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Claudio Sopranzetti, “Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility and Politics in Bangkok” (U California Press, 2017)

Madhuri Karak , March 9th, 2018


When the army brutally dispersed Red Shirts protestors in Bangkok’s busy commercial district in May 2010, motorcycle taxi drivers emerged as a key force, capable of playing cat-and-mouse…


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Kathryn Woolard, “Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in Twenty-First Century Catalonia” (Oxford UP, 2016)

John Weston , March 6th, 2018


Kathryn Woolard is Professor Emerita and Research Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She has authored seminal works on language ideology and the sociolinguistic…


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Sida Liu and Terence C. Halliday, “Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Ian J. Drake , March 6th, 2018


Sida Liu and Terence C. Halliday spent ten years interviewing criminal defense attorneys throughout China in order to compile the evidence on the professional lives of criminal defense…


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Thomas Mira y Lopez, “The Book of Resting Places: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead” (Counterpoint Press, 2017)

Zoe Bossiere , February 28th, 2018


We’ve all participated in the rituals of the dead at some time or another in our lives, going to funerals and wakes, visiting loved ones in cemeteries. Some…


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Christopher J. Lee, “Jet Lag” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

Eric Lemay , February 27th, 2018


My father has this personality quirk that drives me crazy. Whenever and wherever he travels, no matter how far, he refuses to reset his watch to the local…


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Lucinda Carspecken, “Love in the Time of Ethnography” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)

Pengfei Zhao , February 27th, 2018


Love in the Time of Ethnography: Essays on Connection as a Focus and Basis for Research (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) is edited by Lucinda Carspecken, anthropologist and lecturer…


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Rachel Sherman, “Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence” (Princeton UP, 2017)

Michael O. Johnston , February 26th, 2018


For her new book Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence (Princeton University Press, 2017), Rachel Sherman conducted in-depth interviews with fifty wealthy New Yorkers—including hedge fund fi… Visit…


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Jerry Flores, “Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance, and Wrap-Around Incarceration” (U California Press, 2016)

Sarah Patterson , February 23rd, 2018


What are the lives of young incarcerated Latinas like? And what were their lives like before and after their incarceration? In his new book, Caught Up: Girls, Surveillance,…


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Ammara Maqsood, “The New Pakistani Middle Class” (Harvard UP, 2017)

SHERALI TAREEN , February 21st, 2018


The relationship between class and religious piety represents a theme less explored in the study of modern Islam in general, and in the study of South Asian Islam…


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C. Grant and H. Schippers, “Sustainable Futures for Music Cultures: An Ecological Perspective” (Oxford UP, 2016)

Timothy Thurston , February 19th, 2018


Sustainable Futures for Music Cultures: An Ecological Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2016), a multi-authored volume co-edited by Catherine Grant and Huib Schippers, examines a range of musical ……


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Claire Schmidt, “If You Don’t Laugh, You’ll Cry: The Occupational Humor of White Wisconsin Prison Workers” (U Wisconsin Press, 2017)

Rachel Hopkin , February 8th, 2018


Claire Schmidt is not a prison worker, rather she is a folklorist and an Assistant Professor at Missouri Valley College. However, many members of her extended family in…


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Robert Foxcurran, “Songs Upon the Rivers” (Baraka Books, 2016)

Stephen Hausmann , February 7th, 2018


The story of the American West as it is often told typically involves Spanish, British, and American Empires struggling with Indigenous people for control of the vast territory…


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Peter Hempenstall, “Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology” (U Wisconsin Press, 2017)

Jared Miracle , February 1st, 2018


The debate over Margaret Mead’s and Derek Freeman’s conflicting ethnographic reports has gone on for decades. While no longer a hot topic, Mead-Freeman stands as a testament to…


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Zoe Wool, “After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed” (Duke UP, 2015)

Dana Greenfield , January 29th, 2018


Zoe Wool‘s ethnography of rehabilitation After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed (Duke UP, 2015) describes how soldiers injured in the war on terror are pulled…


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Alison Gerber, “The Work of Art: Value in Creative Careers” (Stanford UP, 2017)

Dave O'Brien , January 19th, 2018


Is making art a job? This question is central to The Work of Art: Value in Creative Careers (Stanford University Press, 2017), the new book by Alison Gerber,…


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Leo Coleman, “A Moral Technology: Electrification as Political Ritual in New Delhi” (Cornell UP, 2017)

Madhuri Karak , January 19th, 2018


We take electricity for granted. But the material grids and wires that bring light to homes and connect places are also objects of moral concern, political freedoms and…


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Ray Cashman, “Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Irish Border” (U Wisconsin Press, 2016)

Timothy Thurston , January 17th, 2018


How do individuals on national or societal peripheries make use of tradition and to what ends? How can narratives discursively construct a complex worldview? These are some of…


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Tam T. T. Ngo, “The New Way: Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam” (U. Washington Press, 2016)

Nick Cheesman , January 9th, 2018


Think of Christianity in Southeast Asia today and what might come to mind is the predominantly Catholic Philippines, or the work of the Baptist church among linguistic and…


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April Mayes, “The Mulatto Republic: Class, Race and Dominican National Identity” (U. Press of Florida, 2014)

Alejandra Bronfman , January 4th, 2018


In a perceptive challenge to longstanding assumptions about Dominican anti-Haitianism, April J. Mayes finds fresh ways to think about the production of race in late 19th and 20th…


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Michael Leiris, “Phantom Africa” (Seagull Books, 2017)

Annette Joseph-Gabriel , December 20th, 2017


Between 1931 and 1933, French writer Michel Leiris participated in a state-sponsored expedition to document the cultural practices of people in west and east Africa. The Mission Dakar-Djibouti…


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Owen Flanagan, “The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility” (Oxford UP, 2017)

Carrie Figdor , December 15th, 2017


What is it to be moral, to lead an ethically good life? From a naturalistic perspective, any answer to this question begins from an understanding of what humans…


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Zek Valkyrie, “Game Worlds Get Real: How Who We Are Online Became Who We Are Offline” (Praeger, 2017)

Jared Miracle , December 15th, 2017


Zek Valkyrie teaches at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. His new book, Game Worlds Get Real: How Who We Are Online Became Who We Are Offline…


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Sarah D. Phillips, “Disability and Mobile Citizenship in Postsocialist Ukraine” (Indiana UP, 2011)

Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed , December 14th, 2017


In Disability and Mobile Citizenship in Postsocialist Ukraine (Indiana University Press 2011), Sarah D. Phillips offers a compelling investigation of disability policies and movements in Ukraine after… Visit…


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Sareeta Amrute, “Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin” (Duke UP, 2016)

Madhuri Karak , December 13th, 2017


Associate professor of anthropology at the University of Washington Sareeta Amrute has written Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin (Duke University Press, 2016), a study…


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