Annotations: Books which are Fundamental to the Future of Interdisciplinary Studies


  1. Peleg, I. (1998). The Middle East peace process : Interdisciplinary perspectives(SUNY series in Israeli studies; SUNY series in Israeli studies). Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.

This book examines the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between the Israel / Palestine dispute over land since the 1967 war. Due to completely different religions and political beliefs it has proven itself extremely hard to achieve peace, by involving different disciplines in social sciences it is hoped that a resolution can be figured out so everyone can live in harmony.

  1. Bell, R. M., & Yans-McLaughlin, V. (2008). Women on their own : Interdisciplinary    perspectives on being single.New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

A collection of essays exploring the counter narrative of singleness, traditionally in many (if not all) cultures and societies it is customary for women and men to be together for a plethora of reasons such as: security, procreation, to be provided for and accompaniment. As time goes on and the world changes, women are becoming more empowered, not really “needing” men for traditional reasons anymore. Many women are now choosing to stay single, exercising their power and authority over themselves and themselves alone, forever altering the patriarchy.

  1. Alvarez, A. (2001). Governments, citizens, and genocide : A comparative and interdisciplinary approach.Bloomington: Indiana University Press.;2706491

Comparing the discussion of genocide in an interdisciplinary fashion, through bringing attention to the social phenomena of genocide. It is thought we can prevent such atrocities from happening in the future by shedding light on and studying previous occurrences.

“Silence is the real crime against humanity” – Sarah Berkowitz

  1. Bel-Enguix, G., Dahl, V., & Jiménez López, M. D. (2011). Biology, Computation and Linguistics : New Interdisciplinary Paradigms(Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, v. 228; Frontiers in artificial intelligence and applications, v. 228). Amsterdam: IOS Press.

This publication discovers why it is important for disciplines to reach out and work together rather than stay exclusive to one another. Being disconnected from other disciplines results in very broad views and leaves many parallels that could have been discovered to be missed entirely.

  1. Meadows, S. (1989). Understanding child development : Psychological perspectives in an interdisciplinary field of inquiry.London: Routledge.

The concern of this book is to discuss the procedure of child development, Meadows is a psychologist who has recently been working with school teachers that are advancing their degrees such as moving into the developmental psychology field of study.

By teaming up with various people who are involved in different forms of psychology she hopes to broaden the spectrum of child development.

  1. Grumett, D., & Muers, R. (2008). Eating and believing : Interdisciplinary perspectives on vegetarianism and theology (T & T Clark theology; T & T Clark theology). London: T & T Clark.

Vegetarianism is steadily becoming a common practise for many people because there are so many benefits: health, preventing animal cruelty, supporting local shops, supporting local farms and recently it has been discovered to have positive impacts on the environment by reducing energy consumption and decreasing individual’s “carbon footprint”.

  1. Global Conference on Critical Issues in Sexuality, Breen, M. S., & Peters, F. (2005). Genealogies of identity : Interdisciplinary readings on sex and sexuality (At the interface/probing the boundaries, v. 26; At the interface/probing the boundaries, v. 26). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

This is a series of publications that are inter- and multidisciplinary research projects which explore a range of critical and cultural perspectives: looking at love, desire, intimacy, betrayal and cheating and how they differ from culture to culture.

  1. Muntigl, P., Weiss, G., & Wodak, R. (2000). European Union discourses on un/employment : An interdisciplinary approach to employment, policy-making and organizational change(Dialogues on work and innovation, v. 12; Dialogues on work and innovation, v. 12). Amsterdam: J. Benjamins.

Europe is made up of many different countries who can have varying opinions, policies and perspectives on varying topics, this book takes a look at employment specifically and how to maintain an effective economy. There are policies that are made up and need to be refined for linguistic purposes so there is not misinterpretations since Europe as a whole has several different languages.

  1. Le, T., & Short, M. (2009). Critical discourse analysis : An interdisciplinary perspective (Languages and linguistics series; Languages and linguistics series). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is a relatively new field in the academic world, meaning it is still somewhat experimental, and has some controversy specifically revolving around Western/European intellectuality, but as it gains attention it should naturally diversify.

CDA covers different subjects such as: language education, health sciences, information technology and examines the differences of these topics through various countries such as: Spain, New Zealand and Indonesia.

  1. Wiesemes, R., & Karanika-Murray, M. (2009). Exploring Avenues to Interdisciplinary Research : From Cross- to Multi- to Interdisciplinarity. Nottingham: Independent Publishers Group.

This book compares the difference between disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies and how taking an interdisciplinary approach can greatly benefit research. Since its emergence in the 1950s, it has forever changed how we look at ecology, biotechnology, discourse studies and cultural studies, and many more. Rather than looking at one topic like the previous books mentioned, this book explains how to take an interdisciplinary approach to all topics, to make interdisciplinary study a lifestyle in essence.


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