Interviews with anthropologists about their new books.

Reid B. Locklin, "Hindu Mission, Christian Mission: Soundings in Comparative Theology" (SUNY Press, 2024)

July 18, 2024

Hindu Mission, Christian Mission

Reid B. Locklin
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

For some four hundred years, Hindus and Christians have been engaged in a public controversy about conversion and missionary proselytization, especial…

Sarah Milton, "Ageing and New Intimacies: Gender, Sexuality and Temporality in an English Salsa Scene" (Manchester UP, 2024)

July 17, 2024

Ageing and New Intimacies

Sarah Milton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The 'baby boom' generation, born between the 1940s and the 1960s, is often credited with pioneering new and creative ways of relating, doing intimacy …

Paula Bialski on Middletech, Software Work, and the Culture of Good Enough

July 15, 2024

Middle Tech, Software Work and the Culture of Good Enough

Paula Bialski
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks with Paula Bialski, an Associate Professor for Digital Sociology at the University of St. Gallen in St. Gallen,…

Jill A. Fisher, "Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals" (NYU Press, 2020)

July 15, 2024

Adverse Events

Jill A. Fisher
Hosted by Claire Clark

Imagine that you volunteer for the clinical trial of an experimental drug. The only direct benefit of participating is that you will receive up to $5,…

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo, "Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism" (Lexington, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Dance Music Spaces

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo
Hosted by Michael Johnston

In Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism (Lexington Books, 2022), Danielle Antoinette Hida…

Maya Wind, "Towers of Ivory and Steel: How Israeli Universities Deny Palestinian Freedom" (Verso, 2024)

July 12, 2024

Towers of Ivory and Steel

Maya Wind
Hosted by Dhouha Djerbi

Israeli universities have long enjoyed a reputation as liberal bastions of freedom and democracy. Drawing on extensive research and making Hebrew sour…

Maya Pagni Barak, "The Slow Violence of Immigration Court: Procedural Justice on Trial" (NYU Press, 2023)

July 11, 2024

The Slow Violence of Immigration Court

Maya Pagni Barak
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Each year, hundreds of thousands of migrants are moved through immigration court. With a national backlog surpassing one million cases, court hearings…

Monika Krause, "Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

July 10, 2024

Model Cases

Monika Krause
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites (University of Chicago Press, 2021), Dr. Monika Krause asks about the concrete material resear…

Angela Garcia, "The Way That Leads Among the Lost: Life, Death, and Hope in Mexico City's Anexos" (FSG, 2024)

July 9, 2024

The Way That Leads Among the Lost

Angela Garcia
Hosted by Claire Clark

Based on over a decade of research, a powerful, moving work of narrative nonfiction that illuminates the little-known world of the anexos of Mexico Ci…

Natasha L. Mikles, "Shattered Grief: How the Pandemic Transformed the Spirituality of Death in America" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 8, 2024

Shattered Grief

Natasha L. Mikles
Hosted by Jue Liang

The COVID-19 pandemic left millions grieving their loved ones without the consolation of traditional ways of mourning. Patients were admitted to hospi…

Neena Mahadev, "Karma and Grace: Religious Difference in Millennial Sri Lanka" (Columbia UP, 2023)

July 6, 2024

Karma and Grace

Neena Mahadev
Hosted by Jessica Zu

Around the turn of the millennium, Pentecostal churches began to pepper majority-Buddhist Sri Lanka, setting off a sense of alarm among Buddhists who …

Jessie Abrahams, "Schooling Inequality: Aspirations, Opportunities and the Reproduction of Social Class" (Bristol UP, 2024)

July 6, 2024

Schooling Inequality

Jessie Abrahams
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Despite a mass expansion of the higher education sector in the UK since the 1960s, young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds rema…

Amanda McMillan Lequieu, "Who We Are Is Where We Are: Making Home in the American Rust Belt" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 5, 2024

Who We Are Is Where We Are

Amanda McMillan Lequieu
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Half a century ago, deindustrialization gutted blue-collar jobs in the American Midwest. But today, these places are not ghost towns. People still cal…

Eve Herold, "Robots and the People Who Love Them: Holding on to Our Humanity in an Age of Social Robots" (St. Martin's Press, 2024)

July 4, 2024

Robots and the People Who Love Them

Eve Herold
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

The latest developments in robotics and artificial intelligence and a preview of the coming decades, based on research and interviews with the world's…

Oneka LaBennett, "Global Guyana: Shaping Race, Gender, and Environment in the Caribbean and Beyond" (NYU Press, 2024)

July 3, 2024

Global Guyana

Oneka LaBennett
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

Previously ranked among the hemisphere’s poorest countries, Guyana is becoming a global leader in per capita oil production, a shift which promises to…

Balihar Sanghera and Elmira Satybaldieva, "Rentier Capitalism and Its Discontents: Power, Morality and Resistance in Central Asia" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2021)

July 2, 2024

Rentier Capitalism and Its Discontents

Balihar Sanghera and Elmira Satybaldieva
Hosted by Cholpon Ramizova

Balihar Sanghera and Elmira Satybaldieva’s Rentier Capitalism and Its Discontents: Power, Morality and Resistance in Central Asia (Palgrave MacMillan,…

Nimmagadda Bhargav, "Stringers and the Journalistic Field: Marginalities and Precarious News Labour in Small-Town India" (Routledge, 2023)

July 2, 2024

Stringers and the Journalistic Field

Nimmagadda Bhargav
Hosted by Khadeeja Amenda

Stringers and the Journalistic Field: Marginalities and Precarious News Labour in Small-Town India (Routledge, 2023) is one of the first ethnographic …

Race, Social Reproduction, and Capitalist Totality: A Conversation with William Conroy

June 30, 2024

Race, Social Reproduction, and Capitalist Totality

William Conroy
Hosted by Geoffrey Gordon

We live in a historical conjuncture characterized by the rise of a range of social movements that aim to challenge different forms of domination: capi…

David Zeitlyn, "An Anthropological Toolkit: Sixty Useful Concepts" (Berghahn Books, 2022)

June 30, 2024

An Anthropological Toolkit

David Zeitlyn

In Professor Zeitlyn's words, anthropology “has had enough of the big ideas already” -especially theories with a big ‘T’. In a discipline that seems…

Sean Redmond, "The Loneliness Room: A Creative Ethnography of Loneliness" (Manchester UP, 2024)

June 28, 2024

The Loneliness Room

Sean Redmond
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The Loneliness Room: A Creative Ethnography of Loneliness (Manchester University Press, 2024) by Dr. Sean Remond is a remarkably unique book takes the…