New Release Books by Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman is the author of Border Humanitarians (2022), Minimalist Game Design (2014) and Ad Hoc and Inadequate (2012).

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Border Humanitarians

release date: May 16, 2022
Border Humanitarians
In rich ethnographic detail, Border Humanitarians explores the narratives of Burmese activists in exile who rely on transnational political and social networks to respond to gender violence among the hundreds of thousands of migrants living and working precariously on the Thai border with Myanmar. The activists this book follows must navigate a multiplicity of representations; they are simultaneously ?illegal? in Thailand, underpaid feminized laborers in a global garment supply chain, and targets of global North humanitarian intervention with funding to ?rescue? and ?empower? them. Looking at how these multiple roles overlap, Saltsman asks how state border enforcement regimes, global humanitarianism, and neoliberal capitalist trajectories produce varied sets of constraints and opportunities in migrants' lives. Here, like in many spaces that are simultaneously zones of refuge and hubs for flexible labor, the borderlands are both a site of dispossession for migrants as well as a resource for collective agency. As Saltsman details, gender itself emerges as an important tool for migrants and aid workers alike to navigate insecurity and assert varying ways of making order amidst the upheaval of displacement and ongoing exclusion.

Minimalist Game Design

release date: Feb 05, 2014
Minimalist Game Design
Guided by the theory of design minimalism where the predominant goal is to craft a game where nothing in the design is superfluous or used by coincidence, but carefully chosen to increase the accessibility, improve the interface, and meaningfully contribute to the game, Nealen and Saltsman (Award-winning Indie game designers) demonstrate how to find the smallest possible subset of mechanics and interfaces that lead to interesting and compelling gameplay. They illustrate by example with insights and philosophies from game industry veterans and independent game developers.

Ad Hoc and Inadequate

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Ad Hoc and Inadequate
"This 143-page report finds that Thai refugee policies are not grounded in law and cause refugees of all nationalities to be exploited and unnecessarily detained and deported. The report focuses on the plight of Burmese refugees, the largest current refugee group in Thailand. It examines treatment and conditions of both Burmese refugees inside the camps on the Thai-Burma border and Burmese outside the camps, who are not officially recognized as refugees. The report also looks at the impact of political changes in Burma on the prospects for repatriation and the obstacles to resolving this protracted refugee situation"--Publisher's website.


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