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In Light of Africa: Globalizing Blackness in Northeast Brazil
In Light of Africa: Globalizing Blackness in Northeast Brazil
By Allan Charles Dawson

In Light of Africa explores how the idea of Africa as a real place, an imagined homeland, and a metaphor for Black identity is used in the cultural politics of the Brazilian state of Bahia.

Published Oct 2014
Lessons from Latin America: Innovations in Politics, Culture, and Development
Lessons from Latin America: Innovations in Politics, Culture, and Development
By Felipe Arocena and Kirk Bowman
This provides a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of both the history of "looking down" at Latin America and the political, economic, and cultural "lessons" (including successes, failures, and unintended consequences) that should inform important policy discussions around the world.
Published Aug 2014
Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s
Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s
By Bart Beaty

In tracing the efforts of a large number of artists to disrupt the hegemony of high culture, Bart Beaty raises important questions about cultural value and its place as an important structuring element in contemporary social processes.

Published Feb 2007