New Scholarly Books

Weekly Book List, March 31, 2017

March 26, 2017


Booker T. Washington in American Memory by Kenneth M. Hamilton (University of Illinois Press; 280 pages; $95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Documents the outpouring of grief and the elaborate commemoration that followed Washington's death, in 1915.


Downwardly Global: Women, Work, and Citizenship in the Pakistani Diaspora by Lalaie Ameeriar (Duke University Press; 207 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). A study of Pakistani immigrant women in Toronto who find themselves "downwardly mobile" despite training in such professions as engineering, law, medicine, and education.

Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai by Nikhil Anand (Duke University Press; 296 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Draws on fieldwork in the settlements of Jogeshwari in a study of inequalities in the water-distribution infrastructure of the Indian mega-city.

Precarious Lives: Waiting and Hope in Iran by Shahram Khosravi (University of Pennsylvania Press; 320 pages; $55). Offers an ethnographic perspective on the tensions of everyday life in Iran, with a focus on youth in the cities of Tehran and Isfahan and migrant workers in rural areas.

Reporting for China: How Chinese Correspondents Work with the World by Pal Nyiri (University of Washington Press; 206 pages; $90 hardcover, $25 paperback). Discusses the expanding ranks of Chinese reporters around the world, and constraints under which they work; draws on interviews with more than 70 former and current correspondents of varying politics.

Us, Relatives: Scaling and Plural Life in a Forager World by Nurit Bird-David (University of California Press; 276 pages; $85 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Draws on long-term ethnographic research with a forager community in the Nilgiris, a mountainous region that includes parts of the South Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Vernacular Catholicism, Vernacular Saints: Selva J. Raj on "Being Catholic the Tamil Way" edited by Reid B. Locklin (State University of New York Press; 290 pages; $90). Edition of writings by Selva Raj (1952-2008) on the distinctive forms of Catholicism practiced in the southeast Indian state of Tamil Nadu; also includes essays by scholars extending Raj's work.


Bones of Complexity: Bioarchaeological Case Studies of Social Organization and Skeletal Biology edited by Haagen D. Klaus, Amanda R. Harvey, and Mark N. Cohen (University Press of Florida; 486 pages; $100). Writings on how a culture's social structure can be reflected in human skeletal remains; draws on data from Europe, northern Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

Foreign Objects: Rethinking Indigenous Consumption in American Archaeology edited by Craig N. Cipolla (University of Arizona Press; 292 pages; $65). Writings on how indigenous peoples socialized foreign objects over time; topics include medals and crucifixes among the Tunica in French colonial Louisiana.

The Maya Calendar: A Book of Months, 400--2000 CE by Weldon Lamb (University of Oklahoma Press; 339 pages; $45). A comparative study of month names in every iteration of the Maya calendar since the first hieroglyphic inscriptions; documents agricultural, astronomical, ritual, and at times, political, sources for the names.

Simplicity, Equality, and Slavery: An Archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780 by John M. Chenoweth (University Press of Florida; 244 pages; $74.95). Combines archival and archaeological approaches in a study of a short-lived Quaker-inspired planter community and its efforts to navigate the contradictions of its religious ideals and its slave ownership.

Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology by Eric H. Cline (Princeton University Press; 455 pages; $35). Traces archaeology's evolution from amateur pursuit to academic science.


Art and Celebrity in the Age of Reynolds and Siddon by Heather McPherson (Penn State University Press; 252 pages; $89.95). Explores links among portraiture, theater, and fame in 18th-century England in the era of such figures as the artist Joshua Reynolds and the actress Sarah Siddons.

Conceptual, Surrealist, Pictorial: Photo-Based Art in Belgium (1960s -- early 1990s) by Liesbeth Decan (Leuven University Press, distributed by Cornell University Press; 280 pages; $55). Discusses the use of photography by Marcel Broodthaers, Jacques Lennep, Jan Vercruysse, and other Belgian artists of the period.

The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art by Namiko Kunimoto (University of Minnesota Press; 263 pages; $140 hardcover, $35 paperback). Focuses on the work of Katsura Yuki (1913-91), Nakamura Hiroshi (b. 1932), Tanaka Atsuko (1932-2005), and Shiraga Kazuo (1924-2008).


Monkeytalk: Inside the Worlds and Minds of Primates by Julia Fischer, translated by Frederick B. Henry Jr. (University of Chicago Press; 247 pages; $25). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives to discuss primate communication and its implications for the understanding of human language.


Canidia, Rome's First Witch by Maxwell Teitel Paule (Bloomsbury Academic; 218 pages; $114). Discusses Canidia as violent "anti-muse" to Horace, as she appears in six of his poems, figuring prominently in three.

Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher by Edward J. Watts (Oxford University Press; 205 pages; $29.95). Traces the life of Hypatia of Alexandria, who lived as a teacher of philosophy in the Roman-ruled Egyptian port until her death at the hands of a Christian mob in AD 415; draws on previously untapped early modern sources to document her legacy.

The Rhetoric of Seeing in Attic Forensic Oratory by Peter A. O'Connell (University of Texas Press; 304 pages; $55). Reconstructs how movement, physical appearance, and other visual elements figured in the presentations of litigants in Athenian courts; includes detailed analyses of Demosthenes' On the False Embassy, Aeschines' Against Ktesiphon, and Lysias' Against Andocides.

The Shape of the Roman Order: The Republic and Its Spaces by Daniel J. Gargola (University of North Carolina Press; 289 pages; $45). Describes the distinctive ways Roman rulers conceived spatially of their power during the third, second, and first centuries BC.

Tragedy on the Comic Stage by Matthew C. Farmer (Oxford University Press; 267 pages; $74). Explores a culture of tragedy in Greek comedy, including parodic treatments of the dramatic genre; pays particular attention to Aristophanes' Wasps, Women at the Thesmophoria, and Wealth.


The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture by Tony D. Sampson (University of Minnesota Press; 245 pages; $112 hardcover, $28 paperback). Topics include the "emotional turn" in brain sciences.


Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation by John M. Eason (University of Chicago Press; 236 pages; $35). Focuses on Forrest City, Ark., in a study of forces behind the boom in prison building, which is largely concentrated in rural Southern towns in decline.

When Riot Cops Are Not Enough: The Policing and Repression of Occupy Oakland by Mike King (Rutgers University Press; 246 pages; $95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Combines scholarly and activist perspectives in a study of physical, legal, political, and ideological aspects of responses to protesters in the Bay Area city from the fall of 2011 through the spring of 2012.


The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty by Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider (Princeton University Press; 248 pages; $27.95). Tracks the lives of 235 low- and middle-income families as they confront economic challenges over the course of a year.

Insights in the Economics of Aging edited by David A. Wise (University of Chicago Press; 388 pages; $110). Research on the interwoven financial, physical, and emotional well-being in later life; topics include liquidity in retirement-savings systems, as compared (grouped) in the United States; Canada and Australia; and Britain, Germany, and Singapore.


Facing the Planetary: Entangled Humanism and the Politics of Swarming by William E. Connolly (Duke University Press; 232 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Topics include the problem of "passive nihilism" in the face of climate change, and potential "swarming strategies" for eco-activism.

Force of Nature: George Fell, Founder of the Natural Areas Movement by Arthur Melville Pearson (University of Wisconsin Press; 208 pages; $26.95). A biography of a founder of the Nature Conservancy.


American Stranger: Modernisms, Hollywood, and the Cinema of Nicholas Ray by Will Scheibel (State University of New York Press; 245 pages; $85). A study of the American director (1911-79) that traces the construction of his reputation as a "rebel auteur."

Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound After Vietnam by Todd Decker (University of California Press; 274 pages; $85 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). A study of sound in terms of dialogue, effects, and music as it shapes the audience's engagement with soldiers and veterans.

Utopian Television: Rossellini, Watkins, and Godard Beyond Cinema by Michael Cramer (University of Minnesota Press; 276 pages; $120 hardcover, $30 paperback). A study of the film directors Roberto Rossellini, Peter Watkins, and Jean-Luc Godard that focuses on their work in television in the 1960s and 70s.

Words on Screen by Michel Chion, edited and translated by Claudia Gorbman (Columbia University Press; 245 pages; $90 hardcover, $30 paperback). Explores the written word onscreen, from credits, subtitles, and intertitles to letters, telegrams, signs, tattoos, and other passing images.


Behind the Mask: Gender Hybridity in a Zapotec Community by Alfredo Mirande (University of Arizona Press; 272 pages; $55). Combines history, ethnography, and interview data in a study of Los Muxes of Juchitan, Mexico, who dress in traditional Zapotec female dress and are viewed as a hybrid third gender.


Aging in America: A Cultural History by Lawrence R. Samuel (University of Pennsylvania Press; 232 pages; $34.95). Focuses on attitudes toward aging since the 1950s, including the difficulties now encountered by baby boomers.

Blood of the Earth: Resource Nationalism, Revolution, and Empire in Bolivia by Kevin A. Young (University of Texas Press; 275 pages; $85 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). A study of how conflicts over tin, oil, natural gas, and other resources have driven Bolivian politics since the 1920s.

Executing Freedom: The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment in the United States by Daniel LaChance (University of Chicago Press; 260 pages; $35). Draws on sources from Congressional hearings to popular culture in a study of Americans' attitudes toward the death penalty in recent decades.

Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson edited by Jessica Brannon-Wranowsky and Bruce A. Glasrud (Texas A&M University Press; 202 pages; $40). Writings on the Texas Democrat, who was impeached, convicted, and removed from office in August 1917, in his second term; topics include his opposition to women's suffrage, and his battle with the University of Texas, which he threatened to close.

The Invention of Humanity: Equality and Cultural Difference in World History by Siep Stuurman (Harvard University Press; 665 pages; $49.95). An intellectual history of notions of common humanity and equality.

The Matter of Empire: Metaphysics and Mining in Colonial Peru by Orlando Bentancor (University of Pittsburgh Press; 404 pages; $55). Focuses on Thomist Scholasticism in a study of the instrumentalist principles invoked by Spanish colonizers to justify their exploitation of the resources and peoples of Potosi, Bolivia (then in the Viceroyalty of Peru).

A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland by Sydney Nathans (Harvard University Press; 282 pages; $29.95). Describes how emancipated black families in the 1870s bought the plantation site of their former enslavement near Greensboro, Ala.; draws on letters from the planter who sold the land and on interviews with descendants of the buyers.

A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw during the First World War by Robert Blobaum (Cornell University Press; 320 pages; $35). Discusses industrial collapse, scarcity, corruption, public-health emergencies, a deterioration in Polish-Jewish relations, and other aspects of Warsaw life during World War I.

Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen by Linda M. Heywood (Harvard University Press; 310 pages; $29.95). Traces the life of the 17th-century African queen, who defied 13 Portuguese colonial governors between 1622 and 1663.

Pedro Menendez de Aviles and the Conquest of Florida: A New Manuscript by Gonzalo Solis de Meras, edited and translated by David Arbesu (University Press of Florida; 431 pages; $74.95). Scholarly translation of a manuscript found in 2012 that offers a more complete and faithful version of Solis de Meras’s account of his explorer brother-in-law’s founding of St. Augustine in 1565.

Romaphobia: The Last Acceptable Form of Racism by Aidan McGarry (Zed Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 224 pages; $95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Examines the origins of discrimination against the Roma in the early history of the European nation state; considers ways to further inclusion.

Sex and the Civil War: Soldiers, Pornography, and the Making of American Morality by Judith Giesberg (University of North Carolina Press; 160 pages; $29.95). Examines soldiers' possession of fiction, playing cards, stereographs, and other mass-produced erotica and pornography, and the responses of authorities.

The Six Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East by Guy Laron (Yale University Press; 320 pages; $28). Pays particular attention to the origins of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war, including the role of U.S. and Soviet policy.

Street Democracy: Vendors, Violence, and Public Space in Late Twentieth-Century Mexico by Sandra C. Mendiola Garcia (University of Nebraska Press; 376 pages; $70 hardcover, $30 paperback). Focuses on radical street vendors in Puebla in the 1970s and 80s in a study of such sellers' activism and relationship to the PRI.

The Thirty-Year War: A History of Detroit's Streetcars, 1892-1922 by Neil J. Lehto (Michigan State University Press; 327 pages; $39.95). Traces the clash between the City of Detroit and the owners of private streetcar franchises over control of streetways.

The Uplift Generation: Cooperation Across the Color Line in Early Twentieth-Century Virginia by Clayton McClure Brooks (University of Virginia Press; 288 pages; $45). Discusses forms of interracial cooperation in the state that didn't challenge segregation, but served, intentionally or otherwise, to define it.


Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective by Carl A. Zimring (Johns Hopkins University Press; 216 pages; $39.95). Topics include the postwar use of scrapped aluminum in cars, trucks, planes, furniture, and musical instruments.

Models of Innovation: The History of an Idea by Benoit Godin (MIT Press; 324 pages; $37). New and previously published writings on the emergence and diffusion of three concepts of innovation from the early 1900s to the late 1980s: stage models, linear models, and holistic models.

Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing by Marie Hicks (MIT Press; 342 pages; $40). Documents the economic consequences for Britain of a shift away from female labor in the computer industry, as computing became a male-identified occupation in the 1960s and 70s.


Exiles and Expatriates in the History of Knowledge, 1500--2000 by Peter Burke (University Press of New England; 280 pages; $95 hardcover, $40 paperback). Traces the contributions made by exiles and expatriates in intellectual diasporas, including those who eventually returned to their homelands.


Realizing Roma Rights edited by Jacqueline Bhabha, Andrzej Mirga, and Margareta Matache (University of Pennsylvania Press; 308 pages; $65). Writings on the continued discrimination and marginalization experienced by Roma in Europe, and efforts to better the situation; topics include how the issue has figured in U.S. foreign policy.

Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century by Geoffrey R. Stone (Liveright; 668 pages; $35). Topics include how sex came to be a concern of constitutional law in a shift away from the Enlightenment values of the Founders.

Shaming the Constitution: The Detrimental Results of Sexual Violent Predator Legislation by Michael L. Perlin and Heather Ellis Cucolo (Temple University Press; 330 pages; $94.50 hardcover, $37.95 paperback). Argues that current laws regarding sex offenders are both ineffective and unconstitutional; proposes alternatives.


At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present by Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord (Princeton University Press; 295 pages; $29.95). Focuses on British and American authors in a study of women writers’ engagement with public debates and concerns since the early 19th century.

The Beginnings of Ladino Literature: Moses Almosnino and His Readers by Olga Borovaya (Indiana University Press; 317 pages; $60). A study of the Ottoman Sephardi writer (1518-80); uses his works to date Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) literature to the 16th rather than the 18th century.

Crime Fiction as World Literature edited by Louise Nilsson, David Damrosch, and Theo D'haen (Bloomsbury Academic; 301 pages; $120 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Essays on crime fiction from Bulgaria, China, Israel, Mexico, Kenya, Catalonia, and Tibet, as well as the publishing powerhouse that is Swedish and other "Nordic noir."

Eclipse of Action: Tragedy and Political Economy by Richard Halpern (University of Chicago Press; 313 pages; $45). Sets the work of such writers as Aeschylus, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, and Beckett in dialogue with such thinkers as Aristotle, Smith, Hegel, Marx, Arendt, and Bataille.

Fictional Matter: Empiricism, Corpuscles, and the Novel by Helen Thompson (University of Pennsylvania Press; 359 pages; $59.95). Focuses on literature in a study of how theories of corpuscular chemistry, and their accompanying epistemology, shaped 18th-century British culture; analyzes novels by Defoe, Haywood, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, William Rufus Chetwood, and Penelope Aubin.

Hayim Nahman Bialik: Poet of Hebrew by Avner Holtzman, translated by Orr Scharf (Yale University Press; 250 pages; $25). A biography of the Ukrainian-born writer (1873-1934), who immigrated to Palestine in 1924 already established as a leading poet in Hebrew.

The Love of Ruins: Letters on Lovecraft by Scott Cutler Shershow and Scott Michaelsen (State University of New York Press; 191 pages; $80). A study of H.P. Lovecraft in epistolary form to emulate the "weird fiction" author, who is estimated to have written more than 100,000 letters over his lifetime.

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of "Les Miserables" by David Bellos (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 307 pages; $27). A "biography" of Victor Hugo's masterwork that explores the origins, composition, publication, politics, and meaning of the novel.

The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, Volume XII: Sermons Preached at St Paul's Cathedral, 1626 edited by Mary Ann Lund (Oxford University Press; 362 pages; $190). Edition of nine sermons preached by the English poet as Dean of St. Paul's between February and June 1626, and including six that were previously undated or had not been assigned a venue.

Revelation and Convergence: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition edited by Mark Bosco and Brent Little (Catholic University of America Press; 256 pages; $39.95). Essays on the American writer's religious imagination by scholars in literature, theology, and history.

The Rise of the Memoir by Alex Zwerdling (Oxford University Press; 238 pages; $90). Uses Rousseau's Confessions as a starting point to explore the need of six modern writers to pen memoirs: Gosse, Woolf, Orwell, Nabokov, Levi, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Suture and Narrative: Deep Intersubjectivity in Fiction and Film by George Butte (Ohio State University Press; 246 pages; $87.95). Applies concepts of suture from Lacan and Merleau-Ponty to narrative and the representation of community.

The World, the Text, and the Indian: Global Dimensions of Native American Literature edited by Scott Richard Lyons (State University of New York Press; 330 pages; $90). Essays on American Indian literature since the 19th century in terms of its links to global, transnational, and cosmopolitan forces; topics include the Ojibwe writer George Copway's 1851 book Running Sketches of Men and Places, in England, France, Germany, Belgium, and Scotland.


Holder Continuous Euler Flows in Three Dimensions with Compact Support in Time by Philip Isett (Princeton University Press; 201 pages; $165 hardcover, $75 paperback). A work of interest to mathematicians studying partial differential equations.


Eros and Illness by David B. Morris (Harvard University Press; 350 pages; $39.95). Combines scholarly and personal perspectives in a discussion of how desire figures in our experience of illness, both as patients and caregivers.


Jazz Italian Style: From its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra by Anna Harwell Celenza (Cambridge University Press; 274 pages; $45). Topics include a distinct form of jazz that emerged in 1930s Italy, supported by Mussolini, that went on to influence Italian American musicians.

Message to Our Folks: The Art Ensemble of Chicago by Paul Steinbeck (University of Chicago Press; 346 pages; $40). A study of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians’ flagship band, a group formed in 1966 that combined jazz and experimental music with performance art.

The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Dine Belonging by Kristina M. Jacobsen (University of North Carolina Press; 181 pages; $90 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). A study of the vibrant country-music scene in the Navajo Nation and its links to issues of Navajo identity, language, and culture.


Geometry: The Third Book of Foundations by Michel Serres, translated by Randolph Burks (Bloomsbury Academic; 219 pages; $24.95). First English translation of the French philosopher's 1995 book on geometry.

Philosophy After Friendship: Deleuze's Conceptual Personae by Gregg Lambert (University of Minnesota Press; 188 pages; $108 hardcover, $27 paperback). Explores permutations in political philosophy of the friend, the stranger, the stranger-guest, and related figures; draws on Deleuze, Derrida, and Emile Benveniste, a French structural linguist known for his work on Indo-European languages.

Plato and Plotinus on Mysticism, Epistemology, and Ethics by David J. Yount (Bloomsbury Academic; 311 pages; $114). Finds no essential differences between the two philosophers on the three topics.

Pontano’s Virtues: Aristotelian Moral and Political Thought in the Renaissance by Matthias Roick (Bloomsbury Academic; 322 pages; $114). A study of the Italian philosopher and poet (1429-1503), who was first secretary to the Aragonese kings of Naples; describes how Pontano’s rewriting of Aristotle’s Ethics.

The Stoic Origins of Erasmus' Philosophy of Christ by Ross Dealy (University of Toronto Press; 384 pages; US$90). Examines the Renaissance Dutch Humanist's applications of Stoicism to Christianity, including, for example, Christ's suffering in Gethsemane; pays particular attention to De taedio Iesu.

There's No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship: Two Lessons on Lacan by Alain Badiou and Barbara Cassin, translated by Susan Spitzer and Kenneth Reinhard (Columbia University Press; 107 pages; $60 hardcover, $20 paperback). Explores issues of language and truth in Jacques Lacan’s enigmatic 1972 essay "L’Etourdit."

What Do Philosophers Do? Skepticism and the Practice of Philosophy by Penelope Maddy (Oxford University Press; 248 pages; $29.95). Pays particular attention to the problem of external world skepticism and the approaches of such thinkers as J.L. Austin, G.E. Moore, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.


Ethics and the Orator: The Ciceronian Tradition of Political Morality by Gary A. Remer (University of Chicago Press; 291 pages; $55). Draws lessons for today’s political discourse from the Roman statesman and orator’s understanding of the relationship of rhetoric and politics.

In Rome We Trust: The Rise of Catholics in American Political Life by Manlio Graziano (Stanford University Press; 248 pages; $85 hardcover, $25.95 paperback). Traces the rising numbers of Catholics in elite positions in American politics, as well as the growing influence of American prelates in the Vatican.

Japan's Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the Twenty-First Century by Andrew L. Oros (Columbia University Press; 272 pages; $90 hardcover, $30 paperback). Focuses on the years 2006 to 2016 in a study of changes in Japan's security profile in response to China's economic and military rise, an escalated North Korean threat, and economic stagnation.

The Misinterpellated Subject by James R. Martel (Duke University Press; 328 pages; $94.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Develops a theory of political agency that centers on occasions when people respond to calls for freedom, justice, and the like that were not intended for them, as with Haitian revolutionaries in response to French revolutionaries' Declaration of the Rights of Man.

Partnership Within Hierarchy: The Evolving East Asian Security Triangle by Sung Chull Kim (State University of New York Press; 273 pages; $90). Draws on declassified documents in a study of the U.S.-Japan-South Korea security triangle.

Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair by Bonnie Honig (Fordham University Press; 144 pages; $70 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). Draws on Hannah Arendt and D.W. Winnicott in a study of the role of publicly held things in democracy, and thus the impact of neoliberal privatization.

Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism by Jeffrey R. Dudas (Stanford University Press; 232 pages; $85 hardcover, $24.95 paperback). Identifies a "paternal rights discourse" in the writing and rhetoric of William F. Buckley Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Clarence Thomas.

#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media by Cass Sunstein (Princeton University Press; 310 pages; $29.95). Documents how the Internet has contributed to increased political fragmentation, polarization, and extremism and suggests ways of enhancing the online potential for democratic deliberation.

Women's Activism in Africa edited by Balghis Badri and Aili Mari Tripp (Zed Books, distributed by University of Chicago Press; 250 pages; $95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Topics include the women's movements in Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan, and Tanzania.


Lalo Alcaraz: Political Cartooning in the Latino Community by Hector D. Fernandez L'Hoeste (University Press of Mississippi; 224 pages; $65). A study of the California-born writer-artist (b. 1964), with a focus on his early editorial cartooning and his strips for La Cucaracha, the first nationally syndicated, political Latino daily comic strip.


Comparative Public Management: Why National, Environmental, and Organizational Context Matters edited by Kenneth J. Meier, Amanda Rutherford, and Claudia N. Avellaneda (Georgetown University Press; 272 pages; $64.95 hardcover, $32.95 paperback). Includes case studies from Brazil, England, Honduras, the United States, and other settings.


The Bible in American Life edited by Philip Goff, Arthur E. Farnsley II, and Peter J. Thuesen (Oxford University Press; 432 pages; $99 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Essays on the Bible's role in American culture and everyday life; topics include the Bible in the slave narrative tradition, reading the Bible prophetically in war and crisis, recent trends in children's Bibles, and reading the Bible as digital text.

Divine Powers in Late Antiquity edited by Anna Marmodoro and Irini-Fotini Viltanioti (Oxford University Press; 288 pages; $95). Writings on ideas of divine power by pagan neo-Platonist and Christian thinkers of the second to sixth centuries AD.

Jewish Messiahs in a Christian Empire: A History of the Book of Zerubbabel by Martha Himmelfarb (Harvard University Press; 190 pages; $39.95). A study of a seventh-century text described as the first full-fledged messianic narrative in Jewish literature; examines the work's relation to early Jewish eschatological writing and to Byzantine Christianity.

The Legacy of Wilfred Cantwell Smith edited by Ellen Bradshaw Aitken and Arvind Sharma (State University of New York Press; 254 pages; $85). Essays on the Canadian scholar (1916-2000), a pioneer in the discipline of religious studies and the study of Islam in the Western academy.

Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism by Sarah Imhoff (Indiana University Press; 300 pages; $85 hardcover, $38 paperback). Focuses on ideas of masculinity among "acculturated Jews" between 1900 and 1924, including notions of a healthy body and connections to the land.

The Reception of Vatican II edited by Matthew L. Lamb and Matthew Levering (Oxford University Press; 469 pages; $99 hardcover, $34.95 paperback). Writings on the reception of Vatican II's 16 conciliar documents, with a focus on Magisterial teaching and theological work.

The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape by Brad Christerson and Richard Flory (Oxford University Press; 185 pages; $29.95). Identifies the forces behind the rapid growth of an entrepreneurial break-off from Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity here termed Independent Network Charismatic.

The Trinitarian Christology of St Thomas Aquinas by Dominic Legge (Oxford University Press; 261 pages; $95). Challenges the German theologian Karl Rahner's notion that Aquinas separates the study of Christ from the Trinity.

Von Balthasar and the Option for the Poor: Theodramatics in the Light of Liberation Theology by Todd Walatka (Catholic University of America Press; 256 pages; $69.95). A study of the Swiss theologian and priest Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-88) that reworks his thought in light of liberation theology and needs of the poor.


Beyond Expectations: Second-Generation Nigerians in the United States and Britain by Onoso Imoagene (University of California Press; 298 pages; $85 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). A comparative study of how race, class, and ethnicity shape identity for second-generation Nigerian adults in both settings.

Dismantling Solidarity: Capitalist Politics and American Pensions since the New Deal by Michael A. McCarthy (ILR Press/Cornell University Press; 240 pages; $89.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback). Focuses on why pension plans became increasingly tied to risky financial markets.

Human Targets: Schools, Police, and the Criminalization of Latino Youth by Victor M. Rios (University of Chicago Press; 211 pages; $60 hardcover, $20 paperback). Draws on research among gang members in Southern California.

Uprising of the Fools: Pilgrimage as Moral Protest in Contemporary India by Vikash Singh (Stanford University Press; 256 pages; $90 hardcover, $27.95 paperback). A study of India’s largest annual religious pilgrimage, the Kanwar, in which devotees carry water from the Ganges hundreds of miles to make offerings at Siva shrines; considers how participants, largely destitute young men who some view as bhola or fools, see it as a way of proving their talents, resolve, and moral worth.

Violence and Crime in Latin America: Representations and Politics edited by Gema Santamaria and David Carey Jr. (University of Oklahoma Press; 320 pages; $29.95). Writings by scholars in sociology, anthropology, and political science on the social construction and political visibility of violence in the region, as well as justifications made for the phenomenon; settings include Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina.

When Police Kill by Franklin E. Zimring (Harvard University Press; 320 pages; $35). Uses data from 2015 to examine how, when, where, and why police resort to lethal force; proposes ways of reducing such incidents while protecting the lives of officers.


Antitheatricality and the Body Public by Lisa A. Freeman (University of Pennsylvania Press; 361 pages; $55). Examines the broader political and cultural tensions reflected in attacks on theater; case studies include Jeremy Collier’s A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage (1698) and the 1998 U.S. Supreme Court decision in National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley.

Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage by Heather S. Nathans (University of Michigan Press; 296 pages; $70). Examines images of Jews and Judaism on the American stage from 1752 to the eve of the Civil War, and considers how such representations reflected the status of Jewish Americans.