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Grandmothers on Guard: Gender, Aging, and the Minutemen at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Jennifer Johnson

By Jennifer L. Johnson - For about a decade, one of the most influential forces in US anti-immigrant politics was the Minuteman Project. The armed volunteers made headlines patrolling the southern border. What drove their ethno-nationalist politics?

Jennifer L. Johnson spent hundreds of hours observing and interviewing Minutemen, hoping to answer that question. She reached surprising conclusions. While the public face of border politics is hypermasculine—men in uniforms, fatigues, and suits—older women were central to the Minutemen. Women mobilized support and took...

Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable

Eric Stanley

By Eric A. Stanley - Advances in LGBTQ rights in the recent past—marriage equality, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the expansion of hate crimes legislation—have been accompanied by a rise in attacks against trans, queer and/or gender-nonconforming people of color. In Atmospheres of Violence, theorist and organizer Eric A. Stanley shows how this seeming contradiction reveals the central role of racialized and gendered violence in the United States. Rather than suggesting that such violence is evidence of individual phobias, Stanley shows how it...

Bourdieu in the City: Challenging Urban Theory

Loïc Wacquant

By Loïc Wacquant - Building on three decades of comparative research on marginality, ethnicity, and penality in the postindustrial metropolis, Loïc Wacquant offers a novel interpretation of Pierre Bourdieu as urban theorist. He invites us to explore the city through what he callsthe trialectic of symbolic space(the mental categories through which we perceive and organize the world),social space(the distribution of capital in its different forms), andphysical space(the built environment). On this reading, Bourdieu's topological...

Handbook of Research on Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers

Conra D. Gist
Travis Bristol

By Conra D. Gist and Travis Bristol - Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers are underrepresented in public schools across the United States of America, with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color making up roughly 37% of the adult population and 50% of children, but just 19% of the teaching force. Yet research over decades has indicated their positive impact on student learning and social and emotional development, particularly for Students of Color and Indigenous Students. A first of its kind, the Handbook of Research on Teachers of Color and...

Youth, Jobs, and the Future: Problems and Prospects

Lynn S. Chancer
Martín Sánchez-Jankowski
Christine Trost

Editors: Lynn S. Chancer, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, and Christine Trost - While overall unemployment has declined, the unemployment rate remains nearly twice as high for young people 16 to 19 years of age and nearly three times as high for those aged 20 to 24. Rates of unemployment and underemployment are nearly two to three times higher for Black and Latino youth. In Youth, Jobs, and the Future, Lynn S. Chancer, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, and Christine Trost have gathered a cast of well-known interdisciplinary scholars to...

Una "enfermedad monstruo:" Indigenas derribando el cerco de la discriminacion racial en salud (A Monster Disease: Indigenous Peoples Breaking Down the Wall of Health-Based Discrimination)

Charles Briggs
Enrique Moraleda Izco
Norbelys Gómez
Conrado Moraleda Izco
Tirso Gómez
Clara Mantini-Briggs

By Charles L. Briggs, Enrique Moraleda Izco, Norbelys Gómez, Conrado Moraleda Izco, Tirso Gómez, and Clara Mantini-Briggs Entre 2007 y 2008, una enfermedad misteriosa mató a 38 niños, niñas y jóvenes indígenas warao en Delta Amacuro, Venezuela. Médicos, epidemiólogos y curadores fracasaron en diagnosticarla. La epidemia ocurrió en uno de los contextos más favorables en materia de salud pública, una prioridad para el gobierno revolucionario del presidente Hugo Chávez Frías. Sin embargo, los acontecimientos narrados en este libro ponen de...

Violence at the Urban Margins

Javier Auyero
Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Philippe Bourgois

Edited by Javier Auyero, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, and Philippe Bourgois In the Americas, debates around issues of citizen's public safety--from debates that erupt after highly publicized events, such as the shootings of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, to those that recurrently dominate the airwaves in Latin America--are dominated by members of the middle and upper-middle classes. However, a cursory count of the victims of urban violence in the Americas reveals that the people suffering the most from violence live, and die, at the lowest of the socio-symbolic order, at...

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Arlie R Hochschild

By Arlie Russell Hochschild - When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, a bewildered nation turned to Strangers in Their Own Land to understand what Trump voters were thinking when they cast their ballots. Arlie Hochschild, one of the most influential sociologists of her generation, had spent the preceding five years immersed in the community around Lake Charles, Louisiana, a Tea Party stronghold. As Jedediah Purdy put it in the New Republic, “Hochschild is fascinated by how people make sense of their lives. . . . [Her] attentive, detailed...

Metrics: What Counts in Global Health

Vincanne Adams

Edited by Vincanne Adams - This volume's contributors evaluate the accomplishments, limits, and consequences of using quantitative metrics in global health. Whether analyzing maternal mortality rates, the relationships between political goals and metrics data, or the links between health outcomes and a program's fiscal support, the contributors question the ability of metrics to solve global health problems. They capture a moment when global health scholars and practitioners must evaluate the potential effectiveness and pitfalls of different metrics—even as they...

Burning Dislike: Ethnic Violence in High Schools

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski - Violence in schools has more potential to involve large numbers of students, produce injuries, disrupt instructional time, and cause property damage than any other form of youth violence. Burning Dislike is the first book to use direct observation of everyday violent interactions to explore ethnic conflict in high schools. Why do young people engage in violence while in school? What is it about ethnicity that leads to fights?

Through the use of two direct observational studies conducted twenty-six years...