It’s July, and the full, sticky heat of summer is here. What better time to find a cool corner and curl up with a new book?
This month, we’re delighted to bring three books from now-closed South End Press back into print. Dean Spade’s book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, is a newly revised and expanded edition of the book. Setting forth a politic that goes beyond the quest for the legal inclusion of trans populations, this revised and expanded edition is an urgent call for justice and trans liberation, and the radical transformations it will require. In Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, over the course of several personal essays, genderqueer activist/writer Eli Clare weaves together memoir, history, and political thinking to explore meanings and experiences of home, all the while providing an intersectional framework for understanding how we actually experience the daily hydraulics of oppression, power, and resistance. In the mesmerizing political memoir Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid, Frank Wilderson III recollects his turbulent life as an expatriate in South Africa during the furious last gasps of apartheid, where he taught at universities by day, and helped the ANC coordinate clandestine propaganda and launch psychological warfare by night.
Also on the roster this month is Jennifer Suchland’s Economies of Violence: Transnational Feminism, Postsocialism, and the Politics of Sex Trafficking, in which the author argues that human trafficking should be understood as symptomatic of complex economic and social dynamics rather than as a criminal activity, and that treating trafficking as a crime and by focusing on victims is insufficient to combatting it.
Marcia C. Inhorn’s Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai, an ethnography of international travelers seeking in vitro fertilization treatment in the global IVF hub of Dubai shows that infertile couples, or “reprotravelers,” leave their countries because IVF treatment is not safe, affordable, legal or effective. Inhorn opens a window into the painful, frustrating, and expensive world of infertility.
Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship, by Aimee Meredith Cox, is ethnography of the Fresh Start homeless shelter in Detroit, Aimee Meredith Cox shows how the shelter’s residents—young black women whose average age is twenty—critique their social marginalization and find creative ways to exercise their agency.