Sara Komarnisky, “Mexicans in Alaska: An Ethnography of Mobility, Place, and Transnational Life” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
“There are Mexicans in Alaska?” This was the response Sara Komarnisky heard repeatedly when describing her research on three generations of transnational migrants who divide their time between Anchorage, Alaska and Acuitzio del Canje, Michoacán, Mexico. In her multi-sited ethnography, Mexicans in Alaska: An Ethnography of Mobility, Place, and Transnational... Read More
D.A. Silver and T.N. Clark, “Scenescapes: How Qualities of Place Shape Social Life” (U Chicago Press, 2016)
I don’t mean to make a scene, but please open your eyes and look around. There are complex scenes everywhere and we have all served witness to them. A scene is an experience in which we feel connected to other people. Scenes also cultivate skills, create ambiances, and nourish communities.... Read More
Rob Reich, “Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How it Can Do Better” (Princeton UP, 2018)
How political are private foundations? Are they good or bad for democracy? Such are the big questions taken up by Rob Reich in his new book Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How it Can Do Better (Princeton University Press, 2018). Reich is professor of political science and... Read More
Llerena Searle, “Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India” (U Chicago Press, 2015)
Few who have visited India in the past two decades will have failed to noticed the sudden and spectacular urban transformation that has taken place in many of its cities. Gated residential complexes with tennis courts and indoor gyms, glitzy office buildings, gleaming five-star hotels, and of course air-conditioned malls... Read More
John Sides, Michael Tesler, Lynn Vavreck, “Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America” (Princeton UP, 2018)
In Identity Crisis: The 2016 Presidential Campaign and the Battle for the Meaning of America (Princeton University Press, 2018), co-authors John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck explore the underlying question of American identity as a key component within the political landscape that was used during the 2016 primary and general election.... Read More
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