Noelle Stout Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2019, 255 pp. Reviewed by Alison Hanson             In her new book, Dispossessed: How Predatory Bureaucracy Foreclosed on the American Middle Class (2019), Noelle Stout offers a different view of the 2008 financial collapse than has been shown in news and media accounts – that of the enduring and everyday […]

50 Great Myths of Human Sexuality

50 Great Myths of Human Sexuality Pepper Schwartz and Martha Kempner West Sussex, UK:  Wiley Press, 2015, 313 pp. Reviewed by Natali Valdez   Laverne Cox is a talented, intelligent, transgender activist and actress. Her activism brings awareness to the disproportionate violence that affects the transgender community. However, when Cox is interviewed, people repeatedly ask her about her sexuality and […]

Cora Du Bois: Anthropology, Diplomat, Agent

Cora Du Bois: Anthropology, Diplomat, Agent Susan Seymour Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2015, 423 pp. Reviewed by Carol C. Mukhopadhyay   Seymour’s meticulously researched biography on Cora Du Bois skillfully weaves together threads from a myriad of often obscure, intensely personal documents, to produce a magnificent reconstruction of the life and personality of this major anthropological figure. […]

It is a truism that an anthropologist’s favorite word is often ‘complex:’ social life is complex; gender is complex; health is complex. Perhaps a bit tongue and cheek, but Emily Wentzell’s Maturing Masculinities: Aging, Chronic Illness, and Viagra in Mexico offers a much welcomed theoretical framework for understanding complexity over time. Building on Annemarie Mol’s (2002) concept of diseases as […]

Elly Teman Berkley: University of California Press, 2010 Reviewed by Megan McCullough Elly Teman’s Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self elegantly and aptly illustrates Ginsburg and Rapp’s (1995) classic yet cogent point that reproduction is at the center of social life, social theory, and apparatuses of power. Teman’s ethnography significantly addresses a gap in anthropological literature […]

Maria Cattell and Marjorie Schweitzer (eds.), Left Coast Press, 2006 Reviewed by Tiffany Worboy Doctoral Candidate in Women’s Studies, Emory University In February 1992, Maria Cattell and Marjorie Schweitzer were both attending an annual conference in Santa Fe when they undertook a friendly conversation about their shared interests and life experiences as wives, mothers, and anthropologists. They were particularly intrigued […]

Sexual Inequalities and Social Justice

Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt (Eds.) Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007 Reviewed by Stephanie R. Medley-Rath Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology at Georgia State University Niels Teunis and Gilbert Herdt have edited a diverse set of readings regarding sexual inequality in order to further the goal of sexual justice. Not only are the topics covered somewhat diverse, but the […]

Janelle Taylor New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2008 Reviewed by: Lauren Fordyce, PhD Janelle Taylor contributes to the growing field of feminist analyses of technoscience with her new book, The Public Life of the Fetal Sonogram, which examines how obstetrical ultrasound images can be read as “texts,” including the ways in which they are interpreted and used, as well as […]

The Media and Body Image: If Looks Could Kill

Maggie Wykes and Barrie Gunter London: Sage, 2005 Reviewed by Karen McGarry, Lecturer, Trent University In The Media and Body Image: If Looks could Kill, Maggie Wykes and Barrie Gunter adopt an interdisciplinary perspective to explore the relationship between representations of an idealized femininity in the mass media and the increasing prevalence of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and […]

Commodifying Bodies

Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Loïc Wacquant (eds.) Sage Publications, 2003 Reviewed by Margot Weiss, Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University Commodifying Bodies is a slim collection of nine essays, originally published as volume seven of the journal Body & Society (2001). Most of the contributors are medical anthropologists; two are sociologists. Offered as a corrective to academic work that […]