Author: Richard E. Ocejo

Adam Reich and Peter Bearman, “Working for Respect: Community and Conflict at Walmart” (Columbia UP, 2018)

Richard E. Ocejo , October 29th, 2018


When we hear about the “future of work” today we tend to think about different forms of automation and artificial intelligence—technological innovations that will make some jobs easier…


→New Books in Anthropology

Gordon C. C. Douglas, “The Help-Yourself City: Legitimacy and Inequality in DIY Urbanism” (Oxford UP, 2018)

Richard E. Ocejo , June 20th, 2018


The built environment around us seems almost natural, as in beyond our control to alter or shape. Indeed, we have reached a point in history when cities—the largest…


→New Books in Anthropology

Japonica Brown-Saracino, “How Places Make Us: Novel LBQ Identities in Four Small Cities” (U Chicago Press, 2017)

Richard E. Ocejo , April 10th, 2018


Many of us move to a new place at some point in our lives for a variety of reasons: for a job, to be with a partner, to…


→New Books in Anthropology

Michaela DeSoucey, “Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food” (Princeton UP, 2016)

Richard E. Ocejo , March 25th, 2017


A heritage food in France, and a high-priced obscurity in the United States. But in both countries, foie gras, the specially fattened liver of a duck or goose,…


→New Books in Anthropology

Joan Maya Mazelis, “Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties among the Poor” (NYU Press, 2017)

Richard E. Ocejo , March 16th, 2017


A number of recent events (the Great Recession, Occupy Wall Street, the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign) have brought inequality and poverty into national conversation. In an age of…


→New Books in Anthropology