New Books Network

Alexander L. Fattal, “Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia (University of Chicago Press, 2019) investigates the Colombian government’s campaign to turn Marxist guerrilla fighters in the FARC into consumer citizens. In this ethnography, Alexander L. Fattal explores the ways marketing became a tactic of counterinsurgency as a means of a humanitarian intervention,... Read More
Govind Gopakumar, “Installing Automobility: Emerging Politics of Mobility and Streets in Indian Cities” (MIT Press, 2020)
Automobiles and their associated infrastructures, deeply embedded in Western cities, have become a rapidly growing presence in the mega-cities of the Global South. Streets, once crowded with pedestrians, pushcarts, vendors, and bicyclists, are now choked with motor vehicles, many of them private automobiles. In Installing Automobility: Emerging Politics of Mobility... Read More
Ashley Mears, “Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Ashley Mears’ new book Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit (Princeton University Press, 2020) provides readers with a closer look at the global party circuit. A lifestyle that offers million-dollar birthday parties, megayachts on the French Riviera, and $40,000 bottles of champagne. In today’s New... Read More
C. M. Driscoll and M. R. Miller, “Method as Identity: Manufacturing Distance in the Academic Study of Religion” (Lexington, 2018)
In the study of religion there are various camps that each approach their subjects in unique ways. Each method is shaped by particular interpretive choices, such as to be objectively neutral, experientially invested, or use scientific measures, for example. Whatever strategy one uses there is a relationship between one’s social... Read More
T. Sangaramoorthy and K. Kroeger, “Rapid Ethnographic Assessments” (Routledge, 2020)
How can researchers gather information quickly, for instance in the times of COVID-19? In their new book, Rapid Ethnographic Assessments: A Practical Approach and Toolkit for Collaborative Community Research (Routledge, 2020), Thurka Sangaramoorthy and Karen Kroeger present readers with key tips for conducting rapid assessments in various situations. The book... Read More
Jacqueline H. Fewkes, “Locating Maldivian Women’s Mosques in Global Discourses” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
What is a mosque? What are women’s mosques specifically? What historical values do women’s mosques offer, and what is the relationship between mosque spaces and women’s religious work? How do women leaders themselves identify with and conceptualize their leadership roles? Why are women’s mosques around the world, both historical and... Read More
Nusrat S. Chowdhury, “Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh” (Stanford UP, 2019)
Few places are as politically precarious as Bangladesh, even fewer as crowded. Its 57,000 or so square miles are some of the world’s most inhabited. Often described as a definitive case of the bankruptcy of postcolonial governance, it is also one of the poorest among the most densely populated nations.... Read More
Nancy Mattina, “Uncommon Anthropologist: Gladys Reichard and Western Native American Culture” (U Oklahoma Press, 2019)
Protégé of Elsie Clews Parsons and Franz Boas, founder and head of Barnard College’s anthropology department, and a trailblazer in Native American linguistics and anthropology, Gladys Reichard (1893–1955) is one of America’s least appreciated anthropologists. Her accomplishments were obscured in her lifetime by differences in intellectual approach and envy, as... Read More