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Philosophy & Social Aspects

  • Dangerous Dossiersby Herbert Mitgang

    Open Road Distribution 2015; US$ 4.99

    Dangerous Dossiers is as powerful and relevant today as it was when it first made worldwide headlines 25 years ago: a chilling reminder of the dangers of unfettered government intrusion into the lives and beliefs of private citizens, whether famous or not. This shocking account by award-winning author and former New York Times cultural reporter... more...

  • No Laughing Matterby Angela Rosenthal; David Bindman; Adrian W. B. Randolph

    Dartmouth College Press 2015; US$ 39.99

    The role of race and ethnicity in global humor more...

  • Experimental Geographyby Nato Thompson; Independent Curators International; Trevor Paglen; Jeffrey Kastner

    Melville House 2015; US$ 20.00

    A photo of a secret CIA prison. A map designed to help visitors reach Malibu?s notoriously inaccessible public beaches. Guidebooks to factories, prisons, and power plants in upstate New York. An artificial reef fabricated from 500 tons of industrial waste. These are some of the more than one hundred projects represented in Experimental Geography ,... more...

  • A Political Economy of the Sensesby Anita Chari

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Anita Chari revives the key concept of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt School to spotlight the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming at the level of political economy and the more sensate, experiential level of subjective transformation. Reading art by Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg,... more...

  • Bad New Daysby Hal Foster

    Verso Books 2015; US$ 26.95

    One of the world?s leading art theorists dissects a quarter century of artistic practice Bad New Days examines the evolution of art and criticism in Western Europe and North America over the last twenty-five years, exploring their dynamic relation to the general condition of emergency instilled by neoliberalism and the war on terror. Considering... more...

  • Red Love Across the Pacificby Ruth Barraclough; Heather Bowen-Struyk; Paula Rabinowitz

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 100.00

    This book examines the Red Love vogue that swept across the Asia-Pacific in the 1920s and 1930s as part of a worldwide interest in socialism and follows its trails throughout the twentieth century. Encouraging both political and sexual liberation, Red Love was a transnational movement demonstrating the revolutionary potential of love and desire. more...

  • Doing Aesthetics with Arendtby Cecilia Sjöholm

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 54.99

    Cecilia Sjöholm reads Hannah Arendt as a philosopher of the senses, grappling with questions of vision, hearing, and touch even in her political work. Constructing an Arendtian theory of aesthetics from the philosopher?s fragmentary writings on art and perception, Sjöholm begins a vibrant new chapter in Arendt scholarship that expands her relevance... more...

  • To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Cultureby Jorge Fornet; Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

    PM Press 2015; US$ 9.99

    Based on a four-year research project, which included five months in Havana, this book documents the approaches to culture that evolved out of the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Deploying micro and macro perspectives, it introduces all the main protagonists to the debate and follows the polemical twists and turns that ensued in the volatile atmosphere of the... more...

  • The Art of Public Spaceby Kim Gurney

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 95.00

    A journey through Johannesburg via three art projects raises intriguing notions about the constitutive relationship between the city, imagination and the public sphere- through walking, gaming and performance art. Amid prevailing economic validations, the trilogy posits art within an urban commons in which imagination is all-important. more...

  • The Politics and Poetics of Cinematic Realismby Hermann Kappelhoff

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Hermann Kappelhoff casts the evolution of cinema as an ongoing struggle to relate audiences to their historical moment. Appreciating cinema?s unique ability to bind concrete living conditions to individual experience (which existing political institutions cannot), he reads films by Sergei Eisenstein and Pedro Almodóvar, by the New Objectivity and... more...