Last Updated June 29, 2016
Lucy Maddox's The Parker Sisters was reviewed in the Summer 2016 issue of Pennsylvania Heritage. The review read, "[A] thoroughly researched account of...the abduction of the sisters Elizabeth and Rachel Parker.... Maddox places the incident within the context of both the sectional conflict, particularly with the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law, and the experiences of the Parker family over several generations.... The author is sensitive to the nuances of race relations and antislavery sentiment in the North.... In all, the book is a masterful recreation of events, based on extensive use of primary sources. The kidnapping of the Parker sisters is a story worthy of this effort."
Two Temple University Press books reviewed in the July 2016 issue of Contemporary Sociology:
• The review of Conceiving Masculinity, by Liberty Walther Barnes, read, "Liberty Walther Barnes is part of a vanguard of reproduction scholars whose work is increasingly calling attention to men's bodies and experiences in order to shed greater light on the cultural dimensions of reproduction, reproductive science, and reproductive medicine.... Barnes makes an important contribution in this arena.... The fact that Barnes amassed so much rich data is a feat in and of itself. It is indeed hard to find infertile men to study. Barnes's book elucidates the historical, cultural, and gendered details as to why exactly men remain obscured in the landscape of infertility medicine.... Barnes's book is an important step in acknowledging and analyzing the connection between men's bodies, identity, and reproductive concerns.... [A]n engaging read."
• The review of Tensions in the American Dream, by Melanie and Roderick Bush, read, "Tensions in the American Dream is a hopeful book. It empirically examines the variations and contradictions through which U.S. residents construct identities and orient their lives in an era of neoliberalism.... The book draws on an impressive range of literature.... Another centrally important point advanced in the conceptual frame of the book situates U.S. nationalism and white supremacy in the broader context of global capitalism and empire.... Melanie and Roderick Bush advance another trajectory of sociology that emerged in reaction to twentieth-century eugenics and European fascism, positive science culture, and decolonization. This is a sociology that emphasizes social transformation, liberation, emancipation, and a critical methodology and epistemology."
Last Updated June 22, 2016
Framing the Audience, by Isadora Anderson Helfgott, was reviewed in the June 2016 issue of the American Historical Review. The review read, "Her well-researched and clearly argued monograph charts the transition from 1930s efforts to democratize art audiences to the postwar consolidation of corporate influence over American culture.... Helfgott's major contribution to the scholarship is in exploring how a variety of institutions participated in the emergence of middlebrow culture from 1929 to 1945.... Helfgott's excellent study of often overlooked cultural institutions explains how cultural democracy became commercialized culture."
Two reviews of The Phenomenology of Dance by Maxine Sheets-Johnstone:
• The review in Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, published online in April 2016, read, "[A] welcome reprint of a classic work.... the book is a joy to read. Sheets-Johnstone's rhythm and cadence in her use of language is reminiscent of the movement of dance. She employs a particular repetition of phrase with slight emendations in each that is not only philosophically effective, but also reminds the reader of a theme and recapitulation that might be experienced in dance. Hopefully, read for whatever reasons, this book will continue what it began in the 1960s and will expand the field of the philosophy of movement."
• The review in the Spring 2016 issue of Choros: International Dance Journal read, "This anniversary edition offered the author yet another chance to revisit her original text.... [A]s her peers have repeatedly stated, The Phenomenology of Dance has been a book ahead of its time, still a key-read today, not just about what phenomenology can contribute to dance, but also about what dance has to offer in any philosophical study of the lived experience." [Note: The review appears in English on pages 6-8 of the linked PDF]
Last Updated June 8, 2016
Ball Don't Lie!, by Yago Colás, was reviewed on the website, Sport in American History, on June 5. The review read, "[Colás] expose[s] and contest[s] the most prominent historical myths about basketball in the United States. He convincingly demonstrates that white anxieties about blackness and black power have resulted in a NBA history that contains and constrains the influence black players and black styles of play.... Colás's book provides a rich model for making connections between conversations about basketball, racial ideologies, and the broader socioeconomic environment. Through an accessible and entertaining work, he powerfully captures how sport communicates ideas about race that have broad implications and, in turn, how sport provides a productive lens for scholars to explore them."
Two Temple University Press books were reviewed in the Fall 2016 issue of
International Migration Review:
• The review of Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants, by Anna Sampaio, read "Terrorizing Latina/o Immigrants is remarkably readable, comprehensive, and relevant overview of the history of restrictive US immigration policies and the more recent securitization of immigration enforcement since the War on Terror. The book rightly seizes upon changes in immigration law before 9/11 (such as the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act) as foreshadowing the unprecedented extension of executive authority post-9/11.... Sampaio's book usefully puts race and gender at the forefront of analyzing the expansion of US security power in the realms of immigration enforcement and the War on Terror. I confidently recommend it to anyone eager for a critical and lucid understanding of US immigration control in a period of political hyperbole and resurgent anti-immigrant discourse."
• The review of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood, by Tarry Hum, read, "Hum deftly dismantles both visions of New York City, arguing that the literatures on global cities and on ethnic enclaves/economies are in fact two sides of the same coin... Utilizing extensive contacts within local political institutions and the nonprofit sector, as well as an impressive amount of demographic, employment, and financial data, she constructs a compelling account of Sunset Park.... What Hum has done...to great effect, is to reconceive the relationship between immigration and global urbanization as a mutually constitutive set of processes. Through her in-depth study of Sunset Park, Hum shows how working-poor immigrants and their institutions are not merely a necessary condition of possibility for the transnational capitalist elite and their global cities, but have themselves become central actors in building, defending, shaping, and defining the city they have come to call home."