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The Specter of Babel
The Specter of Babel (November 2020)
A Reconstruction of Political Judgment
Michael J. Thompson - Author

Presents a new way of thinking about fundamental political concepts such as freedom, justice, and the common good.

In an age of rising groupthink, reactionary populism, social conformity, and democratic deficit, political judgment in modern society has reached a state of crisis. In The Specter of Babel, Michael J. Thompson offers a critical reconstruction of the concept of political judgment that can help resuscitate cri...(Read More)
 
 
DIY on the Lower East Side
DIY on the Lower East Side (August 2020)
Books, Buildings, and Art after the 1975 Fiscal Crisis
Andrew Strombeck - Author

 
 
Freedom in Laughter
Freedom in Laughter (July 2020)
Dick Gregory, Bill Cosby, and the Civil Rights Movement
Malcolm Frierson - Author

Analyzes the dynamic period in which Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby moved African American professional stand-up comedy from the chitlin' circuit to the mainstream.

In this groundbreaking book, Malcolm Frierson moves comedy from the margins to the center of the American Civil Rights Movement. Freedom in Laughter reveals how stand-up comedians Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby used their increasing mainstream success to advance pol...(Read More)
 
 
Bending the Arc
Bending the Arc (June 2020)
Striving for Peace and Justice in the Age of Endless War
Steve Breyman - Editor
John W. Amidon - Editor
Maureen Baillargeon Aumand - Editor

Inspiring collection narrating how peace activists found their calling and why the world still needs peace activism.

Since the late 1990s the annual Kateri Tekakwitha Interfaith Peace Conference in upstate New York has grown to become the region’s premier peace conference. Bending the Arc provides a history of the conference and brings together the inspiring, personal stories from such well-known participants as Med...(Read More)
 
 
The Great Agrarian Conquest
The Great Agrarian Conquest (September 2019)
The Colonial Reshaping of a Rural World
Neeladri Bhattacharya - Author

Groundbreaking analysis of how colonialism created new conceptual categories and spatial forms that reshaped rural societies.

This book examines how, over colonial times, the diverse practices and customs of an existing rural universe—with its many forms of livelihood—were reshaped to create a new agrarian world of settled farming. While focusing on Punjab, India, this pathbreaking analysis offers a broad argument a...(Read More)
 
 
Postnormal Conservation
Postnormal Conservation (June 2019)
Botanic Gardens and the Reordering of Biodiversity Governance
Katja Grötzner Neves - Author

Explores the evolving role of botanic gardens from products and enablers of modernity and the nation-state, to their recent reinvention as institutions of environmental governance.

Since their inception in the sixteenth century, botanic gardens have been embroiled with matters of governance. In Postnormal Conservation, Katja Grötzner Neves reveals that, throughout its long history, the botanical garden institution ha...(Read More)
 
 
Essays of a Lifetime
Essays of a Lifetime (January 2019)
Reformers, Nationalists, Subalterns
Sumit Sarkar - Author

A distillation of the historian’s finest writings on modern Indian historical themes.

For the past forty years or more, the most influential, respected, and popular scholar of modern Indian history has been Sumit Sarkar. When his first monograph, The Swadeshi Movement in Bengal 1903–1908, appeared in 1973 it soon became obvious that the book represented a paradigm shift within its genre. As Dipesh Chakrabarty put i...(Read More)
 
 
The New Welfare Consensus
The New Welfare Consensus (August 2018)
Ideological, Political, and Social Origins
Darren Barany - Author

2019 Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award, presented by the Marxist Section of the American Sociological Association

Discusses the conservative ideological and political attack on welfare in the United States.

Families on welfare in the United States are the target of much public indignation from not only the general public but also political figures and the very workers whose job it is to help the poo...(Read More)
 
 
From the Streets to the State
From the Streets to the State (July 2018)
Changing the World by Taking Power
Paul Christopher Gray - Editor

Blends academic and activist perspectives to explore recent emancipatory struggles to win and transform state power.

For decades, emancipatory struggles have been deeply influenced by the slogan “Change the world without taking power.” Amid growing social inequalities and the return of right-wing authoritarianism, however, many now recognize the limits of disengaging from government and the state. From the Streets...(Read More)
 
 
Cities of Refuge
Cities of Refuge (April 2018)
German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945
Lori Gemeiner Bihler - Author

Contrasts the experiences of German Jewish refugees from the Holocaust who fled to London and New York City.

In the years following Hitler’s rise to power, German Jews faced increasingly restrictive antisemitic laws, and many responded by fleeing to more tolerant countries. Cities of Refuge compares the experiences of Jewish refugees who immigrated to London and New York City by analyzing letters, diaries, newspape...(Read More)
 
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