New Books Network

E. Bazzano and M. Hermansen, “Varieties of American Sufism” (SUNY Press, 2020)
Sufism in America is now a developed sub-field of study that exists at the intersection of Islamic Studies, American religions, and popular spirituality. Varieties of American Sufism: Islam, Sufi Orders, and Authority in a Time of Transition (State University of New York Press 2020) an edited volume by Elliott Bazzano... Read More
David Livingstone Smith, “On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It” (Oxford UP, 2020)
The Rwandan genocide, the Holocaust, the lynching of African Americans, the colonial slave trade: these are horrific episodes of mass violence spawned from racism and hatred. We like to think that we could never see such evils again–that we would stand up and fight. But something deep in the human... Read More
Rachel V. González, “Quinceañera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities” (U Texas Press, 2019)
A quinceañera is a traditional fifteenth birthday celebration for young women (though in contemporary times, it can also be for young men) in many Latinx communities.  While the celebration has roots in religiosity, it has also become a space for imagining and performing class, identity, and Americanity.  With fieldwork conducted... Read More
Sai Balakrishnan, “Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
In the thoroughly researched, lucidly narrated new book Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India (University of Pennsylvania Press), Sai Balakrishnan (Assistant Professor of City and Urban Planning at UC Berkeley) examines the novel phenomenon of the conversion of agrarian landowners into urban shareholders in India’s newly emerging... Read More
Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier, “The House on Henry Street: The Enduring Life of a Lower East Side Settlement” (NYU Press, 2020)
On a cold March day in 1893, 26-year-old nurse Lillian Wald rushed through the poverty-stricken streets of New York’s Lower East Side to a squalid bedroom where a young mother lay dying—abandoned by her doctor because she could not pay his fee. The misery in the room and the walk... Read More
M. Ramirez and D. Peterson, “Ignored Racism: White Animus Toward Latinos (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Although Latinos are now the largest non-majority group in the United States, existing research on white attitudes toward Latinos has focused almost exclusively on attitudes toward immigration. Ignored Racism: White Animus Toward Latinos (Cambridge University Press) changes that. It argues that such accounts fundamentally underestimate the political power of whites’... Read More
Majid Daneshgar, “Studying the Qur’an in the Muslim Academy” (Oxford UP, 2019)
“Consider the works of the renowned Nobel-prize-winning African American writer, literary and social critic, and activist Toni Morrison (b. 1931),” writes Majid Daneshgar. “Hers—like Said’s—are popular in the West and cover most of the principal themes covered by Orientalism, including otherness, outsider-ship, exploitation and cultural colonialism and imperialism. Yet …... Read More
Angèle Christin, “Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms” (Princeton UP, 2020)
How are algorithms changing journalism? In Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms (Princeton University Press), Angèle Christin, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, explores the impact of metrics and analytics on the newsrooms of New York and Paris. Using an ethnography of... Read More
Mariana Mogilevich, “The Invention of Public Space: Designing for Inclusion in Lindsay’s New York” (U Minnesota Press, 2020)
As suburbanization, racial conflict, and the consequences of urban renewal threatened New York City with “urban crisis,” the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay (1966–1973) experimented with a broad array of projects in open spaces to affirm the value of city life. Mariana Mogilevich provides a fascinating history of a... Read More
Thea Riofrancos, “Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador” (Duke UP, 2020)
In 2007, Ecuador joined the Latin American “Pink Tide” by electing a left-wing president, Rafael Correa, who voiced opposition to US imperialism and advocated higher levels of redistribution and social investment. However, shortly after coming to power, Correa came into conflict with members of his own coalition over the future... Read More