Books published by University of Minnesota Press

Martin Heidegger Saved My Life

University of Minnesota Press | September 2, 2015 | 84 pages
In Martin Heidegger Saved My Life, Grant Farred combines autobiography with philosophical rumination to offer this unusual meditation on American racism. In the fall of 2013 while raking leaves outside his home, Farred experienced a racist encounter: a white woman stopped to ask him, "Would you... More Info

The Stray Bullet: William S Burroughs in Mexico

University of Minnesota Press | October 1, 2013 | 112 pages
William Burroughs arrived in Mexico City in 1949, having slipped out of New Orleans while awaiting trial on drug and weapons charges that would almost certainly have resulted in a lengthy prison sentence. Still uncertain about being a writer, he had left behind a series of failed business... More Info

Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology After the End of the World

University of Minnesota Press | October 1, 2013 | 240 pages
Having set global warming in irreversible motion, we are facing the possibility of ecological catastrophe. But the environmental emergency is also a crisis for our philosophical habits of thought, confronting us with a problem that seems to defy not only our control but also our understanding.... More Info

Black Women Against the Land Grab: The Fight for Racial Justice in Brazil

University of Minnesota Press | October 1, 2013 | 224 pages
In Brazil and throughout the African diaspora, black women, especially poor black women, are rarely considered leaders of social movements let alone political theorists. But in the northeastern city of Salvador, Brazil, it is these very women who determine how urban policies are established.... More Info

The Future of Social Movement Research: Dynamics, Mechanisms, and Processes

University of Minnesota Press | July 1, 2013 | 456 pages
Are the dynamics of contention changing? This is the question confronted by the contributors of this volume, some of the most influential scholars in the field of social movements. The answers, arriving at a time of extraordinary worldwide turmoil, not only provide a wide-ranging and varied... More Info

Dispatches from the Arab Spring: Understanding the New Middle East

University of Minnesota Press | September 1, 2013 | 368 pages
The Arab Spring unleashed forces of liberation and social justice that swept across North Africa and the Middle East with unprecedented speed, ferocity, and excitement. Although the future of the democratic uprisings against oppressive authoritarian regimes remains uncertain in many places, the... More Info

Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market

University of Minnesota Press | July 1, 2013 | 312 pages
Critics on the left and the right typically agree that globalization, the loss of manufacturing jobs, and the expansion of the service sector has led to income inequality and rising numbers of low-paying jobs with poor working conditions. In Degraded Work, Marc Doussard demonstrates that this... More Info

Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives

University of Minnesota Press | August 1, 2013 | 368 pages
Prolonged solitary confinement has become a widespread and standard practice in U.S. prisons—even though it consistently drives healthy prisoners insane, makes the mentally ill sicker, and, according to the testimony of prisoners, threatens to reduce life to a living death. In this profoundly... More Info

Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital

University of Minnesota Press | August 1, 2013 | 288 pages
If our oil addiction is so bad for us, why don't we kick the habit? Looking beyond the usual culprits—Big Oil, petro-states, and the strategists of empire—Lifeblood finds a deeper and more complex explanation in everyday practices of oil consumption in American culture. Those practices, Matthew... More Info

Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government Under Capitalism

University of Minnesota Press | August 1, 2013 | 272 pages
Refinery explosions. Accounting scandals. Bank meltdowns. All of these catastrophes—and many more—might rightfully be blamed on corporations. In response, advocates have suggested reforms ranging from increased government regulation to corporate codes of conduct to stop corporate abuses. Joshua... More Info

Out of the Vinyl Deeps

University of Minnesota Press | May 1, 2011 | 272 pages
Rediscover the astute and passionate music writings of the pioneering rock critic for the New Yorker.  More Info