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Standing in the Need: Culture, Comfort, and Coming Home After Katrina

by Katherine E. Browne

Standing in the Need presents an intimate account of an African American family's ordeal after Hurricane Katrina. Before the storm struck, this family of one hundred fifty members lived in the bayou communities...


Left to Chance: Hurricane Katrina and the Story of Two New Orleans Neighborhoods

by Steve Kroll-Smith, Vern Baxter & Pam Jenkins

How do survivors recover from the worst urban flood in American history, a disaster that destroyed nearly the entire physical landscape of a city, as well as the mental and emotional maps that people use to...


Consumed Nostalgia: Memory in the Age of Fast Capitalism

by Gary Cross

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. For many of us, modern memory is shaped less by a longing for the social customs and practices of the past, or family heirlooms handed down over generations, and more by...


Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American City

by Javier Auyero & Loïc| Wacquant

Austin, Texas, is renowned as a high-tech, fast-growing city for the young and creative, a cool place to live, and the scene of internationally famous events such as SXSW and Formula 1. But as in many American...


Children of Katrina

by Alice Fothergill & Lori Peek

When children experience upheaval and trauma, adults often view them as either vulnerable and helpless or as resilient and able to easily "bounce back." But the reality is far more complex for the children and...


Is This America?: Katrina as Cultural Trauma

by Ron Eyerman

From police on the street, to the mayor of New Orleans and FEMA administrators, government officials monumentally failed to protect the most vulnerable residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast during the...


Modernizing Patriarchy: The Politics of Women's Rights in Morocco

by Katja Zvan Elliott

Morocco is hailed by academics, international NGO workers, and the media as a trailblazer in women's rights and legal reforms. The country is considered a model for other countries in the Middle East and North...


Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style

by Cintra Wilson

As the former New York Times Critical Shopper, and voted one of Fashionista's 50 Most Influential People in New York Fashion, Cintra Wilson knows something about clothes. And in Fear and Clothing, she imparts...


Buddhism for Dudes: A Jarhead's Field Guide to Mindfulness

by Gerry Stribling

A tough former Marine leads Buddhist basic training for the average Joe.

In Buddhism for Dudes, Gerry “Strib” Stribling, former Marine and all-around good guy, answers questions on life and living with a...


How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century

by Bella DePaulo

A close-up examination and exploration, How We Live Now challenges our old concepts of what it means to be a family and have a home, opening the door to the many diverse and thriving experiments of living in...


Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do about It

by Kate Harding

The first non-academic, single-author book since the 1990s to examine sexual assault as a social phenomenon: noted blogger and author Kate Harding’s provocative, sharp—and yes, funny—book tackling rape...


Androcentric Culture

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The family is older than humanity, and therefore cannot be called a human institution. A post office, now, is wholly human; no other creature has a post office, but there are families in plenty among birds and...


This Is Not Dixie: Racist Violence in Kansas, 1861-1927

by Brent M.S. Campney

Imposing, enforcing, and resisting white supremacy in the Midwest


Humane Insight: Looking at Images of African American Suffering and Death

by Courtney R. Baker

Viewing representations of pain in African American history


Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution

by Rachel Moran

An astonishingly brave memoir of prostitution and its lingering influence on a woman’s psyche and life.

“The best work by anyone on prostitution ever, Rachel Moran’s Paid For fuses the memoirist’s lived...


Blood & Honey: : The Secret Herstory- Balkan Women War Crimes and War Survivors

by Danica Anderson, Connie Simpson & Hilleary Erin

These first-person stories are raw, disembodied whisperings of the female holocaust, filled with symbols and icons that define trauma. A woman’s trauma is the wounding that cannot be forgotten, indelibly written...


Being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa . . . & Their Friends

by Gil Asakawa

A celebration of Japanese American culture: facts, recipes, songs, words, and memories that every Japanese American will want to share.


Worktown: The Astonishing Story of the Project that launched Mass Observation

by David Hall

The astonishing story of the project that launched Mass Observation

In the late 1930s the Lancashire town of Bolton witnessed a ground-breaking social experiment. Over three years, a team of ninety observers...


Death by Video Game: Tales of obsession from the virtual frontline

by Simon Parkin

Whether it's Space Invaders, Candy Crush Saga or Grand Theft Auto, video games draw us in and don't let go. In Taiwan, a spate of deaths at gaming cafés is raising a question: why is it that some of us are...


The Devil's Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West

by Michael Walsh

In the aftermath of World War II, America stood alone as the world’s premier military power. Yet its martial confidence contrasted vividly with its sense of cultural inferiority. Still looking to a defeated...