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Recent Books by Dartmouth Authors
Institutional Change and Globalization

By John L. Campbell, Professor of Sociology
Princeton University Press
2004
Reviewed by Noah Tsika '05

In Institutional Change and Globalization, John L. Campbell, Professor of Sociology, outlines the ways in which institutions, which the author calls "the foundation of social life," reflect and help mold societies and their citizens. "Once created, institutions are powerful external forces that help determine how people make sense of their world and act in it. They channel and regulate conflict and thus ensure stability in society," writes Campbell. "Globalization appears to have had virtually none of the effects predicted by globalization theory on either the level or structure of taxation in either different types of welfare states or in liberal and coordinated market economies. Nor did it seem to influence the burden of taxation borne by corporations through the corporate income tax alone. Hence, these findings do not lend much support to those who have argued that globalization will produce homogenization within country subgroups."

It Happened on Broadway: An Oral History of the Great White Way

By Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer
Harcourt
2004
Reviewied by Noah Tsika '05

In It Happened on Broadway: An Oral History of the Great White Way, Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer, professors in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, document orally related memories of over 100 Broadway actors, directors and producers, among others, demonstrating that the act of sharing stage memories is vital to the endurance of the form. Donna McKechnie, who appeared in A Chorus Line, reveals the origins of that groundbreaking show: "We all sat on the floor. There was a jug of red wine and one of those big old tape recorders, and [the producer] said, 'I don't know what this is going to be, but what I want you to do is tell me your name, where you were born and why you wanted to become a dancer.' Before that night, I had never told anyone my story." Carol Channing, who originated the title role in Hello, Dolly!, relates the nervousness that accompanied her stage debut: "Never for a split second did I think how wonderful it was to be on Broadway. What I thought was, I've got a job to do here, and I'm going to lose the audience any second unless I communicate this marvelous show to them. It's a big responsibility."

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