Books

Erin Finley’s Fields of Combat

Fields of Combat: Understanding PTSD among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

By Erin P. Finley

Cornell University Press, 2012. 240pp.

 

Finley’s portrayal of the difficulties of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq elegantly interweaves narratives and analysis. Drawing on 20 months of ethnographic fieldwork in San Antonio, Texas, involving 133 study participants (62 of which were veterans), Finley conveys …

Web Roundups

Sports? What sports? A web roundup on Sochi 2014

As usual, The Onion sums up what all the other English-language coverage of the Sochi Olympics will likely sound like. Maryam Omidi goes to Zizek for an explanation of the widely-circulated twin toilet story. How are Western magazines covering the Olympics? Brian Whitmore, Kirill Kobrin and Mark Galeotti discuss the politics surrounding the Sochi games. William Nickell explores the history …

Features

Religion, Secularism, and Science at the Spanish Exhumation

“Every kind of religion produces its own kind of secularism,” (Harding 2014).[1]

 

“There were two classes of citizens: those that had won the war, and those who had lost. It was like in India—do you know of the caste system? It was the same here,” explained Cecilia[2] at an exhumation of mass graves from the Spanish Civil …

Books

Catherine Bliss’ Race Decoded

Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice

by Catherine Bliss

Stanford University Press, 2012. 280 pp., US$24.95 (paperback)

 

In Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice, Catherine Bliss explores how arguments against biological race after the discovery of the genome eventually fell back upon older discourses of racial difference. In her book, Bliss “…analyzes genomics’ rapid shift …

FeaturesTeaching Resources

A reader’s guide to the “ontological turn” – Part 2

This article is part of the series:

Editor’s note: In the wake of the discussion about the ‘ontological turn’ at this year’s American Anthropological Association conference, we asked several scholars, “which texts or resources would you recommend to a student or colleague interested in the uses of ‘ontology’ as an analytical category in recent work in anthropology and science and technology studies?”  This was the answer we

Books

Morten Axel Pedersen’s Not Quite Shamans

Not Quite Shamans: Spirit Worlds and Political Lives in Northern Mongolia

by Morten Axel Pedersen

Cornell University Press, 2011. 272 pages, US$28.95, paperback.

 

The intersection between the collapse of the Soviet state and the resurgence of religious practices has by now acquired a substantial body of scholarship both in anthropology and in other disciplines. A number of recent accounts …