BOOKS RECEIVED: J. William Thompson, “From Memory to Memorial: Shanksville, America and Flight 93” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books On September 11, 2001, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, became a center of national attention when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a former strip mine in sleepy Somerset County, killing all forty passengers and crew aboard. This… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Girolamo Benzoni, “The History of the New World” (Penn State UP, 2017)
The History of the New World is an abridged, unique English translation of sixteenth-century Italian merchant Girolamo Benzonis popular account of his adventures in the Americas and the Spanish colonies. First published in Venice in 1565, Benzonis book was an… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Alan C. Braddock and Laura Turner Igoe, eds., “A Greene Country Towne: Philadelphias Ecology in the Cultural Imagination” (Penn State UP, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books An unconventional history of Philadelphia that operates at the threshold of cultural and environmental studies, A Greene Country Towne expands the meaning of community beyond people to encompass nonhuman beings, things, and forces. By examining… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Edvard Hviding and Cato Berg, eds., “The Ethnographic Experiment: A.M. Hocart and W.H.R. Rivers in Island Melanesia, 1908” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
In 1908, Arthur Maurice Hocart and William Halse Rivers Rivers conducted fieldwork in the Solomon Islands and elsewhere in Island Melanesia that served as the turning point in the development of modern anthropology. The work of these two anthropological pioneers… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Anne Sigfrid Gronseth, ed., “Being Human, Being Migrant: Senses of Self and Well-Being” (Berghagn Books. 2016)
Migrant experiences accentuate general aspects of the human condition. Therefore, this volume explores migrant’s movements not only as geographical movements from here to there but also as movements that constitute an embodied, cognitive, and existential experience of living “in between”… Read More
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