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A sampling of books by CSU faculty, staff and alumnus includes those about football tailgating, firescaping and class conflict. ​

Cover: Camarillo State Hospital  

Channel Islands
Camarillo State Hospital
By Evelyn S. Taylor, archivist, CSU Channel Islands; and Mary E. Holt
Published June 2019

“Camarillo State Hospital” is a pictorial reflection of the rapid expansion of the largest state hospital west of the Mississippi from its opening in 1936 to its closure 60 years later.

Cover: United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and What We Can Do About It)  

East Bay
United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and What We Can Do About It)
By Nolan Higdon, history and communication lecturer, and Mickey Huff, communications lecturer, both of Cal State East Bay
Published August 2019

The goal of corporate-owned media is to increase the profits of the few, not to empower the many. As a result, people are increasingly immersed in an information system structured to reinforce their social biases and market to their buying preferences. Journalism’s essential role has been drastically compromised, and Donald Trump’s repeated claims of “fake news” and his framing of the media as “an enemy of the people” have made a bad scenario worse.
Written in the spirit of resistance and hope, “United States of Distraction” offers a clear, concise appraisal of our current situation and presents readers with action items for how to improve it.

Cover: A History of African American Poetry  

Los Angeles
A History of African American Poetry
By Lauri Ramey, emerita professor of English, Cal State LA
Published May 2019

The book presents the first critical history of the 400-year-old genre of African American poetry, ranging from slave songs to today’s award-winning poets.

Cover: Firescaping  

Pomona
Firescaping
By Douglas Kent, adjunct faculty in landscape architecture and the Center for Regenerative Studies, Cal Poly Pomona
Published October 2019

With wildfires getting more frequent and ferocious, approximately 120 million U.S. citizens live with the threat of being overrun. Are you one of them? If so, “Firescaping” helps you create a safer environment. This unique form of landscaping design keeps your property healthy, clean and clear. Land management expert Douglas Kent shares decades of experience working in many of the nation’s most flammable areas.

Cover: Foraging Southern California: 118 Nutritious, Tasty and Abundant Foods  

Pomona
Foraging Southern California: 118 Nutritious, Tasty and Abundant Foods
Douglas Kent, adjunct faculty in landscape architecture and the Center for Regenerative Studies, Cal Poly Pomona
Published October 2019

Foraging for food is an engaging and beneficial pastime that anyone can enjoy. It inspires connections to the land while improving your health. Plus, many target plants for foragers are nonnative, so the activity can support―if not improve―biological diversity and ecological well-being. Expert forager Douglas Kent shares his vast knowledge in this handy guide that’s perfect for beginners and intermediates.

Cover: La Consentida  

San Bernardino
La Consentida
By Guy David Hepp, assistant professor of anthropology, Cal State San Bernardino
Published April 2019

“La Consentida” explores Early Formative period transitions in residential mobility, subsistence and social organization at the site of La Consentida in coastal Oaxaca, Mexico. Examining how this site transformed during one of the most fundamental moments of socioeconomic change in the ancient Americas, the book provides a new way of thinking about the social dynamics of Mesoamerican communities of the period.

Cover: The Promise of Contemporary Primatology  

San Diego
The Promise of Contemporary Primatology
By Erin P. Riley, anthropology professor, San Diego State
Published September 2019

This book argues for a contemporary primatology that recognizes humans as integral components in the ecologies of primates. This contemporary primatology uses a broadened theoretical lens and methodological toolkit to study primate behavior and ecology in increasingly anthropogenic contexts and seeks points of intersection and spaces for collaborative exchange across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Cover: Street Fights in Copenhagen: Bicycle and Car Politics in a Green Mobility City  

San Francisco
Street Fights in Copenhagen: Bicycle and Car Politics in a Green Mobility City
By Jason Henderson, geography and environment professor, San Francisco State; and Natalie Gulsrud 
Published June 2019

In Copenhagen, one in every three trips is by bicycle. How did it get that way? This book looks at Europe for green inspiration and a future for transportation in American cities.

Cover: Gridiron Gourmet: Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate  

San Francisco and East Bay
Gridiron Gourmet: Gender and Food at the Football Tailgate
By Maria J. Veri, associate professor of kinesiology, San Francisco State; and Rita Liberti, professor of kinesiology, Cal State East Bay 
Published September 2019

“Gridiron Gourmet” examines tailgating as shown in television, film, advertising and cookbooks. It takes a close look at how and why the gendered performances on the football field are often matched by the intensity of the masculine displays in front of grills, smokers and deep fryers.

Cover: When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict From 1877 to 1921  

San José
When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict From 1877 to 1921
By Robert Ovetz, political science lecturer, San José State
Published September 2019

The book explores one of the most tumultuous times in United States history. Self-organized workers recomposed their power by devising new strategies and tactics to disrupt the capitalist economy and extract concessions. Mine, railroad, steel and iron workers pursued a strategy of tension that sometimes erupted into militant class conflict and general strikes in which workers took over and ran a number of cities. Turning conventional wisdom on its head, “When Workers Shot Back” argues that the escalation of working-class conflict drives rather than reacts to the consolidation and reorganization of capital and economic and political reform of the state.

Cover: Arsenal/Sin Documentos  

San Marcos
Arsenal/Sin Documentos
By Francesco Levato, literature and writing studies assistant professor, CSU San Marcos
Published August 2019

“Arsenal/Sin Documentos” is a documentary poetics project that examines the criminalization of Latin American bodies through U.S. policy. It consists of a series of linked documentary poems composed of language appropriated from U.S. government documents.

Cover: Elder Abuse: Forensic, Legal and Medical Aspects  

San Marcos
Elder Abuse: Forensic, Legal and Medical Aspects
By Amy Carney, associate professor of nursing, CSU San Marcos
Published September 2019

“Elder Abuse” focuses on the psychological, financial and physical abuse and neglect that is widespread in elder abuse across socioeconomic levels. It provides expert information on the forensic and legal topics that professionals need to understand to confront these crimes.

Cover: Tom Clancy Enemy Contact  

Stanislaus
Tom Clancy Enemy Contact
By Mike Maden, alumnus, Stanislaus State
Published June 2019

Stan State alum Mike Maden spins an international criminal conspiracy in the third thriller featuring Jack Ryan Jr., son of the character introduced by the late Tom Clancy in 1984.

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