New Books Network

Polina Kroik, “Cultural Production and the Politics of Women’s Work in American Film and Literature” (Routledge, 2019)
How does thinking about gender and work help to rethink cultural hierarchies? In Cultural Production and the Politics of Women’s Work in American Film and Literature (Routledge, 2019), Polina Kroik, who teaches at Fordham University and Baruch College, CUNY, explores the relationship between work and gender in American culture. The... Read More
Nazia Kazi, “Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)
Nazia Kazi’s Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) is a brilliant and powerful meditation on the intersection and interaction of Islamophobia, racism, and U.S. imperial state power. This book seeks to reorient our understanding of Islamophobia from a phenomenon centered on individual attitudes and perceptions of hate,... Read More
Alpa Shah, et al., “Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st-Century India” (Pluto Press, 2017)
A recent UNDP report makes the astonishing claim that India has halved its poverty between 2006 and 2016. Moving us past the rosy picture, Alpa Shah and her co-author’s  multi-authored, masterful Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st-Century India (Pluto Press, 2017) focuses on those left... Read More
Aimee Bahng, “Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times” (Duke UP, 2018)
In Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (Duke UP, 2018), Aimee Bahng traces the cultural production of futurity by juxtaposing the practices of speculative finance against those of speculative fiction. While financial speculation creates a future based on predicting and mitigating risk for wealthy elites, the wide range of... Read More
Anne O’Brien, “Women, Inequality and Media Work” (Routledge, 2019)
How do women experience gender inequality in film and television production industries? In Women, Inequality and Media Work (Routledge, 2019), Dr Anne O’Brien, lecturer in the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, answers this question with a case study of the Irish media industry. Blending a critical engagement with feminist... Read More
Jaime Alves, “Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil (U Minnesota Press, 2018)
The 2018 election of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil has brought the issues of police violence, racial discrimination, and misogyny to the fore. Jaime Alves’s book the Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) shows that, from the perspective of Black... Read More
A. Ricardo López-Pedreros, “Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia” (Duke UP, 2019)
This tightly argued social and intellectual history of the middle classes in Colombia makes a compelling case for the importance of both transnationalism and gender in the mid-century idea of middle-class-ness. A. Ricardo López-Pedreros‘ Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia (Duke University Press, 2019)... Read More