Letter from the editor:
It is with great pleasure that, on behalf of my colleagues at Columbia University Press, I introduce this year’s sociology catalog. This was yet another year of challenges in the world, but we remain steadfast in our dedication to advancing world knowledge focusing on the global, urban, and contemporary. The books in this catalog exemplify the quality of scholarship that we prize, and they reflect the interdisciplinary and thematic approach that we take to publishing.
There are a few titles in this year’s catalog that resonate with current events. Judith Butler offers moral lessons from the pandemic. Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra critiques quantification in the workplace. Florian Weigand explores legitimacy in Afghan politics. Jonathan Wyrtzen reconsiders the legacy of World War I on Middle East politics. Elaine Schattner delves into changes in public perceptions of cancer.
There are many other authors and subjects that are not to be missed, including Alejandro Portes and Ariel C. Armony on global cities, William Kornblum on Marseille, Martin J. Murray on urbanism, Katie Gaddini on evangelical women, Kevin Munger on generational politics, and Sylvain Parasie on data journalism. True to our New York home, you will also find Sara Cedar Miller on Central Park before the park, Nan A. Rothschild et al. on New York City archaeological findings, and Jonathan H. Rees on the Fulton Fish Market.
This is a great group of books and there is much to come. We look forward to continuing to share this intellectually engaging journey with you. As always, thank you for your support.