Review copies Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale

This is the list of books offered for review in Social Anthropology journal. If you are interested in reviewing any of the books, please write to including your full name and postal address, credentials and areas of expertise, and the full title of the book you would like to review. Please include all this information in your first email. All requests should be sent by 2 June, for us to process them before the summer. Reviews are 750 words, written in English or in French, and the deadline will be set within 2-3 months from the dispatch of the book.
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Abramowitz, Sharon; Panter-Brick, Catherine (eds.). 2015. Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. University of Pennsylvania Press. 288 pp. Hb.: $65.00. ISBN: 9780812247329

Abramson, Allen; Holbraad, Martin (eds.). 2014. Framing Cosmologies: The anthropology of worlds. Manchester University Press. 336 pp. Hb.: £75.00. ISBN: 9780719095993

Adebanwi, Wale 2016. Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria. Obafemi Awolo and Corporate Agency. Cambridge University Press. 312 pp. ISBN: 9781107696662

Antrosio, Jason; Colloredo-Mansfeld, Rudi. 2015. Fast, Easy, and in Cash: Artisan Hardship and Hope in the Global Economy. The University of Chicago Press. 200 pp. Ppb.: $25.00. ISBN: 9780226302614

Alber, Erdmute; Drotbohm, Heike (eds.). 2015. Anthropological Perspectives on Care: Work, Kinship, and the Life-Course. Palgrave macmillan. 256 pp. Hb.: $105.00. ISBN: 9781137513434

Allerton, Catherine. 2016. Children: Ethnographic Encounters. Bloomsbury Publishing. 200 pp. Hb.: £60.00. ISBN: 9781474258197

Arai, Andrea Gevurtz. 2016. The Strange Child: Education and the Psychology of Patriotism in Recessionary Japan. Stanford University Press. 256 pp. Ppb.:$25.95. ISBN: 9780804798532

Auyero, Javier; Berti, Maria Fernanda. 2015. In Harm’s Way: The Dynamics of Urban Violence. Princeton University Press. 264 pp. Hb.: $35.00. ISBN: 9780691164779

Baker, Joseph O.; Smith, Buster G. 2015. American Secularism: Cultural Contours of Nonreligious Belief Systems. NYU Press. 304 pp. Ppb.: $27.00. ISBN: 9781479873722

Banton, Michael. 2015. What We Know About Race and Ethnicity. Berghahn Books. 178 pp. Hb.: $99.00. ISBN: 9781782386032

Baxstrom, Richard; Todd Meyers. 2015. Realizing the Witch: Science, Cinema, and the Mastery of the Invisible. Fordham University Press. 296 pp. Ppb.: £20.99. ISBN: 9780823268252

Bennett, Gaymon. 2015. Technicians of Human Dignity: Bodies, Souls, and the Making of Intrinsic Worth. Fordham University Press. 338 pp. Hb.: $65.00. ISBN: 9780823267774

Berger, Peter; Kroesen, Justin (eds.). 2015. Ultimate Ambiguities: Investigating Death and Liminality. Berghahn Books. Hb.: $105.00. ISBN: 9781782386094

Bolt, Maxim. 2015. Zimbabwe’s Migrants and South Africa’s Border Farms. The Roots of Impermanence. Cambridge University Press. 270 pp. Hb.: £ 64.99. ISBN: 9781107111226

Bonilla, Yarimar. 2015. Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment. The University of Chicago Press. 232 pp. Ppb.: $27.50. ISBN: 9780226283814

Bovensiepen, Judith M. 2015. The Land of Gold. Post-Conflict Recovery and Cultural Revival in Independent Timor-Leste. Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications. 216 pp. Ppb.: $232.95. ISBN: 9780877277675.

Bregnbaek, Susanne. 2016. Fragile Elite: The Dilemmas of China’s Top University Students. Stanford University Press. 184 pp. Ppb.: $24.95. ISBN: 9780804797788

Bräuchler, Birgit. 2015. The Cultural Dimension of Peace: Decentralization and Reconciliation in Indonesia. Palgrave macmillan. 235 pp. Hb.: £65.00. ISBN: 9781137504340

Calkins, Sandra. 2016. Who Knows Tomorrow: Uncertainty in North-Eastern Sudan. Berghahn Books. 282 pp. Hb.: $120.00. ISBN: 9781785330155

Cohen, Jeffrey H. 2015. Eating Soup without a Spoon: Anthropological Theory and Method in the Real World. University of Texas Press. 197 pp. Ppb.: $24.95. ISBN: 9781477307823

Coleman, Simon; Hackett, Rosalind, I.J. (eds.). 2015. The Anthropology of Global Pentacostalism and Evangelicalism. NYU Press. 288 pp. Ppb.:£18.99. ISBN: 9780814772607

Cormier, Loretta A.; Jones, Sharyn. 2015. The Domesticated Penis: How Womanhood has shaped Manhood. The Universtity of Alabama Press. 256 pp. Hb.: $49.95. ISBN: 9780817318741

Crewe, Emma. 2015. The House of Commons: An Anthropology of MPs at Work. Bloomsbury. 246 pp. Ppb.: £16.99 ISBN 9781474234573

Dalsgaard, Steffen; Nielsen, Morten (eds.). 2015. Time and the Field. Berghahn Books. 166 pp. Ppb.: $27.95. ISBN: 9781785330872

Deeb, Lara; Winegar, Jessica. 2015. Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East. Stanford University Press. 288pp. Ppb.: $24.95. ISBN: 9780804781244

De la Cadena, Marisol. 2015. Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice Across Andean Worlds. Duke University Press. 368 pp. Ppb.: £18.99. ISBN: 9780822359630

Dorondel, Stefan. 2016. Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania. Berghahn Books. 252 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781785331206

Dilley, Roy; Kirsch, Thomas G. (eds.). 2015. Regimes of Ignorance: Anthropological Perspectives on the Production and Reproduction of Non-Knowledge. Berghahn Books. 222 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781782388388

Dolan, Catherine; Rajak, Dinah (eds.). 2016. The Anthropology of Corporate Social Responsibility. Berghahn Books. 274 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781785330711

Erie, Mathew S. 2016. China and Islam: The Prophet, the Party and Law. Cambridge University Press. 472 pp. Hb.: £ 89.99. ISBN 9781107053373

Evens, Terry; Handelman, Don; Roberts, Christopher (eds.). 2016. Reflecting on Reflexivity: The Human condition as an Ontological Surprise. Berghahn Books. 324 pp. Hb.: $120.00. ISBN: 9781782387510

Fillieule, Olivier; Accornero, Guya (eds.). 2016. Social Movement Studies in Europe: The State of the Art. Berghahn Books. 526 pp. Hb.:$120.00. ISBN: 9781785330971

Gamson, Joshua. 2015. Modern Families: Stories of Extraordinary Journeys to Kinship. NYU Press. 240 pp. Hb.: £18.99. ISBN: 9781479842469

Givre, Olivier; Regnault, Madina (eds.). 2015. Patrimonialisations Croisees: Jeux d’echelles et enjeux de developpement. PUL. 272 pp. Ppb.: EUR 22.00. ISBN: 9782729708924

Goldstein, Daniel M. 2016. Owners of the Sidewalk: Security and Survival in the Informal City. Duke University Press. 352 pp. Ppb.: $26.95. ISBN: 9780822360452

Griffith, Lauren Miller. 2016. In Search of Legitimacy: How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition. Berghahn Books. 248 pp. Hb.: $110.00. ISBN: 978178533

Hariman, Robert; Cintron, Ralph (eds.). 2015. Culture, Catastrophe and Rhetoric: The Texture of Political Action. Berghahn Books. 274 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781782387466

Hastrup, Kirsten; Hastrup, Frida (eds.). 2015. Waterworlds: Anthropology in Fluid Environments. Berghahn Books. 318 pp. Hb.: $110.00. ISBN: 9781782389460

Hellström, Anders. 2016. Trust Us: Reproducing the Nation and the Scandinavian Nationalist Populist Parties. Berghahn Books. 246 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781782389279

Hinton, Devon E.; Good, Byron J. (eds.). 2015. Culture and PTSD: Trauma in Global and Historical Perspective. University of Pennsylvania Press. 440 pp. Hb.: $75.00. ISBN: 9780812247145

Hoesterey, James Bourk. 2016. Rebranding Islam: Piety, Prosperity, and a Self-help Guru. Stanford University Press. 296 pp. Ppb.: $21.95. ISBN: 9780804796378

Jaffe-Walter, Reva. 2016. Coercive Concern: Nationalism, Liberalism, and the Schooling of Muslim Youth. Stanford University Press. 240 pp. Ppb.: £18.99. ISBN: 9780804798426

Jahoda, Christian. 2015. Socio-economic Organisation in a Border Area of Tibetan Culture: Tabo, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. 367 pp. Ppb.: 89.00 EUR. ISBN: 9783700178163

Kanstroom, Daniel; Lykes, M. Brinton (eds.). 2015. The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses. NYU press. 272 pp. Hb.: $49.00. ISBN: 9781479868674

Kheshti, Roshanak. 2015. Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music. NYU Press. 208 pp. Ppb.: $26.00. ISBN: 9781479817863

Kilianova, Gabriela; Jahoda, Christian; Ferencova, Michaela (eds.). 2015. Ritual, Conflict and Consensus: Case Study from Asia and Europe. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press. 142 pp. Ppb.: 45 EUR. ISBN: 9783700171331

Kjaerulff, Jens (ed.). 2015. Flexible Capitalism: Exchange and Ambiguity at Work. Berghahn Books. 296 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781782386155

Knörr, Jacqueline; Kohl, Christoph (eds.). 2016. The Upper Guinea Coast in Global Perspective. Berghahn Books. 336 pp. Hb.: $110.00. ISBN: 9781785330698

Kockelman, Paul. 2016. The Chicken and the Quetzal: Incommensurate Ontologies and Portable Values in Guatemala’s Cloud Forest. Duke University Press. 208 pp. Ppb.: £16.99. ISBN: 9780822360728

Leichtman, Mara A. 2015. Shi’i Cosmopolitanisms in Africa: Lebanese Migration and Religious Conversion in Senegal. Indiana University Press. 296 pp. Ppb. $30.00. ISBN: 9780253016010

Lie, Jon Harald Sande. 2015. Developmentality: An Ethnography of the World Bank-Uganda Partnership. Berghahn Books. 280 pp. Hb.: $110.00. ISBN: 9781782388401

Makhulu, Anne-Maria. 2015. Making Freedom: Apartheid, Squatter Politics, and the Struggle for Home. Duke University Press. 230 pp. Ppb.: $16.99. ISBN: 9780822359661

McDougall, Debra. 2016. Engaging with Strangers: Love and Violence in the Rural Solomon Islands. Berghahn Books. 308 pp. Hb.: $120.00. ISBN: 9781785330209

Middleton, Townsend. 2015. The Demands of Recognition: State Anthropology and Ethnopolitics in Darjeeling. Stanford University Press. 304 pp. Ppb.: $25.95. ISBN: 9780804796262

Mishtal, Joanna. 2015. Politics of Morality: The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland. Ohio University Press. 272 pp. Ppb.: £19.99. ISBN: 9780821421406

Moodie, Megan. 2015. We Were Adivasis: Aspiration in an Indian Scheduled Tribe. The University of Chicago Press. 240 pp. Ppb.: $27.50. ISBN: 9780226253046

Muckle, Robert J.; de Gonzalez, Laura Tubelle. 2015. Through the Lens of Anthropology: An Introduction to Human Evolution and Culture. University of Toronto Press. 416 pp. Ppb.: $79.95. ISBN: 9781442608634

Myers, Natasha. 2015. Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter. Duke University Press. 328 pp. Ppb.: $26.95. ISBN: 9780822358787

Naftali, Orna. 2016. Children in China. Polity Press. 192 pp. Ppb.: £15.99. ISBN: 9780745680545

Naguib, Nefissa. 2015. Nurturing Masculinities: Men, Food, and Family in Contemporary Egypt. University of Texas Press. 156 pp. Ppb.: $21.95. ISBN: 9781477307106

Ness, Sally Ann. 2016. Chorepgraphies of Landscape: Signs of Performance in Yosemite National Park. Berghahn Books. 186 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781477307106

Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko. 2015. Flowers That Kill: Communicative opacity in Political Spaces. Stanford University Press. 296 pp. Ppb.: $22.95. ISBN: 9780804795890

Palsson, Gisli. 2015. Nature, Culture, and Society: Anthropological Perspectives on Life. Cambridge University Press. 234 pp. Hb.: £64.99. ISBN: 9781107085848

Perez, Gina M. 2015. Citizen, Student, Soldier: Latina/o Youth, JROTC, and the American Dream. NYU Press. 272 pp. Ppb.: £19.99. ISBN: 9781479807802

Perez, Hiram. 2015. A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire. NYU Press. 192 pp. Ppb.: 25.00. ISBN: 9781479845866

Perry, Marc D. 2016. Negro Soy Yo: Hip Hop and Raced Citizenship in Neoliberal Cuba. Duke University Press. 296 pp. Ppb.: £17.99. ISBN: 9780822358855

Petric, Boris. 2015. Where Are All Our Sheep? Kyrgyzstan, A Global Political Arena. Berghahn Books. 186 pp. Hb.: $90.00. ISBN: 9781782387831

Pieke, Frank N. 2016. The Good communist. Elite Training and State Building in Today’s China. Cambridge University Press. 240 pp. Ppb.: $29.99. ISBN: 9781107547698.

Pierce, Steven. 2016. Moral Economies of Corruption: State Formation and Political Culture in Nigeria. Duke University Press. 304 pp. Ppb.: £18.99. ISBN: 9780822360919

Porqueres i Gene, Enric. 2015. Individu, Personne et Parente en Europe. Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme. 296 pp. Ppb.: EUR 26.00. ISBN-13: 9782735120673

Rasmussen, Anders Emil. 2015. In the Absence of the Gift: New Forms of Value and Personhood in a Papua New Guinea Community. Berghahn Books. 210 pp. Hb.: $90.00. ISBN: 9781782387817

Raulin, Anne; Rogers, Susan Carol (eds.). 2015. Transatlantic Parallaxes: Toward reciprocal anthropology. Berghahn Books. 248 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781782386636

Simoni, Valerio. 2015. Tourism and Informal Encounters in Cuba. Berghahn Books. 282 pp. Hb.: $95.00. ISBN: 9781782389484

Sooudi, Olga Kanzaki. 2015. Japanese New York: Migrant Artists and Self-Reinvention on the World Stage. University of Hawai’i Press. 264 pp. Ppb.: $25.00. ISBN: 9780824839420

Stavrianakis, Anthony; Bennett, Gaymon; Fearnley, Lyle (eds.). 2015. Science, Reason, Modernity: Readings for an Anthropology of the Contemporary. Fordham University Press. 336 pp. Ppb.: $33.00. ISBN: 9780823265947

Takeyama, Akiko. 2016. Staged seduction: Selling Dreams in a Tokyo Host Club. Stanford University Press. 248 pp. Ppb.: £16.99. ISBN: 9780804798549

Tapias, Maria. 2015. Embodied Protests: Emotions and Women’s Health in Bolivia. University of Illinois Press. 176 pp. Ppb.: £18.99. ISBN: 9780252080746

Taussig, Michael. 2015. The Corn Wolf. The University of Chicago Press. 216 pp. Ppb.: $22.50. ISBN: 9780226310855

Um, Khatarya. 2015. From the Land of Shadows: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Cambodian Diaspora. NYU Press. 272 pp. Ppb.: $28.00. ISBN: 9781479858231

Welz, Gisela. 2015. European Products: Making and unmaking Heritage in Cyprus. Berghahn Books. 204 pp. Hb.: $90.00. ISBN: 9781782388227

Werbner, Richard. 2015. Divination’s Grasp: African Encounters with the Almost Said. Indiana University Press. 356 pp. Ppb.: £24.99. ISBN: 9780253018892

Wilkinson-Weber, Clare M. and DeNicola, Alicia O. 2016. Critical Craft: Technology, Globalization, and Capitalism. Bloomsbury. 352 pp. Ppb.: £19.99. ISBN: 9781472594853

Xie, Yuanyuan. 2015. Ecological Migrants: The Relocation of China’s Ewenki Reindeer Herders. Berghahn Books. 238 pp. Hb.:$95.00. ISBN: 9781782386322