Monday, 4 August 2014

Featured new purchases - Townsville

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

An Introduction to Animals and Visual Culture
By Randy Malamud
How and why do people "frame" animals so pervasively, and what are the ramifications of this habit? For animals, being put into a cultural frame (a film, a website, a pornographic tableau, an advertisement, a cave drawing, a zoo) means being taken out of their natural contexts, leaving them somehow displaced and decontextualized. Human vision of the animal equates to power over the animal. We envision ourselves as monarchs of all we survey, but our dismal record of polluting and destroying vast swaths of nature shows that we are indeed not masters of the ecosphere. A more ethically accurate stance in our relationship to animals should thus challenge the omnipotence of our visual access to them.

Using Software in Qualitative Research: a Step-by-Step Guide
By Christina Silver & Ann Lewins
Using Software in Qualitative Research is an essential introduction to the practice and principles of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS). The book will help you to choose the most appropriate package for your needs and get the most out of the software once you are using it. This book considers a wide range of tasks and processes in the data management and analysis process, and shows how software can help you at each stage. In the new edition, the authors present three case studies with different forms of data (text, video and mixed methods data) and show how each step in the analysis process for each project could be supported by software. The new edition will be accompanied by an extensive companion website with step-by-step instructions produced by the software developers themselves. Software programmes covered in second edition include the latest versions of: * NVivo * ATLAS.ti * DEDOOSE * TRANSANA * HyperResearch * QDA Miner Ann Lewins and Christina Silver are leading experts in the field of CAQDAS and have trained thousands of students and researchers in using software. Reading this book is like having Anna and Christina at your shoulder as you analyse your data!

Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic, and Postmodern Perspectives
By Mary Jo Hatch with Ann L. Cunliffe
Organization Theory offers a clear and comprehensive introduction to the study of organizations and organizing processes. It encourages an even-handed appreciation of the different perspectives contributing to our knowledge of organizations and challenges readers to broaden their intellectual reach. Organization Theory is in three parts: BL Part I introduces the multi-perspective approach. BL Part II presents many ways in which organizations can be analyzed - as entities within an environment, as social structures, technologies, cultures and physical structures, and as the products of power and political processes. BL Part III explores applications of organization theory to the practical matters of organizational design and change, and introduces the latest perspectives on the horizons of organization theory, including complex adaptive systems, organizational identity theory, critical realism, network theory, aesthetics, and organizational learning. Online Resource Centre For lecturers: PowerPoint slides, exam questions, teachig suggestions, a discussion forum, case studies and exercises with instructor's notes. For Students: annotated web links, and discussion questions.

3D Cinema and Beyond
Edited by Dan Adler, Janine Marchessault, and Sanja Obradovic
This book brings together essays that engage with mainstream entertainment, experimental film, and historical scholarship as part of a larger context for examining the grammar of 3D cinema, its histories, and its futures. From cinema and television to video games and augmented reality, the essays consider an “expanded field” of stereoscopic visual culture. Contributors explore historic and emerging technologies, singular and trendsetting practices, narrative and documentary approaches, and the overall perceptual experiences of 3D media. This groundbreaking collection includes Sergei Eisenstein’s extraordinary 1947 essay “On Stereocinema,” translated for the first time in its entirety; a landmark address by Wim Wenders; and the last essay written by 3D-pioneer researcher Ray Zone. The first book of its kind to investigate 3D arts in its various forms, it will be admired for its rigor and accessibility by scholars across disciplines in the visual arts.

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