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Material as opposed to what? Three recent ethnographies of welfare, biological labor, and human dignity

Catherine Fennell. Last Project Standing: Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Kalinda Vora. Life Support: Biocapital and the New History of Outsourced Labor. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Gaymon Bennett. Technicians of Human Dignity: Bodies, Souls, and the Making of Human Dignity. New York: Fordham University Press, 2016

A new …

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Conference Report: “Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies”

biopolitics_poster2-2Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies

8 July 2016, University of Cambridge

Conveners:
Darin Weinberg, University of Cambridge
Monica Greco, Goldsmiths, University of London
Robbie Duschinsky, University of Cambridge
Michael Schillmeier, University of Exeter

Introduction

Can we think of our living bodies as involving forms of social intelligence, agency, and power? And if so, how might this proposition transform the ways …

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1000 Risks and Birth-and-Death in Cape Town

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“I was willing to die,” Terri told me, “I just didn’t want to have another caesarian.” She referred to her vaginal birth after three c-sections (a VBA3C), which took place at home, since no Cape Town hospital would allow her what is termed a trial of labour – an attempt at vaginal birth – for fear of uterine rupture. It …

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Disability as Diversity: A New Biopolitics

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We’re a medical anthropologist and a literary critic, and while our research interests seemingly have little overlap, we found ourselves engaged in a series of conversations about how the language of diversity shapes representations of disability and reproductive politics, and how this representation stems from the biopolitical management of life in the twenty-first century. In the short essay that follows, …

In the Journals

Special Issue: Anthropology & Medicine, “Irrational reproduction: new intersections of politics, gender, race, and class across the north-south divide”

The current issue of Anthropology & Medicine is a special issue entitled, “Irrational reproduction: new intersections of politics, gender, race, and class across the north-south divide”. In their introduction to the issue, Elizabeth L. Krause and Silvia De Zordo write:

“This special issue reveals how rationalities concerned with reproductive and sexual bodies arise and circulate over historic time and

Announcements

Beyond the Body Proper: AAA Panel in Honour of the Work of Margaret Lock

AAA Panel in Honour of the Work of Margaret Lock

P. Sean Brotherton and Vinh-Kim Nguyen have organized a session at the upcoming AAA Meetings in honour of the work of Margaret Lock. “Beyond the Body Proper: Biopolitics and Biocontingencies” is an Invited Session sponsored by the Society for Medical Anthropology. The panel will take place on Thursday November 17, …