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The History of National Security Disclosures and the Cult of State Secrecy
Edited by Kaeten Mistry and Hannah Gurman
Bringing together contributors from a range of disciplines, Whistleblowing Nation is a pathbreaking history of national security disclosures and state secrecy from World War I to the present. The contributors explore the complex politics, motives, and ideologies behind the revelation of state secrets that challenge the status quo.
Stories of the Dead in Afrolatinx Cultures
Solimar Otero explores how Afrolatinx spirits guide collaborative spiritual-scholarly activist work through rituals and the creation of material culture. By examining spirit mediumship through a Caribbean cross-cultural poetics, she shows how divinities and ancestors serve as active agents in shaping the experiences of gender, sexuality, and race.
Global Insecurity and Urban Resistance
Edited by Mary Kaldor and Saskia Sassen
Mary Kaldor and Saskia Sassen assemble an international team of scholars to examine cities as sites of contemporary warfare and insecurity. They develop new insight into how cities and their residents encounter instability and conflict, as well as the ways in which urban forms provide possibilities for countering violence.
A Cultural Biography
Brian R. Dott
Brian R. Dott explores how the non-native chile went from obscurity to ubiquity in China, influencing not just cuisine but also medicine, language, and cultural identity. The Chile Pepper in China sheds new light on the piquant cultural impact of a potent plant and raises broader questions regarding notions of authenticity in cuisine.
Royal Tombs and Political Ideology in Early China
Among the ancient graves and tombs excavated to date in China, the Mancheng site stands out for its unparalleled complexity and richness. Modeling Peace interprets Western Han royal burial as a political ideology by closely reading the architecture and funerary content of this site and situating it in the historical context of imperialization.
Chester Gillis chronicles the history of American Catholics from the colonial era to the present, with an emphasis on changes and challenges in the contemporary church. This second edition of Roman Catholicism in America pays particular attention to the tumultuous past twenty years.
Islamic Fundamentalism Versus Liberal Nationalism
Mansoor Moaddel provides groundbreaking empirical data to demonstrate how the collision between Islamic fundamentalism and liberal nationalism explains the Middle East and North Africa’s present and will determine its future. Offering a rigorous perspective on social change, The Clash of Values disentangles the region’s political complexity.
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From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost
Satoko Shimazaki revisits three centuries of kabuki theater and its representations of medieval Japanese tales and tradition, reframing Edo kabuki as a key player in the formation of an early modern urban identity. Challenging the common understanding of kabuki as subversive, Shimazaki argues that kabuki instilled a sense of shared history.