Tag: Africanist scholarship

Ten Treasures (and a Bonus): A Selection of Anthropological Gems You Might Have Missed from the Past Few Years

Alma Gottlieb , January 26th, 2022


I began interviewing authors of fabulous new anthropology books for this space back in 2016. While completing 11 interviews, I also amassed a backlog of more terrific books…


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Protected: To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job: A Conversation with Daniel Jordan Smith

Doing Development the Right Way: A Conversation with Charles Piot

Alma Gottlieb , April 2nd, 2018


Anthropologist Charlie Piot has been conducting research on the political economy and history of rural West Africa for over thirty years. His first book, Remotely Global: Village Modernity…


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Everything You Thought You Knew about Orphans in Africa Is Probably Wrong

Alma Gottlieb , December 15th, 2017


Policy makers, development workers, orphanage voluntourists, missionaries, prospective adoptive parents: ignore this book at your peril.   “AIDS orphans” are commonly imagined as the…


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Do All African Immigrants Arrive Sick, Desperate, and Empty-Handed on the Shores of Europe? Ask Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg!

Alma Gottlieb , August 13th, 2017


The lives, status, and image of immigrants may constitute the single-most urgent human issue of our time.  In an arresting and captivating new study of Cameroonian mothers now…


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Interview with Perry Gilmore about “Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki”

Alma Gottlieb , May 15th, 2017


Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki chronicles a charming and, indeed, remarkable friendship that developed between two five-year-old boys—one (Sadiki), the son of a traditionally…


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Thinking about Our Shared Common Ancestry–Pausing to Reflect Back on My Career as an Africanist

Alma Gottlieb , March 12th, 2016


Honored to have an interview I recently did with Dallas Tatman (an MA student in African Studies at the U of Illinois) unexpectedly show up, to my surprise,…


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