Features

Longing for Sleep: Assessing the Place of Sleep in the 21st Century – Part 3

This article is part of the series:

Sleep has been in the news for the past decade or so as a matter of growing concern. Along with this popular, medical and scientific attention, social scientists have been increasingly interested in sleep as an object or process of study. The first major sociological book published on sleep was Simon Williams’ Sleep and Society (Routledge, 2005), after which

Features

Longing for Sleep: Assessing the Place of Sleep in the 21st Century – Part 2

This article is part of the series:

Sleep has been in the news for the past decade or so as a matter of growing concern. Along with this popular, medical and scientific attention, social scientists have been increasingly interested in sleep as an object or process of study. The first major sociological book published on sleep was Simon Williams’ Sleep and Society (Routledge, 2005), after which

Features

Longing for Sleep: Assessing the Place of Sleep in the 21st Century – Part 1

This article is part of the series:

Sleep has been in the news for the past decade or so as a matter of growing concern. Along with this popular, medical and scientific attention, social scientists have been increasingly interested in sleep as an object or process of study. The first major sociological book published on sleep was Simon Williams’ Sleep and Society (Routledge, 2005), after which

Books

Review Essay: Manderson & Smith-Morris’ Chronic Conditions, Fluid States

Chronic Conditions, Fluid States: Chronicity and the Anthropology of Illness
Lenore Manderson & Carolyn Smith-Morris, eds. Rutgers University Press, 2010. 320 pp., paperback.

Review by Matthew Wolf-Meyer (UC Santa Cruz)

The use and experience of time is a perennial, albeit minor, interest in anthropology generally, and medical anthropology in particular. This has everything to do with the processes of degeneration, …

Features

Thinking through Other Worlds: An Interview with Mei Zhan

Following up on my review of her recent ethnography Other Worldly: Making Chinese Medicine through Transnational Frames, I was able to pose a series of questions to Mei Zhan about the book and about future projects. Mei Zhan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Matthew Wolf-Meyer: The cornerstone of your argument in …

Books

Mei Zhan’s Other-Worldly: Making Chinese Medicine through Transnational Frames

Duke University Press, 2009. 240 pgs, $22.95 (softcover)

I’m no scholar of traditional Chinese medicine, but every year in my Medical Anthropology undergraduate class I include an ethnography of Chinese medicine in an effort to debunk the idea that there’s anything “traditional” about traditional Chinese medicine. Over the years, I’ve …