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The University of Arizona Press is the premier publisher of academic, regional, and literary works in the state of Arizona. They disseminate ideas and knowledge of lasting value that enrich understanding, inspire curiosity, and enlighten readers. They advance the University of Arizona’s mission by connecting scholarship and creative expression to readers worldwide.

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Mexican Americans and Education

El saber es poder

The University of Arizona Press

In Mexican Americans and Education, Estela Godinez Ballón provides students and educators alike with an indispensable overview of the relationship between Mexican Americans and the U.S. public schooling system. She examines controversial issues, such as standardized testing, segregation, and curriculum tracking, as well as a historical analysis of the barriers that Mexican American students have and continue to regularly face.

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The Sagebrush Trail

Western Movies and Twentieth-Century America

The University of Arizona Press

The Sagebrush Trail is a history of Western movies but also a history of twentieth-century America. Richard Aquila’s fast-paced narrative includes classic Westerns such as Stagecoach, A Fistful of Dollars, and Unforgiven. This engaging volume shows how the mythic West continues to ride tall in the saddle along a “sagebrush trail,” which reveals valuable clues about American life and thought.

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Occupying Our Space

The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875–1942

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Traditional Arid Lands Agriculture

Understanding the Past for the Future

The University of Arizona Press

Traditional Arid Lands Agriculture offers a unique approach to advancing understanding of traditional agriculture worldwide.  The volume focuses on what is unknown, why and how we can know more, and the specific research needed.

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Living and Leaving

A Social History of Regional Depopulation in Thirteenth-Century Mesa Verde

The University of Arizona Press

Mesa Verde migrations were an integral part of a transformative period that forever changed the course of Pueblo history. Bringing together multiple lines of evidence, including settlement patterns, pottery exchange networks, and changes in ceremonial and civic architecture, Donna M. Glowacki takes a historical perspective that forefronts the social factors underlying the depopulation of Mesa Verde, showing how “living and leaving” were experienced across the region.

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Mexico in Verse

A History of Music, Rhyme, and Power

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Mexico in Verse, edited by Stephen Neufeld and Michael Matthews, examines Mexican history through its poetry and music, the spoken and the written word. The book provides a window to the beliefs and aspirations of ordinary people, fresh and vigorous and honest, in Mexico during a period of dynamic and turbulent change.

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More or Less Dead

Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico

The University of Arizona Press
More or Less Dead is a rigorous critical work that asks us to reexamine conversations about human rights. This provocative book offers a penetrating portrayal of life and death in Ciudad Juárez.
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Women Who Stay Behind

Pedagogies of Survival in Rural Transmigrant Mexico

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Women Who Stay Behind examines the social, educational, and cultural resources rural Mexican women employ to creatively survive the conditions created by the migration of loved ones. Using narrative, research, and theory, Ruth Trinidad Galván presents a hopeful picture of what is traditionally viewed as the abject circumstances of poor and working-class people in Mexico who are forced to migrate to survive. 

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Searching for Golden Empires

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A popular account of the Spanish conquest.

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Ancient Paquimé and the Casas Grandes World

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Sixteen scholars on both sides of the border present recent research on the economy, history, religion, and far-reaching influence of Casas Grandes. Macaw feathers, copper, shells, ritual mounds, and ball fields all reveal the secrets of Casas Grandes, a massive town whose trading network extended from the Chihuahua Desert up through the American Southwest.

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Reconnaissance in Sonora

Charles D. Poston’s 1854 Exploration of Mexico and the Gadsden Purchase

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Reconnaissance in Sonora is based on Charles D. Poston’s handwritten report about his 1854 journey from San Francisco to Sonora, Mexico, and his return through the Gadsden Purchase territory of southern Arizona. Along the way, C. Gilbert Storms explores the national debate over a route for a transcontinental railroad and the legends of rich gold and silver mines in 1850s northern Mexico.
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George Hunt

Arizona's Crusading Seven-Term Governor

The University of Arizona Press

George Hunt is the political biography of Arizona’s first elected governor, a nuanced, penetrating portrait of a colorful and controversial man. David Berman has written a well-researched, unvarnished portrayal of a complicated and controversial figure, George W. P. Hunt.

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Canto hondo / Deep Song

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Canto hondo / Deep Song includes 106 poems, in both Spanish and English, in the style of Federico García Lorca, which has been compared to “the trilling of birds” and “the natural music of woods and streams.” An important voice in Chicano and GLBT poetry, Alarcón’s new work is his most complex and emotionally powerful published.

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Chasing Arizona

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Ponderosa

Big Pine of the Southwest

The University of Arizona Press

After spending almost three decades studying among ponderosa pine trees, Allred shares his experiences and observations in Ponderosa, an introduction to ponderosa pine forests. With color photographs and multidisciplinary explanations throughout, Allred invites readers to join him in his exploration of the forest.

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Twelve Clocks

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Twelve Clocks consists of interconnected poems concerned with various modes of time and its relation to personal and historical events. It transports the reader across six cities around the world while simultaneously traveling through time from the age of Troy to the present.

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Wandering Time

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Fleeing a failed marriage and haunted by ghosts of his past, Luis Alberto Urrea jumped into his car several years ago and headed west.

Driving cross-country with a cat named Rest Stop, Urrea wandered the West from one year's Spring through the next. Hiking into aspen forests where leaves "shiver and tinkle like bells" and ...

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Pilgrimage and Healing

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Cultural Capital

Mountain Zapotec Migrant Associations in Mexico City

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Battle for the BIA

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Fluid Arguments

Five Centuries of Western Water Conflict

Edited by Char Miller
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Planets and Perception

Telescopic Views and Interpretations, 1609-1909

The University of Arizona Press

Winner of the Astronomy Book of the Year from Mercury Magazine (Astronomical Society of the Pacific), Planets and Perception is a provocative book that will intrigue anyone who has ever looked through a telescope. Drawing on both astronomical and psychological data, William Sheehan offers the first systematic analysis of the perceptual and cognitive factors that go into the initial structuring of a planetary image and its subsequent elaboration. Sheehan details the development of lunar and planetary astronomy, underscoring perceptual and psychological themes.

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Nature and Antiquities

The Making of Archaeology in the Americas

The University of Arizona Press

Nature and Antiquities analyzes how the study of indigenous peoples was linked to the study of nature and natural sciences. Leading scholars break new ground and entreat archaeologists to acknowledge the importance of ways of knowing in the study of nature in the history of archaeology.

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Archaeology at El Perú-Waka'

Ancient Maya Performances of Ritual, Memory, and Power

The University of Arizona Press

This is the first book to summarize the results of long-term field research at the major Maya site of Waka’. Bringing together findings from diverse research programs of the El Perú-Waka’ Regional Archaeological Project, its fifteen wide-ranging contributions lead to a greater understanding of the richness and complexity of Classic-period Maya culture.

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Transformation by Fire

The Archaeology of Cremation in Cultural Context

The University of Arizona Press

Transformation by Fire offers a current assessment of the archaeological research on the widespread social practice of cremation. Editors Ian Kuijt, Colin P. Quinn, and Gabriel Cooney chart a path for the development of interpretive archaeology surrounding this complex social process.

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Constructing Community

The Archaeology of Early Villages in Central New Mexico

The University of Arizona Press

In Constructing Community, Alison E. Rautman uses the Salinas District in New Mexico to examine the relationships of subsistence practices, mobility, and settlement. Rautman tackles a very broad topic: how archaeologists use material evidence to infer and imagine how people lived in the past, how they coped with everyday decisions and tensions, and how they created a sense of themselves and their place in the world.

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Heirloom Seeds and Their Keepers

Marginality and Memory in the Conservation of Biological Diversity

The University of Arizona Press

Heirloom Seeds and Their Keepers offers a much-needed, scientifically researched perspective on the contribution of seedsaving that illustrates its critical significance to the preservation of both cultural knowledge and crop diversity around the world. It opens new conversations between anthropology and biology, and between researchers and practitioners, as it honors conservation as a way of life.

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