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In December 2015, a Brazilian photographer with The Associated Press took a photo of four-month-old José Wesley being bathed in a bucket by his mother. The image was chosen by the photojournalist with care, to show the child himself, and also microcephaly, the best-known characteristic of what would come to …
The metabolic rift
“All progress in capitalist agriculture is
a progress in the art, not only of robbing the worker, but of robbing the
soil,” Marx (1976: 637-38) wrote in Volume I of Capital. For Marx, not
only was the capitalist mode of production incapable of valuing nature in its
own right, but its central contradictions also left it …
In December 2019, a new
respiratory virus outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei
Province. A new strain of coronavirus, designated COVID-2019, belongs to a large family
of viruses, causing illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe
cases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The circumstances around the …
health experts, and anthropologists
(among others) have pointed to a prevalence of gender, class, race, age,
and ethnic bias in biomedical research and the specific ways in which
knowledges about bodies are created and reproduced in biomedicine.
In the 19th century, when the long-standing
idea of women’s inferiority was brought into question more …
Women are having a moment. At President Trump’s State of the Union address, Democratic women wore white as a nod to suffragists and female leadership, and Nancy Pelosi’s backclap went viral. At the 2019 Oscars, women of color made history, receiving an unprecedented number of awards, and Period. End of Sentence. (2018),a film about menstruation in rural India,won best …
In Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: An Intimate Debt, Larisa Jašarević explores the mutual entanglement between the economy, living body and the good life in postsocialist and postwar Bosnia. Beautifully written and theoretically sophisticated, this ethnography is a key addition to scholarly literature on debt, moral economies, medical anthropology, and material bodies. We are pleased to …