New Books Network

Suzanne Scott, “Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry” (NYU Press, 2019)
Suzanne Scott’s new book Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry (NYU Press, 2019) provides an overview of the convergence culture industry and the world of fandom while examining the role that gender and misogyny has played in understanding who is and is not considered an “authentic”... Read More
Evgeny Finkel, “Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust” (Princeton UP, 2017)
Can there be a political science of the Holocaust? Evgeny Finkel, in his new book Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2017), answers Charles King’s question with a resounding yes. Finkel is interested in a very specific question: What made individual Jews choose from a... Read More
Darren E. Tromblay, “Spying: Assessing US Domestic Intelligence Since 9/11” (Lynne Rienner, 2019)
Initiated in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, have the reforms of the US intelligence enterprise served their purpose? What have been the results of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and a reorganized FBI? Have they helped... Read More
Joshua D. Farrington, “Black Republicans and the Transformation of the GOP” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
Reflecting on his fifty-year effort to steer the Grand Old Party toward black voters, Memphis power broker George W. Lee declared, “Somebody had to stay in the Republican Party and fight.” As Joshua D. Farrington, Instructor in African & African-American Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, recounts in Black Republicans and... Read More
Peregrine Schwartz-Shea and Dvora Yanow, “Interpretive Research Design: Concepts and Processes” (Routledge, 2012)
This episode is the first in a new series, New Books in Interpretive Social Science, which will feature works on interpretive research design and practice alongside recently published exemplary interpretive social scientific studies. To get the ball rolling, the editors of the Routledge Series on Interpretive Methods, and co-authors of... Read More
Maureen S. Hiebert, “Constructing Genocide and Mass Violence:  Society, Crisis, Identity” (Routledge, 2017)
How can this happen? If there’s any question that people interested in genocide ask, it’s this one. How can people do this to each other? How can this be possible? What is wrong with this world that this can happen? Maureen Hiebert‘s book Constructing Genocide and Mass Violence: Society, Crisis,... Read More
Kevin M. Baron, “Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act” (Edinburgh UP, 2019)
Kevin Baron’s new book, Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), is a fascinating analysis of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and how this act, passed in the 1960s and signed by President Lyndon Johnson, has changed the ways that both the Executive Branch... Read More