BOOKS RECEIVED: Roberto J Gonzalez, “Militarizing Culture: Essays on the Warfare State” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
Militarizing Culture is a rousing critique of the American warfare state by a leading cultural commentator. Roberto J. Gonzalez reveals troubling trends in the post-9/11 era, as the military industrial complex infiltrates new arenas of cultural life, from economic and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Norman K. Denzin, “Custer on Canvas: Representing Indians, Memory, and Violence in the New West” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
The 1876 events known as Custers Last Stand, Battle of Little Big Horn, or Battle of Greasy Grass have been represented over 1000 times in various artistic media, from paintings to sculpture to fast food giveaways. Norman Denzin shows how… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Peter Van Arsdale and Derrin Smith, “Humanitarians in Hostile Territory: Expeditionary Diplomacy and Aid Outside the Green Zone” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
More than ever, humanitarian aid workers and diplomats are engaging with vulnerable populations in areas once considered too dangerous to touch. Drawing on decades of on-the-ground experience in conflict environments around the world, Van Arsdale and Smith offer this important… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Teresa Bergman, “Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
American nationalism, patriotism and citizenship are proudly on display at historical sites across America―but they are also contested and reshaped by visitors and their engagement with those places. In Exhibiting Patriotism, Bergman analyzes exhibits, interpretive materials, and orientation films at… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Peter Bleed, “National Treasure” (Left Coast Press, 2009)
This teaching novel by archaeologist Peter Bleed demonstrates the complexities of contemporary collecting of archaeological antiques and delves into the world of 14th century Japan. Dr. Eric Mallow, a serious gun collector, complicates his life by acquiring a pair of… Read More
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