New Books Network

A. Nilsen, K. Nielsen, A. Vaidya, “Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations” (Pluto Press, 2019)
More than 70 years after its founding, with Narendra Modi’s authoritarian Hindu nationalists in government, is the dream of Indian democracy still alive and well? Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations (Pluto Press, 2019), a prescient collection of essays, dialogues and commentary from scholars, activists and journalists, tries to come up with answers.... Read More
Bryan McCann, “The Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race, and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era” (U Alabama Press, 2017)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Communication at SUNY Geneseo–interviews Bryan McCann (he/his)–Associate Professor of Communication at Louisiana State University–on a dope new work of cultural criticism The Mark of Criminality: Rhetoric, Race, and Gangsta Rap in the War-on-Crime Era (University of Alabama Press, 2017). The Mark... Read More
Chandra Russo, “Solidarity in Practice: Moral Protest and the US Security State” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In her book Solidarity in Practice: Moral Protest and the US Security State (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Chandra Russo explores how solidarity activists contest the practices of the US security state both within its borders and abroad. Russo follows three social movement organizations (The School of the Americas Watch, the Migrant... Read More
Clare Daniel, “Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era” (U Massachusetts Press, 2017)
On this episode, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Dr. Clare Daniel (she/hers)–Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Leadership at Tulane University–on her judicious new book Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era from University... Read More
Daniel HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes, “Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
Dan HoSang and Joe Lowndes’ new book, Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity (University of Minnesota Press, 2019) documents the changing politics of race and class in the age of Trump across a broad range of phenomena, showing how new forms of racialization work to... Read More
Annie McClanahan, “Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First Century Culture” (Stanford UP, 2018)
When teaching a public course called “The Age of Debt” this winter break, I had the strange realization that one of the the most successful readings in that course, the one which most clearly explained the 2008 crisis and the financialized economy, was written by an English professor. It was... Read More
Manu Karuka, “Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad” (U California Press, 2019)
What does anti-imperialism look like from the vantage point of North America? In Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press, 2019), Manu Karuka (Barnard College) answers this question by reinterpreting the significance of the transcontinental railroad from the perspectives of Chinese workers and... Read More