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Navigating CHamoru Poetry

Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization

The University of Arizona Press

For the first time, Navigating CHamoru Poetry focuses on Indigenous CHamoru (Chamorro) poetry from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). In this book, poet and scholar Craig Santos Perez navigates the complex relationship between CHamoru poetry, cultural identity, decolonial politics, diasporic migrations, and native aesthetics.

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Calculating Brilliance

An Intellectual History of Mayan Astronomy at Chich’en Itza

The University of Arizona Press

This book contextualizes the discovery of a Venus astronomical pattern by a female Mayan astronomer at Chich’en Itza and the discovery’s later adaptation and application at Mayapan. Calculating Brilliance brings different intellectual threads together across time and space, from the Classic to the Postclassic, the colonial period to the twenty-first century to offer a new vision for understanding Mayan astronomy.

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The Sound of Exclusion

NPR and the Latinx Public

The University of Arizona Press

In The Sound of Exclusion, Christopher Chávez critically examines National Public Radio’s professional norms and practices that situate white listeners at the center while relegating Latinx listeners to the periphery. By interrogating industry practices, we might begin to reimagine NPR as a public good that serves the broad and diverse spectrum of the American public.

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Drug Wars and Covert Netherworlds

The Transformations of Mexico's Narco Cartels

The University of Arizona Press

Drug Wars and Covert Netherworlds describes the history of Mexican narco cartels and their regional and organizational trajectories and differences. Covering more than five decades, sociologist James H. Creechan unravels a web of government dependence, legitimate enterprises, and covert connections.

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Once Upon the Permafrost

Knowing Culture and Climate Change in Siberia

The University of Arizona Press

Once Upon the Permafrost is a longitudinal climate ethnography about “knowing” a specific culture and the ecosystem that culture physically and spiritually depends on in the twenty-first-century context of climate change. Through careful integration of contemporary narratives, on-site observations, and document analysis, Susan Alexandra Crate shows how local understandings of change and the vernacular knowledge systems they are founded on provide critical information for interdisciplinary collaboration and effective policy prescriptions.

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Voluntourism and Multispecies Collaboration

Life, Death, and Conservation in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

The University of Arizona Press

An ethnographic exploration of the world of conservation voluntourism and relations of care between humans and vulnerable species on the Honduran Bay Island of Utila.

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Baja California's Coastal Landscapes Revealed

Excursions in Geologic Time and Climate Change

The University of Arizona Press

Expert geologist and guide Markes E. Johnson takes us on a dozen rambles through wild coastal landscapes on Mexico’s Gulf of California. Descriptions of storm deposits from the geologic past conclude by showing how the future of the Baja California peninsula and its human inhabitants are linked to the vast Pacific Basin and populations on the opposite shores coping with the same effects of global warming.

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Returning Home

Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School

The University of Arizona Press

Returning Home features and contextualizes the creative works of Diné (Navajo) boarding school students at the Intermountain Indian School, which was the largest federal Indian boarding school between 1950 and 1984. Diné student art and poetry reveal ways that boarding school students sustained and contributed to Indigenous cultures and communities despite assimilationist agendas and pressures.

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Natural Landmarks of Arizona

The University of Arizona Press

Natural Landmarks of Arizona celebrates the vast geological past of Arizona’s natural monuments through the eyes of an author who has called Arizona home for most of his life. In David Yetman’s new book, he shows us how Arizona’s most iconic landmarks were formed millions of years ago and sheds light on more recent histories of these landmarks as well.

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Latin American Immigration Ethics

The University of Arizona Press

Latin American Immigration Ethics advances philosophical conversations and debates about immigration by theorizing migration from the Latin American and Latinx context.

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Discovering Mars

A History of Observation and Exploration of the Red Planet

The University of Arizona Press

A leading historian of astronomy and a leading planetary scientist who works at the forefront of space exploration provide a comprehensive history of the solar system’s most alluring planet beyond Earth. William Sheehan and Jim Bell chronicle how ancient watchers of the skies attended to Mars’s red color and baffling movements, how three and a half centuries of telescopic observations added vistas and controversies around possible seas and continents and canals, and how the current era of exploration by flyby, orbiter, lander, and rover spacecraft have conjured for us the reality of a world of towering shield volcanoes, vast canyons, ancient dry riverbeds—and even possible evidence of past life. A unique collaboration between two authors on the forefront of Mars explorations, past and future, Discovering Mars provides an ambitious, detailed, and evocative account of humanity’s enduring fascination with the Red Planet.

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The Archaeology of Refuge and Recourse

Coast Miwok Resilience and Indigenous Hinterlands in Colonial California

The University of Arizona Press

As an Indigenous scholar researching the history and archaeology of his own tribe, Tsim D. Schneider provides a unique and timely contribution to the growing field of Indigenous archaeology and offers a new perspective on the primary role and relevance of Indigenous places and homelands in the study of colonial encounters.

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Border Women and the Community of Maclovio Rojas

Autonomy in the Spaces of Neoliberal Neglect

The University of Arizona Press

This is a book about hope, struggle, and possibility in the context of gendered violences of racial capitalism on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Naturalizing Inequality

Water, Race, and Biopolitics in South Africa

The University of Arizona Press

The book discusses the reproduction and legitimization of racial inequality in post-apartheid South Africa. Michela Marcatelli unravels this inequality paradox through an ethnography of water in a rural region of the country. She documents how calls to save nature have only deepened and naturalized inequality.

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Postcards from the Baja California Border

Portraying Townscape and Place, 1900s–1950s

The University of Arizona Press

Postcards from the Baja California Border uses popular historical imagery—the vintage postcard—to tell a compelling, visually enriched geographical story about the border towns of Baja California.

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The Beloved Border

Humanity and Hope in a Contested Land

The University of Arizona Press

The Beloved Border is a potent and timely report on the U.S.-Mexico border. Though this book tells of the unjust death and suffering that occurs in the borderlands, Davidson gives us hope that the U.S.-Mexico border could be, and in many ways already is, a model for peaceful coexistence worldwide.

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Deuda Natal

The University of Arizona Press

Deuda Natal finds the beauty within vulnerability and the dignity amidst precariousness. As one of the most prominent voices in Puerto Rican poetry, Mara Pastor uses the poems in this new bilingual collection to highlight the way that fundamental forms of caring for life—and for language—can create a space of poetic decolonization.

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Count

The University of Arizona Press

Count is a powerful book-length poem that reckons with the heartbreaking reality of climate change. With sections that vary between poetry, science, Indigenous storytelling, numerical measurement, and narration, Valerie Martínez’s new work results in an epic panorama infused with the timely urgency of facing an apocalyptic future.

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Museum Matters

Making and Unmaking Mexico’s National Collections

The University of Arizona Press

Museum Matters tells the story of Mexico’s national collections through the trajectories of its objects. The essays in this book show the many ways in which things matter and affect how Mexico imagines its past, present, and future.

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x/ex/exis

poemas para la nación

The University of Arizona Press

Written in the early days of the rise of world-wide fascism and the poet’s gender transition, x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/poems for the nation accepts the invitation to push poetic and gender imaginaries beyond the bounds set by nation. For Salas Rivera, the x marks Puerto Rican transness in a world that seeks trans death, denial, and erasure. Instead of justifying his existence, he takes up the flag of illegibility and writes an apocalyptic book that screams into an uncertain future, armed with nothing to lose.

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