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Cookbook PoliticsCookbook Politics
Kennan Ferguson

"Are cookbooks political? Of course they are. But Cookbook Politics does much more than link recipes to the production of national identity or the division of household labor. Exploring cookbooks as models of authority and instruction, focusing on the practices of both reading and cooking, this deft book articulates a politics of food operating at the level of sensation and convincingly argues that a vital politics, like the best cooking, requires a healthy measure of creativity."—Chad Lavin, author of Eating Anxiety: The Perils of Food Politics

From Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking to the community cookbook created by the First Baptist Church of Midland, Tennessee, Cookbook Politics explores the sensual and political implications of cookbooks, demonstrating how they create nations, establish ideologies, shape international relations, and form communities.

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184 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5226-2 | $29.95a | £22.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9712-6 | $29.95s | £22.50


Migrant CitizenshipMigrant Citizenship: Race, Rights, and Reform in the U.S. Farm Labor Camp Program
Verónica Martínez-Matsuda

"Migrant Citizenship is a magisterial study of the Farm Security Administration and the people it served. In an evocative work that speaks across several fields, Verónica Martínez-Matsuda reveals how FSA officials on the ground and in Washington challenged the political mind-set during World War II by expanding the range of services offered and the hopes for reform encoded within them, highlighting the agency's visionary experiments in democracy."—Vicki L. Ruiz, University of California, Irvine

Migrant Citizenship examines the Farm Security Administration's Migratory Labor Camp Program and its impact on diverse farmworker families across the United States. Verónica Martínez-Matsuda reveals how these camps operated beyond their economic function, helping migrants secure their full political and social participation as citizens.

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376 pages | 6 x 9 | 21 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5229-3 | $39.95s | £32.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9715-7 | $39.95s | £30.00
A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series

Historic Real EstateHistoric Real Estate: Market Morality and the Politics of Preservation in the Early United States
Whitney Martinko

"With skill and great insight, Whitney Martinko reveals the centrality of the architectural past to the nation's capitalist future. By steering the forces of creative destruction away from select structures, nineteenth-century Americans ultimately made it easier to shroud real estate development in the mantle of a public-spirited idealism that persists to the present day. The strength of Martinko's analysis is matched only by the production value of this lavishly illustrated volume."—Seth Rockman, Brown University

In Historic Real Estate, Whitney Martinko shows how early Americans debated whether, and how, to preserve historic structures as permanent features of the new nation's landscape. She argues that early advocates of preservation affirmed a capitalist system of land development by promising to make it moral.

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328 pages | 7 x 10 | 11 color, 31 b/w illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5209-5 | $39.95s | £32.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9699-0 | $39.95s | £30.00
A volume in the Early American Studies series


Scholarship, Money, and ProseScholarship, Money, and Prose: Behind the Scenes at an Academic Journal
Michael Chibnik

"Scholarship, Money, and Prose is an engaging and informative narrative that conveys the sense of the job of an editor and its pivotal role in the production and circulation of scholarly work. Original and distinctive, the book is a singular exploration of an editorial career."—Donald Brenneis, University of California, Santa Cruz

Michael Chibnik was editor-in-chief of American Anthropologist for four years. Scholarship, Money, and Prose provides detailed ethnographic and historical descriptions of the operations of the journal as well as engaging anecdotes of his experiences. The book offers a window onto the past, present, and future of scholarly publishing.

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232 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5217-0 | $49.95s | £40.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9707-2 | $49.95s | £37.00


The Archaeology of Native Americans in PennsylvaniaThe Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania
Edited by Kurt W. Carr, Christopher A. Bergman, Christina B. Rieth, Bernard K. Means, and Roger W. Moeller. Elizabeth Wagner, associate editor

The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania is the definitive reference to the rich artifacts representing 14,000 years of cultural evolution and includes environmental studies, descriptions and illustrations of artifacts and features, settlement pattern studies, and recommendations for directions of further research.

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960 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 157 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5078-7 | $145.00s | £115.00


Jewish Autonomy in a Slave SocietyJewish Autonomy in a Slave Society: Suriname in the Atlantic World, 1651-1825
Aviva Ben-Ur

"In Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society, Aviva Ben-Ur contributes an important study to the history of creolization by centering the Jewish community in Suriname. She explores the role of the community in an emblematic Caribbean slave colony and narrates the understudied history of a society that was created by the entanglement of African and Jewish cultures."—Karwan Fatah-Black, Leiden University

Jewish Autonomy in a Slave Society explores the political and social history of the Dutch colony of Suriname—a place where Jews, most of Iberian origin, established the largest Jewish agricultural community in the world and enjoyed various liberties, including the right to convert their slaves to Judaism.

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392 pages | 6 x 9 | 21 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5211-8 | $55.00s | £44.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9704-1 | $55.00s | £41.00
A volume in the Early Modern Americas series


The Anthropological TurnThe Anthropological Turn: French Political Thought After 1968
Jacob Collins

"Jacob Collins identifies a uniquely defined anthropological current in 1970s French thought and shows how reflection on the so-called primitive served theorists' efforts to grapple with contemporaneous uncertainties. Stimulating and insightful, The Anthropological Turn will be of interest to not only French and intellectual historians but also readers interested in political science, anthropology, and European ideas."—Julian Bourg, author of From Revolution to Ethics: May 1968 and Contemporary French Thought

Focusing on four influential, yet typically overlooked, French thinkers—Régis Debray, Emmanuel Todd, Marcel Gauchet, and Alain de Benoist—The Anthropological Turn shows how key issues of religion, identity, citizenship, and the state have been conceptualized and debated across a wide spectrum of political opinion in contemporary France.

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304 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5216-3 | $65.00s | £52.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9702-7 | $65.00s | £48.50
A volume in the Intellectual History of the Modern Age series

Élie HalévyÉlie Halévy: Republican Liberalism Confronts the Era of Tyranny
K. Steven Vincent

"Incorporating cutting-edge scholarship to produce sophisticated and balanced analytical summaries of Élie Halévy's work, K. Steven Vincent has written a masterful intellectual biography that should appeal to historians, political theorists, and philosophers alike."—Helena Rosenblatt, Graduate Center—CUNY

In this densely contextualized biography, K. Steven Vincent describes how Élie Halévy (1870-1937), one of the most respected and influential intellectuals of the French Third Republic, confronted the Dreyfus Affair, World War I, and the rise of interwar totalitarianism while defending a distinctively French version of liberalism.

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368 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5203-3 | $89.95s | £72.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9697-6 | $89.95s | £67.00
A volume in the Intellectual History of the Modern Age series


Making Love in the Twelfth CenturyNOW IN PAPERBACK
Making Love in the Twelfth Century: "Letters of Two Lovers" in Context
A new translation with commentary by Barbara Newman

"Newman is not only a prominent expert on Abelard and Heloise but also a brilliant translator. Her English is sparkling and elegant."—Times Literary Supplement

Can the Letters of Two Lovers be the previously lost love letters of Abelard and Heloise? Making Love in the Twelfth Century presents a new literary translation of the collection, along with a full commentary and two extended essays that parse its literary and intellectual contexts and chart the course of the doomed affair.

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392 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4809-8 | $65.00s | £52.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2466-5 | $27.50s | £20.99
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9272-5 | $27.50s | £20.50
A volume in the Middle Ages Series


Speaking InfinitiesSpeaking Infinities: God and Language in the Teachings of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritsh
Ariel Evan Mayse

"Ariel Evan Mayse beautifully captures the complexity and subtlety of Rabbi Dov Ber's thought and illustrates its rich implications. For the first time, the eros and pathos of a seemingly dour and reserved writer are revealed in their compelling array."—Jonathan Garb, The Hebrew University

In Speaking Infinities, Ariel Evan Mayse explores the life and work of the Hasidic figure Rabbi Dov Ber Friedman of Mezritsh (1704-1772) to elucidate his theory of language in which all human tongues, even in their mundane forms, have the potential to become sacred when returned to their divine source.

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408 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5218-7 | $69.95s | £56.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9705-8 | $69.95s | £52.00
A volume in the Jewish Culture and Contexts series

Missionaries, Converts, and RabbisMissionaries, Converts, and Rabbis: The Evangelical Alexander McCaul and Jewish-Christian Debate in the Nineteenth Century
David B. Ruderman

"A fascinating, original, and pathbreaking book. With its comprehensive treatment of the contexts and meanings of the missionary Alexander McCaul's work and the rich gallery of figures who responded to it, Missionaries, Converts, and Rabbis will be indispensable to scholars, students, and readers interested in Jewish cultural and intellectual history of the nineteenth century."—Shmuel Feiner, author of The Jewish Enlightenment

David B. Ruderman examines a chapter in the history of Jewish-Christian relations in nineteenth-century Europe, focusing on evangelical missionary Alexander McCaul and his associates, both allies and foes, who were engaged in conversation about the nature of Christianity, Judaism, and their intertwined destinies in the past and present.

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280 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5214-9 | $55.00s | £44.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9703-4 | $55.00s | £41.00
A volume in the Jewish Culture and Contexts series


The American Passport in TurkeyThe American Passport in Turkey: National Citizenship in the Age of Transnationalism
Özlem Altan-Olcay and Evren Balta

"The American Passport in Turkey is a fascinating contribution to our understanding of the place of citizenship in the wake of globalization."—Peter J. Spiro, Temple University

The American Passport in Turkey demonstrates how U.S. global power manifests in the desires people have for U.S. citizenship, even when they do not live in the States. Based on interviews with more than one hundred individuals, it captures the transnationalized relationship between inequality and citizenship regimes.

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240 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5215-6 | $59.95s | £48.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9706-5 | $59.95s | £44.50
A volume in the Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism series

Your Whole LifeYour Whole Life: Beyond Childhood and Adulthood
James Bernard Murphy

"James Bernard Murphy's readings of Aristotle, Augustine, Rousseau, and the Synoptic Gospels are unquestionably brilliant, and especially brilliant is how he draws on the discipline of evolutionary biology to organize them within a coherent intellectual framework. The depth at which he reflects on the big issues of human existence and the originality of his insights are marvelous."—Ronald Beiner, University of Toronto

James Bernard Murphy challenges widely shared assumptions about personhood and its development through discrete stages, arguing they undermine our ability to see our lives as a whole. Drawing on classic and contemporary thinkers, Murphy argues that we live our whole lives as children, adolescents, and adults all at the same time.

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288 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5223-1 | $59.95s | £48.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9709-6 | $59.95s | £44.50
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series

Public Service and Good Governance for the Twenty-First CenturyPublic Service and Good Governance for the Twenty-First Century
Edited by James L. Perry. Foreword by Paul A. Volcker

Featuring essays from thought leaders in public administration, Public Service and Good Governance for the Twenty-First Century offers insights into the governance challenges facing the nation—from diminished capacity to the failure to meet expectations for reform—and recommendations for how civic institutions and leaders might respond.

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312 pages | 6 x 9 | 7 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5204-0 | $69.95s | £56.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9691-4 | $69.95s | £52.00


Street CommerceStreet Commerce: Creating Vibrant Urban Sidewalks
Andres Sevtsuk

"Andres Sevtsuk has provided a compelling, practical account of how to bring streets to life economically. Based on thorough research, Street Commerce explores how to protect small shops, work with e-commerce, and integrate commercial and non-commercial activities. For planners and the public alike, this is a must-read."—Richard Sennett

Street commerce is deeply intertwined with myriad contemporary urban visions and planning goals and has become an increasingly prominent issue in urban areas. In Street Commerce, Andres Sevtsuk offers a comprehensive analysis of the issues involved in implementing successful street commerce and suggests innovative solutions.

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296 pages | 7 x 10 | 83 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5220-0 | $39.95s | £32.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9708-9 | $39.95s | £30.00
A volume in the City in the Twenty-First Century series


The Early Modern Travels of ManchuThe Early Modern Travels of Manchu: A Script and Its Study in East Asia and Europe
Mårten Söderblom Saarela

"Ranging widely across China, Korea, Japan, Russia, and western Europe, from the seventeenth to the end of the eighteenth century, The Early Modern Travels of Manchu demonstrates convincingly that a form of global philology connected the early modern world."—Peter C. Perdue, Yale University

In The Early Modern Travels of Manchu, Mårten Söderblom Saarela shows how—through observation, inference, and reference to ideas on language and writing—intellectuals in southern China, Russia, France, Chosŏn Korea, and Tokugawa Japan deciphered the Manchu script and the uses to which it was put: recording sounds and arranging words.

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288 pages | 6 x 9 | 6 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-5207-1 | $69.95s | £56.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9693-8 | $69.95s | £52.00
A volume in the Encounters with Asia series

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