Although Cora Du Bois began her life in the early twentieth century as a lonely and awkward girl, her intellect and curiosity propelled her into a remarkable life as an anthropologist and diplomat in the vanguard of social and academic change. Du Bois studied with Franz Boas, a founder of American anthropology, and with some of his most eminent students: Ruth […]

The Unending Hunger: Tracing Women and Food Insecurity Across Borders By Megan A. Carney University of Californial Press, 2015 Based on ethnographic fieldwork from Santa Barbara, California, this book sheds light on the ways that food insecurity prevails in women’s experiences of migration from Mexico and Central America to the United States. As women grapple with the pervasive conditions of […]

Maithil Women’s Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border by Coralynn V. Davis University of Illinois Press, 2014 (hardcover and ebook)   This book traces Maithil women’s agency and meaning-making in their contemporary telling of traditional folktales. The Maithil women of the Himalayan region have long explored their individual and collective life experiences by sharing stories with one-another. Sometimes fantastical, sometimes […]

Afghanistan Remembers: Gendered Narrations of Violence and Culinary Practices by Parin Dossa  University of Toronto Press, 2014 Although an extensive academic literature exists on the subject of violence, little attention has been given to the ways in which it becomes entrenched and normalized in the inner recesses of everyday life. In Afghanistan Remembers, Parin Dossa examines how violence is remembered by […]

Entrepreneurial Selves: Neoliberal Respectability and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class  by Carla Freeman Duke University Press, 2014 “Entrepreneurial Selves is an ethnography of neoliberalism. Bridging political economy and affect studies, Carla Freeman turns a spotlight on the entrepreneur, a figure saluted across the globe as the very embodiment of neoliberalism. Steeped in more than a decade of ethnography on […]

Childbirth is a women’s rights issue and a reproductive justice issue. The United States maternity system is one of the costliest in the developed world, yet our birth outcomes compare poorly to those of other industrialized nations. The Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition (BoBB:CE) builds on the enormous success of Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein’s documentary, The Business of Being Born, to encourage […]

Third World Newsreel is proud to release Dagmar Schultz’s documentary film about Black feminist lesbian poet Audre Lorde and her legacy to the Afro-German Movement. Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 explores a little-known chapter of Lorde’s prolific life, a period in which she helped ignite the Afro-German Movement and made lasting contributions to the German political […]

Labor Disorders in Neoliberal Italy: Mobbing, Well-Being, and the Workplace by Noelle J. Molé Indiana University Press “An important and path-breaking work . . . provocative and nuanced, theoretically sophisticated and ethnographically rich.” —David G. Horn, Ohio State University Psychological harassment at work, or “mobbing,” has become a significant public policy issue in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. Mobbing has given […]

Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality by Margot Weiss Duke University Press Techniques of Pleasure is a vivid portrayal of the San Francisco Bay Area’s pansexual BDSM (SM) community. Margot Weiss conducted ethnographic research at dungeon play parties and at workshops on bondage, role play, and flogging, and she interviewed more than sixty SM practitioners. She describes […]

Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights edited by Dorothy L. Hodgson University of Pennsylvania Press An interdisciplinary collection, Gender and Culture at the Limit of Rights examines the potential and limitations of the “women’s rights as human rights” framework as a strategy for seeking gender justice. Drawing on detailed case studies from the United States, Africa, Latin America, […]