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 […]

  Kaveri Qureshi Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 324 Reviewed by Naseem Jivraj Kaveri Qureshi’s book argues that the stereotypical way of characterizing British Asian families as being ‘old-fashioned’, stable and authoritarian (Berthoud 2000) are no longer appropriate (2016:2). Her key argument pivots on her analyses of 1993-94 and 2010-13 UK national surveys which, she argues, show a rise in marital breakdown amongst […]

Rahat Kurd Talonbooks, 2015, pp.81 Reviewed by Niharika Pandit At the time of writing this review of the sublime poetry collection by Kashmiri-Canadian writer and poet Rahat Kurd, Kashmir Valley entered the eighteenth day of India’s August 5 military siege following the unilateral and unconstitutional revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The Article, which many recognise as the […]

Noelle Stout Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2019, 255 pp. Reviewed by Alison Hanson             In her new book, Dispossessed: How Predatory Bureaucracy Foreclosed on the American Middle Class (2019), Noelle Stout offers a different view of the 2008 financial collapse than has been shown in news and media accounts – that of the enduring and everyday […]

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 […]

Radhika Govindarajan University of Chicago Press, 2018, 220 pp. Reviewed by Amit R. Baishya   Based on fieldwork conducted in Uttarakhand (North India), Radhika Govindarajan’s Animal Intimacies is a formidable entry in the burgeoning oeuvre of multispecies ethnography. At the core of the book is the concept of relatedness. Govindarajan writes that through relatedness, she attempts to “capture the myriad […]

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 […]

Wim Peumans New York: I.B. Tauris, 2018, 236 pp. Reviewed by Benjamin Ale-Ebrahim   Queer Muslims in Europe ethnographically details the experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals of Muslim background living in Belgium and their complex relationships with religion, family, sexuality, identity, and transnational migration. Among a growing number of studies that focus on the experiences of queer Muslims, […]

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 […]