Books

Patient Zero and the Making of a Myth: History as an Archaeology of the Present

Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic

Richard A. McKay

University of Chicago Press, 2017, 400 pages

 

“An innocent he was not. He eventually told health investigators that during the 1970s he’d had some 2,500 sexual contacts with men in Europe, Canada, South America – and in the large centers of gay lifestyle in New York and California.

In the Journals

In the Journals – September 2018, Part II

And now for Part II for September. Enjoy!

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Mutable environments and permeable human bodies

Margaret Lock

Geologists have declared an epochal transition to the Anthropocene, formally recognizing humans as the driving force of destructive global change; a distinction can no longer be made between human history and natural history. Certain commentators argue that Capitalocene

Features

Exploring anthropologies of medicine and health across borders at 4S 2018

This year’s annual meeting for the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) had an intriguing new component: an exhibition on the histories of STS in flux internationally, befitting the theme of transnational STS around which the conference was developed. The exhibition represents the various turns and epistemological orientations towards the critical studies of science and technology in locations decidedly

Books

Susan Squier’s Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawing as Metaphor

Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawing as Metaphor

Susan Merrill Squier

Duke University Press, 2017. 280 pages

 

Susan Merrill Squier’s Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawing as Metaphor is positioned at the intersection of biological systems and art. Squier is a professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies whose research examines how culture, art and comics influence medicine. The book consists of an extensive biography …

In the Journals

In the Journals – September 2018, Part I

Here’s the first part of the journal round-up for September. This month, American Anthropologist features a Special Section on Medical Anthropology in “World Anthropologies” and Ethos has a Special Issue on Culture, Poverty, and Personhood. Enjoy!

American Anthropologist

“Putting Band‐Aids on Things That Need Stitches”: Immigration and the Landscape of Care in Rural America

Thurka Sangaramoorthy

Growing numbers of immigrants

Features

Time, Regained

This article is part of the series:

The following is taken from the forthcoming book, The Police Against Itself: Reassembling French Liberalism “After the Social,” an ethnography of French police administrative reform, the vicissitudes of public life, and the ethical tensions which animate both, especially around questions of violence. This section, an interlude entitled “Time, Regained,” offers a rumination on a particular tapestry of violence and belonging