Introducing Our Fall 2017 Catalog

Our Fall 2017 catalog is here! We’re excited to give you a preview of all the great books that will be available in the next few months.

Test of FaithEvery two years we publish the winner of the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize. The 2017 winner is Lauren Pond and her photos of Pentecostal serpent handlers in Appalachia. Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation features 100 color photographs and provides a deeply nuanced, personal look at serpent handling that invites greater understanding of a religious practice that has long faced derision and criticism. It will be available in November.

Louise Thompson PattersonWe have a great cluster of general interest titles on the struggle for social and racial justice. Keith Gilyard has written the first biography of Louise Thompson Patterson, a leading and transformative figure in the radical African American politics of the twentieth century. In Why the Vote Wasn’t Enough for Selma, Karlyn Forner rewrites the heralded history of Selma to show why gaining the right to vote did not lead to economic justice for African Americans in the Alabama Black Belt. Jane Lazarre tells the story of her father Bill Lazarre in The Communist and the Communist’s Daughter. He was a radical activist who, as part of his tireless efforts to create a better world for his family, held leadership positions in the American Communist Party, fought in the Spanish Civil War, and organized labor unions. And bringing the story of activism into the twenty-first century, Howard E. Covington Jr.’s Lending Power looks at the compelling story of the nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help, a community-oriented and civil rights-based financial institution that has helped provide loans to those who lacked access to traditional financing while fighting for consumer protection for all Americans.

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Fred Moten

We’re excited to feature a number of returning authors with major new theoretical interventions into contemporary politics and cultural studies. Black and Blur is the first book in Fred Moten’s trilogy consent not to be a single being. Moten engages in a capacious consideration of the place and force of blackness in African diaspora arts, politics, and life. Jasbir Puar returns to our list both with a tenth-anniversary edition of her classic Terrorist Assemblages and with The Right to Maim, which continues her pathbreaking work on the liberal state, sexuality, and biopolitics to theorize the production of disability, using Israel’s occupation of Palestine as an example of how settler colonial states rely on liberal frameworks of disability to maintain control of bodies and populations.

In Saving the Security State, Inderpal Grewal traces the changing relations between the US state and its citizens in an era she calls advanced neoliberalism, under which everyday life is militarized, humanitarianism serves imperial aims, and white Christian men become exceptional citizens tasked with protecting the nation from racialized others. Also looking at life in the modern security state is the collection Life in the Age of Drone Warfare, edited by Lisa Parks and Caren Kaplan. We are also publishing Kaplan’s book Aerial Aftermaths, which looks at the cultural history of aerial imagery—from the first vistas provided by balloons in the eighteenth century to the sensing operations of military drones. In Attachments to War, Jennifer Terry traces how biomedical logics entangle Americans in a perpetual state of war, in which new forms of wounding necessitate the continual development of treatment and prosthetic technologies while the military justifies violence and military occupation as necessary conditions for advancing medical knowledge. And reckoning with one’s role in perpetuating systematic inequality is the theme of Bruce Robbins’s The Beneficiary, in which he examines the implications of a humanitarianism in which the prosperous are the both the cause and the beneficiaries of the abhorrent conditions they seek to remedy.

art1New books in gender studies and queer studies include Lynn Comella’s Vibrator Nation, which tells the fascinating history of how feminist sex-toy stores such as Eve’s Garden, Good Vibrations and Babeland raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, provided educational and community resources, and changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed. We’ve also got Eric Plemons’s ethnography of trans-medicine; Melanie Yergeau’s Authoring Autism, which shows how autistics both embrace and reject the rhetorical, thereby queering the lines of rhetoric, humanity, agency, and the very essence of rhetoric itself; and Lori Jo Marso’s Politics with Beauvoir, which treats Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist theory and practice as part of her political theory.

We’ve got many terrific anthropology titles, including Richard Price and Sally Price Saamaka Dreamingrevisiting their early careers in Suriname in Saamaka Dreaming; Kristen Ghodsee continuing her reflections on the legacies of communism in Eastern Europe; Edward LiPuma’s The Social Life of Financial Derivatives; Paul Rabinow thinking about Gerhard Richter and the idea of the contemporary; Dana Powell‘s look at the politics of energy in the Navajo Nation; and many more.

We also have titles in music, political theory, Asian Studies, religious studies, Latin American studies, history, science studies, and literary studies. We are also pleased to welcome Qui Parle to our collection of journals. Check out the full catalog to see all the new titles, preview special issues, and learn about all our journals. And sign up for our email alerts so you’ll know when all these great new books are published this fall.

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