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Reflex/Рефлекс

Reflex. The images themselves seem to come reflexively.  The clinician’s percussion hammer bouncing off of the knee. A startled infant.  I hadn’t thought much about the idea of the reflex. At least not since the fifth grade, when I had unsuccessfully tried to condition four white laboratory mice to respond either to the sound of a bell or a flashing …

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Beyond Chronicity and Culpability: Toward A New Ethic of Care

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A Commentary on Angela Garcia’s The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande
University of California Press, 2010
264 pp., US$ 28.95 (paperback)

In his sprawling and widely lauded novel Infinite Jest, the late David Foster Wallace offers a riveting portrait of modern addiction. Scenes of the banality of Twelve-Step programs drew on Wallace’s own experiences in …

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The Clinic (Inside Out): and (a series of) Elsewhere(s)

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The Clinic and Elsewhere: Addiction, Adolescents, and the Afterlife of Therapy

by Todd Meyers

University of Washington Press, 2013
172 pp, US$25.00 (paperback)

The Clinic and Elsewhere is an extremely well-crafted account of the methodological, conceptual and narrative problems of knowledge and life of the afterlife of drug therapy.  Todd Meyers gives expressive form to the attempt to cure, to …

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Top of the heap: Angela Garcia

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For the first “Top of the Heap” of the new year, we spoke to Angela Garcia, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University.  Here is her list:

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Georges Bataille, Literature and Evil (M Boyars, 1973 [1957]).

My daughters are suddenly passionate about vampires. They read books and watch movies about vampires. They delight at the

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A Report on the Joint EASA/SMA Conference “Encounters and Engagements: Creating New Agendas for Medical Anthropology”

 

From June 12-14, 2013, the American Anthropological Association’s Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) and the European Association of Social Anthropologists’ (EASA) Medical Anthropology Network held a joint conference for their members, hosted by the Department of Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Work at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain. The original conference description claimed that “location and …

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Todd Meyers’ The Clinic and Elsewhere

Todd Meyers, our own book review editor here at Somatosphere and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University, has written a phenomenal book titled The Clinic and Elsewhere: Addiction, Adolescents, and the Afterlife of Therapy, which should be on the bookshelf of any social scientist interested in biomedicine’s clinical practices and spaces, as well as, of course, …