New Books Network

Shiu-Yin Sharon Yam, “Inconvenient Strangers: Transnational Subjects and the Politics of Citizenship” (Ohio State UP, 2019)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (s/t interviews Shiu-Yin Sharon Yam of University of Kentucky on the new book, Inconvenient Strangers: Transnational Subjects and the Politics of Citizenship (Ohio State University Press, 2019), which explores how intersecting networks of power—particularly race and ethnicity, gender, and social... Read More
Bharat Malkani, “Slavery and the Death Penalty: A Study in Abolition” (Routledge, 2018)
What is the connection between the movement for death penalty abolition and the anti-slavery movement? In Slavery and the Death Penalty: A Study in Abolition (Routledge, 2018), Bharat Malkani, Senior Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University, explores this question. Beginning with an acknowledgment that the death penalty in the United... Read More
Javier Samper Vendrell, “The Seduction of Youth: Print Culture and Homosexual Rights in the Weimar Republic” (U Toronto Press, 2020)
The Weimar Republic is well-known for its gay rights movement and recent scholarship has demonstrated some of its contradictory elements. In his recent book entitled The Seduction of Youth: Print Culture and Homosexual Rights in the Weimar Republic (University of Toronto Press, 2020), Javier Samper Vendrell writes the first study to focus on... Read More
Arlie Loughnan, “Self, Others and the State: Relations of Criminal Responsibility” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Criminal responsibility is a key-organizing concept of the criminal law, but Arlie Loughnan argues that it needs re-examination. Focusing on the Australian experience, Self, Others and the State: Relations of Criminal Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2020) questions assumptions about the rise and prominence of criminal responsibility from the late colonial... Read More
Ilya Somin, “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom” (Oxford UP, 2020)
When we think of democracy, we typically think of voting; and when we think of voting, we ordinarily have elections and campaigns in minds. In this intuitive sense, voting is a matter of casting a ballot. After Election Day, votes are counted, and, typically, the majority rules. But things really... Read More
Carl Suddler, “Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York” (NYU Press, 2019)
A stark disparity exists between black and white youth experiences in the justice system today. Black youths are perceived to be older and less innocent than their white peers. When it comes to incarceration, race trumps class, and even as black youths articulate their own experiences with carceral authorities, many... Read More
Jane A. Gordon, “Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement” (Routledge, 2020)
Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement (Routledge, 2020) bridges current policy debates around citizenship, states, and nations, and theoretical analysis of issues of belonging, consent, and freedom. Jane A. Gordon, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, weaves together the complexities of statelessness, emphasizing... Read More
Mary Fraser, “Policing the Home Front, 1914-1918: The Control of the British Population at War” (Routledge, 2018)
When Britain went to war in 1914, policemen throughout Great Britain found themselves called upon to perform an ever-increasing range of new tasks that reflected the expanded power of the British state in wartime. In Policing the Home Front, 1914-1918: The Control of the British Population at War (Routledge, 2018),... Read More
Adrienne Harris and Plinio Montagna, “Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society” (Routledge, 2019)
The areas of the Law and psychoanalysis overlap in interesting and compelling fashion in the new book, Psychoanalysis, Law, and Society (Routledge, 2019) edited by Adrienne Harris and Plinio Montagna. The book is far reaching and covers where the law and psychoanalysis intersect in diverse areas such as family dynamics,... Read More