New Books in Sociology

Interviews with Sociologists about their New Books

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episode 394: Lindsay Mayka, "Building Participatory Institutions in Latin America: Reform Coalitions and Institutional Change" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

Mayka’s new book examines the idea and implementation of participatory institutions, asking the question about when they actually work, and when they do not work, and why this is the case, especially in Latin America...



episode 150: Helen Taylor, "Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives" (Oxford UP, 2020)

Why and how is fiction important to women?



episode 229: Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger, "Re-Engineering Humanity" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

Every day, new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us.,,



episode 61: Catherine Besteman, "Making Refuge: Somali Bantu Refugees and Lewiston, Maine" (Duke UP, 2016)

Besteman writes about her ethnographic encounter in the 1980s with Somalis from the village of Banta who she then re-encounters in 2006 in the town of Lewiston,..



episode 683: Rachel Chrastil, "How to Be Childless: A History and Philosophy of Life Without Children" (Oxford UP, 2019)

Chrastil explores the most personal of women’s decisions from the 1500s on...



episode 33: Safi Bahcall, "Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries" (St. Martins, 2019)

Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs...



episode 147: Wendy Bottero, "A Sense of Inequality" (Roman and Littlefield, 2020)

Bottero offers a detailed and challenging new approach to how we conceive of, how we study, and how we might challenge, social inequality...



episode 43: Ben Green, "The Smart Enough City: Putting Technology in its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future" (MIT Press, 2019)

The “smart city,” presented as the ideal, efficient, and effective for meting out services, has capture the imaginations of policymakers, scholars, and urban-dweller. But what are the possible drawbacks of living in an environment that is constantly collecting data?



episode 55: Josh Reno, "Military Waste: The Unexpected Consequences of Permanent War Readiness" (U California Press, 2019)

Seven decades of military spending during the cold war and war on terror have created a vast excess of military hardware – what happens to all of this military waste when it has served its purpose and what does it tell us about militarism in American culture?



episode 308: Filippo Marsili, "Heaven Is Empty: A Cross-Cultural Approach to 'Religion' and Empire in Ancient China" (SUNY Press, 2018)

Marsili offers a new comparative perspective on the role of the sacred in the formation of China’s early empires (221 BCE–9 CE)...