Author Interviews

Bookshelf

In order to hear about new ideas and work in the fields of communication, media and performance anthropology, the editors of CaMP blog have reached out to recently published authors whose work provides new voice in the conversation.

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Books Sorted by Presses

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Crystal Abidin on her book, Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online. Emerald Insights. Interview by Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson.

Morgan Ames on her book, The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop Per Child. Interview by Henry Jenkins.

Sareeta Amrute on her new book, Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin. Duke University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

A. Aneesh on the publication of his new book, Neutral Accent: How Language, Labor and Life Become Global. Duke University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Julie Archambault on her new book, Mobile Secrets: Youth, Intimacy and the Politics of Pretense in Mozambique. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Anna Eisenstein.

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Anna Babel on her book, Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia. University of Arizona Press. Interview by Diego Arispe- Bazan.

Chris Ball on his book, Exchanging Words: Language, Ritual, and Relationality in Brazil’s Xingu Indigenous Park. University of New Mexico Press. Interview by Meghanne Barker.

Gretchen Bakke on her book, The Likeness.  University of California Press. Interview by Krisztina Fehérváry.

Rusty Barnett on his new book, From Drag Queens to Leathermen: Language, Gender and Gay Male Subcultures. Oxford University Press. Interview by Sandhya Narayanan

Ulla Berg on her new book, Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S.  New York University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Elise Berman on her book, Talking Like Children: Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands. Oxford University Press. Interview by Shannon Ward.

Sarah Besky on her book, Tasting Qualities: The Past and Future of Tea. University of California Press. Interview by Sarah Besky.

Jon Bialecki on his book, A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement. University of California Press. Interview by Anna Eisenstein.

Yorum Bilu on his book, With Us More Than Ever: Making the Absent Rebbe Present in Messianic Chabad. Stanford University Press. Interview by Yael Assor.

Steven Black on his book, Speech and Song at the Margins of Global Health: Zulu Tradition, HIV Stigma, and AIDS Activism in South Africa. Rutgers University Press. Interview by Yeon-Ju Bae.

Adrian Blackledge and Angela Creese on their book, Voices of a City Market: An Ethnography. Multilingual Matters. Interview by Amanda Kaminsky.

Susan Blum on her new book, “I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College.  Cornell University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Tom Boylston on his book, The Stranger at the Feast: Prohibition and Mediation in an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Community. University of California Press. Interview by Jon Bialecki.

Sam Byrd on his new book, The Sounds of Latinidad: Immigrants Making Music and Culture in a Southern City. New York University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

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Alex E. Chávez on his new book, Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Politics of Huapango Arribeňo. Duke University Press. Interview by William Cotter.

Kimberly Chong on her new book, Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China.  Duke University Press. Interview by Johannes Lenhard.

Francis Cody on his book, The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India. Cornell University Press. Interview by Rachel Howard.

James Costa on his new book, Revitalising Language in Provence: A Critical Approach.  Wiley Blackwell. Interview by Sandhya Narayanan.

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Marcel Danesi on his book, Memes and the Future of Pop Culture. Brill Press. Interview by Leila Mzali.

Sonia Das on her new book, Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts. Oxford University Press. Interview by Lia Siewert.

Christina Davis on her book, The Struggle for a Multilingual Future: Youth and Education in Sri Lanka. Oxford University Press. Interview by Gaya Morris.

Jenny Davis on her book, How Artifacts Afford: The Power and Politics of Everyday Things. MIT University Press. Interview by Kevin Laddapong.

Erin Debenport on her new book, Fixing the Books: Secrecy, Literacy, and Perfectibility in Indigenous New Mexico. School of American Research Press. Interview by Shannon Ward

Jennifer Deger discusses Phone and Spear: A Yuta Anthropology.  MIT University Press. Interview by Zeynep Gürsel.

Alex Dent discusses Digital Pirates: Policing Intellectual Property in Brazil. Stanford University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Vanessa Díaz discusses Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood, Duke University Press. Interview by Sandhya Narayanan.

Hilary Dick on her book, Words of Passage: National Longing and the Imagined Lives of Mexican Migrants. University of Texas Press. Interview by Alejandro I. Paz.

Eva-Marie Dubuisson on her new book, Living Language in Kazakhstan: The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview University of Pittsburgh Press. Interview by Meghanne Barker.

Brooke Erin Duffy on her new book, (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Media, and Aspirational Work. Yale University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Christina Dunbar-Hester on her book, Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology in Open Technology Cultures. Princeton University Press. Interview by Héctor Beltrán.

Stuart Dunmore on his book, Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland.  Edinburgh University Press. Interview by Christian Puma-Ninacuri.

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Kate Eichhorn on her new book, The End of Forgetting. Harvard University Press. Interview by Shuting Li.

Patrick Eisenlohr on his new book, Sounding Islam: Voice, Media and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean. University of California Press. Interview by Ben Ale-Ebrahim.

Nicholas Q. Emlen on his book, Language, Coffee, and Migration on an Andean-Amazonian Frontier.  University of Arizona Press. Interview by Gaya Morris.

Harri Englund on his new book, Gogo Breeze: Zambia’s Radio Elders and the Voices of Free Speech. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

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Elizabeth Falconi and Kathryn Graber edited Storytelling as Narrative Practice: Ethnographic Approaches to the Stories We Tell. Brill Press. Interview by Dilara Inam.

Alex Fattal on his book, Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Winifred Tate.

Catherine Fennell on her book, Last Project Standing: Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago. University of Minnesota Press. Interview by Janet Connor.

Sujatha Fernandes on her book, Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling. Oxford University Press. Interview by Ben Ale-Ebrahim.

Jenanne Ferguson on her book, Words Like Birds: Sakha Language Discourses and Practices in the City. University of Nebraska Press. Interview by Laura Siragusa.

Daniel Fisher on his book, The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia. Duke University Press. Interview by Georgia Ennis.

Fleming, Kara and Umberto Ansaldo on their book, Revivals, Nationalism, and Linguistic Discrimination: Threatening Languages. Routledge University Press. Interview by Claudia Matachana.

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Susan Gal and Judith Irvine on their book, Signs of Difference: Language and Ideology in Social Life. Cambridge University Press. Interview by Hannah McElgunn.

Patrick W. Galbraith on his book Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan. Duke University Press. Interview by Xiao Ke.

Inmaculada García-Sánchez on her annual review article.  Interview by Kendall Powell.

Haidy Geismar on her book, Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age. UCL Press. Interview by Josh Bell.

Ilana Gershon on her book, Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Matt Tomlinson

Perry Gilmore on her book, Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki.  Wiley Blackwell Press. Interview by Alma Gottlieb.

Marjorie Goodwin and Asta Cekaite on their book, Embodied Family Choreography: Practices of Control, Care, and Mundane Creativity. Routledge Press. Interview by Yeon-Ju Bae.

Shane Greene on his book, Punk and Revolution: Seven More Interpretations of Peruvian Reality.  Duke University Press. Interview by Orin Starn.

Melissa Gregg on her book, Counter Productive: Time Management in the Knowledge Economy. Duke University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Liz Gunner on her book, Radio Soundings: South Africa and the Black Modern.   Cambridge University Press. Interview by Louisa Meintjes

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Mack Hagood on his book, Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control. Duke University Press. Interview by Jake Smith.

Britt Halvorson on her new book, Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Josh Reno.

Serine Hamdy and Coleman Nye on their new graphic novel, Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship and Revolution.  University of Toronto Press. Interview by Perry Sherouse.

Courtney Handman on her book, Critical Christianity: Translation and Denominational Conflict in Papua New Guinea. University of California Press. Interview by Dan Jorgensen.

Jessica Hardin on her book, Faith and the Pursuit of Health: Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa. Rutgers University Press. Interview by Courtney Handman.

Naomi Haynes on her new book, Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt. University of California Press. Interview by Jon Bialecki.

Angie Heo on her book, The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt. University of California Press. Interview by Alice Yeh.

Kregg Hetherington on his book, Government of Beans. Duke University Press. Interview by Indivar Jonnalagadda.

Erika Hoffman-Dilloway on her new book, Signing and Belonging in Nepal.  Gallaudet University Press. Interview by Rebekah Cupitt.

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Lilly Irani on her book, Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Princeton University Press. Interview by Chris Kelty.

Richard Irvine on his book, An Anthropology of Deep Time: Geological Temporality and Social Life. Cambridge University Press. Interview by Jon Bialecki.

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Kristina Jacobsen on her new book, The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Diné Belonging. University of North Carolina Press. Interview by Morgan Siewert.

Graham Jones on his new book, Magic’s Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Dalila Ozier.

Ieva Jusionyte on her new book, Savage Frontier: Making News and Security on the Argentine Border.  University of California Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

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Sheena Kalayil discusses Second Generation South Asian Britons: Multilingualism, Heritage Languages, and Diasporic Identity. Rowman and Littlefield Press. Interview by Kim Fernandes.

Webb Keane on his new book, Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories. Princeton University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Elizabeth Keating on her new book, Words Matter: Communicating Effectively in the New Global Office Place University of California Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Suk Young Kim on her new book, K-pop Live: Fans, Idols and Multimedia Performance.  Stanford University Press. Interview by Chuyun Oh.

Pamela Klassen on her book, The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Georgia Ennis.

Don Kulick on his book, A Death in the Rainforest. Workman Publishing. Interview by Alex Golub.

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Isabel Laack on her book, Aztec Religion and Art of Writing: Investigating Embodied Meaning, Indigenous Semiotics, and the Nahua Sense of Reality. Brill Press. Interview by Patawee Promsen.

Michele LaFrance on her book, Institutional Ethnography: A Theory of Practice for Writing Studies Researchers. Utah State University Press. Interview by Sarah Fischer.

William Leap on his book, Language Before Stonewall: Language, Sexuality, History. Palgrave Press. Interview by Brian Adam-Thies.

Susan Lepselter on her  book, The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity and UFOs in the American Uncanny. University of Michigan Press. Interview by Micol Seigel.

Sun Sun Lim on her book, Transcendent Parenting: Raising Children in the Digital Age. Oxford University Press. Interview by Kevin Laddapong.

Jessa Lingel on her book, An Internet for the People: The Politics and Promise of Craigslist. Princeton University Press. Interview by Nazli Azergun.

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Paul Manning on his book, Love Stories: Language, Private Love, and Public Romance in Georgia. University of Toronto Press. Interview by Kamala Russell.

Sylvia Martin on her book, Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries. Oxford University Press. Interview by Maria Nikolaeva Lechtarova

William Mazzarella on his book, The Mana of Mass Society. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Elayne Oliphant.

Birgit Meyer on her book, Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity. University of California Press. Interview by Yeon-Ju Bae

Roxana Moroşanu on her new book, An Ethnography of Household Energy Demand in the UK. Palgrave Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Sarah Muir on her new book, Routine Crisis: An Ethnography of Disillusion. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Kabir Tambar.

Keith Murphy on his new book, Swedish Design: An Ethnography. Cornell University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

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Constantine V. Nakassis on his new book, Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Chaim Noy on his new book, Thank You for Dying for Our Country: Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem. Oxford University Press. Interview by Lindsey Pullam.

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Walter Ong’s Language as Hermeunetic: A Primer on the Word and Digitization. Cornell University Press. Interview by Maddy Adams.

Martijn Oosterbaan on his new book, Transmitting the Spirit: Religious Conversion, Media and Urban Violence in Brazil. Pennsylvania State University. Interview by Jessica Rivers.

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David Parisi on his book, Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing. University of Minnesota Press. Interview by Carlin Wing.

Sabina Perrino on her book, Narrating Migration: Intimacies of Exclusion in Northern Italy. Routledge. Interview by Daniela Narvaez.

Ben Peters on his new book, How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet. MIT University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Rachel Plotnick on her book, Power Button: : A History of Pleasure, Panic, and the Politics of Pushing. MIT University Press. Interview by Kevin Laddapong.

John Postill on his new book, The Rise of Nerd Politics: Digital Activism and Political Change. Pluto Books. Interview by Angela VandenBroek.

Denis Provencher on his book, Queer Maghrebi French. Liverpool University Press. Interview by Adeli Block.

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Justine Buck Quijada on her book, Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets: Rituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia. Oxford University Press. Interview by Claudia Lahr.

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Angela Reyes and Stanton Wortham on their book, Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event. Routledge. Interview by Alex McGrath.

Jennifer Robertson on her book, Robo sapiens Japanicus: Robots, gender, family and the Japanese nation.  University of California Press. Interview by Dan White.

Lisa Rofel and Sylvia Yangisako on their book, Fabricating Transnational Capitalism. Duke University Press. Interview by Janet Conner.

Jonathan Rosa on his book, Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad. Oxford University Press. Interview by Jessica López-Espino.

Jennifer Roth-Gordon on her new book, Race and the Brazilian Body: Blackness, Whiteness and Everyday Language in Rio de Janeiro. University of California Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

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Robert Samet on his book, Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Alejandro Velasco.

Philip Seargeant on his book, The Emoji Revolution: How technology is shaping the future of communication. Cambridge University Press. Interview by Kevin Laddapong.

Llerena Guiu Searle on her book, Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Liza Youngling.

Jane Setter on her book, Your Voice Speaks Volumes: It’s not what you say, but how you say it. Oxford University Press. Interview by Paola Medina González.

Shalini Shankar on her new book, Advertising Diversity: Ad Agencies and the Creation of Asian-American Consumers. Duke University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Merav Shohet on her book, Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam.  Interview by Annemarie Samuels. 

Sarah Shulist on her new book, Transforming Indigeneity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon.University of Toronto Press. Interview by Shannon Ward.

Teri Silvio on her book, Puppets, Gods, and Brands: Theorizing the Age of Animation From Taiwan. University of Hawai’i Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Damien Stankiewicz on his new book, Europe Un-Imagined: Nation and Culture at a French-German Television Channel. University of Toronto Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Karen Strassler on her new book, Demanding Images. Duke University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Nina Sylvanus on her new book, Patterns in Circulation: Cloth, Gender, and Materiality in West Africa. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

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Ben Tausig on his book, Bangkok is Ringing: Sound, Protest, and Constraint. Oxford University Press. Interview by Mack Hagood.

Sirpa Tenhunen on her book, A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation, and Social Change in Rural India. Oxford University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Matt Tomlinson on his book, God is Samoan: Dialogues between Culture and Theology in the Pacific. University of Hawai’i Press. Interview by Jon Bialecki.

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Herve Varenne on his book, Educating in Life: Ethnographies of Challenging New Normals. Routledge University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Roxanne Varzi on her book, Last Scene Underground: An Ethnographic Novel of Iran. Stanford University Press. Interview by Harvey Stark.

Katherine Verdery on her book, My Life as a Spy. Duke University Press. Interview by Tim Gitzen.

Neha Vora on her book, Teach for Arabia: American Universities, Liberalism, and Transnational Qatar. Stanford University Press. Interview by Patrick Lewis.

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Tony Webster on his book, Intimate Grammars: An Ethnography of Navajo Poetry. University of Arizona Press. Interview by Juan Luis Rodriquez

Lionel Wee and Robbie Goh on their book, Language, Space, and Cultural Play: Theorizing Affect in the Semiotic Landscape.  Cambridge University Press. Interview by Ida Hoequist.

Brad Wigger on his book, Invisible Companions: Encounters with Imaginary Friends, Gods, Ancestors, and Angels.Stanford University Press. Interview by Laura Murry.

Eitan Wilf on his book, Creativity on Demand: The Dilemmas of Innovation in an Accelerated Age. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Quentin Williams on his book, Remix Multilingualism: Hip-hop, Ethnography and Performing Marginalized Voices. Bloomsbury Press. Interview by Misa Clark.

Kit Woolard on her new book, Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia.  Oxford University Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Helena Wulff on her book, Rhythms of Writing: An Anthropology of Irish Literature. Bloomsbury Press. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

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JoAnne Yates on her book with Craig N. Murphy, Engineering Rules: Global Standard Setting since 1880. John Hopkins University Press. Interview by Michael Prentice.

Rihan Yeh on her new book, Passing: Two Publics in a Mexican Border City. University of Chicago Press. Interview by Hector Beltran.

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David Zeitlyn on his book, Mambila Divination: Framing Questions, Constructing Answers. Routledge Press. Interview by Stephan Feuchtwang.

Lauren Zentz on her new book, Statehood, Scale and Hierarchy: History, Language and Identity in Indonesia. Multilingual Matters. Interview by Zane Goebel.

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