New Books in August

Summer is almost over, students are getting ready to return to campus, and our Fall season is already in full swing. Check out these new titles coming out in August.

Instaying with Staying with the Trouble, renown feminist science studies scholar Donna J. Haraway refigures our current epoch, moving away from the Anthropocene toward the Chthulucene: an epoch in which we stay with the trouble of living and dying on a damaged earth while living with and understanding the nonhuman in complex ways conducive to building more livable futures.

The Rise of the American Conservation Movement is a sweeping social history, in which Dorceta E. Taylor examines the emergence and rise of the multi-faceted conservation movement from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century, showing how race, class, and gender influenced its every aspect.

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A unique collection edited by anthropologist Charles Piot contains essays by Duke University undergraduates in which they recount their experiences initiating small research and development projects in Togo. Of interest to students and teachers involved in service learning and study abroad, Doing Development in West Africa provides a relatable and intimate look into student-initiated development projects.

In Terminated for Reasons of Taste, veteran rock critic Chuck Eddy brings lost, ignored, and maligned pop music to the fore, considering marginalized styles and artists right alongside pop music’s heavyweights like Bruce Springsteen, the Beastie Boys, and Taylor Swift.

In Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists, Aya Hirata Kimura traces the experiences of citizen scientists—particularly mothers—who after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster collected scientific data that revealed radiation-contaminated food, showing how the Japanese government used neoliberal and traditional gender ideologies to discount and socially sanction these women and their findings.

Third World StudiesThird World Studies: Theorizing Liberation by Gary Y. Okihiro presents the intellectual history of the core ideas, concepts, methods, and theories of Third World studies—an academic field first proposed in 1968 that never existed—in order to provide tools for understanding power and ending oppression.

The contributors to Ghost Protocol , edited by Carlos Rojas and Ralph A. Litzinger, examine the ways the legacies of socialism continue to shape and inform China’s capitalist present, contending that contemporary China is shaped by an overlapping mix of socialist and capitalist institutional strategies, political procedures, legal regulations, religious rituals, and everyday practices.

telemoIn TelemodernitiesTania Lewis, Fran Martin, and Wanning Sun analyze the complex social and cultural significance of lifestyle television programming in China, India, Taiwan, and Singapore, showing how it adds insight into late Asian modernity, media cultures, and broad shifts in the nature of private life, identity, citizenship, and social engagement.

placingIn Placing Outer Space, Lisa Messeri traces how planetary scientists—whether working in the Utah desert, a Chilean observatory, or the labs of MIT—transform celestial bodies into places in order to understand the universe as densely inhabited by planets, in turn telling us more about Earth, ourselves, and our place in the cosmos.

In Film Blackness, Michael Boyce Gillespie shifts the ways we think about black film, seeing it not as the representation of the black experience, but as the visual negotiation between film as art and the social construction of race, as well as an interdisciplinary form that enacts black visual and expressive culture.

 

 

 

 

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