Web Roundups

Mega web roundup

This is a long list of links that have come in over our Twitter feed (@somatosphere) over the month of July and early August.  Thanks so much to Judith Mazdra for organizing the mess of tweets into this nice categorized list.


Current Events

“Hot spots—occupy, anthropology, and the 2011 global uprisings” guest edited by Jeffrey S. Juris and Maple Razsa

“It’s Her Fault; It’s Feminists’ Fault: The Tie Between Victim Blaming and Scapegoating Feminists” by Ashley Baggett


In the wake of the Aurora shootings

“Inside the Minds of Mass Killers” by Daniel Lende

“Mass Murders, Madness, and Gun Control” by Allen J. Frances, M.D.

“The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun” by Evan Selinger

Video of forensic psychologist on violent minds, in midst of aurora shooting

“Batman Returns: How Culture Shapes Muddle Into Madness” by David Dobbs

“The Hidden Gorilla” by David Healy

“maeror meror (in mourning)” by Ruminations on Madness



“The Summer Olympics and the “War on Doping” by Dirk Hanson

“Arts and Health Perfect Bedfellows at Olympics Opening” by Centre for Medical Humanities

“UK’s Medical Tradition and NHS in the Olympics Opening Ceremony” by Deborah Lupton.

“Gender Games” by Amanda Schaffer

“The marathon & Olympic movement on Huffington Post” by Greg Downey

“Faster Athletes, Slower Spectators and the Olympic Marathon” by Greg Downey


On Michel-Rolph Trouillot

“In Memoriam: Michel-Rolph Trouillot” by Joslyn Osten

“In Memoriam, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1949-2012” by Anthropology Report

“Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Bibliography” by Anthropology Report

“Remembering Trouillot” by Colin Dayan


On Jonah Lehrer


“Jonah Lehrer: the prodigy who lights up the brain” by Paul Harris


“Jonah Lehrer Resigns from The New Yorker After Fabricating Quotes in His Book” by Eric Randall

(onion treatment)

“Jonah Lehrer Working On Book About Neuroscience Behind Why We Falsify Quotes” by The Onion



“The cut that makes a part” by Alain Pottage and Claire Marris

“Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50 years on” by Howard Sankey

Interview with P. Kyle Stanford about his book Exceeding Our Grasp: Science, History and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives on New Books in Science, Technology, and Society

“Guests in the President’s House” Steven Shapin reviews Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion by Daniel Greenberg

Interview with David Kirby about his new book Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema

Jonathan Rée reviews On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods by Bruno Latour



“The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain” by Jesse F. Ballenger

“Neurowords and the burden of responsibility” by Vaughan Bell for Mind Hacks

“Neurodiversity and the User/Survivor Movement (Part 1)” by Ruminations on Madness.

“Neuroscience and Race” by Daniel Lende

“Neuroscience or Neurobabble?” by Rebecca Goldin and Cindy S. Merrick

“Neuroscience, Ethics, and National Security: The State of the Art” by Michael N. Tennison and Jonathan D. Moreno

“Neurobiology in public and private discourse: the case of adults with ADHD” by Christian Broer and Marjolijn Heerings in Sociology of Health & Illness

“Neuroscience: Help to survey the use of smart drugs” by Imre Bard and Ilina Singh for Nature

“Leonard Mlodinow and the New Unconscious” by Daniel Lende for Neuroanthropology

“The Social Brain and the Myth of Empathy” by Allan Young

“New paper slams UK media for routinely misrepresenting neuroscience research to further ideological agendas” by Neurobonkers

Ian Hacking reviews Steven Rose’s The 21st-Century Brain: Explaining, Mending and Manipulating the Mind


Leaving the brain behind?

“Beyond the Brain” by Tanya Marie Luhrmann

“Looking Outside the Brain for Mental Illness” by Josh Rothman

“Enactive Bayesians? Response to ‘the brain as an enactive system’ by Gallagher et al” by Micah Allen

Beyond the Brain: How Body and Environment Shape Animal and Human Minds by Louise Barrett


Genetics, genomics and beyond

“Beyond DNA: Epigenetics” by Nessa Carey

“Blogging the Human Genome” by Sam Kean

“European Scientists on Direct-to-Consumer Gene Tests: Thumbs Down” by Marcy Darnovsky


Mental illness, Mental health

“Psychosis and the Fog of Reality” by Vaughan Bell for Mind Hacks

“Chronic Mental Health Issues in Children Now Loom Larger Than Physical Problems” by Anita Slomski

“Securities and Insecurities: Experiences of Mental (III)Health: Notes from the RGS-IBG Edinburgh Conference” by Centre for Medical Humanities

“Is mental health a smoke screen for society’s ills?” by Vaughan Bell for Mind Hacks

“Q&A with Vikram Patel-guest editor of the PLoS Medicine Global Mental Health Practice series” by Clare Weaver for PLOS


Schizophrenia/Living with Voices

“Return of the Social: Rewriting the recent history of schizophrenia” by Ruminations on Madness

“An artist’s struggle: A father reflects on his son’s creative magnificence—and his heartbreaking mental illness” by W.J.T. Mitchell

“Living With Voices” by Tanya Luhrmann

“Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness – from the inside”

Video from the Voice Collective, intended to “educate people about hearing voices and to break down barriers between young people.”

“Schizophrenia in Movies: Don’t Believe Everything You See” Drugs.com

“Portrayals of Schizophrenia by Entertainment Media: A Content Analysis of Contemporary Movies” by Patricia R. Owen


Health, inequality and poverty

“Is it Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Poverty? Mothers and Their Children” by Judith C. Baer, MiSung Kim and Bonnie Wilkenfeld

Environmental Health News special series “Pollution, Poverty, People of Color”

“Neighborhood, not income, linked to Chicago health disparities” by Renita D. Young

The Biological Consequences of Socioeconomic Inequalities edited by Barbara Wolfe, William N. Evans and Teresa E. Seeman


On diagnosis and classification

“The dappled nature of causes of psychiatric illness: replacing the organic-functional/hardware-software dichotomy with empirically based pluralism” by Kenneth Kendler

“Rethinking SIDS: Many Deaths No Longer A Mystery” by Andrea Hsu

Diagnosis in Contemporary Society

“How Thoughts Become a Psychiatric Diagnosis” by Lloyd Sederer & Matthew Erlich

“Two Who Resigned from DSM-5 Explain Why” by Allen J. Frances

“Labeling, Diagnosis and the Politics of Reading First-Person Accounts” by Ruminations on Madness

“Is Anxiety Overdiagnosed?” by Lindsay Abrams

“DSM-5 will capture the dynamic nature of mental illness” by David Kupfer

“Marginalizing the Psychiatric in Dementia Treatment” by Jesse F. Ballenger on To Conquer Confusion



“Building patient-centeredness: Hospital design as an interpretive act” by Elizabeth Bromley

“From cottage industry to a dominant mode of primary care: Stages in the diffusion of a health care innovation (retail clinics)” by John B. McKinlay and Lisa D. Marceau

“Body and Soul” C-SPAN interviews Alondra Nelson about her book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination for Book TV

Mental Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice by Felicity Callard, Norman Sartorius, Julio Arboleda-Florez, Peter Bartlett, Hanfried Helmchen, Heather Stuard, Jose Taborda, and Graham Thornicroft.

“AHA Roundtable: Historians’ Perspectives on the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling” by Beatrix Hoffman

“Where Does Your Healthcare Reside?: The Patient Centered Medical Home and Public Anthropology” by Sarah Ono, Heather Schact Reisinger, and Samantha L. Solimeo

“Healthcare tourists faithful to Nuevo Progreso dentists” by Martha L. Hernandez

“Our Unsustainable Culture of Medical Specialization” by Neal Emery

“Maudsley Debate #44: The Usefulness of Psychoanalysis in Modern Health Services” by Dylan Lopich

“Organizational cultural competence consultation to a mental health institution” podcast

“Is personalized medicine a myth?” by Amanda Enayati

“A Bigger Victory Than We Knew” by Ronald Dworkin

Fevered Measures: Public Health and the Race at the Texas-Mexico Border 1848-1942 by John McKiernan-Gonzalez



“AIDS and LGBT equality” by Taline Cox for The Immanent Frame

Mizanur Rahaman reviews Marsha Rosengarten’s HIV Interventions: Biomedicine and the Traffic Between Information and Flesh for Science as Culture.

“AIDS in Black America: A Public Health Crisis” Fresh Air for WHYY

“An AIDS Free Generation: Inspiring Youth at AIDS 2012” by Alexandra Linn

“The right to know: women’s choices, Depo-Provera and HIV” by Ida Susser, Zena Stein, and Erica Gollub



Welfare and Old Age in Europe and North America: The Development of Social Insurance by Bernard Harris

Psychologist Carol Ryff on Wellbeing and Aging: The FPR Interview” by Daniel Lende

The FPR Interviews Psychologist Carol Ryff on Well-Being and Aging” by Constance Cummings


Pharmaceutical Industry

“Bad Medicine: A History of Narcotics in Pharmaceuticals” by Adam James Jones

“Is Marketing the Enemy of Pharmaceutical Innovation?” by Kalman Applbaum

Book excerpt: Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health by Joseph Dumit

“Roid Age: steroids in sport and the paradox of pharmacological Puritanism” by Greg Downey

“A philosopher’s take on Big Pharma marketing” by Carolyn Thomas

“How Does the Drug Industry Exert Power? An Anthropological Perspective” by Howard Brody

“Herding Women” by David Healy

“GlaxoSmithKline, Drug Marketing, and the Problem of Disease Inflation” by Joseph Gabriel

“Proteus gets FDA clearance for ingestible sensor” by Lisa Sibley


Drug Use and Abuse

“The Risks of Prescription Drugs” edited by Donald W. Light

“Florida’s Cannabis Cannibal? Zombies, Bath Salts, Marijuana, and Reefer Madness 2.0” by Trysh Travis

“Prozac Campus: the Next Generation” by Katherine Sharpe

“How I hacked my brain with Adderall: a cautionary tale” by Trent Wolbe.

“Russia’s Drug Czar Blames Beatles for Drug Problem” by Marco Werman for PRI’s The World

Interview with Laura Schmidt on feminism and addiction by Trysh Travis


Placebos and the Power of Suggestion

“The Brain Bottles Full of Brain-Boosters” by Carl Zimmer

“Take Two Placebo Pills and Call Me in the Morning” by Karen S. Rommelfanger

“The rebirth of hypnosis” by Vaughan Bell for Mind Hacks

“Are Warnings About the Side Effects of Drugs Making Us Sick?” by Steve Silberman

“Wind turbine syndrome: a classic ‘communicated’ disease” by Simon Chapman

“Public Health, Public Hypochondria” by Catherine Belling



Interview with Judith Farquhar about her new book Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing cowritten with Qicheng Zhang

“Commentary: Biopolitical injustice and contemporary capitalism” by Peter Benson

Presentation: Configuring maternal, foetal and infant embodiment in the context of biopolitics by Deborah Lupton

“The psychic life of biopolitics: Survival, cooperation, and Inuit community” by Lisa Stevenson

Review for Science as Culture “Fight the (Bio)power” by Gregory J. S. Hollin


On Weight

“Media attention suggests fat may be the new sexy” by Cat Pause

“The Couch Potato Goes Global” by Gretchen Reynolds

“Weighty subjects: The biopolitics of the U.S. war on fat” by Susan Greenhalgh



Medical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and futures edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Emily A. Wentzell

“On healthism, the social determinants of health, conformity, & embracing the abnormal: (1) Bodies, minds & medicine” by Jan Henderson on The Health Culture blog

“Towards a Manifesto for Experimental Collaborations between Social and Natural Scientists” by Andy Balmer, Kate Bulpin, Jane Calvert, Matthew Kearnes, Adrian Mackenzie, Claire Marris, Paul Martin, Susan Molyneux-Hodgson and Pablo Schyfter

“Annual Identity Crisis” by Aalok Khandekar

Podcast: Dr. Laurence Kirmayer on Cultural Psychiatry

“Blogging about Interdisciplinary Research at the ‘Intersection of Culture, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Psychiatry’” by Justin Marley

“The Human Sciences in a Biological Age” by Nikolas Rose


Looking Reflexively at Anthropology

“Sunflowers vs. Bougainvillea” by P. Kerim Friedman

“Thomas Friedman’s Lessons for Anthropologists” by Daniel Lende

“The Headline I Wish We Were Reading: Anthropology Changed Everything” by Jason Antrosio, Living Anthropologically

Engaging Technology

“Reading Academic PDFs on the iPad (Tools We Use)” by Kerim Friedman

“The Digital Form” edited by Lisa Poggiali and Jeremy Trombley

“A new species of lab website?” by Claire Bower for BMJ Group Blogs

“Digital sociology part 1: what is it?” by Deborah Lupton

Book of note: An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies by Sergio Sismondo

“The Virtues of Blogging as Scholarly Activity” by Martin Weller

“Points Forward: ‘From Addicts to Athletes: Youth Mobilities and the Politics of Digital Gaming in Urban China’” by Trysh Travis and Marcella Szablewicz

“Apes with Apps” by Ken Schweller

“Health and Illness in a Connected World: How Might Sharing Experiences on the Internet Affect People’s Health?” by Sue Ziebland and SallyWyke.

“How social media is changing the patient-physician relationship” by Cielo Lutino



“Learning to Read” by Andy Balmer

“Metaphors in science and society” by Brigitte Nerlich

“Making science public: the issue of language (jargon)” by Gregory Hollin

“Theorising disability and chronic illness: Where next for perspectives in medical sociology?” by Centre for Medical Humanities.


On Religion

“A Hyperreal God and Modern Belief: Toward an Anthropological Theory of Mind” by Tanya Luhrmann

The New Religious Intolerance: An Interview with Martha Nussbaum” by David V. Johnson

“The ‘biblical view’ that’s younger than the Happy Meal” by Fred Clark

Teaching Resources

Psychology’s Feminist Voices Teaching Resources

“Teaching Race Anthropologically—Resources for Anthropology Courses” by Jason Antrosio



Book Reviews

Simon Taylor reviews The Freud Files: An Inquiry into the History of Psychoanalysis by Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen and Sonu Shamdasani (2012).

“In Rousseau’s footsteps: David Graeber and the anthropology of unequal society” by Keith Hart review of Debt: The first 5,000 years by David Graeber

Jon Beasley-Murray reviews Francois Dosse’s Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari: Intersecting Lives for h-madness



Tomoko Tamari interviews Chikako Ozawa De Silva on Mind/Body Theory and practice in Tibetan Medicine and Buddhism

Interview with Jerome Kagan: Psychology is in Crisis

“Myths of Human Nature: Part One”

Interview with Agustin Fuentes by Tom Mills for New Left Project



“Dying Bees and the Social Production of Ignorance” by Daniel Lee Kleinman and Sainath Suryanarayanan

“Canguilhem: beyond medicine and antimedicine, nature and counter-nature” by Lyle Fearnley

“Risk, concepts of space and place and the Other” by Deborah Lupton

“De-duplicating migrant patients with tuberculosis: the dangers of ‘native place’” by Lawrence Cohen

“Ethnography’s Sense” by Ali Kenner

“Florida Covered Up the Worst Tuberculosis Outbreak in 20 Years” by Alexander Abad-Santos

“Becoming musically enculturated: effects of music classes for infants on brain and behavior” by Laurel J. Trainor, Celine Marie, David Gerry, Elaine Whiskin, and Andrea Unrau

“Projecting Nabokov” by Vaughan Bell for Mind Hacks on new article about the use of psychology in Nabokov novels

“Can You Picture This? Academic Research Published as a Graphic Novel!” by Gareth Morris

“The Morality of Migration” by Seyla Benhabib

“Lives of the Deaf” by Jaipreet Virdi

“On the Evolution of Sleep” by Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

“Changes for India’s ART Industry?” by Jessica Cussins

“SSRC-IDRF Book Fellowship Discussion”

1993 WSJS Radio Talk Show: Winston – Salem with Jim Bohannon and John Banzhaf discussing tobacco and health.

“Peeking behind the curtain at Anonymous: Gabriella Coleman at TEDGlobal 2012” by Helen Walters

Conference: Reproducing China: Childbirth, One Child, and Beyond

Friday 13 July 2012-Saturday 14 July 2012 at Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) University of Cambridge

Infographic: global refugee populations 1975-2010 by Steve Melnikoff

Kant peer reviewed by Omnishambles

Deborah Lupton’s Pinterest board “M-health and the Digital Cyborg”

Kickstarter for “A strategy card game based in the power struggles between 19th century Melanesian chiefs (2-4 players).”

2 Responses to Mega web roundup

  1. Eugene and Judith,
    Thanks so much for doing this! I’ve found a lot here that I would have otherwise missed.
    Best, Daniel

  2. Pingback: Anthropology Syllabus Sharing and Teaching Anthropology | Anthropology Report

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