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Race Still Matters
Race Still Matters (December 2016)
The Reality of African American Lives and the Myth of Postracial Society
Yuya Kiuchi - Editor

Essays debunking the notion that contemporary America is a colorblind society.
More than half a century after the civil rights era of the mid-1950s to the late 1960s, American society is often characterized as postracial. In other words, that the country has moved away from prejudice based on skin color and we live in a colorblind society. The reality, however, is the opposite. African Americans continue to face both explici...(Read More)
 
 
Invented Lives, Imagined Communities
Invented Lives, Imagined Communities (June 2016)
The Biopic and American National Identity
William H. Epstein - Editor
R. Barton Palmer - Editor

How Hollywood biopics both showcase and modify various notions of what it means to be an American.

Biopics—films that chronicle the lives of famous and notorious figures from our national history—have long been one of Hollywood’s most popular and important genres, offering viewers various understandings of American national identity. Invented Lives, Imagined Communities provides the first full-length ...(Read More)
 
 
The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition
The Sitcom Reader, Second Edition (June 2016)
America Re-viewed, Still Skewed
Mary M. Dalton - Editor
Laura R. Linder - Editor

Updated version of an engaging overview of the television situation comedy.
This updated and expanded anthology offers an engaging overview of one of the oldest and most ubiquitous forms of television programming: the sitcom. Through an analysis of formulaic conventions, the contributors address critical identities such as race, gender, and sexuality, and overarching structures such as class and family. Organized by decade, ...(Read More)
 
 
New World Dharma
New World Dharma (April 2016)
Interviews and Encounters with Buddhist Teachers, Writers, and Leaders
Trevor Carolan - Author
Susan Moon - Foreword by

Interviews and profiles of spiritual and cultural figures influenced by Buddhism.
Based on Trevor Carolan’s interviews, profiles, and essays from the past twenty years, this book offers a fascinating and intimate look at many of the Buddhist (and Buddhist-inspired) spiritual and cultural leaders who have shaped our time. Drawn from the global mosaic of the arts and humanities, environmentalism, and governance, Carolan&rsqu...(Read More)
 
 
Living Sufism in North America
Living Sufism in North America (October 2015)
Between Tradition and Transformation
William Rory Dickson - Author

Offers an overview of Sufism in North America.

In this book, William Rory Dickson explores Sufism as a developing tradition in North America, one that exists in diverse and beguiling forms. Sufism’s broad-minded traditions of philosophy, poetry, and spiritual practice infused Islamic civilization for centuries and drew the attention of interested Westerners. By the early twentieth century, Sufism was being practiced in ...(Read More)
 
 
Oklahomo
Oklahomo (August 2015)
Lessons in Unqueering America
Carol Mason - Author

Uses the state of Oklahoma as a case study for how US conservatives have attempted to unqueer America since the 1950s.

By exploring the scandal-filled lives of four Oklahomans, this book demonstrates how unqueering operates in a conservative American context. Carol Mason weaves a story about how homogenizing, antigay ideas evolve from generation to generation so that they achieve particular economic, imperial, ra...(Read More)
 
 
Buddhism beyond Borders
Buddhism beyond Borders (June 2015)
New Perspectives on Buddhism in the United States
Scott A. Mitchell - Editor
Natalie E. F. Quli - Editor

FINALIST 2015 ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Religion Category
Explores facets of North American Buddhism while taking into account the impact of globalization and increasing interconnectivity.

Buddhism beyond Borders provides a fresh consideration of Buddhism in the American context. It includes both...(Read More)
 
 
Upstate Cauldron
Upstate Cauldron (June 2015)
Eccentric Spiritual Movements in Early New York State
Joscelyn Godwin - Author

Bronze Medalist 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the US Northeast – Best Regional Non-Fiction Category

HONORABLE MENTION 2015
ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award in the Religion Category

A guide to the phenomenal crop of prophets, cults, and utopian communities that arose in Upstate New York f...(Read More)
 
 
Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies
Wolf-Women and Phantom Ladies (April 2015)
Female Desire in 1940s US Culture
Steven Dillon - Author

2015 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Provides encyclopedic coverage of female sexuality in 1940s popular culture.

Popular culture in the 1940s is organized as patriarchal theater. Men gaze upon, evaluate, and coerce women, who are obliged in their turn to put themselves on sexual display. In such a thoroughly patriarchal society, what happens to female sex...(Read More)
 
 
Bringing Zion Home
Bringing Zion Home (February 2015)
Israel in American Jewish Culture, 1948-1967
Emily Alice Katz - Author

Demonstrates how American Jews used culture—art, dance, music, fashion, literature—to win the hearts and minds of postwar Americans to the cause of Israel.

Bringing Zion Home examines the role of culture in the establishment of the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel in the immediate postwar decades. Many American Jews first encountered Israel through their role...(Read More)
 
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