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Sean J. Drake, “Academic Apartheid: Race and the Criminalization of Failure in an American Suburb” (U California Press, 2022)

New Books Network , May 25th, 2022


In Academic Apartheid: Race and the Criminalization of Failure in an American Suburb (U California Press, 2022), sociologist Sean J. Drake addresses long-standing problems of educational inequality from a nuanced…


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Mayfair Yang, “Chinese Environmental Ethics: Religions, Ontologies, and Practices” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021)

New Books Network , May 24th, 2022


An interdisciplinary collection in the new field of environmental humanities, Chinese Environmental Ethics: Religions, Ontologies, and Practices (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021) brings together Chinese environmental ethics, religious ontology, and religious…


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Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi, “Archipelago of Resettlement: Vietnamese Refugee Settlers and Decolonization Across Guam and Israel-Palestine” (U California Press, 2022)

New Books Network , May 23rd, 2022


“Nước Việt Nam: a home, a cradle, a point of departure” (Gandhi, 1). The Vietnamese word nước embraces the duality of land and water with an idea of “home.” Through a…


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Emily Mendenhall, “Unmasked: COVID, Community, and the Case of Okoboji” (Vanderbilt UP, 2022)

New Books Network , May 23rd, 2022


Unmasked: COVID, Community, and the Case of Okoboji (Vanderbilt UP, 2022) is the story of what happened in Okoboji, a small Iowan tourist town, when a collective turn from…


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Heba Gowayed, “Refuge: How the State Shapes Human Potential” (Princeton UP, 2022)

New Books Network , May 18th, 2022


As the world confronts the largest refugee crisis since World War II, wealthy countries are being called upon to open their doors to the displaced, with the assumption…


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Jacob Doherty, “Waste Worlds: Inhabiting Kampala’s Infrastructures of Disposability” (U California Press, 2021)

New Books Network , May 18th, 2022


Uganda’s capital, Kampala, is undergoing dramatic urban transformations as its new technocratic government seeks to clean and green the city. Waste Worlds: Inhabiting Kampala’s Infrastructures of Disposability (U California Press,…


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Ratan Kumar Roy, “Television in Bangladesh: News and Audiences” (Routledge, 2020)

New Books Network , May 17th, 2022


Ratan Kumar Roy’s book Television in Bangladesh: News and Audiences (Routledge, 2020) examines the role of 24/7 television news channels in Bangladesh. By using a multi-sited ethnography of television news…


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Jonathan Sterne, “Diminished Faculties: A Political Phenomenology of Impairment” (Duke UP, 2022)

New Books Network , May 17th, 2022


Diminished Faculties: A Political Phenomenology of Impairment (Duke UP, 2022) begins by calling into question a fundamental principle of orthodox phenomenology (and, for that matter, a great deal of…


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Holly High, “Projectland: Life in a Lao Socialist Model Village” (U Hawaii Press, 2021)

New Books Network , May 16th, 2022


In Projectland: Life in a Lao Socialist Model Village (U Hawaii Press, 2021), anthropologist Holly High combines an engaging first-person narrative of her fieldwork with a political ethnography of Laos,…


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Michael G. Flaherty and K. C. Carceral, “The Cage of Days: Time and Temporal Experience in Prison” (Columbia UP, 2022)

New Books Network , May 12th, 2022


Prisons operate according to the clockwork logic of our criminal justice system: we punish people by making them “serve” time. The Cage of Days: Time and Temporal Experience in…


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Christopher Donoghue, “The Sociology of Bullying: Power, Status, and Aggression Among Adolescents” (NYU Press, 2022)

New Books Network , May 11th, 2022


School shootings and suicides by young victims of bullying have spurred a proliferation of anti-bullying programs, yet most of the research done on school bullying has been from…


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Samuel J. Redman, “Prophets and Ghosts: The Story of Salvage Anthropology” (Harvard UP, 2021)

New Books Network , May 11th, 2022


Prophets and Ghosts: The Story of Salvage Anthropology (Harvard UP, 2021) is a searching account of nineteenth-century salvage anthropology, an effort to preserve the culture of “vanishing” Indigenous peoples…


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Karen Samantha Barton, “Africa’s Joola Shipwreck: Causes and Consequences of a Humanitarian Disaster” (Lexington Books, 2020)

New Books Network , May 11th, 2022


In 2002, a government-owned Senegalese ferry named the Joola capsized in a storm off the coast of The Gambia in a tragedy that killed 1,863 people and left…


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Nicole Charles, “Suspicion: Vaccines, Hesitancy, and the Affective Politics of Protection in Barbados” (Duke UP, 2022)

New Books Network , May 10th, 2022


In 2014 Barbados introduced a vaccine to prevent certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and reduce the risk of cervical cancer in young women. Despite the disproportionate…


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Studying Borderlands: Talking Ethnography with Dr. Sahana Ghosh

New Books Network , May 10th, 2022


How do border policing and violence intersect with gender and sexuality to affect border communities? Today’s guest, Dr. Sahana Ghosh, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the National University…


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Katherine Dugan, “Millennial Missionaries: How a Group of Young Catholics Is Trying to Make Catholicism Cool” (Oxford UP, 2019)

New Books Network , May 10th, 2022


Millennials in the U.S. have been characterized as uninterested in religion, as defectors from religious institutions, and as agnostic about the role of religious identity in their culture….


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Deterritorialization

New Books Network , May 10th, 2022


Saronik talks to Shweta Krishnan, doctoral candidate in Anthropology at George Washington University. She speaks about how she uses Giles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s concept of deterritorialization in her work on…


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Mikkel Bunkenborg et al., “Collaborative Damage: An Experimental Ethnography of Chinese Globalization” (Cornell UP, 2022)

New Books Network , May 9th, 2022


Collaborative Damage: An Experimental Ethnography of Chinese Globalization (Cornell UP, 2022) is an experimental ethnography of Chinese globalization that compares data from two frontlines of China’s global intervention—sub-Saharan Africa…


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Guangtian Ha, “The Sound of Salvation: Voice, Gender, and the Sufi Mediascape in China” (Columbia UP, 2021)

New Books Network , May 9th, 2022


The Jahriyya Sufis—a primarily Sinophone order of Naqshbandiyya Sufism in northwestern China—inhabit a unique religious soundscape. The hallmark of their spiritual practice is the “loud” (jahr) remembrance of…


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Peter A. Jackson and Benjamin Baumann, “Deities and Divas: Queer Ritual Specialists in Myanmar, Thailand and Beyond” (NIAS Press, 2021)

New Books Network , May 6th, 2022


How does queer life fit into Buddhism and ritual? What role do gay men and trans women play in the practice of spirit mediumship and how do queer…


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J. Lorenzo Perillo, “Choreographing in Color: Filipinos, Hip-Hop, and the Cultural Politics of Euphemism” (Oxford UP, 2020)

New Books Network , May 6th, 2022


Investigating the development of Filipino popular dance and performance since the late 20th century, Choreographing in Color: Filipinos, Hip-Hop, and the Cultural Politics of Euphemism (Oxford UP, 2020) reveals how…


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K. Grabska and C. R. Clark-Kazak, “Documenting Displacement: Questioning Methodological Boundaries in Forced Migration Research” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2022)

New Books Network , May 4th, 2022


Legal precarity, mobility, and the criminalization of migrants complicate the study of forced migration and exile. Traditional methodologies can obscure both the agency of displaced people and hierarchies…


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Paul Darby et al., “African Football Migration: Aspirations, Experiences and Trajectories” (Manchester UP, 2022)

New Books Network , May 4th, 2022


The global success of football icons like Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Mohamed Salah has fuelled the migratory projects of countless young men across the African continent who…


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Aditya Pratap Deo, “Kings, Spirits and Memory in Central India: Enchanting the State” (Routledge, 2021)

New Books Network , May 3rd, 2022


Part anthropological history and part memoir, this book is a study of the polity of the colonial-princely state of Kanker in central India. The author, a scion of…


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