For this installment of “Top of the heap,” we spoke to Sarah Willen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Human Rights Institute’s Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut.
This summer I found myself puzzling deeply over the notion of dignity. In fields like political philosophy, bioethics, law, …
24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep
by Jonathan Crary
Verso Books, 2013. 133 pp.
Years ago, I gave a talk at Stanford University, an hour drive north from Santa Cruz. During the question and answer period after the talk, an economist in the audience raised a question about my argument that despite widespread belief in the emergence …
Warped Mourning: Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied
by Alexander Etkind
Stanford University Press, 2013; 328 pages.
Scholars of social and cultural memory in the post-Soviet space are well aware of the Memory at War project—the international collaborative effort to understand battles over memory as they were waged in postsocialist Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. …
The Pathological Family: Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy
by Deborah Weinstein
Cornell University Press, 2013. 280 pages.
In ‘The Pathological Family’, Deborah Weinstein argues that in mid-20th century America, researchers and clinicians developed a new mode of therapy to treat families focusing on structural and relational aspects of family life. In doing so, they implicitly acknowledged …
Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction
Edited by Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman, Matthew Basilico
University of California Press, 2013, 478 pages
This textbook was written for an undergraduate course on global health at Harvard University, compulsory for those enrolled at Harvard Medical School. It aims to introduce ethical, social, economic, and political theories and …
Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic
by Julie Livingston
Duke University Press, 2012
Julie Livingston’s Improvising Medicine is a lucid, poignant, and devastating book about the stakes of a growing cancer epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa that is trailing the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This ethnography takes place mainly on the recently established oncology ward of Princess …