Faculty Books

Archaeological theory in a nutshell

Archaeological theory in a nutshell

Author: Adrian Praetzellis

Department: Anthropology

Description: Adrian Praetzellis provides a brief, readable introduction to contemporary theoretical models used in archaeology for the undergraduate or beginning graduate student. He demystifies a dozen flavors of contemporary theory for the theory-phobic reader, providing a short history of each, its application in archaeology, and an example of its use in recent work. The book teaches about different contemporary archaeological theories including postcolonialism, neoevolutionism, materiality, and queer theory; is written in accessible language with key examples for each theory; includes illustrations and cartoons by the author; and provides questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate discussion.

Remembering the dead in the ancient Near East: recent contributions from bioarchaeology and mortuary archaeology

Remembering the dead in the Ancient Near East book cover

Author: Alexis T. Boutin editor. Benjamin W. Porter editor.

Department: Anthropology

Description: Remembering the Dead in the Ancient Near East is among the first comprehensive treatments to present the diverse ways in which ancient Near Eastern civilizations memorialized and honored their dead, using mortuary rituals, human skeletal remains, and embodied identities as a window into the memory work of past societies. In six case studies teams of researchers with different skillsets⁰́₄osteological analysis, faunal analysis, culture history and the analysis of written texts, and artifact analysisС⁰́₄integrate mortuary analysis with bioarchaeological techniques.


The Paradox of Preservation - Wilderness and Working Landscapes at Point Reyes National Seashore

The Paradox of Preservation book cover

Author: Laura Watt

Department: Geography, Environment & Planning

Description: Point Reyes National Seashore has a long history as a working landscape, with dairy and beef ranching, fishing, and oyster farming; yet, since 1962 it has also been managed as a National Seashore.chronicles how national ideals about what a park "ought to be" have developed over time and what happens when these ideals are implemented by the National Park Service (NPS) in its efforts to preserve places that are also lived-in landscapes. Using the conflict surrounding the closure of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company, Laura Alice Watt examines how NPS management policies and processes for land use and protection do not always reflect the needs and values of local residents. Instead, the resulting landscapes produced by the NPS represent a series of compromises between use and protection-and between the area's historic pastoral character and a newer vision of wilderness. A fascinating and deeply researched book,will appeal to those studying environmental history, conservation, public lands, and cultural landscape management, and to those looking to learn more about the history of this dynamic California coastal region.

The religion of democracy: seven liberals and the American moral tradition

The religion of democracy book coverAuthor: Amy Kittelstrom

Department: History

Description: A history of religion's role in the American liberal tradition through the eyes of seven transformative thinkers. Today we associate liberal thought and politics with secularism. When we argue over whether the nation's founders meant to keep religion out of politics, the godless side is said to be liberal. But the role of religion in American politics has always been far more nuanced and complex than today's debates would suggest and closer to the heart of American intellectual life than is commonly understood. American democracy was intended by its creators to be more than just a political system, and in The Religion of Democracy, historian Amy Kittelstrom shows how religion and democracy have worked together as univeral ideals in American culture- and as guides to moral action and the social practice of treating one another as equals who deserve to be free.

Charleston in black and white: Race and power in the south after the ivil rights movement

Charleston in black and white book coverAuthor: Steve Estes

Department: History

Description: Once one of the wealthiest cities in America, Charleston, South Carolina, established a society built on the racial hierarchies of slavery and segregation. By the 1970s, the legal structures behind these racial divisions had broken down, and the wealth built upon them faded. Like many southern cities, Charleston had to construct a new public image. In this important book, Steve Estes chronicles the rise and fall of black political empowerment and examines the ways Charleston responded to the civil rights movement, embracing some changes and resisting others. Based on detailed archival research and more than fifty oral history interviews, Charleston in Black and White addresses the complex roles played not only by race but also by politics, labor relations, criminal justice, education, religion, tourism, economics, and the military in shaping a modern southern city.

Initiative-centered politics: the new politics of direct democracy

Initiative-centered politics book coverAuthor: David McCuan, Stephen Stambough

Department: Political Science

Description: Do we have a system of "too much democracy?" Has the rise of ballot measures in the United States somehow assaulted the practice of democracy across the nation? In this volume, contributors take stock of how the initiative process has fared thus far, while positing future directions for direct legislation. The rise of direct democracy across states and localities has shown how the initiative process is essential to public policy throughout the country. This volume brings together a diverse group of scholars presenting direct democracy research across high-use and low-use states and across issue dimensions at all levels of government. It will be invaluable for all who are interested in direct democracy.

The Routledge history of queer America

The Routledge history of queer America book coverAuthor: Don Romesburg

Department: Women's and Gender Studies

Description: The Routledge History of Queer America presents the first comprehensive synthesis of the rapidly developing field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer US history. Featuring nearly thirty chapters on essential subjects and themes from colonial times through the present, this collection covers topics including: Rural vs. urban queer histories; Gender and sexual diversity in early American history; Intersectionality, exploring queerness in association with issues of race and class; Queerness and American capitalism; The rise of queer histories, archives, and collective memory; Transnationalism and queer history. Gathering authorities in the field to define the ways in which sexual and gender diversity have contributed to the dynamics of American society, culture and nation, The Routledge History of Queer America is the finest available overview of the rich history of queer experience in US history.