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Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws: From Islamic Empires to the Taliban

by Shemeem Burney Abbas

Under the guise of Islamic law, the prophet Muhammad's Islam, and the Qur'an, states such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh are using blasphemy laws to suppress freedom of speech....


Califia Women: Feminist Education against Sexism, Classism, and Racism

by Clark A. Pomerleau

Launched in 1975, the Califia Community organized activist educational camps and other programs in southern California until its dissolution in 1987. An alternative to mainstream academia's attempts to tie feminism...


The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture

by Stephanie Merrim

The Spectacular City, Mexico, and Colonial Hispanic Literary Culture tracks the three spectacular forces of New World literary culture-cities, festivals, and wonder-from the sixteenth to the seventeenth century,...


Apple Pie and Enchiladas: Latino Newcomers in the Rural Midwest

by Ann V. Millard & Jorge Chapa

The sudden influx of significant numbers of Latinos to the rural Midwest stems from the recruitment of workers by food processing plants and small factories springing up in rural areas. Mostly they work at back-breaking...


I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944

by David, Jr. Carey

Given Guatemala's record of human rights abuses, its legal system has often been portrayed as illegitimate and anemic. I Ask for Justice challenges that perception by demonstrating that even though the legal...


Every Woman Is a World: Interviews with Women of Chiapas

by Gayle Walker, Kiki Suárez & Carol Karasik

Born in the remote mountains and tropical forests of southern Mexico, the elder women of Chiapas have witnessed tumultuous change during their lifetimes, which in some cases spanned the entire twentieth century....


Chicano Rap: Gender and Violence in the Postindustrial Barrio

by Pancho McFarland

Powered by a driving beat, clever lyrics, and assertive attitudes, rap music and hip hop culture have engrossed American youth since the mid-1980s. Although the first rappers were African Americans, rap and...


Performing Piety: Singers and Actors in Egypt's Islamic Revival

by Karin van Nieuwkerk

In the 1980s, Egypt witnessed a growing revival of religiosity among large sectors of the population, including artists. Many pious stars retired from art, "repented" from "sinful" activities, and dedicated...


All-American Boy

by Larzer Ziff

From his celebrated appearance, hatchet in hand, in Parson Mason Locke Weems's Life of Washington to Booth Tarkington's Penrod, the all-American boy was an iconic figure in American literature for well over...


A Journey Around Our America: A Memoir on Cycling, Immigration, and the Latinoization of the U.S.

by Louis G. Mendoza

Immigration and the growing Latino population of the United States have become such contentious issues that it can be hard to have a civil conversation about how Latinoization is changing the face of America....


The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success

by Christina E. Bejarano

During the past decade, racial/ethnic minority women have made significant strides in U.S. politics, comprising large portions of their respective minority delegations both in Congress and in state legislatures....


Of Beasts and Beauty: Gender, Race, and Identity in Colombia

by Michael Edward Stanfield

All societies around the world and through time value beauty highly. Tracing the evolutions of the Colombian standards of beauty since 1845, Michael Edward Stanfield explores their significance to and symbiotic...


Naturalizing Mexican Immigrants: A Texas History

by Martha Menchaca

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a majority of the Mexican immigrant population in the United States resided in Texas, making the state a flashpoint in debates over whether to deny naturalization...


Modernism Is the Literature of Celebrity

by Jonathan Goldman

The phenomenon of celebrity burst upon the world scene about a century ago, as movies and modern media brought exceptional, larger-than-life personalities before the masses. During the same era, modernist authors...


Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López's "Irreverent Apparition"

by Alicia Gaspar De Alba & Alma López

Months before Alma López's digital collage Our Lady was shown at the Museum of International Folk Art in 2001, the museum began receiving angry phone calls from community activists and Catholic leaders who...


Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right

by Judith Lynne Hanna

Across America, strip clubs have come under attack by a politically aggressive segment of the Christian Right. Using plausible-sounding but factually untrue arguments about the harmful effects of strip clubs...


Queer Bergman: Sexuality, Gender, and the European Art Cinema

by Daniel Humphrey

One of the twentieth century's most important filmmakers-indeed one of its most important and influential artists-Ingmar Bergman and his films have been examined from almost every possible perspective, including...


Mexican American Youth Organization: Avant-Garde of the Chicano Movement in Texas

by Armando Navarro & Mario C. Compean

Among the protest movements of the 1960s, the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) emerged as one of the principal Chicano organizations seeking social change. By the time MAYO evolved into the Raza Unida...


The American Jewish Story through Cinema

by Eric A. Goldman

Like the haggadah, the traditional "telling" of the story of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt that is read at the Passover seder, cinema offers a valuable text from which to gain an understanding of the social,...


Lowrider Space: Aesthetics and Politics of Mexican American Custom Cars

by Ben Chappell

Aren't lowriders always gangbangers? And, don't they always hold high status in their neighborhoods? Contrary to both stereotypes, the people who build and drive lowrider cars perform diverse roles while mobilizing...