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Forthcoming Books

Paul M.W. Hackett (editor) (2017) Mereologies, Ontologies and Facets: The Categorial Structure of Reality, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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Paul M.W. Hackett (2017) Contemporary Statistical Literacy: A study Guide to Applied Statistics. Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich Publishers.


In this book I provide a clear introduction to the area of applied statistics and the use of statistics in the twenty-first century. The book is written for students with extremely little experience in statistics and aims to raise their confidence and abilities when dealing with the ever increasing number of statistics that we all encounter in our daily lives. The book forms the basis for an undergraduate course in understanding applied statistics.

Paul M.W. Hackett (2017) Contemporary Statistical Literacy: A study Guide to Applied Statistics. Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich Publishers.


In this book I provide a clear introduction to the area of applied statistics and the use of statistics in the twenty-first century. The book is written for students with extremely little experience in statistics and aims to raise their confidence and abilities when dealing with the ever increasing number of statistics that we all encounter in our daily lives. The book forms the basis for an undergraduate course in understanding applied statistics.

Published Books

Paul M.W. Hackett (2016) The Perceptual Structure of Three-Dimensional Art: A Mapping Sentence Mereology, (Springer Briefs in Philosophy), Heidelberg: Springer

This book offers an account for understanding how we perceive three-dimensional abstract artworks within a structural framework. It extends my research in the area of perception of art and again I employ the use of a mapping sentence mereology through which to provide a structural account of the perceptual process. I draw upon the writing of Rosalind Krauss and Paul Crowther, uniquely uniting structuralist and post-structuralist understandings of artistic perception that I make clear through using a mapping sentence mereology couched within the conceptual rigor of facet theory. 

Paul M.W. Hackett (2016) Psychology and Philosophy of Abstract Art: Neuroaesthetics, Perception and Comprehension, Basingstoke: Palgrave. publication date: June 30th, 2016

Within this book I examine how we perceive and understand abstract art in contrast to artworks that represent reality. Philosophical, psychological and neuroscience research, including the work of philosopher Paul Crowther, are considered and out of these approaches a complex model is developed to account for this experience. The understanding embodied in this model is rooted in facet theory, mapping sentences and partially ordered analyses, which together provide a comprehensive understanding of the perceptual experience of abstract art.

Paul M.W. Hackett, Jessica B. Schwarzenbach, and Uta M. Jurgens (2016) Consumer Psychology: A Study Guide to Qualitative Research Methods. Leverkusen: Barbara Budrich Publishers.


This book provides students with a clear and concise guide to studying undergraduate courses in qualitative consumer research and ethnography. The authors present the major qualitative research approaches used in consumer and marketing research as well as practical procedures and theoretical aspects of research design, report presentation etc. In addition to that a weekly study guide, including comprehensive reading lists, completes the book. Qualitative consumer psychological research is central to understanding consumers and produces veracious consumer insights. However, no study guide format book exists that provides details of a course in qualitative consumer research. This book focuses upon newer techniques (e.g.: netnography) and implementations of traditional approaches (focus groups, in-depth interviews, etc.). Ethics are considered in the context of contemporary research approaches. This book coherently presents a course and assessment in qualitative consumer research. The book can be read alone or supplement more general textbooks in this area. The book is for university students at all academic levels and comprises five sections: Section 1: Planning the Research; Section 2: Approaches to consumer ethnography and qualitative consumer research; Section 3: Practical procedures; Section 4: Reporting the results; Section 5: Course assessment. Section 1 prepares students for the practical research procedures in section 2. This second section gives details about why and when the selected approaches are used. Section 3 specifies how to conduct each procedure. Section 4 discusses data analysis and result presentation. Section 5 details course assessment. Each research approach is presented along with its theoretical grounding and then students are guided in undertaking each procedure. [Subject: Education, Psychology, Ethnography, Market Research]

Paul M.W. Hackett (ed.) (2015) Qualitative Research Methods in Consumer Psychology. New York and London: Routledge


While consumer research is founded on traditional quantitative approaches, the insight produced through qualitative research methods within consumer settings has not gone unnoticed. The culturally situated consumer, who is in intimate dialogue with their physical, virtual and social surroundings, has become integral to understanding the psychology behind consumer choices. This volume presents readers with theoretical and applied approaches to using qualitative research methods in ethnographic studies looking at consumer behavior. It brings together an international group of leading scholars in the field of consumer research, with educational and professional backgrounds in marketing, advertising, business, education, therapy and health. Researchers, teaching faculty, and students in the field of consumer and social psychology will benefit from the applied examples of qualitative and ethnographic consumer research this volume presents.

Jessica B. Schwarzenbach and Paul M.W. Hackett (2015) Transatlantic Reflections on the Practice-Based PhD in Fine Art. New York and London: Routledge


Once the US was the only country in the world to offer a doctorate for studio artists, however the PhD in fine art disappeared after pressures established the MFA as the terminal degree for visual artists. Subsequently, the PhD in fine art emerged in the UK and is now offered by approximately 40 universities. Today the doctorate is offered in most English-speaking nations, much of the EU, and countries such as China and Brazil.


Using historical, political, and social frameworks, this book investigates the evolution of the fine art doctorate in the UK, what the concept of a PhD means to practicing artists from the US, and why this degree disappeared in the US when it is so vigorously embraced in the UK and other countries. Data collected through in-depth interviews examine the perspectives of professional artists in the US who teach graduate level fine art. These interviews disclose conflicting attitudes toward this advanced degree and reveal the possibilities and challenges of developing a potential doctorate in studio art in the US.

Paul M.W. Hackett (2014) Facet Theory and the Mapping Sentence: Evolving Philosophy, Use and Application. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.


This book brings together contemporary facet theory research to propose mapping sentences as a new way of understanding complex behavior. Fuirthermore, suggestionss are made as to future directions the approach may take and concentration is applied to more philosophical and qualitative orientations to knowledge generation.

Paul M.W. Hackett (2013) Fine Art and Perceptual Neuroscience: Field of Vision and the Painted Grid. New York and London: Routledge.


Over the past decade, the integration of psychology and fine art has sparked growing academic interest among researchers of these disciplines. The author, both a psychologist and artist, offers up a unique merger and perspective of these fields. Through the production of fine art, which is directly informed by neuroscientific and optical processes, this volume aims to fill a gap in the literature and understanding of the creation and perception of the grid image created as a work of art. The grid image is employed (for reasons discussed in the text) to illustrate more general processes associated with the integration of vision, visual distortion, and painting.


Existing at the intersection of perceptual neuroscience, psychology, fine art and art history, this volume concerns the act of painting and the process of looking. More specifically, the book examines vision and the effects of visual impairment and how these can be interpreted through painting within a theoretical framework of visual neuroscience.

Paul M.W. Hackett (2009) Fields of Vision. Lochmaddy, Scotland: Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust


In "Fields of Vision' I present my artwork and writing in reference to the eponymous art exhibition at Taigh-Chearsabhagh Art Museum in Lochmaddy, Scotland. In this publication I show how I use my paintings and drawings to explore the ways in which three-dimensional spatiality can be depicted and distorted in two-dimensional art. I make reference to the works of Modernist artists such as Sol Lewitt and pull and twist these rubrics out of shape through a dialogue with visual impairment.  

Paul M.W. Hackett (2006) Gridworks 2005. Liskeard, Cornwall: Diggory Press.


The art and thinking presented in 'Gridworks 2005' developed out of my ongoing visual explorations of Modernist spatiality. The main influence upon the content of Gridworks 2005 is however an artist's residency I undertook in New Orleans, Louisiana, which ended on the day hurricane Katrina struck and the mesmerizing images and heightened emotionality I experienced. 


Paul M.W. Hackett (1995) Conservation and the Consumer: Understanding Environmental Concern. London: Routledge.


To some, environmental concern means using non-aerosol sprays, to others it means changing our basic energy resources. Both show concern but they reflect different levels of "green-ness". When analyzing consumer behaviour, these differing attitudes need to be taken into account before drawing conclusions about public response to environmental issues. Terms like "concern", "green" and "conservation", used when assessing consumer reactions or researching markets, are often loosely defined and so produce inaccurate data. The author surveys the rise of environmental concern and examines the ways to quantify it accurately.


Bista, K., and Foster, C. (eds.) (2016) Exploring the Social and Academic Experiences of International Students in Higher Education Institutions. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.


Cross-cultural experiences in university settings have a significant impact on students lives by enriching the learning process and promoting cultural awareness and tolerance. While studying abroad offers students unique learning opportunities, educators must be able to effectively address the specific social and academic needs of multicultural learners.


Exploring the Social and Academic Experiences of International Students in Higher Education Institutions is a pivotal reference source for the latest research on the issues surrounding study abroad students in culturally diverse educational environments. Featuring various perspectives from a global context on ensuring the educational, structural, and social needs of international students are met, this book is ideally designed for university faculty, researchers, graduate students, policy makers, and academicians working with transnational students.

Gordon R. Foxall (ed.) (2015) The Routledge Companion to Consumer Behavior Analysis. London and New York: Routledge.


The Routledge Companion to Consumer Behavior Analysis provides a unique and eclectic combination of behavioral, cognitive and environmental perspectives to illuminate the real-world complexities of consumer choice in a marketing-oriented economy. Edited by a leading authority in the field, the contributing authors have created a unique anthology for understanding consumer preference by bringing together the very latest research and thinking in consumer behavior analysis.

This comprehensive and innovative volume ranges over a broad multi-disciplinary perspective from economic psychology, behavioral psychology and experimental economics, but its chief focus is on the critical evaluation of consumer choice in the natural settings of affluent, marketing-oriented economies. By focussing on human economic and social choices, which involve social exchange, it explores and reveals the enormous potential of consumer behavior analysis to illuminate the role of modern marketing-oriented business organizations in shaping and responding to consumer choice.

This will be of particular interest to academics, researchers and advanced students in marketing, consumer behavior, behavior analysis, social psychology, behavioral economics and behavioral psychology.

Hooley, G.J., , T and Hussey, M.K. (eds.) (1996) Quantitative Methods in Marketing.  London and New York: Cengage Learning EMEA.


The aim of Quantitative Methods in Marketing is to provide practising or potential marketers with a guide to some of the most recent and popular techniques currently in use and to provide applications which demonstrate how users can best exploit these techniques.

Garling, T and Golledge, R.T. (ed.) (1993) Behavior and Environment: Psychological and Geographical Approaches (Advances in Psychology).  London and New York: Routledge.


Active researchers in the areas of geography and psychology have contributed to this book. Both fields are capable of increasing our scientific knowledge of how human behavior is interfaced with the molar physical environment. Such knowledge is essential for the solution of many of today's most urgent environmental problems. Failure to constrain use of scarce resources, pollution due to human activities, creation of technological hazards and deteriorating urban quality due to vandalism and crime are all well known examples. 

The influence of psychology in geographical research has long been appreciated but it is only recently that psychologists have recognized they have something to learn from geography. In identifying the importance of two-way interdisciplinary communication, a psychologist and a geographer have been invited to each write a chapter in this book on a designated topic so that close comparisons can be drawn as to how the two disciplines approach the same difficulties. Since the disciplines are to some extent complementary, it is hoped that this close collaboration will have synergistic effects on the attempts of both to find solutions to environmental problems through an increased understanding of the many behavior-environment interfaces.

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