Sugar and Tension: Diabetes in Modern India
Lesley Jo Weaver
Rutgers University Press, 2019. 202 pages.
Sugar and Tension is a must-read for anyone interested in how social constructions of gender influence the physical and mental health of individuals living with diabetes. Lesley Jo Weaver, a biocultural medical anthropologist with degrees in global health and in medical anthropology, presents case …
Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life.
Ruha Benjamin, Ed.
Duke University Press, 2019. 416 pages.
“How might we craft a justice-oriented approach to
technoscience?” asks Ruha Benjamin in the introduction to Captivating
Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in
Everyday Life (11). This question is at the core of the book’s project,
knitting together …
Daniel Renfrew’s Life Without Lead: Contamination, Crisis, and Hope in Uruguay (2018) is a masterful undertaking on the anthropology of disaster and its everydayness. An ethnographic portrayal that is prismatic in its attention, the book combines numerous elements––place, civic performance, history, political economy––to bear on the lead poisoning epidemic in Montevideo, Uruguay at the turn of the 21st…
Trans young people are a matter of vital attention in the United States. Recently, trans-identified youth have figured in arguments about healthcare…
Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production.
MIT Press, 2018. 412 pages.
Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga’s latest book, The Mobile Workshop,is a historical examination of attempts to control the mobilities of the
tsetse fly in Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia, then Rhodesia). It is also an
experiment in writing – hence, a ‘workshop’ – …
Full Surrogacy Now: Feminism Against Family
Verso, 2019. 224 pages.
In the first segment of the 1963 Oscar-winning anthology film Ieri, Oggi
e Domani, Sophia Loren plays the role of Adelina, a Neapolitan woman who
sells black market cigarettes to support her family. When she receives a fine
that she cannot pay, she risks jail time. However, …