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August 20, 2014




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Pimping Fictions a Finalist
  • 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.

  • Pimping Fictions was also reviewed in the April 2014 issue of the Journal of Popular Culture. The review read, "Drawing on an expansive archive of pulp paperbacks, prison novels, autobiographies and interviews, this timely study positions black crime fiction within a rich literary and cultural history of black pulp publishing over the past 50 years.... Gifford offers a compelling argument for the significance of black crime fiction as a literary and political response to white-sponsored methods of containment fostered by urban renewal policies, federal housing authorities and mass incarceration, whilst at the same time highlighting the deeply contested position of black pulp writers within the literary marketplace."

Jimmy Heath concert

The San Francisco LGBT Struggle for Freedom Revisited

More buzz on Hum's book

TUP author on C-SPAN taking about Ferguson, Missouri
  • Shantytown Protest in Pinochet's Chile Cathy Schneider, author of Shantytown Protest in Pinochet's Chile, was a guest on C-SPAN on August 18 to talk about how law enforcement reacted to protests following the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the so-called "militarization" of local police forces.

TUP author contributes to Years of Living Dangerously

Typhoon Haiyan Book Drive


The Archival Turn in Feminism, by Kate Eichhorn, was reviewed in Afterimage, Vol. 42, No. 2
  • The Archival Turn in Feminism The review read, "Eichhorn's theoretical evaluation of how institutional archives can operate as radical networks is essential reading for anyone who engages with the historical past as a mode to stage interventions in the present.... [She] very convincingly demonstrates how these institutional archives create sites of resistance and potentially stimulate activism.... Eichhorn's major contribution is recognizing that the radical tactics of these archivists and librarians is as important as preserving Riot Grrrl collections, and makes evident their crucial role in bringing these provocative feminist narratives to light."

Rebuilding the News, by C.W. Anderson, was reviewed in Digital Journalism, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2014

  • Rebuilding the News The review read, "Anderson's study will be a touchstone.... [The] themes [he addresses] will occupy the attention of news scholars for some time. Anderson has artfully and perceptively raised them for scrutiny. In so doing, he has built a useful foundation for what will undoubtedly be a growing body of work in this area.... This book is an excellent and ground-breaking contribution to the tradition of news ethnography."

Global Philadelphia, edited by Ayumi Takenaka and Mary Johnson Osirim, was reviewed in the August 2014 issue of the journal, Urban History

  • Global Philadelphia The review read, "Global Philadelphia covers an impressive number of ethnic communities, giving it a breadth that often only compilation scholarship can offer.... This book convincingly exhibits the past and present contributions of various immigrant groups to Philadelphia and is replete with information and analysis that refutes the notion that immigration restriction is good policy today. Furthermore, Global Philadelphia subtly challenges the Ellis Island Model, quietly contributing to the new mainstream understanding that New York is overemphasized in the narrative of the immigrant experience in America. Also, the essayists not only show us that peoples from all over the world have been actively participating in the collective formation of Philadelphia specifically, but through extension remind us that immigration has played a central role in the development of the United States more generally. Finally, Global Philadelphia informs us that the formation of scholarly communities may be the best way to understand immigrant communities."

Three Temple University Press titles were reviewed in Housing Studies

  • Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin Down and Out in Los Angeles and Berlin, by Jürgen von Mahs, was reviewed in Vol. 29, Issue 4, 2014. The review read, "Through fascinating presentation and analysis of this qualitative data, and with reference to Los Angeles, von Mahs thoroughly investigates the deficiencies of the Berlin welfare system and its failure to address the various forms of exclusion which underpin homelessness.... The book offers a robust theoretical framework for analysis of homelessness, using the concepts of legal, service and market exclusion as three dimensions of socio-spatial exclusion.... Overall, the book is very well written and offers its readers an extremely useful theoretical and ethnographic framework to unpack the complexity of the socio-spatial exclusion of homeless people."

  • Local Protest, Global Movements Local Protest, Global Movements, by Karl Beitel, was reviewed in Vol. 29, Issue 5, 2014. The review read, "Local Protest, Global Movements provides a much needed update to the case literature on urban social movements in San Francisco. In so doing, it makes an important contribution to theory about locally based resistance to neoliberal global capital.... Organizers and scholars of urban social movement theory will be interested in Beitel's analysis of what makes movements successful.... The in-depth theoretical discussions make this book best suited to an audience of scholars and graduate students, though organizers and practitioners may be interested in the lessons about the success of social movements."

  • "Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind" "Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind," by Scott Larson, was also reviewed in Vol. 29, Issue 5, 2014. The review read, "Larson's argument is intricate and the nuances of political power plays can be subtle wherever the names of Moses and Jacobs are invoked.... This book is a highly readable, indeed enthralling, description of how political forces in New York have sensibly co-opted the ideas of these two influential figures of the twentieth century planning in creating their development agenda. Perhaps, Larson's greatest contribution is that he puts the achievements of Moses and the arguments of Jacobs into perspective. This book can be enjoyed by all but those readers already well acquainted with Moses' work and who have read The Death and Life of Great American Cities will gain more from the narrative presented in it."

  • "Building Like Moses with Jacobs in Mind," was also reviewed on the website, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. The review read, "Larson's book deftly lays out the selective fusion of Jacobs and Moses - supposed antagonists - as a strategy to legitimate and rally support for property-led economic development.... 'Building Like Moses With Jacobs in Mind' is a provocative exploration of the power of discourse and memory in shoring up political power in a specific urban setting. Larson has written a book about narrative which will itself join the many narratives shaping redevelopment politics in New York City going forward."

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