Serena Nanda and Joan Gregg Maryland: AltaMira Press, 2009 Reviewed by Sharla Blank   The purpose of this book, The Gift of a Bride: A Tale of Anthropology, Matrimony and Murder, is to introduce readers to gendered relations in India and in Indian diasporic communities of the United States, as well as to teach fundamental concepts of cultural anthropology. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jennifer Robertson (ed.), Blackwell Publishers, 2004 Reviewed by Sarah Luna, graduate student in anthropology at the University of Chicago The key purpose of this volume is to problematize terms and concepts like “homosexual” that anthropologists have historically imposed upon situations that simply cannot be explained by our own folk ideas. Jennifer Robertson stresses in her introduction that we must challenge […]

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 […]

Marcia C. Inhorn & Frank Van Balen (eds.) Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002 Reviewed by Lisa M. Mitchell, Dept of Anthropology, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada This is one of the most interesting books to come across my desk in some time. The editors have put together a thought provoking interdisciplinary collection of essays interrogating the practices 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 […]

Miriam G. Reumann University of California Press, 2005 Reviewed by Joy Scott As the title of her book suggests, Miriam Reumann explores the development of sexual character specific to the United States in the post WWII era of the late 40s through the 50s. Presenting a comprehensive and clear interpretation of the well-known Kinsey reports as a primary source of […]

Susan Greenhalgh Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008 Reviewed by Stacy Lockerbie Just One Child offers its readers a detailed and comprehensive understanding of the process of scientific policymaking and the one-child policy in China. In this text, Susan Greenhalgh outlines both the political context of the policy’s formation as well as its social history since its inception in 1979, […]