Category Archives: Reviews

Peopled Economies

Staffan Löfving (Editor), Peopled Economies: Conversations with Stephen Gudeman Stephen Gudeman has earned the right, through a series of exemplary books published since the 1970s, to be considered the world’s leading practitioner of ‘economic anthropology’. His commitment has always been, under a number of labels, to bring an anthropological sensibility to the study of economies… Read More »

Kate Fox’s Watching the English

Letter to the Editor, Anthropology Today Kate Fox’s best-seller, Watching the English, is guaranteed to stir academic prejudices, because her style of writing is self-consciously designed to wind us up. David Mills’ editorial (AT 22[2]) is predictably dismissive: “Since when have the linguistic conventions and social rituals around alcohol consumption offered insight into national character,… Read More »

Caetano Veloso’s A Foreign Sound

Theory Culture and Society, PUBLICity I read about A Foreign Sound at the same time in Le Monde (1) and the New York Times (2). The CD is Caetano Veloso’s homage to the formative influence on him of American popular music (3). The 23 tracks, sung in English, are mostly standards, but also by the… Read More »