic inequity, why do so many Americans consider themselves mentally ill? Exploring the psychological effects of debt, foreclosure, and unemployment, this book shows how ministers and counselors can help.
The Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry
776 pages, Oxford University Press
With the goal of enhancing new ways of asking and addressing complex research questions, the Handbook offers a range of qualitative perspectives and quantitative tools. Each chapter includes research examples that cross disciplines.
Drones and the Ethics of Targeted Killing
212 pages, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Targeted killings have played a role in politics from ancient times. This book reviews the history and addresses new issues raised by the American policy to use drones in the conflict with terrorists.
Liberal Arts Education in a Changing Society: A New Perspective on Chinese Higher Education
302 pages, Brill
This book looks at the development of liberal arts education in China from a historical perspective and presents the current views of Chinese policymakers, university administrators, faculty, and students.
The New Bostonians: How Immigrants have Transformed the Metro Region Since the 1960s
304 pages, University of Massachusetts Press
This examination of the historical confluence of immigration and urban transformation in greater Boston since the 1960s finds that newer immigrants have been crucial in rebuilding the labor force and metropolitan landscape of the city.
The Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries
750 pages, Oxford University Press
A reference work on cultivating and managing creativity at the individual and organizational level, drawn from the work of scholars in economics, law, psychology, and organization studies.
408 pages, Fordham University Press
Carnal Hermeneutics asks: How do we interpret the world through touch and taste as well as ideas and concepts? And how much of our primal sensitivity as persons is threatened in our “age of excarnation” where virtual communication increasingly replaces living in the flesh?
Reimagining the Sacred
288 pages, Columbia University Press
Exploring the sacred in our new secular age, Kearney debates with some of the leading contemporary thinkers of religion, in dialogues ranging over science and psychology, philosophy and literature.
University Ethics: How Colleges Can Build and Benefit from a Culture of Ethics
292 pages, Rowman & Littlefield
From sexual violence to racial conflict, universities face countless ethical trials. University Ethics contains chapters on athletics, gender, faculty accountability, cheating, race, the treatment of adjuncts, and other topics—highlighting the ethical hotspots and proposing best practices.
Bits, Specks, Crumbs, Flecks
192 pages, Vraeyda Literary/Langley
A story collection concerned with the often bizarre ritual called life.
The Near Enough
270 pages, Cold River Press
Short stories that blend dark realism with occasions of absurd humor.
Promoting Positive Youth Development: Lessons from the 4-H Study
288 pages, Springer
Lerner and colleagues conducted an eight-year longitudinal study of more than 7,000 adolescents in 42 states, to gauge the effects of what they term a positive youth development model (PYD). Their book provides evidence for programs and policies promoting youth competence and community involvement.
Practical Guide to Estate Planning, 2016 Edition
864 pages, Wolters Kluwer
Explanations of simple and complex estate planning techniques, including planning for a spouse or non-marital partner, planning for a business interest, and planning with life insurance. With annotated estate planning forms.
Critical Approaches to the Study of Higher Education
344 pages, Johns Hopkins University Press
A look at the ways in which critical research and theories can be used by higher education researchers to better understand students, institutions, issues of organization and governance, and policy.
A Companion to Ignatius of Loyola: Life, Writings, Spirituality, Influence
345 pages, Brill
This book places Ignatius within the context of important late medieval and early modern movements—less as the colossal icon of the Counterreformation and more as a man influenced by the revolutionary period in which he lived.
The Bigamy Plot: Sensation and Convention in the Victorian Novel
258 pages, Cambridge University Press
The Victorian novel is associated with conventional courtship and marriage, but bigamy was a surprisingly popular storyline. In hundreds of novels, husbands or wives thought to be dead suddenly reappeared to complicate the lives of their newly remarried spouses.
The Catholic Church and Argentina’s Dirty War
240 pages, Oxford University Press
The kidnapping of Fr. James Week and five seminarians on August 3, 1976, propels this exploration of the complex relationship between Catholic faith and political violence during Argentina’s Dirty War—a relationship that has received renewed attention since the country’s own Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis.
To Save the Children of Korea: The Cold War Origins of International Adoption
320 pages, Stanford University Press
The story of how international adoption took off in the aftermath of the Korean War.
Dead Letters Sent: Queer Literary Transmission
320 pages, University of Minnesota Press
Writers contemplating the transmission of knowledge often turn to loss, imagining a tradition constituted through the mishaps that consign it to oblivion.
A Step Along the Way: Models of Christian Service
224 pages, Orbis
This book focuses on the connection between service to others and the Christian faith, with chapters on six models of charity—compassion, advocacy, hospitality, stewardship, solidarity, and witness—and on Christian exemplars of each.
Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality amid the Crises of Modernity
448 pages, University of Notre Dame Press
A study of the prayerful forms of thinking and living that shape much of contemporary philosophy and theology.
Ethical Problems in Federal Tax Practice, Fifth Edition
628 pages, Wolters Kluwer
With heightened expectations for the ethical conduct of tax lawyers, and increasing business pressure for corporations to treat tax departments as profit centers, the tax lawyer is caught in the middle. This thoughtful study of ethical rules offers tax advisors a roadmap for their conduct.
Charles Corm: An Intellectual Biography of a Twentieth-Century Lebanese “Young Phoenician”
282 pages, Lexington Books
An examination of Lebanon’s intellectual, cultural, and political life, as incarnated in the ideas, works, and activities of Charles Corm (1894–1963), visionary poet, entrepreneur, patriot, and spiritus rector of modern Lebanese nationalism.
160 pages, State University of New York Press
The artist Paul Klee propounded his ideas on the nature of art in essays, in lectures while teaching at the Bauhaus in Weimar, and in two decades worth of journals. Sallis explores how Klee’s ideas are reflected in his paintings and how making art furthered his theoretical reflections.
The BBC’s Irish Troubles: Television, Conflict, and Northern Ireland
288 pages, Manchester University Press
Recently released archival material from the BBC and UK government archives enabled this consideration of how the BBC’s broadcasts complicated the ‘Troubles’ by challenging government decisions, policies, and tactics.
Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict
326 pages, Sense Publishers
Featuring contemporary Israeli, Palestinian, and American voices, this book provides an historically grounded analysis of how well their respective narratives fit the facts.
Commentary on Husserl’s “Ideas I”
344 pages, Walter de Gruyter
First presented at a November 2013 Boston College conference commemorating the centennial of the publication of Edmund Husserl’s Ideas for a Pure Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, these essays by leading international scholars offer critical commentary while also engaging secondary sources.
New Approaches to Neo-Kantianism
336 pages, Cambridge University Press
This essay collection assesses the most influential philosophical movement in early 20th-century Europe, looking at topics in areas such as ethics, culture, and theory of knowledge.
Opening the Door of Faith: Encountering Jesus and His Call to Discipleship
112 pages, Paulist Press
A look at the life of faith presented by the five major voices of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul. The book attempts to make relevant these biblical portraits of faith to the present day.
Naturalizing Heidegger: His Confrontation with Nietzsche, His Contributions to Environmental Philosophy
284 pages, State University of New York Press
There is a link between nihilism and the modern conception of nature, and there are resources in Martin Heidegger’s work—on Aristotle, on biologist Jakob von Uexküll, and on Nietzsche—that can help overcome nihilism and recover a value-laden conception of nature.
Liberation through Reconciliation: Jon Sobrino’s Christological Spirituality
304 pages, Fordham University Press
Drawing from Latin American liberation theology, this book builds on the Christology of Jon Sobrino, SJ, to construct a theology and a spirituality of reconciliation inspired by Jesus’s life and God’s reign.
E-services Adoption: Processes by Firms in Developing Nations
555 pages, Emerald Group Publishing, Advances in Business Marketing and Purchasing Series
In-depth investigations of recently implemented online services in developing nations, with special attention to what needs to be done for airlines.
Sustaining Competitive Advantage via Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management, and System Dynamics
540 pages, Emerald Group Publishing, Advances in Business Marketing and Purchasing Series
A guide for long-term survival of firms in emerging markets, geared toward senior executives.