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, […]

Birthing a Mother: The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self by Elly Teman University of California Press,  2010 Birthing a Mother is the first ethnography to probe the intimate experience of gestational surrogate motherhood. Elly Teman shows how surrogates and intended mothers carefully negotiate their cooperative endeavor. Drawing on anthropological fieldwork among Jewish Israeli women, interspersed with cross-cultural perspectives of […]

Revolutionizing Romance: Interracial Couples in Contemporary Cuba Nadine T. Fernandez Rutgers University Press, 2010 Scholars have long heralded mestizaje, or race mixing, as the essence of the Cuban nation. Revolutionizing Romance is an ethnographic account of the continuing significance of race in Cuba, as it is experienced in interracial relationships. This ethnography tracks young couples as they move in a […]