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A Memoir of Family, Caregiving, and Redemption
In this extraordinary memoir, Deborah Cohan shares her story of caring for her elderly father, a man who was often generous and loving, but who also subjected her to a lifetime of cruelty, rage, and controlling behavior. Trained as a sociologist and family violence counselor, Cohan reflects on how she healed from decades of emotional abuse.
Global Art Cinema and Political Transition
After Authority contends that art cinema’s constitutive ambiguity is a product of its having been forged in and around moments of transition from authoritarianism or totalitarianism to democracy. Kalling Heck compares films from Italy, Hungary, South Korea, and the United States in order to explore the political potentials of ambiguity in art cinema.
The Novelization of Comics
This book examines the early history of the graphic novel in the 1970s, after the term was coined but before this art form achieved popular success and critical acclaim. Unearthing a treasure trove of fanzines, adverts, and unpublished letters, it gives readers an exciting inside look at a pivotal moment in the development of the graphic novel.
Why All in the Family Still Matters
This is the first full-length study of All in the Family, a show that was remarkably popular even as it dared to address such taboo topics as rape, abortion, and racial prejudice. Through a close analysis of the sitcom’s main characters, Jim Cullen demonstrates how it was able to appeal to a broad spectrum of American viewers.
Litigating for Love in North India
Courting Desire traces organically evolving ideas on sexual consent and legal subjectivity through a study of marital patterns in North India. Through research in courtrooms and community spaces, it outlines the processes through which eloping couples secure legal validity for their relationships of choice where family-arranged matches are the norm.
In Guilty People, law professor and longtime criminal defense attorney Abbe Smith gives us a thoughtful and honest look at people under trial, from petty criminals to rapists and murderers. Telling compelling stories about real cases, she reveals how individuals get embroiled in the justice system and what happens to them there.
Popular Songs, Social Justice and the Will to Change
Music Is Power takes us on a guided tour through the past 100 years of politically-conscious popular music, from Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie to Green Day and NWA. Covering a wide variety of genres, including reggae, country, metal, and soul, Brad Schreiber tells fascinating stories about the origins and impact of dozens of world-changing songs.
How Prince Went beyond Race and Back
I Wonder U examines the entirety of Prince’s diverse career as a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, record label mogul, movie star, and director, revealing how he refused to be typecast by the music industry’s limiting definitions of masculinity and femininity, of straightness and queerness, or of black music and white music.
Violence against Women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
‘Honor' crimes target women and girls for transgressions against the moral code of the community, punishing female sexual autonomy in particular. This book argues that ‘honor’ represents women’s conformity to culturally-enforced standards of marriageability and underpins family and marital connections which form a primary method of organization within the community.
Queer lives give rise to a vast array of objects, from home items to digital technology, but what makes an object queer? Queer Objects considers this question in a unique collection of essays from a collaboration of well-known and newer writers who transverse world history to write about items from ancient Egyptian tombs to today’s smartphone.
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