BOOKS RECEIVED: Edward Bever and Randall Styers, eds., “Magic in the Modern World: Strategies of Repression and Legitimization” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley This collection of essays considers the place of magic in the modern world, first by exploring the ways in which modernity has been defined in explicit opposition to magic and superstition, and then by… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Christina Toren and Simonne Pauwels, eds., “Living Kinship in the Pacific” (Berghahn Books, 2017)
Unaisi Nabobo-Baba observed that for the various peoples of the Pacific, kinship is generally understood as “knowledge that counts.” It is with this observation that this volume begins, and it continues with a straightforward objective to provide case studies of… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Leslie Topp, “Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe, 1890-1914″ (Penn State UP, 2017) ” (Penn State UP
Spurred by ideals of individual liberty that took hold in the Western world in the late nineteenth century, psychiatrists and public officials sought to reinvent asylums as large-scale, totally designed institutions that offered a level of freedom and normality impossible… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Kim Grant, “All About Process: The Theory and Discourse of Modern Artistic Labor” (Penn State UP, 2017)
Buy from University Press Books In recent years, many prominent and successful artists have claimed that their primary concern is not the artwork they produce but the artistic process itself. In this volume, Kim Grant analyzes this idea and traces… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Iain R. Edgar, “The Dream in Islam: From Qur’anic Tradition to Jihadist Inspiration” (Berghahn Books, 2016)
Buy from University Press Books The war in the Middle East is marked by a lack of cultural knowledge on the part of the western forces, and this book deals with another, widely ignored element of Islam-the role of dreams… Read More
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