Kenneth PrewittWhat Is Your Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans

January 13, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Education] The US Census has been an important American institution for over 220 years. Since 1790, the US population has been counted and compiled, important figures when tabulating representation and electoral votes. The Census has also captured the racial make-up of the US and has become a powerful public policy tool with […]

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Michael Heaney and Fabio RojasParty in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11

January 7, 2015

Michael Heaney and Fabio Rojas are the authors of Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11 (Cambridge University Press 2015). Heaney is assistant professor organizational studies and political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Rojas is associate professor of sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Heaney and […]

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Carl H. NightingaleSegregation: A Global History of Divided Cities

January 5, 2015

[Cross-posted from New Books in Urban Studies]  We often think of South Africa or America when we hear the word ‘segregation.’ Or — a popular view — that social groups have always chosen to live apart. But as Carl H. Nightingale shows in his new book, Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (University of Chicago Press, 2012), the racial phenomenon […]

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Sarah Mayorga-GalloBehind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood

December 29, 2014

Sarah Mayorga-Gallo is the author of Behind the White Picket Fence: Power and Privilege in a Multiethnic Neighborhood (UNC Press 2014). She is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati. We are joined by a guest podcaster, Candis Watts Smith, assistant professor of political science at Williams College. Behind the White Picket Fence […]

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Jeff SmithFerguson in Black and White

December 22, 2014

Jeff Smith is the author of Ferguson in Black and White (Kindle Single, 2014). Smith is assistant professor of political science at The New School’s Milano Graduate School. Smith writes this book from a position of academic and personal expertise. He grew up in the area and served as a state representative for several years. […]

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Scott Mainwaring and Anibal Perez-LinanDemocracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall

December 15, 2014

Scott Mainwaring and Anibal Perez-Linan are the authors of Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Mainwaring is the Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Perez-Linan is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh. Why do […]

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General Daniel BolgerWhy We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] During the past several years, numerous books and articles have appeared that grapple with the legacy and lessons of the recent U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This development should surprise few. The emergence of the jihadist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria raises profound questions about what the U.S. […]

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Steven FieldingA State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Critical Theory] To understand contemporary politics we must understand how it is represented in fiction. This is the main argument in A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) a new book by Steven Fielding, Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham. […]

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Cathy L. SchneiderPolice Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York

December 8, 2014

Cathy L. Schneider is the author of Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). She is associate professor in the School of International Service at American University. Timeliness is not something that every scholarly book can claim, but Cathy Schneider has published a book of […]

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Jothie RajahAuthoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore

December 2, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Southeast Asian Studies] In Authoritarian Rule of Law: Legislation, Discourse and Legitimacy in Singapore (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Jothie Rajah tells a compelling story of the rule of law as discourse and praxis serving illiberal ends. Through a series of case studies on legislation criminalizing vandalism and regulating the print media, legal profession, and religion in […]

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