New academic books from the MIT Press, including The Social Brain, How Artifacts Afford, and Born to Parse
Another month, another wrap-up! Here are some new academic books published in August by the MIT Press: Discover a range of empirical and theoretical perspectives on the relationship between biology and social cognition from infancy through childhood in The Social Brain. Explore sound studies and electronic music in Between the Tracks. Experts in Beyond 9/11 draw on two decades of government efforts to “secure the homeland,” and offer crucial strategic lessons and detailed recommendations for homeland security. Dive into our other titles below.
A classic in the philosophy of education, considering the fundamental purpose and function of schools, translated into English for the first time.
Edited by Eddy Nahmias,
Thomas W. Polger and Wenqing Zhao
Prominent philosophers explore themes in the work of Owen Flanagan, focusing on debates about the nature of mind, the self, and morality.
By Rebecca Lave and Martin Doyle
An analysis of stream mitigation banking and the challenges of implementing market-based approaches to environmental conservation.
“Lave and Doyle unravel the complex mitigation paradigm and bring us to a critical choice, a fork in the road. The path we choose may very well determine the fate of our rivers.” —Peter Skidmore, Walton Family Foundation
An argument that children are born to assign structures to their ambient language, yielding a view of language variation not based on parameters defined at UG.
The chronicle of a ten-year partnership between MIT and Singapore’s Education Ministry that shows cross-border collaboration in higher education in action.
“Fisher’s book chronicles a bold experiment in which MIT partnered with the Singapore Ministry of Education to establish a new university. It offers valuable lessons about the prospects and perils of cross-border collaborations.”— Jason Tan, Associate Professor in Policy, Curriculum & Leadership at the National Institute of Education, Singapore
A conceptual update of affordance theory that introduces the mechanisms and conditions framework, providing a vocabulary and critical perspective.
How digital technologies affect the way we conceive of the self and its relation to the world, considered through the lens of media art practices.
“In an age when our faces, voices, emotions and bodies are increasingly being interpreted by computational systems, Ksenia Fedorova’s Tactics of Interfacing sharply analyzes how artistic practices with these very technologies can open up new and expressive ways of reconceiving the boundaries between humans and machines.”—Chris Salter, Artist, Professor of Computation Arts, Concordia University and Co-Director, Hexagram
Edited by Chappell Lawson, Alan Bersin and Juliette N. Kayyem
Drawing on two decades of government efforts to “secure the homeland,” experts offer crucial strategic lessons and detailed recommendations for homeland security.
An examination of the conflict between values and bureaucracy in World Bank biodiversity partnerships.
Edited by Jean Decety
A range of empirical and theoretical perspectives on the relationship between biology and social cognition from infancy through childhood.
Alternatives to Multilateralism
Analysis and case studies of emerging forms of private, public, and hybrid social and environmental governance.
Making Open Development Inclusive
Edited by Matthew L. Smith and Ruhiya Kristine Seward
Drawing on ten years of empirical work and research, analyses of how open development has played out in practice.