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Books

Richa Nagar, Muddying the Waters

Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism
(University of Illinois Press, 2014)

Richa Nagar

In Muddying the Waters, Richa Nagar embarks on an eloquent and moving exploration of the promises and pitfalls she has encountered during her two decades of transnational feminist work. With stories, encounters, and anecdotes as well as methodological reflections, Nagar grapples with the complexity of working through solidarities, responsibility, and ethics while involved in politically engaged scholarship. The author links the implicit assumptions, issues, and questions involved with scholarship and political action, and explores the epistemological risks and possibilities of creative research that bring these into intimate dialogue.

Jigna Desai, Asian Americans in Dixie

Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South
(University of Illinois Press, 2013)

Khyati Y. Joshi and Jigna Desai, editors

Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South, coedited by Jigna Desai and Khyati Y. Joshi, explores how the migrations of Manilamen, Bengali Muslim peddlers, and Chinese merchants and coolies extend the history of Asian Americans in the South into the early nineteenth and twentieth century. Extending the understanding of race and ethnicity in the South beyond the prism of black-white relations, this interdisciplinary collection explores the growth, impact, and significance of Asian Americans in Southern life and discusses the formation of past and emerging Asian American communities in the region. This collection of essays illustrates how Asian Americans have remade the Southern landscape with a visible and vital presence in many towns, suburbs, and cities.

Aizura, The Transgender Studies Reader 2

The Transgender Studies Reader 2
(Routledge, 2013)

Susan Stryker and Aren Z. Aizura, editors

The Transgender Studies Reader 2, co-edited by Aren Aizura and Susan Stryker, is the most comprehensive and rigorous collection of transgender studies scholarship in the field of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As the second volume in this series, this text focuses on recent work and emerging trends in transgender studies. Drawing upon feminist theorizing of the past thirty years, transgender studies provides another lens to view the way cultures use systems of sorting and classifying sex, gender, sexuality, and embodiment in relation to social power and categorical norms. Through transgender, the precise mechanisms of disarticulation, recombination, and re-categorization of sexed and gendered dimensions of personhood come into sharper focus.

Zenzele Isoke, Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance

Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance
(Palgrave Macmillan 2013)

Zenzele Isoke

Zenzele Isoke’s text Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance explores how contemporary urban spaces are critical sites of resistance for black women. By focusing on the spatial aspects of political resistance of black women in Newark, this book provides new ways of understanding the complex dynamics and innovative political practices within major American cities.

Articles

"SlutWalk as Perifeminist Response to Rape Logic: The Politics of Reclaiming a Name​"

Annie Hill

Professor Annie Hill has recently published an article entitled "SlutWalk as Perifeminist Response to Rape Logic: The Politics of Reclaiming a Name" in the Journal of Communications and Critical/Cultural Studies in 2015. Dr. Hill explores how SlutWalk subverts rape logic, rendering it apparent and absurd while circulating counterclaims to oppose sexual violence. She argues that by reclaiming “slut” through performative protest and political mobilization, SlutWalk offers trenchant critiques of rape logic’s conflation of clothes and consent.

"'Right tool,' wrong 'job': Manual vacuum aspiration, post-abortion care and transnational population politics in Senegal"

Siri Suh

Professor Siri Suh has recently published an article entitled "'Right tool,' wrong 'job': Manual vacuum aspiration, post-abortion care and transnational population politics in Senegal" in the journal Social Science and Medicine in 2015. Based on an ethnography of Senegal's PAC program conducted between 2010 and 2011, and data collected through interviews with 49 health professionals, observation of PAC treatment and review of abortion records at three hospitals, Dr. Suh analyzes how the “rightness” of a technology for completing a particular task is negotiated by medical professionals, patients, state institutions, manufacturing companies, and non-governmental organizations.