New Books Network

Gregory Forth, “A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path: Animal Metaphors in an Eastern Indonesian Society” (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2019)
Gregory Forth, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has studied the Nage people of the eastern Indonesian island of Flores for more than three decades. In A Dog Pissing at the Edge of a Path: Animal Metaphors in an... Read More
Thomas S. Mullaney, “The Chinese Deathscape: Grave Reform in Modern China” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In the past decade alone, more than ten million corpses have been exhumed and reburied across the Chinese landscape. The campaign has transformed China’s graveyards into sites of acute personal, social, political, and economic contestation. In The Chinese Deathscape. Grave Reform in Modern China, three historians of China, Jeffrey Snyder-Reinke,... Read More
Minjeong Kim, “Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immigrants and ‘Multiculturalism’ in Rural South Korea” (U Hawai’i Press, 2018)
Studies on marriage migration often portray marriage migrants as victims of globalization and patriarchy. Although there are intersecting oppressions among female migrant workers, the tendency to conflate marriage migration with sex trafficking among humanitarian organizations and scholars lead to erasure of divergent experiences. In her book,  Elusive Belonging: Marriage Immigrants... Read More
William Germano, “Getting it Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books” (U Chicago Press, 2016)
When I put down Getting it Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books (University of Chicago Press, 2016), I looked up and began to wonder. I wondered about the book on gnomic poetry in Medieval Greek I had read over the weekend. I wondered about the... Read More
Sarah Luna, “Love in the Drug War: Selling Sex and Finding Jesus on the Mexico-US Border” (U Texas Press, 2020)
Sex, drugs, religion, and love are potent combinations in la zona, a regulated prostitution zone in the city of Reynosa, across the border from Hidalgo, Texas. During the years 2008 and 2009, a time of intense drug violence, Sarah Luna met and built relationships with two kinds of migrants, women who... Read More
Margrit Pernau, “Emotions and Modernity in Colonial India: From Balance to Fervor” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In her stunning and conceptually adventurous new book Emotions and Modernity in Colonial India: From Balance to Fervor (Oxford University Press, 2020), Margrit Pernau examines the varied and hugely consequential expressions of and normative investments in emotions in modern South Asian Muslim thought. By considering a wide array of sources... Read More
Anthony L. Gardner, “Stars with Stripes: The Essential Partnership between the European Union and the United States” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
If the US is – in the words of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright – the “indispensible nation” then the economic, democratic and institutional alliance between the US and the EU is the “essential partnership”. So argues Tony Gardner, Barack Obama’s ambassador to the EU and advisor to Joe... Read More
Kristin Plys, “Brewing Resistance: Indian Coffee House and the Emergency in Postcolonial India” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
In 1947, decolonization promised a better life for India’s peasants, workers, students, Dalits, and religious minorities. By the 1970s, however, this promise had not yet been realized. Various groups fought for the social justice but in response, Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi suspended the constitution, and with it, civil liberties. The... Read More
Ellen Wayland-Smith, “The Angel in the Marketplace: Adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub and the Selling of America” (U Chicago Press, 2020)
Ellen Wayland-Smith is an associate professor of writing at University of Southern California. Her book The Angel in the Marketplace: Adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub and the Selling of America (University of Chicago Press, 2020) follows the career of adwoman Jean Wade Rindlaub who in the mid-twentieth century created the advertising... Read More
Li Zhang, “Anxious China: Inner Revolution and Politics of Psychotherapy” (U California Press, 2020)
The breathless pace of China’s economic reform has brought about deep ruptures in socioeconomic structures and people’s inner landscape. Faced with increasing market-driven competition and profound social changes, more and more middle-class urbanites are turning to Western-style psychological counseling to grapple with their mental distress. Anxious China: Inner Revolution and... Read More