Features

“Body Leads”: Medicalizing Cultural Difference, or, what are we doing when we Say Putin Has Asperger’s Syndrome?

A recent USA Today article described a report from a Department of Defense think tank study that suggested that President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has “neurological abnormalities” and, perhaps, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The report, part of a project entitled “Body Leads,” which claims to use analysis of bodily behavior to suggest underlying neurological states, was originally written …

In the Journals

The Practice of Constraint in Psychiatry: Emergent Forms of Care and Control — A special issue of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry

CMP CoverI must apologize for the belated notice, but I want to draw attention to the December issue of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, which is a special issue entitled “The Practice of Constraint in Psychiatry: Emergent Forms of Care and Control.” Of the issue and its five articles, the guest editors, Paul Brodwin and Livia Velpry, write of …

In the Journals

Ethics, Epistemology, and Engagement: Encountering Values in Medical Anthropology — A special issue of Medical Anthropology

Medical Anthropology CoverThe first issue of Medical Anthropology in 2015 is a special issue, entitled “Ethics, Epistemology, and Engagement: Encountering Values in Medical Anthropology.” In their eponymous introduction to the issue, Hansjörg Dilger, Susann Huschke, and Dominik Mattes write:

The contributions of this special issue discuss moments of uncertainty and friction that researchers experience regarding the ethicality of their research.

Books

Listening with Veena Das to Ordinary Ethics

9780823261819_14Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty

by Veena Das

Fordham University Press, 2014. 255 pages

 

In Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty  (Fordham 2014) we listen with Veena Das to ordinary ethics in challenged lives of poverty, illness, and family relations; and in three often conflicting registers of (a) advocacy, (b) moral engagement, and (c) acknowledgement of inherent uncertainties (in the very fabric …

In the Journals

In the Journals January 2015 – Part I

Welcome to 2015 in reading! Below are interesting abstracts from current issues of medical anthropology journals.

Critical Public Health

The pedagogy of disgust: the ethical, moral and political implications of using disgust in public health campaigns

Deborah Lupton

The developers of public health campaigns have often attempted to elicit disgust to persuade members of their target audiences to change their

Features

Open access, open data, open science…what does “openness” mean in the first place?

Recently, the research community has been flooded with encouragement to make things “open,” meaning: freely and easily accessible, in a variety of ways, and to a great variety of audiences.  This impetus to be open has taken the form of debates over “Open Source” software licensing, “Open Access” to the published results of research[i], …