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Review: The Automat

foodanthro , June 7th, 2022

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Bernard Gotfryd, Bernard Gotfryd photograph collection. David Beriss The Automat, directed by Lisa Hurwitz. 2021, 1hr 18 min…


The 21st-century flaneur as a suspect?

Paul Antick , May 23rd, 2022

Smith commits a crime is a tale of an everyday man trying to find his way – not in life, but – in space. This space looks essentially…

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‘Saving the Nation through Culture’ by Jie Gao

Allegra Giovine , May 3rd, 2022

Jie Gao. Saving the Nation through Culture: The Folklore Movement in Republican China. Contemporary Chinese Studies. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2019. 364 pp., 20 b/w photos,…

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Thesis Review: Tasting Tea, Tasting China

kgraf , February 21st, 2022

Photograph: by the author – Cha xi design in Hengshan Temple event Tasting Tea, Tasting China: Tearooms and the Everyday Culture in Dalian. Yingkun Hou. Ph.D. Thesis in…


Beyond the End of Anthropology: Ethnography and its Discontents

Allegra Giovine , January 11th, 2022

Tobias Rees. After Ethnos. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2018. 192 pp., 3 illus., notes, bibl., index. In “Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture,” Clifford…

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Feral Atlas, a Review

colinhoag , November 9th, 2021

Feral Atlas: The More-Than-Human Anthropocene. 2021. Tsing, Anna L., Jennifer Deger, Alder Keleman Saxena, and Feifei Zhou, eds. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. http://doi.org/10.21627/2020f…


Historicizing Evolutionism: A Dialectical Review of Robert L. Carneiro (2003) and Efram Sera-Shriar (2018)

Abigail Nieves Delgado , November 1st, 2021

Carneiro, Robert L. Evolutionism in Cultural Anthropology: A Critical History. 339 pp., 10 b/w illus., bibl., index. Boulder: Westview Press, 2003. (Reprinted by Routledge in 2018) Sera-Shriar, E…

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‘Creatures of Cain’ by Erika Lorraine Milam

Brigid Prial , September 3rd, 2021

Erika Lorraine Milam. Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America. 408 pp., 33 b/w illus., app., notes, index. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. “Human…

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Comment on “Memoirs of Women and Harvard” by Alice B. Kehoe

Allegra Giovine , August 30th, 2021

Editor’s note: The following essay is a response to “Memoirs of Women and Harvard” by Alice B. Kehoe, published on 9 August 2021 in Reviews. You can find…

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Memoirs of Women and Harvard

Allegra Giovine , August 10th, 2021

Victoria R. Bricker. Transformational Journeys: An Ethnologist’s Memoir. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 106, part 5. 344 pp., illus. Philadelphia: American Philosophical So…

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Culture, Community, and Collaboration on the National Mall: A Review of ‘Curatorial Conversations’

Allegra Giovine , June 29th, 2021

Olivia Cadaval, Sojin Kim, and Diana Baird N’Diaye. Curatorial Conversations: Cultural Representation and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 304 (hardcover) or 360 (paperback) pp., 71 b&w …

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Thesis Review and Discussion: The Metamorphosis of Greek Cuisine

kgraf , April 29th, 2021

Kapari Deli in Athens city centre, Greece Photographs by Nafsika Papacharalampous If you have written a recent thesis in the Anthropology of Food or would like to review…


Special Focus: Engaging ‘The Second Generation of African American Pioneers in Anthropology’

Tracie Canada , April 15th, 2021

Why have Black ancestors been largely excluded from anthropology’s intellectual history and canon? In this series of pieces, Tracie Canada engages the authors of the 2018 volume The…

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Red Power, Black Lives Matter, (Historians of) Anthropology and Other Friends: Thinking with Vine Deloria in 2021

Adrianna Link , March 9th, 2021

David Martínez. Life of the Indigenous Mind: Vine Deloria Jr. and the Birth of the Red Power Movement. New Visions in Native American and Indigenous Studies. 480 pp.,…

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‘A Pearl in Peril’ by Christina Luke

Koyna Tomar , February 23rd, 2021

Christina Luke. A Pearl in Peril: Heritage and Diplomacy in Turkey. 288 pp., illus., tables, notes, bibl., index. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. Christina Luke’s A Pearl in Peril&…

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Thesis Review: Ethical Constellations of Muslim Food Practice in Mumbai

kgraf , January 15th, 2021

Photograph: coming soon I’m delighted to post this exciting PhD thesis review, which nicely complements the recently posted review of the book Food, Faith and Gender in South-east…


‘Darwinism, Democracy, and Race’ by John P. Jackson Jr. and David J. Depew

Allegra Giovine , January 12th, 2021

John P. Jackson Jr. and David J. Depew. Darwinism, Democracy, and Race: American Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology in the Twentieth Century. 240pp., index. New York: Routledge, 2017. Concurre…

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‘Science, Museums and Collecting the Indigenous Dead in Colonial Australia’ by Paul Turnbull

Jennifer Fraser , December 1st, 2020

Paul Turnbull. Science, Museums and Collecting the Indigenous Dead in Colonial Australia. Palgrave Studies in Pacific History. 428 pp., 6 b/w illus., bibl., index. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmil…

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The Peripeteia of The Gift: Gift Exchange by Grégoire Mallard

Simon Torracinta , October 20th, 2020

Grégoire Mallard. Gift Exchange: The Transnational History of a Political Idea. xi + 293pp., notes, bibl., index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. Is there a more celebrated and…

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Boas in the Age of BLM and Idle No More: Re-Evaluating the Boasian Legacy

Allegra Giovine , September 15th, 2020

This extended review is a collaboration between the Reviews and Field Notes sections of HAR. Regna Darnell, Michelle Hamilton, Robert L. A. Hancock, and Joshua Smith (editors). The…

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‘Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology’ by Peter Hempenstall

Freddy Foks , September 8th, 2020

Peter Hempenstall. Truth’s Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology. xiv +321pp., 17 illus., 2 maps, bibl., index. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 201…

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Faustian Bargains: The Legends and Legacies of German “Liberal Ethnology”

Adam Johnson , July 11th, 2020

This extended review is a collaboration between the Reviews and Field Notes sections of HAR. H. Glenn Penny. Im Schatten Humboldts. Eine tragische Geschichte der deutschen Ethnologie. Munich:…

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The Boas Circle vs. White Supremacy

Allegra Giovine , June 16th, 2020

Charles King. Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century. 448pp., notes, bibl., index. New York:…

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Outlander: Books 1 & 2 Review

Alanis Christian , June 6th, 2020

Conquering My Fear of Big Books and Outlander Books 1 & 2 Review Lockdown has filled my life with many things. Some of these things are positive and…

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