KeY Reads

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The CAP KeY Reads are a curated collection of our presses most celebrated and significant publications. Here you will find the very best titles from world renowned publishers at the very forefront of academic publishing.

Available in digital format from all major eBook vendors and webstores, these titles offer foundational insight for all readers; they spur debate; and they leave a lasting impression.


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May 2022

Human Rights / Law / Political Science

Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice

“What Donnelly does better than anyone else is to lay before the reader a coherent conceptual framework for an understanding of international human rights as an operative part of international life. The book remains at the top of any bibliography of indispensable books dealing with human rights.”

Human Rights & Human Welfare

In the third edition of his classic work, Jack Donnelly explains and defends a richly interdisciplinary account of human rights as universal rights. Since publication of the first edition in 1989, Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice has justified Donnelly’s claim that “conceptual clarity, the fruit of sound theory, can facilitate action. At the very least it can help to unmask the arguments of dictators and their allies.


War / Military History / Medical Anthropology

Doctors at War

Life and Death in a Field Hospital

Winner of the European Group for Organizational Studies Book Award and George R. Terry Book Award

“This is an amazing and fast read that tears at the reader’s every emotion. It leaves one ready to serve and be thankful for the sacrifice of so many in the medical community.”

Lt. Col. Jason E. Pelletier, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Military Review: The Professional Journal of the U.S. Army

Doctors at War is a candid account of a trauma surgical team based, for a tour of duty, at a field hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan. While many good firsthand accounts of war by frontline soldiers exist, this is one of the first books ever to bring to life the experience of the surgical teams tasked with mending what war destroys.


Popular Music / Music History / Popular Culture

Solid State

The Story of Abbey Road and the End of The Beatles

“If you are a studio nerd or a Beatles aficionado you will love this book.”

Aquarian Weekly

Acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of Abbey Road. Womack’s colorful retelling of how this landmark album was written and recorded is a treat for fans of the Beatles. Solid State takes readers back to 1969 and into EMI’s Abbey Road Studio.A testament to the group’s creativity and their producer’s ingenuity, Solid State is required reading for all fans of the Beatles and the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

Philosophy / Ethics / Moral Philosophy

Giving an Account of Oneself

“A powerful exploration of the intersection of identity and responsibility, Giving an Account of Oneself shows us Judith Butler at her best, in dialogue with some of the other foremost thinkers of our age: Adorno, Foucault, Levinas, and Laplanche

Jonathan Culler, Cornell University

In her first extended study of moral philosophy, Judith Butler offers a provocative outline for a new ethical practice—one responsive to the need for critical autonomy and grounded in a new sense of the human subject. In three powerfully crafted and lucidly written chapters, Butler demonstrates how difficult it is to give an account of oneself, and how this lack of self-transparency and narratibility is crucial to an ethical understanding of the human.


Philosophy

Power of Gentleness

Meditations on the Risk of Living

“A profound philosopher and psychoanalyst.“

New York Times

A beautifully written and philosophically sophisticated account of the contradictory impulses that mark our conceptions of gentleness. In Dufourmantelle’s hands, gentleness becomes a resource for symbolic resistance, within ethics and politics. The book works through a range of traditions of understanding gentleness, from the Bible and classics of Western and Eastern philosophy through the Gandhian tradition of civil disobedience.


Religion / Philosophy of Religion / Anthropology

Is Critique Secular?

Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech

This original and provocative book is an invitation to go beyond political niceties and engage issues of religious difference with candor. Both scholarly and engaging, the book uplifts the level of public debate on the entanglement of religious and secular reasoning in the making of modern publics

Veena Das

This volume interrogates settled ways of thinking about the seemingly interminable conflict between religious and secular values in our world today. What are the assumptions and resources internal to secular conceptions of critique that help or hinder our understanding of one of the most pressing conflicts of our times?

Race & Ethnicity / Media & Communication / Technology / Sociology

Algorithms of Oppression

How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Essential reading for anyone who is considering a career in technology or wants to use algorithmic-driven practices to address systemic issues. Safiya Umoja Noble is a leading voice on a critical issue that finally made it to the top of the search engine.

Women’s Review of Books

Run a Google search for “black girls”—what will you find? “Big Booty” and other sexually explicit terms are likely to come up as top search terms. But, if you type in “white girls,” the results are radically different. In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem.


Law / Race & Ethnicity

Critical Race Theory (Third Edition)

An Introduction

“Without doubt this is the best introduction available to Critical Race Theory. The authors are inspirational writers who have shaped CRT from its inception to its present state as a global interdisciplinary movement of scholars and activists.”

David Gillborn, Professor of Critical Race Studies, University of Birmingham

Updated to include the Black Lives Matter movement, the presidency of Barack Obama, the rise of hate speech on the Internet, and more.

Critical Race Theory is essential for understanding developments in this burgeoning field, which has spread to other disciplines and countries. The new edition also covers the ways in which other societies and disciplines adapt its teachings and, for readers wanting to advance a progressive race agenda, includes new questions for discussion, aimed at outlining practical steps to achieve this objective.


Media & Communication Studies

Spreadable Media

Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture

“Spreadable Media is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand how media works today”

Deep Media

Spreadable Media is a rare inside look at today’s ever-changing media landscape. The days of corporate control over media content and its distribution have been replaced by the age of what the digital media industries have called “user-generated content.” Spreadable Media maps these fundamental changes, and gives readers a comprehensive look into the rise of participatory culture, from internet memes to presidential tweets.

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