New Books Network

Alistair Sponsel, “Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Dr. Alistair Sponsel talks about Darwin’s experiences on HMS Beagle and his early career as a naturalist. His close reading of Darwin’s journals and letters reveals insights about the man that would become known as the father of evolution. Sponsel is the author Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of... Read More
Angela Jones, “Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry” (NYU Press, 2020)
In her new book, Camming: Money, Power, and Pleasure in the Sex Work Industry (NYU Press, 2020), Dr. Angela Jones engages readers in a five-year mixed-methods study she conducted on the erotic webcam industry where she tells a pornographic story about the multibillion-dollar online sex industry that is colloquially known... Read More
Francesca Minerva, “The Ethics of Cryonics: Is It Immoral to be Immortal?” (Palgrave, 2018)
Cryonics―also known as cryopreservation or cryosuspension―is the preservation of legally dead individuals at ultra-low temperatures. Those who undergo this procedure hope that future technology will not only succeed in reviving them, but also cure them of the condition that led to their demise. In this sense, some hope that cryopreservation... Read More
Germaine R. Halegoua, “The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place” (NYU Press, 2019)
In her new book, The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place (NYU Press, 2019), Germaine R. Halegoua rethinks everyday interactions that humans have with digital infrastructures, navigation technologies, and social media as we move through the world. Dr. Halegoua draws from five case studies from global and... Read More
Matthew Gutmann, “Are Men Animals? How Modern Masculinity Sells Men Short” (Basic Books, 2019)
In Are Men Animals? How Modern Masculinity Sells Men Short (Basic Books, 2019), Matthew Gutmann examines how cultural expectations viewing men as violent and sex driven become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Dubious interpretations of the scientific study of the effects of testosterone, comparisons to the animal kingdom and the persistence of... Read More
Chenyang Wang, “Subjectivity In-Between Times: Exploring the Notion of Time in Lacan’s Work” (Palgrave, 2019)
If you thought Jacques Lacan’s essay on “Logical Time” was the psychoanalyst’s final word on the subject, then this interview has a lot to teach you! In his new book Subjectivity In-Between Times: Exploring the Notion of Time in Lacan’s Work (Palgrave, 2019), emerging scholar of psychoanalytic theory and continental... Read More
Travis Dumsday, “Dispositionalism and the Metaphysics of Science” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Dispositionalism is the view that there are irreducible causal powers in nature that explain why objects behave as they do. To say salt is soluble in water, for example, is to say that salt has the disposition to dissolve in water, and this disposition is understood as a real causal... Read More