Month: June 2015

New Studies Assess Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) after the Passage of the Affordable Care Act

JHP404_coverproof1-1Assessing Accountable Care Organizations: Cost, Quality, and Market Power,” a special issue of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (volume 40, issue 4), is an in-depth look at accountable care organizations (ACOs): networks of hospitals, physicians, or other health care providers that share financial and medical responsibility for the coordinated care of a patient.

Now numbering over 700 throughout the United States, ACOs were rare prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Their increased presence has sparked a debate about issues important to patients, providers, and taxpayers throughout the nation. “Integrated health delivery systems and accountable care organizations are becoming ubiquitous in our health care system,” Richard Scheffler, special issue co-editor, states. “They potentially could bend the cost curve and improve the quality of care, but they also present a threat to the competitiveness of health care markets.”

Contributors to this issue analyze the current landscape of ACOs from a national and state perspective and assess whether ACOs meet the expectations of patients for lowering costs, increasing the quality of health care, and impacting population health. The authors also identify the current status of ACO accountability and enforcement with insight into antitrust laws.

The issue also includes a Point-Counterpoint section in which Laurence Seidman (University of Delaware) and Harold Pollack (University of Chicago) debate the merits of a Medicare for All reform.

Much of the work in this issue was supported through the Nicholas C. Petris Center with funding from the California Attorney General’s office.

For more information about the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, published by Duke University Press, please visit For more information about the special issue, please contact Colleen Grogan, journal editor and special issue co-editor (cgrogan[at]uchicago[dot]edu) and Richard Scheffler, special issue co-editor (rscheff[at]berkeley[dot]edu).

Celebrating Book Design at AAUP

Every June the Association of American University Presses holds its annual meeting. In this post, Direct Marketing Manager and Sales Associate Julie Thomson shares one of her favorite aspects of the meeting: attending the annual Book, Jacket, and Journal Show panel where the jurors talk about the designs they selected.

This year’s jurors were:

  • Nola Burger, Designer,Callisto Media;
  • Ned Drew, Professor of Graphic Design & Design History, Rutgers-Newark; Partner,BRED; and co-author of By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design;
  • Renate Gokl, Associate Professor & Chair of Visual Communication Design, Art Institute of Chicago;
  • Simon JohnstonSimon Johnston Design; Professor & Director of Print, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

The 2015 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show marks the 50th anniversary of this juried exhibition. The jurors selected 46 books, 32 jackets and covers, 1 journal, and 3 digital publications—a new category added this year—as the very best examples of design. You might recall the announcement of the winners from Duke University Press in this post.

Forms of the AffectFor their presentation at AAUP each juror selected five to ten of their favorites to talk about. Simon Johnston began by showing Amy Ruth Buchanan’s design for The Forms of the Affects by Eugenie Brinkema, a winner in the Scholarly Typographic and the Jackets and Covers categories.  He waxed poetic about the details; “the eye, the tear, the drop, the ripple, the forms, the affects.” He singled out his love for the conceptual resonance of the tear and called the design “braveness on the part of the designer.” It was such a beautiful response to this striking cover. After the presentation Ned Drew mentioned that this was a book that he would have talked about if Johnston hadn’t already.

Renate Gokl began her portion by talking about the way designers “develop and draw relationships between form and content to communicate something beyond the subject matter.” She added that this can be meeting the reader’s need, but that it can also be including details that “delight the reader.”

Beautiful DataThe Duke University Press book that she focused on was Beautiful Data by Orit Halpern, a winner in the Scholarly Illustrated category, with an interior designed by Courtney Baker and a cover designed by Natalie F. Smith. Gokl praised the filmic use of images, the consciousness of using the horizontal span, and the use of the color black.

Dillon_pbk_cvr_NS.inddThe favorites selected by Nola Berger included a range of more typographic cover designs, showing examples of great artistic achievement with this approach. Discussing the design for Elizabeth Dillon’s New World Drama, she noted that Natalie F. Smith’s use of two typefaces in the title “conceptually mimics” the illustration used on the cover. Berger also complimented Smith’s use of italics and capitalization to create a texture with the cover type.

A number of judges touched on the conceptual approaches to covers and designs. I think this is an area where university press designers have space to figure out ways to engage with, and respond to, the complex ideas of the books we publish. This is another area where a designer’s choice of type, art, and execution, in relation to a book’s topic can produce delight for the book’s constituencies and audiences.

I also spoke on a panel about cover art, representing book marketing’s involvement in the cover art process. It was chaired by Rob Ehle, Art Director at Stanford University Press; the other presenters were Christie Henry, Editorial Director, Sciences and Social Sciences at University of Chicago Press, and Tom Eykemans, Senior Designer at University of Washington Press. We each spoke about the cover art process from our various perspectives and Eykemans gave a fascinating overview of the history of university press design. Discussing the history and evolution of university press book design alongside industry changes and current practices across our presses, allowed us each to reflect more on our current practices and to provide ideas for new approaches to other presses.

There’s no one way to go about designing a book, but I have to admit that I delight in being around our acclaimed designers, and seeing the ideas and directions that they come up with for our diverse and interdisciplinary books. I’m not alone in this; authors, booksellers, and conference attendees often sing the praises of our designers. Their work is a critical part of the Duke University Press brand.

An Interview with Marcia Ochoa: How She Envisions the Future of GLQ

Recently we had the opportunity to talk to Marcia Ochoa about her new role as co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and learn more about what she has planned for the journal’s future. Ochoa will serve as co-editor of GLQ for the next five years. In addition to her work on GLQ as co-editor and special issue editor of two recent issues entitled “On the Visceral,” parts One and Two, Ochoa also serves on the editorial board of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, and published “Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela,” with Duke University Press.

How did you come to be editor of GLQ?

ddglq_20_4I have been a reader of GLQ for many years. I was really honored to be asked by Beth Freeman who I think was looking for somebody who was in the social sciences who also had some understanding of the journal and understood its theoretical orientation. I was asked last year and was really happy to accept the editorship. I think part of it came out of the work I did with Sharon Holland and Kyla Wazana Tompkins on the “On the Visceral” Parts One and Two, which was a really wonderful process of building intellectual community, understanding the very generous and generative and rigorous peer review process we have in place at GLQ, and seeing some of back end—what does it take to put a journal together? So that was fascinating. I’m really a system oriented person, I like when systems come together so I was really happy to help out. I was mostly focused on, in addition to the curatorship of the content, I was really attentive to making sure the files were in order and making sure things were moving along the way they needed to.

What are some under researched areas you hope to publish in the future?

ddglq_21_1I think GLQ has done a really nice job of bringing in research from all kinds of fields. I’ve been really excited to see the science studies and feminist science studies that have come out recently in GLQ. It has always been very strong in the humanities and literature in particular. I’m really excited at—having been part of the Association for Queer Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association—seeing GLQ expand its offerings in queer anthropology and in the social sciences more broadly, in the way that really deepens its theoretical innovation. I think as a journal of social theory and queer theory, GLQ has an excellent reputation. Because of some of the historical kinds of reductionism in some kinds of social sciences, the social sciences haven’t been the place to develop that. As an anthropologist, I come at social sciences as a place where we can talk about complexity and not reducing things. I’m always very in dialogue with humanistic approaches. I’m really looking forward to offering more in the social sciences.

I’m also really invested in having a lot more in the global south reflected in the pages of GLQ. I think queer theory as an analytic has really travelled well. And it’s not about replacing local categories of meaning with the word queer in a way that erases the particularities of that meaning, but for me it’s really about what can queer do for us in the different places. How can we use queer as a way to put all different forms of being in dialogue with each other? What would queer theory look like if we centered the experiences of people in the global south or marginalized through binary systems of gender and sexuality that are developed in colonialism and enslavement? What would queer look like if we centered those forms of knowledge? That’s my real project with GLQ, to build an intellectual culture in the discipline of queer theory that really expands that conversation that includes voices from the global south in much more of a sustained, rigorous, and accountable way. I’m really hoping to expand those offerings. I’ve been working with several different people in the world on the possibility of co-publishing with different presses and journals in the global south that also engage in the debates that we engage in with queer theory on their own terms and how that could possibly shift how we talk about it here in the United States.

ddtsq_2_1One more under researched area which I think GLQ has actually been good at incorporating but I want to see more of is transgender studies because now with the launch of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, which I am currently serving on the editorial board of, I think we have a new venue. I think TSQ is very inspired by GLQ and I think TSQ is going to do really amazing things. I think GLQ can continue that conversation. Queer is more and more developed as a concept in dialogue with trans in ways that are not mutually exclusive or negating of anybody. I think that’s going to be exciting to see the development now that we have two really amazing venues to develop trans studies in.

Tell us about “Queer Inhumanisms” and forthcoming special issues of GLQ.

We have a couple of special issues in the pipeline and then I think we’re going to have to take a break from special issues for a little while and publish some of the submissions that we’ve been getting. We have a nice, healthy amount of submissions that are really waiting to see the world and I’m looking forward to seeing those in our journal.

ddglq_21_2_3The most recent special issue, volume 21, issues 3-4, just released, is called “Queer Inhumanisms” with Dana Luciano and Mel Chen serving as special issue editors. This is one of the issues that is doing a lot of interesting work with feminist science studies. Karen Barad has an article in it which I think is really going to blow people’s minds. It’s called “Transmaterialities.” In addition to that, even beyond Karen, we have wonderful people thinking about race, materiality, the constitution of the human, cruelty, racialization, intimacy, even to the point that “Queer Inhuamnisms” really brings together a lot of currents of thought around new materialism, as well as animal studies and feminist science studies more generally, to really get at the basic texture of our lives and of power in our lives. I think this is really great. I had a really wonderful experience with “On the Visceral,” and just seeing how ready we are to extend the conversation about power and sexuality and race and consumption into the fabric of our lives, of our existences. It’s going to be really exciting. There is a wonderful piece by Tavia Nyong’o on “Beast of the Southern Wild” and the concept of wildness. I have a great piece by Jayna Brown about Henrietta Lacks and the plasticity of life through the idea. The case of Henrietta Lacks is about the propagation of her cell line, the HeLa cell line. I’m not going to talk about every single one, but there is a wonderful dossier called “Theorizing Queer Inhumanisms” where we see the last piece of writing from José Muñoz and I think it’s going to be a really important dialogue for people thinking about race and queerness together. I loved every piece in this issue so I’ll stop there, but I think people will have a lot to read about.

The next special issue on the docket is “Area Impossible,” volume 22 and issue 2, which is being edited by Anjali Arondekar and Geeta Patel. These are two South Asian scholars who work on geopolitics and reframing area studies, challenging the concept of various studies and the kind of work it can do and occlude in terms of thinking through queer theory and questions of power and society. We haven’t gotten those essays in, they’re still in the developmental process, but I’m really looking forward to seeing where they end up.

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Duke University Press in Uganda

Last fall, we were thrilled to publish the first book of our new Critical Global Health series, Second Chances: Surviving Aids in Uganda, edited by Susan Reynolds Whyte. The book was celebrated at a launch in Uganda in February, at Makerere University in Kampala. Four prominent Ugandans discussed the book. All have been and continue to be major players in shaping the response to AIDS in the country.


In their remarks they touched on three themes:

As clinicians, they found that the book gave them understanding of their patients as people.

Peter Mugyenyi, Director, Joint Clinical Research Centre, a leading authority on the treatment of AIDS in Africa:

“As a person who was involved in access to ARV drugs in this country, I found this story very moving. Any health care provider who reads this book, and listens—it is like listening to people talking to you, that’s how well it is written—your practice will never be the same…I looked at this book and I started reflecting on what sort of services we provide to patients. When you read this book your vision of such issues will never quite be the same.

Through the stories that these patients told, I could see you the interviewers. I saw how you felt for the study participants you looked after and followed up. I saw how you got involved, and then in the end you told a moving story.”

Harriet Mayanja, Dean, School of Medicine, and former Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, treating AIDS patients at Mulago, the national referral hospital:

“This book is not only second chances for the people they write about. It is also second chances for us to look at disease and people who are unwell as individual human beings with families, with homes, with worries, with fears as opposed to cases and statistics.”


Thomas Carlyle on the American Civil War included with new release of letters

IMG_0418Duke University Press is pleased to announce that volumes 39 through 41 of the Carlyle Letters Online are now available.

The Carlyle Letters Online is a digital archive that hosts over 10,000 of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle’s letters. The collection is searchable by date, recipient, subject, and volume. The archive is available at no charge to institutions and individuals.

Volumes 39 through 41 chronicle December 1862 to April 1865 and include Thomas Carlyle’s only public expression on the American Civil War, “Ilias (Americana) in Nuce,” published in Macmillan’s Magazine. This “squib,” as Ralph Waldo Emerson called it, created a firestorm of response on both sides of the Northern and Southern divide, as well as both sides of the Atlantic. This period also covers the completion of Carlyle’s monumental biography of Frederic the Great, which he had been working on since the early 1850s. In the newly available volumes, Jane Welsh Carlyle’s health runs from one crisis to another, marking the beginning of the decline that would end with her death in 1866.

The Carlyle Letters Online is regarded as one of the finest and most comprehensive literary archives about the nineteenth century. Correspondents of the Carlyles included Charles Dickens, John Stuart Mill, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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Gerard Gaskin Exhibition Opens in Philadelphia

LegendaryAn exhibition of photographer Gerard H. Gaskin’s work opens today at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The nearly fifty images on display are from the same body of work that comprised his 2013 book Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene. Gaskin won the 2012 Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize.

His radiant color and black-and-white photographs take us inside the culture of house balls, underground events where gay and transgender men and women, mostly African American and Latino, come together to see and be seen. “Tens across the board!” wrote Lambda Literary Review in their write-up of the book.  Writing in Edge, Kay Bourne said, “Legendary welcomes you into a fabulous world. This hall of mirrors is akin to the dazzling Emerald City of ‘some where over the rainbow’ fame.” And Leo Hsu of Fraction Magazine wrote, “Legendary honors the possibility of a truer self, performed.”

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The show runs through August 16. If you can’t make it to the exhibition, you can still order the book at a 30% discount. Just visit our website and use coupon code E13GASK at checkout.

June Events

To beat the heat slip into your local bookstore and see some Duke University Press authors this summer. It’s the perfect time pick up a new book. Come see our authors discuss their latest books at the following events:

Lion Songs

You have four chances to see Afropop Worldwide producer, writer, and musician Banning Eyre this month, on both coasts!

June 12th: See Banning Eyre promote his new book Lion Songs and play some music along with author Ron Singer (Uhuru Revisited) at Porter Square Books.

7pm, Porter Square Books
25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140

June 14th: What’s summer without live music? Swing by Amoeba Records to see Banning Eyre perform and sign copies of Lion Songs.

2pm, Amoeba Records Hollywood
6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

June 23rd: If you missed Banning Eyre in Hollywood, don’t to worry, he’s not far away. Catch him again at City Lights.

7pm, City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Ordinary MedicineJune 13th: Join Sharon Kaufman at her local bookstore Book Passage to discuss her book Ordinary Medicine.

1pm, Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925

Its Been Beautiful

June 28th: Need some soul? Gayle Wald will be discussing her latest It’s Been Beautiful at Politics and Prose.

5pm, Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

Q&A with Sharon R. Kaufman

Photo by Susan Merrell

Photo by Susan Merrell

Sharon R. Kaufman is Professor Emerita and Chair, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives and Where to Draw the Line is an ethnography about the dilemmas 21st century American health care poses.  Centered on the intersection of medicine, our aging society and the concerns raised by today’s treatment options, the book is about the structure and culture of the entire biomedical health care enterprise, from research funding for treatments, to what is reimbursed by insurance companies, to what is considered standard and necessary and why, to what, ultimately, patients and doctors talk about and decide to do. It reveals how the organization of the system determines so much of what happens to everyone and why it is so difficult to see the line between ‘enough’ and ‘too much’ medical intervention.

What is the medical-industrial complex and is there a way to counteract its effects on how we experience illness and death?

In 1980 Arnold Relman, then editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, coined the phrase “medical-industrial Ordinary Medicinecomplex” to describe the ways science, medicine, profits and politics were becoming entangled and were beginning to have a growing impact on health care.  Inspired by President Eisenhower’s earlier coinage of the term military-industrial complex, Relman defined that new health care complex as “a large and growing network of private corporations engaged in the business of supplying health-care services to patients for a profit.”

I draw attention to that complex in Ordinary Medicine.  The worries Relman articulated in 1980 were about the corporatization of health care, the rise of the medical marketplace and the demise of medicine as a social good.  His worries were prescient of course.  The contemporary medical-industrial complex I describe in Ordinary Medicine shows the ways in which the commercial business of health care has grown enormously since the 1980s.  For example, biomedical research in the United States is a $100 billion enterprise today, largely funded by private industries.  The market-driven, market-expansion goals of the pharmaceutical, device and biotech companies have a greater influence on the development and use of treatments than ever before.  Private industry largely determines which therapies will be investigated in clinical trials and other studies and which patient-consumer markets will be exploited. As a consequence, its role in shaping what doctors recommend and what patients ask for has increased dramatically in the past several decades, and it continues to increase.

Because the medical-industrial complex shapes the clinical trials enterprise and what we have come to regard as evidence-based medicine, because that complex churns out new diagnostic procedures and therapies at an unprecedented rate, and because it guides physicians and patients in their thinking about treatment options, there is no way to counteract its effects, per se, on how we experience illness and advanced age.   We can, however, be mindful of those effects when we consider whether to employ every new treatment modality that comes along to fight the ills – and the inevitability– of old age and approaching death.

 How do we reconcile the fact that developed countries like the US are “overmedicated” while countries in Africa and Asia can be in urgent need of better health care? Should we pursue progress in health care as a global goal?

It is indeed difficult to contemplate the disparity between overtreatment, the exorbitant cost of treatments and the intensive therapies given to those near the end of life in the U.S. while so many others – within our nation as well as throughout the developing world — cannot gain access to what are today considered preventive and curative interventions.  Yes, we should pursue progress in health care as a global goal.  But the American experience, especially our culture of complaint about too much technology near the end of life, should be viewed as a cautionary tale for other locales.  What do we mean by medical progress in the first place?  As the most advanced technologies in the industrialized world come to be taken up elsewhere (for example, ventilators in intensive care units; costly cancer drugs; cardiac implantable devices; expensive diagnostic and surgical tools) the question, “what kind of progress?” looms large.   This is a rich area of study for anthropologists, sociologists and public health scholars and will continue to be so in the future.

 What are “living donors”?

“Living donors” are individuals who decide to give a kidney or a portion of their liver to a sick person in need of an organ.  There are at least several reasons why transplantation with organs from living donors is occurring with increasing frequency today. Medical science has shown that most individuals can live healthy lives with just one kidney, and giving away a portion of one’s liver does not undermine health. Demand for organs far outpaces the deceased donor organ supply. Today over 100,000 people are on the U.S. national waiting list for a deceased donor kidney. Yet the number of available kidneys has remained static, at about 13,000, for more than a decade.  Older persons now contribute to the growing demand, and approximately 15% of the deceased donor supply goes to persons age 65 and over.  Studies reveal that recipients of kidneys from living donors live slightly longer on average than those who get kidneys from deceased donors. Taken together, these facts put enormous pressure on families, friends, acquaintances and sometimes strangers to offer to donate a kidney to someone in need.  Finally internet solicitation of living donors has emerged in recent years, contributing to the ordinariness of asking for, offering, and accepting a kidney from a living person.

Are quandaries about options, costs, obligations, and risks also present in medical arenas other than terminal illness, such as pediatrics or obstetrics? 

Yes. The value of patient autonomy in health care, together with the demise of physician paternalism, has placed the onus for decision-making on patients, and often on their families.  Quandaries arise for patients and sometimes for doctors in all branches of medicine when more than one treatment option for a particular problem is available. And there is always the potential choice of no treatment.  Which option to choose is particularly troublesome in the case of life-threatening illness, regardless of age. For example, are the risks of one treatment greater than another, or greater than no treatment? Will the costs of all treatments, especially experimental therapies, be covered by insurance?

 Are all life-prolonging procedures negative?

Certainly not!  Medicine’s ability to prolong wanted life through both low-tech and high-tech interventions is positive.  The problem of where to draw the line arises because of the perfect storm we find ourselves in today. The socio-medical imperative to employ those life-prolonging and death-defying techniques now exists in an ever-aging society in which private industry churns out greater numbers of interventions than ever before; in which no age or cost limits exist for Medicare reimbursement of those procedures; in which many older persons, their families and their health providers must consider whether additional treatment will bring with it pain and suffering; and in which saying ‘no’ to advanced, expensive or new procedures seems somehow suspect or ethically wrong. These features of American society and health care organization have spurred our currently lively national conversation about whether staving off death is always the best thing to do.

 Where should we draw the ethical line between putting a brake to excessive treatment and the patients’ and their family members’ wish to stay alive?   

There is no easy or precise answer to this question.  The reasons this question has become a pressing socio-cultural theme today are the subject of Ordinary Medicine.  Our insurance industry has not been able to create guidelines for such a line. When Medicare, our national health insurance system for citizens age 65 and above, was established in 1965-66, no cost or age limits were set on reimbursement for therapies. Though the subject of limits to reimbursement – one means for drawing such a line — has been broached in the years since then, there has not been the political will to change the status quo. Neither physicians nor consumers of health care have been able to effectively draw such a line either, and both groups show great variation in on-the-ground practice.  For more than two decades doctors have complained that some patients and their families demand treatments that are futile and may cause suffering at life’s end. On the other hand patients and families also complain that physicians pursue aggressive treatments way too long, sometimes against their wishes. In my experience both views are correct and both groups are culpable.

 How would you relate Ordinary Medicine to your previous book, And a Time to Die?

Ordinary Medicine is the companion volume, or prequel, if you will, to ...And a Time To Die.   I examined one feature of the quandary about enough or too much treatment and when to stop in …And a Time to Die. There I described hospital death and the social and structural forces that shape the ways many Americans die in the United States.  I explained how, unless and until someone says stop, the bureaucracy of the American hospital itself “moves things along” by channeling doctors and patients toward the most intensive, aggressive treatments, even when people claim they do not want those treatments, and even when death (which is rarely mentioned or expected) is imminent.  But what happens in the hospital when a patient is near death provides only one piece of the answer to why the default setting of medicine is more treatment.   Ordinary Medicine examines the upstream forces, beyond hospital walls, that are at the source of the standard more-is-better approach and that shape the organization of medical treatments.  The new book focuses on the multi-billion dollar research enterprise, especially the ascendance of the value of evidence-based medicine and the surge in clinical trials that shape so much about health care delivery since the turn of the millennium.

Those developments, in turn, determine insurance reimbursement, standards of care, and what physicians and patients agonize over and decide to do.

 How has the medical scene changed in the past ten years?

The good news is that despite the increased influence of the drug and device companies in promoting the use of aggressive treatments in later life, and even though the technological imperative in medicine remains a powerful driver, the medical scene has changed in the past decade for the better and continues to do so.  Palliative care has been accepted by greater numbers of doctors, patients, families and hospitals than in the past.  It is taught in medical schools.  A groundswell of books, medical articles, and reports in mainstream media outlets has appeared describing the problem of too much technological intervention for persons in later life and what needs to change.  The right-to-die consumer movement in health care has gained adherents and makes front-page news. Solutions to waste, overtreatment, futile intervention and patient and family suffering have been implemented in many medical centers and physician groups.  Hospitals, patient advocacy groups, and regional health care systems are working in various ways to change the default away from more so that age, comfort, meaning and mortality are acknowledged.  Yet there is still a long way to go because of the contradictory fact that we desire advanced, even experimental medical interventions without limit at the same time that we deplore the overuse of those tools and the suffering they sometimes cause.  In that way the quandary of the line continues to have profound effects.

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New Books in June

Spring flew by and June is already here! As usual, we’ve got some great new books to ring in the new month.

Brumfield cover image, 5906-7In Architecture at the End of the Earth: Photographing the Russian North, featuring nearly two hundred full color photographs by William Craft Brumfield, the author and photographer documents the architecture of centuries-old wooden and brick churches, cathedrals and homes in the region surrounding the White Sea, which is known as the Russian North.

Kwon cover image, 5925-8Nayoung Aimee Kwon examines the Japanese language literature written by Koreans during late Japanese colonialism in Intimate Empire: Collaboration and Colonial Modernity in Korea and Japan. She demonstrates that simply characterizing that literature as collaborationist obscures the complicated relationship these authors had with colonialism, modernity, and identity, as well as the relationship between colonizers and the colonized.

Field cover image, 5881-7In Uplift Cinema: The Emergence of African American Film and the Possibility of Black Modernity, Allyson Nadia Field recovers the forgotten body of African American filmmaking from the 1910s, which she calls uplift cinema. These films were part of the racial uplift project, which emphasized education, respectability, and self-sufficiency, and weren’t only responses to racist representations of African Americans in other films.

Madera cover image, 5811-4Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature presents definitive new approaches to black geography, showing how the rethinking of place and scale can galvanize the study of black literature.

Satsuka cover image, 5880-0Shiho Satsuka studies Japanese tour guides who lead Japanese tourists on trips through the Canadian Rockies in Nature in Translation: Japanese Tourism Encounters the Canadian Rockies. By presenting nature in ways attuned to Japanese culture, these guides translate nature, a process that makes visible the cultural construction of nature and subjectivities.

Latin American Studies Association Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico this year. Beachy attire was all over, and the Gran Baile took place by the pool. But there were still big crowds for the book exhibit. As always we enjoyed meeting our authors and selling their books at a great conference discount.

Van Deusen

Here is Nancy Van Deusen with her new book Global Indios: The Indigenous Struggle for Justice in Sixteenth-Century Spain. It was very popular and sold out before the end of the conference.


Ana María Ochoa Gautier’s book Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia also sold out before the end of the conference.

Here is Miguel Carter, editor of Challenging Social Inequality: The Landless Rural Workers Movement and Agrarian Reform in Brazil.


Some of our authors took the time to do short videos discussing their work.

Yeidy Rivero, author of Broadcasting Modernity: Cuban Commercial Television,1950-1960.

John Collins, author of Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazilian Racial Democracy.

Eileen J. Suárez Findlay, author of We Are Left without a Father Here: Masculinity, Domesticity, and Migration in Postwar Puerto Rico.

Robert M. Buffington, author of A Sentimental Education for the Working Man: The Mexico City Penny Press, 1900-1910.

Paulo Drinot, co-editor (with Alan Knight) of The Great Depression in Latin America.

Christopher R. Boyer, author of Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Community in Mexico wasn’t able to be at LASA, but he did record a video describing his book.

Check out a few more photos on our Facebook page. If you didn’t attend the conference, you can still get the 30% conference discount on any of our titles. Just call 888-651-0122 and use the coupon code LASA15.