Virtuous Waters - Casey Walsh | Book Library

Virtuous Waters - Casey Walsh

Virtuous Waters

Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico

Casey Walsh (Author)

Paperback, 226 pages
ISBN: 9780520291737
March 2018
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Virtuous Waters is a pathbreaking and innovative study of bathing, drinking and other everyday engagements with a wide range of waters across five centuries in Mexico. Casey Walsh uses political ecology to bring together an analysis of shifting scientific, religious and political understandings of waters and a material history of social formations, environments, and infrastructures. The book shows that while modern concepts and infrastructures have come to dominate both the hydrosphere and the scholarly literature on water, longstanding popular understandings and engagements with these heterogeneous liquids have been reproduced as part of the same process. Attention to these dynamics can help us comprehend and confront the water crisis that is coming to a head in the twenty-first century. 

Author Bio:
Casey Walsh is Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of Building the Borderlands: A Transnational History of Irrigated Cotton along the Mexico-Texas Border.

"Virtuous Waters reminds us that, within wider homogenizing discourses, there are multiple unique waters, whose particular ‘virtues’ are central in defining how people have imagined, understood, and interacted with them over time. The cumulative appropriation of Mexico’s mineral springs by religious, state, and corporate agencies also highlights the importance of protecting community relationships with local water sources."—Veronica Strang, author of Gardening the World: Agency, Identity, and the Ownership of Water

"In this highly original and accessible study, Casey Walsh plunges readers into seldom explored depths of the cultural world of water in central Mexico, providing a refreshing approach that goes beyond infrastructure to immerse readers in in routine practices of bathing, washing, and drinking water and their links to colonialism, public health, sexuality, tourism, and neoliberalism."—John Soluri, author of Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States
Labels: Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Latin American

Beyond Bioethics - Osagie K. Obasogie, Marcy Darnovsky - Unjacketed Hardcover - University of California Press | Book Library

Beyond Bioethics - Osagie K. Obasogie, Marcy Darnovsky - Unjacketed Hardcover - University of California Press

Beyond Bioethics

Toward a New Biopolitics

Osagie K. Obasogie (Editor),Marcy Darnovsky (Editor),Troy Duster (Foreword),Patricia J. Williams (Afterword by)

Unjacketed Hardcover, 552 pages
ISBN: 9780520277823
March 2018
For decades, the field of bioethics has shaped the way we think about ethical problems in science, technology, and medicine. But its traditional emphasis on individual interests such as doctor-patient relationships, informed consent, and personal autonomy is minimally helpful in confronting the social and political challenges posed by new human biotechnologies such as assisted reproduction, human genetic modification, and DNA forensics. Beyond Bioethics addresses these provocative issues from an emerging standpoint that is attentive to race, gender, class, disability, privacy, and notions of democracy—a "new biopolitics."

This authoritative volume provides an overview for those grappling with the profound dilemmas posed by these developments. It brings together the work of cutting-edge thinkers from diverse fields of study and public engagement, all of them committed to this new perspective grounded in social justice and public interest values.

Author Bio:
Osagie K. Obasogie is Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Marcy Darnovsky is Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest organization focused on human biotechnologies.

"Beyond Bioethics is a timely and important book that offers insightful and innovative ways to think about equality and representation in the field, while highlighting the attendant ethical obligations of scientists, clinicians, researchers, and scholars. This is essential reading!"—Kimani Paul-Emile, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director, Center on Race, Law, and Justice, Fordham University School of Law

"Vividly capturing the technical and existential dimensions of the new biopolitics, this brilliantly edited volume is essential reading in the classroom, the boardroom, and even the courtroom. The editors pull together carefully curated historical, legal, scientific, and feminist scholarship to craft a cogent critique of the 'thin vision' of contemporary bioethics. They call for a new biopolitics that frames ethical questions in terms of social and political forces, values, and time. Collected essays illuminate with particular force how medical genetics, ancestry testing, genomics, and other enterprises oriented around DNA keep alive destructive ideas about biological race and positive eugenics. The book is a first effort to construct a coherent progressive vision for a new kind of bioethics, and it is a compelling contribution to debates that grow more important every week."—M. Susan Lindee, Janice and Julian Bers Professor of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

"This book is a wonderful resource of diverse, insightful essays. It is particularly timely in the age of CRISPR and expanding direct-to-consumer genetic technologies as they intersect with assisted reproduction."—Paul S. Knoepfler, Professor of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

"Beyond Bioethics canvasses critical milestones in law, society, and biotechnology to share nuanced insights about class, politics, property, race, and ethics in how the human body is constructed, commodified, and theorized. It should be on the shelves of every scholar engaging in biotechnology, bioethics, and the law."—Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine and author of Black Markets: The Supply and Demand of Body Parts
Labels: Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, American & Canadian

Canned - Anna Zeide - Hardcover - University of California Press | Book Library

Canned - Anna Zeide - Hardcover - University of California Press


The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry

Anna Zeide (Author)

Hardcover, 280 pages
ISBN: 9780520290686
March 2018
A century and a half ago, when the food industry was first taking root, few consumers trusted packaged foods. Americans had just begun to shift away from eating foods that they grew themselves or purchased from neighbors. With the advent of canning, consumers were introduced to foods produced by unknown hands and packed in corrodible metal that seemed to defy the laws of nature by resisting decay.
Since that unpromising beginning, the American food supply has undergone a revolution, moving away from a system based on fresh, locally grown goods to one dominated by packaged foods. How did this come to be? How did we learn to trust that food preserved within an opaque can was safe and desirable to eat? Anna Zeide reveals the answers through the story of the canning industry, taking us on a journey to understand how food industry leaders leveraged the powers of science, marketing, and politics to win over a reluctant public, even as consumers resisted at every turn.

Author Bio:
Anna Zeide is Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Oklahoma State University, where her research, teaching, and community activism focus on food and food systems.

“From the miracle of canned milk to the troubling presence of BPA in tomato soup, Anna Zeide’s revealing history shows how the ever-increasing power of the processed food industry has profoundly shaped policies that affect what all Americans eat. This important book is useful food for thought for anyone interested in reforming our modern food system for the better.”—Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back
Canned serves up food history at its finest, but its implications extend far beyond the pantry. Zeide persuasively demonstrates how the canning industry’s rise owed as much to skillful manipulation of science and politics as to technological savvy. Readily digestible by undergraduates, Canned should have a long shelf life.”—Kendra Smith-Howard, author of Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History since 1900
This is a nuanced, robust, elegantly written history. Zeide establishes canning’s importance to consumers, food systems, and business history. It will stay in your mind long after you put it down.”—Tracey Deutsch, author of Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century
Canned looks inside a seemingly unassuming device to reveal an unseen world of complex relations between people, food, technology, and their environments. With grace and clarity, Zeide has written a fascinating and important history showing how canning’s ‘food engineering, marketing, and politicking’ led to the processed and packaged foods of today’s kitchens.”—Benjamin R. Cohen, author of Notes from the Ground: Science, Soil, and Society in the American Countryside
“In Canned, Zeide treats us to a savory history of how canned food, on its journey from the farm to the supermarket shelf, reshaped American food and life. It is a story of changing agricultural production, marketing science, public health, consumer confidence, and food habits. After reading this book, you will never open a can of peas, tomatoes, or tuna and take for granted the history contained inside.”—Gregg Mitman, author of Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes
Labels: Food & Agriculture, History of Food

Isamu Noguchi's Modernism - Amy Lyford | Book Library

Isamu Noguchi's Modernism - Amy Lyford

Isamu Noguchi's Modernism

Negotiating Race, Labor, and Nation, 1930–1950

Amy Lyford (Author)

Paperback, 294 pages
ISBN: 9780520298491
March 2018
Exploring the complex interweaving of race, national identity, and the practice of sculpture, Amy Lyford takes us through a close examination of the early US career of the Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). The years between 1930 and 1950 were perhaps some of the most fertile of Noguchi's career. Yet the work that he produced during this time has received little sustained attention.

Weaving together new archival material, little-known or unrealized works, and those that are familiar, Lyford offers a fresh perspective on the significance of Noguchi's modernist sculpture to twentieth-century culture and art history. Through an examination of his work, this book tells a story about his relation to the most important cultural and political issues of his time.

By focusing on Noguchi's reputation, and reception as an artist of Japanese American descent, Lyford analyzes the artist and his work within the context of a burgeoning desire at that time to define what modern American art might be--and confront unspoken assumptions that linked whiteness to Americanness. Lyford reveals how that reputation was both shaped by and helped define ideas about race, labor and national identity in twentieth-century American culture.

Author Bio:
Amy Lyford is Professor of Art History at Occidental College and is the author of Surrealist Masculinities: Gender Anxiety and the Aesthetics of Post–World War I Reconstruction in France (UC Press, 2007).

"Provides new opportunities for examining Noguchi's political alliances, his work itself and overarching social agendas of the time."—Pacific Affairs
Labels: Art, Modern & Contemporary Art

The Worlds of Junipero Serra - Edited by Steven W. Hackel - Hardcover - University of California Press | Book Library

The Worlds of Junipero Serra - Edited by Steven W. Hackel - Hardcover - University of California Press

The Worlds of Junipero Serra

Historical Contexts and Cultural Representations

Steven W. Hackel (Editor)

Hardcover, 292 pages
ISBN: 9780520295391
February 2018
As one of America’s most important missionaries, Junípero Serra is widely recognized as the founding father of California’s missions.  It was for that work that he was canonized in 2015 by Pope Francis.  Less well known, however, is the degree to which Junípero Serra embodied the social, religious and artistic currents that shaped Spain and Mexico across the 18th century. Further, Serra’s reception in American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries has often been obscured by the controversies surrounding his treatment of California’s Indians. This volume situates Serra in the larger Spanish and Mexican contexts within which he lived, learned, and came of age. Offering a rare glimpse into Serra’s life, these essays capture the full complexity of cultural trends and developments that paved the way for this powerful missionary to become not only California’s most polarizing historical figure but also North America’s first Spanish colonial saint. 

Author Bio:
Steven W. Hackel is Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside and the author of Junipero Serra: California’s Founding Father, Alta California, and Children of Coyote.

"This impressive collection of essays brings to life, in vivid color and detail, the many worlds crucial to both producing and understanding Serra, spanning the places of Mallorca, Mexico, and California and the influences of education, intellectual and spiritual life, art, popular culture, and historical commemoration."—Juliana Barr, author of Peace Came in the Form of a Woman: Indians and Spaniards in the Texas Borderlands

"Is there anyone in California’s history who still evokes such passionate disagreement as Junípero Serra? In this sparking collection, Serra’s great biographer Steven Hackel has brought together an international dream team of scholars from multiple disciplines to help us get beyond caricatures of good and evil and see the man in his full context. A subtle, surprising, and deeply satisfying book."—Brian DeLay, author of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.-Mexican War

"Junípero Serra traveled widely through the Spanish world of the eighteenth century. From his training in Mallorca, his transit through Puerto Rico, his experiences in many different parts of Mexico, and his work in California, Serra’s rich life constitutes an ideal vehicle to explore a vast empire in constant motion at a time of profound transformation. These essays by notable scholars and true specialists add greatly to our understanding of the man and his times and shine a light on the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which the Old World and the New World were bound together by a common history."—Andrés Reséndez, author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
Labels: History, California & Western History

Miller's Children - James Garbarino | Book Library

Miller's Children - James Garbarino

Miller's Children

Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us

James Garbarino (Author)

Paperback, 216 pages
ISBN: 9780520295681
February 2018
Miller’s Children is a passionate and comprehensive look at the human consequences of the US Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Miller v. Alabama, which outlaws mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile murderers. The decision to apply the law retroactively to other cases has provided hope to those convicted of murders as teenagers and had been incarcerated with the expectation that they would never leave prison until their own death as incarcerated adults. 
Psychological expert witness James Garbarino shares his fieldwork in more than forty resentencing cases of juveniles affected by the Miller decision. Providing a wide-ranging review of current research on human development in adolescence and early adulthood, he shows how studies reveal the adolescent mind’s keen ability for malleability, suggesting the true potential for rehabilitation.
Garbarino focuses on how and why some convicted teenage murderers have been able to accomplish dramatic rehabilitation and transformation, emphasizing the role of education, reflection, mentoring, and spiritual development. With a deft hand, he shows us the prisoners’ world that is filled, first and foremost, with stories of hope amid despair, and moral and psychological recovery in the face of developmental insult and damage. 

Author Bio:
James Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and is Senior Faculty Fellow with the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. He has served as an adviser to the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI. He is the author of Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases and Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them.

Miller's Children is a compelling read, thoroughly researched and abundantly compassionate. This riveting work doesn't just make a case—it calls us all to a larger sense of kinship and the birth of a new inclusion. This is a rare book that gives voice to those previously unheard. It challenges us to stand with the demonized so that the demonizing stops.”—Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., Founder of Homeboy Industries

“Should childhood criminals pay with their lives? James Garbarino has interviewed many of them years after their convictions, and in this apologetic, he argues passionately that they should not.”
—Thomas Grisso, Emeritus Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

“This beautifully written book is informed by an understanding human development, it's grounded in solid research findings, and it's infused with knowledge of the law. It is a much-needed work, destined to become a classic in the field.” —Kathleen M. Heide, PhD, Professor of Criminology, University of South Florida, author of Understanding Parricide: When Sons and Daughters Kill Parents

The Myth of Silent Spring - Chad Montrie | Book Library

The Myth of Silent Spring - Chad Montrie

The Myth of Silent Spring

Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism

Chad Montrie (Author)

Paperback, 200 pages
ISBN: 9780520291348
January 2018
Since its publication in 1962, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring has often been celebrated as the catalyst that sparked an American environmental movement. Yet environmental consciousness and environmental protest in some regions of the United States date back to the nineteenth century, with the advent of industrial manufacturing and the consequent growth of cities. As these changes transformed people's lives, ordinary Americans came to recognize the connections between economic exploitation, social inequality, and environmental problems. As the modern age dawned, they turned to labor unions, sportsmen’s clubs, racial and ethnic organizations, and community groups to respond to such threats accordingly. The Myth of Silent Spring tells this story. By challenging the canonical “songbirds and suburbs” interpretation associated with Carson and her work, the book gives readers a more accurate sense of the past and better prepares them for thinking and acting in the present.

Author Bio:
Chad Montrie is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is the author of several books, including A People’s History of Environmentalism in the United States.

The Myth of Silent Spring finds the origins of modern environmental consciousness in the history of the American worker—autoworker and farmworker, socialist and social worker, union rank-and-file and inner-city black—showing us a world not only unexplored, but largely unimagined by environmental historians. This book rewrites the history of environmentalism, infusing it with contemporary relevance.”—Richard W. Judd, author of Common Lands, Common People: The Origins of Conservation in Northern New England

The Myth of Silent Spring successfully attacks the dominant narrative of the environmental movement’s origins. Importantly, author Chad Montrie deftly uncovers the pivotal importance of labor and the working class in environmental struggles since the late nineteenth century. His well-researched book deserves close attention by scholars, activists, and politicians alike.”—Elizabeth D. Blum, author of Love Canal Revisited: Race, Class, and Gender in Environmental Activism

“A much-needed synthesis of current scholarship on environmentalism ’from the bottom up’ Montrie introduces us to a whole host of forgotten working-class, Latino, African American, immigrant, and female green activists. In so doing, he shows us that environmentalism was always far more than simply a white suburban initiative.”—Colin Fisher, author of Urban Green: Nature, Recreation, and the Working Class in Industrial Chicago 
Labels: Natural Sciences, Ecology, Environment, Evolution, Environmental History