BOOKS RECEIVED: Jasper Bernes, “The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization (Post*45)”
A novel account of the relationship between postindustrial capitalism and postmodern culture, this book looks at American poetry and art of the last fifty years in light of the massive changes in people’s working lives. Over the last few decades,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: K. Sabeel Rahman, “Democracy against Domination” (Oxford UP, 2017)
In 2008, the collapse of the US financial system plunged the economy into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. In its aftermath, the financial crisis pushed to the forefront fundamental moral and institutional questions about how we govern… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Edward Bever and Randall Styers, eds., “Magic in the Modern World: Strategies of Repression and Legitimization” (Penn State UP, 2017)
This collection of essays considers the place of magic in the modern world, first by exploring the ways in which modernity has been defined in explicit opposition to magic and superstition, and then by illuminating how modern proponents of magic… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: by Carol Hager and Mary Alice Haddad, eds., “Nimby Is Beautiful: Cases of Local Activism and Environmental Innovation Around the World” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) protests are often criticized as parochial and short-lived, generating no lasting influence on broader processes related to environmental politics. This volume offers a different perspective. Drawing on cases from around the globe, it demonstrates… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen P. Reyna, “Starry Nights: Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Starry Nights: Critical Structural Realism in Anthropology offers nothing less than a reinventing of the discipline of anthropology. In these six essays four published here for the first time Stephen Reyna critiques the postmodern tenets of anthropology, while devising a… Read More
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