Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Political Process and Policy: Literature

Fraser, Nancy. Justice Interruptus: Critical Reflections on the "Postsocialist" Condition. Publisher: Routledge. (1997)
Excerpt: "What does it mean to think critically about politics at a time when inequality is increasing worldwide, when struggles for the recognition of difference are eclipsing struggles for social equality, and when we lack any credible vision of an alternative to the present order? Philosopher Nancy Fraser claims that the key is to overcome the false oppositions of ‘postsocialist’ commonsense. Refuting the view that we must choose between ‘the politics recognition’ and ‘the politics of redistribution,’ Fraser argues an integrative approach that encompasses the best aspects of both"
West, Cornell. Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight against Imperialism. Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics); Reprint edition (August 30, 2005)
Excerpt: "Democracy Matters is Cornel West's bold and hard-hitting critique of the troubling deterioration of democracy in America in this threatening post-9/11 age- and a powerful and inspiring call for the revitalization of the deep democratic tradition in our country, which has waged war on the forces of imperialist corruption throughout our history. Americans must take back our democracy, and in this brilliant and moving call to arms, Cornel West shows the way.”
Nguyen, Viet Thanh. Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 12, 2006)
Excerpt: "In  Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America, Viet Thanh Nguyen argues that Asian American intellectuals have idealized Asian America, ignoring its saturation with capitalist practices. This idealization of Asian America means that Asian American intellectuals can neither grapple with their cultures ideological diversity nor recognize their own involvement with capitalist practices such as the selling of racial identity.”
Georges, Fawaz A. The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global. Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 5, 2005)
Excerpt: "This is an articulate and original book that sheds light on the tactics used by the jihadis in the last three decades. As more alienated young Muslims are seduced into joining, the author asks where the jihadist movement is going and whether it can survive and shed its violent character.”
Anderson, Terry H. The Pursuit of Fairness: A History of Affirmative Action. Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reprint edition (June 9, 2005)
Excerpt: "Affirmative action cuts to the heart of deeply held beliefs about employment and education, about the concepts of justice and fairness, and about the troubled history of race relations in America.”
Cook, David. Understanding Jihad. Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (May, 2005)
Excerpt: "Jihad is one of the most loaded and misunderstood terms in the news today. Contrary to popular understanding, the term does not mean "holy war.” Nor does it simply refer to the inner spiritual struggle. This book, judiciously balanced, accessibly written, and highly relevant to today's events, unravels the tangled historical, intellectual, and political meanings of jihad. Looking closely at arrange of sources from sacred Islamic texts of modern interpretations, Understanding Jihad opens a critically important perspective on the role of Islam in the contemporary world.”
Katznelson, Ira. When Affirmative Action was White. Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company (August 22, 2005)
Excerpt: "…Ira Katznelson conclusively demonstrates that the economic policies enacted during the Great Depression and the ensuing decades not only excluded African Americans from attaining social parity but actually widened the gap between white and black living standards. Given this history of discriminatory legislation, it is no accident that more than forty years after Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, and more than one hundred and forty years since the abolition of slavery, the average black family in America still holds just one-tenth the assets of the average white family.”