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|OXFORD RUSSIA FUND|
LIBRARY FOR RUSSIAN UNIVERSITIES 2007.
Information for University Deans, Heads of departments, teachers, postgraduates, students and others engaged in academic research.
This library has been compiled for the benefit of those working and studying in the various faculties of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. We have provided books in the following areas:
Art and Architecture
English and American Literature
Human Geography and the Environment
Journalism and Media Studies
Law and Criminology
Religion and Theology
Sociology and Developmental Psychology
Special Section: British Studies
Special Section: Russian Studies
As we were compiling this library we tried to think carefully about the conditions in Russian universities, the ways in which the Oxford Russia Fund wishes to help these universities, and the most effective ways of selecting useful books for you. Here are the basic principles we have taken into account:
(1) The books chosen had to be academically respectable, and endorsed by at least one person teaching at Oxford University. In almost cases, the lists were compiled with advice from several academics, some of whom then scrutinized carefully the lists proposed by their colleagues. This does not mean that any book can be regarded as absolutely authoritative. Many of them, when published, provided widespread debate and disagreement, but in each case they were recognised as contributing to scholarly discussion.
(2) It was not the intention of the Oxford Russia Fund to include textbooks – i.e. books written specially for students to help them cover a particular course, with questions, exercises, and a classroom approach. We have tried to provide an academic library in which the material is useful irrespective of changing curriculum demands.
(3) In subjects like Philosophy and Literature where many of the books included in the lists are classical texts, we chose editions which included as much annotation as possible. Annotation is not interpretation, but quite often our well-annotated books include discussion of disputed or obscure passages. We sometimes chose one edition over another on the grounds that the editor had provided an excellent commentary.
(4) We have searched for readable, accessible works. There is no point in sending out books which are written in an academic jargon which is incomprehensible to most British readers. On the other hand, not all essential scholarly books are easy to read, so we have tried to distinguish between necessary and unnecessary difficulty. Specialist works on all subjects are going to require full intellectual attention from the reader. We hope that readers with specialist interests will already be familiar with the basic material and will be able to cope with any unusual vocabulary and strenuous stylistic demands.
(5) Although you are receiving a substantial Oxford Russia Fund library, the lists for each subject had to be highly selective. As far as possible we have chosen books which are either 'classic' works which have lasted for decades or longer, or mainstream contemporary works. We have also, where appropriate, provided recent criticism and commentaries which offer a wide range of approaches to understanding the classical works.
Since we cannot offer comprehensive academic libraries on any one topic, we have tried to bear in mind the needs of students by providing the basic books considered to be essential reading in British Universities, and, at the same time, to provide a variety of critical books with up-to-date bibliographies that will help the researcher to look for more recommended reading.
(6) The Oxford Russia Fund was particularly eager to ensure that each university received a generous collection of books on the Arts. We decided to include subjects such as music, even if no music is taught in your university, because we believe that music and fine arts should be available for the benefit of anyone who wants to develop their education, whether they are internal or external readers. We have therefore provided all universities with – for example – the magnificently comprehensive Groves Dictionary of Music, a collection of art books on Western Art, especially English Art, and some notable books on film.
(7) The Oxford Russia Fund Library is not intended to cover the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Finance and Business, Technology including Computer Technology, and books primarily intended for professional development and training. Other funds are available for these areas of study.
Obviously there are bound to be 'border areas' where books in the social sciences may or may not come within our remit. After discussion with Russian colleagues, we decided to provide some books in Human Geography (which overlap with Anthropology, Architecture and Sociology). We have also provided some books in Developmental Psychology where the issues discussed seemed to overlap with books on Education. The fullest libraries are in Literature, History, Philosophy and Politics.
(8) When selecting the books for the ORF Library we also considered languages and publishers. Almost all the books are in English which is the foreign language most studied in Russia; moreover other funds provide Russian libraries with books in French, German, etc. The majority of our books are written by British scholars since the Oxford Russia Fund has a British (and Oxford) bias. However a substantial minority are by American scholars because we selected American books whenever they seemed to be the outstanding or most useful books on a particular topic. British and American universities regularly use scholarly works written and published in either country, but there remain striking differences of approach and of culture. In general we have reflected the British approach to each of these academic disciplines.
In Britain, the major academic publishers are Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Blackwell, some of Pearson Education (formerly Longman) and smaller specialist publishers of, for example, books on Law. We selected monographs on the basis of recommendations by academics, irrespective of the publisher. However, in many cases where we were selecting commentaries, editions of essays and reference books where the advantages of one series published by one academic publisher over another series published by another academic publisher were not clear, we usually selected the Oxford University Press series.
OUP is the largest academic publisher in Britain with an outstanding record both in Britain and America. The Oxford Russia Fund is ready to promote Oxford scholarship. Therefore you will find that almost all the Reference Books, most of the classical literary texts and many of the philosophical works, together with critical studies in all disciplines are published by Oxford University Press. However we have not hesitated to chose an academic series from another publisher (for example the 'Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought') whenever it seemed to provide better or more suitable material.
One admirable OUP series is their 'Very Short Introductions'. These are small books of about 120 pages, written by specialists for an intelligent but non-specialist audience. The authors were required to write clearly and directly, avoiding jargon and providing examples that would be helpful to non-specialists. The series has received excellent reviews and offers much to Russians who want to get an idea of the British approach to a topic but who do not want to struggle through hundreds of pages of English. Almost all the books in this series appear in one or other of the subject libraries.
(9) In general we have provided single copies of each work. In the case of English literature we have, in a few cases, provided multiple copies where we knew that these texts would be heavily used. In addition, some duplicates will be found because they are essential books in, for example, both Politics and Philosophy.
After discussion with Russian academics in Philology, we have also provided special sections on 'Russian Studies' and on 'British Studies'. The books in these sections are not divided into academic disciplines; they represent different aspect of British scholarship on Russian, and different aspects of British coverage of our own history, society and culture. Many of the books in these sections also appear elsewhere.
(10) Some academic books have been translated into Russian, particularly books on Economics. The situation is changing all the time, and information is patchy and contradictory, so it is not easy to decide which books to remove from our list on the grounds that they are already available in Russia. In any case, it is often useful to compare the original with the translation, especially when much of the critical apparatus of a work is missing in the Russian translation. So, with rare exceptions, we have not tried to delete books from our list as they become available in Russian translation.
The list of books for each subject follows. Each begin with an introductory note telling you more about the selection for your speciality. Of course you, in consultation with the librarian, are free to rearrange the categories in which we have placed each book, if our plan does not fit in with your other arrangements. This is booklet is intended to be helpful, not prescriptive.
The books on anthropology were mostly chosen by an Oxford anthropologist who has worked with Russian anthropologists. He proposed a wide range of books which he has organised into several sections, but he says that many of the books could quite reasonably appear in another section. His idea was to offer examples of good books from all aspects of the subject.
General and introductory
Monaghan and Just Social and Cultural Anthropology :A Very Short Introduction OUP
Ingold, T. (ed), 1994, Companion Encyclopaedia of Anthropology.
Barfield, T., 1997, Dictionary of Anthropology. Routledge
James, Wendy 2004 The ceremonial animal, OUP
Layton, R., 1997, Introduction to Theory in Anthropology.
Theory and disciplinary history
Clifford, J. & Marcus, G., 1986, Writing Culture.
Crick, M., 1976, Explorations in Language and Meaning.
Dresch, P., James, W. & Parkin, D. (eds.), 2002, Anthropology in a Wider World Essays on Field Research. Oxford: Berghahn.
Dumont, L., 1986, Essays on Individualism.
Douglas, M., 1966, Purity and Danger.
Fardon, R. (ed), 1990, Localizing Strategies.
Geertz, C. The interpretation of culture. Basic Books
Hirsch, E. & O’Hanlon, M., 1995, The Anthropology of Landscape.
Okely, J. & Callaway, H., 1992, Anthropology and Autobiography
Mallory, J.P., 1989, In Search of the Indo-Europeans, Thames and Hudson.
Stocking, G.W., 1968, Race, Culture and Evolution: Essays in the History of Anthropology, New York: Free Press.
Dunbar, R., 2005, The Human Story: a new history of mankind’s evolution, Faber
Gamble, C., 1993, Timewalkers: the Prehistory of Global Civilisation,
Alan Sutton, Johanson, D. & Edgar, B., 1997, From Lucy to Language, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson
Foley, R., & Lewin, R., 2003, Principles of Human Evolution, 2nd Ed., Oxford: Blackwell
Lewis-Williams, D., 2004, Mind in the Cave. Consciousness and the origin of art, London: Thames & Hudson
Mithen, S., 1998, The Prehistory of the Mind, London: Phoenix
Stringer, C.B. & Gamble, C., 1993, In search of the Neanderthals, London: Thames & Hudson
Ulijaszek, S., 1995, Human Energetics in Biological Anthropology, Cambridge: CUP.
Hunters and Gatherers
Barnard, A., 1992, Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa: a Comparative Ethnography of the Khoisan Peoples, Cambridge: CUP.
Lee, R. B., 1979, The !Kung San: Men, Women and Work in a Foraging Society, CUP.
T. Ingold, D. Riches & J. Woodburn (eds), Hunters and Gatherers: History, Evolution and Social Change. London: Berg.
Technology, economics, politics and law
Appadurai, A. (ed.), 1986, The Social Life of Things, Cambridge: CUP.
Douglas, M., & Isherwood, B., 1980, The World of Goods, Penguin.
Gledhill, J., 2000, Power and its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics Pluto Press.
Gluckman, M.,1967, The Judicial Process among the Barotse of Northern Rhodesia (2nd edn), Manchester University Press.
Hendry, J., 2003, Understanding Japanese Society (3rd edn), Routledge
Parry, J. and Bloch, M., 1989, Money and the Morality of Exchange, Cambridge.
Schlanger, Nathan. 2006. M. Mauss, Selections: techniques, technology, civilisation. Berghahn.
Goody J The Theft of History CUP
Diamond J. Guns, Germs and Steel Vintage
Parkin, R.T, 1997, Kinship: an Introduction to the Basic Concepts, Blackwell.
M. Carrithers et al. (eds.) 1985. The Category of the Person. Cambridge: CUP
Strathern, M., 1992, After Nature: English Kinship in the Late Twentieth Century. CUP
Carsten, J. (ed.), Cultures of Relatedness: new approaches to the study of kinship. CUP
Barnard, A. & Good, A., 1984, Research Practices in the Study of Kinship, Academic Press.
Alexander, C., 1996, The Art of ‘Being Black’: the Creation of Black British Youth Identities, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Anderson, B., 1983, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism, London: Verso
Banks, M., 1996, Ethnicity: Anthropological Constructions, Routledge
Dumont, L., Homo Hierarchicus: The Caste System and its Implications.
Moore, H., 1986, Space, Time and Gender.
Moore, H., 1988, Feminism and Anthropology, Cambridge: Polity Press.
E. Tonkin, M. McDonald, & M. Chapman (eds), 1989. History and Ethnicity, Routledge.
Van der Veer, P., 1994, Religious Nationalism: Hindus and Muslims in India, Berkeley: University of California Press.
Gell, A., 1998, Art and Agency, OUP
Layton, R., 1991, The Anthropology of Art.
Morphy, H., 1991, Ancestral Connections: Art and Aboriginal System of Knowledge.
Lewis-Williams, D., 2004, Mind in the Cave. Consciousness and the origin of art, Thames & Hudson
Finnegan, R., (orig.1977) 1992, Oral Poetry.
Stokes, M., 1992, The Arabesk Debate: Music...in Modern Turkey.
Korsemeyer P. The Taste Culture Reader: Experiencing Food and Drink
Connerton, P., 1989, How Societies Remember.
Hobsbawm, E. & Ranger, T. (eds), 1983, The Invention of Tradition.
Henige, D., 1982, Oral Historiography.
Vansina, J., 1985, Oral Tradition as History.