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Rebel Without a Cause
Rebel Without a Cause (September 2005)
Approaches to a Maverick Masterwork
J. David Slocum - Editor

Assesses the layered meanings and persistent global legacy of an American film classic.

Five decades after the production and initial release of Rebel Without a Cause, this book examines both the complicated historical moment in which the film was made as well as its continuing and pervasive influence on film today. The contributors track how the film continues to speak to diverse audiences as a touchstone for ima...(Read More)
 
 
The New Abolitionists
The New Abolitionists (July 2005)
(Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings
Joy James - Edited and with an introduction by

Writings by twentieth-century imprisoned authors examining confinement, enslavement, and political organizing in prison.

“If you think modern slavery in the United States is a thing of the past, then The New Abolitionists ought to be mandatory reading. Joy James has done an incredible service by bringing together key writings by prison intellectuals over the past half century. The pieces she selected are...(Read More)
 
 
Hospital Transports
Hospital Transports (May 2005)
A Memoir of the Embarkation of the Sick and Wounded from the Peninsula of Virginia in the Summer of 1862
Laura L. Behling - Edited and with an introduction by

Details the reactions of men and women serving aboard a hospital transport ship during the American Civil War.

The care of the sick, wounded, and dying during the American Civil War was a complex endeavor that brought ordinary men and women into contact with the terror of the battlefield. Hospital Transports is a compilation of letters and other papers written by physicians and nurses serving aboard the Union h...(Read More)
 
 
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture (April 2005)
Elizabeth Klaver - Author

Explores the role and function of the autopsy in Western culture, from Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lecture to The X-Files and CSI.

In this compelling interdisciplinary study, Elizabeth Klaver considers how autopsies are performed in a variety of contexts, from the "real" thing in hospitals and county morgues to various depictions in paintings, novels, plays, films, and television shows. Autops...(Read More)
 
 
Murder on Trial
Murder on Trial (March 2005)
1620-2002
Robert Asher - Editor
Lawrence B. Goodheart - Editor
Alan Rogers - Editor

A historical romp through the fascinating subject of murder jurisprudence in the United States from the colonial period to the present, showing how changing social mores have influenced the application of murder law.

This fascinating collection examines murder jurisprudence—the social rules that govern the arrest, trial, and punishment of people accused of murder—in the United States from the colonial period...(Read More)
 
 
Redreaming America
Redreaming America (December 2004)
Toward a Bilingual American Culture
Debra A. Castillo - Author

Pursues an inquiry into the cultural and linguistic dissonances that Spanish creates in the United States.

What would American literature look like in languages other than English, and what would Latin American literature look like if we understood the United States to be a Latin American country and took seriously the work by U.S. Latinos/as in Spanish? Debra A. Castillo explores these questions by highlighting the con...(Read More)
 
 
Reading Oprah
Reading Oprah (November 2004)
How Oprah's Book Club Changed the Way America Reads
Cecilia Konchar Farr - Author


An analysis of how Oprah's Book Club has changed America's reading habits.

Oprah's Book Club sparked a revolution among readers by bringing serious contemporary novels to the attention of a wider audience. The Oprah's Book Club seal on a book led to instant fame and bestseller status for authors—but, how did Oprah change the way America reads and values books? Reading Oprah s...(Read More)
 
 
Socialization to Civil Society
Socialization to Civil Society (November 2004)
A Life History Study of Community Leaders
Peter Robert Sawyer - Author

2005 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award

Using a life history approach, looks at what influences citizens to participate in the voluntary associations that comprise and promote civil society.

While many political theorists argue that the problems and failures of American democracy are rooted in the decline of civil society, few examine how American institutions socialize citizens to parti...(Read More)
 
 
Punk Productions
Punk Productions (July 2004)
Unfinished Business
Stacy Thompson - Author

A history and social psychology of punk music.

Stacy Thompson's Punk Productions offers a concise history of punk music and combines concepts from Marxism to psychoanalysis to identify the shared desires that punk expresses through its material productions and social relations. Thompson explores all of the major punk scenes in detail, from the early days in New York and England, through California Hardcore and ...(Read More)
 
 
The Politics of Multiracialism
The Politics of Multiracialism (June 2004)
Challenging Racial Thinking
Heather M. Dalmage - Editor

A provocative analysis of current thought and discourse on multiracialism.

This is the first book to critically look at the political issues and interests surrounding the broadly defined Multiracial Movement and at what is being said about multiracialism. Many of the multiracial family organizations that exist across the United States developed socially, ideologically, and politically during the conservative Reagan yea...(Read More)

 
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