Christian Suhr and Rane Willerslev, editors
Afterword by George E. Marcus
Berghahn Books, 2013. 300 pp.
Transcultural Montage contains an abundance of fresh ideas in many sub-disciplines of anthropology such as medical anthropology, cognitive anthropology, cultural and economic anthropology, but also semantics, museology and knowledge production not to mention visual anthropology, the main sub-discipline to which …
For this installment of “Top of the heap” we spoke to Cheryl Mattingly, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California. Here’s her list of recent – and upcoming – readings:
Lately my favorite reading topic has been in the “anthropology of morality.” While there are many reasons to object that this is not a …
Fields of Combat: Understanding PTSD among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
By Erin P. Finley
Cornell University Press, 2012. 240pp.
Finley’s portrayal of the difficulties of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq elegantly interweaves narratives and analysis. Drawing on 20 months of ethnographic fieldwork in San Antonio, Texas, involving 133 study participants (62 of which were veterans), Finley conveys …
This week Martyn Pickersgill of the University of Edinburgh speaks to “Top of the heap” about some recent books on humanitarianism, pharmaceuticals, dementia and expertise.
Amongst other bits and pieces, I currently have two large projects on the go: one, on access to therapy in mental health, and the other, on neuroscience and family life. With regards to …
In February 2011, Paul Rabinow, Gaymon Bennett and I began to reflect on the impasses we had experienced in our collaborative work with groups of bioscientists and other social scientists, which had begun in 2006 (Rabinow and Bennett 2012). The core concerns in our interconnected projects in collaboration were how ethical practice and human and bioscientific knowledge practices could best …
Ancestors and Antiretrovirals:
The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa
by Claire Laurier Decoteau
University of Chicago Press, 2013, 324 pp.
The specter of “tradition versus modernity” returns as a conundrum for understanding and signifying HIV/AIDS in post-apartheid South Africa in Claire Decoteau’s sociological monograph, Ancestors and Antiretrovirals. Interpretive social scientists like Decoteau are well trained to …