Living Translation: Language and the Search for Resonance in U.S. Chinese Medicine
by Sonya E. Pritzker
Berghahn Books, 2014, 228 pages
By: Miao Jenny Hua
Chinese medicine names at least five components to the spiritual part of the embodied self, corresponding to each of the five organ-systems. The shen-spirit is associated with the heart, the yi-spirit with the …
For this installment of Top of the Heap, I was delighted to work with Assistant Professor Adia Benton from Northwestern University.
I think it’s probably common for people to talk about how large their book heap is. Mine is no different. I’m at the end of my sabbatical and the beginning of my maternity leave. The former should have left …
Domesticating Organ Transplant: Familial Sacrifice and National Aspiration in Mexico
Duke University Press, 2016, 336 pages
In Domesticating Organ Transplant: Familial Sacrifice and National Aspiration in Mexico, Megan Crowley-Matoka carefully grapples with the symbols and everyday practices of organ transplantation in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her research focuses on transplantations that take place in two resource poor yet key …
Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health
by Sara Shostak
University of California Press, 2013, 312 pages
“Genetics loads the gun, but the environment pulls the trigger.” This turn of phrase, from Sara Shostak’s book Exposed Science: Genes, the Environment, and the Politics of Population Health, suggests that human variability and heredity is the …
For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Paul M. Rabinow, who is a Professor of medical and sociocultural anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley.
Alexander Kluge & Oskar Negt, History and Obstinacy, translated by Richard Langston et.al., edited and with an introduction by Devon Fore, Cambridge: Zone Books, 2014.
Political Biology: Science and Social Values in Human Heredity from Eugenics to Epigenetics
Palgrave MacMilllan, 2016, 284 pages
In Political Biology, Maurizio Meloni, one of our most insightful social theorists of contemporary biology, guides us through heredity from the second half of the nineteenth century, through the twentieth “century of the gene” (Keller, 2000) and …