Books published by Univ of California Press

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 | November 21, 2017 | 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
$37.95

Fresh Fruit, Broken Borders

Univ of California Press | November 21, 2017 | 234 pages
Professor:  Prof. Amy Wilson
Course Codes:  ANTH 4005
Semester:  Fall-2017
"Based on five years of research in the field (including berry-picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast), Holmes, an anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine... More Info

The Life of Cheese

Univ of California Press | November 21, 2017 | 303 pages
Professor:  Prof. Larisa Kurtovic
Course Codes:  ANT 3142
Semester:  Fall-2017
"The Life of Cheese is the definitive work on America's artisanal food revolution. Heather Paxson's engaging stories are as rich, sharp, and well-grounded as the product she scrutinizes. A must read for anyone interested in fostering a sustainable food system." Warren Belasco, author of Meals to... More Info
$41.95

Enclosure

Univ of California Press | November 21, 2017 | 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 | November 21, 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 | November 21, 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 | November 21, 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
$31.95

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 | November 21, 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 | November 21, 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
$10.00

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 Googlization of Everything

Univ of California Press | March 8, 2011 | 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 a book where the author also looks at ways to avoid a Google-dominated Internet.  More Info