Claire Laurier Decoteau, Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).
Merill Singer, The Anthropology of Infectious Diseases (Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press, 2015).
George Lau, Andean Expressions: Art and Archaeology of the Recuay Culture (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011).
“Lau uses a social agency approach to objects, looking at how objects make chiefs in this poorly understood but aesthetically vibrant civilization. Exploring material culture both from excavations as well as private collections, Lau's presentation is both innovative and theoretically engaging.”
Ditchfield K. 2016, An experimental approach to distinguishing different stone artefact transport patterns from debitage assemblages. J Archaeol Sci 65:44-56.
Franklin J, Potts AJ, Fisher EC, Cowling RM, and Marean CW, 2015. Paleodistribution modeling in archaeology and paleoanthropology. Quaternary Science Reviews 110:1-14.
Pop CM. 2015, Simulating Lithic Raw Material Variability in Archaeological Contexts: “A Re-evaluation and Revision of Brantingham’s Neutral Model. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory:1-35.
Terry Cook, Evidence, memory, identity, and community: four shifting archival paradigm. Archival Science, 13.2-3 (2013).
"Archivist Cook advocates for a four-stage co-evolution of the role of the archivist and the archive. He takes a critical look at when and where reflexivity entered archival practice and how this has impacted the production of history from archival materials across time."
Liam Buckley, Objects of Love and Decay: Colonial Photographs in a Postcolonial Archive. Wiley, 20.2 (2005).
“Buckley challenges the notion that the path from the past to the present is a straight, visible, and navigable line and situates this idea as a particularly colonial one. Specifically, he complicates the idea that archival materials must stand in the present as a testament to past in perpetuity into the future. Different closely-held interpretations of “past”, “history”, and “future” (for many and overlapping reasons) lead to differential treatments of archival materials.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (New York: Back Bay Books, 2006).
“This book explores the addictive power of media.”
Allan Megill, The Prophets of Extremity (Berkley: University of California Press, 1985).
“This book traces the history of a performative approach to social life by way of Nietzsche, Derrida, Heidegger, and Foucault.”
Stanley I. Thangaraj, Desi Hoop Dreams: Pickup Basketball and the Making of Asian American Masculinity (New York: New York University Press, 2015).
Alisse Waterston, My Father's Wars (New York: Routledge, 2014).
Alisse Waterston, Love, Sorrow, Rage: destitute women in a Manhattan residence (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999).
Jon Bernard Marcoux, Pox, Empire, Shackles, and Hides: The Townsend Site, 1670-1715 (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2010).
Ella Cara Deloria, Waterlily (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1988)
It's a narrative fiction about a Sioux girl and her grandmother who are the only ones of their tribe to escape a massacre. They are adopted by the Dakota, and the book describes the various intricacies and difficulties that the two women face in learning the new customs and kinship rules. Deloria is a member of Yankton Dakota, and is a Sioux scholar, anthropologist, and ethnographer. She also worked with Franz Boas. The book is a phenomenal and entertaining read.
Rick Bass, The Hermit’s Story (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2002).
Annie Dillard, “The Wreck of Time”. Harper’s Magazine, (January, 1998).
Pat Shipman, The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove the Neanderthals to Extinction (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2015).
Ray Atkinson, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-45 (New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2013).
Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (New York: Knopf, 1995).
Mike Parker Pearson, Stonehenge: A New Understanding: solving the mysteries of the greatest stone age monument (New York: The Experiment, 2013).
“A terrific overview of the most recent research written for non-specialists.”
Jackie Cahill-Wilson, Late Iron Age and 'Roman' Ireland.
“It's the latest research in what I do.”
Barbara Myerhoff, Peyote Hunt: The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1974).
“One of those classic ethnographic books that I've always meant to read.”
Benjamin Zeller, Heaven's Gate: America's UFO Religion (New York: New York University Press, 2014).
“A really good discussion and analysis of this religion.”
Sheila Jasanoff, The Fifth Branch: Science Advisers as Policymakers (Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1998).
Mutual Chemical Company of America Chromium Chemicals: Their Discovery, Development, and Use (New York: Mutual Chemical Company of America, 1941) [Found in the Baltimore Museum of Industry's "Chemical Industry" research files.]
Mutual Chemical of America, Chromium Chemicals: Their Uses and Technical Properties (New York: Mutual Chemical of America, 1941).
Lucinda Ramberg, Given to the Goddess (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014).
“It recently won awards for best feminist anthropology and queer anthropology.”
Saba Mahmood, Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1962).
Baptist, Edward 2014. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Basic Books.
"This should be required reading for every American and if it doesn't win the AHA book award this year it will be a true crime. Who knew that NYC was so implicated in financing King Cotton that it tried to secede with the South? Turns a lot of current historiography on its head--and (consulting my crystal ball) in the next twenty years will be amplified/scaled up from the American case to the global condition in the 19th century. Read with Shama's Rough Crossings, it recasts understandings of US history in the most profound ways."
Bloch, Maurice 2012. Anthropology and the Cognitive Challenge. Cambridge University Press.
"His most cogent assault on the anthropological tradition that stretches back to Sapir and takes language as the strongest analogue for culture. Wish Geertz was still around to think aloud about this."
Kohn, Eduardo. 2013. How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. University of California Press.
"Latour's actancy on steroids, still too early to say much...however an aside-archaeologists may also find something here to mull over."
Carrier. James and Kalb, Don (Eds.) 2015. Anthropologies of Class: Power, Practice, and Inequality.
"Cambridge University Press. Also very early--but Kalb lays out in the intro a sophisticated case for why class matters and what it is that rips into the narrow operationalizations that hold sway and represent a too-often unrecognized departure from Marx and Engels--and finally the consequences of the discipline's reflexive rejection of 'grand narratives'. Like Bloch--whether you agree or not--this is the kind of argument that (in my view) we would benefit from much more of. By the way-also perhaps the best (or most provocative at least) history of post-WWII anthropology I have run across. So far 2 essays in and both reach the threshold of 'this really makes me (re?)think'."
S. Lochlann Jain, Malignant (Oakland: University of California Press, 2013).
Louisa Lombard, "Threat economies and armed conservation in northeastern Central African Republic," Geoforum (2015).
“The article complicates armed actors being either rebels or state actors by focusing on the conflict between armed conservationists and illegal poachers. Lombard also discusses armed actors' ability to carry out violence and to hide (physically and metaphorically), which is a useful analytic for studying violence in the rural spaces.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (New York: Viking Press: 1973).
“It is huge, complicated, and one of the great novels ever written in American English.”
James Ferguson, Give a Man a Fish (Durham: Duke University Press, 2015).
“This is an insightful analysis of the current state of cash transfer payments and a wonderful response to the vacuous clamor of teaching 'skills' as a way to avoid dependency, a rhetorical claim usually made by people (such as professors and IR students) who have no clue how to fish, and indeed would not fish because this is something others do for you.”
Frederic Gros, A Philosophy of Walking (London: Verso, 2014).
“We all should walk.”
Tom Laqueur, The Work of the Dead (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015)
1. Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair's Youth (London: Peter Owen & Vision Press, 1960).
2. Siddhartha (New York: Penguin, 1998)
3. Gertrude (New York: Picador, 2005)
4. The Glass Bead Game (New York: H Holt, 1969)
“This is not exactly anthropological- but I fell in love with Hermann Hesse recently. I finished a couple of his novels. They are great! Hesse's novels are soulful and depict the journey of an individual's search for authenticity and self-knowledge.”
“I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha