Reading & Research:
Book Reviews & Review Articles
Good place to start research
Book reviews in anthropology journals succinctly address the scope and contribution of a specific work, allowing you to get a “quick fix” on its contents and how it was received by other scholars upon its publication. Single book reviews should not be confused with review articles, which provide an in-depth overview of scholarship on a given topic.
While book reviews are unlikely to form part of your required course readings, you should consult them whenever you need help understanding or contextualizing an ethnography or monograph. Single book reviews are particularly useful to consult in the early stages of the essay-writing process, when you are trying to develop a feel for the key ideas and debates surrounding a particular topic.