Alex Golub

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Errata for “Leviathans at the Gold Mine”

I’m very excited that my book Leviathans at the Gold Mine is now available and I’m proud of the book’s quality and content. However, no work is perfect. This blog post contains errata for the book. I’ll update it steadily over time.

Errata for Leviathans at the Gold Mine

p. xiv “Albin Bensa” should read “Alban Bensa.” I particularly regret this error given the generosity and warmth with which M. Bensa hosted me in Paris, and I thank him again — with his name spelled correctly! — here.

“Cause And Effect: Who Is Responsible for Porgera”, a new conference paper, is now online.

I was delighted to be a participant at the conference Mining Encounters: Extractive Industries In An Overheated World hosted by the formidable Robert Pipers and Thomas Hylland Eriksen in late April. You can find the full text of my paper for the conference, Cause and Effect: Who Is Responsible For Porgera at my page, amongst other places.

When I have  it in an academic repository I’ll throw up that link as well. Thanks for taking the time to take a look at it!

Leviathans at the Gold Mine reviewed for the Journal of Pacific History by Shaun Gessler

I’ve been bad about listing things on this blog, but I did want to note another review of Leviathans, this one from the Journal of Pacific History. As someone with a background in historical anthropology — and who just attended the Pacific History conference! — I’m very pleased the journal reviewed my book. I’m also flattered that the reviewer like it. You can find the review on the JPH’s website.

Leviathans at the Gold Mine reviewed by Catherine Coumans for PoLAR

Leviathans at the Gold Mine was reviewed in the latest number of PoLAR — that’s the Political and Legal Anthropology Review, the journal of my subdiscipline of political anthropology. The review is by Catherine Coumans, an anthropologist at Mining Watch, so it reflects the concerns of the activist community.

First review of Leviathans is in

I’m happy to say that the first review of my book Leviathans at the Gold Mine has appeared and that is it positive. You can read the review here. The author of the review is David Eller — whose textbook I’ve used in my intro class before, but who I’ve never met. The most frequent adjectives he uses to describe me and the book are ‘ingenious’ ‘exciting’ and ‘fascinating’, although I’m most flattered by the idea that one of my chapters is “calm but ultimately searing”. I don’t think I planned to be ‘searing’ but… I’m glad that Eller found it so.

I’ve also been told that the book has been adopted for use in two classes, so I’m glad to see that someone is taking the time read it after all the time I put in to writing it. So… thanks to everyone for their continued (and positive) reception of the volume!

My full World 101x interview is now available

I was recently interviewed for the anthropology MOOC World 101x and I guess bits of the interview will appear in their course. The full interview with me is available on YouTube.

My annotated bibliography of Marshall Sahlins is available

I’m pleased to announce that my annotated bibliography of Marshall Sahlins’s work is now available from Oxford University Press. Although one typo has already been found (!) I’m still very proud of this piece, which I did to show my respect for the chair of my dissertation committee. I’m very satisfied with the result, although it will have to be revised as he continues to publish! I normally would turn down requests from closed-access publishers, but the topic and the form were both too interesting for me to turn down.

Quoted in a BBC piece on ‘uncontacted tribes’

There’s a good new piece about ‘uncontacted tribes’ in Latin America. I did an interview with the author and I’m quoted in it — I’d recommend it:

Anthropology: The sad truth about uncontacted tribes

Here’s the quote:

“This gets to the heart of a common misconception surrounding isolated tribes such as the one in Acre: that they live in a bubble of wilderness, somehow missing the fact that their small corner of the world is in fact part of a much greater whole – and one that is dominated by other humans. “Almost all human communities have been in some contact with one another for as long as we have historical or archaeological records,” says Alex Golub, an anthropologist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “Human prehistory is not like that game Civilization where you start with a little hut and the whole map is black.”

Any time I can promote Sid Meier and anthropology at the same time, I’m happy.

My piece on the personal training at Inside Higher Ed

Its a little after the fact, but for the record I recently wrote a piece at Inside Higher Ed about The Professor as Personal Trainer. I enjoyed writing so I hope you enjoy reading it.

My review of Keir Martin’s book is out

My book review of Keir Martin’s book The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots is now available in the latest number of Anthropological Forum. I liked Keir’s book a lot and highly recommend it. It clearly establishes him as a major scholar in this area. But I was disappointed that he didn’t flesh out what he means by ‘The West’ and its culturally specific form of individualism more.

Go take a look. You’ll learn a lot about New Ireland, and a fair but about Manchester as well.