Summer reading circle: cast your vote!

There’s two days left, so if you have ideas for a book you’d like to discuss on Savage Minds over the summer, please let us know!

So far we have the following reccomendations:

Worker in the Cane, Sydney Mintz
Global Shadows: Africa in the Neoliberal World, James Ferguson
Kupilikula, Harry West
E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outserspaces, Deborah Battaglia
The Network Inside Out, Annelise Riles
Mutual Life, Limited, Bill Maurer
Why America’s Top Pundits Are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back, Besteman and Gusterman
Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, Anna Tsing
Teaching as a Subversive Activity, Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner
The Sources of the Self, Charles Taylor

Feel free to weigh in on these or to mention additional ones.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

2 thoughts on “Summer reading circle: cast your vote!

  1. If the intent is to have a serious discussion of what sorts of things anthros should/can do these days, the Ferguson & the Tsing seem like the best choices. Of the two, I’d prefer the Tsing, not because I agree with everything in Diamond Queen (I most definately don’t) but because framing the question as how to write about connection seem to open up more than framing the question around a particular take on the nature of that connection. The book might open up the discussion to our own work as well, sinc emany of us (I imagine) are also trying to write about global interconnection, albiet in different ways.

  2. While I was excited to join everyone reading Ferguson – I may not be able to participate since the summer break in Taiwan doesn’t start till July…

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