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DAWSON, Andrew, Santo Daime: A New World Religion, 240 pp., notes, bibliography, index. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. Paperback, $40. ISBN 9781441154248.
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KOHN, Eduardo, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human, 288 pp., notes, bibliography, index. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. Paperback, $29.95. ISBN 9780520276116.
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RAMSEY, Kate, The Spirits and the Law: Vodou and Power in Haiti, 448 pp., illustrations, maps, notes, bibliography, index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Hardback, $50. ISBN 9780226703794.
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religious (and especially Muslim) others are called to account, ignoring the ways in which secularism intersects with gender, race, and class. Joan Wallach Scott’s book is an important contribution to problematizing such assumptions. The book is focused on
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politics of race, gender, social class, and, crucially, ‘transnationalism’. The last is perhaps the most predominant, provocative, and clearly articulated theme of the book. In the skillful hands of Beliso-De Jesús, transnationalism does not merely reflect
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the Americas [is] whether it is to be primarily a vehicle for black consciousness or to spread itself as truly a ‘world religion,’ which means emancipating itself from race” (ibid.). John addresses the thorny issues of race and ethnicity more directly
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-touch consideration of race and gender. Folk draws on an impressive range of sources from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including the writings and advertorials of chiropractic’s founder D. D. Palmer and the biography written by Palmer’s son B. J. She claims