Michael J. KramerThe Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture

September 2, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Intellectual History] Michael J. Kramer, author of The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), spoke with Ray Haberski about the way rock music became a venue, a medium, and a culture through which diverse groups of people—from the hippies in Berkeley, California to [...]

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A. Glenn CrothersQuakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth: The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730-1865

August 27, 2013

Deservedly or not, the members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) are often portrayed as one of history’s Good Guys. The Society was the first organized religious group to condemn slavery on moral and religious grounds. In Quakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth: The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730-1865 (University Press of Florida, 2012), [...]

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Sarah Banet-WeiserAuthentic™: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture

August 27, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Communication] In Authentic™: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture, Sarah Banet-Weiser scrutinizes the spread of brand culture into other spheres of social life that the market—at least in our imaginations—had left untouched: politics, religion, creativity, and the self. Banet-Weiser observes that the authenticity concept seems to carry more weight in a culture of selling: We have [...]

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Venessa Williamson and Theda SkocpolThe Tea Party: Remaking of Republican Conservatism

August 26, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Vanessa Williamson is coauthor (with Theda Skocpol) of The Tea Party: Remaking of Republican Conservatism (Oxford University Press, 2012), a New Yorker magazine “Ten Best Political Books of 2012″). Williamson is a Ph.D. student at Harvard University and Skocpol is professor of government and sociology at Harvard University. A lot has been written about the [...]

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Hedrick SmithWho Stole the American Dream?

August 23, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Big Ideas] In the “Great Recession,” millions lost their jobs, retirement savings, and even their houses. The entire middle class was shaken. Yet almost no one has been brought to justice. Quite the opposite: the big banks and investment houses–the places where the perpetrators most likely work and worked–were bailed out [...]

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Hannah S. DeckerThe Making of DSM-III: A Diagnostic Manual’s Conquest of American Psychiatry

August 23, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Psychology] Like it or not, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) has an enormous influence in deciding what qualifies as a mental health disorder in the United States and beyond. The each revision of the DSM directly influences people’s lives, guides treatment, and has important legal and economic consequences.  In [...]

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Jane IwamuraVirtual Orientalism: Religion and Popular Culture in the U.S.

August 22, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Religion] In popular perception, a certain image arises when we imagine eastern religions. Perhaps, we envision a wise old Asian man in traditional clothing sitting in a meditative state (maybe not). But why does this image emerge? Jane Iwamura, Chair of The Department of Religious Studies at the University of the West, [...]

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Pauline Turner StrongAmerican Indians and the American Imaginary: Cultural Representation Across the Centuries

August 20, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Anthropology] Pauline Turner Strong’s new book American Indians and the American Imaginary: Cultural Representation Across the Centuries (Paradigm Publishers, 2012) traces the representations of Native Americans across various public spheres of the American imaginary. Based on historical and ethnographic research, she documents how representations of Native Americans have circulated through time and into [...]

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Joseph NyePresidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era

August 19, 2013

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Joseph Nye’s latest book is Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era (Princeton University Press, 2013). Professor Nye is University Distinguished Professor and former dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a [...]

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Charlene M. Boyer LewisElizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic

August 10, 2013

What is a celebrity? And how has the definition of celebrity changed over the course of American history? Those questions are central to Charlene M. Boyer Lewis‘s book Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte: An American Aristocrat in the Early Republic (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). Patterson, a beautiful and brilliant young woman from Baltimore, married Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother, when [...]

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