BOOKS RECEIVED: Arlie Russell Hochschild, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” (The New Press, 2016)
In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou countrya stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Jennifer Randles, “Proposing Prosperity?: Marriage Education Policy and Inequality in America” (Columbia UP, 2017)
“Fragile families”―unmarried parents who struggle emotionally and financially―are one of the primary targets of the Healthy Marriage Initiative, a federal policy that has funded marriage education programs in nearly every state. These programs, which encourage marriage by teaching relationship skills,… 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: Christina Toren and Simonne Pauwels, eds., “Living Kinship in the Pacific” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Unaisi Nabobo-Baba observed that for the various peoples of the Pacific, kinship is generally understood as “knowledge that counts.” It is with this observation that this volume begins, and it continues with a straightforward objective to provide case studies of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Susan B. Hyatt, Boone Shear and Susan Wright, eds., “Learning Under Neoliberalism: Ethnographies of Governance in Higher Education” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
As part of the neoliberal trends toward public-private partnerships, universities all over the world have forged more intimate relationships with corporate interests and more closely resemble for-profit corporations in both structure and practice. These transformations, accompanied by new forms of… Read More
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