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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

How the Gloves Came Off

by Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

The treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, Guantánamo Bay, and far-flung CIA “black sites” after the attacks of 9/11 included cruelty that defied legal and normative prohibitions in U.S. and international...

Protection Amid Chaos

by Nadya Hajj Columbia University Press (December 06, 2016)

The right to own property is something we generally take for granted. For refugees living in camps, in some cases for as long as generations, the link between citizenship and property ownership becomes strained....

By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783

by Michael J. Green Columbia University Press (March 07, 2017)

Soon after the American Revolution, the United States began to recognize the strategic significance of Asia and the Pacific and its vast material and cultural resources. Many asked whether the United States...

Sex Trafficking

by Siddharth Kara Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Since the publication of Sex Trafficking in 2007, Siddharth Kara has continued to travel across countries and continents, documenting the local factors and economic forces that support sexual slavery worldwide....

China's Hegemony: Four Hundred Years of East Asian Domination

by Ji-Young Lee Columbia University Press (October 18, 2016)

Watching China’s growing power and international prominence today, many have invoked China’s imperial past to project Asia’s future dominated by China. China’s Hegemony shows that the Chinese-centered...

Political Uses of Utopia

by S. D. Chrostowska & James D. Ingram Columbia University Press (March 14, 2017)

Utopia has long been banished from political theory, framed as an impossible—and possibly dangerous—political ideal, a flawed social blueprint, or a thought experiment without any practical import. Even...

Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics

by Benjamin Hurlbut Columbia University Press (January 31, 2017)

Human embryo research touches upon strongly felt moral convictions, and it raises such deep questions about the promise and perils of scientific progress that debate over its development has become a moral and...

Left-Wing Melancholia

by Enzo Traverso Columbia University Press (December 20, 2016)

The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of the Cold War but also the rise of a melancholic vision of history as a series of losses. For the political left, the cause lost was communism, and this trauma determined...

Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea

by Paige West Columbia University Press (October 04, 2016)

When journalists, developers, surf tourists, and conservation NGOs cast Papua New Guineans as living in a prior nature and prior culture, they devalue their knowledge and practice, facilitating their dispossession....

As Wide as the World Is Wise

by Michael D. Jackson Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

Philosophy and anthropology have long debated questions of difference: rationality versus irrationality, abstraction versus concreteness, modern versus premodern. What if these disciplines instead focused on...

The Work of Art: Rethinking the Elementary Forms of Religious Life

by Michael D. Jackson Columbia University Press (October 11, 2016)

How are we to think of works of art? Rather than treat art as an expression of individual genius, market forces, or aesthetic principles, Michael Jackson focuses on how art effects transformations in our lives....

Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders Is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled

by Jason Schnittker Columbia University Press (August 08, 2017)

Mental illness is many things at once: It is a natural phenomenon that is also shaped by society and culture. It is biological but also behavioral and social. Mental illness is a problem of both the brain and...

Teenage Suicide Notes: An Ethnography of Self-Harm

by Terry Williams Columbia University Press (January 31, 2017)

“Picturing myself dying in a way I choose myself seems so comforting, healing and heroic. I’d look at my wrists, watch the blood seeping, and be a spectator in my last act of self-determination. By having...

Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences

by Louis Althusser, Steven Rendall & Pascale Gillot Columbia University Press (September 06, 2016)

What can psychoanalysis, a psychological approach developed over a century ago, offer us in an age of rapidly evolving, hard-to-categorize ideas of sexuality and the self? Should we abandon Freud’s theories...

On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice

by Frederic G. Reamer Columbia University Press (November 08, 2016)

Few people experience life inside of prison. Even fewer are charged with the formidable responsibility of deciding whether inmates should be released. In his twenty-four years on the Rhode Island Parole Board,...

Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball

by Onaje X. O. Woodbine Columbia University Press (May 24, 2016)

J-Rod moves like a small battle tank on the court, his face mean, staring down his opponents. “I play just like my father,” he says. “Before my father died, he was a problem on the court. I’m a problem.”...

Data Love

by Roberto Simanowski, Dorian Rudnytsky, Brigitte Pichon & John Cayley Columbia University Press (September 13, 2016)

Intelligence services, government administrations, businesses, and a growing majority of the population are hooked on the idea that big data can reveal patterns and correlations in everyday life. Because big...

Recognition or Disagreement: A Critical Encounter on the Politics of Freedom, Equality, and Identity

by Axel Honneth, Jacques Rancière, Katia Genel & Jean-Philippe Deranty Columbia University Press (May 10, 2016)

Axel Honneth is best known for his critique of modern society centered on a concept of recognition. Jacques Rancière has advanced an influential theory of modern politics based on disagreement. Underpinning...

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives

by Leigh Gilmore Columbia University Press (January 17, 2017)

In 1991, Anita Hill brought testimony and scandal into America’s living rooms during televised Senate confirmation hearings in which she detailed the sexual harassment she had suffered at the hands of Clarence...

Appetite for Innovation: Creativity and Change at elBulli

by M. Pilar Opazo Columbia University Press (July 05, 2016)

The name elBulli is synonymous with creativity and innovation. Located in Catalonia, Spain, the three-star Michelin restaurant led the world to “molecular” or “techno-emotional” cooking and made fantastic...

Everyone Dies Young: Time Without Age

by Marc Augé & Jody Gladding Columbia University Press (April 26, 2016)

We are awash in time, savoring a few moments of it; we project ourselves into it, reinvent it, play with it; we take our time or let it slip away: it is the raw material of our imagination. Age, on the other...

The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation

by Reza Zia-Ebrahimi Columbia University Press (March 15, 2016)

Reza Zia-Ebrahimi revisits the work of Fath‘ali Akhundzadeh and Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani, two Qajar-era intellectuals who founded modern Iranian nationalism. In their efforts to make sense of a difficult historical...

Naqab Bedouins

by Mansour Nasasra Columbia University Press (May 02, 2017)

Conventional wisdom positions the Naqab Bedouins in southern Palestine and under Israeli military rule as victims or passive recipients. In The Naqab Bedouins, Mansour Nasasra rewrites this narrative, presenting...

Industrial Policy and Economic Transformation in Africa

by Akbar Noman & Joseph E. Stiglitz Columbia University Press (September 15, 2015)

The revival of economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is all the more welcome for having followed one of the worst economic disasters since the industrial revolution. Six of the world’s fastest growing economies...

Political Responsibility: Responding to Predicaments of Power

by Antonio Y. Vázquez-Arroyo Columbia University Press (May 03, 2016)

Scholars in the humanities and social sciences have turned to ethics to theorize politics in what seems to be an increasingly depoliticized age. Yet the move toward ethics has obscured the ongoing value of political...

Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism

by Harry Harootunian Columbia University Press (October 13, 2015)

Harry Harootunian questions the claims of “Western Marxism” and its presumption of the final completion of capitalism. If this shift in Marxism reflected the recognition that the expected revolutions were...

Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, and Practice

by Myriam Denov & Bree Akesson Columbia University Press (August 08, 2017)

Societal turbulence, state collapse, religious and ethnic conflict, poverty, hunger, and social exclusion all underlie children's involvement in armed conflict. Drawing from empirical studies in eleven conflict-ridden...

The Invention of Private Life: Literature and Ideas

by Sudipta Kaviraj Columbia University Press (February 17, 2015)

A longtime political analyst and thinker, Sudipta Kaviraj proves in this probing collection that he is also an acute writer on literature and politics. In these works, which lie at the intersection of the study...

Sexual Politics

by Kate Millett, Catharine MacKinnon & Rebecca Mead Columbia University Press (February 16, 2016)

A sensation upon its publication in 1970, Sexual Politics documents the subjugation of women in great literature and art. Beginning in 1830 and targeting four revered authors—D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, Norman...

After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East

by Brian T. Edwards Columbia University Press (December 01, 2015)

When Henry Luce announced in 1941 that we were living in an “American century,” he believed the international popularity of American culture made a world favorable to U.S. interests. For decades, his claim...

Chinese Law in Imperial Eyes: Sovereignty, Justice, and Transcultural Politics

by Li Chen Columbia University Press (December 22, 2015)

Before the First Opium War (1839–1842), China had control over the terms of its relationship with Western powers, refusing to grant foreigners extraterritorial privileges or sign international treaties fully...