One: Whither The Subject?
It has been exactly 8 years since I wrote the introductory installment of a mini-series on political subjectivity for Somatosphere. When I wrote on political subjectivity at the time, aside from exploring and communicating ideas, a good part of my agenda was to help propagate the concept of political subjectivity in cultural and medical anthropology …
In the decade since becoming a full time professor, medical anthropology has been one of my core courses. I have taught it seven times. Although the basic structure of the course remains similar, emphases have shifted over time. Perhaps I can best highlight the evolution of the course through a discussion of readings I use since readings are the backbone …
Our Most Troubling Madness: Case Studies in Schizophrenia Across Cultures
T.M. Luhrmann and Jocelyn Marrow, editors
University of California Press, 2016, 304 pages
A key premise of this volume of ethnographic case studies is that schizophrenia, or the various conditions we label as schizophrenia and related psychoses, varies in crucial ways in terms of experience, prognosis and outcome …
This entry concludes the series “The Ethnographic Case” which ran every other Monday between June 2015 and July 2016. The bookCase, which holds 27 cases, can be accessed here.
One day, early on in the series, we received two submissions. Their similar anatomy was striking. Each featured a medical waiting room. Someone entered the space with a gift …
This is Part II of March’s article round-up. You can find part I here.
In addition to the articles below, Theory, Culture and Society features an interview with Michel Foucault from 1983.
New Genetics and Society
Everything and nothing: regulating embryo research in Canada
Alana Cattapan & Dave Snow
This article examines how medical and scientific professionals experience …
Here is Part I of our March article round-up.
A Dog’s Life: Suffering Humanitarianism in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
In the Bel Air neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, most residents are dependent on humanitarian and foreign assistance for food, services, aid, and jobs. Yet, some residents feel that the conditions under which such aid is provided actively blocks their …