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 Producing Public Television and Culture

 Alumni Authors

 The Common Place of Law

 Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

 Faculty Authors Sisters In Law Women Lawyers in Modern American History

 Directors and Trustees A Candid Assessment of Their Motivation and Performance

Producing Public Television, Producing Public Culture
Barry Dornfeld, A80
Princeton University Press

From 1989 to 1991, Barry Dornfeld had an unusual double role on the crew of the PBS documentary Childhood. As a researcher for the series, he investigated the relationship between children and media. As an anthropologist, however, his subject was the television production process itself—how producers, for example, developed the series, negotiated with the academic advisors and shaped footage shot around the world into seven programs. He presents the results of his fieldwork in this groundbreaking study—one of the first to take an ethnographic approach to the production of a television show, as opposed to its reception. Dornfeld, an associate at the Center for Applied Research in Philadelphia, is a producer of documentary ethnographic films, including Powerhouse for God (1988) and Gandy Dancers (1992). In this pioneering ethnography, he provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of a major documentary and demonstrates the value of an ethnographic approach to the study of television.


Alumni Authors

Gottfried Keller and His Critics:
A Case Study in Scholarly Criticism

Richard Ruppell, G78
Camden House

Richard Ruppell, a German professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, brings to light the correspondence and contributions of Gottfried Keller, perhaps the greatest author to emerge in nineteenth-century Switzerland and one of the most prominent writing in German in the mid-nineteenth century. The book explores 150 years of the most important scholarship and criticism on Keller and his fiction.


The Common Place of Law:
Stories from Everyday Life

Patricia Ewick, J76, and Susan Silbey
The University of Chicago Press

Why do some people take a neighbor to court over a barking dog while others accept the pains and losses associated with defective products or discrimination without seeking legal recourse? Patricia Ewick, associate professor of sociology and associate dean at Clark University, and Susan Silbey, sociology professor at Wellesley College, have collected accounts from more than 400 people to explore the different ways people use and experience the law. Drawing on these case studies, they construct a compelling theory of legality and legal institutions in everyday life.


Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
Peter Morville, A91 and Louis Rosenfeld
O'Reilly & Associates

O'Reilly & Associates Web Series Information Architecture for the World Wide Web quickly became a best seller last year, as thousands of web professionals found it an excellent resource for improving their web sites and intranets, and faculty found it a good match for college courses. Called “the best Internet book of 1998 by Amazon. com editors, it has sold more then 15,000 copies and been translated into Japanese and Korean. The authors’ practical advice guides readers by providing a framework, terminology and a process for making informed decisions. Morville is vice president of Argus Associates Inc., of Ann Arbor, MI, a leading information architecture consulting firm.


Faculty Authors

Sisters In Law: Women Lawyers in Modern American History
Virginia G. Drachman
Harvard University Press

More than any other profession that women entered in the nineteenth century, law was the most rigidly engendered. This history of women lawyers from the 1860s to the 1930s, defines the contours of women’s integration into the modern legal profession, and provides the first scholarly history of women’s efforts to practice law in the United States. Drachman, an associate professor of history at Tufts who is considered the leading scholar in the history of women lawyers, interweaves individual stories with larger patterns to study barriers presented by the legal profession and by society’s expectations.


Directors and Trustees:
A Candid Assessment of Their Motivation and Performance
Nils Yngve Wessell
Vantage Press

Once considered to be little more than honorary functionaries, the boards of profit and nonprofit organizations have recently come under serious public scrutiny, says Nils Yngve Wessell, former president of Tufts, where he was also dean of liberal arts and chair of the Psychology Department. The ineffective use of power and responsibility, argues Wessell, has led to board and management shake-ups. Wessell examines what characterizes successful managerial boards and how they support an organization’s ventures.




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