Book Reviews

The Irish Journal of Anthropology seeks regular contributors for our book reviews. If you are interested please email the Reviews Editor, Amanda Lubit: alubit01 [at] In your email, please state your current affiliation and your areas of academic interest or expertise. See below for book review guidelines. 


Current Books for Review

Ecological Nostalgias: Memory, affect and creativity in times of ecological upheavals – Olivia Angé & David Berliner (Eds.) (2020)

Embodying Borders: A migrants’ right to health, universal rights and local policies – Laura Ferrero, Chiara Quagliariello & Ana Christina Vargas (Eds.) (2021)

Ethnographies of Power: A political anthropology of energy – Tristan Loloum, Simone Abram & Nathalie Ortar (Eds). (2020)

Finding Ways through Eurospace: West African movers re-viewing Europe from the inside – Joris Schapendonk (2020)

Imagining Bosnian Muslims in Central Europe: Representations, transfers and exchanges – František Šístek (Eds.) (2021)

Institutionalised Dreams: The art of managing foreign aid – Elżbieta Drążkiewicz (2020)

Invisible Faces – Hidden Stories: Narratives of vulnerable populations and their caregivers – Cecilia Sem Obeng & Samuel Gyasi Obeng (2020)

Nourishing Life: Foodways and humanity in an African town – Arianna Huhn (2020)

Preventing Dementia?: Critical perspectives on a new paradigm of preparing for old age – Annette Leibing & Silke Schicktanz (2020)

Revealing the Invisible Mine: Social complexities of an undeveloped mining project – Emilia E. Skrzypek (2020)

South Africa’s Dreams: Ethnologists and apartheid in Namibia – Robert J. Gordon (2021)

Spaces of Solidarity: Karen activism in the Thai-Burma borderlands – Rachel Sharples (2020)

The Sea Commands: Community and perception of environment in a Portuguese fishing village – Paulo Mendes (2020)

Waithood: Gender, Education and global delays in marriage and childbearing – Marcia Inhorn & Nancy Smith-Hefner (Eds) (2020)

*Please note that other titles may be available – please contact us if you would like to inquire about reviewing a book not listed here


Information for Publishers

If you would like us to review your new publication, please email the Reviews Editor, or send a copy to:

Book Reviews
Irish Journal of Anthropology
Department of Sociology & Criminology
Askive, O’Donovan’s Road
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland

Review Guidelines
Book reviews tend to be somewhat formulaic, but there is room for flexibility, particularly if you have something specific you want to say about it. Please contact the Reviews Editor to discuss further. 

General Guidelines
– Reviews should be 750-1250 words
– Please include book information (title of book, author, publisher)
– When reviewing an edited volume, describe the overall focus rather than writing about each chapter. Choose a few significant contributions to discuss in detail.
– Be specific and avoid vague or general statements (e.g. explain why a book is inventive rather than stating it).
– Avoid lengthy quotes and footnotes. If additional references are required please limit them to under five and provide both in-text and reference citations.

Review Approach
– Include a descriptive summary of the book’s contents
– Comment on the book’s main argument or theoretical focus
– Present both positive and negative aspects; avoid being extreme or over-the-top with either praise or criticism
– Comment on who might find the book interesting, and for what types of courses it would be a useful reading

– We seek to have book reviews returned to us within 3 months of receiving the book. Please let me know if there will be any issues with this timeline.
– Following submission your submission will be reviewed, and we will contact you with requested revisions prior to publication.