Book reviews

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A book review in a professional journal is a service to the readers. It brings to the readers’ attention new publications in the field that readers might want to add to their own library or use in their work settings. Thus, one purpose of the review is to help readers decide whether the new book is worth acquiring. But a reviewer is also part of a dialogue shaping the field itself, and is alert to the politics determining how books and authors can reinforce dominant understandings or suggest new directions. Therefore, another purpose of the review may be to push the boundaries of the field; to question stagnant positions and promote promising ones; to help locate a book within current perspectives and issues; and to challenge conventional criteria for judgment where necessary.

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