Books

Book forum: Emilia Sanabria’s Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil

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We are very pleased to bring you a set of thoughtful engagements with Emilia Sanabria’s remarkable book, Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2016).  As you’ll see from the commentaries, Plastic Bodies is already well on its way to becoming a touchstone in the medical anthropology and STS literatures on gender, bodies, and pharmaceuticals.…

In the Journals

In The Journals – September 2017, part II

Hi folks! Without further ado, the second half of September’s installment:

Medical Anthropology Quarterly

Normal, Regular, and Standard: Scaling the Body through Fecal Microbial Transplants

Matthew J. Wolf‐Meyer

In 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a workshop to determine the risks and benefits associated with the experimental use of fecal microbial

Features

History, Ethics, and the Environmental Archive

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In Marshallese culture the environment itself is sacred.[1] Yet American colonizers used ancestral environments in the Marshall Islands for devastating nuclear weapons testing and related environmental research. Once central to emerging understandings of radiobiology, geology, and ecology, archival records of environmental research in the Marshall Islands offer a wealth of data to historians of science and the environment. These …

In the Journals

In The Journals – September 2017, part I

Hi everyone! September was full of publications, so we’ll take last month in two parts.

American Anthropologist

“The Campesino Was Born for the Campo”: A Multispecies Approach to Territorial Peace in Colombia

Angela J. Lederach

I draw on ethnographic fieldwork with a social movement, the Peaceful Process of Reconciliation and Integration of the Alta Montaña, to explore practices of peacebuilding

Features

Toxicity, Waste, Detritus: An Introduction

Planet Earth has entered the time of the Anthropocene. For natural scientists, this means that human activity, taken as a whole, has come to rival geological and biophysical forces in its effect on the planet. Disturbing material comparisons communicate the deep weirdness of this fact. For example, there’s now enough concrete on the planet to produce a 2mm thick, full-scale …

Books

Top of the heap: Noelle Sullivan

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For this installment of Top of the Heap, I was delighted to work with Noelle Sullivan who is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in Global Health Studies and Anthropology at Northwestern University.

When first asked to contribute to Top of the Heap, I grabbed my favorite recent ethnographies and sat them in a pile. Then I realized that Warwick Anderson