BOOKS RECEIVED: Rene Brimo, “The Evolution of Taste in American Collecting” (Penn State UP, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books The Evolution of Taste in American Collecting is a new critical translation of Ren Brimos classic study of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century patronage and art collecting in the United States. Originally published in French in 1938,… Read More
Carolyn Merchant, “Spare the Birds!: George Bird Grinnell and the First Audubon Society” (Yale UP, 2016)
In 1887, a year after founding the Audubon Society, explorer and conservationist George Bird Grinnell launched Audubon Magazine. The magazine constituted one of the first efforts to preserve bird species decimated by the womens hat trade, hunting, and loss of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Alejandro Portes and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, eds., “The State and the Grassroots: Immigrant Transnational Organizations in Four Continents” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Whereas most of the literature on migration focuses on individuals and their families, this book studies the organizations created by immigrants to protect themselves in their receiving states. Comparing eighteen of these grassroots organizations formed across the world, from India… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Simone Abram and Gisa Weszkalnys, eds., “Elusive Promises: Planning in the Contemporary World” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Planning in contemporary democratic states is often understood as a range of activities, from housing to urban design, regional development to economic planning. This volume sees planning differently-as the negotiation of possibilities that time offers space. It explores what kind… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Catherine Kingfisher, “A Policy Travelogue: Tracing Welfare Reform in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
An ethnography of the development and travel of the New Zealand model of neoliberal welfare reform, this study explores the social life of policy, which is one of process, motion, and change. Different actors, including not only policy lites but… Read More
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