New Books Network

Julia Cassaniti, “Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia” (Cornell UP, 2018)
How do you understand mindfulness? Is your understanding limited by your own culture’s definition of what mindfulness is? These are some of the questions you will ask yourself while reading Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia (Cornell University Press, 2018). In today’s podcast, Prof. Julia Cassaniti takes us on... Read More
Juan Javier Rivera Andía, “Non-Humans in Amerindian South America” (Berghahn, 2018)
In Non-Humans in Amerindian South America: Ethnographies of Indigenous Cosmologies, Rituals, and Songs (Berghahn, 2018), eleven researchers bring new ethnographies to bear on anthropological debates on ontology and the anthropocene. In this episode of New Books in Anthropology, the book’s editor Juan Javier Rivera Andía talks with host Jacob Doherty... Read More
Philip Grant, “Chains of Finance: How Investment Management is Shaped” (Oxford UP, 2017)
The authors of Chains of Finance: How Investment Management is Shaped (Oxford University Press, 2017) make points that professionals already know and that end-investors ought to know: that there are a lot of cooks in the investment kitchen, and that the investment process is materially shaped by the chain of... Read More
Harshita M. Kamath, “The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance” (U California Press, 2019)
Harshita M. Kamath‘s new book The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance (University of California Press, 2019) features an investigation of men donning a women’s guises to impersonate female characters – most notably Satyabhāmā, the wife of the Hindu deity Krishna –within the insular Brahmin community of the... Read More
Alpa Shah, et al., “Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st-Century India” (Pluto Press, 2017)
A recent UNDP report makes the astonishing claim that India has halved its poverty between 2006 and 2016. Moving us past the rosy picture, Alpa Shah and her co-author’s  multi-authored, masterful Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st-Century India (Pluto Press, 2017) focuses on those left... Read More
Jessica Starling, “Guardians of the Buddha’s Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū” (U Hawaii Press, 2019)
In her recent ethnography, Guardians of the Buddha’s Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū (University of Hawaii Press, 2019),  Prof. Jessica Starling invites us into the daily lives of the bōmori, the spouses of priests in the Japanese Jōdo Shinshū, or True Pure Land, tradition. Focusing on domestic religion,... Read More
Carl Hoffman, “The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure” (William Morrow, 2019)
Journalist Carl Hoffman talks about Bruno Manser and Michael Palmieri, two men who arrived in Borneo with very different dreams and aspirations. Hoffman served as a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler and Wired Magazine. He is the author of The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of... Read More