Books for Reviews


TSANTSA reviews recent publications that make important theoretical or empirical contributions to anthropology. We have a particular focus on publications originating in the Swiss academic context. If you are interested in writing a book review, get in touch with the responsible book review editor Sylvain Besençon ( for a choice of book to review or take a look at our bookshelf for a selection:



– Affolter, Laura. 2021. Asylum matters. On the front line of administrative decision-making. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 203 p.

– Berthod, Marc-Antoine, Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, Alexandre Pillonel, Anthony Stavrianakis (eds). 2021. La mort appréciée. L'assistance au suicide en Suisse. Lausanne: Antipodes. 340 p.

– Brandel, Andrew, Marco Motta (eds). 2021. Living with Concepts. Anthropology in the Grip of Reality. New York: Fordham University Press. 352 p.

– Das, Veena. 2021. Voix de l’ordinaire. L’anthropologue face à la violence. Préface de Sandra Laugier. BSN Press. 240 pages

– Fargnoli, Vanessa. 2021. InVIHsibles. Trajectoires de femmes séropositives. Lausanne: Antipodes. 400 p.

– Faust, Lene. 2021. Neofaschismus in Italien. Politik, Familie und Religion in Rom. Eine Ethnographie. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. 366 p.

– Gartmann, Thomas, Michaela Schäuble (eds.). 2021. Studies in the Arts – Neue Perspektiven auf Forschung über, in und durch Kunst und Design. Bielefeld & London: trancript Verlag. 209 p.

Haller, Tobias, Karina Liechti, Martin Stuber, François-Xavier Viallon, Wunderli, Rahel (eds). 2021. Balancing the Commons in Switzerland. Institutional Transformations and Sustainable Innovations. London, New York: Routledge. 322 p.

– Helbling, Jörg, Tobias Schwoerer (eds). 2021. The Ending of Tribal Wars. Configurations and Processes of Pacification. New York, Oxon: Routledge. 280 p.

 – Lüthi, Eva. 2021. Blicke auf das Dazwischen. Foto-Ethnografien zu Transformationen in Zürich. Zürich: Seismo Verlag. 440 p.

– Piñeiro, Esteban, Martina Koch, Nathalie Pasche (eds). 2021. Un/doing Ethnicity im öffentlichen Dienst. Ethnografien zum ethnischen Differenzieren am Beispiel von Jugendamt und Polizei. Zürich: Seismo Verlag. 152 p.

– Robinne, François. 2021. Birmanie. Par-delà l’ethnicité. Préfacé par Michel Agier. Paris: Éditions Dépysage. 268 p.


– Binder, Stefan. 2020. Total Atheism: Secular Activism and the Politics of Difference in South India. Methodology and History in Anthropology, Vol. 38. New York: Berghahn. 290 p.

– Bochow, Astrid. 2020. Risiko und HIV/Aids in Botswana. Leben in der Pandemie. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag. 236 p.

– Eckert, Julia M. (ed.). 2020. The Bureaucratic Production of Difference. Ethos and Ethics in Migration Administrations. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. 182 p.

– Gamba, Fiorenza, Marco Nardone, Toni Ricciardi, Sandro Cattacin (eds). 2020. COVID-19. Eine sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektive. Zürich: Seismo. 336 p.

– Geißler, P. Wenzel, Rene Gerrets, Ann H. Kelly, Peter Mangesho (eds). 2020. Amani – Auf den Spuren einer kolonialen Forschungsstation in Tansania. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. 168 p.

– Lustenberger, Sibylle. 2020. Judaism in Motion. The Making of Same-Sex Parenthood in Israel. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

– Menet, Joanna. 2020. Entangled Mobilities in the Transnational Salsa Circuit: The Esperanto of the Body, Gender and Ethnicity. London: Routledge. 226p.