Jessica Marie Johnson University Of Pennsylvania Press, 2020 Reviewed by Avenel Rolfsen   Histories of the Atlantic World have often neglected the role of the African continent. While historians have focused on the presence of African slaves in the New World, the history of Africans and Africa before they crossed the Atlantic is often forgotten. Jennifer Marie Johnson’s new book […]

Anahi Russo Garrido Rutgers University Press, 2020 Reviewed by Robin Valenzuela   Drawing primarily on ethnographic research conducted in Mexico City from 2009-2010, Anahi Russo Garrido’s Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy explores the emergent discourses, practices, and relationship modalities surrounding intimacy in Mexico City. In particular, she focuses on the queer Mexican cis and trans women, or tortilleras, who participate in el […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


addicted.pregnant.poor Kelly Ray Knight Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 2015, 328 pp. Reviewed by Parsa Bastani   Kelly Ray Knight provides a chilling account of drug addiction and mental illness among addicted, pregnant, poor women that move in and out of daily rent hotels in the Mission district of San Francisco. The entire book is an effort to understand the […]

Archaeology, Sexism and Scandal: The Long-Suppressed Story of One Woman’s Discoveries and the Man Who Stole Credit for Them By Alan Kaiser Lanham, MD:  Rowman and Littlefield, 2015, 251 pp. Reviewed by Meltem Ince Yenilmez   Archaeology, Sexism and Scandal explores the story of Mary Ross Ellingson, a woman who was denied intellectual rights over publications that she had researched […]