New Books Network

Jacob Johanssen, “Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data” (Routledge, 2019)
How can insights from psychoanalysis help us understand digital culture? In Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge, 2019), Jacob Johanssen, a senior lecturer in the University of Westminster’s School of Media and Communication, draws on the work of Freud and Anzieu to explore both traditional and new forms... Read More
Martin Demant Frederiksen, “An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular” (Zero Books, 2018)
An Anthropology of Nothing in Particular (Zero Books, 2018) is an “exploration of what goes missing when one looks for meaning” (p. 1). The book is both an experimental ethnography and a theoretical treatise on how we can understand and represent absence of meaning. Its author, Martin Demant Frederiksen, approaches... Read More
Jocelyn M. Boryczka, “Suspect Citizens: Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics” (Temple UP, 2012)
In her book Suspect Citizens: Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics (Temple University Press, 2012), Jocelyn M. Boryczka explores the fraught position that women find themselves in as citizens of the United States. She examines this complex position within the parameters of virtue and vice, the dichotomy through which... Read More
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