BOOKS RECEIVED:  Courtney Marie Dowdall and Ryan J Klotz, “Pesticides and Global Health: Understanding Agrochemical Dependence and Investing in Sustainable Solutions” (Left Coast Press, 2013)
This concise, accessible introduction to understanding agricultural chemicals and public health combines a broad synthesis on a global scale with rich ethnographic narratives on a human scale. Drawing on epidemiology, policy analysis, and social science research on the global commodity… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Gnecco and Ayala, eds., “Indigenous Peoples and Archaeology in Latin America” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
This book is the first to describe indigenous archaeology in Latin America for an English speaking audience. Eighteen chapters primarily by Latin American scholars describe relations between indigenous peoples and archaeology in the frame of national histories and examine the… Read More
Sidney M. Greenfield, “Spirits With Scalpels: The Cultural Biology of Religious Healing in Brazil,” 2nd ed., (Left Coast Press, 2008)
“The first time I witnessed a Spiritist surgery, a young man named Jose Carlos Ribeiro inserted a used scalpel taken from a tray that I was holding, and plunged it into the eye of an elderly man. The patient did… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Anabel Ford and Ronald Nigh, “The Maya Forest Garden: Eight Millennia of Sustainable Cultivation of the Tropical Woodlands” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
The conventional wisdom says that the devolution of Classic Maya civilization occurred because its population grew too large and dense to be supported by primitive neotropical farming methods, resulting in debilitating famines and internecine struggles. Using research on contemporary Maya… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Henry Tantalean, “Peruvian Archaeology: A Critical History” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
This book offers a unique, critical perspective on the history of Peruvian archaeology by a native scholar. Leading Peruvian archaeologist Henry Tantalean illuminates the cultural legacy of colonialism beginning with “founding father” Max Uhle and traces key developments to the… Read More
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