New Books Network

Carl Suddler, “Presumed Criminal: Black Youth and the Justice System in Postwar New York” (NYU Press, 2019)
A stark disparity exists between black and white youth experiences in the justice system today. Black youths are perceived to be older and less innocent than their white peers. When it comes to incarceration, race trumps class, and even as black youths articulate their own experiences with carceral authorities, many... Read More
Ben Nobbs-Thiessen, “Landscape of Migration: Mobility and Environmental Change on Bolivia’s Tropical Frontier, 1952 to the Present” (UNC Press, 2020)
Landscape of Migration: Mobility and Environmental Change on Bolivia’s Tropical Frontier, 1952 to the Present (UNC Press, 2020), traces the entwined histories of Andean, Mennonite, and Okinawan migrants to Amazonian Bolivia during the twentieth century, exploring how each of these communities forged and contested the landscape of agrarian citizenship in... Read More
Alexander Bukh, “These Islands Are Ours” (Stanford UP, 2020)
Alexander Bukh’s These Islands Are Ours: The Social Construction of Territorial Disputes in Northeast Asia (Stanford University Press 2020) provides critical historical perspective on the social construction of territorial disputes between Japan and its neighbors in Northeast Asia. In his analysis of Japan’s rows over the “Northern Territories” (with Russia),... Read More
Kathryn H. Ross, “Black Was Not a Label” (Pronto, 2019)
Kathryn H. Ross has found a balance. Between past and present. Between self and ancestors. Between self-discovery and continuous growth. In her hybrid collection, Black Was Not a Label, Ross invites readers into a life unfurling. Through the lenses of natural hair, faith, and microaggressions, she lights a path to... Read More
Elinor Carmi, “Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media” (Peter Lang, 2020)
What is spam? In Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media (Peter Lang, 2020), Dr Elinor Carmi, a postdoctoral research associate in digital culture and society at the University of Liverpool, takes this simple category that seems ever present in our online lives to explain corporate... Read More
Megan E. O’Keefe, “Velocity Weapon” (Orbit, 2019)
Velocity Weapon (Orbit, 2019) by Megan E. O’Keefe centers on siblings: Biran, a member of an elite cadre that controls the interstellar gates by which humans travel among star systems, and his sister, Sanda, a gunner who finds herself waking 230 years after her last battle on an empty, enemy... Read More
Jane A. Gordon, “Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement” (Routledge, 2020)
Statelessness and Contemporary Enslavement (Routledge, 2020) bridges current policy debates around citizenship, states, and nations, and theoretical analysis of issues of belonging, consent, and freedom. Jane A. Gordon, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, weaves together the complexities of statelessness, emphasizing... Read More
Viet Thanh Nguyen, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War” (Harvard UP, 2016)
According to Viet Thanh Nguyen, all wars are fought twice: first on the field of battle, and then in the struggles over memory. In Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016) he explores the various ways in which the American War in Vietnam has... Read More