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Feminism, disability, and reproductive autonomy: abortion in times of Zika in Brazil

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Feminismo, deficiência e autonomia reprodutiva: o aborto em tempos de Zika no Brasil

Introdução

Em novembro de 2015, após o anúncio de que o número de crianças nascidas com a condição clínica de microcefalia no nordeste do Brasil havia aumentado dramaticamente, o Ministério da Saúde do Brasil declarou emergência nacional em saúde pública (Diniz 2016a, …

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Confronting constructs with cataclysms in neuroepigenetics

I went to a Science and Technology Studies (STS) conference in Melbourne recently and listened to a panel of social scientists share their work about psychological disorders. There was no doubt I had stakes in being there; I study embodiment and trauma and so I knew what I was hoping to hear. I sat, in anticipation, waiting to hear about …

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The Protective Dualism: Maternal Knowledge Practices of the Zika Crisis in Puerto Rico

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“So, we have had other mosquito-borne illnesses for a long time, like dengue and chikungunya, and now all of a sudden we should delay childbearing and tourists should not come here. Right…this is suspicious to us.”

Celeste, Puerto Rican birth activist and maternal and infant health care provider

To understand the skepticism regarding the …

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Provincializing Metabolism (On the Poverty of Modernism)

According to accepted wisdom and textbooks, “metabolism” is a nineteenth-century term and concept, established at the confluence of organic chemistry, cell biology, and physiology. In Microscopical Researches (1839), Schwann spoke of the “metabolic phenomena of the cells,” using for the first time the adjective metabolische, from which “metabolic” entered the English language in the 1847 translation (Bing 1971). This standard …

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Decentering Metabolism: Peripheral and Southern Diffractions

In the last few years, a renewed interest in metabolic exchange, and in ideas of a porous and permeable body, has come from disciplines like microbiomics, nutrigenomics, and epigenetics. Moreover, a number of technological changes from food manufacturing to different body/technology interfaces have brought to light conceptions of a “new metabolism” offering “a window onto profound changes to the material and conceptual constitution of …

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Head circumference

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In the early months of 2016, as global media sources incited fear among pregnant women that Zika would result in babies with small heads and stunted intellectual capacity, we found ourselves puzzled. [1] A scientific study in the Maya-Mam area of Guatemala where we were working had just reported exceptionally high rates of microcephaly. Because …