The UT Libraries’ online imprint, Newfound Press, has just published the autobiography of internationally renowned sociologist Arthur Vidich.
Arthur J. Vidich (1922-2006) was an active researcher and teacher whose career spanned the second half of the twentieth century. With a Critical Eye: An Intellectual and His Times recounts Vidich’s career in the wider cultural context of his life and work. Providing a window into post-World War II intellectual life, the richness of the autobiography lies not only in Vidich’s perspectives on the academic world, but also in his personal and sociological observations about the world around him.
Best known for his book Small Town in Mass Society (co-authored with Joseph Bensman, 1958), Vidich taught for more than forty years at the New School for Social Research in New York. He published eighteen books, co-edited a book series with Robert Jackall, and was the founding editor of the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society.
Robert Jackall, Willmott Family Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Williams College and editor of the autobiography, focuses his introduction on “Vidich’s stance as an outsider, a habit of mind initially fostered by his family’s social situation and later embraced by him as essential for the kind of understanding he wished to achieve and impart to others.”
Vidich “provides a valuable lens … on a profoundly important time in the formation of the modern social sciences, when the changes in the U.S. were having formative impacts on academe in other parts of the world,” writes Robert J. Antonio, professor of sociology at the University of Kansas. “The autobiography is lucidly and unpretentiously written.”
Newfound Press, a peer-reviewed digital imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries, seeks innovative approaches to the creation and dissemination of scholarly and specialized work. With a Critical Eye: An Intellectual and His Times and other Newfound Press publications are freely available online at www.newfoundpress.utk.edu, and printed copies may be purchased from University of Tennessee Press via the website.
The University of Tennessee Libraries Newfound Press and the University of Tennessee Press are partners in producing print-on-demand copies of online books.
Newfound Press expands access to specialized works by publishing online books, journals, and multimedia for general and scholarly audiences. All Newfound Press publications are open access, freely available to anyone via the internet. Content is evaluated by subject experts to ensure quality scholarship, and published online in easily searchable pdf files. Newfound Press books can be discovered via Google, ISBN, and Library of Congress cataloging.
Many readers and authors recognize the benefits of printed books which can be annotated, read without electricity or an internet connection, and represent tangible evidence of achievement. To order print versions of Newfound Press books, a reader clicks a button at the online book home page which connects to the UT Press shopping cart. UT Press uses a Chicago Distribution Center publishing service, BiblioVault, for digital print runs in small quantities.
UT Press launched its print-on-demand service with the Newfound Press title, To Advance Their Opportunities: Federal Labor Policies Toward African American Workers from WWI to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by former U.S. Labor Department Historian Judson MacLaury. The book sells for $24.95, plus shipping. Newfound Press titles appear in the UT Press catalog.
University publishing in the digital age expands access to scholarship for a global audience. UT’s library and university press partnership promises ongoing innovations in today’s rapidly changing publishing culture.
MacLaury, author of the recently published Newfound Press title, To Advance Their Opportunities: Federal Policies Toward African American Workers from World War I to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, will speak at an e-Forum on scholarly publishing, Wednesday, October 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 605 Hodges Library. Light refreshments will be served.
MacLaury will discuss the genesis of his book and his experiences as a scholar working with a library digital press at a presentation entitled Digital Publishing: the New Millennium. Anne Mayhew, Professor Emerita, Economics/History and Newfound Press Editorial Board member, will introduce the author. The UT Libraries e-Forum series focuses on electronic issues of importance to academia.
In To Advance Their Opportunities, MacLaury chronicles the development of federal policies and programs impacting African American workers and examines the fascinating and rarely seen workings of federal bureaucracies as they attempted to rein in racism in the nation’s federally funded workplaces. He traces the hard-won gains made by African American workers and the crucial role of the civil rights movement and its supporters in urging the federal government to action. This scholarly and timely work also lays out the roots and development of affirmative action.
Newfound Press is a UT Libraries open access, peer-reviewed digital publishing service. The press demonstrates new options for scholars and readers by publishing materials that merit wide dissemination and preservation, but are unlikely to be published by a traditional press because of narrow focus or innovative format. The Newfound Press Editorial Board welcomes queries about publishing multimedia works.
To Advance Their Opportunities and other monographs, a scholarly journal, and conference proceedings are available at newfoundpress.utk.edu–all without cost to the user.
Participants can learn more about the content of To Advance Their Opportunities at a conversation with the author and brown-bag lunch on Thursday, October 16, at 12 noon at the Black Cultural Center. Drinks and cookies will be provided. This event is sponsored by The University Libraries and The Black Cultural Center.
MacLaury will sign print-on-demand copies of To Advance Their Opportunities at both events. Paperbound copies are $25 each.
Newfound Press, digital imprint of the University of Tennessee Libraries, published a new monograph, To Advance Their Opportunities: Federal Policies Toward African American Workers from World War I to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by Judson MacLaury on Labor Day 2008. Newfound Press, an open access publisher, hosts titles at www.newfoundpress.utk.edu.
Judson MacLaury, a retired historian for the U.S. Department of Labor, chronicles the evolution of federal policies and programs impacting African American workers before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made racial discrimination in the workplace a violation of the law. MacLaury examines the fascinating and little-noticed workings of federal bureaucracies as they attempted to rein in racism in the nation’s federally funded workplaces.
Tracing hard-won gains made by African American workers—the civil rights movement and its supporters had a crucial role in urging the federal government to action—the book fills a gap in the literature as MacLaury synthesizes primary documentation and rich secondary sources to reveal the development of anti-discrimination programs by the executive branch and expose some of the roots of affirmative action.
Useful to scholars but accessible to all, To Advance Their Opportunities is an engaging portrait of the role of government in fostering a color-blind society of equals. In the book’s Foreword, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Ray Marshall, writes: “Judson MacLaury’s detailed study of efforts to reduce discrimination against African Americans is important because it teaches the kinds of actions and leadership required to combat the deadly effects of discrimination against people for reasons unrelated to their personal merit.”
Newfound Press seeks innovative approaches to the creation and dissemination of scholarly and specialized work. Extending the boundaries of traditional publication practices, Newfound Press publishes peer-reviewed content that merits wide dissemination and preservation, but is unlikely to be published by a traditional press because of narrow focus or innovative format.
To Advance Their Opportunities and other Newfound Press book titles can be read online at the Newfound Press web site at www.newfoundpress.utk.edu. Print-on-demand service through the University of Tennessee Press will be available soon.