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Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers, “Violence’s Fabled Experiment” (August Verlag, 2018)

Joel Tscherne , October 11th, 2018


Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers are anthropologists who have an interest in studying film for its value in a way to view the world. In Violence’s Fabled Experiment…


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Irfan Ahmad, “Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace” (UNC Press, 2017)

SHERALI TAREEN , October 1st, 2018


In the last few decades, questions relating to Islam’s compatibility with liberal secular democracy, or the question of why Islam remains incompatible with Western liberal norms of thought…


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Michael Levien, “Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India” (Oxford UP, 2018)

Madhuri Karak , September 20th, 2018


Historically ubiquitous at least since the 15th century and integral to the rise and consolidation of capitalism, land dispossession has re-emerged as a hot button issue for governments,…


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Yves Citton, “The Ecology of Attention” (Polity Press, 2017)

Carla Nappi , August 13th, 2018


We are arguably living in the midst of a form of economy where attention has become a key resource and value, labor, class, and currency are being reconfigured…


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Paula Serafini, “Performance Action: The Politics of Art Activism” (Routledge, 2018)

Dave O'Brien , June 28th, 2018


How can art change the world? In Performance Action: The Politics of Art Activism (Routledge, 2018), Paula Serafini, a Research Associate at the University of Leicester’s CAMEo Research Institut……


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Hongwei Bao, “Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China” (NIAS Press, 2018)

Laurie Dickmeyer , June 25th, 2018


Hongwei Bao’s book is a thoughtful exploration of gay identity and queer activism in China. This work stems from the term and identity tongzhi, which means “comrade” and…


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Rob Sullivan, “The Geography of the Everyday: Toward an Understanding of the Given” (U Georgia Press, 2017)

Peter Ekman , June 20th, 2018


How to theorize what goes without saying? In The Geography of the Everyday: Toward an Understanding of the Given (University of Georgia Press, 2017), Rob Sullivan develops a…


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Aaron Kuntz, “The Responsible Methodologist: Inquiry, Truth-Telling, and Social Justice” (Left Coast Press, 2015)

Pengfei Zhao , June 18th, 2018


In this episode, I speak with Aaron M. Kuntz about his book, The Responsible Methodologist: Inquiry, Truth-Telling, and Social Justice (Left Coast Press, 2015). This book offers a…


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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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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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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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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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Daromir Rudnyckyj and Filippo Osella, eds., “Religion and the Morality of the Market: Anthropological Perspectives” (Cambridge UP, 2017)

Hillary Kaell , October 24th, 2017


Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, there has been a widespread affirmation of economic ideologies that conceive the market as an autonomous sphere of human practice. In…


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Jamie Woodcock, “Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centers” (Pluto Press, 2017)

Dave O'Brien , September 21st, 2017


What are the working conditions and what are the possibilities for change in the contemporary economy? In Working the Phones: Control and Resistance in Call Centers (Pluto Press,…


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Ilana Gershon, “Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today” (U. Chicago Press, 2017)

Stephen Pimpare , August 6th, 2017


Labor markets are not what they used to be, as Ilana Gershon argues in Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work…


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Jon Dean, “Doing Reflexivity: An Introduction” (Policy Press, 2017)

Dave O'Brien , July 7th, 2017


Doing Reflexivity: An Introduction (Policy Press, 2017) by Jon Dean, a senior lecturer in politics and sociology at Sheffield Hallam University, explores and explains reflexivity as one of…


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Michael Youngblood, “Cultivating Community: Interest, Identity, and Ambiguity in an Indian Social Mobilization” (South Asian Studies Press, 2016)

Sanjay Kumar , June 30th, 2017


Cultivating Community: Interest, Identity, and Ambiguity in an Indian Social Mobilization by Michael Youngblood, a cultural anthropologist based in San Francisco, was published in November, 2016 by th……


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Amy Brown, “A Good Investment? Philanthropy and the Marketing of Race in an Urban Public School (U. Minnesota Press, 2015)

James Stancil , February 23rd, 2017


There has been much talk in the news recently about funding for public education, the emergence of charter schools, and the potential of school vouchers. How much does…


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Banu Bargu, “Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons” (Columbia UP, 2016)

John McMahon , December 10th, 2016


What is the relationship between state power and self-destructive violence as a mode of political resistance? In her book Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons (Columbia…


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Patrick Wolfe, “Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race” (Verso, 2016)

Anna Levy , November 7th, 2016


Widely known for his pioneering work in the field of settler colonial studies, Patrick Wolfe advanced the theory that settler colonialism was, a structure, not an event. In…


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Darian M. Parker, “Sartre and New Child Left Behind: An Existential Psychoanalytic Anthropology of Urban Schooling” (Lexington, 2015)

Ryan Allen , September 13th, 2016


Darian M. Parker joins the New Books Network to discuss his recently published book, Sartre and No Child Left Behind: An Existential Psychoanalytic Anthropology of Urban Schooling (Lexington…


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Matt Dawson “Social Theory for Alternative Societies” (Palgrave, 2016)

Dave O'Brien , September 9th, 2016


What can social theory offer to visions of an alternative society? In his new book, Social Theory for Alternative Societies (Palgrave, 2016), Dr Matt Dawson, a Lecturer in…


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Alfred Frankowski, “The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization: Towards a Political Sense of Mourning” (Lexington Press, 2015)

Dave O'Brien , June 2nd, 2016


How are cultural practices that suggest social inclusion at the root of marginalizing social suffering? In The Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization: Towards a Political Sense of Mourning (Lexington…


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Malcolm James, “Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Transformations in a Global City” (Palgrave, 2015)

Dave O'Brien , May 16th, 2016


How is youth culture changing in a globalised city? In Urban Multiculture: Youth, Politics and Transformations in a Global City Malcolm James, a lecturer at the University of…


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