Suggested by Public Anthropologist – Nightmarch

This month’s “everybody must read” book is Nightmarch. Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas by Alpa Shah. In this vibrant piece of anthropological work, Shah takes us into one of the most unreported rebellions in contemporary India with wisdom and courage. Her analysis of the motivations, modalities of implementation and failures of Naxalites’ struggle shapes a new history of both the exploitation they suffered and their fight for liberation. Written …

Suggested by Public Anthropologist – Searching for a Better Life

Searching for a Better Life. Growing Up in the Slums of Bangkok by Sorcha Mahony is an engaging but highly readable ethnography of youth in Thailand’s capital. What does searching for a better life mean for those struggling to get by in a rapidly developing and globalizing economy? How do they try to fulfil their dreams? And how …

Suggested by Public Anthropologist – A World of Babies

This month’s “everybody must read” book is A World of Babies: Imagined Childcare Guides for Eight Societies, edited by Alma Gottlieb and Judy DeLoache. With a first edition published in 2000 and widely read, the almost entirely new, updated edition of A World of Babies confirms the authors capacity to merge ethnography and informed research with original and accessible writing. Simply put it, …

Suggested by Public Anthropologist – Private Oceans

This month’s “everybody must read” book is Private Oceans. The Enclosure and Marketisation of the Seas by Fiona McCormack. What does neoliberalization of oceans mean? What implications does it have on fishing communities and endangered fish species? How does the privatization of ecosystem services work? And what long term effects does it have? Through fieldwork conducted …

Suggested by Public Anthropologist – Against Charity

This month’s “everybody must read” book is Against Charity by Daniel Raventos and Julie Wark. The book is both a critique of institutional charity as based on the unequal relationship between giver and receiver and a defense of kindness, understood as a call for equality and fraternity. Raventos, a Spanish economist, and Wark, an Australian/Spanish human rights activist, …

Suggested by Public Anthropologist – Contrarian Anthropology

Every month Public Anthropologist will suggest a new or recent book that we believe “everybody must read”. We start the “Suggested by Public Anthropologist” series with Laura Nader’s Contrarian Anthropology. The Unwritten Rules of Academia, which is a call to reinvigorate anthropology’s principal attitude: crossing boundaries.  As Nader puts it in the introduction of this …