Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820–1909. (Open Access).
Rohan Deb Roy
Cambridge University Press, 2017. 332 pages.
long garnered no shortage of interest among global health experts and the
medical anthropologists periodically at their sides. The sustained concern owes
in one part to the fact that malaria remains a major threat, and in …
Aleksandra Bartoszko and Marcin Ponomarew
Project Supported by Foreningen for Human Narkotikapolitikk (FHN) and Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution – Noncommercial 4.0 International License. 2016. 48 pages.
The Virus (2016), a graphic ethnography written by social
anthropologist Aleksandra Bartoszko and drawn by Marcin Ponomarew, begins with
a not uncommon insight from people who inject drugs and …
The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science, and the Great War
Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers
University of Chicago Press, 2018. 416 pages.
What is the 21st century body if not endlessly open, changeable, and porous? Genes interact with each other and with the environment from the prenatal period through life. The mother´s diet …
Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines
NYU Press, 2016. 336 pages.
A timely intervention into recent anti-vaccination controversies, Jennifer Reich’s Calling the Shots unpacks the logics behind vaccine refusal through interviews and ethnographic studies of parents who refuse vaccinations. Eschewing the reductive stereotyping and dismissive condescension that vaccination proponents like Paul Offit have tended take, Reich adopts …
Getting to Zero: A Doctor and a Diplomat on the Ebola Frontline
By Sinead Walsh and Oliver Johnson
Zed Books, 2018. 352 pages.
It is midnight and my five-month-old son, who
has been sick with diarrhea for two days, is finally breathing evenly beside
me. I should be sleeping. Instead, I am fretting, turning over the intimate logics of medical responses to
In Shock Therapy: Psychology, Precarity, and Well-Being in Postsocialist Russia (Duke University Press, 2018), Tomas Matza traces the landscape of “psy” disciplines, practices, and institutions across postsocialist Saint Petersburg. Writing with a distinctive conceptual subtlety and care, Matza pushes beyond a range of well-established interpretations to examine the multiple ways in which psychotherapy has provided tools for people to understand …