Anthropology

Anthropology

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Interviews with anthropologists about their new books.

Cameron Bailey and Aleksandra Wenta, "Tibetan Magic: Past and Present" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

June 21, 2024

Tibetan Magic

Cameron Bailey and Aleksandra Wenta
Hosted by Jue Liang

Tibetan Magic: Past and Present (Bloomsbury, 2024) focuses on the theme of magic in Tibetan contexts, encompassing both pre-modern and modern text-cul…

danah boyd on Digital Technology and Everyday Life

June 17, 2024

danah boyd on Digital Technology and Everyday Life

danah boyd
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks with danah boyd, Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, founder of the Data & Society Research Institute, an…

Kira Huju, "Cosmopolitan Elites: Indian Diplomats and the Social Hierarchies of Global Order" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 17, 2024

Cosmopolitan Elites

Kira Huju
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Cosmopolitan Elites: Indian Diplomats and the Social Hierarchies of Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2023) by Dr. Kira Huju narrates the birth, …

Daniel Scott Souleles et al., "People before Markets: An Alternative Casebook" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 16, 2024

People before Markets

Daniel Scott Souleles, Johan Gersel, and Morten Sørensen Thaning
Hosted by Robin Steiner

People before Markets:: An Alternative Casebook (Cambridge UP, 2022) presents twenty comparative case studies of important global questions, such as '…

Michael V. Singh, "Good Boys, Bad Hombres: The Racial Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys in Schools" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

June 16, 2024

Good Boys, Bad Hombres

Michael V. Singh
Hosted by Laura Kelly

The unintended consequences of youth empowerment programs for Latino boys Educational research has long documented the politics of punishment for boys…

Andrew M. Gardner, "The Fragmentary City: Migration, Modernity, and Difference in the Urban Landscape of Doha, Qatar" (Cornell UP, 2024)

June 15, 2024

The Fragmentary City

Andrew M. Gardner
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

As Andrew M. Gardner explains in The Fragmentary City: Migration, Modernity, and Difference in the Urban Landscape of Doha, Qatar (Cornell UP, 2024) i…

Allison J. Pugh, "The Last Human Job: The Work of Connecting in a Disconnected World" (Princeton UP, 2024)

June 15, 2024

The Last Human Job

Allison J. Pugh
Hosted by Mark Klobas

With the rapid development of artificial intelligence and labor-saving technologies like self-checkouts and automated factories, the future of work ha…

Stephen Marr and Patience Mususa, "DIY Urbanism in Africa: Politics and Practice" (Zed Books, 2023)

June 14, 2024

DIY Urbanism in Africa

Stephen Marr and Patience Mususa
Hosted by Aleem Mahabir

Protracted economic crises, accelerating inequalities, and increased resource scarcity present significant challenges for the majority of Africa's urb…

Benjamin Breen, "Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science" (Grand Central, 2024)

June 14, 2024

Tripping on Utopia

Benjamin Breen
Hosted by Claire Clark

Today I talked to Benjamin Breen about his book Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science (Grand …

Duana Fullwiley, "Tabula Raza: Mapping Race and Human Diversity in American Genome Science" (U California Press, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Tabula Raza

Duana Fullwiley
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

In Tabula Raza: Mapping Race and Human Diversity in American Genome Science (University of California Press, 2024), Duana Fullwiley has penned an inti…

Casey James Miller, "Inside the Circle: Queer Culture and Activism in Northwest China" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

June 11, 2024

Inside the Circle

Casey James Miller
Hosted by Yadong Li

After the end of the Maoist era in the People's Republic of China, the rise of queer communities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has generat…

Andrew McDowell, "Breathless: Tuberculosis, Inequality, and Care in Rural India" (Stanford UP, 2024)

June 10, 2024

Breathless

Andrew McDowell
Hosted by Yadong Li

Each year in India more than two million people fall sick with tuberculosis (TB), an infectious, airborne, and potentially deadly lung disease. The co…

Mónica M. Salas Landa, "Visible Ruins: The Politics of Perception and the Legacies of Mexico's Revolution" (U Texas Press, 2024)

June 9, 2024

Visible Ruins

Mónica M. Salas Landa
Hosted by Reighan Gillam

The Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) introduced a series of state-led initiatives promising modernity, progress, national grandeur, and stability; state…

Alan H. McGowan, "The Political Activism of Anthropologist Franz Boas, Citizen Scientist" (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2024)

June 7, 2024

The Political Activism of Anthropologist Franz Boas, Citizen Scientist

Alan H. McGowan
Hosted by Yadong Li

Alan McGowan delves into Franz Boas’s dual identity as both a scientist and a political activist, shedding light on how his work transcended academic …

Wendy Pearlman, "The Home I Worked to Make: Voices from the New Syrian Diaspora" (Liveright, 2024)

June 5, 2024

The Home I Worked to Make

Wendy Pearlman
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

In 2011, Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom. Brutal government repression transformed peaceful protests into one of the most devastating co…

Jennifer Hart on African Mobility and Infrastructure

June 3, 2024

Jennifer Hart on African Mobility and Infrastructure

Jennifer Hart
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks to Jennifer Hart, Professor and Chair of the History Department at Virginia Tech, about her work on the history…

Richard E. Ocejo, "Sixty Miles Upriver: Gentrification and Race in a Small American City" (Princeton UP, 2024)

June 2, 2024

Sixty Miles Upriver

Richard E. Ocejo
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Newburgh is a small postindustrial city of some twenty-eight thousand people located sixty miles north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley. Li…

Margot Weiss, "Unsettling Queer Anthropology: Foundations, Reorientations, and Departures" (Duke UP, 2024)

June 1, 2024

Unsettling Queer Anthropology

Margot Weiss
Hosted by Clayton Jarrard

This field-defining volume of queer anthropology foregrounds both the brilliance of anthropological approaches to queer and trans life and the ways qu…

Anthony Heath and Yaojun Li, "Social Mobility" (Polity Press, 2024)

May 31, 2024

Social Mobility

Anthony Heath and Yaojun Li
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

What is social mobility? In Social Mobility (Polity Press, 2023), Anthony Heath, an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Oxford and Ya…

Aslı Zengin, "Violent Intimacies: The Trans Everyday and the Making of an Urban World" (Duke UP, 2024)

May 31, 2024

Violent Intimacies

Aslı Zengin
Hosted by Alize Arıcan

In Violent Intimacies: The Trans Everyday and the Making of an Urban World (Duke UP, 2024), Aslı Zengin traces how trans people in Turkey creatively n…