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Blow Up the Humanities

Blow Up the Humanities
Toby Miller

The blog Public: A Journal of Imagining America reviewed Toby Miller's Blow Up the Humanities along with The Heart of the Matter, by Richard H. Brodhead and John W. Rowe. The review read, "I want to applaud Toby Miller's 2012 book, Blow Up the Humanities, and recommend it as a lively antidote to many of the written and visual platitudes recycled in The Heart of the Matter. Miller is not a kind writer, but he does have a way with words and a deep understanding of the history of debates concerning the value of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, both nationally and internationally."

Laotian Daughters

Laotian Daughters
Working toward Community, Belonging, and Environmental Justice
Bindi V. Shah

Reviewed in the May 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "The book guides readers through dense explorations on the intersection of race, identity, citizenship, and power—but it is the girls' stories that breathe life into the book.... On balance, Laotian Daughters makes a compelling case for the power of critical incorporation. The book offers an engaging account of how a group of disadvantaged girls draws on the resources provided by their social activism on the road to 'becoming American.' Shah provides a thickly described ethnography that shows how environmental activism interacts with a number of forces (family, school, friends, the media) to delineate national, gender, and racial and ethnic boundaries.... [S]cholars of immigration, citizenship, and identity will find much to appreciate in this work."

Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City

Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City
Somerville, MA

Susan A. Ostrander

Reviewed in the May 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "In its best moments, Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City details tensions between [diverse] groups in ways reminiscent of the obvious pleasure that authors of classic community studies took when delving into the complex social fabric of their communities.... [T]he book succeeds in raising important questions and generating critical reflection."

Serial Fu Manchu

Serial Fu Manchu
The Chinese Supervillain and the Spread of Yellow Peril Ideology

Ruth Mayer

Reviewed in the May 2015 issue of Pacific Historical Review. The review read, "Mayer explores the pervasiveness of the Fu Manchu figure in twentieth-century American popular culture.... Serial Fu Manchu points to the importance of serialization in American popular culture and the common practice of creating and repackaging characters such as Fu Manchu within it. This practice reinforced Asian and Asian American stereotypes and affirmed American imperialist and nativist attitudes and policies in the twentieth century."

The War on Slums in the Southwest

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

Robert B. Fairbanks

The Spring 2015 issue of Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, reviewed Robert Fairbanks' The War on Slums in the Southwest. The review read, "[The book] solidifies Fairbanks' reputation: no one knows more about the fraught connections between housing policy and urban development at the local state and federal levels....a brilliant book."

Disability and Passing

Disability and Passing
Blurring the Lines of Identity

edited by Jeffrey A. Brune and Daniel J. Wilson

Reviewed in the Spring 2015 issue of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine read, "Granted the careful and sustained engagement... [the essays] introduce eight distinct and richly historicized modes of disability passing.... Disability and Passing is an opportune contribution to disability studies, particularly as these essays approach the social, cultural, and methodological issues raised by disability passing from the full breadth of the field's interdisciplinary reach. One of the most striking features of Disability and Passing, in fact, is how well suited this topic is to the genre of the edited collection. Many of the book's most illuminating insights lie in the surprising affinities that flash up among its otherwise disparate chapters."

Also reviewed in Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2015 of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies read, "[A] fascinating and eclectic collection of essays concerned with the social and cultural significance of passing within disability studies.... Spanning issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class, Brune and Wilson's collection demonstrates the pervasive nature of passing, as a concern that affects all areas of identity politics, and makes for engaging and provocative reading."

Just Queer Folks

Just Queer Folks
Gender and Sexuality in Rural America

Colin R. Johnson

Reviewed in the Spring 2015 issue of Agricultural History. The review read, "Johnson's book adds to the growing rural queer scholarship that challenges long held arguments that 'rural' represents a negative foil to American cities for gay men and women.... [H]e challenges our reliance on rural-urban and hetero-homosexual divides to reveal a more complex history of queer America.... Throughout this well-argued book, Johnson connects urban and rural sexuality, dispels long held arguments about sexual identity and behavior, and demonstrates that—contrary to popular and historiographical belief—rural queerness has always existed."

Bullying

Bullying
The Social Destruction of Self

Laura Martocci

Reviewed in the Spring 2015 issue of Foreword Reviews. The review read, "Martocci's book is both compassionate and impartial, balancing the emotion surrounding bulling with the integrity of her research.... Martocci uses her expertise in sociology to deconstruct the cultural, social, and historical factors that drive bullying—and give those who've been bullied a means to shun shame and reconstruct their identities. Bullying delves into the origins of bullying and identifies the path to healing. Martocci doesn't brush off the problem or resort to pep talks; she proves that the best solutions dig to the root of the problem. By offering deep study and research into the many facets of bullying, she provides hope, showing how narrative writing allows people who've been bullied to structure their experiences and define themselves. For those whose sense of identity has been forced on them by others and whose day-to-day lives are run by shame and avoidance, this approach is powerful and life-giving.... Her tone is compassionate yet impartial, balancing the emotion of the subject and the integrity of research. Her interviews with people who have been bullied are insightful and heart-wrenching."

The International Monetary Fund and Latin America

The International Monetary Fund and Latin America
The Argentine Puzzle in Context

Claudia Kedar

Reviewed in the Spring 2015 issue of Latin American Politics and Society. The review read, "Kedar's book on the role of the IMF in Argentina is a truly welcome addition. It provides perhaps one of the most comprehensive accounts of the fund's historical interaction with the region since the establishment of the Bretton Woods institutions.... [T]he book is a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable piece of research. It adds an important revisionist perspective to IMF-Argentine relations and depicts a far more nuanced and mutually dependent relationship than is commonly portrayed, both in Latin America and elsewhere.... This is an excellent book, which anyone interested in IMF relations with Latin America, and even the fund more generally, should read."

Atlanta Unbound
Enabling Sprawl through Policy and Planning

Carlton Wade Basmajian

Featured in the online "Book Notes" section of the journal Environment and Urbanization, April 2015 edition. The review read, "Based on detailed analyses of the post-war development of planning processes and regional institutions, the author makes the provocative argument that the extensive decentralization of Atlanta was a process actively enabled and coordinated across political scales by public institutions engaged in regional planning.... The book is a valuable resource for people with a specific interest in American metropolitan regions and Atlanta. However, there is also an overall argument about recognizing the importance of regional planning agencies relevant to city sprawl as critical actors that bridge local and national level government."

The War on Slums in the Southwest

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

Robert B. Fairbanks

Reviewed in the April 2015 issue of Southwest Historical Quarterly. The review read, "[An] excellent study.... Fairbanks shines the brightest when he is discussing one of the three Texas cities. [He] has done his homework with this volume. His sources are extensive.... The War on Slums in the Southwest is a well-written book that should be a great addition to the literature on the public housing movement."

The Gender Knot

The Gender Knot
Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy
Third Edition

Allan G. Johnson

Reviewed in the April 2015 issue of Choice. The review read, "Johnson argues that patriarchy is responsible for the oppression of women and that its core quality—male-identified control—generates a dynamic that promotes competition, oppression, violence, and fear and is as harmful to men as to women.... Clearly written and thought provoking.... Summing Up: Highly Recommended."

Softly, with Feeling

Softly, with Feeling
Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music
Edward Berger

The Jazz Society of Pensacola featured a review of Softly, with Feeling by Edward Berger, on its website the week od April 9th. The review read, "Wilder met discrimination because of his race, of course, many times during his lifetime, but he held to his principles of ethical behavior never stooping to the level of some of his detractors. And, as Berger so well documents, Wilder's ground-breaking achievements led the way for many others."

Out in the Union

Out in the Union
A Labor History of Queer America

Miriam Frank

Reviewed in the March/April 2015 issue of the Women's Review of Books. The review read, "The book fill[s] a critical gap in queer and labor history.... and tell[s] stories of extraordinary courage and perseverance.... Frank captures the driving courage of LGBT workers as they participate in the labor movement, come out, and help others to do so. She reveals the crucial role they played in organizing campaigns, especially of teachers and public service workers, and in independent, left-inspired initiatives, for example, for gender and racial equality."

The Politics of State Feminism

The Politics of State Feminism
Innovation in Comparative Research

Dorothy E. McBride and Amy G. Mazur

Reviewed in the March 2015 issue of Social Forces. The review read, "The Politics of State Feminism is strongest as a synthesis and extension of the insights from the collective comparative efforts of the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State (RNGS).... In tackling big questions of variations in the relationships between women's movements and the state as mediated by women's agencies, McBride and Mazur...make several important contributions.... Among the many innovations that stand out, their lucid summaries of the results of ordinal regression, crisp-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis and case studies make the book both a trove of empirical results and mixed-methods approaches, and an important resource for research pedagogy and practice.... McBride, Mazur and the RNGS network contribute important innovations to comparative research."

Living in the Crossfire

Living in the Crossfire
Favela Residents, Drug Dealers, and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro

Maria Helena Moreira Alves and Philip Evanson

Reviewed in the March 2015 issue of Social Forces. The review read, "The interviews conducted by the authors and their research team are what give this work strength, and the book shines as Alves and Evanson let the testimonies of their respondents stand on their own.... The stories, revelations, challenges, contradictions, anecdotes and so on these transcripts reveal are truly fascinating.... Alves and Evanson present a dynamic view of Brazil's most recognizable city and, ultimately, are successful in showing the complexities of living in a Rio favela."

Multicultural Girlhood

Multicultural Girlhood
Racism, Sexuality, and the Conflicted Spaces of American Education

Mary E. Thomas

Reviewed in the March 2015 issue of Social Forces. The review read, "Thomas challenges the common belief that multicultural education—whether based on understanding others, getting along and accepting others or developing respect-centered individual and group ethnic identities—can remedy school segregation and conflict.... Multicultural Girlhood is most provocative [when] Thomas shows how the girls unwittingly invest in racial conflict and segregation and how with such investment comes both positive and negative consequences.... Thomas' work is an important read.... It will give scholars and practitioners in the field of education much to ponder."

Music and Social Change in South Africa

Music and Social Change in South Africa
Maskanda Past and Present
Kathryn Olsen

Reviewed in the March 2015 issue of CHOICE. The review read, The review read, "Written in clear, simple language, Music and Social Change in South Africa is an informative book that will be useful to ethnomusicology students interested in social changes in Africa, in particular South Africa during and after apartheid. Summing Up: Recommended."

Just Who Loses?

Just Who Loses?
Discrimination in the United States, Volume 2

Samuel Roundfield Lucas

Reviewed in the March 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "The core argument that discrimination is about the context of social life and damaged social relations is a powerful one. The methodological injunction to measure variation in discrimination, rather than simply observing gross or net inequality, is smart and to be applauded. The movement away from a focus on individuals or, worse yet, individual acts, and to theorize social relations as social context are welcome interventions into the stratification literature.... When it comes to discrimination, the empirical answer Lucas provides is that everyone loses. Discrimination damages social relations and leads to weaker social institutions and a habitual neglect of the humanity of all human beings. This is a profound reformulation of research questions about discrimination, one that is likely to be scientifically and politically fruitful."

Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs

Social Justice in Diverse Suburbs
History, Politics, and Prospects

edited by Christopher Niedt

Reviewed in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Planning Education and Research. The review read, "[T]his edited volume offer[s] both historians and planners new ways to think about suburbs. For planners, the book serves as an activist handbook, combining historical examples, contemporary data, and policy proposals into a concise and accessible volume. For historians, the book pushes the historiography beyond any monolithic view of suburbs, presenting the urban fringe in all its complexity.... Taken together, the book is an engaging collection of papers that complement one another, an impressive feat."

Sex and the Founding Fathers

Sex and the Founding Fathers
The American Quest for a Relatable Past

Thomas A. Foster

Reviewed in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of American History. The review read, "Foster tells us that each new generation has inquired into the intimate lives of great men and found reflections of its own habits and desires and anxieties....Using the methods of intellectual and cultural history, Foster examines contemporary and scholarly interpretations of the sex lives of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Gouvernor Morris. Foster holds that we read and write about our Founding Fathers' intimate habits because we want these icons of masculinity to be relatable. Foster is right; we do seek ourselves in our histories."

Softly, with Feeling

Softly, with Feeling
Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music

Edward Berger

Reviewed in the March 2015 issue of Jazzwise. The review read, "A major strand of this well-wrought biography is a lengthy examination of the mid-century employment possibilities for African-American musicians in commercial and symphonic music.... [I]f ever a book cried out for a bound-in CD...it is this one, for its text is suffused with praise for Wilder's trumpet tone, his lyrical grace and total assurance whatever the musical circumstances."

Out in the Union

Out in the Union
A Labor History of Queer America

Miriam Frank

Featured in the winter-spring 2015 issue of Work History News, a newsletter published by the New York Labor History Association. A review of Frank's book read, "Out in the Union tells the important, often neglected story of the intersection between union folks and gay folks as it evolves through time. In the early 21st century, this seems like a surprising overlap, but Frank demonstrates, through densely researched political and labor history and through direct personal narrative, how these two threads have been braided, and need to remain so as we continue to fight for social justice. Frank explains the history and the structure of the labor movement in the USA by putting compelling stories of local change within regional, national, and temporal frames.... Frank's important book will continue to shape policy, organizing, and scholarship for years to come."

Ecomusicology

Ecomusicology
Rock, Folk, and the Environment

Mark Pedelty

Reviewed in the Winter 2015 issue of the Journal of American Folklore. The review read, "Mark Pedelty's Ecomusicology is a project of personal passion, and this passion is evident on every single page. Pedelty's scope is not limited to a single case study, approach, or even discipline. Rather, the book is a winding, at times eclectic, journey for both author and reader that tackles Pedelty's diverse experiences in and at the intersections of musicology and environment, musicianship and ecological practice.... Yet even as Pedelty shifts between mass market musicians like U2, Jack Johnson, and Soundgarden and his own experiences as a fledgling local musician, Ecomusicology never loses sight of its central goal: to trace, through observation and participation, music's impact on cultural ecologies and material ecosystems.... Pedelty's work marks an important contemporary turn in folkloristic research."

Envisioning Emancipation

Envisioning Emancipation
Black Americans and the End of Slavery

Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer

Reviewed in the February 2015 issue of the Journal of Southern History. The review read, "This fascinating collection demonstrates not only a broad range of photographic technologies, but also the numerous ways African Americans actively participated in the photographic practice.... [they] reveal how complicated the process of emancipation and freedom could be.... [T]hrough Willis and Krauthamer's efforts [historians] may also come to know what emancipation looked like and how those freed participated in and responded to the event. The authors expertly use historical photographs to deepen our understanding of the black experience of slavery and emancipation."

America's First Adventure in China

America's First Adventure in China
Trade, Treaties, Opium, and Salvation

John R. Haddad

Reviewed in the February 2015 issue of Pacific Historical Review. The review read, "John R. Haddad is to be congratulated for taking a large and long view of American relations with China, 1784-1870.... [T]he analysis of the intricacies of U.S. diplomacy through this period is quite good."

Just Queer Folks

Just Queer Folks
Gender and Sexuality in Rural America

Colin R. Johnson

Reviewed in the February 2015 issue of the American Historical Review. The review read, "In this book Johnson takes to task many of the central assumptions historians and others make about gender and sexuality in America: that rural spaces were especially heteronormative; that queer people were typically progressive; that queer behavior was uncommon in rural places; that Americans' discourse about sexuality developed in cities and later spread to the countryside; and that the twentieth century witnessed a gradual increase in the erotic, emotional, and political possibility with regards to gender and sexuality. To these assumptions Johnson brings a wealth of evidence to the contrary.... It is difficult to do justice to either the sweeping claims or the nuanced insights that enliven the pages of this book in such a short review. It suffices to say, though, that the field has been waiting for this book. Elegantly written, forcefully argued, heterodox but also humane, Just Queer Folks is a model of historical scholarship."

The International Monetary Fund and Latin America

The International Monetary Fund and Latin America
The Argentine Puzzle in Context

Claudia Kedar

Reviewed in the February 2015 issue of Economic History Review. The review read, "The International Monetary Fund and Latin America provides insights into local politics and the politics of international bodies, and the capacity of events to surprise even seasoned practitioners. There is accessible background on the politics and economies of Argentinian decline (and frustrated attempts to reverse decline).... Kedar also confirms the cynical assessment that, if you visit the doctor at the Fund, you know what the prescription will be."

Consuming Work

Consuming Work
Youth Labor in America

Yasemin Besen-Cassino

Reviewed in the February 2015 issue of Gender & Society. The review read, "Consuming Work is a book of uncommon breadth. The book is divided into six substantive chapters and examines a range of considerations relating to the subject of youth work.... Besen-Cassino covers tremendous ground, utilizing a range of materials for analysis including ethnographic, in-depth interview and survey data on youth workers between the ages of 16 and 21.... The take-away is greater breadth of understanding of the complex field of youth employment and a deeper appreciation of the meaning and purpose with which American youth who do work, work.... [W]e are left with a deeper appreciation of the role meaning plays in structuring youth labor, how inequalities in work are reproduced, and the shifting terrain of youths' social worlds."

Conceiving Masculinity

Conceiving Masculinity
Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity

Liberty Walther Barnes

Reviewed online first in the February 2015 issue of Gender & Society. The review read, "In Conceiving Masculinity, Barnes deftly analyzes the bind that male infertility doctors encounter: they need to debunk the stereotype that infertility is a woman's issue in order to attract clients and advance their profession, yet they feel compelled to protect the masculinity of their clients in face-to-face interaction.... Conceiving Masculinity is an accessible read that could inform students in gender, health, and sexuality courses. Barnes' attention to the interactions between levels of gender results in an intriguing analysis of how gender is reconstructed even in context where it is professionally beneficial to challenge cultural assumptions about men and reproduction."

Out in the Union

Out in the Union
A Labor History of Queer America

Miriam Frank

Reviewed in the January/February 2015 issue of Against the Current. The review read, "By recounting this history of U.S. queer labor organizing from the 1960s to the present, Frank is uncovering a largely unknown history, in the process helping to fill a large gap in both U.S. labor and queer history.... Out in the Union places queer history within the broader context of labor history of the United States, helping to foster a greater understanding of the interplay between larger developments in the labor movement and queer labor activism. Above all else, Miriam Frank's examination is a history of queer labor activism that tells this history from the perspective of queer workers at the grassroots.... Out in the Union deserves a wide readership by activists in the labor movement, both straight and LGBT. It is a major contribution to both the fields of queer history and labor history. For the first time, a broad history of queer activism within the U.S. labor movement has been published, asserting that queer people work to make a living too, and have fought hard to combat discrimination both at work and in their unions."

Young Men, Time, and Boredom in the Republic of Georgia

Young Men, Time, and Boredom in the Republic of Georgia
Martin Demant Frederiksen

Reviewed in the January 2015 issue of Caucasus Survey. The review read, "Frederiksen's text is written in a very lively way, presenting long passages of first-hand observations and quotations. The events are presented in chronological order as they happened during the course of the year that the author spent in the field. This allows for dramaturgy and for the reader to fully accompany the unfolding of events. When one of the boys is taken to prison, the reader will want to know why. And when finally, sadly, one of them dies, the reader most likely shares the grief. This monograph really takes readers into the field, and its characters become fully alive. This cannot be praised enough..... This seminal book introduces a whole new approach to Caucasus studies and will greatly impact the future of this discipline in the coming years."

Just Queer Folks

Just Queer Folks
Gender and Sexuality in Rural America

Colin R. Johnson

Reviewed in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, 2014. The review read, "Johnson draws from the early twentieth century to amass the impressive archive of country queerness that challenges both the political Right's and the mainstream gay and lesbian community's image of American rurality.... It is his ability to read the expanse of rural America that makes Johnson's book an extraordinary contribution to what he recognizes as the 'rural turn' in queer studies over the last decade.... One of Johnson's most astute contributions to the rural turn is his ability to explain the difficulty for scholars to breach the rural-urban divide.... Johnson's book is an accomplishment of seeing beyond established boundaries of queer studies, to the queer folks who have established lives 'out there,' in the unknowns of rural America."

The International Monetary Fund and Latin America

The International Monetary Fund and Latin America
The Argentine Puzzle in Context

Claudia Kedar

Featured in a combined review in the January 2015 issue of Latin American Perspectives. The review read, "The International Monetary Fund and Latin America traces the long path of this multilateral agency's relations with Argentina.... A welcome aspect of the book is its calling attention to the way the IMF's dependency routine...is imposed and the fact that without relationships with the countries in which it acts it just would not happen.... [The book] enriche[s] the field of international relations [and] provide[s] us with valuable insights."

The Public and Its Possibilities

The Public and Its Possibilities
Triumphs and Tragedies in the American City

John D. Fairfield

Featured in a review essay in the January 2015 issue of the Journal of Urban History. The review read, "[A] sweeping account of democracy in urban America...Fairfield's impressive synthesis brings together decades of secondary literature covering American urban and political history in a narrative that locates the city as the testing ground for more expansive definitions of citizenship and national belonging."

On Intellectual Activism

On Intellectual Activism
Patricia Hill Collins

Reviewed in the January 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "On Intellectual Activism is a welcome addition to the conversation about the deeply contradictory relationship between the academy and the street, between scholars and the movement, and what progressive and revolutionary intellectuals must do. Patricia Hill Collins speaks truth to the people and truth to power in the voice of black feminism and a politically engaged intellectual activism in the service of twenty-first century social justice, a project she envisions to confront today's gender, race, sexual, and class oppression, exploitation, and injustice in the United States and global society.... On Intellectual Activism is an accessible and rich toolbox. Collins uses storytelling, translates the language of academic theory into the language of people's lives, and clarifies new forms of racism and oppression. Her voice resonates with multiple publics—students, scholars, and communities. She offers a reality check and a refreshing critique of dominant and mainstream voices and forces in sociology and society. She validates the experience of sociological rebels and intellectual activists who are marginalized within the discipline, the profession, and the university where many of us practice our craft and juggle the contradictions of academic survival and social justice demands."

Catheters, Slurs, and Pickup Lines

Catheters, Slurs, and Pickup Lines
Professional Intimacy in Hospital Nursing

Lisa C. Ruchti

Reviewed in the January 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "[A]n insightful, well-written, and well-organized book that discusses how framing nursing as professional labor has been an important part of a long battle that nurses have fought to be taken seriously in the medical industry. Ruchti suggests that a dichotomy of professionalism and care persists in part because intimacy, as part of bedside care, seems unprofessional. In this book, Ruchti uncovers how professionally intimate care work fits into the larger system of commercialized and commodified intimacies and demonstrates how nurses, administrators, and patients idealize care, which only serves to reinforce the misunderstanding of this labor.... The book should be of significant use to anyone interested in patient and quality healthcare, the nursing profession, the growing diversity in nursing, and implications for the nursing shortage."

How We Die Now

How We Die Now
Intimacy and the Work of Dying
Karla A. Erickson

Reviewed in the January 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "[A]t the end of the book, in its final chapters as it were, that issues of dying are really addressed.... Erickson values longer life, thinks that the dependency it brings can be a good thing, can teach us all more about interdependency and caring."

Resisting Work

Resisting Work
The Corporatization of Life and Its Discontents

Peter Fleming

Reviewed in the January 2015 issue of Contemporary Sociology. The review read, "Fleming argues that our very lives are becoming corporatizationalized and that it is now increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to separate the work self from the private self. This phenomenon comes not from individuals choosing to invest more of their time and energy into their work, but rather from people being forced, most often implicitly, into breaking down the barriers that separate the public and private spheres.... Fleming's prose and use of vignettes, stories, and data help to provide any reader with a solid command of the material by the end of the book. Resisting Work is important for anyone interested in the changing nature of work and what it means for the lives of the workers."

Out in the Union

Out in the Union
A Labor History of Queer America

Miriam Frank

Reviewed on the Labor Notes website January 7. The review read, "The comprehensive new history, Out in the Union, reveals previously uncollected stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer labor activists and activism for LGBTQ equality.... Most histories tend to 'heterowash' any LGBTQ person's truth—if their stories are told at all. This significant book uncovers the truths too often hidden away, adding to the experiences of many LGBTQ leaders to labor's collective history. These stories are essential to a contemporary understanding of union solidarity."


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