New Books Network

Phillipa Chong, “Inside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times” (Princeton UP, 2020)
How does the world of book reviews work? In Inside the Critics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times (Princeton University Press, 2020), Phillipa Chong, assistant professor in sociology at McMaster University, provides a unique sociological analysis of how critics confront the different types of uncertainty associated with their practice. The... Read More
Phil Christman, “Midwest Futures” (Belt Publishing, 2020)
What does the future hold for the Midwest? A vast stretch of fertile farmland bordering one of the largest concentrations of fresh water in the world, the Midwestern US seems ideally situated for the coming challenges of climate change. But it also sits at the epicenter of a massive economic... Read More
matthew heinz, “Entering Transmasculinity: The Inevitability of Discourse” (Intellect Books, 2016)
Published by intellect books in 2016, and currently distributed by The University of Chicago Press, Entering Transmasculinity: The Inevitability of Discourse is a holistic study of the intersecting and overlapping discourses that shape the identities of people who were assigned the female sex at birth and do not identify with... Read More
Ariella Aisha Azoulay, “Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism” (Verso, 2019)
Ariella Aisha Azoulay argues that the institutions that make our world, from archives and museums to ideas of sovereignty and human rights to history itself, are all dependent on imperial modes of thinking. Imperialism has segmented populations into differentially governed groups, continually emphasized the possibility of progress while trying to... Read More
Virginia Eubanks, “Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor” (St. Martin’s, 2018)
The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years―because a new computer system interprets any mistake as “failure to cooperate.” In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative vulnerability of tens of thousands of homeless people in order to prioritize them for... Read More
Megan Burke, “When Time Warps: The Lived Experience of Gender, Race, and Sexual Violence” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
In When Time Warps: The Lived Experience of Gender, Race, and Sexual Violence (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), Megan Burke considers the relationship of sexual violence to lived time by reexamining and building upon the work of Simone de Beauvoir, and in conversation with Judith Butler, María Lugones, Maurice Merleau-Ponty,... Read More
Iyko Day, “Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism” (Duke UP, 2016)
In our efforts to comprehend the systematic dispossession of indigenous peoples in settler colonies such as the United States, Canada, Australia, or Israel, the notion that “invasion is a structure, not merely an event,” first articulated by Patrick Wolfe, has become something of a maxim for critical theorists. Part of... Read More