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Shannon Spaulding, “How We Understand Others: Philosophy and Social Cognition” (Routledge, 2018))

Carrie Figdor , November 15th, 2018


Social cognition includes the ways we explain, predict, interpret, and influence other people. The dominant philosophical theories of social cognition–the theory-theory and the simulation theory… Visit New Books…


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David P. Barash, “Through a Glass Brightly: Using Science to See Our Species as We Really Are” (Oxford UP, 2018)

Carrie Lynn Evans , November 13th, 2018


Human beings have long seen themselves as the center of the universe, as specially-created creatures who are anointed as above and beyond the natural world. Professor and noted…


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Kate Parker Horigan, “Consuming Katrina: Public Disaster and Personal Narrative” (UP of Mississippi, 2018)

Rachel Hopkin , November 9th, 2018


Kate Parker Horigan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, and a co-editor of the Journal of American Folklore….


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Lee Humphreys, “The Qualified Self: Social Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life” (MIT Press, 2018)

Jasmine McNealy , October 19th, 2018


Physical journals, scrapbooks, and photo albums all offer their owners the opportunity to chronicle both mundane and extravagant events. But unlike social media posting, this analog memorializing of…


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Peter Harries-Jones, “Upside-Down Gods: Gregory Bateson’s World of Difference” (Fordham UP, 2016)

Tom Scholte , October 4th, 2018


The work of polymath Gregory Bateson has long been the road to cybernetics travelled by those approaching this trans-disciplinary field from the direction of the social sciences and…


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S. Hayes and D. S. Wilson, “Evolution and Contextual Behavioral Science: An Integrated Framework for Understanding, Predicting, and Influencing Human Behavior” (Context Press, 2018)

Debbie Sorensen , September 27th, 2018


Evolution science and behavioral science both have strong theories that can help us understand humans in context, and yet, until now, the two fields have been mostly separate….


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Michelle Perro and Vincanne Adams, “What’s Making Our Children Sick?” (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017)

Dana Greenfield , August 23rd, 2018


Pediatrician and integrative medicine practitioner Michelle Perro, MD, has been treating an increasing number of children with complex chronic illnesses that do not fit into our usual diagnostic…


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Susan Greenfield, “You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity” (Notting Hill Editions, 2016)

Jeremy Corr , August 21st, 2018


What makes you who you are? What makes you distinct from me? What is identity? In the book You and Me: The Neuroscience of Identity (Notting Hill Editions,…


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Damien Riggs, “The Psychic Life of Racism in Gay Men’s Communities” (Lexington Books, 2018)

Eugenio Duarte , August 7th, 2018


In order to fully grasp the workings of racism, we cannot limit ourselves to examining it within majority cultures. Racism exists in minority cultures, such as the gay…


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Casey Walsh, “Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico” (U California Press, 2018).

Lance C. Thurner , August 2nd, 2018


Water politics have long figured prominently in Mexico, and scholars have addressed such critical topics as irrigation, dam and canal building, and resource management, but few have examined…


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Joanna Radin, “Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood” (U Chicago Press, 2017)

Mikey McGovern , July 4th, 2018


Whether through the anxiety of mutually assured destruction or the promise of decolonization throughout Asia and Africa, Cold War politics had a peculiar temporality. In Life on Ice:…


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Jenny Reardon, “The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Knowledge and Justice after the Genome” (U Chicago Press, 2017)

Chad J. Valasek , April 20th, 2018


How do we create meaning after the genome? Such a profound question is at the center of the recently published book by Jenny Reardon, The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics,…


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Mara Buchbinder, “All in Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain” (U California Press, 2015)

Dana Greenfield , April 4th, 2018


As physicians, we cannot image or measure it, we can only try to locate within the lives and (sometimes) bodies of our patients. In Mara Buchbinder, All in…


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Timothy Neale, “Wild Articulations: Environmentalism and Indigeneity in Northern Australia” (U Hawaii Press, 2017)

Emma Shortis , April 2nd, 2018


In Wild Articulations: Environmentalism and Indigeneity in Northern Australia (University of Hawaii Press, 2017), Tim Neale examines the controversy over the 2005 Wild Rivers Act in the Cape…


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Gloria Origgi, “Reputation: What it is and Why it Matters” (Princeton UP, 2018)

Robert Talisse , April 2nd, 2018


We all put a great deal of care into protecting, managing, and monitoring our reputation. But the precise nature of a reputation is obscure. In one sense, reputation…


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Hanna Engelmeier, “Man, the Ape: Anthropology and the Reception of Darwin in Germany, 1850-1900” (Bohlau, 2016)

Julia Stetter , April 2nd, 2018


The relationship between humans and apes has been discussed for centuries. That discussion took a new turn with the publication and reception of Darwin’s On the Origin of…


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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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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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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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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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Carolyn Sufrin, “Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars” (U. Cal Press, 2017)

Dana Greenfield , December 1st, 2017


In 1976, the landmark supreme court case Estelle v. Gamble, established that under the Eighth Amendment “deliberate indifference” to the health needs of incarcerated individuals was tantam… Visit…


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Nicholas C. Kawa, “Amazonia in the Anthropocene: People, Soils, Plants, and Forests” (U. Texas Press, 2016)

Nivedita Kar , September 6th, 2017


Widespread human alteration of the planet has led many scholars to claim that we have entered a new epoch in geological time: the Anthropocene, an age dominated by…


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