It’s March already, and time again for our round-up of new books be coming out this month. We have quite a list this time around!
In Hitchcock à la Carte, a study of Alfred Hitchcock’s two television series, Jan Olsson demonstrates how Hitchcock created a personal brand built on his large body, gastronomical proclivities, and the manipulation of bodies and food, which allowed him to mark his creative oeuvre as strictly his own.
In It’s Been Beautiful, Gayle Wald examines Soul!, the first African American black variety television show on public television, which between 1968 and 1973 was instrumental in expressing the diversity of black popular culture, thought and politics, as well as helping to create the notion of black community.
Marcia Chatelain recasts Chicago’s Great Migration through the lens of black girlhood in South Side Girls. She argues that the construction of black girlhood in Chicago between 1910 and 1940 reflected the black community’s anxieties about urbanization and its meaning for racial progress, as well as responses to major events and social crises.
Ilan Stavans and Joshua Ellison’s Reclaiming Travel is a provocative meditation on the meaning of travel in the twenty-first century. Eschewing tourism, Stavans and Ellison urge for a rethinking of contemporary travel in order to return it to its roots as a tool for self-discovery and transformation.
Keywords in Sound, edited by David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny, defines the field of sound studies and provides a comprehensive conceptual apparatus for why studying sound matters. Each essay includes the keyword’s intellectual history, a discussion of its role in cultural, social and political discourses, and suggestions for possible future research.
In Legions of Boom, Oliver Wang chronicles the history of the San Francisco Bay Area Filipino American mobile DJ scene of the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. He shows how DJ crews helped unify the Bay Area’s Filipino American community, gave its members social status and brotherhood, and drew huge crowds.
Colin Milburn examines how nanotechnology research has developed in relation to video games, allowing for the creation of new technologies that enable the transformation of scientific speculation and video game fantasy into reality in Mondo Nano.
Interdisciplinary in design and concept, Speculation, Now, edited by Vyjayanthi Venuturupalli Rao, with Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni, illuminates unexpected convergences between images, concepts, and language.
The contributors to Plastic Materialities, edited by Brenna Bhandar and Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller, explore the ways in which Catherine Malabou’s new materialism and concept of plasticity can provide new insights into issues of race, colonialism, subjectivity, science, social order, sovereignty and justice. This collection also includes three new essays by Malabou and an interview.
Newly back in print, Normal Life, by Dean Spade, sets forth a politic that goes beyond the quest for mere legal inclusion, and is an urgent call for justice and trans liberation, and the radical transformations it will require.
Nicole Starosielski examines undersea communication cable network in The Undersea Network, bringing it to the surface of media scholarship and making visible the “wireless” network’s materiality. She argues that the network is inextricably linked to historical and political factors and that it is precarious, rural, aquatic, territorially entrench and semi-centralized.
Using the influential and controversial Writing Culture as a point of departure, the thirteen essays in Writing Culture and the Life of Anthropology, edited by Orin Starn, consider anthropology’s past, document the current state of the field, and outline its future possibilities.
The Limits of Okinawa, by Wendy Matsumura, traces the emergence of a sense of Okinawan difference, showing how local and mainland capitalists, intellectuals, and politicians attempted to resolve clashes with labor by appealing to the idea of a unified Okinawan community.
Fabiana Li examines the politics surrounding the rapid growth of mining in the Peruvian Andes, arguing that anti-mining protests are not only about mining’s negative environmental impacts, but about the legitimization of contested forms of knowledge in Unearthing Conflict.
James Ferguson examines the rise of social welfare programs in southern Africa in Give a Man a Fish in which states give cash payments to their low income citizens. These programs, Ferguson argues, offer new opportunities for political mobilization and inspire new ways to think about issues of production, distribution, markets, labor and unemployment.
In Broadcasting Modernity, Yeidy M. Rivero shows how commercial Cuban television, which only existed from 1950-1960, was instrumental in the creation and representation of Cuba’s identity as a modern and Western nation-state.
When Rains Became Floods is the stunning autobiography of Lurgio Gavilán Sánchez, who as a child soldier fought for both the Peruvian guerilla insurgency Shining Path and the Peruvian military during the Peruvian Civil War. After escaping the war, he became a Franciscan priest.
Bruno, by Robert Gay, is the story of a Brazilian navy corporal turned drug dealer, who after being imprisoned became the leader of one of Brazil’s biggest criminal factions, the Comando Vermelho. Bruno’s story provides insights into the Brazilian drug trade, prison life, and explains the epidemic of violence in Rio’s favelas.