Conjuring Property: An Interview with Jeremy Campbell

Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon By Jeremy Campbell 2015. 256 pp. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. § Theresa Miller (Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution) spoke with Jeremy Campbell (Associate Professor, Roger Williams University) about his recent book on political economy in formation in the Brazilian Amazon. As an “ethnography of political economy in formation” (p. xiii), … More Conjuring Property: An Interview with Jeremy Campbell

Cultivating the Nile: An Interview with Jessica Barnes

Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt By Jessica Barnes 248pp. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. § Colin Hoag (UC Santa Cruz and Aarhus University) spoke with Prof. Jessica Barnes about her recent book on the culture and politics of water management in Egypt.     For Engagement readers who have not … More Cultivating the Nile: An Interview with Jessica Barnes

Mining Capitalism: An Interview with Stuart Kirsch

Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and Their Critics By Stuart Kirsch 328 pp. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014 § Chitra Venkataramani (South Asian Studies, Harvard University) and Chris Hebdon (Anthropology and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies) interview Stuart Kirsch about his recent book on the interactions of corporations and social … More Mining Capitalism: An Interview with Stuart Kirsch

Molly Doane’s “Stealing Shining Rivers”: Transnational Conservation Meets a Mexican Forest

ENGAGEMENT Blog editor Micha Rahder recently caught up with Molly Doane to discuss her recent book, Stealing Shining Rivers: Agrarian Conflict, Market Logic, and Conservation in a Mexican Forest (2012, University of Arizona Press), and its broader contributions to debates over communal lands, forest conservation, and neoliberal policies. The book recently won “Best book on … More Molly Doane’s “Stealing Shining Rivers”: Transnational Conservation Meets a Mexican Forest

Cynthia Fowler’s “Ignition Stories”: Anthropological Explorations of Fire Ecology and Social Justice

ENGAGEMENT Blog editor Micha Rahder recently spoke with Cynthia Fowler to discuss her recent book, Ignition Stories: Indigenous Fire Ecology in the Indo-Australian Monsoon Zone (2013, Carolina Academic Press), and its broader contributions to fire management and social justice debates in Indonesia and around the world. This interview is the latest in an ENGAGEMENT series … More Cynthia Fowler’s “Ignition Stories”: Anthropological Explorations of Fire Ecology and Social Justice

Leslie Sponsel on Spiritual Ecology, Connection, and Environmental Change

ENGAGEMENT editors recently connected with Leslie Sponsel, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i, to talk about his recent book, Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution (2012, Praeger), and its broader contributions to environmental movements and policy decisions around the world. This interview is the latest in an ENGAGEMENT series that explores how environmental-anthropological … More Leslie Sponsel on Spiritual Ecology, Connection, and Environmental Change

Genese Marie Sodikoff on Forest Conservation, Malagasy Worker-Peasants and Biodiversity

ENGAGEMENT editor Rebecca Garvoille recently caught up with Genese Marie Sodikoff, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University, to discuss her new book, Forest and Labor in Madagascar: From Colonial Concession to Global Biosphere  (2012, Indiana University Press), and its broader contributions to forest conservation and socio-environmental justice debates in Madagascar. This interview is the fourth … More Genese Marie Sodikoff on Forest Conservation, Malagasy Worker-Peasants and Biodiversity