New Books in April

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BioinsecuritiesIn Bioinsecurities Neel Ahuja shows how twentieth-century U.S. imperial expansion was dependent on controlling the spread of disease through the transformation of humans, animals, bacteria, and viruses into living theaters of warfare and securitization.

In Tropical Renditions Christine Bacareza Balance examines how the performance and reception of post-World War II Filipino and Filipino American popular music provide crucial tools for composing Filipino identity, publics, and politics as well as challenge dominant racial stereotypes.

Volume XIII of The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers covers the period between August 1921 and August 1922. During this particularly tumultuous time, Garvey suffered legal, political, and financial trouble, while the UNIA struggled to grow throughout the Caribbean.

travel & seeIn Plastic Bodies Emilia Sanabria examines how women’s use of sex hormones in Bahia, Brazil for menstrual suppression shapes social relations, having become central to contemporary understandings of the body, class, gender, sex, personhood, modernity, and Brazilian national identity.

Kobena Mercer’s Travel & See covers the period from 1992 to 2012,  using a diasporic model of criticism to analyze the cross-cultural aesthetic practice of African American and black British artists and to show how their refiguring of visual representations of blackness transform perceptions of race.

In Metabolic Living Harris Solomon studies obesity and
diabetes in Mumbai, India, presenting a new narrative of metabolic illness in which it is less about the overconsumption of food than it is about the body’s relationship to its environment and the substances it absorbs.

Gloria Wekker’s White Innocence explores a central paradox of Dutch life—the passionate denial of racial discrimination and colonial violence coexisting alongside aggressive racism and xenophobia—to show how the narrative of Dutch racial exceptionalism elides the Netherland’s colonial past and safeguards white privilege.

Winner of the 2011 Thomas E. Skidmore Prize, this new translation of Paulo Fontes’s Migration and the Making of Industrial São Paulo is a detailed social history of the millions who migrated from Brazil’s Northeast to São Paulo.

A major intervention into Indian historiography, Dalit Studies recovers the long history of Dalit struggles against caste violence, exclusion, and discrimination by focusing on the importance of humiliation, dignity, and spatial exclusion to Dalit emancipatory politics.

First published in Portuguese in 2006, Walter Fraga’s Crossroads of Freedom brings readers into the world of the last generation of enslaved men, women, and children who toiled in Bahia’s sugar plantations and later struggled to make lives for themselves following Brazil’s abolition of slavery in 1888.

the voice and its doublesIn The Voice and its Doubles Daniel Fisher explores the production of Aboriginal Australian audio media, showing how the mediatization of the Aboriginal voice provides the means to representing and linking Indigenous communities, maintaining distinct linguistic and cultural traditions, and gaining access to Australian political life.

Susan Bibler Coutin’s Exiled Home recounts the experiences of Salvadoran children who migrated with their families to the United States during the 1980-1992 civil war, examining how they sought to understand and overcome the trauma of war and displacement.

undoing.jpgIn Undoing Monogamy Angela Willey analyzes the contemporary science of monogamy, demanding a critical reorientation toward the understanding of monogamy and non-monogamy in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Building on the possibilities opened up by Ethnic Studies, this volume promotes open dialogue, discussion, and debate regarding Critical Ethnic Studies‘ expansive, politically complex, and intellectually rich concerns on topics ranging from multiculturalism and the neoliberal university to the militarized security state.


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