Award Winning Books: Cultural Studies

The Afrocentric Idea

Revised and Expanded Edition

Molefi Kete Asante

Molefi Kete Asante, recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association

Asante's spirited engagement with culture warriors, neocons, and postmodernists updates this classic

256 pages | 5.5 x 8.2


Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero

Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics

Jason Dittmer

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2013

A provocative exploration of the nationalist comic book superhero genre in the U.S., Canada, and Britain.

242 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 halftones


Consuming Catastrophe

Mass Culture in America's Decade of Disaster

Timothy Recuber

American Sociological Association's Sociology of Emotions Section award for Recent Contribution Award, 2018

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

228 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 5 tables


Contemporary Social Constructionism

Key Themes

Darin Weinberg

Melvin Pollner Prize in Ethnomethodology by the American Sociological Association's section on Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, 2018

A critical overview of scholarship in social constructionism

214 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


The Eternal Present of Sport

Rethinking Sport and Religion

Daniel A. Grano

2018 Outstanding Book of the Year Award, National Communication Association's Communication and Sport Division

Rethinking the changes surrounding religion and elite sport cultures

282 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 halftone


The First Suburban Chinatown

The Remaking of Monterey Park, California

Timothy P. Fong

Donald H. Pflueger Local History Award, Historical Society of Southern California, 1999
Outstanding Book Award in the Social Sciences, Association for Asian American Studies, 1995

Ethnicity issues fuel internal strife as a community faces change

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 14 tables, 2 figures, 8 halftones


Inner Speech and the Dialogical Self

Norbert Wiley

Co-winner of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction's Charles Horton Cooley Book Award, 2017

How the dialogical self discovers the appropriate pathways for guiding us through our lives

212 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 tables, 3 figures


Knowledge LTD

Toward a Social Logic of the Derivative

Randy Martin

Randy Martin is the recipient of the American Sociological Association's Marxist Sociology Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015

What derivatives and excess, economic and otherwise, tell us about the state of global capital and culture

280 pages | 6 x 9


Literary Gestures

The Aesthetic in Asian American Writing

Edited by Rocío G. Davis and Sue-Im Lee

Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2006

Form as function in Asian American literature

248 pages | 6 x 9


Painting Publics

Transnational Legal Graffiti Scenes as Spaces for Encounter

Caitlin Frances Bruce

Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Foundation Book Award, 2019

Argues that public art generates spaces for encounter as well as places and moments that can reenergize the felt sense of possibility in urban spaces

276 pages | 6 x 9 | 54 color photos


Rave Culture

The Alteration and Decline of a Philadelphia Music Scene

Tammy L Anderson

Charles Horten Cooley Award, 2010

Exposing the forces behind the decline of the rave scene in Philadelphia and elsewhere

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 tables, 2 figures, 9 halftones


Reverse Engineering Social Media

Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism

Robert Gehl

Nancy Baym Book Award, Association of Internet Researchers, 2015

Revealing the underside of our technology-laden world

236 pages | 5.5 x 8.25



France Meets Philadelphia

Lynn Miller and Therese Dolan

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia 2020 Art and Architecture Literary Award

Chronicling the French presence and impact on Philadelphia through its art and artists, as well as through the city’s political and social culture

416 pages | 7 x 10 | 169 color photos, 2 halftones, 1 map


The Scrapbook in American Life

Edited by Susan Tucker, Katherine Ott, and Patricia Buckler

Winner of the Allen Noble Award for best edited book from Pioneer America Society, 2006

The first book about the history and practice of keeping scrapbooks

344 pages | 7 x 10 | 72 halftones


Sounds of the Modern Nation

Music, Culture, and Ideas in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Alejandro L. Madrid

International Casa de las Américas Musicology Prize, 2005

How the relationships between avant-garde music and ideas of modernity in post-revolutionary Mexico shaped discourses of nationality

224 pages | 5.5 x 8.25 | 3 tables, 36 figures


Sweating Saris

Indian Dance as Transnational Labor

Priya Srinivasan

Emory Elliott Book Award, 2012

Seeing Indian dancers as gendered labor highlights the politics of Asian American racialization, migration, and citizenship

238 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 halftones