Lectures

Birth cohorts, biosocial theory, and the politics of developmental disruption

How and with what consequences do young people push up against standardized views of “normal” and “healthy” development? To what extent can young people’s attempts to disrupt developmental norms be understood as political acts? I became intrigued by these questions while conducting long-term ethnographic research with a subset of young participants in the 1982 birth cohort study in Pelotas, Southern …

Features

Burning down the house: When crisis becomes daily life in early-onset dementia

For my doctoral research, I interviewed family members living with a loved one with early-onset dementia, a diagnosis that one receives under the age of 65. Jans, not his real name, was the fourth person I interviewed in April 2015. Since he lived in a remote village in the east of the Netherlands, we met at a train station to …

Features

Policing at the Synapse: Ferguson, Race, and the Disability Politics of the Teen Brain

This article is part of the series:

In February 2014, University of Missouri (“Mizzou”) students made national news when they formed a human wall to protest the Westboro Baptist Church’s presence on their campus. Westboro arrived to denounce Michael Sam, a gay “Mizzou Tiger” who would become the first openly gay NFL player. Mizzou students eagerly donned “Stand with Sam” rainbow buttons and “WE ARE ALL COMOSEXUAL” …

Books

Coming of Age on Psychiatric Meds

Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are

by Katherine Sharpe

HarperCollins, 2012

336 pp, US$14.99 paperback

 

Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up

by Kaitlin Bell Barnett

Beacon Press, 2012

248 pp, US$25.95 hardcover

 

Remarkably (or perhaps not remarkably at all if we take synchronicity seriously) two books …

In the Journals

“Psychological Anthropology and Adolescent Well-Being”: A Special Journal Issue

The December 2011 issue of Ethos is a special issue, entitled “Psychological Anthropology and Adolescent Well-Being: Steps toward Bridging Research, Policy, and Practice.” Building upon recent interest in policy- and practice-based collaboration among the psychological anthropology community, the issue enacts such collaboration by pairing original research articles with commentary by policy experts and practitioners. As the editors, Eileen …