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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters: Gender, Secrecy, And Fraternity in Italian Masonic Lodges Lilith Mahmud Chicago: University of Chicago, 2014, 249 pp. Reviewed by Frances Julia Riemer The Freemasons are a famously mysterious organization. Tracing its origins to medieval stonemasons, its esoteric symbols and long list of notable members have made the organization the object of both much interest and […]

Fadéla Amara & Sylvia Zappi, University of California Press, 2006 Translated by Helen Harden Chenut Reviewed by Vanessa Agard-Jones, New York University On the evening of October 4 2002, a young Muslim woman lost her life. That night Sohane Benziane, a 17-year-old of Algerian descent living in the French suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine, was badly beaten, doused with an accelerant, and […]