10 Must-Read Academic Books for 2015


The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness, Paula Ioanide (Stanford)

This book does exactly what it purports to do: it shows, methodically, how emotions overwhelm facts in four case studies: “the police brutality case of Abner Louima; the exposure of torture at Abu Ghraib; the demolition of New Orleans public housing units following Hurricane Katrina; and a proposed municipal ordinance to deny housing to undocumented immigrants in Escondido, CA.” Crucially, too, it looks at how these failures reinforce social welfare cuts and mass incarceration. And most importantly: it looks for new ways forward.