Derek Hird and Geng Song, “The Cosmopolitan Dream: Transnational Chinese Masculinities in a Global Age” (Hong Kong UP, 2018)
China’s global rise has been analysed from many perspectives in recent years. But pressing questions over how understandings of gender – and particularly masculinity – have been changing amidst increasing mutual contact between China and the wider world have been asked less often. Derek Hird and Geng Song are among... Read More
John Witte, Jr., “The Western Case for Monogamy over Polygamy” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
John Witte, Jr.‘s The Western Case for Monogamy over Polygamy (Cambridge University Press, 2018) is an extensively researched book showcasing the author’s deep knowledge and experience in the field of family and religious law. It traces the legal origins of European monogamy from the classical period to the present. Originally conceived... Read More
Maria Kronfeldner, “What’s Left of Human Nature? A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Account of a Contested Concept” (MIT Press, 2018)
Much of the debate about the roles of nature vs. nurture in the development of individual people has settled into accepting that it’s a bit of both, although what each contributes to a given trait or feature, how much, and they interact are still matters of dispute. In What’s Left... Read More
Michele Gelfand, “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World” (Scribner Books, 2018)
In Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World (Scribner Books, 2018), Dr. Michele Gelfand leverages cultural psychology research to examine social norms and their implications on individuals, organizations, and nations.  Dr. Gelfand examines how the threat environment shapes a nation’s culture, as well as how... Read More
Alf Gunvald Nilsen, “Adivasis and the State: Subalternity and Citizenship in India’s Bhil Heartland” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Almost a decade in the making, Adivasis and the State: Subalternity and Citizenship in India’s Bhil Heartland (Cambridge University Press, 2018) draws on collaboratively collected oral histories of two social movements in western Madhya Pradesh, the Khedut Mazdoor Chetna Sangath (KMCS) and the Adivasi Mukti Sangathan (AMS). This longue-durée approach allows Alf Gunvald... Read More
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