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Afe Adogame, “Indigeneity in African Religions: Oza Worldviews, Cosmologies and Religious Cultures” (Bloomsbury, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 11th, 2022


Based on religious ethnography, in-depth interviews and archival data, Afe Adogame, Indigeneity in African Religions: Oza Worldviews, Cosmologies and Religious Cultures (Bloomsbury, 2021) explores the historical origins, worldviews, cosmologies, ritual…


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Mimi Sheller, “Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene” (Duke UP, 2020)

Marshall Poe , February 10th, 2022


In Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene (Duke UP, 2020), Mimi Sheller delves into the ecological crises and reconstruction challenges affecting the entire Caribbean region during a time of climate…


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Jagriti Gangopadhyay, “Culture, Context and Aging of Older Indians: Narratives from India and Beyond” (Springer, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 9th, 2022


Culture, Context and Ageing of Older Indians: Narratives from India and Beyond (Springer 2021) discusses the intersections between culture, context, and ageing. It adopts a socio-cultural lens and highlights emotional,…


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Rashmi Sadana, “The Moving City: Scenes from the Delhi Metro and the Social Life of Infrastructure” (U California Press, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 9th, 2022


The Moving City: Scenes from the Delhi Metro and the Social Life of Infrastructure (U California Press, 2021) is a rich and intimate account of urban transformation told through…


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Abby S. Waysdorf, “Fan Sites: Film Tourism and Contemporary Fandom” (U Iowa Press, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 9th, 2022


In her new book, Fan Sites: Film Tourism and Contemporary Fandom (U Iowa Press, 2021)(University of Iowa Press, 2021), Abby Waysdorf explores why and how we experience film and television-related places,…


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Claudine Kuradusenge-McLeod, “Narratives of Victimhood and Perpetration: The Struggle of Bosnian and Rwandan Diaspora Communities in the United States” (Peter Lang, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 8th, 2022


The labels of victim and perpetrator in the aftermath of genocide have shaped the stories of pain and reconstructions for many of the Bosnian and Rwandan Americans. The…


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Vincent Joos, “Urban Dwellings, Haitian Citizenships: Housing, Memory, and Daily Life in Haiti” (Rutgers UP, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 4th, 2022


Vincent Joos’ book Urban Dwellings, Haitian Citizenships: Housing, Memory, and Daily Life in Haiti (Rutgers UP, 2021) explores the failed international reconstruction of Port-au-Prince after the devastating 2010 earthquake. It…


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Renny Thomas, “Science and Religion in India: Beyond Disenchantment” (Routledge, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 4th, 2022


Science and Religion in India: Beyond Disenchantment (Routledge, 2021) provides an in-depth ethnographic study of science and religion in the context of South Asia, giving voice to Indian scientists…


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Karen Jaime, “The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Loisaida” (NYU Press, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 3rd, 2022


In The Queer Nuyorican: Racialized Sexualities and Aesthetics in Losaida (NYU Press, 2021), Karen Jaime argues that the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe has always been a queer space. While acknowledging elements…


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Colin McFarlane, “Fragments of the City: Making and Remaking Urban Worlds” (U California Press, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 2nd, 2022


Cities are becoming increasingly fragmented materially, socially, and spatially. From broken toilets and everyday things, to art and forms of writing, fragments are signatures of urban worlds and…


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Robin G. Isserles, “The Costs of Completion: Student Success in Community College” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 2nd, 2022


America’s community colleges are facing a completion crisis. The college-going experience of too many students is interrupted, lengthening their time to completing a degree―or worse, causing many to…


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Jane Lilly López, “Unauthorized Love: Mixed-Citizenship Couples Negotiating Intimacy, Immigration, and the State” (Stanford UP, 2021)

Marshall Poe , February 1st, 2022


For mixed-citizenship couples, getting married is the easy part. The US Supreme Court has confirmed the universal civil right to marry, guaranteeing every couple’s ability to wed. But…


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Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers, “American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York” (Princeton UP, 2022)

Marshall Poe , February 1st, 2022


Settled in the mid-1970s by a small contingent of Hasidic families, Kiryas Joel is an American town with few parallels in Jewish history—but many precedents among religious communities…


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Margareta von Oswald and Jonas Tinius, “Across Anthropology: Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial” (Leuven UP, 2020)

Marshall Poe , January 31st, 2022


How can we rethink anthropology beyond itself? In this book, twenty-one artists, anthropologists, and curators grapple with how anthropology has been formulated, thought, and practised ‘elsewhere’ and ‘otherwise’….


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Tyler D. Parry, “Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual” (UNC Press, 2020)

Marshall Poe , January 28th, 2022


In Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual (UNC Press, 2020), Tyler D. Parry untangles the convoluted history of the “broomstick wedding.” Popularly associated with…


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Oishik Sircar, “Violent Modernities: Cultural Lives of Law in the New India” (Oxford UP, 2021)

Marshall Poe , January 28th, 2022


Law and violence are thought to share an antithetical relationship in postcolonial modernity. Violence is considered the other of law, lawlessness is understood to produce violence, and law…


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Paulette F. C. Steeves, “The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere” (U Nebraska Press, 2021)

Marshall Poe , January 27th, 2022


The Indigenous Paleolithic of the Western Hemisphere (U Nebraska Press, 2021) is a reclaimed history of the deep past of Indigenous people in North and South America during the…


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Kevin J. Wetmore, “Eaters of the Dead: Myths and Realities of Cannibal Monsters” (Reaktion Books, 2021)

Marshall Poe , January 26th, 2022


Spanning myth, history, and contemporary culture, a terrifying and illuminating excavation of the meaning of cannibalism. Every culture has monsters that eat us, and every culture repels in…


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Lisa Björkman ed., “Bombay Brokers” (Duke UP, 2021)

Marshall Poe , January 26th, 2022


A political party worker who produces crowds for electoral rallies. A “prison specialist” who serves other people’s prison sentences in exchange for a large fee. An engineer who…


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Juan Manuel del Nido, “Taxis Vs. Uber: Courts, Markets and Technology in Buenos Aires” (Stanford UP, 2021)

Marshall Poe , January 25th, 2022


Uber’s April 2016 launch in Buenos Aires plunged the Argentine capital into a frenzied hysteria that engulfed courts of law, taxi drivers, bureaucrats, the press, the general public,…


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Peter Krause and Ora Szekely, “Stories from the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science” (Columbia UP, 2020)

Marshall Poe , January 24th, 2022


How do researchers navigate the complexities of the field? In Stories from the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science (Columbia UP, 2020), political scientists from a diverse range of…


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Shani Orgad and Rosalind Gill, “Confidence Culture” (Duke UP, 2022)

Marshall Poe , January 21st, 2022


In Confidence Culture (Duke UP, 2022), Shani Orgad and Rosalind Gill argue that imperatives directed at women to “love your body” and “believe in yourself” imply that psychological blocks rather…


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Matthew C. Watson, “Afterlives of Affect: Science, Religion, and an Edgewalker’s Spirit” (Duke UP, 2020)

Marshall Poe , January 21st, 2022


In Afterlives of Affect: Science, Religion, and an Edgewalker’s Spirit (Duke UP, 2020), Matthew C. Watson considers the life and work of artist and Mayanist scholar Linda Schele (1942-1998) as…


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Speaking Bones: Unearthing Ancient Stories of Illness and Disease

Marshall Poe , January 21st, 2022


From mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue to chronic bacterial infections such as yaws, Southeast Asia is home to a wide range of tropical diseases. For a…


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