New Books Network

Minjeong Kim, “Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immigrants and ‘Multiculturalism’ in Rural South Korea” (U Hawai’i Press, 2018)
Studies on marriage migration often portray marriage migrants as victims of globalization and patriarchy. Although there are intersecting oppressions among female migrant workers, the tendency to conflate marriage migration with sex trafficking among humanitarian organizations and scholars lead to erasure of divergent experiences. In her book,  Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immigrants... Read More
Kristin Plys, “Brewing Resistance: Indian Coffee House and the Emergency in Postcolonial India” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In 1947, decolonization promised a better life for India’s peasants, workers, students, Dalits, and religious minorities. By the 1970s, however, this promise had not yet been realized. Various groups fought for the social justice but in response, Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi suspended the constitution, and with it, civil liberties. The... Read More
Simone C. Drake, “Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century” (Duke UP, 2020)
Simone C. Drake and Dwan K. Henderson’s Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the Twenty-First Century (Duke UP, 2020) is an engaging and interdisciplinary exploration of contemporary black popular culture and how to think about this broad and diverse landscape, especially in relation to power, capitalism, gender identity, and presidential... Read More
M. Pettis and M. C. Klein, “Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace” (Yale UP, 2020)
Trade imbalances have long been a sticking point in international economics, most recently between the United States and China. The conversation about persistent trade imbalances tends to take on a moral dimension, whether praising German thrift, criticising American profligacy, or accusing China of nefarious behaviour. In Trade Wars Are Class... Read More
Francesca Sobande, “The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain” (Palgrave, 2020)
What are the possibilities and what are the inequalities of the digital world? In The Digital Lives of Black Women in Britain (Palgrave, 2020), Francesca Sobande, a lecturer in Digital Media Studies at Cardiff University explores the experiences of Black women as producers and as consumers of digital media. The book... Read More
Paul Howe, “Teen Spirit: How Adolescence Transformed the Adult World” (Cornell UP, 2020)
Paul Howe’s book Teen Spirit: How Adolescence Transformed the Adult World (Cornell UP, 2020) is a “big idea” book. It proposes that some of the woes of contemporary life can be traced to high school. Award-winning author and economics professor Paul Howe suggests that when our society moved to a near-universal... Read More
Tahseen Shams, “Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World” (Stanford UP, 2020)
Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World (Stanford University Press, 2020) by Tahseen Shams (Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto) reconceptualizes the homeland-hostland dyad. Drawing from the experiences of diasporic South Asian Muslim community in America, namely Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, and Indians,... Read More
Mark Bevir and Jason Blakely, “Interpretive Social Science: An Anti-Naturalist Approach” (Oxford UP, 2018)
In Interpretive Social Science: An Anti-Naturalist Approach (Oxford University Press, 2018), Mark Bevir and Jason Blakely make a case for why interpretivism is the most philosophically cogent approach currently on offer in the social sciences, and for anti-naturalism as the best option among interpretivist alternatives. Part survey of existing approaches... Read More
Why are Blacks Democrats?: An Interview with Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird
Black Americans are by far the most unified racial group in American electoral politics, with 80 to 90 percent identifying as Democrats—a surprising figure given that nearly a third now also identify as ideologically conservative, up from less than 10 percent in the 1970s. Why has ideological change failed to... Read More
Ahalya Satkunaratnam, “Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharatanatyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka” (Wesleyan UP, 2020)
“How can dance be sustained by its practitioners in the unstable political and geographical landscape of war?” Satkunaratnam asks this through her text, Moving Bodies, Navigating Conflict: Practicing Bharatanatyam in Colombo, Sri Lanka (Wesleyan UP, 2020), a groundbreaking ethnographic examination of dance practice in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during the civil... Read More