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Pimping Fictions
Justin Gifford's Pimping Fictions is a finalist for the Christian Gauss Award, a prize established by the Phi Beta Kappa Senate to honor literary biographies with a critical emphasis.

Church and State in the City
Bill Issel, author of Church and State in the City, will present his book to the Commonwealth Club of California on August 25 at 6:00 pm at the San Francisco Club Office, 595 Market Street, in San Francisco.

Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood
Tarry Hum, author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood, was interviewed by World Journal on August 13.

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  • The OutsiderThe Outsider
    Albert M. Greenfield and the Fall of the Protestant Establishment

    Dan Rottenberg

    "The curse of history is that it inevitably becomes hazy. The beauty of history is its come-alive revival in Dan Rottenberg's eloquent and meticulously researched The Outsider. As Rottenberg so marvelously shows, Albert M. Greenfield wore a multitude of top hats: real estate, hotels, retail, newspapers, even candy. He was also a marvelous contradiction: a street hustler but of impeccable manner, ruthless in the art of the deal but dedicated to civil rights, the object of despicable anti-Semitism but never of any grudge. What emerges is not simply an indelible portrayal of a great Philadelphian but a great and timeless American." —Buzz Bissinger, author of A Prayer for the City and Friday Night Lights

  • The War on Slums in the SouthwestThe War on Slums in the Southwest
    Public Housing and Slum Clearance in Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico, 1935-1965

    Robert B. Fairbanks

    "Hats off to Robert Fairbanks! It is admirable when an established senior historian is willing to undertake new archival research—and multicity research at that. In The War on Slums in the Southwest, Fairbanks has extended his reach to carefully chosen cities with an energetic research agenda. This is the sort of book that we need in order to see patterns in the general fog of historical detail. It is nicely placed at the intersection of two scholarly conversations—about American housing policy and about the politics of cities in the Southwest. The War on Slums in the Southwest makes important empirical points and provides key interpretive arguments that will be welcomed by specialists on urban history and politics, urban planning, housing, and the American West/Southwest." —Carl Abbott, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University

  • Reverse Engineering Social MediaReverse Engineering Social Media
    Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism

    Robert W. Gehl

    "Reverse Engineering Social Media is a smart book on a hot topic. Gehl presents original and substantive advances in theoretical approaches that are unique and fruitful and that enable the development of software studies in a useful critical direction. His close reading of the software architecture of social networking sites is distinctive and insightful, as is his combination of critique and solution. This book is an important contribution to the field of digital media studies." —Mark Andrejevic, University of Queensland

  • The NFLThe NFL
    Critical and Cultural Perspectives

    edited by Thomas P. Oates and Zack Furness
    Foreword by Michael Oriard

    "While there is a tradition of studying football critically and culturally, there has not been a volume focused in a thorough way on the NFL in the context of contemporary America. This book, the first of its kind, treads on new turf, bridging the sociology of sport and communication and sport. The NFL will be a landmark for future studies of the institutionalization and cultural influence of American sport leagues." —Lawrence Wenner, Von der Ahe Professor of Communication and Ethics in the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and the editor of the International Review of the Sociology of Sport and Communication and Sport

  • Making a Global Immigrant NeighborhoodMaking a Global Immigrant Neighborhood
    Brooklyn's Sunset Park

    Tarry Hum

    "Tarry Hum's study of a single neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, creates a new narrative for the current global age of postindustrial, urban redevelopment. Outside the center, cities are increasingly made up of neighborhoods like Sunset Park: a multiracial space that is both a cultural home for different ethnic communities and a contested site of real estate speculation and gentrification. Hum documents this neighborhood's crucial sense of place—and its potential for grassroots social action—with sensitivity and passion. Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood is a great contribution to understanding New York in the 21st century." —Sharon Zukin, Professor of Sociology, Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center, and author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places

  • Out in the UnionOut in the Union
    A Labor History of Queer America

    Miriam Frank

    "This pioneering book excavates a half century of U.S. labor history to bring to light the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender unionists while also exposing the complex challenges queer workers face in ‘coming out’ on the job and inside their unions. It also analyzes the historical process through which the labor and LGBT movements, at first wary of each other and under unrelenting attack from the political right, gradually developed a lasting alliance. Rich in detail and insight, Out in the Union makes an important contribution to this all too often neglected aspect of American labor history." —Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center and Academic Director of the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and Worker Education, City University of New York

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