Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome
By Sarah Richardson, University of Chicago Press, 311 pages, $45. Considers how cultural ideas of gender influence the genetic study of sex.”
Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the transcripts
By Elizabeth A. Sheehy, University of British Columbia Press, 492 pages, $99. Analyzes arguments in 11 trials since Canada’s Supreme Court ruled in R. vs Lavalee (1990) that battered-woman syndrome was admissible in establishing self-defense for women who killed their abusers.
(Book descriptions from The Chronicle Review.)