Last Updated March 14, 2014
Don't Call Me Inspirational, by Harilyn Rousso, was reviewed in Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 1. The review read, "Don't Call Me Inspirational is a frank, forthright, and insightful memoir by the feminist disability activist, painter, psychotherapist, and former New York City Human Rights Commissioner Harilyn Rousso.... Overall, the book advances disability activist and scholarly investigations of embodiment, sexuality, and what it means to 'claim disability' personally and collectively.... It is also an invaluable asset to the archives of feminist disability activism.... [Rousso's] writing is simultaneously bold, insightful, and humorous in confronting her own vulnerabilities, insecurities, human failings, and internalized ableism, while using them to map underlying social injustices and the collective remedies needed."
Celebrating Debutantes and Quinceañeras was reviewed in the February 2014 issue of Gender & Society. The review read, "Celebrating Debutantes provides a convincing argument about how different migration patterns, rates of assimilation, and socioeconomic statuses result in coming-of-age celebrations taking on divergent meanings for Mexican and Filipino families. Rodriguez deftly weaves Mexican and Filipino histories, experiences of and motivations for migration to America, and shows how Mexican immigrants often use quinceañeras as a way of showing social status in their ability to host elaborate events for their daughters, contrary to stereotypes about their working-class identity or fiscal irresponsibility. For Filipino immigrants, tasteful celebrations allow families a chance to demonstrate how they fit into American culture. For those interested in gender and gender stratification, this book is particularly compelling in its examination of a ritual that celebrates girls as individuals."
Gender & Society also published Online First reviews of two Temple University Press titles:
• The review of Just Queer Folks by Colin Johnson, read, "Just Queer Folks provides a powerful corrective to the faulty assumption that gender and sexual nonnormativity and rurality are incompatible.... Taken as a whole, the book succeeds in mapping the wide range of queer practices that were commonplace for men in rural America. Further, the range of sources Johnson draws on is impressive and thus the book serves as an exemplar for scholars seeking to do queer historicism."
• The review of No More Invisible Man by Adia Harvey Wingfield read, "No More Invisible Man is an engaging and compelling book. Through interviews with forty-two doctors, lawyers, engineers, and bankers, Adia Harvey Wingfield illuminates the experiences of black male professionals and makes critical contributions to our understandings of inequalities in the workplace.... One of Harvey Wingfield’s strongest theoretical contributions is her documentation of the significance of black professional men’s relationships with colleagues and potential mentors.... Another significant theoretical contribution is Harvey Wingfield’s description of the diversity of black professional men’s responses to women in their male-dominated workplaces.... [T]he book is superb. Harvey Wingfield’s writing is fantastic and a pleasure to read... She walks the reader clearly and explicitly through the questions she brings to current theories, her comparisons between what theories predict and what her data reveal, and the theoretical and practical conclusions she draws.... No More Invisible Man is a successful addition to Harvey Wingfield’s legacy—and to intersectionality scholarship."
Last Updated March 6, 2014
The March 1 issue of Library Journal featured reviews of two Temple University Press books:
• The review of Thomas Foster's Sex and the Founding Fathers read, "Foster reveals how each generation has sought to understand the founders as human beings.... it is through exploring these men as people that we understand and relate to them. As times and social mores about masculinity and sexuality have changed, so have interpretations of these men and their personal lives. VERDICT: Foster is looking at the how and why of his subjects. Readers looking for...a better understanding of how and why biographers explore these topics, and why we care, should look to this fascinating and well-written work."
• The review of Matthew Hughey's The White Savior Film read, "Since the 1980s, Hollywood has released a spate of so-called 'white savior' films, in which heroic white protagonists liberate persons of color from dangerous and decayed environments.... Hughey provides a systematic study of the messages these films convey, as well as how film reviewers and audiences receive them.... The author's analysis is sound, and he ultimately offers a convincing critique of how these movies seek to maintain the racial status quo. VERDICT: Scholars of film, sociology, and cultural studies will find this book particularly illuminating."
The March 2014 issue of The Journal of American History contained reviews of three Temple University Press titles:
• The review of America's First Adventure in China by John Haddad, read, "Haddad's engaging narrative is interspersed with vivid descriptions of the ups and downs of early Sino-American relations.... With careful nuance, Haddad analyzes the careers of Americans who smuggled opium into China as well as the minority who abstained on moral grounds.... Haddad and Temple University Press, a relative newcomer to the field of China studies, should be congratulated for producing a detailed history of the formative years of Sino-American relations."
• The review of Envisioning Emancipation by Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer, read, "A number of recent books have addressed black American lives in the first hundred years of photography but none have offered as many diverse and obscure images as this one. Willis and Krauthamer's text proves that twenty-first-century viewers are still learning from the past and are still on the quest to answer the author's guiding question about freedom.... This book is a must-have for lay readers and scholars across disciplines."
• The review of Free Time by Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt, read, "Free Time's strength is in its eclectic exposition of American ideas about the value and necessity of free time..... thought-provoking."