Jennifer R. Wies & Hillary J. Haldane, eds. Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2015, 214 pp. Reviewed by Rama Srinivasan This book brings together an important discussion on ethnographic research, methods and ethics through a study of global patterns in gender-based violence. Noting a vacuum in applied anthropology literature where gender-based violence, they state, has rarely been the starting point of […]

Feminist Ethnography: Thinking through Methodologies, Challenges, and Possibilities Dána-Ain Davis and Christa Craven Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016, 195 pp. Robin Valenzuela Dána-Ain Davis and Christa Craven’s thoughtfully constructed textbook offers a comprehensive, student-centered introduction to feminist ethnography, including the history, trends, debates, methods, and epistemologies that constitute it. Drawing upon Gloria Anzaldúa’s concept of “un choque,” Davis and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation Estelle B. Freedman Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013, 387pp. Reviewed by Gabriela Torres   Freedman’s Redefining Rape makes clear that our understandings of sexual violence are inexorably tied to culturally sanctioned notions of citizenship rights in the past and today. Tracing the fragmented and piecemeal struggle to define rape […]

Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism

Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism Victoria L. Bromley Ontario: University of Toronto Press, 2012 Reviewed by Caroline Williams Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism is a “reader-friendly guide to thinking through the multiplicities of feminism” (xi). The book is easy to read and free from overcomplicated jargon. Each chapter, which follows a thematic order, concludes with a clear explanation of its […]

Contesting Archives: Finding Women in the Sources

 Nupur Chaudhuri, Sherry Katz, and Mary Elizabeth Perry, eds. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010 Reviewed by Traci Yoder Contesting Archives: Finding Women in the Sources examines the role of archival materials in the creation of feminist histories. In this volume, contributors analyze various archival sources to determine what kinds of information they can yield about women and gender historically, […]

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 […]

Lisa Duggan Beacon Press, 2003 Reviewed by María Amelia Viteri, Ph.D. candidate in Social Anthropology at American University The modern debate around notions of democracy has been characterized by an ideological struggle between the liberal democratic idea of liberty espoused by John Locke and the civic republicanism put forth by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Vatter, 2000). Within this framework, Lisa Duggan, the […]

Nancy Holmstrom (ed.) New York: Monthly Review Press, 2002 Reviewed by Karla Momberger, Esq., Arizona State University The Socialist Feminist Project: A Contemporary Reader in Theory and Politics edited by Nancy Holmstrom is just that, a project—something vigorous and alive. The active set of goals and tactics that drive the anthology is what makes it refreshing, timely, and relevant for […]