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Transpacific Attachments

by Lily Wong Columbia University Press (February 06, 2018)

The figure of the Chinese sex worker—who provokes both disdain and desire—has become a trope for both Asian American sexuality and Asian modernity. Lingering in the cultural imagination, sex workers link...

Gender and the Politics of History

by Joan Wallach Scott Columbia University Press (January 23, 2018)

This landmark work from a renowned feminist historian is a foundational demonstration of the uses of gender as a conceptual tool for cultural and historical analysis. Joan Wallach Scott offers a trenchant critique...

Taming the Wild Horse

by Louis Komjathy Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

In thirteenth-century China, a Daoist monk named Gao Daokuan (1195-1277) composed a series of illustrated poems and accompanying verse commentary known as the Daoist Horse Taming Pictures. In this annotated...

The Future of Mainline Protestantism in America

by James Hudnut-Beumler & Mark Silk Columbia University Press (January 09, 2018)

As recently as the 1960s, more than half of all American adults belonged to just a handful of mainline Protestant denominations—Presbyterian, UCC, Disciples of Christ, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and American...

Garden Variety

by John Hoenig Columbia University Press (November 21, 2017)

Chopped in salads, scooped up in salsa, slathered on pizza and pasta, squeezed onto burgers and fries, and filling aisles with roma, cherry, beefsteak, on-the-vine, and heirloom: where would American food, fast...

Critics, Coteries, and Pre-Raphaelite Celebrity

by Wendy Graham Columbia University Press (December 26, 2017)

Founded by a band of young iconoclasts, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood stunned Victorian England with its revaluation of culture and lifestyle. With Pre-Raphaelitism ascendant in the 1850s and canonical by the...

The Levittowners

by Herbert J. Gans & Harvey Molotch Columbia University Press (March 28, 2017)

In 1955, Levitt and Sons purchased most of Willingboro Township, New Jersey and built 11,000 homes. This, their third Levittown, became the site of one of urban sociology’s most famous community studies, Herbert...

Unnatural Wonders

by Arthur C. Danto Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Arthur C. Danto's essays not only critique bodies of work but reflect upon art's conceptual evolution as well, drawing for the reader a kind of "philosophical map" indicating how art and the criteria for judging...

Faithful to Secularism

by David T. Buckley Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Religion and democracy can make tense bedfellows. Secular elites may view religious movements as conflict-prone and incapable of compromise, while religious actors may fear that anticlericalism will drive religion...

Essays on the Essay Film

by Nora M. Alter & Timothy Corrigan Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

The essay—with its emphasis on the provisional and explorative rather than on definitive statements—has evolved from its literary beginnings and is now found in all mediums, including film. Today, the essay...

Militarizing the Nation

by Zeinab Abul-Magd Columbia University Press (March 21, 2017)

Egypt’s army portrays itself as a faithful guardian “saving the nation.” Yet saving the nation has meant militarizing it. Zeinab Abul-Magd examines both the visible and often invisible efforts by Egypt’s...

Let the Right One In

by Anne Billson Columbia University Press (December 13, 2011)

Audiences can't get enough of fang fiction. Twilight, True Blood, Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Underworld, and the novels of Anne Rice and Darren Shan—against this glut...

Extending Political Liberalism: A Selection from Rawls's Political Liberalism, edited by Thom Brooks and Martha C. Nussbaum

by Martha C. Nussbaum Columbia University Press (March 17, 2015)

Widely hailed as one of the most significant works in modern political philosophy, John Rawls’s Political Liberalism (1993) defended a powerful vision of society that respects reasonable ways of life, both...

AIDS as an International Political Issue: A Selection from AIDS Between Science and Politics

by Peter Piot & Laurence Garey Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

Peter Piot, founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), reports on the influence of civil society in international relations and traditional partisan divides. AIDS...

Understanding Through Fiction: A Selection from Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

by Julia Kristeva & Lorna Scott Fox Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

Born in 1515, Teresa of Avila survived the Spanish Inquisition and was a key reformer of the Carmelite Order. Her experience of ecstasy, which she intimately described in her writings, released her from her...

Informing the Global Citizen: A Selection from The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

by Joel Simon Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

Today, anyone with an iPhone can provide firsthand accounts from the world’s front lines. Despite our increased access to events around the world, journalists are more vital than ever as they bring context...

Dying: What Happens When We Die?: A Selection from Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

by Evan Thompson Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

In the ancient Indian epic, Mahabharata, the Lord of Death asks, “What is the most wondrous thing in the world?”, and his son answers, “It is that all around us people can be dying and we don’t believe...

The 7/7 London Underground Bombing: Not So Homegrown: A Selection from The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's De

by Bruce Hoffman Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

This chapter analyzes the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks against four London transportation targets that killed over 50 people and injured hundreds others. It was among the most important operations directed...

Sexual Orientation and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Sexual Science and Clinical Practice

by Richard C. Friedman & Jennifer I. Downey Columbia University Press (March 24, 2008)

This book bridges psychoanalytic thought and sexual science. It brings sexuality back to the center of psychoanalysis and shows how important it is for students of human sexuality to understand motives that...

The Cerrados of Brazil: Ecology and Natural History of a Neotropical Savanna

by Paulo S. Oliveira & Robert J. Marquis Columbia University Press (October 02, 2002)

While the imperiled Brazilian rainforest has been the focus of considerable international media attention and conservation efforts, the massive grasslands of Brazil—known as the cerrados—which cover roughly...

Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process, 1991-1996

by Dalia Dassa Kaye Columbia University Press (August 14, 2012)

Arabs and Israelis have battled one another in political and military arenas, seemingly continuously, for some fifty years. The 1991 Madrid Peace Conference sought to change this pattern, launching bilateral...

Up from Invisibility: Lesbians, Gay Men, and the Media in America

by Larry Gross Columbia University Press (December 26, 2001)

A half century ago gay men and lesbians were all but invisible in the media and, in turn, popular culture. With the lesbian and gay liberation movement came a profoundly new sense of homosexual community and...

Measured Excess: Status, Gender, and Consumer Nationalism in South Korea

by Laura C. Nelson Columbia University Press (July 24, 2012)

This insightful analysis of the ways in which South Korean economic development strategies have reshaped the country's national identity gives specific attention to the manner in which women, as the primary...

Scaling Relations in Experimental Ecology

by Robert H. Gardner, W. Michael. Kemp, Victor S. Kennedy & John E. Petersen Columbia University Press (August 14, 2012)

This book discusses the impact of recent advances in the theory of "scaling relationships" and identifies critical issues that must be considered if experimental results are used to understand the temporal and...

The Way the Wind Blows: Climate Change, History, and Human Action

by Roderick J. McIntosh, Joseph A. Tainter & Susan Keech McIntosh Columbia University Press (July 24, 2012)

Scientists and policymakers are beginning to understand in ever-increasing detail that environmental problems cannot be understood solely through the biophysical sciences. Environmental issues are fundamentally...

The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust

by Donald L. Niewyk & Francis R. Nicosia Columbia University Press (July 24, 2012)

This invaluable resource provides a multidimensional survey of the Holocaust, essentially integrating five separate books into one comprehensive reference tool: a historical overview; a guide to Holocaust controversies;...

Turks, Moors, and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery

by Nabil Matar Columbia University Press (October 25, 2000)

During the early modern period, hundreds of Turks and Moors traded in English and Welsh ports, dazzled English society with exotic cuisine and Arabian horses, and worked small jobs in London, while the "Barbary...

Confidence Game: The Limited Vision of the News Gurus

by Dean Starkman Columbia University Press (November 22, 2011)

Dean Starkman takes on what has become a dominant perspective on the future of news in the digital age as personified by three well known media thinkers — Jay Rosen, Clay Shirky, and Jeff Jarvis — who have...

A World Safe for Capitalism: Dollar Diplomacy and America's Rise to Global Power

by Cyrus Veeser Columbia University Press (August 14, 2002)

A World Safe for Capitalism unravels a little-known incident: a Wall Street corporation's takeover of the foreign debt, national railroad, and national bank of the Dominican Republic in the 1890s. Working with...

Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable

by Jeffrey D. Sachs & Bernie Sanders Columbia University Press (February 07, 2017)

With a nation seemingly more divided than ever, many worry that Americans risk losing ground on solving the complex, interrelated problems the country faces—including rising inequality, the specter of climate...

Extraordinary Bodies

by Rosemarie Garland Thomson Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

Extraordinary Bodies is a cornerstone text of disability studies, establishing the field upon its publication in 1997. Framing disability as a minority discourse rather than a medical one, the book added depth...

Socialist Cosmopolitanism

by Nicolai Volland Columbia University Press (March 28, 2017)

Socialist Cosmopolitanism offers an innovative interpretation of literature from the Mao era, proposing to read Chinese socialist literature as world literature. China after 1949 engaged with the world beyond...

On Becoming a Rock Musician

by H. Stith Bennett & Howard S. Becker Columbia University Press (May 30, 2017)

In the 1960s and 1970s, becoming a rock musician was different than playing other kinds of music. It was a learned rather than taught skill. In On Becoming a Rock Musician, sociologist H. Stith Bennett observes...

What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany

by Jonathan Bach Columbia University Press (August 01, 2017)

What happens when an entire modern state's material culture becomes abruptly obsolete? How do ordinary people encounter what remains? In this ethnography, Jonathan Bach examines the afterlife of East Germany...

Preventive Engagement

by Paul B. Stares Columbia University Press (December 19, 2017)

America finds itself in an acute predicament: The international order it has helped construct over many decades is under increasing stress from various quarters. As the world’s predominant military power and...

Mythopoetic Cinema: On the Ruins of European Identity

by Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli Columbia University Press (August 08, 2017)

In Mythpoetic Cinema, Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli explores how contemporary European filmmakers treat mythopoetics as a critical practice that questions the constant need to provide new identities, a new Europe,...

The Untold Journey

by Natalie Robins Columbia University Press (May 16, 2017)

Throughout her life, Diana Trilling (1905-1996) wrote about profound social changes with candor and wisdom, first for The Nation and later for Partisan Review, Harpers, and such popular magazines as Vogue and...

Limits of Westernization

by Perin E. Gürel Columbia University Press (May 30, 2017)

In a 2001 poll, Turks ranked the United States highest when asked: “Which country is Turkey’s best friend in international relations?” When the pollsters reversed the question—“Which country is Turkey’s...

Contemporary Drift

by Theodore Martin Columbia University Press (May 23, 2017)

What does it mean to call something “contemporary”? More than simply denoting what’s new, it speaks to how we come to know the present we’re living in and how we develop a shared story about it. The...

Assessing Empathy

by Elizabeth A. Segal, Karen E. Gerdes, Cynthia A. Lietz & M. Alex Wagaman et al. Columbia University Press (February 28, 2017)

Empathy is a widely used term, but it is also difficult to define. In recent years the field of cognitive neuroscience has made impressive strides in identifying neural networks in the brain related to or triggered...

What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do

by Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

Drawing on fifteen years of work in the antislavery movement, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick examines the systematic oppression of men, women, and children in rural India and asks: How do contemporary slaveholders...

Age of Lone Wolf Terrorism

by Ramón Spaaij, Mark S. Hamm & Simon Cottee Columbia University Press (May 09, 2017)

The lethality of lone-wolf terrorism has reached an all-time high in the United States. Isolated individuals using firearms with high-capacity magazines are committing brutally efficient killings with the aim...


by Elizabeth Grosz Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Philosophy has inherited a powerful impulse to embrace either dualism or a reductive monism, either a radical separation of mind and body or the reduction of mind to body. From its origins in the writings of...

Religion Within Reason

by Steven M. Cahn Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

In the views of most believers and critics, religion is essentially connected to the existence of a supernatural deity. If supernaturalism is not reasonable, the argument goes, religion cannot be reasonable,...

The Best American Magazine Writing 2016

by The American Society of Magazine Editors, Sid Holt & Roger Hodge Columbia University Press (November 29, 2016)

This year’s Best American Magazine Writing features outstanding writing on contentious issues including incarceration, policing, sexual assault, labor, technology, and environmental catastrophe. Selections...

The Activist Director: Lessons from the Boardroom and the Future of the Corporation

by Ira M. Millstein Columbia University Press (December 20, 2016)

Some of the worst corporate meltdowns over the past sixty years can be traced to passive directors who favored operational shortcuts over quality growth strategies. Thinking primarily about placating institutional...

Struggle on Their Minds

by Alex Zamalin Columbia University Press (May 23, 2017)

The rise of the American economy, the persistence of social inequality, and the ongoing struggle for adequate political representation cannot be evaluated separately from slavery, the country’s original sin....

Down the Up Staircase

by Bruce D. Haynes & Syma Solovitch Columbia University Press (April 11, 2017)

Down the Up Staircase traces the social history of Harlem through the lens of one family across three generations, connecting their journey to the larger historical and social forces that shaped and transformed...


by Manshik Ch'ae, Bruce Fulton & Ju-Chan Fulton Columbia University Press (June 06, 2017)

Sunset: A Ch’ae Manshik Reader is the first English-language anthology of works in a variety of genres—novella, short fiction, conte, anecdotal essay, travel writing, children’s essay, one-act play, three-act...

Weird Dinosaurs

by John Pickrell & Philip Currie Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

From the outback of Australia to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and the savanna of Madagascar, award-winning science writer and dinosaur enthusiast John Pickrell embarks on a world tour of new finds, meeting the...