New Books Network

Dean Itsuji Saranillio, “Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood” (Duke UP, 2018)
In Unsustainable Empire: Alternative Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood (Duke University Press, 2018), Dean Itsuji Saranillio offers a bold challenge to conventional understandings of Hawai‘i’s admission as a U.S. state. Hawai‘i statehood is popularly remembered as a civil rights victory against racist claims that Hawai‘i was undeserving of statehood because it... Read More
Douglas K. Miller, “Indians on the Move: Native American Mobility and Urbanization in the Twentieth Century” (UNC Press, 2019)
In 1972, the Bureau of Indian Affairs terminated its twenty-year-old Voluntary Relocation Program, which encouraged the mass migration of roughly 100,000 Native American people from rural to urban areas. At the time the program ended, many groups–from government leaders to Red Power activists–had already classified it as a failure, and... 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
Mike Jay, “Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic” (Yale UP, 2019)
Psychedelics are not terribly new. And the drug mescaline is certainly not new. Mike Jay‘s new book, Mescaline: A Global History of the First Psychedelic (Yale University Press, 2019), tells two trippy stories: one that is about Indigenous use and another about Western society’s adoption of the drug in culture... Read More
Rachel B. Herrmann, “No Useless Mouth: Waging War and Fighting Hunger in the American Revolution” (Cornell UP, 2019)
When the British explored the Atlantic coast of America in the 1580s, their relations with indigenous peoples were structured by food. The newcomers, unable to sustain themselves through agriculture, relied on the local Algonquian people for resources. This led to tension, and then violence. When English raiding parties struck Algonquian... Read More
M. L. Mitma and J. P. Heilman, “Now Peru is Mine: The Life and Times of a Campesino Activist” (Duke UP, 2016)
Now Peru is Mine: The Life and Times of a Campesino Activist (Duke University Press, 2016) tells the remarkable story of a campesino and indigenous political activist whose career spanned much of Peru’s twentieth century and whose achievements at the local and national level transformed Peruvian peasant politics. Structured as... Read More
Yuko Miki, “Frontiers of Citizenship: A Black and Indigenous History of Postcolonial Brazil” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Yuko Miki’s book, Frontiers of Citizenship: A Black and Indigenous History of Postcolonial Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2018), was the recent recipient of LASA’s 19th-century section Honorable Mention for Best Book. Frontiers of Citizenship is a beautifully written book that integrates quite seamlessly the history black and indigenous peoples in 19th-century Brazil.... Read More