New Books Network

Sandra Mendiola García, “Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico” (U Nebraska Press, 2017)
In Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), Sandra C. Mendiola García analyzes independent union activism among street vendors facing state repression and the displacing forces of neoliberalism. Set in Puebla, Mexico’s fourth largest city, Street Democracy traces how these informal... Read More
F. Grillo and R. Nanetti, “Democracy and Growth in the 21st Century: The Diverging Cases of China and Italy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Today I spoke with Francesco Grillo (co-authored with Raffaella Nanetti) about his latest book, Democracy and Growth in the 21st Century: The Diverging Cases of China and Italy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Despite the title, it is not strictly a book on China or Italy. It is a visionary contribution to... Read More
Kimberly Chong, “Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China” (Duke UP, 2018)
What do management consultants do, and how do they do it? These two deceptively simple questions are at the centre of Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China (Duke University Press, 2018), the new book by Kimberly Chong, a lecturer in anthropology at University College London.... Read More
Kris Lane, “Potosí: The Silver City That Changed the World” (U California Press, 2019)
In 1545, a native Andean prospector hit pay dirt on a desolate red mountain in highland Bolivia. There followed the world’s greatest silver bonanza, making the Cerro Rico or “Rich Hill” and the Imperial Villa of Potosí instant legends, famous from Istanbul to Beijing. The Cerro Rico alone provided over... Read More
Abraham A. Singer, “The Form of the Firm: A Normative Political Theory of the Corporation” (Oxford UP, 2018)
In The Form of the Firm: A Normative Political Theory of the Corporation (Oxford University Press, 2018), Abraham Singer essentially marries together two disciplinary schools of thought and approaches to understand and consider the corporate firm. In his work, Singer takes seriously the idea, structure, function, and position of the... Read More
Nancy Tomes, “Remaking the American Patient” (UNC Press, 2016)
In a work that spans the twentieth century, Nancy Tomes questions the popular–and largely unexamined–idea that in order to get good health care, people must learn to shop for it. Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (University of North Carolina Press, 2016)... Read More
William Gale, “Fiscal Therapy: Curing America’s Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future” (Oxford UP, 2019)
The US government is laboring under an enormous debt burden, one that will impact the living standards of future generations of Americans by limiting investment in people and infrastructure. In his new book, Fiscal Therapy: Curing America’s Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future (Oxford University Press, 2019), Brookings Institution... Read More