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

Beyond the Veil: Reflexive studies of death and dying – Aubrey Thamann & Kalliopi M. Christodoulaki (Eds.) (2021)

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

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

Liminal Moves: Traveling along places, meanings, and times – Flavia Cangià (2021)

Mattering the Invisible: Technologies, bodies, and the realm of the spectral – Diana Espirito Santo & Jack Hunter (Eds.) (2021)

The Moral Work of Anthropology: Ethnographic studies of anthropologists at work – Hanne Overgaard Mogensen & Birgitte Gorm Hansen (2021)

NGOs and Lifeworlds in Africa: Transdisciplinary perspectives – Melina C. Kalfelis & Kathrin Knodel (Eds.) (2021)

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)

To See a Moose: The history of Polish sex education – Agnieszka Kościańska (2021)

Un-settling Middle Eastern Redugees: Regimes of exclusion and inclusion in the Middle East, Europe, and North America – Marcia C. Inhorn & Lucia Volk (Eds) (2021)

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 from Berghahn Books ( or other publishers – 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
– Provide us with your name (as you want it to appear), affiliation and contact email.
– Please include book information (title of book, author, publisher) and use formatting seen in previous issues of the journal.
– When reviewing an edited volume, describe the overall focus rather than writing in detail 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 is inventive).
– Avoid lengthy quotes and footnotes.
– Few reviews use additional references, but if 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.