We are thrilled to be publishing a number of new titles groundbreaking books in Sociology and Criminology. From our sociology list, Juliet Schor’s After the Gig: How the Sharing Economy Got Hijacked and How to Win It Back is an eye-opening account on where the sharing economy went wrong and how it can become equitable for all. Recently interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace and The Young Turks’ Damage Report, Juliet Schor examines multiple types of data from thirteen cases to identify the unique features and potential of sharing platforms that prior research has failed to pinpoint.
Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America by David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe reveals the startlingly comprehensive network of barriers a woman confronts when she wants an abortion. On the topic of reproductive health, Rene Almeling’s GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health examines how ideas about reproduction get disseminated and how men understand their bodies.
It could not be a more timely moment to discuss urban inequality and the experience of first responders in ambulatory crews than now, which Josh Seim covers in his book, Bandage, Sort, and Hustle: Ambulance Crews on the Front Lines of Urban Suffering. Speaking of inequality in unsurprising but unspoken areas, Ellen Lamont’s The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date shows that modern romance is still a site of inequality and characterized by resilient retrograde romance norms.
New and notable in criminology include the revelatory Smoke but No Fire by Jessica S. Henry, the first book to explore a shocking yet all-too-common type of wrongful conviction—one that locks away innocent people for crimes that never actually happened. Hadar Aviram‘s Yesterday’s Monsters offers a probing, critical window into the processes, interactions, and feelings surrounding the parole process through an unusual case study: Charles Manson and the Manson family. In the Feminist War on Crime, Aya Gruber explores at how women’s liberation led to mass incarceration, and what to do about it. Screw Consent by Joseph J. Fischel argues that the consent paradigm, while necessary for effective sexual assault law, diminishes and perverts our ideas about desire, pleasure, and injury.