Monday, July 14, 2014

Featured new purchases - Townsville

Each week, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library displays recent purchases in the Learning Commons. This week, we have over fifty new titles on display. Here are five of them:

Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review
By Andrew Booth, Diana Papaioannou, and Anthea Sutton

Reviewing the literature is an essential part of every research project. This book takes you step-by-step through the process of approaching your literature review systematically, applying systematic principles to a wide range of literature review types. Through numerous examples, case studies and exercises, the book covers often neglected areas of literature review such as concept analysis, scoping and mapping.

The book includes practical tools for supporting the various stages of the review process, including;
  • managing your literature review
  • searching the literature
  • assessing the quality of the literature
  • synthesising qualitative and/or quantitative data
  • writing up and presenting data
Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review is essential reading for any student or researcher looking to approach their literature review in a systematic way.




Advocacy: An Introduction
By J. Curthoys and C.N. Kendall

Advocacy: An Introduction is the modern guide to advocacy by two recognised experts. Covering both criminal and civil styles, it concentrates predominately on the 'how to' as opposed to the 'why' aspects of advocacy, as well as showing the interrelationship between the topics.

Adopting a practical approach, the book provides many learning tools to help the reader develop the practical understanding and key skills required for successful legal practice. The practical information is presented within a solid theoretical framework.

Written in plain English, this book is suitable for undergraduates, graduate students and practitioners who would like a practical reference on advocacy.









Challenging Gender Norms: Five Genders Among Bugis in Indonesia (Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology)
By Sharyn Graham Davies

See how gender identities are constructed in a rapidly changing cultural milieu with Challenging Gender Norms: Five Genders Among Bugis in Indonesia. This case study in cultural anthropology explores the Bugis ethnic group, native to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, which recognizes five gender categories rather than the two acknowledged in most societies. This ethnography presents individuals' stories, opinions, and deliberations and proposes a new theory of gender which incorporates appreciation of variously gendered subjectivities.














Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World
By Marcy Norton

Before Columbus's fateful voyage in 1492, no European had ever seen, much less tasted, tobacco or chocolate. Initially dismissed as dry leaves and an odd Indian drink, these two commodities came to conquer Europe on a scale unsurpassed by any other American resource or product. A fascinating story of contact, exploration, and exchange in the Atlantic world, Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasurestraces the ways in which these two goods of the Americas both changed and were changed by Europe.

Focusing on the Spanish Empire, Marcy Norton investigates how tobacco and chocolate became material and symbolic links to the pre-Hispanic past for colonized Indians and colonizing Europeans alike. Botanical ambassadors of the American continent, they also profoundly affected Europe. Tobacco, once condemned as proof of Indian diabolism, became the constant companion of clergymen and the single largest source of state revenue in Spain. Before coffee or tea became popular in Europe, chocolate was the drink that energized the fatigued and uplifted the depressed. However, no one could quite forget the pagan past of tobacco and chocolate, despite their apparent Europeanization: physicians relied on Mesoamerican medical systems for their understanding of tobacco; theologians looked to Aztec precedent to decide whether chocolate drinking violated Lenten fasts.

The struggle of scientists, theologians, and aficionados alike to reconcile notions of European superiority with the fact of American influence shaped key modern developments ranging from natural history to secularization. Norton considers the material, social, and cultural interaction between Europe and the Americas with historical depth and insight that goes beyond the portrayal of Columbian exchange simply as a matter of exploitation, infection, and conquest.





Wildlife
By Fiona Wood

Life? It's simple: be true to yourself.
The tricky part is finding out exactly who you are...

"In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar's outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened.

A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard. And I kissed Ben Capaldi."

Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They're extra-curricula.

Enter Lou from Six Impossible Things – the reluctant new girl for this term in the great outdoors. Fragile behind an implacable mask, she is grieving a death that occurred almost a year ago. Despite herself, Lou becomes intrigued by the unfolding drama between her housemates Sibylla and Holly, and has to decide whether to end her self-imposed detachment and join the fray.

And as Sibylla confronts a tangle of betrayal, she needs to renegotiate everything she thought she knew about surviving in the wild.

A story about first love, friendship and NOT fitting in.

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