From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation

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by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists.

In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.

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Alexandrian Summer (EBOOK)

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by Yitzhak Gormezano Goren, Yardenne Greenspan (Translator), Andre Aciman (Introduction)

Alexandrian Summer is the story of two Jewish families living their frenzied last days in the doomed cosmopolitan social whirl of Alexandria just before fleeing Egypt for Israel in 1951. The conventions of the Egyptian upper-middle class are laid bare in this dazzling novel, which exposes startling sexual hypocrisies and portrays a now vanished polyglot world of horse-racing, seaside promenades, and elegant night clubs. Hamdi-Ali senior is an old-time patriarch with more than a dash of strong Turkish blood. His handsome elder son, a promising horse jockey, can’t afford sexual frustration, as it leads him to overeat and imperil his career, but the woman he lusts after won’t let him get beyond undoing a few buttons. Victor, the younger son, takes his pleasure with other boys. But the true heroine of the story—richly evoked in a pungent upstairs/downstairs mix—is the raucous, seductive city of Alexandria itself. Published in Hebrew in 1978, Alexandrian Summer appears now in translation for the first time.

Yitzhak Gormezano Goren was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1941 and immigrated to Israel as a child. A playwright and novelist, Goren studied English and French literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University. In 1982, he cofounded the Bimat Kedem Theater.

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The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness

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by Paula Ioanide

 

With stop-and-frisk laws, new immigration policies, and cuts to social welfare programs, majorities in the United States have increasingly supported intensified forms of punishment and marginalization against Black, Latino, Arab and Muslim people in the United States, even as a majority of citizens claim to support “colorblindness” and racial equality. With this book, Paula Ioanide examines how emotion has prominently figured into these contemporary expressions of racial discrimination and violence. How U.S. publics dominantly feel about crime, terrorism, welfare, and immigration often seems to trump whatever facts and evidence say about these politicized matters.

Though four case studies—the police brutality case of Abner Louima; the exposure of torture at Abu Ghraib; the demolition of New Orleans public housing units following Hurricane Katrina; and a proposed municipal ordinance to deny housing to undocumented immigrants in Escondido, CA—Ioanide shows how racial fears are perpetuated, and how these widespread fears have played a central role in justifying the expansion of our military and prison system and the ongoing divestment from social welfare. But Ioanide also argues that within each of these cases there is opportunity for new mobilizations, for ethical witnessing: we must also popularize desires for justice and increase people’s receptivity to the testimonies of the oppressed by reorganizing embodied and unconscious structures of feeling.

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European Union Politics

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by Michelle Cini and Nieves Pérez-Solórzano Borragán

European Union Politics, Fifth Edition, is the most complete, current, and authoritative overview of EU politics available. Bringing together carefully edited contributions from leading scholars in the field, it assumes no background knowledge and is therefore accessible to students new to the subject.

Alongside comprehensive coverage of the history, theory, institutions, and policies of the EU, European Union Politics, Fifth Edition, features a section on contemporary issues and current debates, including democracy and legitimacy in the EU, public opinion, the economic crisis, and a brand-new chapter on the future of the EU.

The text is enhanced by excellent learning features including reader’s guides, text boxes, key points, figures, questions, further reading, web links, and a glossary. An extensive Companion Website (coming soon) will offer resources for students–multiple-choice questions, a digital flashcard glossary, an exam study guide, an interactive map of Europe, biographies of important figures in EU history, and links to OUP journal articles–and instructors–PowerPoint-based lecture slides; seminar and quiz questions; and examples of simulation exercises.

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