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William Connolly’s The Fragility of Things

978-0-8223-5584-7_prThe 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 …

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Kristin Peterson’s Speculative Markets

978-0-8223-5702-5_prSpeculative 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 …

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Joseph Dumit’s Drugs for Life

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 …

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Once More unto the Breach (of capitalism and nature) – jonathan crary’s 24/7

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 …

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Top of the heap: Elizabeth Watkins

This article is part of the series:

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.

Elizabeth Watkins

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

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Anne Allison’s Precarious Japan

Precarious Japan

by Anne Allison

Duke University Press, 2013. 246 pages

 

The March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster in Northern Japan illuminated and deepened a sense of vulnerability for people across the nation that, as Anne Allison argues in Precarious Japan, significantly predated this “triple disaster.” Author of three other major books on the cultural …