Last Updated October 29, 2014
Four Temple University Press titles were reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Contemporary Sociology:
• The review of No More Invisible Man, by Adia Harvey Wingfield, read, "In this well-researched and well-crafted book, Wingfield shines a light on the experiences of black professional men.... This book is a worthy continuation of this important line of gender research and the author adeptly adds both race and class as integral components of tokenism.... Overall, this is an excellent book that brings attention to an understudied population and does so with significant analytic heft."
• The review of God Talk by Paul Djupe and Brian Calfano, read, "What distinguishes God Talk, however, is not the empirical work comprising the body of the text, as useful as that may be in taking pulse of religion's involvement in certain contemporary political arenas. Rather, it is the care with which each experiment is designed and discussed, and the contextualizing of each within broader themes and ideas.... God Talk provide[s] intriguing and provocative findings.... [W]e can learn much from this book."
• The review of The White Savior Film, by Matthew Hughey, read, "[R]ich with qualitative interview data, including individual interviews and focus groups varying in age and racial diversity. Hughey organizes his interview findings into themes and subthemes, making the data easily accessible.... This book would complement an undergraduate or graduate class on race or film, and make good reading for anyone who is interested in these types of films."
• The review of Mothers, Daughters, and Political Socialization, by Krista Jenkins, read, "Jenkins delves into issues of gender inequality, gender roles, generational differences, and the women's movement.... [She] explores how attitudes about gender, especially within the realm of politics, have evolved over a generation.... She does a wonderful job illustrating the ways in which the mothers and daughters today handle and process their experiences as women. This book is appropriate for courses on gender, feminism, and politics."
America's First Adventure in China, by John Haddad, was reviewed in the October 2014 issue of the American Historical Review. The review read, "Haddad characterizes the early years of U.S. involvement in China as an 'adventure,' and this book succeeds in providing a lively narrative of the years from the first American-Chinese trade contact in 1784 to the Burlingame Treaty in 1868. His approach is largely biographical, with vivid portraits of all the important players.... The first few chapters, from the earliest clipper ships and the Canton system through the development of a sophisticated China trade, are perhaps the most interesting, providing fascinating detail about the actual workings of the business, drawn from commercial records, private family papers, and secondary literature in American business history.... The general reader will find here a lively, entertaining adventure story."
Church and State in the City, by William Issel, was reviewed in the Fall 2014 issue of American Catholic Studies. The review read, "[An] intriguing history of twentieth-century San Francisco.... Issel has written a complex account of contests (and alliances) among Catholics, labor activists, leftists and business interests to define the public interest.... A particularly interesting chapter on women's activism showcases one strength of the book - its compelling mini-biographies - by using the careers of four women to illustrate their competing visions of the public good in this pivotal decade.... Church and State in the City forms part of an exciting new trend in which scholars are bringing religion from the margins to the center of political history. Moving beyond a tired dynamic in which the Catholic Church in particular is either absent from the story, or vilified as a conservative force that discouraged workers from joining transformative left-wing movements, historians are recognizing the complex ways in which religious institutions and their members influenced public life. Issel's convincingly argued and meticulously researched book is a welcome addition to this field. His book is a must-read for any advanced student of urban, Catholic and political history in twentieth-century America."
Last Updated October 22, 2014
Picturing Model Citizens, by Thy Phu, was reviewed in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies. The review read, "What separates Picturing Model Citizens most distinctly from other recent scholarship on citizenship claims in Asian American photography...is [Phu's] deep engagement with the field of visual culture.... Picturing Model Citizens is a useful text for people studying Asian American history and culture and the history of U.S. photography, as well as for those interested in the philosophical and political stakes of theories of representation.... Overall, this is a valuable book, not just within Asian American studies and visual culture, but to all who are doing interdisciplinary, mixed-methods work in the humanities.... Phu's Picturing Model Citizens offers compelling, smart, and convincing arguments about not just what photographs mean in Asian American visual culture, but how they operate—especially in a social world that is hostile to minoritized subjects who appear as anything but 'good' citizens or 'bad' immigrants."
Cinemas in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989, edited by Catherine Portuges and Peter Hames, was reviewed in the October 2014 issue of Slavonic and East European Review. The review read, "The book provides detailed information on a wide spectrum of film-related institutions, from funding arrangements to film festivals and the state of local cinema facilities.... [A]dmirable space is given to animation, documentary and experimental filmmaking, areas where significant work is being produced.... [T]he ideas offered here do justice to the impressive depth and extent of the factual material. This collection of densely researched, well-analysed studies offers a richly informative insight into a specific region that will be unfamiliar to many and also has much to contribute to broader discussions around globalization, film funding, the challenges facing small cinemas and the articulation of national and regional identity."