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University of California Press

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  • Houston Boundby Tyina Steptoe

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Beginning after World War I, Houston was transformed from a black-and-white frontier town into one of the most ethnically and racially diverse urban areas in the United States.  Houston Bound  draws on social and cultural history to show how, despite Anglo attempts to fix racial categories through Jim Crow laws, converging migrations?particularly those... more...

  • Zorba the Buddhaby Hugh B. Urban

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 29.95

    Zorba the Buddha is the first comprehensive study of the life, teachings, and following of the controversial Indian guru known in his youth as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and in his later years as Osho (1931?1990). Most Americans today remember him only as the ?sex guru? and the ?Rolls Royce guru,? who built a hugely successful but scandal-ridden utopian... more...

  • The Para-Stateby Aldo Civico

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Since its independence in the nineteenth century, the South American state of Colombia has been shaped by decades of bloody political violence. In The Para-State,  Aldo Civico draws on interviews with paramilitary death squads and drug lords to provide a cultural interpretation of the country?s history of violence and state control. Between 2003 and... more...

  • Grad School Essentialsby Zachary Shore

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 18.95

    What?s the hardest part of grad school? It?s not simply that the workload is heavy and the demands are high. It?s that too many students lack efficient methods to let them do their best. Professor Zachary Shore aims to change this. With humorous, lively prose, Professor Shore teaches you to master the five most crucial skills you need to succeed: how... more...

  • L.A. Rebellionby Allyson Field

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 34.95

    L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is the first book dedicated to the films and filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of African, Caribbean, and African American independent film and video artists that formed at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1970s and 1980s. The group?including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima,... more...

  • Parrots of the Wildby Catherine A. Toft; Timothy F. Wright

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 39.95

    Parrots of the Wild explores recent scientific discoveries and what they reveal about the lives of wild parrots, which are among the most intelligent and rarest of birds. Catherine A. Toft and Tim Wright discuss the evolutionary history of parrots and how this history affects perceptual and cognitive abilities, diet and foraging patterns, and mating... more...

  • Living and Dying in the Contemporary Worldby Veena Das

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 175.00

    Taking a novel approach to the contradictory impulses of violence and care, illness and healing, this book radically shifts the way we think of the interrelations of institutions and experiences in a globalizing world. Living and Dying in the Contemporary World is not just another reader in medical anthropology but a true tour de force?a deep exploration... more...

  • The Filth of Progressby Ryan Dearinger

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    The Filth of Progress  explores the untold side of a well-known American story. For more than a century, accounts of progress in the West foregrounded the technological feats performed while canals and railroads were built and lionized the capitalists who financed the projects. This book salvages stories often omitted from the triumphant narrative... more...

  • The Last Great Strikeby Ahmed White

    University of California Press 2016; US$ 29.95

    In May 1937, seventy thousand workers walked off their jobs at four large steel companies known collectively as ?Little Steel.? The strikers sought to make the companies retreat from decades of antiunion repression, abide by the newly enacted federal labor law, and recognize their union. For two months a grinding struggle unfolded, punctuated by bloody... more...

  • The Self-Help Mythby Erica Kohl-Arenas

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Can philanthropy alleviate inequality? Do antipoverty programs work on the ground? In this eye-opening analysis, Erica Kohl-Arenas bores deeply into how these issues play out in California?s Central Valley, which is one of the wealthiest agricultural production regions in the world and also home to the poorest people in the United States. Through... more...