Books published by Univ of California Pr

Living at the Edges of Capitalism

Univ of California Press | April 19, 2016 | 319 pages
Since the earliest development of states, groups of people escaped or were exiled. As capitalism developed, people tried to escape capitalist constraints connected with state control. This powerful book gives voice to three communities living at the edges of capitalism: Cossacks on the Don River in... More Info

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Univ of California Press | April 2, 2012 | 310 pages
“The Scottish concrete poet, visual artist, short story writer, aphorist, editor, and ‘avant-gardener’ Ian Hamilton Finlay is one of the great polymaths of our time. His writings alone would put him in the pantheon of twentieth century poets. Finlay’s son Alec, himself a poet, has now given... More Info


Univ of California Press | January 9, 2018 | 440 pages
"Gaza is among the most densely populated places in the world. Two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half the population is under eighteen years of age. Since Israel occupied Gaza in 1967, it has systematically de-developed the economy. After Hamas won democratic elections in... More Info

Better Safe Than Sorry

Univ of California Press | May 1, 2018 | 272 pages
How toxic are the products we consume on a daily basis? Whether it’s triclosan in toothpaste, formaldehyde in baby shampoo, endocrine disruptors in water bottles, or pesticides on strawberries, chemicals in food and personal care products are of increasing concern to consumers.  More Info

Beyond Bioethics

Univ of California Press | March 13, 2018 | 552 pages
"For several decades, the field of bioethics has played a dominant role in shaping the way society thinks about ethical problems related to developments in science, technology, and medicine. But its traditional emphases on, for example, doctor-patient relationships, informed consent, and individual... More Info

Against Humanity

Univ of California Press | February 9, 2018 | 296 pages
"This is not about crimes against humanity. Rather, it is an indictment of "humanity," the concept that lies at the heart of human rights and humanitarian missions. Based on fieldwork in northern Uganda, this book brings readers inside the Lord's Resistance Army, an insurgent group accused of rape,... More Info

Healing from Hate

Univ of California Press | March 23, 2018 | 288 pages
"Examine the role of gender in the radicalization of young men as they enter and exit extremist movements"--Provided by publisher.  More Info

The Myth of Silent Spring

Univ of California Press | January 30, 2018 | 200 pages
"The Myth of Silent Spring challenges the widely held belief that Rachel Carson's celebrated 1962 book catalyzed the American environmental movement. While acknowledging the important contribution of Carson's exposâe, this book draws on a bounty of rich sources to push the movement's origins... More Info


Univ of California Press | January 24, 2018 | 184 pages
This title is part of American Studies Now and available as an e-book first. Visit to learn more. In the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. However, with this increased visibility has come not just power, but... More Info

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things

Univ of California Press | October 17, 2017 | 328 pages
Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, governed, and devastated Earth. In A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, Raj Patel and Jason W.... More Info

Sewing Hope

Univ of California Press | October 3, 2017 | 248 pages
Sewing Hope offers the first account of a bold challenge to apparel-industry sweatshops. The Alta Gracia factory in the Dominican Republic is the anti-sweatshop. It boasts a living wage three times the legal minimum, high health and safety standards, and a legitimate union—all verified by an... More Info

How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics

Univ of California Press | July 16, 2019 | 272 pages
-This book tells the story of how our political struggles over race, immigration, and queer folks came to center around reproductive politics--children, households, and families.  More Info


Univ of California Press | July 16, 2019 | 424 pages
Enclosure marshals bold new arguments about the nature of the conflict in Israel/Palestine. Gary Fields examines the dispossession of Palestinians from their land--and Israel's rationale for seizing control of Palestinian land--in the contexts of a broad historical analysis of power and space and... More Info

Redefining Black Film

Univ of California Press | July 16, 1993 | 170 pages
This assessment of black film history distinguishes between American films that are controlled by Blacks and those which utilize black talent, but are controlled by Whites. The study ranges from the earliest black involvement in Hollywood to present feminist influences in black productions.  More Info

The Stickup Kids

Univ of California Press | July 16, 2019 | 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

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

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

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 | July 16, 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 | July 16, 2019 | 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 | July 16, 2019 | 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 | July 16, 2019 | 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

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


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