Books published by Univ of California Pr

The Stickup Kids

Univ of California Press | April 28, 2017 | 271 pages
Randol Contreras came of age in the South Bronx during the 1980s, a time when the community was devastated by cuts in social services, a rise in arson and abandonment, and the rise of crack-cocaine. For this riveting book, he returns to the South Bronx with a sociological eye and provides an... More Info

Europe and the People Without History

Univ of California Press | August 22, 2010 | 503 pages
'The intention of this work is to show that European expansion not only transformed the historical trajectory of non-European societies but also reconstituted the historical accounts of these societies before European intervention. It asserts that anthropology must pay more attention to history.'... More Info

Beyond Chutzpah

Univ of California Press | June 2, 2008 | 488 pages
The only book to probe beneath the media hype of the new anti-Semitism and the first to launch a meticulously researched expose of Alan Dershowitz's influential bestseller, The Case for Israel. Beyond Chutzpah corrects the historical record, revealing recent scholarly consensus on the hottest... More Info

The Practice of Everyday Life

Univ of California Press | November 1, 2011 | 256 pages
Michel de Certeau considers the uses to which social representation and modes of social behavior are put by individuals and groups, describing the tactics available to the common man for reclaiming his own autonomy from the all-pervasive forces of commerce, politics, and culture. In exploring the... More Info

Operette Morali

Univ of California Press | December 1, 1983 | 544 pages
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Ishi in Two Worlds, 50th Anniversary Edition

Univ of California Press | September 1, 2011 | 254 pages
OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD The life story of Ishi, the Yahi Indian, lone survivor of a doomed tribe, is unique in the annals of North American anthropology. For more than forty years, Theodora Kroeber's biography has been sharing this tragic and absorbing drama with readers all over the world.... More Info

Lead Wars

Univ of California Press | May 6, 2013 | 318 pages
In this incisive examination of lead poisoning during the past half century, Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner focus on one of the most contentious and bitter battles in the history of public health. Lead Wars details how the nature of the epidemic has changed and highlights the dilemmas public... More Info

Fast-Forward Family

Univ of California Press | March 1, 2013 | 297 pages
Called "the most unusually voyeuristic anthropology study ever conducted" by the New York Times, this groundbreaking book provides an unprecedented glimpse into modern-day American families. In a study by the UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives and Families, researchers tracked the daily lives of... More Info

Among Murderers

Univ of California Press | March 18, 2013 | 256 pages
The author follows three convicted murderers after they are released from prison into the outside world.  More Info

The Fourth Trimester

Univ of California Press | February 2, 2013 | 224 pages
The first three months of a baby's life is an outside-the-uterus period of intense development, a biological bridge from fetal life to preparation for the real world. The fourth trimester has more in common with the nine months that came before than with the lifetime that follows. This... More Info

Hard to Get

Univ of California Press | March 8, 2013 | 274 pages
Hard to Get is a powerful and intimate examination of the sex and love lives of the most liberated women in history--twenty-something American women who have had more opportunities, more positive role models, and more information than any previous generation. Drawing from her years of experience as... More Info

My Name Is Jody Williams

Univ of California Press | March 12, 2013 | 286 pages
The woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) chronicles her fascinating life as an activist and shows how one woman's commitment to freedom, self-determination and human rights can have a profound impact on people all over the globe.  More Info

Colonising Egypt

Univ of California Press | April 28, 1988 | 218 pages
Extending deconstructive theory to historical and political analysis, Timothy Mitchell examines the peculiarity of Western conceptions of order and truth through a re-reading of Europe's colonial encounter with nineteenth-century Egypt.  More Info

Cartographies of Desire

Univ of California Press | March 5, 2007 | 399 pages
"A remarkable and sorely needed synthesis of the best of traditional historiographical documentation and critically astute analysis and contextualization.  More Info

Beauty Up

Univ of California Press | April 28, 2017 | 256 pages
"This is a very well researched, thoughtful, and engagingly written study of some of the hottest areas of Japan's beauty industry. Always careful to avoid easy generalizations or clichés about Japanese culture, Miller shows both the diversity of Japanese beauty practices and perceptions, and their... More Info

The Nation and Its New Women

Univ of California Press | April 28, 2017 | 335 pages
"This book is an important effort to tease out women's political consciousness in a particularly volatile colonial setting. . . . It adopts an explicitly feminist stance in its effort to demonstrate that women were able to assert a certain autonomy despite the repressive aspects of colonial rule... More Info

Compassion, Inc

Univ of California Press | April 26, 2012 | 222 pages
Pink ribbons, red dresses, and greenwashing--American corporations are scrambling to tug at consumer heartstrings through cause-related marketing, corporate social responsibility, and ethical branding, tactics that can increase sales by as much as 74%. Harmless? Marketing insider Mara Einstein... More Info

Black Against Empire

Univ of California Press | January 14, 2013 | 560 pages
Presents an overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party, revealing the political dynamics that drove the growth of this revolutionary movement, and its unraveling.  More Info

Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You

Univ of California Press | June 12, 2012 | 274 pages
Uses scientific evidence from diverse fields to counter three pervasive myths about human behavior--that people are divided into biological races, humans are naturally aggressive, and men and women drastically differ in behavior.  More Info

Fixing Men

Univ of California Press | November 19, 2007 | 265 pages
"Fixing Men is terrific; sharp observation, tough-minded analysis, beautiful writing."--Raewyn Connell, author of Masculinities "By bringing together a focus on men's sexuality in relation to key sexual health issues such as HIV/AIDS, family planning and contraception, vasectomies, and traditional... More Info

Twilight of the Mammoths

Univ of California Press | May 8, 2007 | 250 pages
"Paul S. Martin's innovative ideas on late quaternary extinctions and wildlife restoration have fueled one of science's most stimulating recent debates. He expounds them vividly here, and defends them eloquently. A must-read."--David Rains Wallace, author of Beasts of Eden "This is a marvelous... More Info

A Just Defiance

Univ of California Press | August 6, 2012 | 313 pages
"Previously published 2008 by Umuzi, an imprint of Random House Struik (Pty) Ltd, Capetown, South Africa under title In a different time."  More Info

Bottled Up

Univ of California Press | October 18, 2012 | 211 pages
A poignant and level blend of memoir, pop science and social commentary, this book examines the highly contentious debate between breast feeding and bottle feeding. Barston gives the research a human face, and asks us to think with more compassion about whether breastfeeding should remain the holy... More Info

Living Color

Univ of California Press | September 27, 2012 | 260 pages
Examines the social history of skin color from prehistory to the present, including information about the biological science involved and how stereotypes derived from the differences in hue.  More Info

Autobiography of Mark Twain

Univ of California Pr | March 26, 2012 | 440 pages
The year 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press published Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1, the first of a projected three-volume edition of the... More Info

Lula of Brazil

Univ of California Pr | October 1, 2009 | 285 pages
Luiz InÁcio Lula da Silva's dramatic life story has captured the imagination of millions, and his progressive politics have brought hope and excitement to Brazil--and the world. This compelling work is the first major English-language biography of the metalworker who became president of Latin... More Info

Beyond the Fields

Univ of California Press | January 2, 2009 | 347 pages
Describes the social changes Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers of America helped accomplish that have endured in the twenty-first century, including the building of Latino political power and the fight for environmental justice.  More Info

This Is Not a Pipe

Univ of California Pr | July 1, 2008 | 104 pages
What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? Reneacute; Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for a delightful homage by French philosopher and historian Michel Foucault. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of... More Info

Contested Illnesses

Univ of California Pr | December 26, 2011 | 324 pages
The politics and science of health and disease remain contested terrain among scientists, health practitioners, policy makers, industry, communities, and the public. Stakeholders in disputes about illnesses or conditions disagree over their fundamental causes as well as how they should be treated... More Info

The Last Pictures

Univ of California Press | September 19, 2012 | 208 pages
Chronicles the project that attempts to explain what happened to the human civilizations far in the future after they have disappeared.  More Info

Gay L.A.

Univ of California Pr | August 3, 2009 | 448 pages
Drawing upon untouched archives of documents and photographs and more than 200 new interviews, the authors chart L.A.Us unique gay history, and show how geography, economic opportunity, and a constant influx of new people created a city that was more compatible to gay life than any other in... More Info

Colonialism in question

Univ of California Pr | April 28, 2017 | 327 pages
In this closely integrated collection of essays on colonialism in world history, Frederick Cooper raises crucial questions about concepts relevant to a wide range of issues in the social sciences and humanities, including identity, globalization, and modernity. Rather than portray the past two... More Info

The Googlization of Everything

Univ of California Press | March 13, 2012 | 265 pages
Looks at the dark side of Google and its search engine, raising issues about intellectual property rights, the way Google makes people think and more, in an updated title where the author also looks at ways to avoid a Google-dominated Internet. Original.  More Info

The Philosophy of Food

Univ of California Pr | February 6, 2012 | 320 pages
This book explores food from a philosophical perspective, bringing together sixteen leading philosophers to consider the most basic questions about food: What is it exactly? What should we eat? How do we know it is safe? How should food be distributed? What is good food? David M. Kaplan's erudite... More Info

The Conscientious Gardener

Univ of California Pr | February 1, 2012 | 264 pages
In his influential A Sand County Almanac,published at the beginning of the environmental movement in 1949, Aldo Leopold proposed a new ecological ethic to guide our stewardship of the planet. In this inspiring book, Sarah Hayden Reichard tells how we can bring Leopold's far-reaching vision to our... More Info

The Final Leap

Univ of California Press | April 18, 2012 | 328 pages
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most beautiful and most photographed structures in the world. It's also the most deadly. Since it opened in 1937, more than 1,500 people have died jumping off the bridge, making it the top suicide site on earth. It's also the only international landmark without... More Info

Eating Bitterness

Univ of California Press | March 19, 2012 | 264 pages
Every year over 200 million peasants flock to China's urban centers, providing a profusion of cheap labor that helps fuel the country's staggering economic growth. Award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka follows the trials and triumphs of eight such migrants--including a vegetable vendor,... More Info

Between One and One Another

Univ of California Pr | February 6, 2012 | 269 pages
Michael Jackson extends his path-breaking work in existential anthropology by focusing on the interplay between two modes of human existence: that of participating in other peoples' lives and that of turning inward to one's self. Grounding his discussion in the subtle shifts between being acted... More Info

Game Changer

Univ of California Press | March 30, 2012 | 254 pages
"Are conservation and protecting animals the same thing? This book by an award-winning environmental reporter reveals they are not. Animal rights activism is surging in popularity, but the results are mixed, particularly when it comes to saving wild animals and the habitat that sustains them.... More Info

The Gentrification of the Mind

Univ of California Pr | January 7, 2012 | 184 pages
In this gripping memoir of the AIDS years (1981-1996), Sarah Schulman recalls how much of the rebellious queer culture, cheap rents, and a vibrant downtown arts movement vanished almost overnight to be replaced by gay conservative spokespeople and mainstream consumerism. Schulman takes us back to... More Info

The Docks

Univ of California Pr | December 1, 2011 | 328 pages
The Docks is an eye-opening journey into a giant madhouse of activity that few outsiders ever see: the Port of Los Angeles. In a book woven throughout with riveting novelist detail and illustrated with photographs that capture the frenetic energy of the place, Bill Sharpsteen tells the story of the... More Info

Why Calories Count

Univ of California Press | April 18, 2012 | 288 pages
Explores food issues in America including understanding how calories work in the body and understanding how the food industry presents calories on labels.  More Info

The Coming Famine

Univ of California Pr | August 22, 2011 | 264 pages
In The Coming Famine, Julian Cribb lays out a vivid picture of impending planetary crisis--a global food shortage that threatens to hit by mid-century--that would dwarf any in our previous experience. Cribb's comprehensive assessment describes a dangerous confluence of shortages--of water, land,... More Info

The Monster Within

Univ of California Pr | November 1, 2011 | 312 pages
Mixed feelings about motherhood--uncertainty over having a child, fears of pregnancy and childbirth, or negative thoughts about one's own children--are not just hard to discuss, they are a powerful social taboo. In this beautifully written book, Barbara Almond brings this troubling issue to light.... More Info


Univ of California Pr | March 5, 2012 | 328 pages
This searing indictment, David Healy's most comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. Healy, who was the first to draw attention to the now well-publicized... More Info

Stranger Intimacy

Univ of California Pr | November 2, 2011 | 358 pages
In exploring an array of intimacies between global migrants Shah illuminates a stunning, transient world of heterogeneous social relations--dignified, collaborative, and illicit. At the same time he demonstrates how the United States and Canada, in collusion with each other, actively sought to... More Info

Breaking Through Concrete

Univ of California Press | January 30, 2012 | 200 pages
People have always grown food in urban spaces--on windowsills and sidewalks, and in backyards and neighborhood parks--but today, urban farmers are leading an environmental and social movement that transforms our national food system. To explore this agricultural renaissance, brothers David and... More Info

The Huston Smith Reader

Univ of California Pr | February 25, 2012 | 280 pages
For more than sixty years, Huston Smith has not only written and taught about the world's religions, he has lived them. This Reader presents a rich selection of Smith's writings, covering six decades of inquiry and exploration, and ranging from scholarship to memoir. Over his long academic career,... More Info

Cracks in the pavement

Univ of California Pr | September 1, 2008 | 487 pages
Woven throughout with rich details of everyday life, this original, on-the-ground study of poor neighborhoods challenges much prevailing wisdom about urban poverty, shedding new light on the people, institutions, and culture in these communities. Over the course of nearly a decade, Martín... More Info

Brewing justice

Univ of California Pr | April 27, 2007 | 331 pages
Fair trade is a fast-growing alternative market intended to bring better prices and greater social justice to small farmers around the world. But is it working? This vivid study of coffee farmers in Mexico offers the first thorough investigation of the social, economic, and environmental benefits... More Info