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Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor And The Dark Side of The New Global Economy
By John Bowe
Random House, 2007

Nobodies provides a carefully researched window into the often-overlooked area of what author John Bowe calls, “labor slavery,” which he distinguishes from sex trafficking by the general societal acceptance of the practice. He defines labor slavery as “the enslavement of workers making ordinary goods intended for consumption by the general public.”

Using three different settings, Bowe reviews the ways that globalization permits and encourages the use of labor slavery. The first section focuses on networks of slave labor drawing on undocumented workers in the farmlands of Florida.

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Transgender History
By Susan Stryker
Seal Press, 2008

Pioneering scholar-activist Susan Stryker’s newest book offers a concise and accessible crash course on the history of activism for the rights of "gender deviant" people, mainly in the US and in the past fifty years. Framed through a transfeminist lens, the book provides a useful introduction for those unfamiliar with the language of transgender identities, politics, and history. Even for those of us who feel relatively experienced in genderqueer speak, there are myriad moments in history to be revealed or remembered, and Stryker’s recounting includes context and theory that is unlikely to be found elsewhere.

The book begins with an introduction to terms and Stryker’s theoretical agenda.

Ann Raber
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Viva La Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance
By Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish
Red Letter Press, 2008

In the spring of 2006, latina/o students walked out of their classrooms to protest federal legislation that would make living and working in the US without following proper immigration procedure a felony. Their organization and passionate resolve might have been surprising to someone not versed in the history of Latina/o student activism. But vocal resistance and organized demonstration is a hard-earned legacy of young Latina/os, Chicana/os, and Mexican-Americans.

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Wrestling With Starbucks: Conscience, Capital, Cappuccino
By Kim Fellner
Rutgers University Press, 2008

Wrestling with starbucks opens with a crash of shattered glass. The unexpected rupture is an apt beginning for this book and its series of surprising claims about the Starbucks Coffee Company’s role in the global economy.
As the glass shards settle, Fellner invites readers to peer through the Starbucks window broken during the 1999 World Trade Organization protest in Seattle.

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Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide
By Khaled Hroub
Pluto Press, 2006

In the US it’s too easy to stay confused about Palestine. I know people who can tell you how many diapers Che Guevara went through in his first month of life but couldn’t locate the West Bank on a map. Now I can just give these friends a copy of Hroub’s new book and feel confident they will begin to understand.

Hroub is a veteran author and is currently the director of the Arab Media Project at Cambridge University. Although he has an impressive list of academic credentials, the book is written for the lay person. He uses a question and answer format which allows one to use the volume as a quick reference. I read the book cover to cover and it did feel at times like reading a long FAQ webpage.