New From Our Distributed Presses! Geopolitical Imagination, Urban Resilience in a Global Context and More!

Our weekly list of new books from our distributed presses is now available!


Geopolitical Imagination

Ideology and Utopia in Post-Soviet Russia

Mikhail Suslov

In this timely book, Mikhail Suslov discusses contemporary Russian geopolitical culture and argues that a better knowledge of geopolitical concepts and fantasies is instrumental for understanding Russia’s policies. Specifically, he analyzes such concepts as “Eurasianism,” “Holy Russia,” “Russian civilization,” “Russia as a continent,” “Novorossia,” and others.

Russian Voices on Post-Crimea Russia

An Almanac of Counterpoint Essays from 2015–2018

Edited by Maria Lipman

This volume presents a unique collection of articles by Russian scholars and experts, originally published in Russian in the journal Kontrapunkt (Counterpoint). Their essays cover a broad range of subjects from the Russian political scene and state-society relations to the politics of culture and the realm of ideas and symbols.

Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society

Volume 6, No. 2 (2020)

Edited by George Soroka, Tomasz Stępniewski, Gergana Dimova, Andreas Umland, and Julie Fedor

This special section deals with Russia’s post-Maidan foreign policy towards the so-called “near abroad,” or the former Soviet states. This is an important and timely topic, as Russia’s policy perspectives have changed dramatically since 2013/2014, as have those of its neighbors. 

Post-Apartheid Criticism

Perceptions of Whiteness, Homosexuality, and Democracy in South Africa

Ives S. Loukson

South Africa’s post-apartheid narrative is one of democracy and equality—but its flaws run deep, argues Ives S. Loukson. Disclosing prejudices about whiteness, homosexuality, and democracy in the staged society, he claims the concept of relation as an adequate framework for the embodiment of “profane democracy” understood in Agambian terms. 

Urban Resilience in a Global Context

Actors, Narratives, and Temporalities

Edited by Dorothee Brantz and Avi Sharma

This volume moves beyond praise and critique by focusing on the actors, agendas, and narratives that define urban resilience in a global context. By exploring the past, present, and future of urban resilience, this volume unlocks the potential of this concept to build more sustainable, inclusive, and secure cities in the 21st century.

Laboring Bodies and the Quantified Self

Edited by Ulfried Reichardt and Regina Schober

The body has become central to practices of self-tracking. By focusing on the relations between quantification, the body, and labor, this volume sheds light on the ways in which discourses on data collection, office work, and production are instrumental in redefining concepts of labor, including notions of immaterial and free labor in an increasingly virtual work environment.

The Political Ecology of Malaria

Emerging Dynamics of Wetland Agriculture at the Urban Fringe in Central Uganda

Matian van Soest

Based on long-term ethnographic research, the book provides a holistic picture of the malaria epidemic in central Uganda, revealing the highly localized character of an epidemic that once spanned across almost the entire globe.

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