The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins
by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Princeton University Press, 2015, 352 pages
Yeah. What a nice book. Thank goodness there are feminists at the controls as we enter the ecological—which is to say, truly post-modern (note the hyphen) era. This is a profoundly nonviolent, and therefore …
The Fragility of Things: Self-organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism
by William E. Connolly
Duke University Press, 2013, 256 pages.
In The Fragility of Things: Self-organizing Processes, Neoliberal Fantasies, and Democratic Activism (2013), political theorist William Connolly delivers us into a chaotic world: “a world of becoming in which multiple force fields set on different tiers of chronotime …
Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Lives in Nigeria
by Kristin Peterson
Duke University Press, 2014, 264 pages.
In her remarkable book, Speculative Markets: Drug Circuits and Derivative Lives in Nigeria, Kristin Peterson sets out to explore and resituate the pharmaceutical industry, and pharmaceutical markets, in Nigeria. The outcome is a highly-detailed, carefully analyzed and enlightening piece of …
Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health
by Joseph Dumit
Duke University Press, 2012. pp. 280.
Since the 1970s, scholarly work on pharmaceuticals has long engaged a number of concerns, debates and controversies: the socialities and politics of consumption, the commercialization of the life sciences, and restricted access to life-saving medicines as a result of global patent and …
24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep
by Jonathan Crary
Verso Books, 2013. 133 pp.
Years ago, I gave a talk at Stanford University, an hour drive north from Santa Cruz. During the question and answer period after the talk, an economist in the audience raised a question about my argument that despite widespread belief in the emergence …
For this installment of Top of the heap we spoke to Elizabeth Watkins, Dean of the Graduate Division and Professor of the History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.
David Healy, Pharmageddon (University of California Press, 2012)
Pharmageddon is a searing indictment of the pharmaceuticalization of American health care. David Healy decries the practices