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From the Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts series
Being Alive to Language and the World
Monique Roelofs offers a pathbreaking systematic model of the field of address and puts it to work in the arts, critical theory, and social life. Drawing on a wide array of theoretical and artistic sources and challenging disciplinary boundaries, she illuminates its significance to cultural existence and to our reflexive aesthetic engagement in it.
From the Studies in Transgression series
The Transformation of Gangs and Violence on Chicago’s South Side
Roberto R. Aspholm
Views from the Streets explains the dramatic transformation of black street gangs on Chicago’s South Side during the early twenty-first century. Drawing on years of community work and in-depth interviews with gang members, Roberto R. Aspholm sheds new light on why gang violence persists and what might be done to address it.
From Periphery to Center
Sanjay Krishnan rereads V. S. Naipaul’s work to offer new perspectives on his achievements, shortcomings, trajectory, and complicated legacy. While recognizing the flaws and prejudices that shaped and limited Naipaul’s life and art, this book challenges the binaries that have restricted discussions of his writing.