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Higher Education amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Supporting Teaching and Learning through Turbulent Times

Rutgers University Press

Higher Education amid the COVID-19 Pandemic documents first-hand experiences from faculty and students in order to help navigate the path to supporting teaching and learning in the wake of the pandemic, and beyond. With essays from a diverse range of experts, this volume will serve as a comprehensive guide to many affected higher education communities.

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Indigenous Motherhood in the Academy

Rutgers University Press

Indigenous Motherhood in the Academy fills a longtime gap in higher education literature that has excluded Indigenous women scholar voices. The essays cover diverse topics such as acknowledging ancestors and grandparents in one’s mothering, how historical trauma and violence plague the past, how culture and place impact mothering, how academia impacts mothering, how mothering impacts scholarship, and how to negotiate loss and other complexities between motherhood and one’s role in the academy.

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All for Beauty

Makeup and Hairdressing in Hollywood's Studio Era

Rutgers University Press

This book provides an industrial history, that examines how and why makeup and hairdressing evolved as crafts in the studio era. Readers will never again watch Hollywood films without thinking about the roles of makeup and hairdressing in creating not just fictional characters but stars, as emblems of an idealized and undeniably mesmerizing visual perfection.

 

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Separate Paths

Lenapes and Colonists in West New Jersey

Rutgers University Press

Separate Paths: Lenapes and Colonists in West New Jersey is the first cross-cultural study of European colonization in the region south of the Falls of the Delaware River (now Trenton). In the 1670s, Quaker men and women sought to acquire all Lenape territory for their own use and to sell as real estate to new immigrants. Through epidemics that ravaged Lenape communities and the introduction of slavery to the colony, Quakers defied their prior experience of religious persecution and their principles of peaceful resolution of conflict and equality of everyone before God. Despite mutual commitment to peace by Lenapes, old settlers, and Friends, Quaker colonization had similar results to military conquests of Natives by English in Virginia and New England, and Dutch in the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey.

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Evidence of Things Not Seen

Fantastical Blackness in Genre Fictions

Rutgers University Press

Evidence of Things Not Seen is an interdisciplinary study of blackness in genre literature of the Americas. When mystery, romance, fantasy, mixed-genre, and science fiction writers center fantastical blackness, they make this expressive quality available to a broad audience that uses pop fictions’ imaginable vocabularies to reshape extra-literary realities. Ultimately, popular genres’ imaginable possibilities help us strategize ways that the made up can be made real.

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Unruly Souls

The Digital Activism of Muslim and Christian Feminists

Rutgers University Press

This book explores the intersectional feminist activism of young people within Islam and Evangelical Christianity. Deemed unruly souls due to their sexuality, gender, or race, these activists employ the creative tactics of digital media to seek justice and display their inherent value. The case studies demonstrate the overlaps between the hybrid identities of young Americans and the playful and interstitial aspects of digital media.
 

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Fashionable Masculinities

Queers, Pimp Daddies, and Lumbersexuals

Rutgers University Press

Fashionable Masculinities explores the expression of masculinities through constructions of fashion, identity, style and appearance. Essays include musical pop sensation Harry Styles, rapper and producer “Puff Daddy” Sean Coombs, lumbersexuals, spornosexuals, sexy daddies, and aging cool black daddies. This book interrogates and challenges the meaning of masculinities and the ways that they are experienced and lived. 

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Flooded

Development, Democracy, and Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam

Rutgers University Press

Flooded provides insights into the little-known effects of dam building through a close examination of Brazil’s Belo Monte hydroelectric facility, the fourth largest dam in the world. Klein tells the stories of dam-affected communities, such as fishermen and displaced urban residents, as well as their advocates, including activists, social movements, public defenders, and public prosecutors. This ground-level perspective shows how local democracy is at once strengthened and weakened by a rapid influx of government resources. In the midst of today’s climate crisis, Flooded showcases the challenges and opportunities of meeting increasing demands for energy in equitable ways.
 

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Borders of Belief

Religious Nationalism and the Formation of Identity in Ireland and Turkey

Rutgers University Press

Why have modern nationalists built religious identity as the foundational signifier of nationality in an increasingly secular world? The cases of 20th century Ireland and Turkey reveal the answer: religious nationalism is not a knee-jerk reaction to secular modernization, but a tool that forges new and independent national identities.

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Contradictory Indianness

Indenture, Creolization, and Literary Imaginary

Rutgers University Press

As Contradictory Indianness endeavors to show, a postcolonial Caribbean aesthetics that has from its inception privileged inclusivity, interraciality, and resistance against Old World colonial orders requires taking into account Indo-Caribbean writers and their reimagining of Indianness in the region. This book’s unique contribution lies in an explicit privileging of Indo-Caribbean fiction as a creolizing literary imaginary to broaden its study beyond a narrow canon that has, inadvertently or not, enabled monolithic and unidimensional perceptions of Indian cultural identity and evolution in the Caribbean.

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