Last Updated October 13, 2016
Two Temple University Press books were reviewed in the October 2016 issue of the American Historical Review
• The review of Unsettled, by Eric Tang, read, "What distinguishes Tang's account is his argument that the plight of the [Cambodian] refugees resulted not from a humanitarian effort that went terribly wrong, 'a major programmatic failure'; rather it developed from the continuation of 'a long, unresolved colonial and imperial project carried out by the United States in Southeast Asia, a white supremacist project'.... Unsettled is worth reading for what it tells us about Cambodian refugees in the Bronx."
• The review of The New Freedom and the Radicals, by Jacob Kramer, read, "[A] worthy project that attempts to map the shifting boundaries between progressive reform and radicalism. And nowhere is this achievement more fruitful than in Kramer's rich description of the silencing and backtracking of progressives during wartime. What emerged from the war, as Kramer does an excellent job of showing, is a pragmatic distinction that progressives made between the defense of radicals' individual rights, including freedom of expression, and a more cautious and ambiguous response to the radicals' programs for socializing property and attacking the foundations of capitalism."
Ethnographies of Youth and Temporality, edited by Anne Line Dalsgård, Martin Demant Frederiksen, Susanne Højlund and Lotte Meinert, was reviewed in Kronoscope Vol. 16 Issue 2, (2016). The review read, "[A] compelling read.... The book takes us on a journey that is not only geographical but also cultural, showing us the harsh effects of this uncertainty on young people.... The book's exploration of the strategies and tactics used to neutralize [boredom] is, in my opinion, one of its most interesting elements.... The eight chapters explore key issues, such as the relationship with the future, the crisis of the life project, uncertainty and flexibility, but also the times of marginality and the contradictory experiences of time produced by the relationship with boredom."
Sport and Neoliberalism, edited by David Andrews and Michael Silk, was reviewed on the website idrottsforum.org on October 12. The review read, "Sport and Neoliberalism provides an ideal opportunity to consider and assess [neoliberalism's] relevance to the functioning and performance of contemporary sport.... One area in which the editors excelled is [the] inclusion of a wide variety of sport issues and sport settings.... This addition to sport literature is insightful and invaluable and serves as a strong call to action for sport management researchers."
Last Updated October 5, 2016
Ball Don't Lie! by Yago Colás, was reviewed in the October 2016 issue of Choice. The review read, "Colás tells the story of basketball through the lens of US popular culture and society—i.e., 'language, stereotypes ... moral norms—especially those that have to deal with race.'... Noteworthy among the stories presented are the 3-point shot and the ABA style of play, the Larry Bird–Magic Johnson rivalry, the coronation of Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever, and LeBron James and what has become known as 'the decision.' Colás's accessible, literary deconstructions of these myths will deepen readers' understanding of the nature of basketball in the current society. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries."
Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood, by Tarry Hum, was reviewed in the Fall 2016 issue of the Journal of American Ethnic History. The review read, "As a rich neighborhood case study, [the book's] strength lies in its ethnographic focus and in-depth accounts of the social transformations that have taken place. The focus on neighborhood institutions such as labor unions, ethnic banks, and small businesses as key actors in the revitalization process is an important contribution. The author also draws extensively on her own experience as a local resident both before and during her fieldwork, which provides a unique vantage point into the question of neighborhood change.... The author's urban planning background, along with her keen ethnographic insights, provides a unique blend of theoretical arguments and substantive findings.... [T]he book should be of interest to historians and immigration scholars who work at the intersection of intergroup relations, race, and urban space, as well as gentrification and urban inequality."
Whisper Not, by Benny Golson and Jim Merod, was reviewed in the October 2016 issue of Downbeat. The review read, "[Whisper Not] will entrance the reader with picturesque clarity.... Golson offers...insightful reflections on a host of...jazz luminaries such as Art Blakey, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk."
Red War on the Family, by Erica Ryan, was reviewed (with another book) in the September 2016 issue of Reviews in American History. The review read, "[A] must-read.... With equal candor and original insights, Erica J. Ryan's Red War on the Family.... offers unique contributions to the history of immigration, feminism and antifeminism, the family, gender and sexuality, the 1920s, and the origins of the New Right.... Ryan breaks new ground in the history of state surveillance of marriage, gender and sexuality in early twentieth-century America. With clear prose and capable analysis, [this] book will become essential reading in history courses on the Progressive Era and the First Red Scare, marriage and the family, women, gender and sexuality, and immigration law."
Last Updated September 28, 2016
Three TUP titles reviewed in the September 2016 issue of Perspectives on Politics
• Jacob Kramer's The New Freedom and the Radicals was featured in a review essay. The review read, "Kramer is impressive in laying out the four strands of radicalism and documenting their development chronologically.... [He] does a commendable job of assembling and organizing the material for his argument. He demonstrates sophistication in presenting and assessing competing sources of ideas among leading progressive thinkers and contributes to our understanding of the coagulating forces in this era and their dynamics"
• The review of Navigating Gendered Terrain, by Kelly Dittmar, read, "Navigating Gendered Terrain reconsiders the notion of gender neutrality in campaigns and elections by investigating how campaign practitioners address the role of gender in the formulation of campaign strategies.... Dittmar's thorough and timely analyses offer...key insights into how gender affects campaign strategy. These findings have critical implications for campaign scholars as well as campaign practitioners.... The rich and novel conclusions developed throughout Dittmar's text will certainly keep campaign scholars busy in the future."
• The review of Mirya Holman's Women in Politics in the American City read, "Holman reminds us of the long history of American women's activism and influence on a variety of 'urban women's issues' concerning children and education, welfare and poverty, affordable housing, and violence against women. Then, by rallying a veritable treasure trove of original data, she shows how women holding local office in 21st century America carry on in this tradition.... Holman's contribution is not simply a thoroughly vetted and unexpected new 'data point' demonstrating the impact of women in public office. Rather, her analysis is most interesting when she cautions against overly simplistic theories of descriptive and substantive representation and argues that 'sheer numbers' of women in local office is often not enough."