Diversity and Democracy

In Print

The Lives of Transgender People by Genny Beemyn and Susan Rankin (Columbia University Press 2011, $27.50 paperback)

This important new study fills a significant gap in the research examining the diverse identities and experiences of transgender people living in the United States. Combining survey and interview data to paint a compelling picture of transgender lives, Beemyn and Rankin break new ground particularly in understanding transgender identity formation and the influence of the internet on transgender experience. The book includes key analysis of the higher education climate for transgender people, as well as commentary on the implications for higher education. This is a critical resource for anyone responsible for creating warmer campus climates for all students.

Spectacular Rhetorics: Human Rights Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms by Wendy S. Hesford (Duke University Press 2011, $23.95 paperback)

With deep engagement in a range of fields including philosophy and feminist theory, Wendy S. Hesford explores the complicated implications of visual rhetorics connected to global human rights. Her analysis of cultural narratives formed particularly around imagery constructed for American viewers expands the human rights framework beyond its traditional grounding in international law. She encourages readers to "work with [human rights'] complexities and paradoxes as we move toward a future justice" (203). Her book is an excellent meditation on how cultural narratives can simultaneously confront and reinscribe ethical challenges.

The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights, edited by Javier Corrales and Mario Pecheny (University of Pittsburgh Press 2010, $29.95 paperback)

Framed by a sharp and illuminating introduction, this volume calls readers to address what Lisa Baldez calls "the next human-rights challenge for Latin America in the twenty-first century" (ix). With the goal of addressing what they identify as a void in the field of political science, the editors have collected a range of articles that point to the importance of LGBT issues in conversations about democracy in this region. The resulting volume gathers in one place a range of important references for anyone interested in political change and human rights related to sexuality.

Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues: Bridging Differences, Catalyzing Change, edited by Kelly E. Maxwell, Biren (Ratnesh) A. Nagda, and Monita C. Thompson (Stylus LLC 2011, $29.95 paperback)

This valuable volume focuses on an aspect of intergroup dialogue that is rarely discussed in depth: the experiences of facilitators, who are often undergraduate students. The book incorporates guidelines for facilitator training with rich examples of facilitation challenges and consequences, including long-term outcomes for the facilitators themselves. Drawing on an array of models for dialogue on campus and in the community, contributing authors offer important resources particularly for those doing facilitator training on campuses, but also for anyone interested in this important pedagogical strategy.

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