Books by Caroline Maun
Virtual Identities: The Construction of Selves in Cyberspace
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By Caroline Maun
All these hundreds of years of denial
We think we are in an enlightened age
We think we are beyond the trial
We never even left this stage
So many people in a middle passage
Fanned out to all points on the map
Between us all this insistent wedge
Up to our chins in rivers of crap
Nature sent a storm to uncover
What we didn't want to ever see
We are forced now to rediscover
What it might mean if we ALL were free.
posted 12 November 2005
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Dr. Caroline Maun
Assistant Professor / Interdisciplinary Studies /
Wayne State University
5700 Cass Ave. / Detroit, MI 48202 / 313-577-6580
· Ph. D. in English, 1998.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. <http://www.utk.edu>
· M.A. in English, 1992. North Carolina State
University, Raleigh, North Carolina. <http://www.ncsu.edu>
· B.A. in English with high honors, 1990.Eckerd
College, St. Petersburg, Florida.
· PIER Certificate in African Studies, Yale
TEACHING AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Assistant Professor of Literacy and Critical Thought,
8/04 to present. Teaching interdisciplinary courses in
writing and oral communication.
Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
· Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition,
7/99 to 5/04. http://jewel.morgan.edu/~english/english.htm>
Teaching Freshman Composition sections face-to-face and
online. Co-Coordinator of the Freshman English Program.
Member of the Honors Program faculty (three-year
appointment from 2002-2005).
· Director, English Resource Writing Center,
11/98 to 5/04. http://jewel.morgan.edu/~english/english.htm>
Supervising student employees, managing grant monies,
faculty liaison with computer support services.
· HUD-EDI Special Projects Grant Co-Recipient,
with Dr. Wendell Jackson, 11/98 to 9/99 (period of
grant). Funds in excess of $79,000 earmarked to improve
the English Resource Writing Center at Morgan State
University: designing lab, training tutors,
instructional technologist, and curriculum design.
Internal Morgan State University grant of $50,000 was
also implemented for equipment.
· Lecturer, 8/98 to 5/99. Teaching Freshman
Studies English composition.
posted 13 June 2006
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Aké: The Years of Childhood
Aké: The Years of Childhood is a memoir of
stunning beauty, humor, and perception
lyrical account of one boy's attempt to grasp the
often irrational and hypocritical world of adults
that equally repels and seduces him. Soyinka
elevates brief anecdotes into history lessons,
conversations into morality plays, memories into
awakenings. Various cultures, religions, and
languages mingled freely in the Aké of his youth,
fostering endless contradictions and personalized
hybrids, particularly when it comes to religion.
Christian teachings, the wisdom of the ogboni, or
ruling elders, and the power of ancestral spirits
alternately terrify and inspire him
carried equal metaphysical weight. Surrounded by
such a collage, he notes that "God had a habit of
either not answering one's prayers at all, or
answering them in a way that was not
In writing from a child's perspective, Soyinka
expresses youthful idealism and unfiltered honesty
while escaping the adult snares of cynicism and
intolerance. His stinging indictment of colonialism
takes on added power owing to the elegance of his
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Faces At The Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism
By Derrick Bell
In nine grim metaphorical sketches, Bell, the black former Harvard law professor who made headlines recently for his one-man protest against the school's hiring policies, hammers home his controversial theme that white racism is a permanent, indestructible component of our society. Bell's fantasies are often dire and apocalyptic: a new Atlantis rises from the ocean depths, sparking a mass emigration of blacks; white resistance to affirmative action softens following an explosion that kills Harvard's president and all of the school's black professors; intergalactic space invaders promise the U.S. President that they will clean up the environment and deliver tons of gold, but in exchange, the bartering aliens take all African Americans back to their planet. Other pieces deal with black-white romance, a taxi ride through Harlem and job discrimination.
Civil rights lawyer Geneva
Crenshaw, the heroine of Bell's And We Are Not Saved (1987), is back in some of these ominous allegories, which speak from the depths of anger and despair. Bell now teaches at New York University Law School.—Publishers
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So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America
By Peter Edelman
If the nation’s gross national income—over $14 trillion—were divided evenly across the entire U.S. population, every household could call itself middle class. Yet the income-level disparity in this country is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. In 2010 the average salary for CEOs on the S&P 500 was over $1 million—climbing to over $11 million when all forms of compensation are accounted for—while the current median household income for African Americans is just over $32,000. How can some be so rich, while others are so poor? In this provocative book, Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate, offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. According to Edelman, we have taken important positive steps without which 25 to 30 million more people would be poor, but poverty fluctuates with the business cycle.
The structure of today’s economy has stultified wage
growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse
results at the bottom and for people of color—while bestowing billions on those at the top. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.—
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Allah, Liberty, and Love
The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom
By Irshad Manji
In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to transcend the fears that stop so many of us from living with honest-to-God integrity: the fear of offending others in a multicultural world as well as the fear of questioning our own communities. Since publishing her international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She shows how any of us can reconcile faith with freedom and thus discover the Allah of liberty and love—the universal God that loves us enough to give us choices and the capacity to make them. Among the most visible Muslim reformers of our era, Manji draws on her experience in the trenches to share stories that are deeply poignant, frequently funny and always revealing about these morally confused times.
prevents young Muslims, even in the West, from
expressing their need for religious
reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims about
openly supporting liberal voices within Islam? How
did we get into the mess of tolerating intolerable
customs, such as honor killings, and how do we change that noxious status quo?
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Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered
the World and Threatened Civilization as We Know It
By H. W. Brands
In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar's astonishing rise to become the world's principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar's changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America's economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan's bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt's handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar's dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today.
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Sex at the Margins
Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry
By Laura María Agustín
This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice.
"Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London
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