Category Archives: Books

Book Review: “It’s the Gap, Stupid”

Book Review: Archon Fung, It’s the Gap, Stupid, Boston Review, Sept. 1, 2017 [editorial note: worth reading].


New Op-Ed / Book Review: “Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Poverty” (highlighting Peter Edelman’s new book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America (The New Press 2017))

not_a_crime_to_be_poor_finalNew Op-Ed / Book Review: Ezra Rosser, Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Poverty, CounterPunch, Nov. 24, 2017 (highlighting Peter Edelman’s new book, Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America (The New Press 2017))

Congrats to Peter Edelman on this book. As I hope my op-ed/review makes clear, this is a great book and worth both reading and assigning!

New Book: “Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses”

byrdComps.inddNew Book: W. Carson Byrd, Poison in the Ivy: Race Relations and the Reproduction of Inequality on Elite College Campuses (Nov. 2017). Overview below:

The world of elite campuses is one of rarified social circles, as well as prestigious educational opportunities. W. Carson Byrd studied twenty-eight of the most selective colleges and universities in the United States to see whether elite students’ social interactions with each other might influence their racial beliefs in a positive way, since many of these graduates will eventually hold leadership positions in society. He found that students at these universities believed in the success of the ‘best and the brightest,’ leading them to situate differences in race and status around issues of merit and individual effort.

Poison in the Ivy challenges popular beliefs about the importance of cross-racial interactions as an antidote to racism in the increasingly diverse United States. He shows that it is the context and framing of such interactions on college campuses that plays an important role in shaping students’ beliefs about race and inequality in everyday life for the future political and professional leaders of the nation. Poison in the Ivy is an eye-opening look at race on elite college campuses, and offers lessons for anyone involved in modern American higher education.

New Book: “Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization”

New Book: Daphna Hacker, Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization (2017). Overview below:

Providing a panoramic and interdisciplinary perspective, this book explores the interrelations between globalization, borders, families and the law. It considers the role of international, multi-national and religious laws in shaping the lives of the millions of families that are affected by the opportunities and challenges created by globalization, and the ongoing resilience of national borders and cultural boundaries. Examining familial life-span stages – establishing spousal relations, raising children and being cared for in old age – Hacker demonstrates the fruitfulness in studying families beyond the borders of national family law, and highlights the relevance of immigration and citizenship law, public and private international law and other branches of law. This book provides a rich empirical description of families in our era. It is relevant not only to legal scholars and practitioners but also to scholars and students within the sociology of the family, globalization studies, border studies, immigration studies and gender studies.

New Book: ” Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy”

From the Property Prof Blog: This just in from Lee Ann Fennell (Chicago): Cambridge University Press has just published Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy (Lee Anne Fennell & Benjamin J. Keys, eds. 2017).  All chapters are downloadable in PDF as well as viewable in HTML through the Open Access version. The impressive list of contributors include: William A. Fischel, David Schleicher, Richard A. Epstein, Ingrid Gould Ellen, Brian J. McCabe, Lior Jacob Strahilevitz, Georgette Chapman Phillips, Matthew Desmond, Stephanie M. Stern, Christopher Mayer, Ian Ayres, Gary Klein, Jeffrey West, Atif Mian, Amir Sufi, Patricia A. McCoy, Susan Wachter, Raphael W. Bostic, and Anthony W. Orlando.

Chapters of note for this blog include (available for free by clicking on the link and then the PDF icon):

3 – The Unassailable Case against Affordable Housing Mandates pp 64-84 By Richard A. Epstein

8 – Behavioral Leasing: Renter Equity as an Intermediate Housing Form pp 177-202 By Stephanie M. Stern

10 – The Rise and (Potential) Fall of Disparate Impact Lending Litigation pp 231-254 By Ian AyresGary KleinJeffrey West

13 – When the Invisible Hand Isn’t a Firm Hand: Disciplining Markets That Won’t Discipline Themselves pp 322-342 By Raphael W. BosticAnthony W. Orlando

Forthcoming Book: “Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics”

Jamila Michener, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics, Cambridge University Press. Preface Below:


New Book: “Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World”

ILaborNew Book: Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World (Marion Crain, Winifred Poster, and Miriam Cherry eds., 2016). Overview below:

Across the world, workers labor without pay for the benefit of profitable businesses—and it’s legal. Labor trends like outsourcing and technology hide some workers, and branding and employer mandates erase others. Invisible workers who remain under-protected by wage laws include retail workers who function as walking billboards and take payment in clothing discounts or prestige; waitstaff at “breastaurants” who conform their bodies to a business model; and inventory stockers at grocery stores who go hungry to complete their shifts. Invisible Labor gathers essays by prominent sociologists and legal scholars to illuminate how and why such labor has been hidden from view.

New Book: “Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen”

SPimpareNew Book: Stephen Pimpare, Ghettos, Tramps and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen (2017).

New Jotwell Review: “Tracing the Roots of the Criminalization of Poverty”

New Jotwell Review: Wendy A. Bach, Tracing the Roots of the Criminalization of Poverty, Jotwell, Aug. 11, 2017 (reviewing Elizabeth Hinton, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America (2016)).

New Book: “Wealth NOMOS LVIII”

New Book: Wealth NOMOS LVIII (Jack Knight and Melissa Schwartzberg eds. 2017).