Jessica Marie Johnson University Of Pennsylvania Press, 2020 Reviewed by Avenel Rolfsen   Histories of the Atlantic World have often neglected the role of the African continent. While historians have focused on the presence of African slaves in the New World, the history of Africans and Africa before they crossed the Atlantic is often forgotten. Jennifer Marie Johnson’s new book […]

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 […]

Lalaie Ameeriar Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017, 224 pp. Reviewed by Anar Parikh In Downwardly Global, Lalaie Ameeriar examines Pakistani women’s economic and social mobility as immigrants in Canada. Unlike other ethnographies of women’s work that focus on their labor as domestic workers, nannies, or factory workers, Ameeriar’s interlocutors are women who were trained as professionals in Pakistan. Contrary […]

Wendy Geller Lenham: Lexington Books, 2015, 289 pp. Reviewed by Jayne Howell (California State University Long Beach)   Sociologist Wendy Geller’s Rural Young Women, Education and Socio-Spatial Mobility: Landscapes of Success speaks to the importance of schooling and skilled employment as critical components of women’s empowerment in the 21st century.  A crucial underlying basis for the research is that globally, […]

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 […]

The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders Megan A. Carney Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2015, 253 pp. Reviewed by Megan B. Hinrichsen Megan A. Carney’s The Unending Hunger directly confronts the current lack of formal research into the lived experience of food insecurity in the United States while simultaneously answering a call from feminist scholars to […]


addicted.pregnant.poor Kelly Ray Knight Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 2015, 328 pp. Reviewed by Parsa Bastani   Kelly Ray Knight provides a chilling account of drug addiction and mental illness among addicted, pregnant, poor women that move in and out of daily rent hotels in the Mission district of San Francisco. The entire book is an effort to understand the […]

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), […]

Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures Betsy Leondar-Wright Ithaca, NY:  Cornell University Press, 2014, 274 pp. Reviewed by Alicia Ory DeNicola   Leondar-Wright sets out to explore the ways that differing class frameworks and class praxis can affect group dynamics and the success of coalitions. Using rich ethnographic data, she suggests possibilities for appreciating the strengths […]