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The Evolution from Horse to Automobile:

A Comparative International Study
Imes Chiu
ISBN: 9781604975468

Little work has been done to explicate the motivational factors of agency, particularly in cases where an artifact initially deemed ineffective or superfluous becomes an everyday necessity, such as the automobile at the turn of the twentieth century. What makes a social group change its position about a particular artifact? How did the “devil wagon” overcome its notoriety to become a prosaic mainstream device? The author brings a different and refreshing approach to these questions. Read More..

Belief-based Energy Technology Development in the United States:

A Comparative Study of Nuclear Power and Synthetic Fuel Policies
Chi-Jen Yang
ISBN: 9781604976366

This innovative book is a comparative study of two energy policies that illustrates how and why technical fixes in energy policy failed in the United States. Energy policy communities; historians of the Cold War, American history, and technology; and sociologists would find this book an invaluable resource. Read More..

Technology and the Big House in Ireland, c. 1800–c.1930

Charles Carson
ISBN: 9781604976359

By examining the range, costs, and changing nature of the technologies employed, this unique book makes an important contribution to a deeper understanding of life in the big house in Ireland circa 1800 to circa 1930. It is an important reference source for Irish study groups worldwide. Read More..

The Development of the Software Industry in Postreform India:

Comparative Regional Experiences in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala
Rajendra Kumar
ISBN: 9781604976199

“This book is a very significant contribution to our understanding of the different strategies and options available to developing regions in supporting the growth of high technology based industries and making them competitive globally.” – Prof. Alice H. Amsden, Barton L. Weller Professor of Political Economy, MIT Read More..

Villages, Women, and the Success of Dairy Cooperatives in India:

Making Place for Rural Development
Pratyusha Basu
ISBN: 9781604976250

"The book has wider implications for development studies ... Basu’s research is critical of broad-brush studies, policies, and programs of international and national development that aim to alleviate poverty with “one-size-fits-all” perspectives and that are not sufficiently attentive to diversity within community cultures and politics or open to multifaceted approaches to sustaining livelihoods." The Professional Geographer Read More..

The Challenge of Change in Africa's Higher Education in the 21st Century

Kenneth Kaoma Mwenda and Gerry Nkombo Muuka
ISBN: 9781604976106

This is a book written from and with twenty-first century realities, making it a significant addition to the continuing and urgent search for solutions to the continent’s development dilemma. It is therefore critical reading and research material for many stakeholders including students, professors, universities and research libraries on the one hand, and higher education ministries in Africa on the other. Read More..

Ubiquity, Mobility, Security:

The Future of the Internet, Volume 3
Janna Quitney Anderson and Lee Rainie
ISBN: 9781604976151

This volume showcases the responses of technology stakeholders and critics who were asked to assess scenarios about the future social, political, and economic impact of the Internet. This book is critical for those in communication and Internet studies. Read More..

Music Makes the Nation:

Nationalist Composers and Nation Building in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Benjamin Curtis
ISBN: 9781604975222

As one of the very few broad, comparative studies of nationalist music, this book is an essential resource for students and scholars in history and musicology. In addition, as a groundbreaking analysis of the socio-political functions of nationalist music, the book will be of interest to those studying nationalism and political science. Read More..

Celebrity, Pedophilia, and Ideology in American Culture

Jason Lee
ISBN: 9781604975994

Reveals the connections between rapacious capitalism and the rape of children. The twenty chapters—which span the analysis of childhood, celebrity culture, important books and films on pedophilia and violence, post-9/11 theology and public rhetoric, and killing for fame, in an interrelated fashion—cover intrinsically important areas of ideology. Read More..

The Chinese of Indonesia and Their Search for Identity:

The Relationship Between Collective Memory and the Media
Aimee Dawis
ISBN: 9781604976069

"Aimee’s study has rightly shown the plurality of Chinese Indonesians, and this study offers valuable insights to the complicated dynamics, in which Indonesians, of diverse and often hybrid backgrounds, continue to redefine themselves and their place in nation building." - Professor Melani Budianta, University of Indonesia Read More..

 

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