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 […]

Candice Cornet and Tami Blumenfield, eds. Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2016, 336 pp. Reviewed by Indulata Prasad   Doing Fieldwork in China… with Kids! The Dynamics of Accompanied Fieldwork in the People’s Republic with Kids is a collection of articles by anthropologist-parents that foregrounds the productive tensions that accompanied fieldwork brings about in the process of anthropological knowledge production […]

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 […]

Claire Snell-Rood Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015, 273 pp. Reviewed by Kristin Skrabut   In this fine-grained and theoretically embedded ethnography, medical anthropologist Claire Snell-Rood delivers a detailed portrait of women’s efforts to endure the harsh realities of Delhi’s slums, while simultaneously cultivating resilient, and largely independent, moral-selves. Drawing on fourteen-months of intensive ethnographic research with ten families, […]

Jennifer R. Wies & Hillary J. Haldane, eds. Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2015, 214 pp. Reviewed by Rama Srinivasan This book brings together an important discussion on ethnographic research, methods and ethics through a study of global patterns in gender-based violence. Noting a vacuum in applied anthropology literature where gender-based violence, they state, has rarely been the starting point of […]

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 […]

Carla Freeman Durham: Duke University Press, 2014, 258 pp. Reviewed by Carla Jones A major strain of anthropological scholarship of the past decade has analyzed the contours of neoliberalism. At first glance, the term itself conjures a now familiar set of effects. Rooted in the political and economic restructuring of basic social welfare through the state, neoliberal conditions demand a […]

Wendy Geller Lenham: Lexington Books, 2015, 289 pp. Reviewed by Jayne Howell (California State University Long Beach)   Sociologist Wendy Geller’s Rural Young Women, Education and Socio-Spatial Mobility: Landscapes of Success speaks to the importance of schooling and skilled employment as critical components of women’s empowerment in the 21st century.  A crucial underlying basis for the research is that globally, […]

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 […]