Today we have a guest post from Ruben Flores, who teaches American studies at the University of Kansas, and whose new book, Backroads Pragmatists:Mexico's Melting Pot and Civil Rights in the United States, illuminates how nation-building in postrevolutionary Mexico unmistakably influenced the civil rights movement and democratic politics in the United States.
Since coming to the presidency two years ago, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico has been engaged in a series of high-profile policy efforts to transform Mexico’s national economy and education system. His Telecommunications Act has taken steps to decrease business monopolies in the telephone and television industries. He has sought to privatize portions of Mexico’s oil giant, PEMEX, in order to introduce competition into Mexico’s petroleum sector. His reforms in education have drawn even more attention. He arrested the head of Mexico’s largest teachers union as part of an attempt to break the union’s hold on corrupt teacher contracts and low professionalization standards. Simultaneously, he instituted new state investment for university scholarships, technology and research, and public outreach campaigns. Americans may be busy debating the migration crisis and border drug wars, but in Mexico, public debate is focused on policy efforts to transform the national economy and raise educational standards for a large and highly diverse population of 120 million people.
The unknown chapters of Mexico’s policy history are central to one of the mythic episodes in the history of American democracy. In the 1930s and ’40s, as the United States began looking for ways to broaden democracy via the civil rights movement, Mexico’s policy efforts to create a social welfare system shaped America’s desegregation campaigns after World War II. Mexico was coming out of the Mexican Revolution, a period of rich policy experimentation between 1920 and 1940 that included campaigns to integrate Mexico’s ethnic groups into a single nation, government expropriation of land and subsoil rights away from Americans and Europeans, and national investment in public schools, public works, and a social welfare system. While most Americans may know little about Mexico’s postrevolutionary history, such policy changes had momentous consequences for Mexico. They helped to create Mexico’s middle class. They allowed Mexico to assert itself in the face of America’s dominance in North America. And they expanded the benefits of citizenship across a culturally diverse population.
For Americans who were trying to understand how state power could be used to create new relationships among whites, Mexican-Americans, and Blacks in the 1930s U.S., Mexico’s postrevolutionary experiments in rebuilding the nation represented a rich set of policy models that they imported into the United States as they sought to transform the public schools of the American West. In rural Tlaxcala in the 1930s, for example, teacher training academies provided these Americans with new ideas about how government could work with local communities to create new schools. Science institutes established by the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico City by 1930 provided them with examples in applied psychology, anthropology, and the role of social scientists in government bureaucracy. And in Morelos, laboratory schools showed them how daily work patterns could be integrated into language-instruction models.
For the anthropologists, psychologists, and educational philosophers who helped to create the American desegregation movement in Texas and California—like Ralph L. Beals, Loyd Tireman, and George I. Sanchez—Mexico’s policy work represented a bridge between state-led reform efforts in Mexico and political change at home. The relationships these Americans established with Mexico were not quixotic travel forays or imperialist journeys by foreign agents. Instead, they were discrete policy antecedents for the American civil rights movement that have been missed or forgotten by scholars of the federal state, U.S.–Mexico relations, and the philosophy of science. They explain the school integration campaigns in the American West not as a domestic process, but as an offshoot of policy reform and nationalism in Mexico in the two decades that followed the Mexican Revolution.
The relationship of these Americans to Mexico tells us more about American politics beyond an understanding of the immediate influence of Mexican policy history over the American integration movement. It tells us that political change in Mexico helped to reshape the moral character of American nationalism and democracy, and did so at the level of institutional practice in addition to theory alone. Mexico’s policy influence over the United States also reverses the way that scholars understand the U.S.-Mexico relationship. We typically think of the United States as a hegemonic nation whose power shapes the nations of Latin America along a north-to-south trajectory. But the example of Mexico during the 1930s and ’40s shows us that Mexican government policy influenced American politics as much as American power influenced the history of Mexico. Thus, while Americans tend to think of Mexico as a country of “chaos”—a word that has been perennially repeated in accounts of Mexican history from 1920 to the present day—Mexican policy change has been important to the United States in ways that Americans have not imagined.
It is important to highlight one last feature of policy history in the U.S. and Mexico—the philosopher John Dewey and American pragmatism. John Dewey’s enormous influence over American politics had once been forgotten by scholars, but as Cornel West, David Hollinger, Richard Bernstein, Larry Hickman, and Gregory Pappas have reminded us, discussions of the American national community at mid-century were fundamentally shaped by Dewey’s instrumentalism. Dewey’s ideas were circulating in the American West in which my social scientists studied, and they became the currency through which many Americans connected their ideas of social change to the institutional policies that Mexico’s theorists of nationalism had established. Moisés Sáenz and Rafael Ramírez are well known as Mexico’s pragmatists, for example, and their use of Dewey’s ideas in Mexico were instantly recognizable to the Americans who studied policy change in Mexico in the 1930s as an antidote to ethnic conflict in the United States. The result of a renewed focus on John Dewey’s ideas in Mexico and the American West is an account of civil rights that depends on ideas coming from New York and Mexico City as much as on local mobilization at the grass roots level. That a mutual conversation in nationalism was being conducted across the U.S. and Mexico through those ideas is, of course, similarly important to add to our understanding of American democracy.
Penn Press authors are often in the news, making appearances, doing interviews, writing articles and essays, and being tapped as expert commentators. This sort of attention is often tied to the release of a book, with a flurry that tails off over the course of weeks and months. Sometimes, an author is dedicated to promotion, and works hard to keep the book in the public eye. Andrew Zimbalist and Ben Baumer, authors of The Sabermetric Revolution, have done a great job of this.
Once in a while, though, authors finds themselves in the middle of a media moment, weeks or months after their books have hit the store shelves. Case in point: Heywood Sanders. Sanders's book, Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities, was released in May, but with the summer convention season heating up, and expansion projects either underway or proposed around the country, Sanders has been asked to speak on the subject—or had his name taken in vain by those who do not share his views (Sanders is decidedly against convention center expansion)—over and over again of late. Here's a round-up.
The Orlando Sentinel: "Convention center gets $187M facelift – Work is biggest makeover in center's history"
Heywood Sanders, a professor of public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has his doubts. Sanders, who has written extensively about convention centers, said communities routinely overstate the economic benefits of upgrades and expansions.
He said attendance at the center's trade shows and conventions — the events most likely to bring overnight guests — has hovered around 1 million for 15 years, even though the center added 950,000 square feet in 2003. Sanders said other convention centers across the country have had the same experience.
"It's always the same argument," said Sanders, whose new book, "Convention Center Follies," includes sections on Orlando. "They'll say, 'We need something more — more amenities, more space.' But, ultimately, you're not coming out ahead."
The Washington Post (Op-ed by Steven Pearlstein): "Debunking the conventional wisdom about conventions"
Washington finally has a great new (tax-subsidized) convention hotel to go along with its great new (subsidized) downtown convention center. The glass-and-steel building is about as light and inviting as a 1,175-room hotel can be. With the completion of the Marriott Marquis, Washington is now positioned to compete for more and bigger national meetings and conventions.
Unfortunately, in the hypercompetitive world of (subsidized) conventions, there is never a good time to rest on your laurels.
Some counsel caution. The Moscone expansion "is based on a seriously bullish feasibility study," said Heywood Sanders, a professor of public administration at the University of Texas, who tracks convention attendance and accompanying hotel room occupancy nationwide.
San Diego Reader (Book review of Convention Center Follies): "How can convention centers be so dumb?"
A remarkable new book, Convention Center Follies: Politics, Power, and Public Investment in American Cities, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, tells the amazing story of how one American city after another builds into a massive glut of convention-center space, even though the industry itself warns its centers that the resultant price-slashing will worsen current woes.
SuccessfulMeetings.com (Response to Pearlstein's Washington Post column): "Washington Post Columnist Lambasts Conventions, Industry Responds"
"Mentioned (but glossed over) in Pearlstein's column is the fact that the District is already beginning to book large citywide conventions that would have been impossible to attract without a headquarters hotel property within walking distance of the convention center." —ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV
Trade Show News Network (Another response to Pearlstein): "Yet Another Short-sighted View on Headquarter Hotel, Convention Center Builds"
Pearlstein goes to the old standby source for slamming any new builds or expansions – Heywood Sanders - a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, who in his book “Convention Center Follies” talks about the waste of money building centers when there is so much unsold space already available.
As summer arrives, much slows down, but not the flow of new books from Penn Press. This month, we saw titles in American History, Landscape Design, Politics and Human Rights, and more.
"A tremendously ambitious book, Backroads Pragmatists is uncommonly original and broad in conceptualization and research. The emphasis on ideas and their transnational circulation makes this the most important work on Mexican American civil rights struggles in the last decade." —Benjamin Johnson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Backroads Pragmatists is the first examination of the influence of Mexican social reform on the United States. Flores illustrates how postrevolutionary Mexico's experiments in government and education shaped American race relations from the New Deal through the destruction of Jim Crow.
360 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4620-9 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0989-1 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series
Gardens in the Modern Landscape: A Facsimile of the Revised 1948 Edition
Christopher Tunnard. With a new foreword by John Dixon Hunt
"A classic and seminal text that inspired a generation of students to change the world of landscape design. For architects and landscape architects alike, this book argued for a new aesthetic related to the art and times." —Laurie Olin
Accompanied by an introduction by John Dixon Hunt, this facsimile fully reproduces the 1948 edition of Gardens in the Modern Landscape, a manifesto for the modern garden that deeply influenced twentieth century landscape design.
208 pages | 6 x 9 | 200 illus.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2291-3 | $34.95s | £23.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9004-2 | $34.95s | £23.00
A volume in the Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture series
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Crusade and Christendom: Annotated Documents in Translation from Innocent III to the Fall of Acre, 1187-1291
Edited by Jessalynn Bird, Edward Peters, and James M. Powell
"Dedicated to Powell's memory, this book is more than a fitting memorial, it is a masterpiece. . . . A monumental resource that will deservedly be consulted for decades to come." —Council for European Studies
"Far more than a sourcebook, this is an authoritative guide to the crusading movement in the crucial years between the Third Crusade and the fall of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem." —Thomas Madden, St. Louis University
"Crusade and Christendom is a revelation, a source collection that will revolutionize the teaching of the crusades. . . . An essential classroom companion." —Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee
Intended for the undergraduate yet also invaluable for teachers and scholars, this book illustrates how the crusade became crucial for defining and promoting the very concept and boundaries of Latin Christendom. It provides translations of and commentaries on key original sources and up-to-date bibliographic materials.
536 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2313-2 | $34.95s | £23.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0765-1 | $34.95s | £23.00
A volume in the Middle Ages Series
Democracy Disrupted: The Politics of Global Protest
"Few people can question the conventional wisdom of democracy like Ivan Krastev. Democracy Disrupted is his latest and most interesting intervention." —George Soros
In Democracy Disrupted, journalist and political scientist Ivan Krastev proposes a provocative interpretation of the "Occupy" movements that have surfaced in the United States, Great Britain, and Spain, as well as the more destabilizing forms of unrest in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.
88 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2330-9 | $12.95t | £8.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9074-5 | $9.95t | £6.50
How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies
Edited by James G. McGann, Anna Viden, and Jillian Rafferty
"As the editors of this comprehensive volume emphasize, ideas matter—but so does their relevance. That's why it's inspiring to see so many great thinkers from around the world using policy research in practical ways to solve real world problems." —Linda Frey, Executive Director, Open Government Partnership
How Thank Tanks Shape Social Development Policies examines case studies drawn from a range of political and economic systems worldwide to provide a detailed understanding of how think tanks can have an impact on issues of economic and social development.
384 pages | 6 x 9 | 10 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4601-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0962-4 | $65.00s | £42.50
Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York
Cathy Lisa Schneider
"In past decades, most urban unrest in Western countries has been provoked by deadly confrontations between law enforcement officers and inhabitants of disadvantaged neighborhoods belonging to minorities. Offering a transatlantic comparison and a temporal depth to events which for the most part have been studied in national contexts from an ahistorical perspective, Police Power and Race Riots proposes a novel and crucial addition to the literature on the subject, allowing for a greater understanding of the often overlooked colonial and racial dimension of iterative disturbances in France as well as the little analyzed political and social aspects of the relative calm in New York—a remarkable achievement." —Didier Fassin, author of Enforcing Order: An Ethnography of Urban Policing
Cathy Lisa Schneider looks at the relationship between racialized police violence and urban upheaval in impoverished neighborhoods of New York and greater Paris, and considers some of the changes that have made American cities less riot-prone today.
312 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4618-6 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0986-0 | $69.95s | £45.50
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Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru
Received Honorable Mention for the 2013 Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America from the Washington Office on Latin America-Duke University Libraries and for the 2013 Eileen Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology.
Drawing on years of research in the highlands of Ayacucho, Kimberly Theidon explores how Peruvians are rebuilding individual lives and collective existence following twenty years of armed conflict. The micropolitics of reconciliation practiced there complicates the way we understand transitional justice and coexistence in the aftermath of war.
480 pages | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 2 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4450-2 | $75.00s | £49.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2326-2 | $29.95s | £19.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0661-6 | $29.95s | £19.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series
Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China
C. Pierce Salguero
"C. Pierce Salguero skillfully uses religious studies, translation studies, and anthropology in his investigations. He provides a clear and nuanced account of the complex processes that brought Buddhist doctrines to China and enriched them with new ideas and practices. In the process he demonstrates that here, as elsewhere, 'knowledge about disease, healing, and the body is always inextricably interwoven with the social, economic, political, and personal histories of the people involved in its production and consumption." —Nathan Sivin, University of Pennsylvania
This interdisciplinary study examines the reception of Ayurvedic knowledge and other Indian medical teachings in medieval China through analysis of Buddhist texts, including translations from Indian languages as well as Chinese compositions between the second and ninth centuries.
256 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4611-7 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0969-3 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Encounters with Asia series
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The Wilson Center and University of Pennsylvania Press are pleased to invite you to a book launch and discussion of How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies with James G. McGann, editor and project director. Reception to follow.
Across the globe, there are more than four thousand policy institutes, or think tanks, that research or advocate for economic and social development. Yet the relationship between these organizations and the policies they influence is not well understood. How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies examines case studies drawn from a range of political and economic systems worldwide to provide a detailed understanding of how think tanks can have an impact on issues such as education policy, infrastructure, environment and sustainable development, economic reform, poverty alleviation, agricultural and land development, and social policy.
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 6th floor Auditorium
James G. McGann: Assistant Director of the International Relations Program and Director, Tank and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania
Andrew Selee: Executive Vice President, The Wilson Center
Penn Press is pleased to announce the release of our Fall 2014 catalog. This season's offerings include a beautifully illustrated volume exploring the rich history of the Brandywine Valley, home of N. C. and Andrew Wyeth; the first retrospective of the life and work of the artist Peter Blume; a political biography of the distictive American activist A. J. Muste; and many more titles in American History, Politics and Human Rights, American Literature, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and more.
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April showers bring new May books! These are the titles that have appeared in our warehouse this month. Many are quite interdisciplinary and span multiple categories, so have a look at them all.
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Black Cosmopolitanism: Racial Consciousness and Transnational Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Americas
Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo
"Black Cosmopolitanism seeks to tell a story about the complex hemispheric context in which multiple public discourses of blackness emerged in the work of black intellectuals, writing and publishing throughout a nineteenth century shaped by the cataclysmic impact of the Haitian revolution . . . [The book reflects] the richness of new pathways in a hemispheric American studies, moving outward to explore philosophies of race and histories of racial identity that traveled back and forth between colonial and imperial worlds." —American Literature
Through readings of slave narratives, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, newspaper editorials, and government documents including texts by Frederick Douglass and freed West Indian slave Mary Prince, Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo explicates the growing interrelatedness of people of African descent through the Americas in the nineteenth century.
304 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-3878-5 | $65.00s | £42.50
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2323-1 | $24.95s | £16.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9063-9 | $24.95s | £16.50
A volume in the Rethinking the Americas series
Excavations at Gilund: The Artifacts and Other Studies
Edited by Vasant Shinde, Teresa P. Raczek, and Gregory L. Possehl
Excavations at Gilund provides a full analysis of the artifacts recovered during the five-year excavation conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Deccan College. Their findings shed light on the extent and nature of early trade networks, the rise of early complex societies, and the symbolic and ideological beliefs of this region.
272 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 427 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-1-934536-66-7 | $99.95s | £65.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-1-934536-67-4 | $99.95s | £65.00
Distributed for the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
"This timely study shows the contradictions and complexities of the way children are treated under both immigration and family law, giving serious attention to their agency, and bringing their voices to life." —Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, University of California, Los Angeles
In this ground-breaking ethnography, anthropologist Lauren Heidbrink deconstructs the "problem" of migrant children, examining the historical, political, and institutional roots of contemporary immigration policies and the experiences of the migrant children who navigate this legal and emotional terrain.
208 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4604-9 | $49.95s | £32.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0967-9 | $49.95s | £32.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series
"Shakow has produced a fascinating and beautifully written ethnography that explores the question: 'What might postneoliberalism look like?' In her portrayal of upwardly mobile urban indigenous Bolivians, out go polarized constructions of the social categories class and ethnicity. Instead we see an indigenous middle class dynamically shaped by effects of the coca boom, free-market government reforms, and different interpretations of Evo Morales's state socialism. Shakow shows us the work world of this heterogeneous labor force and their debates about social transformation, clientelism, and commitments to new sorts of collective action. This is a pathbreaking, theoretically sophisticated ethnography that is an exciting, very accessible read." —Kay Warren, Brown University
This book narrates the unexpected dilemmas middle-class Bolivians have faced following the coming to power of a left-wing, indigenous movement. Shakow argues that new middle classes in Bolivia, as elsewhere in the Third World, constitute a significant force that profoundly shapes politics and social life.
272 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4614-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0982-2 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Contemporary Ethnography series
Amnesties, Accountability, and Human Rights
"In this unique contribution to the study of transitional justice, Renée Jeffery explores how and why amnesties remain popular despite the global push for human rights trials. She argues that they adapt to particular political moments and corresponding goals of democratic transition, truth, peace, and self-determination. Combining analysis of cross-national data on amnesties and historical comparative patterns, Jeffrey delivers new insights into the politics and persistence of amnesties." —Leigh Payne, University of Oxford
Drawing on more than 700 amnesties instituted between 1970 and 2005, Renée Jeffery maps out significant trends in the use of amnesty and offers a historical account of how both the use and the perception of amnesty has changed.
312 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4589-9 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0941-9 | $65.00s | £42.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series
Becoming Bureaucrats: Socialization at the Front Lines of Government Service
Zachary W. Oberfield
"A strong contribution to the literature on public service provision and bureaucratic politics. Oberfield's unique combination of qualitative and quantitative evidence about the acculturation of police officers and social workers into their respective organizations makes this an excellent work." —John Brehm, University of Chicago
Becoming Bureaucrats investigates the identities and motivations of two sets of public servants: police officers and welfare caseworkers. The book argues that who bureaucrats become and how bureaucracies function depends strongly on patterns of self-selection and recruitment.
248 pages | 6 x 9 | 33 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4616-2 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0984-6 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the American Governance: Politics, Policy, and Public Law series
How to Accept German Reparations
"This remarkable book is a deeply anthropological study of a problem that reaches back into the author's own familial past and connects it with an astonishing but entirely persuasive array of themes, including agency, victimhood, nationalism, racism, and religion. Slyomovics's measured, graceful prose undoes the false simplicities of attributing right and wrong—locating the book securely at the heart of what social anthropology is all about." —Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University
Susan Slyomovics examines the implications of German reparations after World War II, working through the lens of anthropological and human rights discourse, as well as through the lives of Holocaust survivors in her own family. What does it mean for individual suffering to be monetized?
384 pages | 6 x 9 | 18 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4606-3 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0965-5 | $69.95s | £45.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series
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The Anti-Slavery Project: From the Slave Trade to Human Trafficking
"The current anti-slavery movement labours under a delusion. The popular notion that some new and monstrous mutation burst upon the world at the end of the twentieth century serves no one well, least of all those in slavery. This original and insightful book helps us to see slavery clearly, both in the past and today. It is very difficult to solve a problem you do not understand, and more so if the problem is called by a different name every generation. The Anti-Slavery Project offers invaluable assistance to modern abolitionists and scholars along the lines of Einstein's dictum: 'Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.'" —Kevin Bales, President of Free the Slaves
Historian and human rights scholar Joel Quirk examines the evolution of political opposition to slavery from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. He offers an original diagnosis of the underlying causes driving one of the most pressing human rights problems in the world today.
344 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4333-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2324-8 | $29.95s | £19.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0564-0 | $29.95s | £19.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series
David S. Powers
"Zayd is philologically rigorous and exhibits a sophisticated understanding of the complicated intertwinings of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim literary works." —John C. Reeves, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
"The discovery of linkages between biblical texts and Islamic sources stands at the frontier of the study of early Islam today, and Powers contributes a remarkably interesting biography of Zayd in this direction." —Tayeb El-Hibri, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
In Zayd, David S. Powers restores Muhammad's adopted son to his place at the center of the Islamic foundation narrative, arguing that Zayd is modeled on earlier biblical figures to address ideas about legitimate succession and the theological doctrine of the finality of prophecy.
224 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4617-9 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0995-2 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion series
"In Convention Center Follies, Heywood Sanders deflates overblown claims that convention centers will contribute to urban economic development and explains why city leaders so easily succumb to these claims. This carefully researched and clearly argued book is an exceptionally important contribution to the study of urban redevelopment and the politics of policy making." —Susan S. Fainstein, author of Policy, Planning, and People: Promoting Justice in Urban Development
Written by one of the nation's foremost urban development experts, Convention Center Follies exposes the inner workings of America's convention center boom through case studies of Chicago, Atlanta, and St. Louis.
528 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4577-6 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0930-3 | $59.95s | £39.00
A volume in the American Business, Politics, and Society series
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Public Education Under Siege
Michael B. Katz and Mike Rose, Editors
"An outstanding book . . . full of riches." —Daily Kos
"Most of the fire in the national debate over school reform has come from those in favor of high-stakes testing of students, charter schools, and weakening of teachers' unions—until now. The very timely essays in Public Education Under Siege challenge the assumptions and goals of the so-called school reform movement. If you want to understand why the movement will not bring serious change to the schools that need it most and may even make things worse, read this book. This is an extraordinarily valuable contribution to the national debate." —Michael K. Brown, Race, Money and the American Welfare State
Public Education Under Siege argues for a democratic and egalitarian alternative to the test-driven, market-oriented core of current education reform. These short, jargon-free essays cover public policy, teacher unions, economic inequality, race, language diversity, parent involvement, and leadership.
256 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4527-1 | $55.00s | £36.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2320-0 | $19.95s | £13.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0832-0 | $19.95s | £13.00
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