New Books Network

Natalie Kimball, “An Open Secret: The History of Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Modern Bolivia” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
Natalie Kimball is the author of An Open Secret: The History of Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Modern Bolivia, out this year from Rutgers University Press. An Open Secret argues that, despite stigma and continued legal prohibitions, practices and attitudes surrounding abortion have changed in urban Bolivia since the 1950s.... Read More
Alejandra Bronfman, “Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean” (UNC Press, 2016)
The Caribbean has figuratively and literally been entangled in processes of global integration earlier than other parts of the Americas. In Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (UNC Press, 2016), Alejandra Bronfman offers a refreshing perspective to this well-trodden story. In this book, she traces the emergence and growth... Read More
Ashley E. Kerr, “Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910)” (Vanderbilt UP, 2020)
Analyzing a wide variety of late-nineteenth-century sources, Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gender and Racial Science in Argentina (1860-1910) (Vanderbilt University Press, 2020) argues that Argentine scientific projects of the era were not just racial encounters, but were also conditioned by sexual relationships in all their messy, physical reality. The writers studied... Read More
Robert Samet, “Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, has been ranked as one of the most violent cities in the world. In Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela (University of Chicago Press, 2019), Robert Samet undertakes ethnography with crime journalists on their reporting practices to offer a compelling argument about the relationship... Read More
Nora Haenn, “Marriage after Migration: An Ethnography of Money, Romance, and Gender in Globalizing Mexico” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Marriage after Migration: An Ethnography of Money, Romance, and Gender in Globalizing Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2019) tells the stories of five women in rural Mexico, each navigating the tricky terrain that is men’s international migration. With their husbands and sons working in the United States, will the women hold... Read More
Thomas C. Field Jr. et al., “Latin America and the Global Cold War” (UNC Press, 2020)
Latin America and the Global Cold War (University of North Carolina Press, 2020) analyzes more than a dozen of Latin America’s forgotten encounters with Africa, Asia, and the Communist world, and by placing the region in meaningful dialogue with the wider Global South, this volume produces the first truly global... Read More
Alberto Harambour, “Soberanías fronterizas: Estados y capital en la colonización de Patagonia” (EUAC, 2019)
Alberto Harambour’s new book Soberanías Fronterizas. Estados y capital en la colonización de Patagonia (Argentina y Chile, 1840s-1920s) (Universidad Austral de Chile, 2019) examines the explosion of foreign-owned sheep farming, the fitful expansion of Argentine and Chilean sovereignty, and the violence of primitive accumulation and genocide in southern Patagonia and... Read More
Romeo Guzman et al., “East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
Romeo Guzman’s and his colleague’s East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte (Rutgers University Press, 2020) is an edited collection of thirty-one essays that trace the experience of a California community over three centuries, from eighteenth-century Spanish colonization to twenty-first century globalization. Employing traditional historical scholarship, oral history,... Read More
Edgar Garcia, “Signs of the Americas: A Poetics of Pictography, Hieroglyphs and Khipu” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
In his sixth thesis on the philosophy of history, Walter Benjamin wrote, “The only writer of history with the gift of setting alight the sparks of hope in the past, is the one who is convinced of this: that not even the dead will be safe from the enemy, if... Read More