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Category Archives: Book reviews

Sound Space and the City

Peterson, Marina. 2010. Sound, Space, and the City. Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia: University of Pennsylvannia Press.
Reviewed by Catherine Scheelar, University of Alberta.
In Sound, Space, and the City, anthropologist Marina Peterson explores the process of center-making in Los Angeles through multicultural performance in public space. Positing her work as an ‘anthropology of the center’, of the city [...]

Political Affect

Protevi attempts to ground affect

Book Review: Milieu and human identity: Notes towards a surpassing of modernity

Augustin Berque. Milieu et identité humaine. Notes pour un dépassement de la modernité (Milieu and human identity: Notes towards a surpassing of modernity). 2010. Paris: Editions Donner Lieu. 148 pp. ISBN 978-2-9532093-3-4.
Reviewed by Andrea Mubi Brighenti, Department of Sociology, University of Trento (IT)
After the catastrophic events that hit Japan, and particularly in the aftermath of [...]

Book Review: Action and Agency in Dialogue: Passion, Incarnation and Ventriloquism

Cooren, François. Action and Agency in Dialogue: Passion, Incarnation and Ventriloquism. 2010. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 206 pp. ISBN 978-90-272-1023-4.
Reviewed by Patrick McLane, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta (CA)
François Cooren’s masterfully synthetic Action and Agency in Dialogue brings Bruno Latour’s actor-network-theory together with Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction to generate a unique perspective on discourse [...]

Book Review: Pigeon Trouble: Bestiary Biopolitics in a Deindustrialized America

Hoon Song. Pigeon Trouble: Bestiary Biopolitics in a Deindustrialized America. 2010. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 262 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8122-4242-3
Reviewed by Marcel LaFlamme, Department of Anthropology, Rice University (US)
On the first Monday of September, the townspeople of Hegins, Pennsylvania would assemble in the park to kill pigeons. Birds rounded up in the railyards [...]