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 […]

Gendered Entanglements: Revisiting Gender in Rapidly Changing Asia Ragnhild Lund, Philippe Doneys, and Bernadette P. Resurreccion, eds Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asia Studies Press, 2015, 336 pp. Reviewed by Alex Jong-Seok Lee The result of a study funded by the Research Council of Norway, Gendered Entanglements Revisiting Gender in Rapidly Changing Asia, aims to “revisit gender as a concept that […]

Dilemmas of Difference: Indigenous Women and the Limits of Postcolonial Development Policy Sarah A. Radcliffe Durham: Duke University Press, 2015, 372 pp. Reviewed by April D. J. Petillo Stemming from a previous project exploring the potential impacts of Indigenous transnational activism on development policy and decision making, Sarah A. Radcliff examines the tensions and misfires between the aims of development’s […]

Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai Marcia C. Inhorn Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2015, 379 pp. Reviewed by Stacy Lee Lockerbie I have been following the work of Marcia C. Inhorn for several years and jumped at the opportunity to read and review her recent ethnography, Cosmopolitan Conceptions: IVF Sojourns in Global Dubai. This is important work […]

Responding to Human Trafficking: Sex, Gender, and Culture in the Law Alicia W. Peters Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, 244 pp. Reviewed by April D. J. Petillo In densely packed text useful for anthropologists, legal scholars, policy makers, and service providers alike, Peters asks big questions and provides equally big answers. At its core, Responding to Human Trafficking […]

Real Queer? Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus David A.B. Murray London, UK: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016, 183 pp. Reviewed by Siobhán McGuirk Real Queer? is a welcome addition to the growing field of queer migration studies, offering a detailed case study of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) asylum seekers are viewed and […]

Critical Kinship Studies

Critical Kinship Studies Edited by Charlotte Kroløkke, Lene Myong, Stine Willum Adrian and Tine Tjørnhøj-Thomsen New York: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016, 324 pp. Reviewed by Julia Kowalski   The editors of Critical Kinship Studies begin their introduction with an assertion: “the making of kinship today involves border crossing and mobility” (1). The contributors who follow build upon this insight […]

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 […]

Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora Cheryl R. Rodriguez, Dzodzi Tsikata, and Akosua Adomako Ampofo, eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015, 327 pp. Reviewed by Christa Craven   Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora is a much-needed and long-awaited contribution to feminist anthropology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. The […]

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, […]