political science

Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 3: “Serving their interests and needs”

by Brian Matzke July 17, 2017

“Serving their interests and needs”: The failures of Detroit’s public institutions The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System Detroit, 1907-81, Second Edition Jeffrey Mirel Faith in the City Preaching Radical Social Change in Detroit Angela D. Dillard 9226 Kercheval The Storefront that Did Not Burn, With a New Preface Nancy Milio Grit, Noise, and Revolution The Birth of Detroit Rock ‘n’ Roll David A. Carson Right up until the riot, Mayor Jerome Cavanagh and other city officials promoted Detroit as a “model city” for urban renewal and positive race relations. But beneath the surface, demographic changes were undermining […]

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Remembering the 1967 Detroit Riot, part 2: “Be calm and as quiet as possible”

by Brian Matzke July 12, 2017

“Be calm and as quiet as possible”: Rebellion on the television Grand River and Joy Susan Messer TV Land–Detroit Gordon Castelnero The Detroit Tigers Reader Tom Stanton, Editor Violence in the Model City Sidney Fine Susan Messer’s novel Grand River and Joy begins on Halloween 1966. Harry Levine arrives at his wholesale shoe warehouse in downtown Detroit to find an ethnic slur soaped on his window. Searching the basement for supplies to clean the window, he discovers a makeshift living room with a stash of marijuana and black power literature, left there by Alvin, the teenaged tenant who lives in the apartment […]

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Q&A: International Studies Association’s 58th Annual Convention

by Kathryn Beaton March 8, 2017

The University of Michigan Press attends several conferences each year. One of our editorial assistants, Danielle, went to her first one last weekend. Read our Q&A to hear about her experience attending panels, her impressions of Baltimore, and her advice for other first-time conference attendees.     Kathryn: Your first conference! Were you nervous? How did you prepare for it? Danielle: I was very nervous! I tried to prepare for the conference by looking over all the information about attending conferences that I had been given by colleagues. The International Studies Association website also had a packet of information for […]

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Black History Month Sale: 30% off select books!

by Kathryn Beaton February 8, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting books in our “African-American and African Studies” category. Whether you’re interested in civil rights, slam poetry, policy issues, music, or how these intersect with a variety of other topics, you can find it all here. Use the code UMBHM17 for 30% off any of our 140 AAAS books. This offer is good on hardcovers, paperbacks, and ebooks, and can be used as many times as you want, until March 1st, 2017.   Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties: Notes on the Civil Rights Movement, Neoliberalism, and Politics Clarence Lang The 1960s, including […]

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Top Altmetric Mentions, January 17-24: Political Science

by Kathryn Beaton January 30, 2017

Now, more than ever, it feels like the pressure is on to hash out complex issues in a hurry—on Twitter and Facebook, in attention-grabbing headlines. In a time of quick reactions and heightened polarization, the deeply researched and rigorously reviewed academic books published by university presses can provide the context, data, and nuance that help us all to better understand current events. This has never been more relevant than it is than now, as we reflect on the first week of a new US presidency and the end of Academic Book Week. Below, please find a sampling of titles from […]

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