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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and experience in the contemporary US Sallie Han New York: Berghahn, 2013, 195pp. Reviewed by Michal Raucher   Many of us who have done anthropological research on reproduction have found that women love sharing their birth stories or talking about their pregnancies. Each of us thinks our story is unique, but we also want to know how […]

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 […]

Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan Janice Boddy Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007 Reviewed by Rebecca Henriksen Janice Boddy’s Civilizing Women: British Crusades in Colonial Sudan critically examines how British colonial health and education projects altered modes of embodiment and bodily practices among Sudanese women and men. Boddy draws on myriad archival sources alongside novels, advertisements, and scholarly and […]

Nadine T. Fernandez New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010 Reviewed by Erica Lorraine Williams In this insightful and well-written ethnography, Nadine Fernandez explores a central paradox: if mestizaje (racial mixing) is the “essence” of the Cuban nation, then why are interracial couples, the purported “engines of mestizaje” (184), still perceived with disdain? Why are interracial couplings – particularly those between […]

Yasmina Katsulis Austin: University of Texas Press, 2008 Reviewed by Sharla Blank Yasmina Katsulis’ book, Sex Work and the City: The Social Geography of Health and Safety in Tijuana, Mexico describes and analyzes sex work and sex workers in the Zona Norte district of Tijuana, Mexico. Katsulis conducted 18 months of fieldwork in 2000-2001 to document the experience of female, […]

Christa Craven Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010 Reviewed by Jennifer Aengst In her new book, Pushing for Midwives: Homebirth Mothers and the Reproductive Rights Movement, Christa Craven contributes to the feminist analyses of midwifery through her discussion of the ways in which difference have shaped the homebirth movement both historically and currently. Wary of the dominant narrative of homebirth activism […]