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Extreme Virtue
Extreme Virtue (November 2003)
Truth and Leadership in Five Great American Lives
Crispin Sartwell - Author

Explores leadership and civic virtue in American culture.

Extreme Virtue
presents a new and radical approach to the problems of leadership and virtue in public life. Originating in the author's newspaper writing about the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, the book grapples with what has gone wrong in the American political system and describes what we should look for in our leaders. Sartwell argues that the real problem is a...(Read More)
 
 
Leaving Little Italy
Leaving Little Italy (November 2003)
Essaying Italian American Culture
Fred L. Gardaphe - Author

Provides an overview of the past, present, and future of Italian American culture.

Leaving Little Italy
explores the various forces that have shaped and continue to mold Italian American culture. Early chapters offer a historical survey of major developments in Italian American culture, from the early mass immigration period to the present day, situating these developments within the larger framework of American cult...(Read More)
 
 
Imagining Italians
Imagining Italians (August 2003)
The Clash of Romance and Race in American Perceptions, 1880-1910
Joseph P. Cosco - Author

Explores changes in American attitudes toward Italy and Italians during a crucial period of U.S. immigration history.

Integrating history, literary criticism, and cultural studies, Imagining Italians vividly tells the story of two voyages across the Atlantic: America's cultural pilgrimage to Italy and the Italian "racial odyssey" in America. It examines how American representations of Italy, Italians,...(Read More)
 
 
Rediscovering America's Sacred Ground
Rediscovering America's Sacred Ground (April 2003)
Public Religion and Pursuit of the Good in a Pluralistic America
Barbara A. McGraw - Author

Sees a way out of the contentious debates over the role of religion in American public life by looking back to the ideas of John Locke and the nation's Founders.

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I would rank this book as one of the best to come out in recent years in addressing the religious/secular dimensions of the American socio-political order." — Derek H. Davis, Journal of Church and State

"This...(Read More)
 
 
Memory's Orbit
Memory's Orbit (March 2003)
Film and Culture 1999-2000
Joseph Natoli - Author

Memoir meets cultural criticism in this examination of American popular culture at the end of the century.

Mixing memoir and cultural criticism, Memory's Orbit examines the intersections between a wide range of films and current events, finding its theme and orbiting narrative structure in the personal stories we live within and their relationship to the social and cultural order. Joseph Natoli covers such film...(Read More)
 
 
Scattering Point
Scattering Point (February 2003)
The World in a Mennonite Eye
Jeff Gundy - Author

Creative non-fiction by a Mennonite poet that blends the history of the Amish and Mennonites, family history, and his own life story to look at how he might live in harmony with the Mennonite ideal to 'live in the world but not of it.'
Part memoir, part family history, part meditation on history and the present, this work of creative nonfiction allows Jeff Gundy to ask what it should mean to "live in the world but not of it," as...(Read More)
 
 
Calling Down Fire
Calling Down Fire (February 2003)
Charles Grandison Finney and Revivalism in Jefferson County, New York, 1800-1840
Marianne Perciaccante - Author

Explores how the agrarian setting of Jefferson County, New York, influenced the revival methods of Charles Grandison Finney, with implications for the study of revivalism more generally.

Calling Down Fire examines the social and cultural influence of Jefferson County, New York, an isolated, agrarian setting, on the formation of Charles Grandison Finney’s theology and revival methods. Finney, who later became presi...(Read More)
 
 
In Gotham's Shadow
In Gotham's Shadow (January 2003)
Globalization and Community Change in Central New York
Alexander R. Thomas - Author

Examines the effects of globalization on three New York communities—Utica, Cooperstown, and Hartwick.

In what may be the first explicitly comparative study of the effects of globalization on metropolitan and rural communities, In Gotham's Shadow examines how three central New York communities struggled over the last half century to survive in a global economy that seems to have forgotten them. Utica, formerl...(Read More)
 
 
Order and Agency in Modernity
Order and Agency in Modernity (November 2002)
Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, and Harold Garfinkel
Kwang-ki Kim - Author

Addresses the relationship between modernity and social theory by looking at the works of Parsons, Goffman, and Garfinkel.

In this unique analysis of three prominent theorists of modern sociology, theory is understood as implicitly, but importantly, reflecting especially modern problems of individual and social life. From the grand-theoretical systems of Talcott Parsons to the unique symbolic interactionism of Erving Gof...(Read More)
 
 
American Diversity
American Diversity (October 2002)
A Demographic Challenge for the Twenty-first Century
Nancy A. Denton - Editor
Stewart E. Tolnay - Editor

Demographers explore population diversity in the United States.

Presenting important work by well-known demographers, American Diversity focuses on U.S. population changes in the twenty-first century, emphasizing the nation's increasing racial and ethnic diversity. Rather than focusing on separate groups sequentially, this work emphasizes comparisons across groups and highlights how demographic and social s...(Read More)
 
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