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Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

by Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley University of California Press (October 17, 2017)

The king of radio comedy from the Great Depression to the early 1950s, Jack Benny was one of the most influential entertainers of the twentieth-century. A master of comic timing and innovative producer, Benny...


Charles Burnett

by James Naremore University of California Press (October 17, 2017)

In the first book devoted to Charles Burnett, a crucial figure in the history of American cinema often regarded as the most influential member of the LA Rebellion group of African American filmmakers, James...


Agnes Varda between Film, Photography, and Art

by Rebecca J. DeRoo University of California Press (October 17, 2017)

Agnès Varda is a prolific film director, photographer, and artist whose cinematic career spans more than six decades. Today she is best known as the innovative “mother” of the French New Wave film movement...


Barbed-Wire Imperialism

by Aidan Forth University of California Press (October 17, 2017)

Camps are emblems of the modern world, but they first appeared under the imperial tutelage of Victorian Britain. Comparative and transnational in scope, Barbed-Wire Imperialism situates the concentration and...


Boycott!

by Sunaina Maira University of California Press (October 13, 2017)

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) has expanded rapidly though controversially in the US in the last five years. The academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions is a key component of...


Blind Injustice

by Mark Godsey University of California Press (October 10, 2017)

How could a regular person with above-average intelligence willingly confess to murder when we now know from DNA testing that someone else was the murderer? How could ten witnesses say they were positive that...


Language of the Snakes

by Andrew Ollett University of California Press (October 10, 2017)

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.

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Child's Play

by Sabine Frühstück & Anne Walthall University of California Press (October 10, 2017)

For over a century throughout Japan and beyond, children and concepts of childhood have been appropriated as tools for decidedly unchildlike purposes: to validate, moralize, humanize, and naturalize war, and...


Imagining the Future of Climate Change

by Shelley Streeby University of California Press (October 06, 2017)

From the 1960s to the present, activists, artists, and science fiction writers have imagined the consequences of climate change and its impacts on our future. Authors such as Octavia Butler and Leslie Marmon...


The Crime of Nationalism

by Matthew Kraig Kelly University of California Press (October 03, 2017)

The Palestinian national movement gestated in the early decades of the twentieth century, but it was born in the Great Revolt of 1936–39, a period of sustained Arab protest against British policy in the Palestine...


Sewing Hope

by Sarah Adler-Milstein & John M. Kline University of California Press (October 03, 2017)

Sewing Hope offers the first account of a bold challenge to apparel-industry sweatshops. The Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic is the anti-sweatshop. It boasts a living wage three times the legal...


Why Latin American Nations Fail

by Matías Vernengo & Esteban Pérez Caldentey University of California Press (October 03, 2017)

The question of economic and social development is a major topic in courses across the social sciences and history, particularly those focused on Latin America. Many scholars and instructors have tried to pinpoint,...


The Tide Was Always High

by Josh Kun University of California Press (September 26, 2017)

In 1980, the celebrated new wave band Blondie headed to Los Angeles to record a new album, and along with it, the cover “The Tide Is High” originally written by Jamaican legend John Holt. With percussion...


Blood for Thought

by Dr. S Mira Balberg University of California Press (September 26, 2017)

In Blood for Thought Mira Balberg delves into a relatively unexplored area of rabbinic literature: the vast corpus of laws, regulations, and instructions pertaining to sacrificial rituals. The book traces and...


Sanitized Sex

by Robert Kramm University of California Press (September 26, 2017)

Sanitized Sex analyzes the development of new forms of regulation concerning prostitution, venereal disease and intimacy during the American occupation of Japan after the Second World War, focusing on the period...


Taiwan and China

by Lowell Dittmer University of California Press (September 26, 2017)

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.

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For the Wild

by Sarah M. Pike University of California Press (September 19, 2017)

For the Wild explores the ways in which the commitments of radical environmental and animal-rights activists develop through powerful experiences with the more-than-human world during childhood and young adulthood....


Flavors of Empire

by Mark Padoongpatt University of California Press (September 19, 2017)

With a uniquely balanced combination of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors, Thai food burst onto Los Angeles's culinary scene in the 1980s. Flavors of Empire examines the rise of Thai food and the way it...


Animation, Plasticity, and Music in Italy, 1770-1830

by Ellen Lockhart University of California Press (September 19, 2017)

This pathbreaking study of Italian stage works reconsiders a crucial period of music history: the late eighteenth century through the early nineteenth century. In her interdisciplinary examination of the statue...


Off the Page

by Daniel Bernardi & Julian Hoxter University of California Press (September 12, 2017)

Off the Page examines the business and craft of screenwriting in the era of media convergence. Bernardi and Hoxter use the recent history of screenwriting labor coupled with close analysis of the screenwriting...


Seeing

by Tom Cornsweet University of California Press (September 12, 2017)

Written by one of the pioneers in visual perception, Seeing provides an overview of the basics of sight, from the anatomy of the eye, to optical illusions, to the way neural systems process visual signs. To...


How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics

by Laura Briggs University of California Press (September 12, 2017)

This book tells the story of how U.S. political struggles over race, immigration, and queer folks came to center around reproductive politics—children, households, and families. The political movement for...


Citizen Outsider

by Jean Beaman University of California Press (September 12, 2017)

On a continent in which immigration and religious discrimination are the issues of the day, Jean Beaman probes the ground-level reality of the lives of North African immigrants to France. Through fieldwork and...


Ginseng and Borderland

by Seonmin Kim University of California Press (September 12, 2017)

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.

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Changing Energy

by John H. Perkins University of California Press (September 12, 2017)

Changing Energy outlines how humanity came to its current energy economy through three previous energy transitions and now stands poised for a necessary fourth one. Despite the immense benefits conferred by...


The Zero Trimester

by Miranda Waggoner University of California Press (September 12, 2017)

A healthy pregnancy is now defined well before pregnancy even begins. Public health messages promote pre-pregnancy health and health care by encouraging reproductive-age women to think of themselves as mothers...


Solitary

by Terry Allen Kupers University of California Press (September 05, 2017)

“When I testify in court, I am often asked: ‘What is the damage of long term solitary confinement?’ … Many prisoners with serious mental illness emerge from prison after years in solitary with much...


Floodplains

by Jeffrey J. Opperman, Peter B. Moyle, Eric W. Larsen & Joan L. Florsheim et al. University of California Press (September 05, 2017)

Floodplains provides an overview of floodplains and their management in temperate regions. It synthesizes decades of research on floodplain ecosystems, explaining hydrologic, geomorphic and ecological processes...


Reinventing the Wheel

by Bronwen Percival & Francis Percival University of California Press (September 05, 2017)

In little more than a century, industrial mindsets have altered the cheesemaking process at every level, from the bodies of the animals, to the microbial strains that sour the milk, to the way in which cheese...


The Mountains That Remade America

by Craig H. Jones University of California Press (September 05, 2017)

From ski towns to national parks, fresh fruit to environmental lawsuits, the Sierra Nevada has changed the way Americans live. Where there was gold to be mined (and where there was not) redefined land, mineral,...


A History of Cookbooks

by Henry Notaker University of California Press (September 05, 2017)

A History of Cookbooks looks at the cookbooks from a literary and historical perspective, providing an overview of how this genre was developed as an important part of food culture from the late middle ages...


Grand Canyon For Sale

by Stephen Nash University of California Press (September 05, 2017)

Grand Canyon For Sale is a carefully researched investigation of the precarious future of America's public lands: our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, monuments, and wildernesses. Taking the Grand...


Enclosure

by Gary Fields University of California Press (September 05, 2017)

Today Israel’s Separation Wall swallows land, separating Palestinian farmers from their fields, and Israeli settlements grow in the Occupied Territories. Meanwhile amidst the endless ink spilled on both sides...


Trans

by Jack Halberstam University of California Press (September 01, 2017)

In the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. However, with this increased visibility has comes not just power, but regulation, both in favor of and against trans...


Holy Hip Hop in the City of Angels

by Christina Zanfagna University of California Press (August 29, 2017)

At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn...


The Biopolitics of Beauty

by Alvaro Jarrín University of California Press (August 29, 2017)

The Biopolitics of Beauty examines how beauty became an aim of national health in Brazil. Based on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in Brazilian hospitals, the author explains how plastic surgeons and patients...


American Studies

by Philip J. Deloria & Alexander I. Olson University of California Press (August 22, 2017)

American Studies has long been a home for adventurous students seeking to understand the culture and politics of the United States. Despite being taught in universities around the world, American Studies has...


Green Criminology

by Michael J. Lynch University of California Press (August 22, 2017)

This groundbreaking text provides an overview and assessment of green criminology as well as a call to action. Green Criminology draws attention to the ways in which the political-economic organization of capitalism...


Deviance

by Leon Anderson University of California Press (August 22, 2017)

Deviance: Social Constructions and Blurred Boundaries draws on up-to-date scholarship across a wide spectrum of deviance categories, providing a symbolic interactionist analysis of the deviance process. The...


The Great Han

by Kevin Carrico University of California Press (August 22, 2017)

The Great Han is an ethnographic study of the Han Clothing movement (Hanfu yundong), a neo-traditionalist and majority racial nationalist movement that has emerged in China since 2001. Participants come together...


Coasts in Crisis

by Gary Griggs University of California Press (August 22, 2017)

Coastal regions around the world have become increasingly crowded, intensively developed, and severely exploited. Hundreds of millions of people living in these low-lying areas are subject to short-term coastal...


Consecrating Science

by Lisa H. Sideris University of California Press (August 15, 2017)

Debunking myths behind what is known collectively as the new cosmology—a grand, overlapping set of narratives that claim to bring science and spirituality together—Lisa H. Sideris offers a searing critique...


Critical Thinking

by Peter M. Nardi University of California Press (August 15, 2017)

Critical Thinking: Tools for Evaluating Research prepares students for interpreting information in a critical and thoughtful way so they can develop sophisticated levels of analyses crucial for understanding...


In Search of Soul

by Alejandro Nava University of California Press (August 15, 2017)

In Search of Soul explores the meaning of “soul” in sacred and profane incarnations, from its biblical origins to its central place in the rich traditions of black and Latin history. Surveying the work of...


Cohabitation Nation

by Ms. Sharon Sassler & Amanda Miller University of California Press (August 15, 2017)

“We have fun and we enjoy each other’s company, so why shouldn’t we just move in together?” — Lauren, from Cohabitation Nation?

 

Living together is a typical romantic rite-of-passage in the United...


The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine

by Salim Tamari University of California Press (August 15, 2017)

This rich history of Palestine in the last decade of the Ottoman Empire reveals the nation emerging as a cultural entity—a vibrant intellectual, political, and social exchange of ideas and initiatives. Through...


A Social Revolution

by Kevan Harris University of California Press (August 08, 2017)

For decades, political observers and pundits have characterized the Islamic Republic of Iran as an ideologically rigid state on the verge of collapse, exclusively connected to a narrow social base. In A Social...


Families in America

by Susan L. Brown University of California Press (August 01, 2017)

In this accessible, engaging, and up-to-date course book, Susan Brown employs ethnographic vignettes and demographic data to introduce students to twenty-first century perspectives of contemporary families. ...


Constructions of Terrorism

by Michael Stohl, Dr. Richard Burchill & Scott Howard Englund University of California Press (August 01, 2017)

Discussions about the meaning of terrorism are enduring in everyday language, government policy, news reporting and international politics.  Disagreements about both the definition and the class of violent...


Global Africa

by Dorothy Hodgson & Judith Byfield University of California Press (August 01, 2017)

Global Africa is a striking, original volume that disrupts traditional narratives that frame our discussion of Africa, complicating conventional views of the region as a place of violence, despair, and victimhood. ...