It’s September and many of our readers are getting re-settled on campus after summer break. It’s time to stock your shelves with great new fall titles. Check out the terrific new books coming out this month.
Lending Power by Howard E. Covington Jr. tells 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.
Chinese Visions of World Order, edited by Ben Wang, examines the evolution of the Confucian doctrine of tianxia (all under heaven), which aspires to a unitary worldview that cherishes global justice and transcends social divides, the contributors show how it has shaped China’s political organization, foreign policy, and worldview from the Han dynasty to the present.
Fabio Lanza, in The End of Concern, traces the history of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, a group of politically engaged academics who critiqued the field of Asian studies while looking to Maoist China as an example of alternative politics and the transformation of the meaning of labor and the production of knowledge.
In Louise Thompson Patterson, Keith Gilyard tells the story of Louise Thompson Patterson—a leading and transformative figure in the radical African American politics of the twentieth century. Library Journal gave this title a starred review, calling it “an important book in helping to understand the persistent racism faced by African Americans in this country and what individuals can do to help fight against the injustice.”
Didier Debaise, in Nature as Event, brings Alfred North Whitehead’s philosophies of nature to bear on the Anthropocene, creating a new theory of nature that does not recognize a divide between the human and nonhuman, a theory in which all organisms have the power to unleash potential into the world.
In The End of Japanese Cinema, Alexander Zahlten traces the evolution of a new form of holistic media studies—media ecology—through historical overview and analysis of Japanese film and industry from the 1960s to the 2000s.
In Why the Vote Wasn’t Enough for Selma, Karlyn Forner rewrites the heralded story of Selma to show why gaining the right to vote did not lead to economic justice for African Americans in the Alabama Black Belt. Publishers Weekly praised this book with a starred review, saying, “this lucid, detailed book is often dispiriting to read, but it’s an important reminder of the still-unfulfilled promise of the black freedom movement.”
In A Theory of Regret, Brian Price theorizes regret as an important political emotion that allows us to understand our convictions as habits of perception rather than as the signs of moral courage, teaches us to give up our expectations of what might appear, and prepares us to realize the steps toward changing institutions.
William Schaefer, in Shadow Modernism, traces how early twentieth century photographic practices in Shanghai provided artists, writers, and intellectuals a forum within which to debate culture, ethnicity, history, and the very nature of images, thereby showing how artists and writers used such practices to make visible the shadows of modernity in Shanghai.
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