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February 25 , 2015
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Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City, by Susan Ostrander, was reviewed in the December 2014 issue of Nonproft and Voluntary Sector Quartery
- The review read, "Ostrander's book is worthy of attention as it expands the current discussion of citizen participation at the local level with an emphasis on incorporating immigrant populations. This book deserves a place on the shelves of scholars interested in participatory democracy and civil society development as well as policy makers interested in immigrant engagement."
- Citizenship and Governance in a Changing City was also reviewed in September 2014 issue of the Journal of Regional Science. The review read, "Ostrander provides excellent insight into the dynamics of interaction between immigrants.... Her comprehensive ethnographic study of Somerville, Massachusetts—a town just outside of Boston with an early history of 'Yankee flight,' later manufacturing growth, industrial decline, and a more recent arts-and-culture based revival—contributes significantly to the literature on immigrant acculturation and new/old destinations.... Overall Ostrander has written a compelling and fascinating book. Its focus on a small town with a diverse immigrant past and a complicated immigrant present is a welcome addition to the literature on migrant destinations. She interviews a wide range of key informants in a series of rich ethnographic interviews and the community-based nature of her study—and investment in the place—is both apparent and admirable.... [T]his is an excellent book and is highly recommended."
Local Protest, Global Movements, by Karl Beitel, was also reviewed in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Regional Science
- The review read, "One of the most original aspects of Beitel's study is its inquiry into the unlikely political etiology of the activism he chronicles.... Through its rich documentation of land use and housing politics in a single city, this book usefully examines the role of neighborhood-based political mobilization in counteracting elite-driven efforts to mold the urban physical and social environment.... [T]his book is a useful addition to the library of any regional scientist interested in the potential and the limits of community-based organizing."
- Local Protest, Global Movements was also reviewed in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. The review read, "Local Protest, Global Movements details the inspirations, disappointments and intrigues in a range of community-based campaigns against redevelopment and displacement over the half-century from 1956 to 2007.... As a local history written for those who were there it will be endlessly fascinating....The very best part is Beitel's own struggle with the meanings and implications of San Francisco's local protests for more comprehensive social change."
Just Queer Folks, by Colin Johnson, was 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."
Sex and the Founding Fathers, by Thomas Foster, was 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."
Resisting Work, by Peter Fleming, was reviewed in the December 2014 issue of Labor Studies Journal
- The review read, "Fleming outlines a progression of capitalist management through several eras. Fleming closes this interesting book with a section proposing that in the current era, in which work has penetrated all of life, the only effective response is an 'exit' from work, where workers refuse to demand recognition but instead silently turn away. This, too, is not a new idea in the world of work resistance but is provocative nonetheless.... Resisting Work is a substantial and worthwhile read for theoreticians."
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