New Books Network

Sandra Young, “The Early Modern Global South in Print: Textual Form and the Production of Human Difference as Knowledge” (Routledge, 2015)
Early modern geographers and compilers of travel narratives drew on a lexicon derived from cartography’s seemingly unchanging coordinates to explain human diversity. Sandra Young’s inquiry into the partisan knowledge practices of early modernity brings to light the emergence of the early modern global south. In The Early Modern Global South... Read More
C. De Beukelaer and K. M. Spence, “Global Cultural Economy” (Routledge, 2018)
How should we understand the role of cultural industries in contemporary society? In Global Cultural Economy (Routledge) Christiaan De Beukelaer, a senior lecturer in cultural policy at the University of Melbourne, and Kim-Marie Spence, a postdoctoral researcher at Solent University, explore and explain the interrelationship between culture and economy across... Read More
Brad Walters, “The Greening of Saint Lucia: Economic Development and Environmental Change in the West Indies” (UWI Press, 2019)
Saint Lucia’s rural landscape is more forested today than at any time in at least seventy-five years (probably much longer). This change is profoundly significant given widespread efforts to achieve sustainable development on small-island states like Saint Lucia. Yet, this seemingly good-news story runs contrary to most conventional narratives about... Read More
Harriet Evans, “Beijing from Below: Stories of Marginal Lives in the Capital’s Center” (Duke UP, 2020)
Between the early 1950s and the accelerated demolition and construction of Beijing’s “old city” in preparation for the 2008 Olympics, the residents of Dashalar—one of the capital city’s poorest neighborhoods and only a stone’s throw from Tian’anmen Square—lived in dilapidated conditions without sanitation. Few had stable employment. Today, most of... Read More
Marco Puleri, “Ukrainian, Russophone, (Other) Russian: Hybrid Identities and Narratives in Post-Soviet Culture and Politics” (Peter Lang, 2020)
Marco Puleri’s Ukrainian, Russophone, (Other) Russian: Hybrid Identities and Narratives in Post-Soviet Culture and Politics (Peter Lang, 2020) examines a complex process of identity formation in the context of exposure to a diversity of linguistic and cultural influences. Puleri zeroes in on contemporary Ukraine to explore the specificities of cultural... Read More
João Costa Vargas, “The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption and Black Suffering” (U of Minnesota Press, 2018)
An incisive new look at the black diaspora, examining the true roots of antiblackness and its destructive effects on all of society. Thanks to movements like Black Lives Matter, Western society’s chronic discrimination against black individuals has become front-page news. Yet, there is little awareness of the systemic factors that... Read More
Ellyn Lem, “Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
As Baby Boomers reach the tipping point of aging into later life, the record numbers of seniors int the 65 and over crowd generates greater interest and in aging and its representation. Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Later Life (Rutgers University Press) draws upon diverse cultural representation... Read More
Adam Rutherford, “How to Argue With a Racist” (The Experiment, 2020)
Racist pseudoscience has become so commonplace that it can be hard to spot. But its toxic effects on society are plain to see—feeding nationalism, fueling hatred, endangering lives, and corroding our discourse on everything from sports to intelligence. Even well-intentioned people repeat stereotypes based on “science,” because cutting-edge genetics is... Read More
William G. Pooley, “Body and Tradition in 19th-Century France: Félix Arnaudin and the Moorlands of Gascony, 1870-1914” (Oxford UP, 2019)
The moorlands of Gascony are often considered one of the most dramatic examples of top-down rural modernization in nineteenth-century Europe. From an area of open moors, they were transformed in one generation into the largest man-made forest in Europe. Body and Tradition in Nineteenth-Century France: Félix Arnaudin and the Moorlands... Read More
Kareem Khubchandani, “Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife” (Michigan UP, 2020)
Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2020) follows queer South Asian men across borders into gay neighborhoods, nightclubs, bars, and house parties in Bangalore and Chicago. Bringing the cultural practices they are most familiar with into these spaces, these men accent the aesthetics of nightlife cultures through... Read More