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Action = Vie

Chronicling the history and accomplishments of Act Up-Paris Read a blog entry by the author

Addressing Violence Against Women on College Campuses

What we know, what we are doing, and how we can improve our prevention of and response to violence against women on college campuses

Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century

A broad, nonsectarian collection of anti-capitalist thinking, featuring landmark contributions both classic and contemporary

Against the Deportation Terror

Reveals the formerly little-known history of multiracial immigrant rights organizing in the United States

The Age of Experiences

How the booming experience and transformation economies can generate happiness—and jobs

All Creatures Safe and Sound

Lessons from recent disasters on accounting for the safety of animals and humans alike

Allies and Obstacles

Addresses the nature and history of activism by parents of people with disabilities, and its complex relationship to activism by disabled leaders Read a blog entry by the authors

Are We the 99%?

Intersectionality lessons for contemporary “big-tent” organizing

Believing in Cleveland

Explores how civic and business leaders used image-making in an effort to reimagine and revive Cleveland in the decades after World War II​

Challenging Beijing's Mandate of Heaven

Analyzing the dynamics of two recent nonviolent, student-led protests in light of China’s growth and power

Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work

Essays that provide an on-the-ground understanding of people whose lives are impacted by sex work

Civic Intimacies

Mapping the political and personal stakes of Black queer lives in Baltimore

Communists and Community

Enhances our understanding of the central role Communists played in the advancement of social democracy throughout the mid-twentieth century Read an interview with the author

Communities and Crime

A systematic exploration of how criminology has accounted for the role of community over the past century

The Concept of the Social in Uniting the Humanities and Social Sciences

Now in Paperback! How to reunify the humanities and social sciences

Constructing the Patriarchal City

An original, comparative examination of how ideas about gender resulted in the consolidation of the patriarchal city in the Anglo-Atlantic urban world

Consuming Catastrophe

Examines the media’s coverage of four American disasters, arguing that media attention directs our concern for the suffering of others toward efforts to soothe our own emotional turmoil

The Cost of Being a Girl

Traces the origins of the gender wage gap to part-time teenage work, which sets up a dynamic that persists into adulthood

Courting the Community

Exploring the practices and potential of criminal justice in community courts

Criminology and Public Policy

Leading scholars of crime policy address the most critical problems facing the justice system in America

Crossing the Border to India

How the changing political economy of rural Nepal informs the desire and agency of young male migrants who seek work in cities

The Cultural Production of Intellectual Property Rights

Examining the contemporary conceptualization of and debates over intellectual property rights

Daily Labors

Examining the vulnerabilities, discrimination, and exploitation—as well as the sense of belonging and community—that day laborers experience on an NYC street corner

Degrees of Separation

How exiting ultra-Orthodox Judaism is not a single act of defiance, but an interactive process that extends for years after leaving Read a blog entry by the author

Democratizing Urban Development

Examining how community organizations fight to prevent displacement and secure affordable housing across cities in the U.S. and Brazil

Disruptive Situations

The first comprehensive study to employ the lens of queer lives in the Arab World to understand everyday life disruptions, conflicts, and violence Read a blog entry by the author

Do Right by Me

Invites readers into a conversation on how best to raise black children in white families and white communities Read an interview with the authors

Ecohumanism and the Ecological Culture

Explores how the vision of ecohumanism was championed by Lewis Mumford and operationalized by Ian McHarg

Elaine Black Yoneda

The remarkable story of a Jewish activist who joined her imprisoned Japanese American husband and son in an American concentration camp

The Evangelical Crackup?

Explaining evangelicalism’s relationship to the party system

The Evolution of a Cricket Fan

An autobiographical account of a cricket lover’s journey across nations and identities

Exploiting the Wilderness

A contemporary criminological analysis of the African and Asian illegal trade in wildlife

Extraordinary Racial Politics

Explores the promise and perils of racially-based mass mobilizations and state emergencies

Feminist Post-Liberalism

Reconciling liberalism and feminist theory Read a blog entry by the author

Feminist Reflections on Childhood

Recovers a history of feminist thought and activism that demands greater voice and respect for young people

Filling the Ark

Now in Paperback—Why the fate of animals in disasters depends on policy informed by compassion

Final Negotiations

A poignant autoethnography that reflects back forty years on loving someone chronically ill

French Gastronomy and the Magic of Americanism

Analyzing the effects of corporate-driven global industrial processes on the practices, and the practitioners, of French gastronomy

From Improvement to City Planning

A “pre-history” of urban planning in the United States

Furthering Fair Housing

Analyzing federal policy to advance racial equity in housing and neighborhoods

Getting Away from It All

Examines vacations as moments when people engage in voluntary identity shifts that both contrast and overlap with everyday life

Globalizing the Caribbean

Now in Paperback—how global capitalism finds new ways to mutate and grow in the Caribbean

Gone Goose

How members of a rural town in the Midwest worked to sustain their culture and community in response to climate change

Good Reasons to Run

How and why women run for office Read a blog entry by the editors

Healing Our Divided Society

Examining inequality in America fifty years after the Kerner Report

Immigrant Crossroads

Highlights immigrant engagement in urban development, policy, and social movements

Immigrant Rights in the Nuevo South

Examining the connections between repression and resistance for unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. Southeast

In the Weeds

Tracing the history of marijuana policy from “reefer madness” to legalization

Incidental Racialization

Examining racialization, inequality, and professional socialization

Japanese American Millennials

A groundbreaking study of ethnic identity and community in the everyday lives of Japanese American millennials

The Language of Political Incorporation

How the language of migrant networks affects political incorporation

Latino Mayors

The first book to examine the rise of Latino mayors in the United States

Little Italy in the Great War

How Philadelphia’s Italian community responded during World War I

Making a Scene

Examines how autonomous social movements respond to gentrification by creating their own cultural landscape in cities and suburbs

The Man-Not

Introduces the conceptual foundations for Black Male Studies, going beyond gender theories that cast the Black Male as a pathological aspiring patriarch

The Many Futures of Work

Reframes the conversation about contemporary workplace experience by providing both “top down” and “bottom up” analyses

Metro Dailies in the Age of Multimedia Journalism

How daily metro newspapers can continue to survive in the age of digital journalism Read a blog entry by the author

Migration and Mortality

Documents and denounces the violent impacts of restrictive migration policies in the Americas, linking this institutional violence to broader forces of racial capitalism


Challenging preconceived notions of the states that support working mothers

On Intellectual Activism

From the author of the classic Black Feminist Thought, a book on the nature and value of the public intellectual

One Faith, Two Authorities

Examines the tension between the male-dominated hierarchy and female religious leaders in the American Catholic Church

Passing for Perfect

How does it feel to be model minority—and why would that drive one to live a lie?

Pedagogies of Woundedness

What happens when illness betrays Asian American fantasies of indefinite progress?

Policing in Natural Disasters

How disaster work impacts law enforcement officers and first responders based on some of the worst disasters in modern history

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness

The twentieth anniversary edition of a widely influential book—now updated to address racial privilege in the age of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Donald Trump

Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan

The policy history of, implementation of, and reaction to Flint’s municipal takeovers

Prisoner of Wars

The life of Pao Yang, whose experiences defy conventional accounts of the Vietnam War

Protestors and Their Targets

Examining the dynamics when protestors and their targets interact

Push Back, Move Forward

An in-depth explanation of the coalition dynamics—origin, workings, strengths, and weaknesses—of the National Council of Women’s Organizations

Renovating Value

Reveals how the comforting story told by HGTV programs obscures the reality of housing investment, renovation, and flipping

Revolution Around the Corner

The first book-length story of the radical social movement, the Puerto Rican Socialist Party

Rulers and Capital in Historical Perspective

Explains the concomitant and interconnected emergence of “public” finance and “private” banking systems in the context of state formation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Selling Transracial Adoption

Examines cross-race adoptions from the perspectives of adoption providers, showing how racial hierarchies and the supply and demand for children shape the process

Sinking Chicago

The first long-term study of the effects of climate change on an American city

Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania

Highlighting the complexities of emancipation and the “First Reconstruction” in the antebellum North

Strategizing against Sweatshops

Explores how U.S. college students engaged in strategically innovative activism to help sweatshop workers across the world

The Supernatural in Society, Culture, and History

Demonstrating the value of serious academic inquiry into supernatural beliefs and practices—from ghosts, vampirism, cryptozoology, and dark tourism to tarot cards, fortunetelling, voodoo, and alien abduction

Taking Juvenile Justice Seriously

A pragmatic and comprehensive look at delinquency and juvenile justice through a developmental lens

Toward a Pragmatist Sociology

An original study that mines the work of John Dewey and C. Wright Mills to animate a more relevant and critical sociology

Transformations of Warfare in the Contemporary World

Essays that explore some of the profound changes taking place in the realm of warfighting today

Transnational Nationalism and Collective Identity among the American Irish

How collective action creates meaning and identity within culturally diverse and physically dispersed communities Read a blog entry by the author

Under the Knife

How the pursuit of a “naturally” beautiful body plays out in cosmetic surgery

Undermining Intersectionality

Now in Paperback—a sustained critique of the ways in which scholars have engaged with and deployed intersectionality

Understanding Muslim Political Life in America

A cogent study of Muslim identity and citizenship—as well as ethnic and gender dynamics—within American politics

Undoing the Revolution

Compares India, Mexico, and Zimbabwe to demonstrate why mass rebellions result in elitist regimes

The United States of India

Examines a network of intellectuals who attempted to reimagine and reshape the relationship between the U.S. and India Read a blog entry by the author

Upsetting Food

Compares U.S. food reform campaigns through historical social movements—each driven by capitalism, but shaped by activism

Vehicles of Decolonization

Considers collective Palestinian movement via public transportation as a site of social struggle

Whose Game?

How fantasy sport participants experience gendered power Read a blog entry by the authors

Wildlife Crime

A comprehensive theoretical, empirical, methodological, and practical global overview of wildlife crime

Youth Who Trade Sex in the U.S.

Examining the dominant, unitary "innocent girl–predatory man" policy narrative to improve research, policy, and community interventions for young people in the sex trades

“A Road to Peace and Freedom”

The history of the International Workers Order’s struggle to enact a social-democratic, racially egalitarian vision for America