BOOKS RECEIVED: Barbara Rose Johnston and Holly M Barker, “Consequential Damages of Nuclear War: The Rongelap Report” (Left Coast Press, 2008).
The hydrogen test-bomb Bravo, dropped on the Marshall Islands in 1954, had enormous consequences for the Rongelap people. Anthropologists Barbara Rose Johnston and Holly Barker provide incontrovertible evidence of physical and financial damages to individuals and cultural and psycho-social damages… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Roberto J Gonzalez, “Militarizing Culture: Essays on the Warfare State” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
Militarizing Culture is a rousing critique of the American warfare state by a leading cultural commentator. Roberto J. Gonzalez reveals troubling trends in the post-9/11 era, as the military industrial complex infiltrates new arenas of cultural life, from economic and… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Barbara Rose Johnston, “Life and Death Matters: Human Rights, Environment, and Social Justice, 2nd ed.” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
The first edition of Life and Death Matters was a breakthrough text, centralizing the experiences of those on the front lines of environmental crises and forging new paradigms for understanding how crises emerge and how different groups of actors respond… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Wasson, Butler, and Copeland-Carson, eds., “Applying Anthropology in the Global Village” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
The realities of the globalized world have revolutionized traditional concepts of culture, community, and identity―so how do applied social scientists use complicated, fluid new ideas such as translocality and ethnoscape to solve pressing human problems? In this book, leading scholar/practitioners… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Karen M. Tani, “States of Dependency: Welfare, Rights, and American Governance, 1935-1972” (Cambridge UP, 2016)
Who bears responsibility for the poor, and who may exercise the power that comes with that responsibility? Amid the Great Depression, American reformers answered this question in new ways, with profound effects on long-standing practices of governance and entrenched understandings… Read More
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