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 […]

L.L. Wynn Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018, 248 pp. Reviewed by Margaret Morley In Love, Sex, and Desire in Modern Egypt, L.L. Wynn makes important contributions to anthropological theories about gender, kinship, and the Middle East that are firmly grounded in ethnographic stories. Drawn from over a decade of research, Wynn theorizes about relationships and respectability through the love […]

Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan Janice Boddy Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007 Reviewed by Rebecca Henriksen Janice Boddy’s Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan critically examines how British colonial health and education projects altered modes of embodiment and bodily practices among Sudanese women and men. Boddy draws on myriad archival sources alongside novels, advertisements, and scholarly and […]

Lynn Thomas, University of California Press, 2003 Reviewed by Parin Dossa, Association Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University In Politics of the Womb, author Lynn M. Thomas shows how struggles over reproduction were crucial to colonial rule and nation building in early post colonial Kenya. She paints a detailed picture of the complex array of political struggles and positions […]

Helen A. Regis, Boulder: Westview Press, 2002 Reviewed by Hilarie Kelly, California State University, Fullerton Fulbe Voices: Marriage, Islam, and Medicine in Northern Cameroon is one of a series of books in Westview Case Studies in Anthropology. Series editor Edward Fischer states that the purpose of this series is to “recognize the peoples we study as active agents enmeshed in […]

Paula Holmes-Eber, Westview Case Studies in Anthropology, 2003 Reviewed by Aysecan Terzioglu, Anthropology Department, CUNY-Graduate Center In Daughters of Tunis, Paula Holmes-Eber provides insightful comments on the social and economic lives of Muslim women in Tunis. She investigates the socialization patterns of women of Tunis as an important factor in shaping and confirming their identity and social position, as well […]

Jónína Einarsdóttir Wisconsin University Press, 2004 Reviewed by Jamila Bargach, National School of Architecture, Morocco Despite the sad nature of the main topic of Tired of Weeping, this is ultimately an ethnography that celebrates the redemptive nature of love, and more specifically maternal love. Jónína Einarsdóttir’s ethnography of the Papal people in the Biambo region of Guinea-Bissau is woven around […]