New Books Network

Sarah Shulist, “Transforming Indigenity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon” (U Toronto Press, 2018)
Transforming Indigenity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon (University of Toronto Press) examines the role that language revitalization efforts play in cultural politics in the small city of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, located in the Brazilian Amazon. Sarah Shulist concentrates on how debates, discussions, and practices aimed at... Read More
S. Lawreniuk and L. Parsons, “Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality (Oxford UP, 2020) brings together more than a decade’s worth of research during one of the most consequential moments in Cambodian history. After years of staggering economic growth and a political breakthrough in 2013, disappointment set in as the fruits... Read More
Durba Mitra, “Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought” (Princeton UP, 2020)
During the colonial period in India, European scholars, British officials, and elite Indian intellectuals—philologists, administrators, doctors, ethnologists, sociologists, and social critics—deployed ideas about sexuality to understand modern Indian society. In Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought (Princeton UP, 2020), Durba Mitra shows how deviant... Read More
David Livingstone Smith, “On Inhumanity: Dehumanization and How to Resist It” (Oxford UP, 2020)
The Rwandan genocide, the Holocaust, the lynching of African Americans, the colonial slave trade: these are horrific episodes of mass violence spawned from racism and hatred. We like to think that we could never see such evils again–that we would stand up and fight. But something deep in the human... Read More
Rachel V. González, “Quinceañera Style: Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities” (U Texas Press, 2019)
A quinceañera is a traditional fifteenth birthday celebration for young women (though in contemporary times, it can also be for young men) in many Latinx communities.  While the celebration has roots in religiosity, it has also become a space for imagining and performing class, identity, and Americanity.  With fieldwork conducted... Read More
Ann-elise Lewallen, “The Fabric of Indigeneity: Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan” (U New Mexico Press, 2016)
The Fabric of Indigeneity: Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism in Japan (University of New Mexico Press) is a recent addition to the growing scholarship on Ainu identity and settler colonialism in Japan. Combining ethnographic fieldwork in contemporary Ainu communities and organizations with museum and archival research, Dr. Lewallen shows... Read More
Jack Santino, “Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque” (UP Colorado, 2017)
Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque (University Press of Colorado) offers a deep and wide-ranging exploration of relationships among genres of public performance and of the underlying political motivations they share. Illustrating the connections among three themes—the political, the carnivalesque, and the ritualesque—the volume provides rich and comprehensive... Read More
Jean Jackson, “Managing Multiculturalism: Indigeneity and the Struggle for Rights in Colombia” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In Managing Multiculturalism: Indigeneity and the Struggle for Rights in Colombia (Stanford University Press) Jean Jackson narrates her remarkable journey as an anthropologist in Colombia for over 50 years. This is an extraordinary book because it shows us Jackson’s trajectory, the challenges she faced, the changes she underwent as a researcher... Read More
Sai Balakrishnan, “Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
In the thoroughly researched, lucidly narrated new book Shareholder Cities: Land Transformations Along Urban Corridors in India (University of Pennsylvania Press), Sai Balakrishnan (Assistant Professor of City and Urban Planning at UC Berkeley) examines the novel phenomenon of the conversion of agrarian landowners into urban shareholders in India’s newly emerging... Read More
Ezra Cappell and Jessica Lang, “Off the Derech: Leaving Orthodox Judaism” (SUNY Press, 2020)
Off the Derech: Leaving Orthodox Judaism (SUNY Press, 2020), edited by Ezra Cappell and Jessica Lang, combines powerful first-person accounts with incisive scholarly analysis to understand the phenomenon of ultra-Orthodox Jews who leave their insular communities and venture into the wider world. In recent years, many formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews have... Read More