New Books Network

Alex Rosenblat, “Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work” (California UP, 2018)
What does uber tell us about work, labor management, and mobility in the post-financial crisis world? Uber’s success has been tied to its cultural resonance and on its ability to tell convincing stories about itself to drivers, passengers, and governments about what it is, who drivers are, and why they... Read More
Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, “Wind and Power in the Anthropocene” (Duke UP, 2019)
This is the third of three interviews with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer about their duo-graph, Wind and Power in the Anthropocene.  Also listen to my individual interviews with Howe and Boyer about their separate volumes, Ecologics and Energopolitics. In this interview, I talk to both authors together about their... Read More
Bernardo Ramirez Rios, “Transnational Sport in the American West: Oaxaca California Basketball” (Lexington Books, 2019)
The game of basketball is not necessarily associated with Mexicans or Mexican Americans.  In Mexico, soccer (futbol) is the number one sport, followed by baseball.   There is even professional (and collegiate) American football. In some parts of the country, however, due to the geography, another sport, hoops has become a... Read More
Mubbashir A. Rizvi, “The Ethics of Staying: Social Movements and Land Rights Politics in Pakistan” (Stanford UP, 2019)
The military coup that brought General Pervez Musharraf to power as Pakistan’s tenth president resulted in the abolition of a century-old sharecropping system that was rife with corruption. In its place the military regime implemented a market reform policy of cash contract farming. Ostensibly meant to improve living conditions for... Read More
Charles King, “Gods of the Upper Air: How A Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century” (Doubleday, 2019)
American anthropologists consider Franz Boas, Ruth Benedict, and Margaret Mead to be foundational figures, but outside the academy few people know the details of their ideas. In this new volume, Charles King provides a carefully-researched and beautifully-written history of the Boas Circle that everyone will enjoy reading. King covers the... Read More
Dominic Boyer, “Energopolitics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene” (Duke UP, 2019)
This is the second of three interviews with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer about their duo-graph, Wind and Power in the Anthropocene.  Also listen to my interview with Howe about her volume, Ecologics, as well as my interview with both authors together about collaborative research and the wider implications of... Read More
Alma Jeftić, “Social Aspects of Memory: Stories of Victims and Perpetrators from Bosnia-Herzegovina” (Routledge, 2019)
In her new book, Social Aspects of Memory: Stories of Victims and Perpetrators from Bosnia-Herzegovina (Routledge, 2019). Alma Jeftić presents the compelling results of an empirical psychological study on how ordinary people remember war, drawing on narratives from two generations of people in Sarajevo and neighboring East Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. This... Read More