Philip Kretsedemas, “Migrants and Race in the US: Territorial Racism and the Alien/Outside”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Philip Kretsedemas is the author of Migrants and Race in the US: Territorial Racism and the Alien/Outside (Routledge, 2014). Kretsedemas is associate professor of sociology at University of Massachusetts-Boston. This is the second time he has been featured on New Books in Political Science podcast. In Migrants and Race in the US, Kretsedemas explains [...]

Deborah Mayersen, “On the Path to Genocide: Armenia and Rwanda Reexamined”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Genocide] I live and work in the state of Kansas in the US.  We think of ourselves as living in tornado alley and orient our schedules in the spring around the weather report.  Earthquakes are something that happen somewhere else. Recently, however, our southern neighbor, Oklahoma, has been rocked repeatedly by minor [...]

Hahrie Han, “How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations & Leadership in the Twenty-First Century”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Hahrie Han has written How Organizations Develop Activists: Civic Associations & Leadership in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford UP, 2014). Han is associate professor of political science at Wellesley College. She has previously written Groundbreakers: How Obama’s 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigns in America. Han’s book explores the world of activism, and the role organizations play [...]

Katherine Frank, “Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Anthropology] Dr. Katherine Frank’s book, Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), is a fascinating look at the taboo of group sex. Her robust research spans historical references to modern day accounts throughout cultures around the world. Dr. Frank used surveys, interviews, and ethnographic research to [...]

Karl Spracklen, “Whiteness and Leisure”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Critical Theory] Our taken for granted assumptions are questioned in a new book by Karl Spracklen, a professor of leisure studies at Leeds Metropolitan University in England. Whiteness and Leisure (Palgrave, 2013) combines two bodies of theoretical literature to interrogate leisure activities which seem innocuous or inoffensive. The book deploys insights from critical race theory [...]

Matt Grossmann, “Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945″

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Matt Grossmann is back on the podcast with his newest book, Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy Change Since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2014). Grossmann is associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. He is also author of The Not-So-Special Interests, for which he appeared on the podcast in [...]

Marianne Constable, “Our Word is Our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts”

[Cross-Posted from New Books in Law] Our Word is Our Bond: How Legal Speech Acts (Stanford UP, 2014), by UC Berkeley Professor of Rhetoric Marianne Constable, impels its readers to reassess the dominant methods of considering what is law. Constable’s study of law is informed by both philosophy and sociology; however, she avoids common approaches employed by both disciplines and [...]

Helene Snee, “A Cosmopolitan Journey?: Difference, Distinction and Identity Work in Gap Year Travel”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Critical Theory] Helene Snee, a researcher at the University of Manchester, has written an excellent new book that should be essential reading for anyone interested in the modern world. The book uses the example of the ‘gap year’, an important moment in young people’s lives, to deconstruct issues of class, cosmopolitanism and [...]

Martin Shaw, “Genocide and International Relations: Changing Patterns in the Transitions of the Late Modern World”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Genocide] Works in the field of genocide studies tend to fall into one of a few camps.  Some are emotional and personal.  Others are historical and narrative.  Still others are intentionally activist and aimed at changing policy or decisions. Martin Shaw‘s works fit into a fourth category.  A historical sociologist, Shaw brings [...]

Shabana Mir, “Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity”

[Cross-posted from New Books in Islamic Studies] In the post 9/11 era in which Muslims in America have increasingly felt under the surveillance of the state, media, and the larger society, how have female Muslim students on US college campuses imagined, performed, and negotiated their religious lives and identities? That is the central question that animates Dr. Shabana [...]