New Books Network

Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, “Automating Finance: Infrastructures, Engineers, and the Making of Electronic Markets” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
How are markets made? In Automating Finance: Infrastructures, Engineers, and the Making of Electronic Markets (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, an assistant professor in sociology at the University of California, San Diego, explores the history of the finance industry to understand the role of markets and technologies in... Read More
Stijn Vanheule, Derek Hook and Calum Neill, “Reading Lacan’s Écrits” (Routledge, 2018)
Lacan published his Écrits in 1966, a compilation of his written work up to that middle period in his teaching. Notoriously difficult to read, the editors of the book we’re discussing today describe the Écrits as “an unwieldy, conglomerate ‘urtext’ … not a book at all … but ‘the waste’... Read More
Jinah Kim, “Postcolonial Grief: The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas” (Duke UP, 2019)
In Postcolonial Grief: The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2019), Jinah Kim explores questions of loss, memory, and redress in post WWII Asian diasporic decolonial politics. Through a close analysis of seminal cultural works that range from theory, short stories, film noir, documentaries, plays,... Read More
Eric Blanc, “Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics” (Verso, 2019)
Eric Blanc is the author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics (Verso, 2019). Blanc is a former teacher, journalist, and doctoral student in sociology at New York University. He has written for The Nation, The Guardian, and Jacobin magazine. Red State Revolt explains the emergence... Read More
M. L. Mitma and J. P. Heilman, “Now Peru is Mine: The Life and Times of a Campesino Activist” (Duke UP, 2016)
Now Peru is Mine: The Life and Times of a Campesino Activist (Duke University Press, 2016) tells the remarkable story of a campesino and indigenous political activist whose career spanned much of Peru’s twentieth century and whose achievements at the local and national level transformed Peruvian peasant politics. Structured as... Read More
Bhakti Shringarpure, “Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital” (Routledge, 2019)
Bhakti Shringarpure has written a fascinating, multidimensional analysis of the Cold War and decolonization and the often-under-explored connections between these events. In her book, Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital (Routledge, 2019), she integrates a variety of disciplinary perspectives while also weaving together the encounters and reverberations between the Cold... Read More
David Beer, “The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception“ (Sage, 2019)
What is the social role of data? In The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power and Perception (Sage, 2019), David Beer, a professor of sociology at the University of York, considers this question by introducing the concept of the data gaze. The book is the third in Beer’s loose trilogy of work... Read More