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In Rwandan Women Rising, Swanee Hunt shares the stories of over ninety women, who in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, overcame unfathomable brutality, suffering, loss, and seemingly unending challenges to rebuild Rwandan society by addressing common problems ranging from health care, rape, and housing to poverty, education, and mental health.
Rielle Navitski, in Public Spectacles of Violence, examines the proliferation of cinematic and photographic images of violence in in early-twentieth-century Mexico and Brazil, showing how sensational media helped audiences make sense of the political instability, crime, violence, and change in daily life that accompanied modernization.
Vinyl Freak sees music writer, curator, and collector John Corbett burrow deep inside the record collector’s mind, documenting and reflecting on his decades-long love affair with vinyl. Discussing more than 200 rare and out-of-print LPs, Corbett combines memoir and criticism to explain what makes vinyl special and what drives collectors everywhere.
Pooja Rangan’s Immediations interrogates participatory documentary’s humanitarian ethos of “giving a voice to the voiceless” in documentaries featuring marginalized subjects, showing how it reinforces the films’ subjects as the “other” and reproduces definitions of the human that exclude non-normative modes of thinking, being, and doing.
The contributors to If Truth Be Told explore the difficulties, dangers, and stakes of having ethnographic research made available, debated, and appropriated by the public.
In Migrant Returns, Eric J. Pido examines the complicated relationship between the Philippine economy, Manila’s urban development, and Filipino migrants visiting or returning to their homeland, showing migration to be a multidirectional, layered, and continuous process with varied and often fraught outcomes.
Departing from conventional narratives of the United States and the Americas as fundamentally continental spaces, the contributors to Archipelagic American Studies theorize America as constituted by and accountable to a global assemblage of interconnected islands, archipelagos, shorelines, continents, seas, and oceans.
Jessica L. Horton, in Art for an Undivided Earth, explores how the artists of the American Indian Movement (AIM) generation remapped the spatial, temporal, and material coordinates of modernity by placing colonialism’s displacement of indigenous people, objects, and worldviews at the center of their work.
In Watering the Revolution, Mikael D. Wolfe expands our understanding of the Mexican revolution and agrarian reform by interrogating the environmental and technological history of water management in the Laguna region, showing how the contested modernization of the region’s irrigation network unintentionally contaminated the water supply, deepened social inequality, and undermined reform efforts.
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