New Books Network

Adeline M. Masquelier, “Fada: Boredom and Belonging in Niger” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Fada: Boredom and Belonging in Niger (University of Chicago Press 2019) is a study of the kinds of experimentation and creative engagements that young men in the urban public spaces of Niger undertake when confronted with the precarity and boredom of unemployed adult life. “The sitting that kills the pants”... Read More
Angela Rudert, “Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Angela Rudert‘s Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) is the first academic study of the popular contemporary North Indian female guru Anandmurti Gurumaa. In drawing from, e.g., Sikh and Sufi traditions, Gurumaa’s syncretic approach innovates Hindu religiosity, as does her progressive attitudes... Read More
Mark Alizart, “Dogs” (Polity, 2019)
Man’s best friend, domesticated since prehistoric times, a travelling companion for explorers and artists, thinkers and walkers, equally happy curled up by the fire and bounding through the great outdoors―dogs matter to us because we love them. But is that all there is to the canine’s good-natured voracity and affectionate... Read More
Wendy Wickwire, “At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging” (UBC Press, 2019)
The history of anthropology remembers James Teit as a field assistant and man-on-the spot for Franz Boas. But in At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging (University of British Columbia Press, 2019). Wendy Wickwire turns this picture upside down, revealing Teit to be a superb ethnographer in his... Read More
Karine Gagné, “Caring for Glaciers: Land, Animals, and Humanity in the Himalayas” (U Washington Press, 2019)
In her new book, Caring for Glaciers: Land, Animals, and Humanity in the Himalayas (University of Washington Press, 2019), Karine Gagné explores how relations of reciprocity between land, humans, animals, and glaciers foster an ethics of care in the Himalayan communities of Ladakh. She explores the way these relations are changing... Read More
Quassim Cassam, “Conspiracy Theories” (Polity, 2019)
9/11 was an inside job. The Holocaust is a myth promoted to serve Jewish interests. The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were a false flag operation. Climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government. These are all conspiracy theories. A glance online or at bestseller lists reveals... Read More
Han F. Vermeulen, “Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment” (U Nebraska Press, 2015)
The history of anthropology has been written from multiple viewpoints, often from perspectives of gender, nationality, theory, or politics. Winner of the 2017 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize, Before Boas: The Genesis of Ethnography and Ethnology in the German Enlightenment (University of Nebraska Press, 2015; paperback edition, 2018),... Read More