Books published by Duke University Press Books

Power lines

Duke University Press Books | January 1, 2008 | 252 pages
Argues for the importance of understanding identity as relational rather than static in encouraging feminist alliances across race, class, and ethnicity.  More Info

Mounting Frustration

Duke University Press Books | February 2, 2018 | 360 pages
In Mounting Frustration Susan E. Cahan uncovers the moment when the civil rights movement reached New York City's elite art galleries. Focusing on three controversial exhibitions that integrated African American culture and art, Cahan shows how the art world's racial politics is far more... More Info

Ezili’s Mirrors

Duke University Press Books | February 27, 2018 | 259 pages
From the dagger mistress Ezili Je Wouj and the gender-bending mermaid Lasiren to the beautiful femme queen Ezili Freda, the Ezili pantheon of Vodoun spirits represents the divine forces of love, sexuality, prosperity, pleasure, maternity, creativity, and fertility. And just as Ezili appears in... More Info

Me and My House

Duke University Press Books | April 27, 2018 | 423 pages
The last sixteen years of James Baldwin's life (1971–87) unfolded in a village in the South of France, in a sprawling house nicknamed “Chez Baldwin.” In Me and My House Magdalena J. Zaborowska employs Baldwin’s home space as a lens through which to expand his biography and explore the... More Info

The Hundreds

Duke University Press Books | February 22, 2019 | 184 pages
In The Hundreds Lauren Berlant and Kathleen Stewart speculate on writing, affect, politics, and attention to processes of world-making. The experiment of the one hundred word constraint—each piece is one hundred or multiples of one hundred words long—amplifies the resonance of things that are... More Info

The Politics of Operations

Duke University Press Books | March 8, 2019 | 312 pages
In The Politics of Operations Sandro Mezzadra and Brett Neilson investigate how capital reshapes its relation with politics through operations that enable the extraction and exploitation of mineral resources, labor, data, and cultures. They show how capital—which they theorize as a direct... More Info

Sylvia Wynter

Duke University Press Books | January 7, 2015 | 304 pages
The Jamaican writer and cultural theorist Sylvia Wynter is best known for her diverse writings that pull together insights from theories in history, literature, science, and black studies, to explore race, the legacy of colonialism, and representations of humanness. Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as... More Info

The End of the Cognitive Empire

Duke University Press Books | September 5, 2018 | 390 pages
In The End of the Cognitive Empire Boaventura de Sousa Santos further develops his concept of the "epistemologies of the South," in which he outlines a theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical framework for challenging the dominance of Eurocentric thought. As a collection of knowledges born of... More Info

Fugitive Life

Duke University Press Books | June 8, 2018 | 200 pages
During the 1970s in the United States, hundreds of feminist, queer, and antiracist activists were imprisoned or became fugitives as they fought the changing contours of U.S. imperialism, global capitalism, and a repressive racial state. In Fugitive Life Stephen Dillon examines these activists'... More Info

Life in the Age of Drone Warfare

Duke University Press Books | October 27, 2017 | 448 pages
This volume's contributors offer a new critical language through which to explore and assess the historical, juridical, geopolitical, and cultural dimensions of drone technology and warfare. They show how drones generate particular ways of visualizing the spaces and targets of war while acting as... More Info

Listening for Africa

Duke University Press Books | August 16, 2017 | 373 pages
In Listening for Africa David F. Garcia explores how a diverse group of musicians, dancers, academics, and activists engaged with the idea of black music and dance’s African origins between the 1930s and 1950s. Garcia examines the work of figures ranging from Melville J.  More Info

Vulnerability in Resistance

Duke University Press Books | November 8, 2016 | 346 pages
Vulnerability and resistance have often been seen as opposites, with the assumption that vulnerability requires protection and the strengthening of paternalistic power at the expense of collective resistance. Focusing on political movements and cultural practices in different global locations,... More Info

Aircraft Stories

Duke University Press Books | April 24, 2002 | 264 pages
DIVIn Aircraft Stories noted sociologist of technoscience John Law tells “stories” about a British attempt to build a military aircraft—the TSR2. The intertwining of these stories demonstrates the ways in which particular technological projects can be understood in a world of complex... More Info

Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America

Duke University Press Books | October 31, 2014 | 354 pages
This important collection of essays expands the geographic, demographic, and analytic scope of the term genocide to encompass the effects of colonialism and settler colonialism in North America. Colonists made multiple and interconnected attempts to destroy Indigenous peoples as groups. The... More Info

Hybrid Constitutions

Duke University Press Books | January 27, 2010 | 204 pages
In Hybrid Constitutions, Vicki Hsueh contests the idea that early-modern colonial constitutions were part of a uniform process of modernization, conquest, and assimilation. Through detailed analyses of the founding of several seventeenth-century English proprietary colonies in North America, she... More Info

Panic Diaries

Duke University Press Books | March 1, 2006 | 362 pages
DIVA cultural history and sociological critique of 20th century panic, from the Cold War to contemporary psychiatry./div  More Info

A Forgetful Nation

Duke University Press Books | July 18, 2005 | 232 pages
DIVIn A Forgetful Nation, the renowned postcolonialism scholar Ali Behdad turns his attention to the United States. Offering a timely critique of immigration and nationalism, Behdad takes on an idea central to American national mythology: that the United States is “a nation of immigrants,”... More Info

Queer phenomenology

Duke University Press Books | November 13, 2006 | 223 pages
Theoretical study of the spatialization of sexuality through a consideration of how the "orientation" of bodies within a social space informs concepts of sexual desire.  More Info

On violence

Duke University Press Books | November 15, 2007 | 578 pages
An interdisciplinary collection of primary texts on the subject of violence, from Freud to Gramsci to Foucault, from Ghandi to Osama bin Laden. The editors' introductions frame the texts within questions of how violence is generated and perpetuated in so  More Info

The Promise of Happiness

Duke University Press Books | April 6, 2010 | 326 pages
DIVThe Promise of Happiness is a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy. It asks what follows when we make our desires and even our own happiness conditional on the happiness of others: “I just want you to be happy”; “I’m happy if you’re happy.” Combining philosophy... More Info

Ethics of Liberation

Duke University Press Books | February 8, 2013 | 715 pages
DIVAvailable in English for the first time, a masterwork by Enrique Dussel, one of the world's foremost philosophers, and a cornerstone of the philosophy of liberation, which he helped to found and develop./div  More Info

Food, Farms, and Solidarity

Duke University Press Books | January 28, 2013 | 352 pages
The Confédération Paysanne, one of France's largest farmers' unions, has successfully fought against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but unlike other allied movements, theirs has been led by producers rather than consumers. In Food, Farms, and Solidarity, Chaia Heller analyzes the group's... More Info

New Queer Cinema

Duke University Press Books | March 26, 2013 | 352 pages
DIVB. Ruby Rich designated a brand new genre, the New Queer Cinema (NQC), in her groundbreaking article in the Village Voice in 1992. This movement in film and video was intensely political and aesthetically innovative, made possible by the debut of the camcorder, and driven initially by outrage... More Info

Mad Men, Mad World

Duke University Press Books | March 11, 2013 | 432 pages
DIVSince the show's debut in 2007, Mad Men has invited viewers to immerse themselves in the lush period settings, ruthless Madison Avenue advertising culture, and arresting characters at the center of its 1960s fictional world. Mad Men, Mad World is a comprehensive analysis of this groundbreaking... More Info

Arts of the Political

Duke University Press Books | March 22, 2013 | 253 pages
DIVIn the West, "the Left," understood as a loose conglomeration of interests centered around the goal of a fairer and more equal society, still struggles to make its voice heard and its influence felt, even amid an overwhelming global recession. In Arts of the Political: New Openings for the Left,... More Info


Duke University Press Books | December 24, 2012 | 274 pages
For all its vaunted attention to sexuality, queer theory has had relatively little to say about sex, the material and psychic practices through which erotic gratification is sought. In Orgasmology, Annamarie Jagose takes orgasm as her queer scholarly object. From simultaneous to fake orgasms, from... More Info

Israel/Palestine and the Queer International

Duke University Press Books | October 12, 2012 | 193 pages
DIVAt once a memoir, a call to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, and an argument for queer solidarity across borders, this book tells the story of how novelist and activist Sarah Schulman's became aware of how issues of the Israeli occupation of Palestine were tied to her own... More Info

Insurgent Encounters

Duke University Press Books | April 12, 2013 | 464 pages
DIVInsurgent Encounters illuminates the dynamics of contemporary transnational social movements, including those advocating for women and indigenous groups, environmental justice, and alternative—cooperative rather than exploitative—forms of globalization. The contributors are politically... More Info

Buy It Now

Duke University Press Books | July 10, 2012 | 317 pages
In Buy It Now, Michele White examines eBay and its emphasis on community and social norms, revealing the cultural assumptions about gender, race, and sexuality that are reinforced throughout the site. She shows how instructional texts, rule systems, and advertisements "configure the user," allowing... More Info

Beyond Shangri-La

Duke University Press Books | November 19, 2012 | 355 pages
Beyond Shangri-La chronicles relations between the Tibetans and the United States since 1908, when a Dalai Lama first met with U.S. representatives. What was initially a distant alliance became more intimate and entangled in the late 1950s, when the Tibetan people launched an armed resistance... More Info

What's Left of the Left

Duke University Press Books | August 3, 2011 | 424 pages
Assesses the record of American and European social democratic governance, and the response of the center-left, providing both analysis and policy suggestions.  More Info

The Erotic Life of Racism

Duke University Press Books | April 13, 2012 | 168 pages
In this critique of the fields of feminist theory, queer theory, and critical race theory, Sharon Holland describes how, despite decades of theoretical and political work focused on race, we are continually affected by everyday experiences of racism and attached to old patterns of racist thought.  More Info

Drugs for Life

Duke University Press Books | September 3, 2012 | 262 pages
Every year the average number of prescriptions purchased by Americans increases, as do healthcare expenditures, which are projected to reach one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product by 2020. In Drugs for Life, Joseph Dumit considers how our burgeoning consumption of medicine and cost of... More Info

Feminism Without Borders

Duke University Press Books | February 28, 2003 | 310 pages
DIVBringing together classic and new writings of the trailblazing feminist theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders addresses some of the most pressing and complex issues facing contemporary feminism. Forging vital links between daily life and collective action and between theory... More Info

Punishing the Poor

Duke University Press Books | May 1, 2009 | 408 pages
DIVThe punitive turn of penal policy in the United States after the acme of the Civil Rights movement responds not to rising criminal insecurity but to the social insecurity spawned by the fragmentation of wage labor and the shakeup of the ethnoracial hierarchy. It partakes of a broader... More Info

Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America

Duke University Press Books | December 30, 2002 | 432 pages
DIVRanging from fatherhood to machismo and from public health to housework, Changing Men and Masculinities in Latin America is a collection of pioneering studies of what it means to be a man in Latin America. Matthew C. Gutmann brings together essays by well-known U.S. Latin Americanists and newly... More Info

The Feeling of Kinship

Duke University Press Books | April 9, 2010 | 226 pages
DIVIn The Feeling of Kinship, David L. Eng investigates the emergence of “queer liberalism”—the empowerment of certain gays and lesbians in the United States, economically through an increasingly visible and mass-mediated queer consumer lifestyle, and politically through the legal protection... More Info

The Body Multiple

Duke University Press Books | December 27, 2002 | 210 pages
DIVThe Body Multiple is an extraordinary ethnography of an ordinary disease. Drawing on fieldwork in a Dutch university hospital, Annemarie Mol looks at the day-to-day diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerosis. A patient information leaflet might describe atherosclerosis as the gradual obstruction... More Info

A Different Light

Duke University Press Books | December 20, 2011 | 376 pages
A full-length study of the contemporary Brazilian photographer, focusing on the socio-political content of his work.  More Info

Venezuela's Bolivarian Democracy

Duke University Press Books | July 15, 2011 | 408 pages
Venezuela’s Bolivarian Democracy brings together a variety of perspectives on democracy in Venezuelan civil society. An interdisciplinary group of contributors focuses on the everyday lives of ordinary Venezuelans, examining the participatory forms of democracy that have emerged in communal... More Info

The Red Riviera

Duke University Press Books | October 12, 2005 | 226 pages
A study of the changes in women’s roles in postcommunist Bulgarian society and the workplace, focusing on the tourism industry.  More Info

Global Icons

Duke University Press Books | August 3, 2011 | 400 pages
Global Icons considers how highly visible public figures such as Mother Theresa become global icons capable of galvanizing intense affect and sometimes even catalyzing social change.  More Info

Words of Protest, Words of Freedom

Duke University Press Books | February 6, 2012 | 344 pages
Poetry is an ideal artistic medium for expressing the fear, sorrow, and triumph of revolutionary times. Words of Protest, Words of Freedomis the first comprehensive collection of poems written during and in response to the American Civil Rights struggle of 19551975.  More Info

Sexuality, Nationality, Indigeneity

Duke University Press Books | January 28, 2010 | 338 pages
This issue shows how a conversation between the interdisciplinary fields of Native American studies and queer studies can generate more complex and nuanced understandings of the U.S. nation-state, of Native peoplehood, and of the roles culture plays in processes of political expression and... More Info

The Guatemala Reader

Duke University Press Books | October 27, 2011 | 648 pages
An interdisciplinary anthology on the largest, most populous nation in Central America, covering Guatemalan history, culture, literature and politics and containing many primary sources not previously published in English.  More Info

Strange Affinities

Duke University Press Books | August 3, 2011 | 380 pages
Collection of essays that use queer studies and feminism as a lens for examining the relationships between racialized communities.  More Info

Freedom with Violence

Duke University Press Books | October 3, 2011 | 318 pages
Explores the relationship between race, knowledge, and violence that underpins U.S. modernity.  More Info

Revolutionary Suicide and Other Desperate Measures

Duke University Press Books | August 24, 2011 | 272 pages
This volume examines how child abuse and youth violence are understood, manufactured, represented, but still disavowed, in contemporary everyday life and culture in Japan and the United States.  More Info

Lost in Transition

Duke University Press Books | August 17, 2011 | 232 pages
Short ethnographic essays and stories that document the social, political, and economic changes in everyday life in postsocialist Eastern Europe.  More Info

Flying Saucers Rock 'n' Roll

Duke University Press Books | August 10, 2011 | 306 pages
An edited collection of interviews with rock and roll pioneers and oddballs from Roctober magazine.  More Info