After and Beyond the Genome: Taking Postgenomics Seriously

The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, and Knowledge after the Genome

Jenny Reardon

University of Chicago Press, 2017, 304 pages.


Genetics: A Situated View      

How enduring is the love affair between our societies and genetics (today genomics)? And what is the role of critical social science in undermining or, rather, mirroring the power of this romance? And what do we


Funny, Awkward, Tender, Focused: Drawing Bodies

This article is part of the series:

Drawings from my research on childbirth in California created an opportunity for sharing reflections on fieldwork and “seeing.” Birth is a highly mediated experience, with ubiquitous images of happy, beautiful, peaceful babies and mammas crowding everything from packaging and magazines to instructional literature and advertisements for birth professionals. This birth imagery has a minor counterpart from the activist community that …

In the Journals

In The Journals, May 2018

We hope you find articles of interest in this month’s In The Journals selections. Happy reading!

American Ethnologist

Quantitative care: Caring for the aggregate in US academic population health science
Katherine E. Madison

Academic quantitative population health scientists (AQPHS) in the United States care for populations with an ostensibly apolitical set of quantitative methods. This quantitative care has three interconnected

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Special Issue: Critical perspectives on US global health partnerships in Africa and beyond

The open-access journal Medicine Anthropology Theory  has published a special collection of essays titled “Critical perspectives on US global health partnerships in Africa and beyond.” Here are the abstracts:

Introduction: Critical perspectives on US global health partnerships in Africa and beyond 
Nora Kenworthy, Lynn M. Thomas, Johanna Crane

[Excerpt] […] This issue examines the longue durée of partnerships …

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Is Health Activism a Collective Responsibility?

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During the tumultuous “repeal and replace” frenzy in the spring and summer of 2017, the US House of Representatives and Senate moved quickly to consider bills intended to either eliminate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or restrict its various provisions. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) in …


Digital Food Activism – a book review

Digital Food Activism

Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan and Stanley Ulijaszek (eds.)

Routledge Series in Critical Food Studies, 2018, 234 pages


A Swiss academic scans the barcode on her plastic water bottle. The bottle touts itself as ‘Swiss mountain water’, but the app that decodes the barcode quickly dispels that image: the company is a subsidiary of

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Special Issue: Psychopathological Fringes

History of the Human Sciences (31[2]) has published a special issue about “zones of uncertainty that defy psychopathology’s order of things.” The issue, Psychopathological Fringes: Knowledge making and boundary work in 20th century psychiatry, is edited by Nicolas Henckes, Volker Hess, and Marie Reinholdt. Enjoy!

Exploring the fringes of psychopathology: Boundary entities, category work and other borderline phenomena in