Features

Introduction: The Cabinet

Cabinets of curiosity are at the historical heart of scientific and medical enterprises. They remind us that the modern effort to know, and perhaps understand, always departs from the same shore: collection.  Such cabinets were described as curiosities (“wunder”) because they also elicited affects of amusement, surprise, amazement, desire, and disgust.  For example, the Kunstkamera in St. Petersburg, …

Books

Book review: Zigon’s "HIV is God’s Blessing"

This article is part of the series:

Jarrett Zigon. “HIV Is God’s Blessing”: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 280 pages. $24.95.

Reviewed by Tomas Matza (Department of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University)

Anthropologists have taken a keen interest in the way that the collapse of the Soviet Union has impacted the everyday lives of the people living in that region. The fact …