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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby

Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby Adele Pavlidis and Simone Fullager Fanrham Surrey, UK: Ashgate. 2014, 208p Reviewed by Susan K. Thomas   Since the early 2000s, roller derby has experienced a resurgence in numerous countries. A search online provides hits that reflect roller derby activity in Sweden, Latvia, Japan, Brazil, and several dozen other countries (53 […]

Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town Esther Newton Durham: Duke University Press, 2014. 378 pp. Reviewed by: Christopher Baum, Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY   In the Preface which accompanies the new edition of Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town (2014), […]

Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India Amrita Pande New York: Columbia University Press, 2014, 272 pp. Reviewed by Julia Kowalski India emerged in the mid-2000s as a major site for transnational surrogacy, offering gestational services to would-be parents from around the world. Pande’s Wombs in Labor offers the first full-length ethnographic investigation of this industry. Pande demonstrates how […]

Women, Islam and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan Svetlana Peshkova Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014, 352 pp. Reviewed by Emma Varley   In her ethnography of Muslim women otinchalar—Islamic teachers, ritual specialists and spiritual intermediaries—in post-Soviet Uzbekistan, Svetlana Peshkova provides a rich account of otinchalar as sources and sites of engagement between women and nationally-determined ideals […]