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The Borscht Belt
Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland
The Borscht Belt, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. 


"One winter I went with other teenagers to a convention at Grossinger's and remember my excitement at discovering the indoor swimming pool and the deep heat of their sauna. I recall that the whole place seemed to offer a wonderland of new experiences. I went to the convention again the next year, but I never went back after I left New York. There is a stark difference between my memory and the shell of a resort that exists today. But the past can be given form and detail by photography, and... cont'd



Bread and Circuses
Theories of Mass Culture As Social Decay
Patrick Brantlinger
Brantlinger shows how the belief in the historical inevitability of social decay—a belief today perpetuated by the mass media themselves—has become the dominant view of mass culture in our time.


"Bread and Circuses is a joy to read. Brantlinger is learned, witty, and, best of all, inviting of conversation."—Voice Literary Supplement



The Authority Trap
Strategic Choices of International NGOs
Sarah S. Stroup, Wendy H. Wong



Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness
Political Exile and Re-education in Mao's China
Ning Wang



Building Power from Below
Chilean Workers Take On Walmart
Carolina Bank Munoz



Cities for Profit
The Real Estate Turn in Asia’s Urban Politics
Gavin Shatkin



The City Is the Factory
New Solidarities and Spatial Strategies in an Urban Age
Urban public spaces, from the streets and squares of Buenos Aires to Zuccotti Park in New York City, have become the emblematic sites of contentious politics. The contributors to The City Is the Factory argue, this resurgent politics of the square is itself part of a broader shift in the primary locations and targets of popular protest.



City of Forests, City of Farms
Sustainability Planning for New York City's Nature
Lindsay K. Campbell



Coping with Adversity
Regional Economic Resilience and Public Policy
Harold Wolman, Howard Wial, Travis St. Clair, Edward Hill



Deaf in the USSR
Marginality, Community, and Soviet Identity, 1917-1991
Claire L. Shaw



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