05 June 2003
¡Revolución! Cuban Poster Art
By Lincoln Cushing
From the 1960s through the 1980s, posters rallied the Cuban people to the huge task of building a new society; promoted massive sugar harvests and national literacy campaigns; opposed the U.S. war in Vietnam; and celebrated films, music, dance, and baseball with graphic wit and exuberant, colorful style. In this paperback book, Lincoln Cushing, electronic outreach librarian at the campus’s Institute of Industrial Relations — delving into the collection of the Cuban National Archives — assembles nearly 150 powerful but little-seen works of popular poster art. The book’s introduction, meanwhile, illuminates the roots of the Cuban poster tradition and provides biographical information on the artists. For information, see www.lib.berkeley.edu/~lcushing/CubaGen.html.
Chronicle Books, 2003; 132 pages
Disabling Globalization: Place of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa
By Gillian Hart
Professor of Geography Gillian Hart traces political dynamics in two former white towns and adjacent black townships that are major sites of Taiwanese investment, and in so doing offers insights into globalization and post-apartheid South Africa.
James Ferguson, associate professor of anthropology at UC Irvine, calls Disabling Globalization “an unequivocally excellent work of scholarship that makes significant theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of ‘globalization’ and the workings of contemporary neoliberal capitalism. Hart is especially innovating,” he says, “in placing the study of Taiwanese industrialists in South Africa in relation to both the agrarian history of Taiwan and China, and the way that Taiwanese overseas firms have operated in places other than South Africa.”
University of California Press, 2002; 384 pages