Books and Reviews



Welcome to the review page of the Journal of Business Anthropology. The journal publishes an on-line overview of new books, an annotated list of journals relevant to our field, short book reviews, review essays and a bibliography. Unlike almost all other academic journals, which publish occasional reviews of some recent publications in a particular field of study, the JBA is soliciting reviews of all books ever published in what may be construed as the field of business anthropology.

In other words, the aim of the reviews section is to provide a comprehensive outline of the emergence, development and current state of the discipline of ‘business anthropology’. As such, its purpose is to ‘configure the field’. In order to achieve this aim, the journal’s editors invite interested parties to write a review of books that they think are particularly important and/or suited for business anthropologists and others working in the world of business. These should include monographs and edited volumes, as well as doctoral theses, published in such disciplinary areas as business history, cultural economics, cultural and economic geography, cultural studies, and the sociologies of art and cultural or creative industries, occupations and work, as well as applied, business, corporate, enterprise, industrial, and organizational anthropologies.

Instructions for reviewers:

  • Short Reviews should briefly summarize the contents of the book reviewed and then address its strengths and weaknesses. In conclusion, it should also outline the contribution of the book to the field of business anthropology. As a general rule, short reviews should not exceed 1000 words.
  • Review Essays are intended to address the oeuvre of a prominent scholar in the field of business anthropology, or of a scholar whose writings are of great significance for our field. Each essay should address the most important writings of the scholar concerned and their impact on business anthropology. Review essays should normally be between 1500-2000 words. A brief bibliography with the selected scholar’s most important publications should also be provided.
  • Journal Annotations should discuss the disciplinary, thematic and (if applicable) geographic focus of the journal, highlight one or two recent issues, and point out its distinguishing features in comparison to similar journals in the field. The annotation should briefly explain why this journal is of particular interest to business anthropologists and should not exceed 500 words.

The JBA’s Reviews Editor, Heidi Dahles (, has drafted an initial Bibliography of relevant books. You are invited to review one of these books or add to this Bibliography by e-mailing both Heidi and the Managing Editor, Frederik Larsen (, with further suggestions.

Reviews will be published as soon as they become available. They should be submitted to Heidi Dahles who will also handle enquiries.




Review Essays

Rethinking the MBA: A turn to the field within business education?
Karl Palmås



Practice and the Theory of Practice. Rereading Certeau’s ‘Practice of Everyday Life’
Helga Wild



Short Reviews

Cairoli, M. Laetitia 2011. Girls of the Factory: A year with the Garment Workers of Morocco. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
(Review by Araceli González-Vázquez)



Nayland, Daniel 2008. Organizational Ethnograpy. London: Sage Publications
(Review by Claire Grauer)



Thompson, John B. 2010. Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: Polity Press.
(Review by C. Clayton Childress)



Tian, Robert G., Michael P. Lillis, and Alfons van Marrewijk 2010. General Business Anthropology. Miami, FL: North American Business Press.
(Review by Pedro Oliveira)




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