Quadrant Books

  • Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt

    Mona Atia

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    Mona Atia makes the connection between Islam and capitalism to examine the surprising relations between charity and the economy, the state, and religion in the transition from Mubarak-era Egypt. An enlightening look at the simultaneous neoliberalization of Islamic charity work and Islamization of neoliberal development.

  • Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste

    Shiloh R. Krupar

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    Using empirical research, creative nonfiction, and fictional satire, Hot Spotter’s Report examines how the biopolitics of war promotes the idea of a postmilitary and postnuclear world, naturalizing toxicity and limiting human relations with the past and the land. Exposing “hot spots” of contamination, this book seeks to cultivate irreverence, controversy, coalitional possibility, and ethical responses.

  • Removing Mountains: Extracting Nature and Identity in the Appalachian Coalfields

    Rebecca R. Scott

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    A rich ethnography of life in Appalachia that examines mountaintop removal in light of controversy and protests from environmental groups calling for its abolishment. The paradox that faces this community—forced to destroy their land to make a wage—raises important questions about environment, American national identity, place, and white working-class masculinity.

  • Rebirth of the Clinic: Places and Agents in Contemporary Healthcare

    Cindy Patton, Editor

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    Indebted to Michel Foucault’s Birth of the Clinic, but recognizing the gap between what the modern clinic hoped to be and what it has become, Rebirth of the Clinic explores medical practices that shed light on the fraught relationship between medical systems, practitioners, and patients.

  • Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World

    Lisa Ann Richey and Stefano Ponte

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    Using the Product RED campaign as its focal point, Brand Aid examines the relationship between the AIDS pandemic, global capital, celebrity-centered awareness campaigns, and practices of consumption.

  • Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades

    Laura A. Ogden

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    Drawing on a decade of fieldwork with hunters in the Everglades, Laura A. Ogden explores the lives and labors of people, animals, and plants in this most delicate and tenacious ecosystem. Swamplife offers a unique insight into the hidden life of the Everglades—and into how an appreciation of oppositional culture and social class operates in our understanding of wilderness in the United States.

  • The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1976

    John Harwood

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    The Interface is the first critical history of the industrial design of the computer, of Eliot Noyes’s career at IBM, and of some of the most important work of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. John Harwood supplies a crucial chapter on architecture and design in postwar America—and an invaluable perspective on the computer and corporate cultures of today.

  • The Tourist State: Performing Leisure, Liberalism, and the Racial Imagination

    Margaret Werry

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    Addressing the embodied dimensions of biopolitics and exploring the collision of race, performance, and the cultural poetics of the state, Margaret Werry exposes the real drama behind the new New Zealand. Weaving together interpretive history, performance ethnography, and cultural criticism, she offers new ways to think about race and indigeneity—and about the role of human agency in state-making.

  • The Slumbering Masses Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life

    Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

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    Addresses the phenomena of sleep and sleeplessness in the U.S., tracing the influence of medicine and industrial capitalism on Americans’ sleeping habits since the nineteenth century. Drawing on untapped archival sources and ethnographic research, Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer analyzes and critiques how sleep and its supposed disorders are understood and treated.

  • Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital

    Matthew T. Huber

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    Looking beyond the usual culprits, Lifeblood uses oil to retell American political history from the triumph of New Deal liberalism to the rise of the New Right, from oil’s celebration as the lifeblood of postwar capitalism to increasing anxieties over oil addiction.

  • The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

    Eric Avila

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    When the interstate highway program connected U.S. cities, it also divided them, cutting through and devastating communities, many of them minority urban neighborhoods lacking the political and economic power to resist the construction. Eric Avila maps the creative strategies devised by urban communities to document and protest the damage that highways wrought.

  • More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing

    Amy L. Howard

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    By looking closely at three public housing projects in San Francisco, Amy L. Howard brings to light the dramatic measures tenants have taken to create communities that mattered to them. These stories challenge assumptions about public housing and its tenants—and make way for a broader, more productive and inclusive vision of the public housing program in the United States.

University of Minnesota