Highlighting Recent Arrivals

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Librarians love books (and cats!). And we especially love acquiring more and more books. I would like to highlight a few of the library’s newly acquired titles that piqued my interest and that I’m sure will be of use to the Touro community. These are just a small percentage of the many titles Touro Library has added to our collection this month.

1Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State by Samuel DeCanio [Yale University Press].

An exhaustively researched account of how our late-19th century political elite built a new kind of regulatory state outside the view, and control, of the voting public. DeCanio describes how public ignorance allowed state autonomy to flourish and government to insulate itself from the will of American voters. An historical look at our governmental system as well as a theoretical argument that voter ignorance ensures the autonomy of democratic states from their citizenry, and prevents the citizenry’s control of states which, of course, is the foundational concept of democracy. As DeCanio’s book reminds us, a functioning democracy requires an informed and knowledgeable public. Learning about history gives us such valuable insight into the present, so keep reading and learning!

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2The Informal Media Economy by Ramon Lobato & Julian Thomas [Polity].

An interesting recent release in media and communication studies, Lobato and Thomas look at the structure and character of today’s media landscape. They describe a range or spectrum, from the most informal, unregulated media (user-generated content, start-ups) to an example like television, which is one of the most centralized and regulated of mediums. We are at an interesting point right now where most mainstream media is actually a hybrid of formal and informal media. The authors flesh out the many ways that these media economies interact and affect each other, and the implications going forward for the ways we communicate, work, and play. Academic and in-depth yet very readable.

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3Nested Security: Lessons in Conflict Management from the League of Nations and the European Union by Erin Jenne [Cornell University Press].

In this work about conflict management, Jenne advocates a contextual, holistic approach. One in which the particular dispute is placed or “nested” within a broader regional conflict, and that regional conflict is itself nested within a global/hegemonic conflict. Any successful mediation has to focus on the broader structure of the conflict and the external factors that led to and fueled it. The book focuses on examples of ethnic, territorial disputes mainly in Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century.

A few examples of significant nested conflicts the author presents, since World War II: Protestants and Catholics of Northern Ireland (domestic conflict) nested within Great Britain – Ireland (regional conflict).

Hindus and Muslims in Kashmir (domestic conflict) nested within India – Pakistan (regional conflict) nested within U.S. – USSR (wider/hegemonic conflict).

Azerbaijanis and Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh (domestic conflict) nested within Armenia – Azerbaijan (regional conflict) nested within Russia – Turkey (wider/hegemonic conflict).

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Contributed by: Kirk Snyder, Librarian, Midwood

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