Hot Off Penn Press: November’s New Books

We here at Penn Press hope your just completed holiday was as diverse and bountiful as these newly released titles!

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Highways of the MindHighways of the Mind
Helen J. Burgess and Jeanne Hamming

Highways of the Mind looks at cultural and media representations of the highway in planning documents, industrial films, corporate ephemera, and science fiction narratives to explore how these stories of the road have reconfigured how we think about ourselves and our world.

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248 pages | 120 illus, 58 video clips
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9179-7 | $39.95s | £26.00
A volume in the Mariner10 series


The Settlers' EmpireThe Settlers' Empire: Colonialism and State Formation in America's Old Northwest
Bethel Saler

"From its inception, the United States has been both a settler republic and a continental empire, and this intriguing combination provides the departure point of Bethel Saler's ambitious, careful, and nuanced book. The Settlers' Empire moves seamlessly between culture and politics to reveal a complicated world of Anglo American settlers, Indian peoples, French habitants, and Christian missionaries."—Richard White, Stanford University

The Settlers' Empire examines the peculiar status of the young United States as a postcolonial republic with its own domestic empire by looking at where these dual political responsibilities inevitably collided—in the federal project of early state formation and its joint colonial rules over Euroamericans and diverse Indian nations.

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392 pages | 6 x 9 | 12 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4663-6 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9121-6 | $45.00s | £29.50
A volume in the Early American Studies series


Blue-Collar BroadwayBlue-Collar Broadway: The Craft and Industry of American Theater
Timothy R. White

"Times Square and the Broadway theater district are world famous for bright lights, dense crowds, and long-running plays. Less well-known is the story of scenery, set design, costumes, and lights, activities once concentrated in the craft shops and rehearsal studios in Manhattan and now dispersed to the hinterlands. Blue-Collar Broadway is the fascinating back-stage story of the history and evolution of theater craft and a compelling call for the recognition and preservation of its artistry."—Kenneth T. Jackson, editor of The Encyclopedia of New York City

A rich history of American theater, Timothy White's Blue-Collar Broadway tells the story of the people who created costumes, shoes, scenery, lights, and props. From the 1880s to the 1990s, White explores the shifting centers of theatrical craft and their impact on the nation and the iconic New York City district of Times Square.

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288 pages | 6 x 9 | 23 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4662-9 | $45.00s | £29.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9041-7 | $45.00s | £29.50



Caring for Patients from Different CulturesCaring for Patients from Different Cultures
Geri-Ann Galanti

Praise for earlier editions:

"A must-read book for any healthcare professional. . . . It should be in every hospital library."—Caregiver Journal

"Large urban hospitals are chaotic places, and cultural misunderstandings do not enhance the care given in them. Galanti not only reports these cases but offers insightful ways of handling the problems they illustrate."—American Anthropologist

Now in its fifth edition, Caring for Patients from Different Cultures provides healthcare workers with a frame of reference for understanding cultural difference and sound alternatives for providing the best possible care to multicultural communities.

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Fifth Edition
384 pages | 6 x 9
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2311-8 | $22.50s | £15.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9027-1 | $22.50s | £15.00


MutualityMutuality: Anthropology's Changing Terms of Engagement
Roger Sanjek, Editor

"A terrific collection of essays that combines personal commentary with theoretical analysis focused on the heart of cultural anthropology. Rather than examine the more conventional concepts of 'collaboration' and 'engagement,' this collection goes deeper and examines not just the relationships that the anthropologist establishes with subjects/collaborators but also the impact of these relationships and experiences on the anthropologist's research, writing, career, values, and, most important, sense of self."—Louise Lamphere, University of New Mexico

In this wide-ranging volume, seventeen distinguished anthropologists draw on personal and professional histories to describe avenues to mutuality through collaborative fieldwork, community-based projects and consultations, advocacy, and museum exhibits.

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384 pages | 6 x 9 | 16 illus
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4656-8 | $65.00s | £42.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9031-8 | $65.00s | £42.50



Food Security and ScarcityFood Security and Scarcity: Why Ending Hunger Is So Hard
C. Peter Timmer

"In a deeply insightful examination of how to address the complex task of ending hunger—an analysis based on decades of work in this area—Timmer calls for markets, policies, and investments that focus on pro-poor growth, agricultural development, and stable food economies. Reiterating the importance of a historical perspective, he highlights short-, medium-, and long-term actions, including managing volatile food prices, managing the demand for food, and managing a sustainable increase in food supplies. His perspectives are immensely valuable and timely as we strive to accelerate the pace of progress and end hunger and undernutrition by 2025, a realistic goal if key stakeholders work together."—Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute

Ending hunger requires that each society find the right balance of market forces and government interventions to bring even a country's most vulnerable citizens into a sustainable food system. C. Peter Timmer explains how food markets operate and when it is effective for governments to step in.

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240 pages | 6 x 9 | 18 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4666-7 | $59.95s | £39.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9051-6 | $59.95s | £39.00



Unquiet ThingsUnquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age
Colin Jager

"Through a wonderful set of readings, Colin Jager makes vital claims about secularity and the specters that haunt it—in literature, and perhaps in the very articulation of the literary itself."—Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School

Reading works by Austen, Coleridge, Byron, and Shelley among others, Unquiet Things investigates the social and political disorders that arise within modern secular cultures. Jager demonstrates the distinctive ability of literary writing to register the uneasiness and anxiety that characterize the mood of secular modernity.

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344 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4664-3 | $75.00s | £49.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9040-0 | $75.00s | £49.00
A volume in the Haney Foundation Series

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Fragile Minds and Vulnerable SoulsFragile Minds and Vulnerable Souls: The Matter of Obscenity in Nineteenth-Century Germany
Sarah L. Leonard

"Sarah Leonard's approach to the topic of obscenity in the German states is fresh, innovative, and sophisticated. It offers an entirely new reading of the history, arguing for a paradigmatic shift in the early to mid-nineteenth century. Her synthesis of the cultural, intellectual, social, and political histories of censorship and obscenity law is unusual, cutting-edge, and impressive."—Ann Goldberg, University of California, Riverside

Fragile Minds and Vulnerable Souls investigates the creation of "obscene writings and images" —from popular medical works to stereoscope cards—and the process through which these texts were deemed dangerous to the intellectual and emotional lives of vulnerable consumers in nineteenth-century Germany.

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272 pages | 6 x 9 | 8 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4670-4 | $55.00s | £36.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9178-0 | $55.00s | £36.00
A volume in the Material Texts series



China's ChallengesChina's Challenges
Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, Editors

"An excellent collection of essays with a rare combination of sophisticated analysis and extensive empirical detail. China's Challenges is ideal for those who closely follow curent debates about the future trajectories of the Chinese economy and polity."—Deborah Davis, Yale University

China today confronts challenges as daunting as any it has faced since the reform era began at the end of the 1970s. This book examines some of the most important and urgent of these social, political, economic, legal, and international challenges and prospects for addressing them under China's new leadership.

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328 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 illus.
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2312-5 | $34.95s | £23.00
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9176-6 | $34.95s | £23.00


Clan Cleansing in SomaliaNOW IN PAPERBACK
Clan Cleansing in Somalia: The Ruinous Legacy of 1991
Lidwien Kapteijns

"The best book about recent events in Somalia is undoubtedly Clan Cleansing in Somalia, by Lidwien Kapteijns, a must-read for anyone wanting to unravel the complicated nature of our civil war."—Nuruddin Farah, New York Times

"This book is not only an authoritative research project in Somali studies, but a serious source to be consulted on Somalia's future social repair and reconciliation."—World Peace Foundation

Clan Cleansing in Somalia deals with the transformative violence that helped cause the collapse of the Somali state in 1991. Kapteijns argues that public acknowledgment of the clan cleansing of this period is indispensable to social and moral repair and to the critical memory work required from Somalis on all sides of this conflict.

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320 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 map
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4467-0 | $69.95s | £45.50
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2319-4 | $29.95s | £19.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0758-3 | $29.95s | £19.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series


Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum PolicyImmigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy
Banks Miller, Linda Camp Keith, and Jennifer S. Holmes

"This is an excellent and important book. Through a series of careful analyses based on an extraordinary body of data, the authors provide a rich picture of the considerations that shape decisions by immigration judges in asylum cases. Their insightful interpretations of their findings do much to inform the discussion of proposals to change the system of adjudicating applications for asylum. Because of its impressive use of an innovative cognitive framework for analysis of judges' decisions, the book also makes a valuable contribution to the study of judicial behavior."—Lawrence Baum, Ohio State University

"A tour-de-force."—Idean Salehyan, University of North Texas

Immigration Judges and U.S. Asylum Policy investigates hundreds of thousands of U.S. asylum cases with theoretical sophistication and empirical rigor, finding that immigration judges tend to assess legally relevant facts objectively while their decisions may be subjectively influenced by extralegal facts.

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248 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4660-5 | $69.95s | £45.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-9037-0 | $69.95s | £45.50
A volume in the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights series



Global DowntownsNOW IN PAPERBACK
Global Downtowns
Marina Peterson and Gary McDonogh, Editors

"Global Downtowns succeeds brilliantly in its quest to unpack the complexities of downtown creation (and recreation) in global (and globalizing) cities, and it should be of lively interest to urban scholars, senior undergraduates and Masters-level urban studies students, and to urbanists more generally."—Journal of Regional Science

Global Downtowns weaves together rich cultural materials from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America to explore the most iconic space of modern urban imagery and identity. Essays bring diverse downtowns to life while probing deeper shared theoretical and pragmatic questions of power, division, consumption, and conflict.

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368 pages | 6 x 9 | 13 illus.
Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4384-0 | $59.95s | £39.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2322-4 | $29.95s | £19.50
Ebook | ISBN 978-0-8122-0805-4 | $29.95s | £19.50
A volume in the City in the Twenty-First Century series


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