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book coverCongressional Caucuses in National Policy Making, Susan Webb Hammond ’54, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. The Boll Weevils, the Senate Footwear Caucus, the Democratic Study Group — what are these groups and what role do they play in congressional decision making? The author, professor of government at American University, describes and explains one of the most significant phenomena of the modern U.S. Congress, the proliferation and policy impact of informal congressional caucuses.

book coverWomen, Population and Global Crisis: A Political-Economic Analysis, Asoka Bandarage ’73, Zed Books, 1997. This book critiques the common wisdom on population, giving a historical overview of the population question and places the debate about population, poverty, environment, and security within a broad theoretical perspective. Looking first at the conventional ideologies of population control, the author shows how population control acts as another dimension of our essentially hierarchical world order. The book’s political significance lies in its synthesis of third world, feminist, socialist and ecological thinking and solutions.

book coverWorlds of Women: The Making of an International Women’s Movement, Leila J. Rupp ’72, Ph.D. ’76, Princeton University Press, 1997. This is an exploration of the “first wave” of the international women’s movement, from its late 19th-century origins through World War II. Rupp examines the histories and accomplisments of three major transnational women’s organizations to tell the story of women’s struggle to construct a feminist international collective entity.

book coverFields of Wheat, Hills of Blood: Passages to Nationhood 1870-1990, Anastasia Karakasidou, M.A. ’83, University of Chicago Press, 1997. This book is an anthropological study that proved so volatile that Cambridge University Press withdrew it from its list and the author received death threats. An account of identity formation and nationalist ideologies in Greek Macedonia, the book argues that, contrary to official rhetoric, the current people of Greek Macedonia are members of an extremely diverse cultural lineage, formed by regional and world conflicts, economic migrations, and shifting formations. This diversity has, over the past century, been eroded and eclipsed by an overarchingly Greek national identity, calling into question the limits of nationalism and cultural heritage.

book coverUnder the Tabachín Tree: A New Home in Mexico, Celia Wakefield ’31, Creative Arts Book Company, 1997. Approaching their retirement years in the early 1970s, Celia Wakefield, with her husband and dog, loaded up their VW van and headed for Colima, a semi-tropical city in Mexico. “Guidebooks gave it little attention, although we knew it was a handsome, white town at the foot of a steaming volcano. We decided to go there if only to find out why it was ignored,” said the author.


Understanding Primo Levi, Nicholas Patruno, University of South Carolina Press, 1995. Primo Levi emerged from the Holocaust as one of the most powerful voices to bear witness to the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps. Italian by birth and Jewish by ancestry, this young chemist survived Auschwitz and later, with his sober retelling of the horrific experience, consecrated the memory of millions who perished there. Professor of Italian, Patruno analyzes Levi's works to reveal a writer who eloquently evoked the soul of the persecuted Jew but who never came to terms with the guilt of his own survival.

The Two-Party Line: Conversations in the Field, Jane C. Goodale, Rowman & Littlefield, 1996. While conducting simultaneous ethnographic fieldwork in the interior forests of Southwest New Britain in the then Territory of Papua New Guinea, Goodale, professor emeritus of anthropology and her colleague Ann Chowning, began a series of written communication. The letters are gathered here with an explanatory postscript at the end of each chapter; they reveal the joyful and sometimes frustrating processes and dynamics of anthropological field work.

Vermeer: Reception and Interpretation, Christiane Hertel, Cambridge University Press, 1996. In this study, Hertel, associate professor of art history, addresses the relationship of selected interpretations of Vermeer’s art, including her own, to its first significant critical receptions, in 19th century France.and early 20th century Germany.

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