BOOKS RECEIVED: Strauss, Rupp and Love, eds., “Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
This path-breaking volume explores cultures of energy, the underlying but under-appreciated dimensions of both crisis and innovation in resource use around the globe. Theoretical chapters situate pressing energy issues in larger conceptual frames, and ethnographic case studies reveal energy as… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Peter Van Arsdale and Derrin Smith, “Humanitarians in Hostile Territory: Expeditionary Diplomacy and Aid Outside the Green Zone” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
More than ever, humanitarian aid workers and diplomats are engaging with vulnerable populations in areas once considered too dangerous to touch. Drawing on decades of on-the-ground experience in conflict environments around the world, Van Arsdale and Smith offer this important… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Loretta A. Cormier, “The Ten-Thousand Year Fever: Rethinking Human and Wild-Primate Malarias” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Malaria is one of the oldest recorded diseases in human history, and its 10,000-year relationship to primates can teach us why it will be one of the most serious threats to humanity in the 21st century. In this pathbreaking book… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Martin Tolich, “Qualitative Ethics in Practice” (Left Coast Press, 2016)
Neither ethics committees nor qualitative researchers can predict the types of ethical dilemmas that will happen in the field, only that they will routinely occur. In Qualitative Ethics in Practice, a team of fifteen top researchers from various disciplines… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: James Staples, “Livelihoods at the Margins: Surviving the City” (Left Coast Press, 2007)
Sex workers, street hawkers, drug sellers, cleaners – they are people living on the margins of urban life who are ubiquitous but widely misunderstood and notably absent from mainstream economic analyses. In Livelihood on the Margins, anthropologists and practitioners engaged… Read More
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