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2017 Issue 3: Science on a small scale

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Ex libris: the May issue

Ex libris: the May issue

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Dean Curran, Artsci’02 (Economics, History), PhD’13 (Sociology), is the author of Risk, Power, and Inequality in the 21st Century. This book provides a new analysis of the increasingly important relationship between risk and widening inequalities. the massive, and often unequal, impacts of contemporary risks are recognized widely in popular discussions – be it the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis or 2005’s Hurricane Katrina – yet there is a distinct neglect in social science of the overall systemic impacts of these risks for increasing inequalities. This book identifies novel intersections of risk and inequalities, showing how key processes associated with risk society – the social production and distribution of risks as side-effects – are intensifying inequalities in fundamental ways. Dr. Curran is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Calgary.

[book cover]Keith Garebian, PhD’73 (English), has a new book out – his 22nd. Lerner and Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady’ is part of Routledge’s new Fourth Wall series, which explores some of modern theatre’s best-loved works. Dr. Garebian takes a fresh look at the libretto, explores the biographies of Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, and Moss Hart to discover how their roles intersected with real life, and examines the gender codes in the musical.

[book cover]Faye Kert, Arts’70 (MA, Carleton, PhD, Leiden), is the author of Privateering: Patriots and Profits in the War of 1812. During the War of 1812, most clashes on the high seas involved privately owned merchant ships. Licensed by their home governments and considered key weapons of maritime warfare, these ships were authorized to attack and seize enemy traders. once the prizes were legally condemned by a prize court, the privateers could sell off ships and cargo and pocket the proceeds. Because only a handful of ship-to-ship engagements occurred between the Royal Navy and the United States Navy, it was really the privateers who fought – and won – the war at sea. Building on two decades of research, Dr. kert highlights the economic, strategic, social, and political impact of privateering on both sides and explains why its toll on normal shipping helped convince the British that the war had grown too costly. The book won the John Lyman Award for American maritime history from the North American Society for Oceanic History and the Keith Matthews Book Award from the Canadian Nautical Research Society.

[book cover]Chris McCreery, MA’98, PhD’03 (History), has two new books out marking the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada. Fifty Years Honouring Canadians: The Order of Canada, 1967–2017 traces the origins of the Order, from the debate surrounding Canadians accepting peerages and knighthoods that took place during the First World War through to Vincent Massey and Lester Pearson’s great desire to see their fellow citizens recognized with a truly Canadian honour. The Order of Canada: Genesis of an Honours System (second edition) sheds new light on the development of Canadian honours in the early 1930s, the imposed prohibition on honours from 1946 to 1967, and new details on those who have been removed or resigned from the Order.

Jessica Polzer, Artsci’91 (MSc, PhD, U of T), and Elaine Power are the editors of Neoliberal Governance and Health: Duties, Risks, and Vulnerabilities. Provoking urgent questions about the politics of health in the 21st century, this collection interrogates how neoliberal approaches to governance frame health and risk in ways that promote individual responsibility and the implications of such framings for the well-being of the collective. The essays examine a range of important issues, including childhood obesity, genetic testing, HPV vaccination, aboriginal health, pandemic preparedness, environmental health, disability policy, aging, and women’s access to social services. Dr. Polzer is an associate professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research and the School of Health Studies at Western University. Dr. Power is an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s.

[book cover]Donald G. Wetherell, PhD’81 (History), is the author of Wildlife, Land, and People: A Century of Change in Prairie Canada. Encounters with wild animals are among the most significant interactions between humans and the natural world. Presenting a history of human relationships with wildlife in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan between 1870 and 1960, this book examines the confrontations that led to diverse consequences – and finds the roots of these relationships in people’s needs for food, sport, security, economic development, personal fulfillment, and identity. Dr. Wetherell is professor emeritus of heritage resources management at Athabasca University.

[cover of Queen's Alumni Review, Issue 2, 2017]