New Books with a Social Justice Theme, Summer 2016

LAW AND DISORDER

Obama’s Guantánamo: Stories from an Enduring Prison edited by Jonathan Hafetz (NYU Press)

Illegal rendition, torture, indefinite incarceration without charge or trial. Narratives delivered by the lawyers of Guantánamo inmates remind us that this crime against humanity endures.

Aboriginal Rights Claims and the Making and Remaking of History by Arthur J. Ray (McGill-Queen’s University Press)

An examination of the processes of indigenous rights claims (such as commissions and tribunals) and the effects these have had on how we use historical evidence and acknowledge indigenous voices.

Enduring Uncertainty: Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life by Ines Hasselberg (Berghahn Books)

An exploration of the deportation process as experienced by migrants in England and Wales who are convicted of criminal offenses.

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RACE AND RACISM

A Life for Freedom: The Mission to End Racial Injustice in South Africa by Denis Goldberg (University Press of Kentucky)

The autobiography of a white anti-apartheid activist who spent 22 years in prison having stood shoulder to shoulder with Mandela and his comrades at the Rivonia trial.

Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King Jr. by David Chappell (Duke University Press)

An examination, by the author of the classic A Stone of Hope, of how the Civil Rights Movement adapted and flourished after Martin Luther King’s assassination.

Militant Visions: Black Soldiers, Internationalism, and the Transformation of American Cinema by Elizabeth Reich (Rutgers University Press)

A discussion of the black soldier as a symbol of America’s constantly evolving attitudes towards race and masculinity.

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THE ARAB WORLD

Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women who are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoepf (Penguin)

A mixture of memoir and reportage highlighting the courageous Arab women who are quietly challenging the status quo in the Arab world.

By Fire: Writings on the Arab Spring by Tahar Ben Jelloun (trans. Rita S. Nezami) (Northwestern University Press)

A recreation of the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia, an action widely credited as being the catalyst for the 2011 Arab Spring.

Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising by Gilbert Achcar (Stanford University Press)

Focusing on Egypt and Syria, Achcar asks what happened after the uprisings of the Arab Spring and examines the region’s consequent descent into instability, coups, reprisals, and war.

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EUROPE

Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left by Gareth Dale (Columbia University Press)

A biography of the European intellectual who emerged just about intact from the horrors of mid-Twentieth Century Europe.

Lessons of the Holocaust by Michael R. Marrus (University of Toronto Press)

A rebuttal of easy moral lessons learned from the Holocaust, and an examination of how these lessons are subject to constant revision and debate.

Podemos: In the Name of the People by Chantal Mouffe and Íñigo Errejón (Lawrence and Wishart)

Conversations between the Political Secretary of Spain’s Podemos party and political theorist Mouffe. An essential look at the party’s development and what its future holds.

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