Category: Social sciences


The Game Is Not a Game

March 3, 2020 | 180 pages

Family Values

March 5, 2019 | 416 pages
Family Values provides a necessary analysis of the family in post-WorldWar II America. Using case studies that range from the AIDS epidemicto Clinton'swelfare reform, and from same-sex marriage to the studentloan market, Cooper illustrates how social conservatives and free-marketproponents... More Info

Welcome to Your World

Harper Paperbacks | February 24, 2020 | 384 pages
One of the nation's chief architecture critics reveals how the environments we build profoundly shape our feelings, memories, and well-being, and argues that we must harness this knowledge to construct a world better suited to human experience.  More Info


Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster | March 3, 2020 | 320 pages
New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath explores how to prevent problems before they happen, drawing on insights from hundreds of interviews with unconventional problem solvers. So often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of response. We put out fires. We deal with emergencies. We stay... More Info

The Mushroom at the End of the World

Princeton University Press | September 19, 2017 | 352 pages
Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world—and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places. It is also an edible delicacy in Japan, where it sometimes commands... More Info

When Victims Become Killers

Princeton University Press | January 28, 2020 | 392 pages
An incisive look at the causes and consequences of the Rwandan genocide "When we captured Kigali, we thought we would face criminals in the state; instead, we faced a criminal population." So a political commissar in the Rwanda Patriotic Front reflected after the 1994 massacre of as many as one... More Info

The Equity Myth

March 30, 2020 | 392 pages
The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are vigorously promoted. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. This book, the first comprehensive, data-based... More Info

These Chains Will Be Broken

Clarity Press | November 15, 2019 | 290 pages
Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have experienced life in Israel's prisons since 1967, as did many more in previous decades during the course of the ongoing Israeli military occupation. Yet rarely has the story of ttheir experiences in Israeli jails been told by the prisoners themselves.... More Info

The Force of Nonviolence

Verso Trade | March 30, 2020 | 224 pages
"Situating non-violence at the cross-roads of the ethical and political, The Force of Non-Violence brings into focus the ethical binds that emerge within the force field of violence. Non-violence is very often misunderstood as a passive practice that emanates from a calm region of the soul, or as... More Info

From What Is to What If

Chelsea Green Publishing | October 15, 2019 | 240 pages
The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it's more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it. In these times of deep division and deeper despair, if there is a... More Info


Exploded Views | February 4, 2020 | 160 pages
Challenges the ableism of fairy tales and offers new ways to celebrate the magic of all bodies.In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm - as long as you're beautiful and walk on two legs. After all, the ogre never gets the princess.  More Info

I Write What I Like

University of Chicago Press | September 1, 2002 | 216 pages
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Like all of Steve Biko's writings, those words testify to the passion, courage, and keen insight that made him one of the most powerful figures in South Africa's struggle against apartheid. They also reflect his... More Info

The Fire Next Time

Vintage | March 30, 1993 | 106 pages
The powerful evocation of a childhood in Harlem that helped to galvanize the early days of the civil rights movement examines the deep consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic.  More Info

When They Call You a Terrorist

St. Martin's Griffin | January 14, 2020 | 272 pages

When Protest Becomes Crime

Pluto Press (UK) | December 20, 2019 | 272 pages
An anthropological analysis of how our political and legal systems criminalise protesters  More Info

Enlightenment Now

Penguin Books | January 15, 2019 | 576 pages
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018 ONE OF THE ECONOMIST'S BOOKS OF THE YEAR AND A PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT "My new favorite book of all time." --Bill Gates If you think the world is coming to an end, think again: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and... More Info

Me and White Supremacy

March 30, 2020 | 256 pages
"When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would become a cultural movement. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it... Thousands of people participated in the... More Info

Killing Rage

Macmillan | October 15, 1996 | 277 pages
Twenty-three essays ponder such topics as psychological trauma among African Americans, black anti-Semitism, and friendships between black women and white women. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.  More Info

Prison Land

March 30, 2020 | 232 pages
"Prison Land: Mapping Carceral Power across Neoliberal America offers a geographic excavation of the prison as a set of social relations-including property, work, gender and race-enacted across various spatial forms and landscapes within American life"--  More Info

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

Ecco | January 28, 2020 | 320 pages
From the cofounder of, and one of the most read writers on race and culture at work today, a provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the absurdities and anxieties of being Black in America For Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of... More Info

On the Muslim Question

Princeton University Press | January 21, 2020 | 288 pages
Why “the Muslim question” is really about the West and its own anxieties—not Islam In this fearless, original book, Anne Norton demolishes the notion that there is a “clash of civilizations” between the West and Islam. What is really in question, she argues, is the West’s commitment to... More Info

Under the Influence

Princeton University Press | January 28, 2020 | 312 pages
"From New York Times bestselling author and economics columnist Robert Frank, a revelatory look at the power and potential of social context. As psychologists have long understood, social environments profoundly shape our behavior, sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. Less widely... More Info

Trick Mirror

Random House | March 30, 2020 | 320 pages
A breakout writer at The New Yorker examines the fractures at the center of contemporary culture with verve, deftness, and intellectual ferocity--for readers who've wondered what Susan Sontag would have been like if she had brain damage from the internet. "A whip-smart, challenging book."--Zadie... More Info

The Torture Letters

University of Chicago Press | September 24, 2019 | 264 pages
Torture is an open secret in Chicago. Nobody in power wants to acknowledge this grim reality, but everyone knows it happens—and that the torturers are the police. Three to five new claims are submitted to the Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission of Illinois each week. Four hundred cases are... More Info

Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentring Oppression

Pluto Press (UK) | August 15, 2017 | 256 pages
Professor:  Justin Paulson
Course Codes:  SOCI 5804
Semester:  Winter-20
This groundbreaking collection explores the profound power of Social Reproduction Theory to deepen our understanding of everyday life under capitalism.  More Info

Death Blossoms

October 15, 2019 | 240 pages
Profound meditations on life, death, freedom, family, and faith written by radical, Black journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, while he was awaiting his execution.  More Info

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Signal Books | September 4, 2018 | 400 pages
How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels... More Info

The Coddling of the American Mind

Penguin Books | August 20, 2019 | 352 pages
First Amendment expert Lukianoff and social psychologist Haidt discuss the social trends stretching back to the 1980s that have produced the confusion and conflict on campus today during a time of rising political polarization.  More Info

The True Creator of Everything

January 7, 2020 | 376 pages
A radically new cosmological view from a groundbreaking neuroscientist placing the human brain at the center of humanity's universe Renowned neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis introduces readers to a revolutionary new theory of how the human brain evolved to become an organic computer without rival in... More Info

The Six Secrets of Intelligence

Icon Books | September 5, 2019 | 320 pages
Six ideas that reveal how to see through lies, deceptions and empty rhetoric, and a warning that we currently misunderstand both intelligence and education.  More Info

The Politics of Restorative Justice: A Critical Introduction

September 1, 2019 | 200 pages
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Counterrevolution: The Global Rise of the Far Right

July 15, 2019 | 176 pages
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March 30, 2020 | 352 pages
Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members  More Info

The Sonic Episteme

November 29, 2019 | 264 pages
Robin James examines how twenty-first-century conceptions of sound as acoustic resonance shape notions of the social world, personhood, and materiality in ways that support white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.  More Info

The Communication Manifesto

Polity | November 18, 2019 | 112 pages
Contemporary societies demand clear-minded, evidence-based ideas to address complex social issues. Communication scholarship has a rich trove of knowledge and experiences to help address such problems. In this passionately argued manifesto, Silvio Waisbord examines public scholarship in... More Info

Sex Work Activism in Canada

ARP Books | September 15, 2019 | 440 pages
Bringing together the narratives, histories, expertise, and teaches of sex work activists across the country, Sex Work Activism in Canada explores the past and present work of sex work activists and advocates in their own words. Working as a history as well as a rare and valuable reference by... More Info

Inclusive Populism

Contending Modernities | September 30, 2019 | 186 pages
In this first volume in the Contending Modernities series, Inclusive Populism: Creating Citizens in the Global Age, Angus Ritchie claims that our current political upheavals, exemplified by the far-right populism of billionaire Donald Trump, reveal fundamental flaws in secular liberalism. Ritchie... More Info


June 25, 2019 | 376 pages
Despite the fact that we all die, humans do not share the same view of death. In Death: A Reader, Mary Ann G. Cutter explores prominent themes that emerge and reemerge in the history of ideas regarding the nature of death from prominent global perspectives that span ancient to contemporary... More Info

The Genius Checklist

Mit Press | November 12, 2019 | 336 pages
What it takes to be a genius: nine essential and contradictory ingredients.  More Info

Secrets and Siblings

Zed Books | November 15, 2019 | 240 pages
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Repeater | November 12, 2019 | 206 pages
Leila Taylor takes us into the dark heart of the American gothic, analysing the ways it relates to race in America in the twenty-first century. Haunted houses, bitter revenants and muffled heartbeats under floorboards -- the American gothic is a macabre tale based on a true story. Part memoir and... More Info


Simon and Schuster | November 7, 2017 | 352 pages
"A brilliant and groundbreaking argument that innovation and progress are often achieved by revisiting and retooling ideas from the past rather than starting from scratch--from The Guardian columnist and contributor to The Atlantic, "--Baker & Taylor.  More Info

Invisible No More

Beacon Press | March 30, 2020 | 324 pages
A timely examination of the ways Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial... More Info

What Makes a Social Crisis?

Polity | November 4, 2019 | 180 pages
In this book, Jeffrey Alexander develops a new sociological theory of social crisis, which he calls societalization. He argues that crises are triggered not by objective social strains but by the discourse and institutions of the civil sphere. In the steady state, reactions to strains unfold within... More Info


Signal Books | May 10, 2016 | 512 pages
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one: Homo Sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval... More Info

The Body

October 15, 2019 | 464 pages
Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As compulsively readable as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves... More Info

Climate Futures

Zed Books | October 15, 2019 | 400 pages
Approaching the issues of climate change and climate justice from a range of diverse perspectives including those of culture, gender, indigeneity, race, and sexuality, as well as challenging colonial histories and capitalist presents, Climate Futures boldly addresses the apparent inevitability of... More Info

Clothing Poverty

Zed Books | October 15, 2019 | 296 pages
Have you ever stopped and wondered where your jeans came from? Who made them and where? Ever wondered where they end up after you donate them for recycling? Following a pair of jeans, Clothing Poverty takes the reader on a vivid around-the-world tour to reveal how clothes are manufactured and... More Info


March 30, 2020 | 320 pages
Gentrification is transforming cities, small and large, across the country. Though it's easy to bemoan the diminished social diversity and transformation of commercial strips that often signify a gentrifying neighborhood, determining who actually benefits and who suffers from this nebulous process... More Info

Youth, School, and Community

October 15, 2019 | 192 pages
This book reveals how processes of racialized, gendered, and classed exclusion are organized across institutional contexts making it difficult to see and disrupt the relations through which privilege is protected for some and denied others.  More Info