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The Complete Lives of Camp People Colonialism, Fascism, Concentrated Modernity

RUDOLF MRÁZEK “The Complete Lives of Camp People is quite simply an extraordinary, provocative, challenging, and brilliant work. Offering an audacious theorization of modernity via modernity’s twin forms of violence—colonialism and the camp—Rudolf Mrázek has written perhaps the finest book I have read this decade.”—ROSALIND C. MORRIS

January 456 pages, 6 illustrations paper, 978-1-4780-0667-1 $30.95/£24.99 cloth, 978-1-4780-0577-3 $114.95/£95.00

In The Complete Lives of Camp People Rudolf Mrázek presents a sweeping study of the material and cultural lives of twentieth-century concentration camp internees and the multiple ways in which their experiences speak to the fundamental logics of modernity. Mrázek focuses on the minutiae of daily life in two camps: Theresienstadt, a Nazi “ghetto” for Jews near Prague, and the Dutch “isolation camp” Boven Digoel—which was located in a remote part of New Guinea between 1927 and 1943 and held Indonesian rebels who attempted to overthrow the colonial government. Drawing on a mix of interviews with survivors and their descendants, archival accounts, ephemera, and media representations, Mrázek shows how modern life’s most mundane tasks—buying clothes, getting haircuts, playing sports—continued on in the camps, which were themselves designed, built, and managed in accordance with modernity’s tenets. In this way, Mrázek demonstrates that concentration camps are not exceptional spaces; they are the locus of modernity in its most distilled form. THEORY IN FORMS A series edited by Nancy Rose Hunt and Achille Mbembe

Rudolf Mrázek is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Michigan.


Radical Histories of Sanctuary A. NAOMI PAIK , JASON RUIZ , and REBECCA M. SCHREIBER , issue editors A special issue of Radical History Review

The contributors to this special issue explore both contemporary and historical invocations of “sanctuary,” paying particular attention to its genealogies in social movements against state violence. Expanding the scope of sanctuary, they address not only immigrant activism but also topics such as indigenous strategies of survival in the Americas, gay liberation in rural spaces, and urban housing for refugees. The essays contest liberal conventions of sanctuary that shore up the very forms of power and subjugation they seek to dismantle: from immigrant movements affirming the distinction between “good” and “bad” immigrants to gay liberation movements for police reform that fail to address the fundamental violence of policing. Examining both the liberatory potential of sanctuary and its limits, the contributors argue for intersectional strategies of resistance that connect the struggles of disparate groups against repressive and violent power.

Caleb Duarte, Walking the Beast, 2018. Performance by students of N.E.S.T. (Newcomer Educational Support, and Transition Program), Fremont High School, Oakland, CA. Photo by Samuel Contreras.

September 204 pages, 24 illustrations Number 135 paper, 978-1-4780-0524-7 $14.00/£10.99

Contributors Rachel Ida Buff, Caleb Duarte, Treva Ellison, Jason Ezell, Carla Hung, Kyle B. T. Lambelet, Sunaina Marr Maira, Rachel McIntire, A. Naomi Paik, Jason Ruiz, Rebecca M. Schreiber, Aimee Villarreal, Elliot Young

A. Naomi Paik is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign. Jason Ruiz is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Rebecca M. Schreiber is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.


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Duke University Press Fall and Winter 2019 Catalog  

The Fall & Winter 2019 catalog from Duke University Press.

Duke University Press Fall and Winter 2019 Catalog  

The Fall & Winter 2019 catalog from Duke University Press.