Book Beat: December 2000

Recent publications from CLAS faculty

Institutional Selves: Troubled Identities in a Postmodern World

gubrium.bookJaber F. Gubrium (Sociology) and
James A. Holstein, Editors
(Oxford University Press, 2000)

Institutional Selves acknowledges the socially practical self we live by.... From the victims and villains of television shows, to battered women in support groups, to the violent selves of prison inmates, this book illustrates how selves are organizationally informed and structured in institutional practice. The institutional construction of selves is especially pertinent, as social problems, their causes, and their victims are endlessly reinterpreted by the various organizations devoted to helping resolve associated troubles.

- From book jacket


Institutional identities are locally salient images, models, or templates for self-construction; they serve as resources for structuring selves. But as ubiquitous, prominent, and varied as troubled identities have become, the process of assembling them into institutional selves is anything but a matter of simply picking and choosing. Making connections between the personal self and a troubled identity involves a great deal of interpretive activity, work that is conditioned by the setting in which it is conducted.

Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830

kroen.bookSheryl Kroen, Department of History
(University of California Press, 2000)

Kroen offers convincing evidence that the Restoration was a critical bridge between the emerging practices of the Old Regime, the Revolution, and the post-1830s politics of protest. Looking beyond the official political realm from which most people were excluded, Kroen vividly evokes the town squares, marketplaces, cafés, churches, and theaters where protesters penned and posted placards, uttered seditious cries, sang revolutionary songs, trafficked in the illegal accoutrements of the revolutionary and imperial past, attacked crosses and busts of kings, and organized charivaris against unpopular priests and civil officials.

- from book jacket


There may be nothing particularly new or radical about treating the writing of history as a sort of "staging" or history itself as theater. But for the French Restoration the theatrical metaphor is not merely useful or suggestive as an approach to history; it holds the key to making sense of this fifteen-year period and to explaining its central place in the emergence of a modern democratic political culture in France. The theater stands at the heart of my interpretation of nineteenth-century France, and at center stage is one particular play: Moliére's seventeenth-century comedy Tartuffe.

Martin Bauman; or, A Sure Thing

leavitt.bookDavid Leavitt, Department of English
(Houghton Mifflin, 2000)

A story brimming with delicious rumors, inflated and suffering egos, sex and the frightening and unspeakable onslaught of AIDS, and sneak peeks into the often volatile world of publishing, MARTIN BAUMAN; or, A Sure Thing is an irresistibly entertaining yet epic novel. Leavitt's perceptive portrayal of the life and times of a rising literary star makes it a necessary read for anyone who has ever picked up a book, accepted a job associated with books, or wished to write one of his own.

- press release

From the Author

"One of my objectives in writing MARTIN BAUMAN was to dance and play and make mischief around the factitious border that divides the fictional form from the autobiographical. Obviously much autobiography is, to a great degree, fiction, just as much fiction includes a lot of autobiography, yet we persist in pretending that the border is a clear one. One of the earliest decisions I made was to put Martin in the same situations that David had previously found himself in—that is, have him write a novel some of the characters in which are based on real people, and some of the events in which derive from real events, and then be confronted with the consequences of his decision."

Handbook of Applied Multivariate Statistics and Mathematical Modeling

tinsley.bookHoward E. A. Tinsley, Department of Psychology,
Volume Editor
(Academic Press, 2000)

Multivariate statistics and mathematical models provide flexible and powerful tools essential in most disciplines. Nevertheless, many practicing researchers lack an adequate knowledge of these techniques, or did once know the techniques, but have not been able to keep abreast of new developments. The Handbook of Applied Multivariate Statistics and Mathematical Modeling explains the appropriate uses of multivariate procedures and mathematical modeling techniques, and prescribes practices that will enable applied researchers to use these procedures effectively without needing to concern themselves with the mathematical basis. The handbook emphasizes using models and statistics as tools. The objective of the book is to inform readers about which tool to use to accomplish which task. Each chapter begins with a discussion of what kinds of questions a particular technique can and cannot answer. As multivariate statistics and modeling techniques are useful across disciplines, these examples include issues of concern in biological and social sciences as well as the humanities.

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