Winter 2004 Books
Most of these books are available online at a discount!
Click on the highlighted titles to order.
Southern Exposure: International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century, Barbara P. Thomas-Slayter ’58, Kumarian Press, Inc., 2003. In this era of rapid globalization, increasing poverty and inequality are two of our most urgent problems, leading to misery and providing fertile fields for anger, despair, and violence. In Southern Exposure, Thomas-Slayter examines the changes brought about by globalization from the perspective of ordinary people in the global South, such as small farmers in Kenya, coca growers in Bolivia, and garment workers in Bangladesh, highlighting both the diversity of their experiences and common themes. Using an issues-based approach and keeping questions of gender and culture to the fore, she explores key political and economic challenges facing Southern countries as they engage with the global system. She also identifies critical issues that will shape 21st-century developments, including the continuing spread of AIDS, the intense pressures for migration within and across national boundaries, food security, and the relationships among population growth, scarce resources, and environmental degradation. The final chapter identifies key voices from the South, which are grappling with the emerging choices that face our world. Thomas-Slayter is a professor in the department of international development, community, and environment at Clark University.
Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It, Mindy Thompson Fullilove ’71, Ballantine, 2004. They called it progress. But for the people whose homes and districts were bulldozed, the urban renewal projects that swept America starting in 1949 were nothing short of assault. Vibrant city blocks rich in history were reduced to garbage-strewn vacant lots. When a neighbor-hood is destroyed its inhabitants suffer “root shock”: a traumatic stress reaction related to the destruction of one’s emotional ecosystem. The ripple effects of root shock have an impact on entire communities than can last for decades. Fullilove examines root shock through the story of urban renewal and its effect on the African American community. Between 1949 and 1973 this federal program destroyed 1,600 African American neighborhoods. Focusing on the Hill District of Pittsburgh, the Central Ward in Newark, and Roanoke VA, Fullilove argues that the 21st century will be one of displacement and of continual demolition and reconstruction. Acknowledging the damage caused by root shock is crucial to coping with its human toll and building a road to recovery. Fullilove is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia. With support of a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Investigator Award, she has studied the long-term consequences of urban renewal for African Americans.
Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty and Prostitution, Jody Raphael ’66, Northeastern University Press, 2004. For 19 years, Olivia lived the shadowy life of stripper, streetwalker, and heroin addict on the fringes of society. Leaving a troubled home at age 16 for a seemingly glamorous job at a Chicago strip club, she became trapped in a web of prostitution and drug addiction that eventually forced her onto the streets and into a world of hardship at the hands of abusive men. But Olivia, a resourceful, vibrant woman of color, ultimately escaped the prostitution lifestyle and is now director of addiction services at a community counseling program, working to support drug-dependent women. Listening to Olivia is the account of her descent into poverty and abuse together with her hard-fought recovery. By assimilating new research on the women and girls in prostitution, in addition to their male customers, Raphael discovers that experiences like Olivia’s are alarmingly common and argues that the sex trade as an institution promotes violence against women. She uncovers a multimillion-dollar global trafficking industry that detains women in a violent cycle of exploitation and dependence. Olivia’s insights on her turbulent childhood, stripping in clubs, soliciting on the streets, drug addiction, brutal pimps, her three pregnancies, and her extraordinary transformation highlight important new questions: who are the men who buy sex from such poor, strung out women, and why are so many of these men violent? Her story gives a human face to the overwhelmingly low-income, non-white, and unempowered young women in prostitution today. Combined with new findings, this study challenges the academy, the legal system, and society as a whole to wake up and listen to women like Olivia. Raphael is a senior research fellow at the DePaul University College of Law’s Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center. She is the author of Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty, the first book in a trilogy on women, violence and poverty.
The Pokhraj, Irina Gajjar, M.A. ’56, Emerald Ink Publishing, 2004. Hindus consider the yellow sapphire, the pokhraj, good luck. In this novel, the pokhraj links the past, present and future, following karma. Gajjar works philosophy, romance, and mystery into this tale about Jewish friends navigating Indian culture. She recently translated the Bhagavad Gita into a side-by-side Sanskrit-English volume, You Know Me: The Gita.
Adoration and Glory: The Golden Age of Khmer Art, Emma C. Bunker ’53 & Douglas Latchford. A celebration of the artistic achievements of the Khmer peoples who founded Cambodia, Adoration and Glory discusses stone, bronze, silver, and gold objects in major museum and private collections in Cambodia, Great Britain, Thailand, and the United States. With fresh interpretations of Khmer art and many previously unpublished examples, the book is a detailed, illustrated study of culture. The authors provide a comprehensive history of the Khmer peoples, setting their artistic output in its cultural and geographical context. Maps support the illustrations and text. Of special interest are Tantric Hindu and Buddhist images, Khmer art forms that are rarely discussed.
Minding the Light: Essays in Friendly Pedagogy, Anne Dalke, Senior Lecturer in English and Coordinator of the Feminist and Gender Studies Program, Barbara Dixson, Eds., Peter Lang, 2004. This book presents a series of reflections—excerpts from the inner and outer lives of college teachers—from which emerges a common concern for the interactive and spiritual dimensions of the educational process and a rich sense of the light which can and should illuminate it. Informed either by personal commitment to Quakerism, or by individual work within Quaker institutions, the contributors offer perspectives that are important for teachers, parents, and readers generally interested in the classroom experience as a process of growth and exploration. Minding the Light provides an outline of “friendly pedagogy,” which deeply respects individual uniqueness while awakening learners to their active involvements with larger communities. Dalke is the author of Teaching to Learn/Learning to Teach: Meditations on the Classroom (Peter Lang, 2002) and is a member of Radnor Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends.
Dear Miss Hyde: The Friendship Between Ellen Hyde, Principal of the First State Normal School in Framingham, Massachusetts, and the Chafee, Sharpe, and Gamble Families, As Chronicled By Their Letters, 1898 to 1926, Sheila Gamble Cook ’42, Ed., self-published, 2003. Cook has long appreciated the value of letter writing and has preserved this treasure trove of letters written by members of her family, sorting them over the past several years. For this volume she interviewed surviving relatives and conducted research in the Massachusetts Registry of Deaths. The letters are presented in chronological order, with genealogical and background information from pertinent books, personal recollections of the family, and Cook’s own observations. “I tried to keep my remarks to a minimum because I wanted Miss Hyde, my grandparents and parents to speak for themselves,” she writes in the preface. “The contributions of family members were intertwined, like the threads in a tapestry. One person lent brightness, another sympathy, another humor, another time, each and all contributing to the richness of the whole. For this alone I found the letters fascinating.” For more information or to order, e-mail Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have your book or CD described here, send details and a review copy to Robin Parks, Books Editor, 101 North Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899.
Return to Winter 2004 Highlights