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Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution

by Elazar Barkan & Karen Barkey Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

This anthology explores the dynamics of shared religious sites in Turkey, the Balkans, Palestine/Israel, Cyprus, and Algeria, indicating where local and national stakeholders maneuver between competition and...


A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion

by Louis J. Parascandola & John Parascandola Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

Featuring a stunning gallery of portraits by the world’s finest poets, essayists, and fiction writers—including Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, José Martí, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Isaac Bashevis...


Moral Hazard in Health Insurance

by Amy Finkelstein, Kenneth J. Arrow, Jonathan Gruber & Joseph P. Newhouse et al. Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

In this short and accessible book, Amy Finkelstein—winner of the 2012 John Bates Clark award—tackles the tricky question of moral hazard, which is the tendency to take risks when the cost will be borne by...


Dams and Development in China: The Moral Economy of Water and Power

by Bryan Tilt Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

China is home to half of the world’s large dams and adds dozens more each year. The benefits are considerable: dams deliver hydropower, provide reliable irrigation water, protect people and farmland against...


The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

by Daniel Cloud Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them...


Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America

by Yong Chen Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

American diners began flocking to Chinese restaurants more than a century ago, making Chinese cuisine the first mass-consumed food in the United States. By 1980, it had become the country’s most popular ethnic...


Community Economic Development in Social Work

by Steven D. Soifer, Joseph B. McNeely, Cathy L. Costa & Nancy Pickering-Bernheim Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

Community economic development (CED) is an increasingly essential factor in the revitalization of low- to moderate-income communities. This cutting-edge text explores the intersection of CED and social work...


Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Human Services: Multisystemic Approaches

by Rowena Fong, Alan Dettlaff, Joyce James & Carolyne Rodriguez Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

The issue of racial disproportionality in the child welfare system, particularly as it impacts African-American children and families, has long been a concern to practitioners and policymakers. However, disproportionality...


Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

by Rey Chow Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Although the era of European colonialism has long passed, misgivings about the inequality of the encounters between European and non-European languages persist in many parts of the postcolonial world. This unfinished...


Baby Boomers of Color: Implications for Social Work Policy and Practice

by Melvin Delgado Columbia University Press (November 18, 2014)

Because researchers often treat baby boomers of color as belonging to one group, quality data on the individual status of specific racial populations is lacking, leading to insufficiently designed programs,...


Love and War: How Militarism Shapes Sexuality and Romance

by Tom Digby Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

Ideas of masculinity and femininity become sharply defined in war-reliant societies, resulting in a presumed enmity between men and women. This so-called battle of the sexes intensifies in tandem with dispositions...


Social Inquiry After Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything as It Is

by John G. Gunnell Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

John G. Gunnell argues that a distinctive feature of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s work after 1930 was his turn to a conception of philosophy as a form of social inquiry and that Thomas Kuhn’s approach to the philosophy...


The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's Death

by Bruce Hoffman & Fernando Reinares Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

Examining major terrorist acts and campaigns undertaken in the decade following September 11, 2001, internationally recognized scholars study the involvement of global terrorist leaders and organizations in...


Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia

by Paul Gionfriddo Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

Paul Gionfriddo’s son Tim is one of the “6 percent”—the percentage of all Americans with serious mental illness. He is also one of the half million homeless people with serious mental illnesses in desperate...


Social Work: Value-Guided Practice for a Global Society

by Cynthia Bisman Columbia University Press (October 28, 2014)

This innovative textbook reconfigures generalist social work practice for the twenty-first century. Incorporating historical, ethical, and global perspectives, the volume presents new definitions and explanations...


Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan

by Dana Burde Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Foreign-backed funding for education does not always stabilize a country and enhance its statebuilding efforts. Dana Burde shows how aid to education in Afghanistan bolstered conflict both deliberately in the...


The 7/7 London Underground Bombing: Not So Homegrown: A Selection from The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden's De

by Bruce Hoffman Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

This chapter analyzes the July 7, 2005 suicide bomb attacks against four London transportation targets that killed over 50 people and injured hundreds others. It was among the most important operations directed...


Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India

by Amrita Pande Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Surrogacy is India’s new form of outsourcing, as couples from all over the world hire Indian women to bear their children for a fraction of the cost of surrogacy elsewhere with little to no government oversight...


China's Democratic Future: How It Will Happen and Where It Will Lead

by Bruce Gilley Columbia University Press (March 12, 2004)

The end of communist rule in China will be one of the most momentous events of the twenty-first century, sounding the death knell for the Marxist-Leninist experiment and changing the lives of a fifth of humanity....


Reclaiming the Enlightenment: Toward a Politics of Radical Engagement

by Stephen Eric Bronner Columbia University Press (October 06, 2004)

This book tackles an obvious yet profound problem of modern political life: the disorientation of intellectuals and activists on the left. As the study of political history and theory has been usurped by cultural...


Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice

by Marion Katz Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Juxtaposing Muslim scholars’ debates over women’s attendance in mosques with historical descriptions of women’s activities within Middle Eastern and North African mosques, this study shows how over the...


Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients

by Dennis Rosen Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

The health-care system in the United States is by far the most expensive in the world, yet its outcomes are decidedly mediocre in comparison to those of other countries. Poor communication between doctors and...


Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

by C. Scott Combs Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

While cinema is a medium with a unique ability to “watch life” and “write movement,” it is equally singular in its portrayal of death. The first study to unpack American cinema’s long history of representing...


The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics

by Adrian Parr Columbia University Press (December 04, 2012)

While climate change has become the dominant concern of the twenty-first century, global powers refuse to implement the changes required to reverse these trends. Rather, they have neoliberalized nature and climate...


The Columbia Guide to the Holocaust

by Donald L. Niewyk & Francis R. Nicosia Columbia University Press (July 24, 2012)

This invaluable resource provides a multidimensional survey of the Holocaust, essentially integrating five separate books into one comprehensive reference tool: a historical overview; a guide to Holocaust controversies;...


New Strategies for Social Innovation: Market-Based Approaches for Assisting the Poor

by Steven G Anderson Columbia University Press (August 26, 2014)

Market-based development strategies designed to help the world’s poor receive significant support from advocates, academics, governments, and the media, yet frequently the perceived success of these programs...


The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East

by Marc Lynch Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Why did Tunisian protests following the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi lead to a massive wave of uprisings across the entire Arab world? Who participated in those protests, and what did they hope to achieve?...


The Pariah Problem: Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India

by Rupa Viswanath Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

Once known as “Pariahs,” Dalits are primarily descendants of unfree agrarian laborers. They belong to India’s lowest castes, face overwhelming poverty and discrimination, and continue to be a source of...


Health at Risk: America's Ailing Health System--and How to Heal It

by Jacob Hacker Columbia University Press (November 06, 2008)

In this volume, the nation's leading advisors on health policy and financing appraise America's ailing healthcare system and suggest reasonable approaches to its rehabilitation. Each chapter confronts a major...


Creative Pasts: Historical Memory and Identity in Western India, 1700-1960

by Prachi Deshpande Columbia University Press (January 01, 2007)

The "Maratha period" of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, when an independent Maratha state successfully resisted the Mughals, is a defining era in the history of the region of Maharashtra in western...


Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States

by Jae Ho Chung Columbia University Press (November 28, 2006)

China and South Korea have come a long way since they were adversaries. The arc of their relationship since the late 1970s is an excellent model of East-West cooperation and, at the same time, highlights the...


Renegade Regimes: Confronting Deviant Behavior in World Politics

by Miroslav Nincic Columbia University Press (October 26, 2005)

Rogue states pursue weapons of mass destruction, support terrorism, violate human rights, engage in acts of territorial aggression, and pose a threat to the international community. Recent debates and policy...


Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media

by Steve J. Wurtzler Columbia University Press (January 23, 2007)

Electric Sounds brings to vivid life an era when innovations in the production, recording, and transmission of sound revolutionized a number of different media, especially the radio, the phonograph, and the...


Dangerous Strait: The U.S.-Taiwan-China Crisis

by Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Columbia University Press (March 24, 2005)

Today the most dangerous place on earth is arguably the Taiwan Strait, where a war between the United States and China could erupt out of miscalculation, misunderstanding, or accident. How and to what degree...


Oprah Winfrey and the Glamour of Misery: An Essay on Popular Culture

by Eva Illouz Columbia University Press (November 05, 2003)

-- Amy B. Jordan, Director of the Media and the Developing Mind Sector, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania


Attachment and Dynamic Practice: An Integrative Guide for Social Workers and Other Clinicians

by Jerrold R. Brandell & Shoshana Ringel Columbia University Press (March 06, 2007)

Contemporary attachment theory both enriches our understanding of human development and informs clinical practice. Examining the relational bonds between young children and their caregivers, it traces its origins...


The Columbia Documentary History of Race and Ethnicity in America

by Ronald H. Bayor Columbia University Press (July 14, 2004)

All historians would agree that America is a nation of nations. But what does that mean in terms of the issues that have moved and shaped us as a people? Contemporary concerns such as bilingualism, incorporation/assimilation,...


Between East and West: From Singularity to Community

by Luce Irigaray & Stephen Pluhácek Columbia University Press (March 08, 2002)

With this book we see a philosopher well steeped in the Western tradition thinking through ancient Eastern disciplines, meditating on what it means to learn to breathe, and urging us all at the dawn of a new...


Generalist Practice: A Task Centered Approach

by Eleanor Reardon Tolson, William J. Reid & Charles D. Garvin Columbia University Press (January 08, 2003)

This essential text presents a "task-centered" methodology—a structured, short-term problem-solving approach—applicable across systems at five levels of practice: the individual, the family, the group, organizations,...


The Police Power: Patriarchy and the Foundations of American Government

by Markus Dirk Dubber Columbia University Press (January 12, 2005)

-- Mariana Valverde, University of Toronto, author of Law's Dream of a Common Knowledge


Black & White & Noir: America's Pulp Modernism

by Paula Rabinowitz Columbia University Press (June 20, 2002)

The first book to treat issues of race and ethnicity as related to noir, offering a cultural history of twentieth-century America through episodic readings of films, photographs, and literature.


Beyond the Ivory Tower: International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy Relevance

by Joseph Lepgold & Miroslav Nincic Columbia University Press (November 22, 2001)

The gap between academics and practitioners in international relations has widened in recent years, according to the authors of this book. Globalization, ethnic conflict, and ecological threats have created...


History at the Limit of World-History

by Ranajit Guha Columbia University Press (August 27, 2003)

The past is not just, as has been famously said, another country with foreign customs: it is a contested and colonized terrain. Indigenous histories have been expropriated, eclipsed, sometimes even wholly eradicated,...


Rushed to Judgment: Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behavior

by David Barker Columbia University Press (August 27, 2002)

Convenient, entertaining, and provocative, talk radio today is unapologetically ideological. Focusing on Rush Limbaugh—the medium's most influential talk show—Rushed to Judgment systematically examines the...


Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age

by Russell Jacoby Columbia University Press (January 22, 2005)

-- Amos Elon, author, The Pity of It All: A Portrait of the German-Jewish Epoch, 1743-1933


Glimmer of a New Leviathan: Total War in the Realism of Niebuhr, Morgenthau, and Waltz

by Campbell Craig Columbia University Press (December 30, 2003)

The Second World War put an end to America's historical isolation from international power politics, and so also to the long-standing American defiance of the Realist ideology that shaped Old World affairs....


The Wrong Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution

by James S. Liebman, Shawn Crowley, Andrew Markquart & Lauren Rosenberg et al. Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

In 1989, Texas executed Carlos DeLuna, a poor Hispanic man with childlike intelligence, for the murder of Wanda Lopez, a convenience store clerk. His execution passed unnoticed for years until a team of Columbia...


The Black Power Movement and American Social Work

by Joyce M. Bell Columbia University Press (June 17, 2014)

The Black Power movement has often been portrayed in history and popular culture as the quintessential “bad boy” of modern black movement making in America. Yet this image misses the full extent of Black...


Wrestling with the Angel: Experiments in Symbolic Life

by Tracy McNulty Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

Wrestling with the Angel is a meditation on contemporary political, legal, and social theory from a psychoanalytic perspective. It argues for the enabling function of formal and symbolic constraints in sustaining...


Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

by Heather Houser Columbia University Press (June 03, 2014)

The 1970s brought a new understanding of the biological and intellectual impact of environmental crises on human beings. As efforts to prevent ecological and bodily injury aligned, a new literature of sickness...