Quick Pitch: 5 Books You Can't Miss this Summer

Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020


He Thinks He's Down
White Appropriations of Black Masculinities in the Civil Rights Era
By Katharaine Bausch

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He Thinks He's Down: White Appropriations of Black Masculinities in the Civil Rights Era captures a central zeitgeist of our times. On its face, it provides a closer look at mainstream media appropriations and exploitations of black masculinities by various white (primarily male) cultural power structures in mid-century America. But it is also a  call to engage in a broader, more contemporary reflection. The analysis of cultural artifacts of the recent past raises profound questions about the current, hollowed-out state of the cultural forms that continue to entwine us - the deep commercialization of gendered ideals, the commodification of our lived experiences and social struggles, the caricatured 'inevitability' of suburban / urban divides. He Thinks He's Down is a cultural excavation of our present moment - a moment at which understanding the power structures that distort and degrade interracial exchange in America has never been more important. 

Canada's Mechanized Infantry
The Evolution of a Combat Arm, 1920-2012
By Peter Kasurak

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Infantry is the heart of any fighting army, but little has been written about how Canada’s infantry developed, modernized and mechanized.  In this book you will discover:

How Canadian infantry overcome faulty British Army doctrine during the Second World War and succeeded in improvising armoured personnel carriers and fighting tactics.

How the debate between those who saw the armoured infantry vehicle as a “battlefield taxi” and those who wanted an “infantry fighting vehicle” started and why it is still going on today.

How the Canadian Army forgot the lessons it learned during the Second World War and failed in its attempt to develop a Canadian APC (the Bobcat).

How the Canadian Army thought it would fight the Third World War in Europe.

How the Canadian Army sought to exploit the Revolution in Military Affairs to create high-tech, light forces.

Why Army culture is important to equipment and doctrine decisions.

Peter Kasurak's new book is a fantastic new addition to the Studies in Canadian Military History series.

Indigenous Empowerment through Co-management coverChanging Neighbourhoods 
Social and Spatial Polarization in Canadian Cities
Edited by Jill Grant, Alan Walks, and Howard Ramos

Anyone who has lived in or visited Canadian cities in recent years understands that they are places of contrast: great wealth and significant deprivation, tightly packed urban districts and sprawling suburbs, diverse neighbourhoods and homogeneous enclaves. Changing Neighbourhoods examines how and why Canadian cities have become increasingly unequal over the last 35 years. With contributions from the most notable geography and planning scholars in Canada, the book offers critical insights into the factors driving inequality in contemporary cities and suggests policy strategies for reducing injustice in the future.

Law and Neurodiversity
Youth with Autism and the Juvenile Justice Systems in Canada and the United States
By Dana Lee Baker, Laurie A. Drapela, and Whitney Littlefield

Indigenous Empowerment through Co-management coverAutism prevalence increased over the last three decades, yet this neurological difference remains incompletely understood among juvenile justice practitioners – particularly juvenile court judges and juvenile probation officers. Drawing on similarities of shared language, federated systems of government, and histories with England, the authors compare Canada’s understandings of autism and integration into juvenile justice practice with those of the U.S. While both countries possess some strengths in working with youth with autism, need for improvements persist. The authors propose short, medium, and long-term recommendations enhancing community justice approaches with autistic youth.

The Good Fight
Marcel Cadieux and Canadian Diplomacy
By Brendan Kelly

Indigenous Empowerment through Co-management coverAwarded the 2020 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize for the best on Canada, Canadians, and/or Canada’s place in the world, The Good Fight: Marcel Cadieux and Canadian Diplomacy reframes Canadian diplomatic history by placing a francophone at the centre of the stage. The working-class son of a Montreal postman who lamented that “having a son in Ottawa is like having a daughter who is a prostitute,” Marcel Cadieux joined an anglophone (and anglophilic) Department of External Affairs in 1941, beginning a trailblazing forty-year career that spanned most of the Cold War. Drawing extensively on his unpublished journal intime, one of the great diaries in Canadian diplomatic history, The Good Fight illuminates how the outspoken and combative Cadieux advanced Canadian interests behind the scenes, and what his hitherto little-known story reveals about larger issues relating to Canada at home and in the world.

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