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If you spend any time in a psychiatric hospital in China, you will likely be struck by the fact that most of the inpatients there have been hospitalized against or regardless of their will, usually by their family members. In China, although families have long been involved in the lives of mentally ill patients, the ways in which they are …

In the Journals

Special Issue: Immigrant Workers, Structural Vulnerability, and Occupational Injury

The December 2018 issue of Anthropology of Work Review is a special issue titled, “An Injury to One is an Injury to All: Immigrant Workers, Structural Vulnerability, and Occupational Injury.” Here are the abstracts.

Workers’ Decompensation: Engaged Research with Injured Im/migrant Workers
Dvera I. Saxton, Angela Stuesse

[excerpt] This special issue brings together ethnographic perspectives on the intersections …



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“It’s only Veria who can bathe our old mama,” remarked mama’s daughter-in-law with gentle amusement. “Because Veria is blind. You know how modest mama is. She doesn’t want anyone to see her private parts.” Veria’s devoted care for her mother extends far beyond bathing. Recently she decided that those who stay with mama were neglecting her. She collected the old …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: CRISPR Babies and Bioethics

In late November, He Jiankui, a scientist in China, announced that he had created the first “CRISPR babies,” meaning that he performed germ-line genome edits on human embryos, which were implanted through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and has now resulted the birth of twin girls. He used CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing technology that can target DNA at precise

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Special Issue of BioSocieties: Empirical engagements with environmental epigenetics from the lab to the clinic

The December 2018 issue of BioSocieties is a collection on epigenetics. Here are the abstracts. Enjoy!

Situating the biosocial: Empirical engagements with environmental epigenetics from the lab to the clinic (open access)
Stephanie Lloyd, Ruth Müller

[excerpt] Few life science research fields have met with as ambivalent a response in the social sciences as environmental epigenetics, an emerging …

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In the Journals, December 2018

From the journals in December 2018, here’s some new reading for the first days of the new year. Enjoy!

Medicine Anthropology Theory (Open Access)

But are they actually healthier? Challenging the health/wellness divide through the ethnography of embodied ecological heritage (open access)
Kristina Baines

A holistic definition of ‘health’ remains difficult to operationalize, despite decades of attempts by …


Disability from the South: Toward a Lexicon

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In this series, we work to broaden the horizons of an emergent anthropology of disability[1] by taking two considerations as the starting point for a conversation. On the one hand, we respond to Jean and John Comaroff’s (2012) provocative call for “theory from the South,” or grounding the location of social theory-making outside dominant Euro-American spaces, assumptions, and priorities. On …