Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature, and Social Action, by Kari Marie Norgaard. (Rutgers University Press, 312 pages, September 13, 2019)
Synopsis: “Since time before memory, large numbers of salmon have made their way up and down the Klamath River. Indigenous management enabled the ecological abundance that formed the basis of capitalist wealth across North America. These activities on the landscape continue today, although they are often the site of intense political struggle. Not only has the magnitude of Native American genocide been of remarkable little sociological focus, the fact that this genocide has been coupled with a reorganization of the natural world represents a substantial theoretical void. Whereas much attention has (rightfully) focused on the structuring of capitalism, racism and patriarchy, few sociologists have attended to the ongoing process of North American colonialism. Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People draws upon nearly two decades of examples and insight from Karuk experiences on the Klamath River to illustrate how the ecological dynamics of settler-colonialism are essential for theorizing gender, race and social power today.”
Kari Norgaard is a professor of sociology.
HandiLand: The Crippest Place on Earth, by Elizabeth A. Wheeler (University of Michigan Press, Aug. 2019, 274 pages).
Synopsis: “Elizabeth A. Wheeler invokes the fantasy of HandiLand, an ideal society ready for young people with disabilities before they get there, as a yardstick to measure how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go toward the goal of total inclusion. The book moves through the public spaces young people with disabilities have entered, including schools, nature, and online communities. As a disabled person and parent of children with disabilities, Wheeler offers an inside look into families who collude with their kids in shaping a better world. Moving, funny, and beautifully written, HandiLand: The Crippest Place on Earth is the definitive study of disability in contemporary literature for young readers.”—from the publisher
Elizabeth A. Wheeler is an associate professor of English and Director of the Disability Studies Minor at UO.
Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity
by Daniel Martinez HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes
University of Minnesota Press, 2019
Synopsis: Daniel Martinez HoSang and Joseph E. Lowndes show that while racial subordination is an enduring feature of U.S. political history, it continually changes in response to shifting economic and political conditions, interests, and structures. From the militia movement to the Alt-Right to the mainstream Republican Party, Producers, Parasites, Patriots brings to light the changing role of race in right-wing politics.
Joseph E. Lowndes is an associate professor in the UO Department of Political Science. Daniel HoSang is an associate professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. He previously taught at UO.
Directed by Adelina Anthony
Written by Ernesto Javier Martínez
2019 | Short Film / Aderisa Productions
Synopsis: A Mexican-American boy learns from his parents about serenatas, and why demonstrating romantic affection proudly, publicly, and through song is such a treasured Mexican tradition. One day, the boy asks his parents if there is a song for a boy who loves a boy. The parents, surprised by the question and unsure of how to answer, must decide how to honor their son and how to reimagine a beloved tradition.
Film Festivals: Official Selection, Outfest Fusion LGBTQ People of Color Film Festival, 2019; Official Selection, San Diego Latino Film Festival, 2019
Ernesto Martínez is an associate professor in the UO Department of Ethnic Studies and a member of the CSWS Advisory Board.
Motivating Students on a Time Budget: Pedagogical Frames and Lesson Plans for In-Person and Online Information Literacy Instruction
Edited by Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby.
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Published 2019, 332 pages
Coeditor Miriam Rigby is a CSWS faculty affiliate and Social Sciences Librarian, UO Libraries.
The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities, by Tara Fickle (NYU Press, 2019). “Exploring key moments in the formation of modern US race relations, The Race Card charts a new course in gaming scholarship by reorienting our focus away from games as vehicles for empowerment that allow people to inhabit new identities, and toward the ways that games are used as instruments of soft power to advance top-down political agendas. Bridging the intellectual divide between the embedded mechanics of video games and more theoretical approaches to gaming rhetoric, Tara Fickle reveals how this intersection allows us to overlook the predominance of game tropes in national culture. The Race Card reveals this relationship as one of deep ideological and historical intimacy: how the games we play have seeped into every aspect of our lives in both monotonous and malevolent ways.” —From the publisher