Fall 2015

The Asian American Avant-Garde

Universalist Aspirations in Modernist Literature and Art

Audrey Wu Clark

Examining early Asian American writers and artists as modernists

248 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 figures


The Audacity of Hoop

Basketball and the Age of Obama

Alexander Wolff

The influence Barack Obama has had on basketball and vice versa, in essays and photographs

192 pages | 10 x 8 | 108 color photos, 22 halftones


BITS of Belonging

Information Technology, Water, and Neoliberal Governance in India

Simanti Dasgupta

An ethnographic investigation of the class politics that underscore the emergence of neoliberalism in urban India

232 pages | 6 x 9


Building the Urban Environment

Visions of the Organic City in the United States, Europe, and Latin America

Harold L. Platt

An international comparative study that considers how competing agents of change have interacted to build the urban environment

312 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 figure, 14 maps


City in a Park

A History of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park System

James McClelland and Lynn Miller

How Philadelphia’s early efforts at conservation led to the country’s greatest park system

392 pages | 8 x 10 | 158 color photos, 19 halftones


Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin

The Sociospatial Exclusion of Homeless People

Jürgen von Mahs

An international account of homelessness, comparing Berlin and Los Angeles and the possibility of exiting homelessness in each city

208 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 tables, 13 figures


Dream Machine

Realism and Fantasy in Hindi Cinema

Samir Dayal

How Hindi cinema has reflected the Indian public's self-understanding and posited new possibilities for national and individual identities

320 pages | 6 x 9 | 9 halftones


Environmental Activism and the Urban Crisis

Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago

Robert R. Gioielli

How the postwar decay of America's industrial city's helped to give rise to environmental movement

224 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 halftones


Framing the Audience

Art and the Politics of Culture in the United States, 1929-1945

Isadora Anderson Helfgott

How artists, American critics, and media sought to widen the appreciation of fine art but held different views of democratic culture

330 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 color photos, 2 figures, 1 line drawing, 9 halftones, 1 map


A Guilted Age

Apologies for the Past

Ashraf H. A. Rushdy

The study and meaning of public apologies that have become frequent in the contemporary world

232 pages | 6 x 9


Life in and against the Odds

Debts of Freedom and the Speculative Roots of U.S. Culture

Heidi Hoechst

A persuasive meditation on how capitalism intersects with American nationalism in the making of race and class relations

298 pages | 6 x 9


Mobilizing Gay Singapore

Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State

Lynette Chua

How gay activism survives in a state that maintains power while promoting the rule of law and social harmony

228 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables, 1 map


Rebuilding Community after Katrina

Transformative Education in the New Orleans Planning Initiative

Edited by Ken Reardon and John Forester

How a community-university partnership brought together analysis and political muscle to sustain New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward

262 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 halftones, 7 maps


The Risk Society Revisited

Social Theory and Governance

Eugene A. Rosa, Aaron M. McCright, and Ortwin Renn

How risk is a feature in all societies, and its connection to the challenges of sustainability

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 22 figures


Salsa World

A Global Dance in Local Contexts

Edited by Sydney Hutchinson

How an understanding of salsa dancing enhances our appreciation of salsa's global reach and meanings

240 pages | 6 x 9 | 2 tables, 2 figures, 12 halftones