Back to School Sale

by Shaun Manning September 5, 2012

Save 30% on recently-released titles from the University of Michigan Press! Add any of the books below to your shopping cart and enter promotion code BTS at checkout to save. The discount applies to any edition of the book–cloth, paper, or ebook! (Prices listed refer to paperback edition when one exists.) The Wire: Race, Class, and Culture $29.95 $20.97 A New England Prison Diary: Slander, Religion, and Markets in Early America $35.00 $24.50 The International Relations of Middle-earth: Learning from The Lord of the Rings $19.95 $13.97 Japan and China as Charm Rivals: Soft Power in Regional Diplomacy $70.00 $49.00 The Congressional Black Caucus, Minority Voting Rights, and the U.S. Supreme […]

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Q&A with Ole Bjerg, author of ‘Poker: The Parody of Capitalism’

by Shaun Manning December 13, 2011

The popularity of poker is on the rise not just in the United States but throughout the world. A number of guides and strategies have been published to help players navigate the complexities of the game, but there are few studies of how poker functions as a game and its meaning both to players and the broader culture. Ole Bjerg’s new book, Poker: The Parody of Capitalism represents an intriguing new scholarly perspective on poker, capitlalism, and the surprising ways one relates to the other. Bjerg is a sociologist and associate professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy […]

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Moderates, the debt ceiling, and the future of the Republican Party: Sara Fitzgerald, author of ‘Elly Peterson,’ weighs in

by University of Michigan Press July 21, 2011

A couple of months ago, The Washington Post mused, in a front-page story on the presidential campaign of Jon Huntsman Jr., “Can a Republican moderate survive?” I smiled when I saw the headline because you might think I was crazy to set out to write a book that would be titled Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates.  It’s not as if the moderates are holding a national convention, with chapters in every state and city these days! The current Republican establishment is not very interested in “moderates,” and Democrats are not very interested in things that are labeled “Republican.” And […]

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Q&A with Jennifer Gabrys, author of Digital Rubbish

by University of Michigan Press July 5, 2011

Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics describes the materiality of electronics from a unique perspective, examining the multiple forms of waste that electronics create as evidence of the resources, labor, and imaginaries that are bundled into these machines. By drawing on the material analysis developed by Walter Benjamin, this natural history method allows for an inquiry into electronics that focuses neither on technological progression nor on great inventors but rather considers the ways in which electronic technologies fail and decay. Ranging across studies of media and technology, as well as environments, geography, and design, Jennifer Gabrys pulls together the […]

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Powering the digital: Author of ‘Digital Rubbish’ tackles electronic waste

by Bridget June 13, 2011

This is a guest blog by Jennifer Gabrys, author of Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics, available now.  Electronic waste is an increasing environmental issue. As one of the fastest growing waste streams, e-waste quantities—which are notoriously difficult to gauge due to a whole host of issues including stockpiling in homes and ambivalent classification systems—are estimated to be anywhere between 20-25 million tons per year to 35-40 million tons per year. Some studies suggest that e-waste will “peak” at 70-75 million tons annually by 2015. While countries such as the US and UK have been major contributors to the […]

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