Srimati Basu University of California Press, 2015, pp. 280 Reviewed by Debarati Sen   Srimati Basu’s monograph, The Trouble with Marriage, explores how discourses of marriage and marriage-related disputes govern the lives of women and men in postcolonial India. Through a multi-sited ethnography of courtroom dynamics, while attending to the minutia of related legal infrastructure, Basu presents a meticulous study […]

Silvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, and Lorena Anton (eds.) New York- Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2017, 295 pp. Reviewed by Brenna McCaffrey   Even as the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights have increasingly supported the fundamental right to sexual and reproductive health, the actual topography of abortion access in Europe represents a “fragmented landscape.” Silvia De Zordo, Joanna Mishtal, and Lorena Anton’s edited volume, A Fragmented Landscape: Abortion Governance […]

Laura Foster University of Washington Press, 2017, 233 pp.  Reviewed by Zahra Hayat   In Laura Foster’s Reinventing Hoodia – Peoples, Plants and Patents in South Africa, Hoodia gordonii, a succulent plant native to the Kalahari desert, serves as the nodal point for tracing the entanglements of social relations, property regimes, and nature in South Africa. Foster challenges science, law […]

Julie Billaud University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, vii + 244 pp. Reviewed by Aatina Nasir Malik   Kabul Carnival by Julie Billaud underscores the phase of postwar reconstruction in Afghanistan by posing a challenge to the dominant ways in which Muslim societies and Muslim women are often studied. The book questions the appropriation of Afghan women by different regimes i.e. the modern […]

Sheila Cosminsky Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016, 303 pp. Reviewed by Mounia El Kotni   Midwives and Mothers builds on Sheila Cosminsky’s decades-long involvement with midwives in Guatemala, where she has been conducting research since 1974. This thoroughly documented monograph provides a rich account of the changes and continuities in women’s reproductive care preferences and midwives’ practices in rural […]

Ana Sofia Elias, Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharft, eds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 402 pp. Reviewed by Heidi Härkönen   Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism is a timely interdisciplinary collection of articles on the various forms of aesthetic labor that have come to centrally characterize life in neoliberalist societies. Drawing on gender studies and the new scholarship on […]

Lalaie Ameeriar Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017, 224 pp. Reviewed by Anar Parikh In Downwardly Global, Lalaie Ameeriar examines Pakistani women’s economic and social mobility as immigrants in Canada. Unlike other ethnographies of women’s work that focus on their labor as domestic workers, nannies, or factory workers, Ameeriar’s interlocutors are women who were trained as professionals in Pakistan. Contrary […]

Feminist Ethnography: Thinking through Methodologies, Challenges, and Possibilities Dána-Ain Davis and Christa Craven Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, 195 pp. Robin Valenzuela Dána-Ain Davis and Christa Craven’s thoughtfully constructed textbook offers a comprehensive, student-centered introduction to feminist ethnography, including the history, trends, debates, methods, and epistemologies that constitute it. Drawing upon Gloria Anzaldúa’s concept of “un choque,” Davis and […]

The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders Megan A. Carney Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015, 253 pp. Reviewed by Megan B. Hinrichsen Megan A. Carney’s The Unending Hunger directly confronts the current lack of formal research into the lived experience of food insecurity in the United States while simultaneously answering a call from feminist scholars to […]

The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena

The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena Tarini Bedi Albany, NY:  SUNY Press, 2016, 318 pp. Reviewed by Whitney Russell   In The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena, Tarini Bedi offers a timely view into India’s Shiv Sena political party. Shiv Sena, a coalition partner with Narendra Modi’s current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, is typically viewed as right-wing, nationalist, extremist, […]