Jan English-Lueck, “Cultures@SiliconValley: Second Edition” (Stanford UP, 2017)
Silicon Valley is understood to be one of the most fast-paced regions on earth, where innovation and upheaval are part and parcel of daily life. Imagine the challenge, then, when it’s your job to document and analyze the complex, intersecting, ever-changing cultures that comprise this famous region. In 2002, Dr.... Read More
Dagmar Herzog, “Unlearning Eugenics: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Disability in Post-Nazi Europe” (U Wisconsin Press, 2018)
In her new book, Unlearning Eugenics: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Disability in Post-Nazi Europe (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018), Dagmar Herzog examines the relationship between reproductive rights and disability rights in contemporary European history. In a study that appeared in the George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual... Read More
Nicholas Bauch, “Geography of Digestion: Biotechnology and the Kellogg Enterprise” (U California Press, 2017)
While most people in the US are familiar with the ubiquitous Kellogg cereal brand, few know how it relates to US geography, science and technology around the turn of the 20th century. In A Geography of Digestion: Biotechnology and the Kellogg Enterprise (University of California Press, 2017), Nicholas Bauch explores... Read More
Megan Finn, “Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters” (MIT Press, 2018)
Megan Finn‘s Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters (MIT Press, 2018) is a fascinating examination of how information infrastructures shape the ways that survivors and observers know and learn about disasters.  Finn uses three historical case studies – major earthquakes in Northern California in 1868, 1906, and... Read More
Alex Bentley and Michael O’Brien, “The Acceleration of Cultural Change: From Ancestors to Algorithms” (MIT Press, 2017)
Our evolutionary success, according to co-authors Alex Bentley and Michael O’Brien, lies in our ability to acquire cultural wisdom and teach it to the next generation. Today, we follow social media bots as much as we learn from our ancestors. We are radically changing the way culture evolves. In The... Read More
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