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Seattle in Coalition: Multiracial Alliances, Labor Politics, and Transnational Activism in the Pacific Northwest, 1970–1999
University of North Carolina Press

A publisher’s synopsis of the book by Diana K. Johnson (history and ethnic studies) reads, in part, “Narrating the rise of multiracial coalition building in the Pacific Northwest from the 1970s to the 1990s, Diana K. Johnson shows how activists from Seattle's Black, Indigenous, Chicano, and Asian American communities traversed racial, regional, and national boundaries to counter racism, economic inequality, and perceptions of invisibility. In a city where more than eighty-five percent of the residents were white, they linked far-flung and historically segregated neighborhoods while also crafting urban-rural, multiregional, and transnational links to other populations of color.”

Pachamama Politics: Campesino Water Defenders and the Anti-Mining Movement in Andean Ecuador
The University of Arizona Press

The publisher’s synopsis of the book by Teresa A. Velásquez (anthropology) reads in part, “‘Pachamama Politics’ provides a rich ethnographic account of the tensions that follow from neoextractivism in the southern Ecuadorian Andes, where campesinos mobilized to defend their community-managed watershed from a proposed gold mine. Positioned as an activist-scholar, Teresa A. Velásquez takes the reader inside the movement—alongside marches, road blockades, and river and high-altitude wetlands—to expose the rifts between social movements and the ‘pink tide’ government. When the promise of social change turns to state criminalization of water defenders, Velásquez argues that the contradictions of neoextractivism created the political conditions for campesinos to reconsider their relationship to indigeneity.”

Human Capital versus Basic Income: Ideology and Models for Anti-Poverty Programs in Latin America
University of Michigan Press

Fabián A. Borges’ book examines “the relationship between the widespread election of left-leaning presidents and the diffusion of conditional cash transfer programs in Latin America.” The publisher’s synopsis reads, in part, “Latin America underwent two major transformations during the 2000s: the widespread election of left-leaning presidents (the so-called left turn) and the diffusion of conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs)—innovative social programs that award regular stipends to poor families on the condition that their children attend school. Combining cross-national quantitative research covering the entire region and in-depth case studies based on field research, ‘Human Capital versus Basic Income: Ideology and Models of Anti-Poverty Programs in Latin America’ challenges the conventional wisdom that these two transformations were unrelated. In this book, author Fabián A. Borges demonstrates that this ideology greatly influenced both the adoption and design of CCTs.”