Oded Nir, “Signatures of Struggle: The Figuration of Collectivity in Israeli Fiction” (SUNY Press, 2018)
Signatures of Struggle: The Figuration of Collectivity in Israeli Fiction (SUNY Press, 2018) offers a new understanding on Israeli literature and literary history. Using Marxist theorization of the relation between literary form and social form, Oded Nir goes beyond the dominant interpretive horizon of Israeli literary criticism, that focuses on the... Read More
Catherine Baker, “Race and the Yugoslav Region: Postsocialist, Post-Conflict, Postcolonial?” (Manchester UP, 2018)
Catherine Baker’s fascinating new book Race and the Yugoslav Region: Postsocialist, Post-Conflict, Postcolonial? (Manchester University Press, 2018) poses a deceptively simple question: what does race have to do with the Yugoslav region? Eastern European studies has often framed the region as unimplicated in global formations of race, while still remarking... Read More
Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, “State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States and the Nation” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Back on the podcast for the second time in two years is Alex Hertel-Fernandez. You might recall his last book Politics at Work which examined the way employers are increasingly recruiting their workers into politics to change elections and public policy. Alex is back with his latest, State Capture: How... Read More
David Ray Papke, “Containment and Condemnation: Law and the Oppression of the Urban Poor” (Michigan State UP, 2019)
The law does things, writes David Ray Papke, and it says things, and if we are talking about poor Americans, especially those living in big cities, what it does and says combine to function as powerfully oppressive forces that can much more likely be counted on to do harm than... Read More
B.R. Ambedkar, “Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition” (Verso, 2016)
Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition, edited by S. Anand (Verso, 2016) and with an Introduction ‘The Doctor and the Saint’ by Arundhati Roy, is based on a speech by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, who took up the anti-caste struggles for the Untouchables in India. S. Anand’s work with thoroughly researched annotations... Read More
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