Happy May Day! We are delighted to bring in the new month with a list of great new books that will be coming out in May.
In Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution, James Ferguson examines the rise of social welfare programs in southern Africa 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.
Reading across archives, canons, and continents, Lisa Lowe examines the relationships between Europe, Asia, and the Americas in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth- centuries in The Intimacies of Four Continents. She argues that Western liberal ideology, African slavery, Asian indentured labor, colonialism and trade must be understood as being mutually constitutive.
Sharon R. Kaufman examines the quandary of patients, families and doctors not knowing the point where enough medical treatment becomes too much treatment in in Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line. A hidden chain of drivers among science, industry, new technology, and insurance spur this quandary, serving to obscure the ability to identify the difference between extraordinary and ordinary medicine.
Aesthetic Revolutions and Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde Movements, a collection edited by Aleš Erjavec, categorizes aesthetic avant-garde art as art that seeks to politically transform society and argues that such art is essential for political revolution. It provides seven in-depth analyses of twentieth-century aesthetic avant-garde art movements and examines them in relation to revolutionary politics.
In Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy, anthropologist John F. Collins explores shifts in racial identification in Brazil by examining the transformation of a celebrated Afro-Brazilian neighborhood in Salvador, Brazil from a red light district into an idealized UNESCO World Heritage Site, wherein its residents were celebrated yet stigmatized and expelled.
Jean Ma shows how the rise and domination of singing actresses—or songstresses—in Chinese cinema attests to the changing roles of women in urban modernity, the complex symbiosis between the film and music industries, and the distinctive gendering of lyrical expression in Sounding the Modern Woman: The Songstress in Chinese Cinema.