New Books Network

Sally Nuamah, “How Girls Achieve” (Harvard UP, 2019)
If we want girls to succeed, we need to teach them the audacity to transgress. Through the lives of students at three very different schools, Sally Nuamah, an award-winning scholar-activist, makes the case for “feminist schools” that orient girls toward a lifetime of achievement in How Girls Achieve (Harvard University Press,... Read More
Marianna Ritchey, “Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
What is the place of classical music in contemporary society? In Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era (University of Chicago Press, 2019), Marianna Ritchey, an assistant professor of music history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, explores the relationship between neoliberal capitalism and classical music, showing how many of... Read More
J-B. Tchouta Mougoué, “Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon” (U Michigan Press, 2019)
Gender, Separatist Politics, and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (University of Michigan Press, 2019) illuminates how issues of ideal womanhood shaped the Anglophone Cameroonian nationalist movement in the first decade of independence in Cameroon, a west-central African country. Drawing upon history, political science, gender studies, and feminist epistemologies, the book examines... Read More
Jean Halley, “Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses” (U Georgia Press, 2019)
Today Jana Byars talks to Jean Halley, Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York about her new book Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses (University of Georgia Press, 2019). Part memoir, part heavy-hitting theoretical exploration,... Read More
S. Moskalenko and C. McCauley, “Radicalization to Terrorism: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Terrorism and radicalization came to the forefront of news and politics in the US after the unforgettable attacks of September 11th, 2001. When George W. Bush famously asked “Why do they hate us?,” the President echoed the confusion, anger and fear felt by millions of Americans, while also creating a... Read More
Jonathan Parry, “Classes of Labor: Work and Life in an Indian Steel Town” (Routledge, 2020)
Classes of Labour: Work and Life in a Central Indian Steel Town (Routledge, 2020) is a classic in the social sciences. The rigour and richness of the ethnographic data of this book and its analysis is matched only by its literary style. This magnum opus of 732 pages, an outcome... Read More
Co-Authored: Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward
When you ask people about academic collaborations, Piven and Cloward is almost always the first one they mention. In this episode of the Co-Authored podcast, we look at the four-decade collaboration between Professors Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward. This collaboration is incredibly timely today, as protest and social movements... Read More
A. P. Carnevale, “The Merit Myth: How Our Colleges Favor the Rich and Divide America” (The New Press, 2020)
Colleges fiercely defend America’s higher education system, arguing that it rewards bright kids who have worked hard. But it doesn’t actually work this way. As the recent bribery scandal demonstrates, social inequalities and colleges’ pursuit of wealth and prestige stack the deck in favor of the children of privilege. For... Read More
Ali Meghji, “Black Middle-Class Britannia: Identities, Repertoires, Cultural Consumption” (Manchester UP, 2019)
Who are the Black middle-class in Britain? In Black Middle-Class Britannia: Identities, Repertoires, Cultural Consumption (Manchester University Press, 2019) Ali Meghji, a lecturer in social inequalities at the University of Cambridge, considers the identity of Britain’s Black middle-class by understanding culture and cultural consumption. Offering examples from across contemporary art... Read More