Next Week at the POP CONFERENCE in Seattle

What Difference Does It Make? Music and Gender, April 26–29

Meet Our Editors

While we will not have a booth at the Pop Conference next week in Seattle, we will be well-represented by our Music Acquisitions Editor, Raina Polivka, and H. Samy Alim, co-editor (with Jeff Chang) of our new Hip Hop Studies Series.

The Hip Hop Studies Series publishes critical, accessible books by innovative thinkers exploring Hip Hop’s cultural, musical, social, and political impact around the world—from Los Angeles to London to Lagos and all points beyond and in between. Like Hip Hop Culture itself, the series advances original, creative, public-facing, social justice-oriented, dope intellectual work.

Have an idea or project to pitch? Follow us on Twitter at @ucpress to find where to meet our editors on Saturday at the Pop Conference.

Be sure to check out sessions by UC Press authors while at the conference too, including Loren Kajikawa, Judith A. PerainoTyina Steptoe, and Christina Zanfagna.

Save 30% on Popular Music Titles

Browse our latest and greatest Popular Music titles, and save 30% with code 17W1863 (enter at checkout).

Coming July 2018: the Journal of Popular Music Studies


UC Press is pleased to welcome the Journal of Popular Music Studies (JPMS) to the list of journals we publish. JPMS, the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, U.S. chapter (IASPM-US), will publish its first issue with UC Press in July 2018.

Check out this blog post with editors Oliver Wang and Diane Pecknold, who talk about what they are looking forward to as the journal transitions to its new publisher.


Explore Midwestern Architectural History

Architectural historians are gathering this week in Minneapolis/St. Paul for the annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians. UC Press is proud to publish the SAH’s official journal, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that, in celebration of UC Press’s 125th anniversary, we are offering free online access to all UC Press journals during the month of April 2018, including the complete JSAH archive

In honor of JSAH‘s editor has curated a selection of articles focusing on midwestern architectural heritage to inspire you to further explore JSAH‘s content during this free access period.

The Advent of Modern Architecture in Minnesota
Donald R. Torbert

Louis Sullivan and George Grant Elmslie
David Gebhard

Frank Lloyd Wright and World Architecture
Dimitri Tselos

Remembrances of the Home Insurance Building
Theodore Turak

If you are not already a member of SAH and/or you or your library are not already subscribing to JSAH, we encourage you join SAH (a subscription to JSAH is one of the benefits of membership)/encourage your library to subscribe to JSAH and/or subscribe to JSAH directly before the month ends to continue to enjoy access to the the journal.

The Present-Day Pachuco Refuses to Die!

By Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, author of Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer

This guest post is part of our OAH blog series published in conjunction with the meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Sacramento, CA, April 12-14, 2018. Browse our OAH page for related titles and share using #OAH18. 

The student protests last month over gun violence reminds me that exactly fifty years ago in March of 1968, over 15,000 high school students on the Mexican East Side of Los Angeles walked out of their classes to protest the low-quality education they were receiving. That bold action had roots in the music and fashion of the turbulent 1940s that fueled the swagger and defiance of the pachuko and pachuka rebel youth sub-culture, planting powerful seeds of self-determination that would later manifest into the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The following edited excerpt from my book, Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer connects the student protests of today with what happened in East L.A. fifty years ago. An early version of this essay first appeared in the catalogue for MEX/LA: “Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930-1985, and accompanied a playlist I created and was titled, Los Angeles Chicano Rock & Roll: 1948-1985. 

The Present-Day Pachuco Refuses To Die!

Mexican Americans have had a love-hate relationship with the City of Angels throughout its history. Considered non-Americans in the puritanical WASP sense, we have endured generations of abuse, disrespect, and racist brutality. But we have survived and flourished because of tight family ties, tenacious hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, and—the arts.

Our musical sensibilities merged with those of African Americans who were also struggling for acceptance. Los Angeles Mexican American musicians Lalo Guerrero and Don Tosti created pachuco boogie-woogie in the 1940s, a hybrid musical genre influenced by many Black L.A. swing/jump blues musicians. This prophetic, pulsating mix laid the foundation for Chicano rock and an emerging cultural and political Mexican American identity.

In the 1960s, we embraced the controversial term “Chicano” (recast as a politicized Mexican American) as a new cultural and civil rights movement was taking hold, starting with the unionization of farm workers led by Dolores Huerta and César Chávez and later with the East L.A. student walkouts, or “Blowouts,” of 1968, all culminating in the Chicano Moratorium of 1970 where over 30,000 protested the disproportionate deaths of Chicanos in the Vietnam War and the poor quality of education and social services on the East Side of Los Angeles. Rubén Salazar, an L.A. Times journalist, and two others perished on that fateful day.

The popular music coming out of Mexican Los Angeles—boleros, rancheras, corridos, pachuko boogie-woogie, swing, jump blues, jazz, rhythm & blues/doo-wop, rock ’n’ roll, punk, funk, hip hop, and salsa—was not just party music, nor was it merely background music for the Chicano civil rights movement. The music helped shape, sculpt, and define an evolving cultural and political identity and future consciousness—chicanismo: a commitment for social change through political engagement as well as cultural and spiritual regeneration and responsibility through the arts. Without the artists, we couldn’t have danced to the music of the struggle.

The following playlist shapes the musical lineage of today’s protests. It begins with Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers, continues with Roy Milton, Don Tosti and Lalo Guerrero closes the set. This music fueled the radical pachukos and pachukas of the forties which in turn influenced the Chicano civil rights movement of the 1960s. The beat goes on today with the Black Lives Matter, Dreamers, and March for Our Lives movements. Hasta la victoria siempre, chil’ren! Y que! c/s

Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara is a native Angelino Chicano musician, singer, and songwriter with Ruben And The Jets (cofounded with Frank Zappa), Con Safos, and the Eastside Luvers; a record producer of Chicano rock and rock en español compilations; and a performance artist, poet, short story writer, historian, journalist, and activist.

States of Disease Wins AAG’s Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award

We are pleased to announce that States of Disease: Political Environments and Human Health by Brian King is the recipient of the Julian Minghi Distinguished Book Award from the American Association of Geographers. #AAG2018

Praise for States of Disease 

States of Disease is a major contribution to the study of the political ecology of health. A crucial intervention.”—Joel Wainwright, author of Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya

“Social scientists have increasingly applied new analytical approaches to the study of health—yet the discipline of geography has largely been on the sidelines. States of Disease sharpens the cutting-edge tools of political ecology to argue persuasively that ecological conditions are integral to the politics and spatiality of disease and wellness.”—Mark Hunter, author of Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa

“Where is disease located? So much of our current thinking is dominated by a biomedical model that locates disease within individual bodies. Brian King demonstrates the fundamental shortcomings of this view, placing it within a larger social and political landscape of health.”—Barbara Entwisle, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

States of Disease traces complex political ecologies that exact a terrible human toll when they’re ignored. Such enormous suffering makes this milestone work of research all the more urgent.”—Paul Robbins, Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Read more about Brian’s thoughts on the relationship between climate change and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Congratulations, Brian, on this prestigious award.

Brian King is Associate Professor of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University.


Spanish, an American language

By Rosina Lozano, author of An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States

This guest post is part of our OAH blog series published in conjunction with the meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Sacramento, CA, April 12-14, 2018. Browse our OAH page for related titles and share using #OAH18.

Although I was born and raised in California by parents who spoke English, the first language I learned was Spanish. When I was three years old I told my mom that Spanish was the language of grandparents and refused to speak it with her. At such a young age I had recognized the stigma surrounding the use of Spanish and chose to reject its use except when I spoke to my grandparents.

An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States began with that little girl in mind. I wanted to understand the politics behind what made Spanish a foreign, immigrant, and unacceptable language in much of this country. Writing this book was in part an analytical response to the shame I felt, but could not understand, when I was around Spanish speakers as a child.

When I began my dissertation research, I had a question in mind that I have always wondered about. If Spanish-speaking Mexican residents of the Southwest became citizens due to Article IX of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, how was citizenship extended to this new group? (I call these new citizens “treaty citizens.”) Once I began looking, I found Spanish in state and territorial session laws, on state constitutions, on election material, in the schools, and found that its instruction was even endorsed and encouraged by federal agencies. The Spanish language has a deep and rich history in the United States that extends far beyond immigrants. It was not just a language of my immigrant grandparents.

I discovered the politics of the Spanish language is multifaceted. It began as a language of politics due to the demographic strength of treaty citizens who held elected positions and participated in the electoral system. As more Anglo settlers and Mexican immigrants entered the region, Spanish became a political language that instigated local and national political debates related to immigration and Americanization and aided the hemispheric interests of the nation.

I was sustained in my decade of research and writing by my fascination with the politics of the Spanish language, but it was really the stories I heard from individuals about their relationships to the Spanish language that was the inspiration behind my work. Those stories are not mine to tell, though I will end with another story from my own family that includes the parting wisdom of my grandfather.

When my father, Noé Lozano, visited home when he was in college, his father, Salvador Lozano, asked him (in Spanish, he never mastered English though he lived in the United States for over 40 years) if he was taking Spanish. My father answered that he already knew Spanish. My grandfather asked, “Are you taking English?” My father immediately understood the consejo/advice he was receiving. Rather than feel shame for speaking Spanish, I now aspire to follow the vision of my Lito. I strive to be a lifelong learner of Spanish, just as I am of English. It is, after all, an American language.

Rosina Lozano is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University, with a research and teaching focus on Mexican American history, the American West, migration and immigration, and comparative studies in race and ethnicity.

Visit UC Press at AAG and Save 40% on Our New and Notable Titles

If you’re at the 2018 meeting of the American Association of Geographers this week in New Orleans, LA (April 10-14), be sure to visit UC Press at booth #610 for a 40% discount on our new and notable titles. From a New Orleans atlas of hidden histories to contested landscapes and absorbing cultural geographies that examine race and identity, these titles offer a wide variety of subjects appropriate for your research and classroom use. Be sure to also explore titles in the series California Studies in Critical Human Geography.

Take early advantage of the conference discount and start saving today. Visit our AAG page to browse these titles and more. #AAG2018


Visit UC Press at OAH to Save 40% on Our U.S. History Titles (Plus Free Access to Journals!)

If you’re headed to the 2018 meeting of the Organization of American Historians this week in Sacramento, CA (April 12-14), be sure to visit UC Press at booth #408 for a 40% discount on our new and notable titles. From searing critiques of power and wealth to absorbing histories of race, identity, and social justice, our U.S. History titles offer a wide variety of subjects appropriate for your research and classroom use.

Take early advantage of the conference discount and start saving today. Visit our OAH page to browse these titles and more.

In addition, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of UC Press in 2018, we are offering free access to all UC Press journals throughout the month of April. Click here to browse our selection of American history journals—and many others!



Throughout the conference, be sure to follow along on our blog for guest posts from our authors and share using #OAH18.

Visit Our Booth at ISA Conference

Attending the International Studies Association conference (ends April 7th) in San Francisco? Visit Booth #703 to see new and notable titles and get a 40% discount on titles with discount code 17E2435. You can request exam copies of books for your classroom use too. And peruse some of our journals in international, transnational, and global affairs. #ISA2018

Learn more about playing the “democratic game”, the role of gender and family in recruiting in Neo-Nazi groups, complicity in a patriarchal society, and more.


Books on Racial Theory, Analysis, and Politics in Trump America at SSS

Going to Southern Sociological Society conference this week from April 4- 7 in New Orleans? Make sure to attend the author meets critics sessions to learn more about books that discuss racial theory and politics in today’s political climate. Purchase books at the conference.

Author Meets Critic Sessions

Thursday, 4/5 at 10:15am, Blaine Kern C Room
Miranda Waggoner, author of The Zero Trimester: Pre-Pregnancy Care and the Politics of Reproductive Risk

“Sociologists, historians, and women themselves owe Miranda R. Waggoner a debt of gratitude for this lucid, engaging ethnography that examines what it really means to imagine all women as mothers all the time.”—Elizabeth Mitchell Armstrong, Princeton University

The Zero Trimester breaks new ground in exposing deeply rooted assumptions about women as mothers in the new public health focus on pre-pregnancy. Essential reading for anyone interested in gender, medicine, and health policy.”—Rene Almeling, Yale University, and author of Sex Cells

“A compelling and important account of the deeply troubling consequences of the creation of the zero trimester. As Waggoner warns us, anticipatory motherhood is a brave new world that has, in part, already arrived.”—Kristin K. Barker, author of The Fibromyalgia Story

Friday, 4/6 at 1:15pm, Blain Kern C Room
Marcus Anthony Hunter and Zandria F. Robinson, authors of Chocolate Cities: The Black Map of American Life

“A masterpiece! Chocolate Cities is a testament to the magic that is possible when you combine the funky wisdom of the Mothership with the best scholarship from the Ivory Tower.”—George Clinton, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and founder of Parliament Funkadelic

Chocolate Cities is simply the most instructive and illuminating book on American geography and culture I have ever read.”—Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division

“A significant, timely, and extraordinary book that needs to be read and considered far beyond the academy.”—Elijah Anderson, Yale University, author of The Cosmopolitan Canopy

Chocolate Cities is bold on too many levels to name and kicks up enough funk to provoke a major paradigm shift in research on Black places.”—Mary Pattillo, author of Black on the Block

Saturday, 4/7 at 8:45am, Blaine Kern C Room
Jean Beaman, author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France

Citizen Outsider uncovers the French ‘racial project’ and contributes brilliantly to an ongoing conversation on racial formation in a formally color-blind society.”—Patrick Simon, Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques and coeditor of Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity

“A compelling account of the social structures and expressions of racism in France today—and their individual and community resistances.”—David Theo Goldberg, University of California Humanities Research Institute and author of Are We All Postracial Yet?

“Whites in France lie to themselves and the world by proclaiming that they do not have institutional racism in their nation. Bravo to Jean Beaman for clearly documenting how ‘racism without racists’ operates in the French context!” —Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, president of American Sociological Association and author of Racism without Racists

“Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the role of immigration in the widening social cleavages on both sides of the Atlantic.”—Richard Alba, coauthor of Strangers No More

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Making an Impact in European Studies

This weekend at the Council for European Studies Conference in Chicago, scholars, activists, and policy makers look to discuss ways to impact programs and initiatives important to the continent. #CESConf

Hear from Jean Beaman, author of Citizen Outsider, on connecting France to the rest of the world. Or read more about Michael Kimmel’s Healing from Hate and how young German men are recruited into neo-Nazi groups—and how they can get out.

Peruse our titles that provide analyses on nationalism, migration, and histories of race and social justice. And use the 40% discount code as you create your own library of books on European Studies. We hope these books inspire you as scholars, professors, and policy makers to take a new perspective on Europe’s impact on the world today.