Thursday, 3 April 2014

OUP New Collection

The Theatre of Veenapani Chawla: Theory, Practice, and Performance by Shanta Gokhale from Oxford University Press (India).

One of the pioneers of experimental theatre in contemporary India, Veenapani Chawla has long been engaged in creating a unique form of performance methodology. A self-taught artist, she has evolved a new language of theatrical practice that fuses traditional and modern aspects of life and theatre.

Tracing Veenapani Chawla's journey from her schooldays, where she was encouraged to move beyond academics and develop an interest in music and dramatics, to her early plays in Mumbai, this volume goes on to explore her deepening relationship with theatre culminating in the founding of Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts and Research in Puducherry.

Veenapani Chawla's belief in plurality has helped her move beyond earlier notions of what theatre should be and demonstrate what theatre could be. Capturing the multidimensional aspects of her work, this book brings together a wide range of writings—essays, reviews, interviews, and performance texts, as well as papers by the artist herself. Accompanied by a DVD of her most complex play till date, The Hare and the Tortoise, this work offers insights into the artist's creative process and her oeuvre.

In our Performing Arts and Drama section, Rs. 895, in hardback, 352 pages, ISBN: 9780198097037

The Political Economy of Energy and Growth by Najeeb Jung from Oxford University Press (India).

The Gulf Crisis of the 1990s brought the concept of energy security to the fore. Global realities of the 21st century have further altered the concept of national security, and energy has fast become one of its pivotal components. With its dependence on energy imports to fuel basic but critical needs—transportation, communication, education, health delivery systems—India needs to focus on energy security to ensure both its economic growth and national interests.

Combining theoretical and empirical issues and drawing its conclusions from rigorous methodologies and latest data, this volume covers a wide range of global energy issues such as trends in oil markets, oil diplomacy, political economy of reforms, environmental concerns, interaction between macroeconomic policies and the energy sector, technology challenges, and innovations in the oil industry. Assessing the energy sector and its evolution, especially its significance for overall economic growth and development, it also analyses India's national energy policy and its long-term implications towards achieving energy security.

This volume honours Vijay Kelkar, whose contribution to the hydrocarbons sector in India continues to influence academics and practitioners associated with the energy sector.

In our Economics section, Rs. 995, in hardback, 392 pages, ISBN: 9780198099079

Power, Policy, and Protest: The Politics of India’s Special Economic Zones by Rob Jenkins, Loraine Kennedy And Partha Mukhopadhyay from Oxford University Press (India).

India's attempt to spur growth, boost exports, and create jobs by establishing Special Economic Zones remains a paradox. While the policy represents an intensification of the country's increasingly market-oriented development paradigm, implementation has required active government involvement. But an industrialization strategy pioneered in authoritarian China has faced huge political resistance in democratic India.

Protest movements arose in many localities where SEZs were proposed. A crucial point of contention has been the alienation of private and community-owned land by business interests, abetted by the state. To date, no systematic study of the politics of India's SEZ experiment has been undertaken. This volume fills this gap, examining variations in protest movements within and between eleven states where SEZs were proposed.

Detailed case studies investigate differences in the nature and extent of SEZ-related political mobilization and the means employed by governments to manage dissent. By covering a broad range of regional contexts, industrial sectors, and political conditions, this volume furnishes a comprehensive picture of the politics surrounding one of India's most controversial reform measures.

In our Politics section, Rs. 1145, in hardback, 396 pages, ISBN: 9780198097341

Medicine and Law by K. Kannan from Oxford University Press (India).

In the course of practicing medicine, a range of issues may arise that need a legal solution. As a result, the application of law to the field of medical practice has become increasingly important and this has further been strengthened by contemporary developments relating to law and ethics, medical malpractice, and bio-ethics and regulatory requirements for the healthcare industry.

With a comprehensive introduction and an appraisal of the Indian medical education system, this work examines a variety of issues that challenge the legal and medical fraternity in the face of rapidly advancing medical technology. It addresses issues such as organ transplant, euthanasia, surrogacy, abortion, the concept of consent, sex selection, clinical trials, designer babies, cosmetic enhancement procedures, and confidentiality.

Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the author provides a comparative study with special focus on Indian case law and jurisdictions from other countries including the US and the UK.

In our Law section, Rs. 1595, in hardback, 608 pages, ISBN: 9780198082880

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